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WE Lead Food
WE Lead Food

WE Lead Food

Do you want to make a real difference?

Now, more than ever, is an ideal time. We are creating a network of women leaders who wish to drive change, innovation and sustainability within the food sector as we face supply chain challenges. All you need to be is a woman who is passionate and committed about driving change within the food sector.

Smash glass ceilings. Take the leap and let’s soar together.

The WE Lead Food Programme is designed to equip you with the tools to make that difference and achieve results. The network is open to all discipline backgrounds; research, business, policy, civil society members. The WE Lead Food Programme will continue to be offered online, as it started to happen in 2020 and has been designed specifically to ensure a high level of interactions, spontaneity and dynamism to build the network and opportunities for collaboration.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all places have been filled.

A recent report by McKinsey entitled ‘Women in Food’ has highlighted that while the food sector employs around 49% of 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 than 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 Lead will be addressing all of these issues during the programme and equiping participants with insights and tools to navigate exiting and future food organisations as well as drive change within them. This programme 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.

For the full report please visit here.

Smash glass ceilings. Take the leap and let’s soar together.

We are grateful to all our esteemed mentors and contributors. Hear from Severine Balick, Food and Agritech VC and WE Lead Food Programme Mentor 2019.

 

When we look at the number of women entrepreneurs that receive funding in Europe, it's still less than 6-7%
Severine Balick, Food and Agtech VC

Join WE Lead Food and work with other women in the Food sector like:
Milena LazarevskaDr Sue Bailey Food Historian and Food ScientistAnna Traylor SME Strategy Specialist with EIT Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking back at the WE Lead Food Programme 2020. 99% of participants said they would recommend it to a friend.

For any questions or help while completing your application, contact us via email: weleadfood.community@outlook.com

Programme Structure

The WE Lead programme offers 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
  • devise a plan for the change

The 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.

The programme will take place online over 6 weeks from the 2nd November. 3 full days and every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during these 6 weeks.

Modules covered in 2021
Leading Food Sustainability
High performance teams
Entrepreneurial Competences
Motivating Knowledge Workers
Visioning and Effectuation
Creating collective value
Planning for Success
Connecting for Leadership
Pitch and Pledge
Intergenerational Leadership
Conflict in Organisations
Leading Change 
Innovation Ecosystems and Impact

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

Entry Requirements

This program is targeted to:

  • Those who identify as women
  • Have a passion and commitment to drive the transformation a more sustainable food system
  • Currently in, or have been in, a leadership position in the food system
  • All discipline backgrounds welcome
  • Research, Business, Policy, Civil Society members welcome

Course Fees

Applications to join WE Lead Food 2021 will remain open until places are full.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all places have been filled.

Due to the continued disruptions in across the global economies due to COVID, the programme is delighted to have secured support to be able to offer more places at reduced fees for 2021 irrespective of date of application.

2021 Fee = 350 Euros (discounted down from 1,250 Euros) + VAT

2021 RIS* Fee = 175 Euros (Discounted down from 850 Euros) + VAT

We will never discriminate on the ability to pay. Excellent candidates are encouraged to apply and discuss their situation once they are accepted and rated as Excellent or Exceptional by the review panel.

*A fee discount is offered to citizens from specific countries that are part of the Regional Innovation Scheme. Participants eligible to take part in the WE Lead Food as a RIS participant (2021-2024) MUST be a citizen of:

  • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. 
  • Horizon Europe Associated Countries*: Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.
  • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Partners

EUFIC
PEPSICO
UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE MADRID
University of Cambridge
Aarhus University
RisingFoodStars

Project Lead

Shima Barakat
Institution

University of Cambridge

Contact details

sb679@cam.ac.uk

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