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Women Up is a leadership initiative with the aim to develop the next generation of top leaders through training and mentorship. It was initiated by Maud Olofsson under the umbrella of Hillary Clinton‘s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership (ICWBL).


Women Up was initiated by Maud Olofsson under the umbrella of Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL) and is a global initiative led by Maud and McKinsey & Company.

In 2011, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formed the International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL), to address the female leadership gap. The Council consists of 20 representatives, all of whom are among the world's most senior women leaders of public and private sector organizations. In 2012, Maud Olofsson, as chairman of the sub-committee on leadership of the ICWBL, explored best practices world-wide to promote development of women leaders. As a result, Maud Olofsson launched the global leadership initiative Women Up, in collaboration with McKinsey & Company.

Women Up is a year-long program in which a group of 40 high-potential women are brought together in a leadership development program designed by McKinsey & Company, based upon the Centered Leadership concept. The program also includes a group of senior leaders - women and men - from business and society acting as mentors. In addition, each participant will commit to identify three junior mentees within her own organization or network to inspire and cultivate throughout the year. Women Up was first launched in Brazil in the summer of 2013, followed by the Swedish program during 2014.

Women Up Sweden is bringing together 13 founding partners and women from a wide variety of backgrounds in business, entrepreneurship and public sector. It will be launched with a press conference at Hotell Skeppsholmen on the morning of January 29. Details to follow closer to the date.

.centered leadership

McKinsey & Company‘s Centered Leadership program is the result of several years of research, led by former McKinsey & Company Senior Partner Joanna Barsh, on what it takes to enable women leaders to achieve and sustain fulfilling careers in senior positions. The objective of the Centered Leadership program is to cultivate the skills and mind-set needed for success. The program inspires and helps participants find their personal way to achieving maximum impact and inspire others to follow.

Centered leadership model
  • Self-awareness
  • Reflection
  • Adaptability
  • Reciprocity
  • Network
  • Sponsorship
  • Community
  • Happiness
  • Core strengths
  • Purpose
  • Voice, take action
  • Ownership
  • Risks and fears
  • Sources of energy
  • Recovery
  • Flow


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