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.