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WE Lead Food 2024

EIT Food
Belgium, Leuven
EIT Food WE Lead Consortium United Kingdom, Cambridge
Tuition fee €1,633.50 per programme

Early bird fee is 665.5 euro.

All prices are including applicable taxes (VAT 21%).

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A recent report by McKinsey entitled Women in Food has highlighted that while the food sector employs around 49% 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. Fewer women than men feel that entrepreneurial leadership is for them
2. Lack of manager support
3. Lack of 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 Lead will be addressing all of these issues during the programme and equipping participants with insights and tools to navigate existing and future food organisations as well as drive change within them. This programme offers early and mid-career researchers and professional 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 WE Lead Programme 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.

Prices without VAT (21%) are the following:

> RIS country* citizens fee: 250€ / 875€
> Non-RIS/Global citizens fee: 550€ / 1350€

Programme structure

The course will take place online over 8 weeks, from the 1st of October 2024 until the 21st of November 2024.

All sessions* start at 14:00 CET and finish at 18:00 CET, with breaks included.


> 1 Oct – Induction Day
> 8 Oct – High-Performance Teams
> 15 Oct – Motivating Others to Work with you for Impact
> 22 Oct – Creating Collective Value
> 29 Oct – Holiday: No WE Lead Food today
> 5 Nov – Conflict in Organisations
> 12 Nov – Pitch and Pledge
> 19 Nov – Leading EDI in organisations


> 3 Oct – Leading Food Sustainability
> 10 Oct – Entrepreneurial Competencies & Effectuation
> 17 Oct – Effectual Visioning
> 24 Oct – Co-creation Day
> 31 Oct – Holiday: No WE Lead Food today
> 7 Nov – Connecting for Leadership
> 14 Nov – Building Resilient Organisations
> 21 Nov – Leading Systemic Change

*All sessions are subject to change, and we will notify participants of any changes as soon as we can.

The afterparty

We know how important continued support and development is, so we won’t leave you hanging. WE Lead Food is designed to have a strong alumni network which helps our awesome agents of change to stay in touch with their cohort.

Everyone who takes part in WE Lead Food, will automatically be invited to our afterparty.

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

Apply now! WE Lead 2024
Application deadline
1 Sept 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Apply now! WE Lead 2024
Application deadline
1 Sept 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
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