Sports Leadership & Development

Gaby Dijkstra


Live a little.

I have a focus on leadership development, inclusion, gender equality and empowerment. I develop curricula, act as examiner and leadership coach during outdoor expeditions, and I am responsible for quality assurance as board member.

Additionally, with ECWO I facilitate workshops on social safety in the workplace for organisations. In September ’22 I will become a part-time PhD candidate at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University; focusing on gender balanced leadership development.

I have been fortunate to travel all 7 continents, breaking some barriers as solo female traveler. Always looking for outdoor adventures, new experiences and stretch my comfort zone. As a sports leadership professional I work in the outdoor industry and higher and executive education and conduct scientific research. Diversity in my works keeps me motivated and on a continuous learning path.

Live a little.


My services

I specialise in sports leadership, gender equality and female empowerment. I create tools for personal leadership, train organisations, and use outdoor sports and mountain experiences to empower youth and students. I provide these services in collaboration with public schools, practical and (applied) science education, societal institutions, local communities and partnerships with NGO’s.

I have multiple years experience in international sport development and (project) management. In particular female empowerment programs, multi-sports events and outdoor leadership experiences.

Amongst my current projects and clients, a few are:
MBO4Leisure Sports – Private governmentally certified education for sports & leisure – examiner and trainer
BOLD – Beyond Outdoor Leadership Development – leadership facilitator during outdoor expeditions in the executive field
Foundation Outdoor and Watersport Amsterdam – Supervisory Board


I advise sports organisations in making their policies, activities, marketing and communication and recruitment inclusive. I encourage diversity and support in strategic thinking.

Education & Training

I am affiliated as higher education teacher in several Dutch institutions on topics related to Sports Management, Sports Development and Research skills.

Besides that I provide specialised workshops for (sports) organisations to work on creating a culture of care, and discuss how to deal with and prevent workplace harassment.
On behalf of Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations I also provide executive education workshops in the field of female leadership.

Outdoor Leadership Coach

I am a leadership development coach during outdoor expedities in Europe. Going with a group of leaders from all ranges of business, into the remote outdoors, with only a backpack with the necessities. Moving along tracks surrounded by the force of nature, create the excellent environment to work on personal leadership challenges. Out of the comfort zone is where the learning starts.

Project Management & Marketing

I have multiple years experience in project management. In particular sport events and academic conferences, student coaching and online marketing strategies, in an European and/or academic setting, which can be of value for your organisation.

Leaders develop.

My Clients

The following list is merely intended to give you an idea of my credentials. The service I have provided before as evidence of the achievements I can secure for you.


My Experience

A few of my characteristics, next to my hands-on, pragmatic and can-do mentality. It all comes with a dose of “Dutch directness” and lots of humour.

Critical thinking


International relations


Time management






Contact Me

I welcome you to contact me for more information
about any of my services or a consultation.

You can also find me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.