WE Lead Food online programme

Join our network of women leaders who wish to drive change, innovation and sustainability within the food sector!


WE Lead Food is the network for women in the food sector.

Based on the Three Cs of collective leadership - cooperate, collaborate and cocreate - WE Lead Food is creating enabling environments where women leaders thrive and can be inspired by other women leaders.

We are building:

  • a global network of passionate and committed women leaders
  • a leadership toolkit to drive change and deliver a more sustainable and inclusive food system

The WE Lead Food programme is designed for people who identify as women and:

  • 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.

We love diversity, and so all backgrounds and disciplines are welcome, from research, business, policy, and civil society.

We are currently open to applications for women who are committed to driving change within the food sector, from all over the world.

*We don't discriminate on age and take a broad view on leadership from graduates who have taken a leadership role amongst their peers, founders of local charities, public sector managers, entrepreneurs, senior managers in industry and more.


The full course fees (application deadline: 31 August 2023):

RIS country* citizens fee - EUR 850
Non-RIS/Global citizens - EUR 1 250

*All prices are excluding applicable taxes.

Early Bird Discounts (For applications submitted before the 30 of June 2023):

RIS country citizens early bird fee – 175 Euros
Non-RIS/Global citizens early bird fee – 350 Euros

*All prices are excluding applicable taxes.


This programme provides you with the space and time you need for more strategic and innovative thinking. We will work with you to:

  • explore and develop your entrepreneurial self and your leadership self,
  • define your vision for a more sustainable food system,
  • devise a plan to realise your vision.

You will also connect with women from across the world, from diverse professional backgrounds, who share your passion and commitment to creating a better food system.

Career Opportunities

During the WE Lead Food programme, we will work with you to challenge and progress your individual development plan. Throughout the process, you will have access to an expert group of industry, academic and policy specialists, a cross-sector industry leaders’ network and the tools to leverage both entrepreneurial and collective leadership ways of working.

The programme is structured around a combination of talks, facilitated group work, individual work, 1-2-1 clinics and networking, providing you with the optimum environment in which to shape your ideas, get support, learn new tools and build collaborative relationships which last well beyond the programme.

Current modules covered in WE Lead Food include:

  • 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

The programme will take place online over an 8-week period. Sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings, from 15:00 CET.

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.

Duration & Dates

The programme will take place online over an 8-week period. It will start in early October 2023, and end in late November 2023.

Sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings, from 15:00 CET.

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

Application deadline: 31 August 2023

Read more and apply now!