Female Leadership Accelerator

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Identify, Define and Develop your Leadership Capabilities

For women who want to break the glass ceiling, recalibrate their professional profile or accelerate their careers. Get ready for leadership with this six-month blended learning program. Drive your success with cutting-edge business knowledge, a can-do mindset and access to the complete Mannheim Network and all it has to offer. Find the sparring partners and tools you need for your career transition and meet like-minded women in a unique modular program that will fit into your busy schedule.

Female CEOs

16 % of SMEs in Germany are currently led by women

(Source: KFW Research)

Female Management

28 % of middle and senior management jobs in Germany are held by women

(Source: KFW Research)

Female Board Members

23 % of board members of DAX 40 companies are women

(Source: AllBright Foundation)

It is time for a change: Women are equal to men in the eyes of the law and possess equivalent or even higher educational qualifications, skills and leadership competences. However, they still remain underrepresented in management. The causes for this are varied and complex, reflecting the general conditions for reconciling family and career, the lacking role models and the unconscious biases ingrained in corporate culture. Let us change this, starting with you! Our part-time program will enable you to break the boundaries, develop an authentic leadership identity, hone your strengths and prepare for the next step in your career. 

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Cutting-edge general management knowledge in relevant fields such as sustainability, digital transformation, agility and change, financial strategy and value-based management, and customer centricity

Key leadership skills and the path to finding your authentic leadership identity

Strategic networking and negotiation skills to win supporters, drive change, increase visibility and manage conflict

Sparring partners and the tools you need for your career transition

A strong group of like-minded women, plus the opportunity to network with MBS alumni, program participants and corporate contacts


This is the program for you if you want to transition your career into a leadership position, re-enter the workforce after a full-time caregiving role or some other break, or make a career in Germany part of your expat experience.

  • Prerequisites are a higher education degree, at least three years of work experience and good English language skills
  • Certificate awarded by Mannheim Business School
  • Four two-day modules on Fridays and Saturdays (only four working days) spread over six months
  • Modules alternate between Mannheim and online transfer sessions two weeks after each course
  • Program start: September 29, 2023
  • Three individual online coaching sessions
  • Course period: September 2023 – March 2024
  • Fee: €9,900 including all courses, workshops and materials, three counseling sessions, hotel accommodation for the Friday nights and meals during the modules. Tax Benefit: You can get back up to 50% of the program fee and travel costs in German taxation. Outside of Germany, please check details with a tax advisor in your country of residence.
  • Reduced fee of €7,900 for MBS and University of Mannheim alumni, their wives and co-habiting partners, staff and cooperating companies

Course Overview and Schedule


  • Strategic Leadership from a Female Perspective; Reflections on Female Leadership

    During this course, you will explore the qualities of successful leadership and discover the unique characteristics that contribute to your authentic leadership. Immersed in a transformative learning experience, you will define and chart a course to your authentic leadership by (re-)defining and developing your leadership identity, honing your leadership skills and preparing yourself to lead in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment.

    Upon completion, you will be able to:

    • Develop a clear understanding of your inherent leadership identity, strengths, weaknesses and core values, and how to leverage them to effectively lead yourself and others.
    • Gain insights into what science knows about effective leadership and high-performing teams.
    • Recognize and overcome the unique challenges that women in leadership positions face, and develop strategies to navigate these obstacles.
    • Build your confidence as a leader and enhance your communication and collaboration skills to effectively influence and inspire your teams.
    • Understand the importance of work–life integration and develop strategies to balance your personal and professional responsibilities.
  • Customer Centricity

    This course will enable you to:

    • Understand the role of the customer for effective marketing programs.
    • Design customer-centric value propositions that will help in gaining a competitive advantage in the market.
    • Align products and services with customer needs and enhance the customer journey.
  • The Twin Transformation: Why Data and Sustainability have to be Combined

    While companies have managed to overcome the disruption triggered by the pandemic, digitalization has become an integral part of their responses and roadmaps for the future. Looking ahead to next year, it is clear that digital technologies will continue to play a critical role in corporate strategy and success. A comprehensive digital transformation not only enables a company to work faster and more efficiently, but can also change the perception of how companies solve problems.

    Companies are simultaneously facing the crucial challenge of designing and transforming their business models to be more sustainable, comprehensive and flexible. However, these global trends are neither an option nor a choice for one or the other. Digital transformation and sustainability go hand in hand. Today, digital transformation and sustainability are becoming mainstream trends in modern business. Digital transformation will help companies make sustainable investment decisions and build and develop ESG datasets in a methodical manner. In turn, disclosure of the company’s ESG datasets will lead to better long-term results than the competition.

    This module will specifically provide you with an all-around perspective of digital and sustainable transformation, and learn how to leverage it to become a disruptor in the industry.

    • Dealing with Disruption: Recognize and define disruption in its various forms and learn common disruption strategies.
    • Business Models: Identify and design digital and sustainable business models to create value.
    • Ecosystem Evolution: Examine the importance of ecosystems from different viewpoints and learn how to predict the evolution of new ecosystems.
  • Financial Strategy & Value-based Management

    Value-based management is a management approach that puts a company’s value at the center of all management decisions and activities. The course will deliver a detailed overview of value creation but, rather than focusing on conventional performance metrics, it will provide a holistic view and additional knowledge on what drives value creation.

    This course also includes financial accounting and reporting from a leadership perspective, enabling participants to understand the link between external reporting and internal decision-making.


  • Team Building

    An important element of the first module of the Female Leadership Accelerator program is to establish a sense of belonging and psychological safety within the team of participants. This will create enablers of each individual participant’s development and the whole team’s ability to engage in open and honest sparring and discussion.

  • Agility & Change Management

    This workshop will clarify what agility and agile work are, the role agility plays in group and team dynamics, and how to lead agile teams. Participants will gain an overview of change cycles and processes, understand the intersection between agility and change, and find out how they can manage their team as a leader in times of change and in the different phases of change.

  • Negotiation

    This workshop will familiarize the participants with basic negotiation concepts and principles that will guide them to win–win agreements and increase the likelihood of keeping good relations between the parties involved. Building their own negotiation style inventory, participants will practice situations such as saying “no” in a positive way and dealing with power differences, non-verbal behavior and emotions (their own and those of the other party).


High-profile Academics and Coaches Contributing to the Program

Mette Nørr Gantzhorn

Mette Nørr Gantzhorn is an experienced corporate leader in topics related to inclusion, diversity, well-being and change management leadership. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Aarhus University and has previously held several senior leadership positions within People & Organization, garnering extensive experience in consultancy. Before establishing her own business, she was Head of Global Inclusion, Diversity & Well-Being at Ørsted following more than 11 years at Novo Nordisk, most recently serving as Director and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Throughout her career, she has focused on ensuring that companies create the context, culture, systems and mindsets where everyone, no matter who they are, will be able to perform at their best.

“As a leader, mother and business psychologist, I am passionately curious about what drives change – in people, between people, in organizations and in cultures. How do we create future fit companies, where people are being respected for who they are, appreciated for what they bring to the table and rewarded equally for what they accomplish while living sustainable lives? Because the best companies are where the best people want to work. This is what excites me and keeps me hungry.” She has also contributed to books, articles and podcasts on diversity, inclusion and change leadership through behavioral design.

Prof. Dr. Regina Raschke

Following roles in the Training and Business Development departments of Robert Bosch GmbH and as an authorized signatory at Mannheim Business School, Regina Raschke has established herself as a trainer, facilitator and coach, supporting organizations in their innovation and change processes.

She specializes in strategic management, leadership, human resource development, team management, soft skills/21st century skills, innovation and change management, and human centered design.

Regina Raschke studied business administration, completed her MBA at Mannheim Business School, Warwick Business School (UK) and ESSEC Business School (France), and received her Ph.D. at the University of Mannheim (under Prof. Homburg). She spent many years abroad (including four years in China) and has worked with people, teams and organizations from various cultures.

Since 2015, she is Professor of Business Administration, esp. Marketing & Human Resource Management at Ludwigshafen University of Applied Science and since 2019, she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of TSG ResearchLab gGmbH.

Prof. Dr. Florian Stahl

Prof. Florian Stahlis chair of Quantitative Marketing and Consumer Analytics at the University of Mannheim, co-director of the Mannheim Center for Data Science and Academic Director of the Master in Management Analytics and Master in Sustainability & Impact Measurement programs. Prof. Stahl’s research interests are primarily in empirical quantitative marketing, marketing analytics and business economics. His research specifically addresses business-related questions of the digital economy and the digital transformation of marketing processes and strategies.

The results of Prof. Stahl’s research have been published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research and won him numerous awards, including the IJRM Best Paper Award in 2014, the H. Paul Root Award in 2012 and the Robert D. Buzzell MSI Best Paper Award in 2012. Prof. Stahl holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia Business School in New York and Assistant Professor of Quantitative Marketing in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Zürich.

Prof. Dr. Jens Wüstemann

Prof. Jens Wüstemann is chair of Business Administration and Auditing. He earned his Ph.D. at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, and visited the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the New York University Stern School of Business and ESSEC Business School in Paris. His research focuses on accounting theory, national and international accounting, business valuation and corporate governance and auditing, which are examined using both normative and empirical methods. Since 2010, Prof. Wüstemann has acted as President of Mannheim Business School, the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim.

Prof. Dr. Monika Schuhmacher

Prof. Monika Schuhmacher is chair of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, where she is also director of the Entrepreneurship Cluster Mittelhessen and spokesperson for the research cluster “Managing Dissolving Boundaries in a Digital Era” at the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies. In the past, Monika Schuhmacher lectured at the University of Mannheim, Mannheim Business School, Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and ESSEC Graduate School in France.

Monika Schuhmacher studied at the University of Mannheim (Dipl.-Kffr.) and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (MBA). Upon returning to Germany, she obtained her doctoral and post-doctoral qualifications at the University of Mannheim.

Her research focuses mainly on technology and innovation management and marketing, open innovation, reverse innovation, business model innovation, digitization and the Internet of Things, and entrepreneurial marketing. Prof. Schuhmacher is also a consultant in technology management, innovation management and marketing for international companies, and cooperates in research and teaching with well-known companies such as Daimler, BASF, Bosch, Grohe and Roche. Additionally, she is a member of various juries that award entrepreneur and founder prizes.

Fieke Harinck

Fieke Harinck, Ph.D., has been in academia since 1990, first as a student of social psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, then as a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at the University of Amsterdam and since 2001, as an assistant professor at Leiden University. She studies negotiation and conflict management, and delivers lectures on power, motivation and leadership in organizations. Apart from working at the university, she is an independent trainer and coach in negotiation and communication, with a keen interest in empowering women in these fields.

Hjalmar Hagen

Following his studies in business mathematics, Hjalmar Hagen held various positions in the financial services industry. In 2016, he established himself as a freelance trainer and mediator, and subsequently joined Breuel & Partner in 2018, becoming a shareholder and managing director in 2019. He supports companies in their organizational development and change processes, team development, leadership training, conflict management and other areas. He also delivers personality development seminars and provides systemic consulting on leadership, communication, dealing with conflicts and change, agility and resilience.

Make the Most of the Mannheim Advantage

Benefit from our proven experience in developing and running leadership and personal development programs.

Gain access to the complete Mannheim Network of more than 4,500 business professionals worldwide offering a huge diversity in terms of professional and personal backgrounds. Since we keep up with our alumni and their careers, we can connect you with the best person for any question you may have.

Introduce yourself to potential employers and learn about the various industries and organizations at our flagship recruiting event, the MBS Career Week.

Mannheim, which is located right in the heart of Europe in Germany’s Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, is easy to reach by ICE train.


Registration details for the intake 2024 will be published here soon. Manager Open Programs & Certificates Ramona Delić (delic@mannheim-business-school.com) will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the next intake in 2024.

Good to know: Tax offices usually recognize costs for your further education if they are job-related.

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