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 leadership profile or accelerate their careers. Get ready for leadership with this three-month program. Drive your success with cutting-edge leadership skills, a can-do mindset and access to the network of a leading global business school and all it has to offer. Find the sparring partners and tools you need for your career and meet like-minded women in a unique modular program that will fit into your busy schedule.

Key Facts

Program Structure

Three modules, two days each

Course Period

September- November 2024

Application deadline

August 25, 2024


On site, Mannheim, Germany



Number of participants

Up to 15

Course Fee

7,500 €, Early-bird price 6,500 € if you register by 21 July


Certificate awarded by Mannheim Business School

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 lack of role models and the unconscious biases ingrained in corporate culture. Let us change this, starting with you! Our modular 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. 

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)

Upcoming Information Events

11. Jul 2024

Identify and develop your leadership capabilities!


Key leadership skills and the path to finding your personal strengths and 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

Executive MBA level teaching at Germany's #1 Business School

Transformative in-person learning experience with a strong group of like-minded women

The opportunity to network with MBS alumni, program participants and corporate contacts


This is the program for you if you want to further enhance your leadership skills, develop your personal growth strategies, and make a bigger impact at your company or in your personal brand.

  • Prerequisites are a higher education degree, at least three years of work experience, good English language skills, and ideally first leadership or project management experience
  • Three two-day modules on Fridays and Saturdays (only three working days) spread over three months
  • Two individual online coaching sessions
  • Program start: September 5, 2024
  • Fee: €7,500 including all courses, workshops and materials, two counseling sessions, and meals during the modules. Tax Benefit: You can get back up to 50% of the program fee and travel costs in German taxation depending on your personal tax status in Germany. Outside of Germany, please check details with a tax advisor in your country of residence.
  • Early-bird offer: Register by July 21, 2024, to save €1,000!
  • Alumni and participants at Mannheim Business School their wives and co-habiting partners, and alumni, staff and participants of the University of Mannheim are eligible for a 20% discount.
  • Discount of €1,900 on the degree program if you decide to study one of our Executive MBA programs after doing the Female Leadership Accelerator

Course Overview and Schedule

Class Profile


Our Female Leadership Accelerator cohorts represent a diverse range of fields, including finance, engineering, the humanities, and the tech industry. Our participants are a dynamic and multifaceted group of professionals, with an average age of 30 to 46 years and between 7 and 23 years of post-graduate work experience. Most participants hold a master's degree and represent a wide array of nationalities, fostering a rich and diverse exchange of perspectives within the cohort.


  • Strengths-based Leadership; 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 style. 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.
  • Corporate Culture and Leadership

    You will learn to analyze and visualize corporate cultures, and to change corporate cultures through effective leadership. You will deepen your understanding of various aspects of corporate culture and its influence on business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

    Through this course, you will gain the ability to:

    • Understand the onion model of corporate culture and identify different types of corporate culture.
    • Comprehend the relationship between corporate culture and CSR, as well as the relationship between corporate culture and the distinction between the shareholder and stakeholder approach.
    • Differentiate between management and leadership.
    • Gain a thorough understanding of transformational leadership and new leadership.

    You will also develop the ability to apply these concepts in real-world scenarios, effectively leveraging leadership to foster positive cultural change within your organization.


  • 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 enable your development and the whole team’s ability to engage in open and honest sparring and discussion.

  • Positive Energy Management

    In this workshop, you will delve into the concept of positive energy management, learning how to maintain a positive mindset amidst adversity and chaos. You will discover how to present yourself as a strong and inspiring female leader, drawing from your best self.

    As part of this enriching learning experience, you will explore the importance of maintaining overall health for female leaders, emphasizing the significance of both physical and mental well-being.

    You will:

    • Develop a clear understanding of the "four batteries" and how to charge them to stay fully engaged and perform at your best. This is achieved through a combination of theory and best practices from the facilitator and participants.
    • Gain deeper insights into your personal values and priorities, enabling you to connect more effectively with your inner resources and enhance your leadership skills.
    • Experience the effectiveness of selected exercises for recharging your batteries and learn how to perform these exercises independently.

    This workshop will equip you with the tools and knowledge to manage your energy positively, empowering you to lead with resilience and vitality.

  • Negotiation

    The negotiation workshop will make you familiar with basic negotiation concepts and principles that will guide you to achieve win–win agreements and enhance the likelihood of maintaining positive relations between all parties involved. You will build your own negotiation style inventory and practice handling situations such as saying “no” positively, managing power differences, interpreting non-verbal cues, and navigating emotions, both your 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. Thomas Armbrüster

Prof. Thomas Armbrüster heads the research group Knowledge Management, Human Resources and Leadership at the University of Marburg and regularly holds courses in leadership, employee management, corporate culture and change management at Mannheim Business School. He has been supporting numerous managers at all hierarchical levels in their professional development as a senior executive leadership trainer and leadership coach for more than 10 years.

Prof. Armbrüster holds a degree in industrial engineering from TU Berlin. He spent several years working in management consultancies before completing his doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science and habilitating at TU Berlin. This was followed by research stays at the European University Institute in Florence, Stanford University and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, among others. After several years at private universities, some of them in management positions, he was appointed Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Erfurt in 2012 and has been Professor of Knowledge Management and Human Resource Management at the University of Marburg since 2015. His research interests also include management consulting, human resources management, and leadership.

Katja Müller

In her capacity as a psychology professor for over 14 years, Katja Müller has developed her expertise in understanding and maximizing human potential, as well as her talent for translating complex ideas into easily understood models or tools that have practical wisdom to them.

In addition to owning a Coaching and Leadership Development company, she globally trains other coaches and has a passion for growing high potentials. She serves as a bilingual executive and team coach and workshop leader for the high potentials of KPMG, Porsche, Cisco, BMW, and the Executive MBA programs of the Mannheim Business School and ESSEC Paris.

Prior to her coaching and teaching career, she worked as a team leader for Volkswagen on EU-funded projects. She has since broadened her insights into different industries by coaching leaders and teams in sectors ranging from non-profit to aerospace, medicine, automotive, technology, and banking.  Katja has lived and worked in many countries, which has given her a deep appreciation for cultural diversity and the value of different perspectives. 

All of Katja’s work is in service of making a positive difference in how people are with themselves and others and to empower people to own their unique and soulful leadership style, impact and best version of themselves from the inside out. Her areas of expertise include personal development and authentic leadership, emotional intelligence and communication, strengths-based leadership, female leadership, conflict management and change.

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.

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 the network of a leading global business school with 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.


Registrations are now open. Our Manager for Open Programs & Certificates Ramona Delić (delic@mannheim-business-school.com) will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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