WBCSD’s new LEAP program kicks off

Published: 2 Jul 2020
Type: News

Geneva, 2 July 2020: WBCSD’s new LEAP program kicked off recently on 1 June, welcoming 32 female leaders from across the world in a new online format for this first module.

LEAP is an executive program for women that strives to build the diverse and inclusive leadership that is needed to sustainably transform the systems that underpin our world. It aims to help women reach senior positions in their companies and ensure that sustainability is embedded in their leadership and included in their company strategy.

Companies participate by nominating a senior female manager for the program, along with a mentor at the highest executive level (such as CEO, CFO, etc.) who will cross-mentor a female participant from another company.

All participants take part in a year-long training program that includes three on-location weeks in person at Yale University (USA), ESADE in Madrid (Spain) and a week at the annual WBCSD Council Meeting venue (which changes every year).

Owing to the COVID-19 crisis, the initial ESADE 1 module in June was transformed into a very engaging online format.

This year, WBCSD is sponsoring six scholarships for the program from recipients of the 2019 Leading Women Awards.

“I truly believe that the LEAP program for the leading role of women is crucial to the success and sustainability of business in any organization”, said Ghazal Nemati, from Nestlé Iran and a recipient of the 2019 Leading Women Awards.

Another participant, María Aramoni from Banco Santander México said “I am very happy with the program, which has certainly exceeded my expectations”.

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