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30 Thu Sep

Get to know the Female Leaders in Batch #5 of Lead F!

What is Lead F?

Lead F is a 3-month long accelerator program specifically designed to help female employees become more confident and resilient leaders. At Female Founders, we believe female entrepreneurial leaders are the key to changing the status quo and creating positive economic and societal changes for the future. 

Through our weekly workshops led by knowledgeable speakers, and our support system including  one on one mentoring, Lead F fosters a community for like-minded women to grow and learn together. Participants have the opportunity to meet with experts from across Europe who share their knowledge on topics ranging from sustainable thinking, time management, vision setting for yourself and your business, and personal branding.

Seems like a program that can help you grow personally and professionally? You’re right! 😎 If you’re ready to take the next step and be a part of our next session, you can find the link here to apply to our waitlist!

Wondering if this is the program for you? Keep reading to see where our newest community of strong women come from, why they decided to join,  what their backgrounds are, and how they will be growing their entrepreneurial and leadership skills with us for the next three months! You may find that you have more in common with the participants in this program than you think. 😉

Applications

At Female Founders, we want to get to know you as much as possible! In order to do this, our application is a three step process: an online application, a phone call, and a profile fit. We get to know you personally, your goals, your challenges, and what you hope to accomplish with our program. For our Batch 5, we had over 115 applicants. Our applicants come from 34 different countries across Europe, South Africa, Tanzania, Singapore, the United States and Canada. All of our applicants fall within one of the four employment categories:

 

 

Diving deeper than just where our applicants are working, we found the top four values of the 115+ applicants are:

  1. You embrace the unknown, stay curious and seek opportunities
  2. You respect different views and opinions
  3. You take responsibility
  4. You are authentic

We also learned that over half of the applicants have some leadership experience managing a team, with 57.4% already managing a team and 24.3% not managing a team yet but will be within a year.

Many of the applicants are also facing similar challenges in their entrepreneurial lives, ranging from:

  • Work-life balance
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Struggling to find the right approaches to grow their business
  • Difficulty in finding investors
  • Incorporating entrepreneurial qualities in their work life

And because these female leaders have acknowledged their areas of improvement, their motivations also reflect why they chose Lead F. Our applicants are most motivated by: 

  • Mentoring with the Female Founders team and community
  • Connecting with like-minded entrepreneurial women
  • Learning from our subject matter experts
  • Hands on exercises and workshops

With such an incredible group of applicants to choose from, it made our job of choosing the participants for the 5th Batch very difficult. After going through all three application stages, we were able to narrow down this group’s community to 28 entrepreneurial-minded women. These women are representing Austria, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, South Africa, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Cyprus.

What’s happening now?

We have just kicked off our first session and are so excited for what the next three months have in store. Our first session was all about getting to know each other so that we can support each other the best way possible. Our participants will be learning about personal branding, managing themselves and teams, team communication, the art of making mistakes, and leadership skills for the future. 

The experts we have lined up for this round are not only knowledgeable in their field of work, but are also recognized as Europe’s top people to watch for in the entrepreneurial world. On top of Female Founders’ own Nina Wöss and Amelia Suda, we also have:

Nina Haidinger– Mindfulness Leadership Coach

Christina Richter– Personal Branding Strategist

Paulo Andre– Vice President of Engineering at Sharpist

Imran Omari– Director of Engineering at Hotjar

Mareike Mutzberg– Culture and Communications at Lilium

Petra Wolkenstein– Scaling Expert and M&A Specialist, Managing Director Konsultori BD

Over the next ten weeks, these experts will share their tips, tricks and skills with these 28 women to help them grow into strong entrepreneurial female leaders. We want to provide everyone in the Lead F program with the best tools to put in their toolbox, and we believe these speakers will do just that! 

We want to help you become the best leader and entrepreneur that you can be! Sign up for our waiting list for the next batch so that we can help you kickstart your journey with Female Founders.

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