Women in Leadership

May 23 - 25, June 14 – 17, 2022
at SSE Riga, Strēlnieku 4a except for June 16-17 (at hotel in Jūrmala)

Take the time and space to grow. Develop your leadership, negotiating and influencing skills while reaching a greater understanding of your strengths.

The Women in Leadership Programme is an outstanding opportunity for senior women leaders with at least six years of managerial experience.  The Programme has been specifically designed to empower, challenge, inspire and develop ambitious women leaders who want to take their leadership to the next level. The Programme aims to boost leadership skills, achieve potential as a negotiator and influencer, and focus on strategic self-development to understand how to lead and what is needed in order to lead.



Programme benefits

  • Hear cutting-edge ideas about leadership and learn tried and tested techniques for overcoming the unique challenges faced by women leaders.
  • Become a stronger negotiator, influencer, communicator and leader.
  • Understand your own leadership, communication and negotiation style and translate it into strategy and action.
  • Develop a broader strategic outlook on local and global challenges and find solutions both in the workplace and life as a whole.

Who is the programme for?

  • Middle and senior level women leaders with more than ten years of experience in a leadership role.
  • Executives and functional managers who aspire to positions of greater influence and authority in their organizations.
  • Women identified as high-potential talent by their organizations.
  • New mid-level and senior-level line-manager team leaders.
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners.

This is an international programme, so we welcome applications from ambitious women high-achievers from different countries and all sectors, including private, public and NGOs.

Programme at a glance

  • Seven-day programme for experienced women executives.
  • The programme is composed of four interconnected modules aimed to accelerate personal and professional development.
  • Strong focus on sharing professional experience and discussions.
  • Small international group ensures an environment of intimacy, safety and trust
  • Immediate application of lessons learned to career and personal development.


The Women in Leadership Programme ‒ guided by three themes: leadership, strategic self-development, persuasion and negotiation ‒ will be delivered in four modules. Exclusive events form part of the programme – such as networking dinner with alumni of the programme to share, grow and network, as well as a seaside retreat to learn and reflect.

Module 1: Leadership

led by Mette Stuhr, Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD

Become a better leader by building powerful relationships, understanding your own leadership style, and embracing change.

Module 2: Resilience in Leadership

led by Mette Stuhr and Kata Fredheim, Executive Vice President Partnership and Strategy at SSE Riga 

Build resilience by learning to deal with adverse events in life. Understand leadership roles in the global context of gender and diversity and become an agent of change.

Module 3: Persuasion and Negotiation

led by Javier Marcos, an inspiring educator, Associate Professor of Strategic Sales Management and Negotiation at Cranfield School of Management

Practice the art of persuasion and negotiation with specific focus on effective communication.

Module 4: Strategic Self Development using Transactional Analysis

led by Linda Hoeben, coach, psychotherapist and senior international trainer, founder and owner of the training institute “For People on the Move”

Understand yourself and what you offer to others. Get new ideas on how to communicate, balance work and personal life and be aware of resources at your disposal.


Programme Director

Dr Kata Fredheim
Executive Vice President Partnership and Strategy, SSE Riga 

Kata has vast international managerial experience and has worked with governments, funders, and other research institutions as head of the International Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge and developing the Judge Business School’s accelerator programme, helping early-stage ventures succeed. Kata is a social anthropologist. Her research is on migration, gender, internationalization and higher education. She holds degrees from Utrecht (NL), Bristol (UK) and Canterbury (NZ).

Participation fee

EUR 4550 + VAT

This includes all programme materials and catering. It does not include accommodation and travel costs, except for the travel and accommodation for the last module, to be held in a seaside resort.

Application process

If you are interested, please get in touch with Ieva Muižniece, Director of Executive Education Department, at ieva.muizniece@sseriga.edu.

We accept applications from December 16, 2021 to April 11, 2022.

Potential applicants will be invited for interview before being accepted on the programme.

The maximum number of programme participants is limited to 18.

Programme Calendar

Ieva Muižniece
Director of Executive Education Department. Read More

The Women in Leadership Programme at SSE Riga is very well-considered and thorough. Participants go through a selection process and it is a pleasure to share this learning experience with highly motivated and open women. For me, the most powerful was the personal development dimension and opportunity to learn through experience by analysing individual cases and situations.

— Baiba Zūzena
Management consultant in digital transformation, innovation and strategic leadership BAIBA ZUZENA consulting

It is a common notion that leaders have to be invincible and many of them want to be that. This programme and especially the module on self-development touched the core and all the painful aspects of being invincible and gave another meaning to the phrase “It's only business”. The Programme gave me valuable thoughts and perspectives on leadership and self-development.

— Agnese Kleina
Editor-publisher, Benji Knewman; Managing director and concept designer, Zuzeum Art Centre

Every module of this programme resonated with me and gave me food for thought. I highly value that professional and personal aspects are covered in equal parts. The opportunity to reflect and analyse myself as a leader and as a personality is the most valuable aspect, I am taking from the Women in Leadership Programme at SSE Riga. 


— Zane Ozola
Co-owner, Baltic Design Addiction; Brand Director, I’mperfect