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A recent report by McKinsey entitled Women in Food has highlighted that while the food sector employs around 60% women at entry levels, in the upper levels these numbers drop to as low as 9%. The reasons are many and complex but some key ones identified in the report and through the work of the WE Lead partners are:

1. Less women then men feel that entrepreneurial leadership is for them
2. Lack of manager support
3. Significant systemic commitment to gender and diversity matters within organisations
4. Explicit and implicit signalling about privileged leadership stereotypes
5. Ineffective, or worse, undermining communications about gender matters

WE Leads will be addressing all of these issues during the programme and equiping participants with insights and tools to navigate exisiting and future food orginisations as well as drive change within them. This summer school offers early and mid-career researchers and professionals women an opportunity to explore and develop both their entrepreneurial and leadership self, address systemic issues, define their vision for a more sustainable food system, and devise a plan for the change each one wants to drive.

The school is made up of interactive sessions designed to unlock and develop the entrepreneurial mindset and capabilities of the participants in the context of leading in the complex and changing food industry. The experiential component will be complemented by a leadership development plan and a mentoring programme to challenge and progress the development plan. Each participant will have access to industry, academic and/or policy mentors, cross-sector industry leaders network and the tools to leverage both entrepreneurial and collective leadership ways of working.

Programme structure

The programme will take place over two weekends, we will start in Cambridge, UK and continue the programme in Madrid, Spain with sufficient time in between the weekends for delegates to apply and test their learning in their respective workplaces, with mentor support.

Part 1: Cambridge, 12-14th October, 2019

Mentoring and Learning application time in own workplace.

Part 2: Madrid, 15-17th November, 2019

All programme details and logistics will be provided to applicants offered a place on the programme.

Apply now! WE Lead 2019
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 11, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States