A Life-Changing Experience

Each and every one of our students had a key role to play at the Schools. They were not only there to learn and make new friends: they brought their unique perspective as future leaders, and shared their experiences as young women willing to make a difference.
The week-long programme enabled them to create everlasting connections, grow personally and professionally, and dive into both the future of technology and the local culture. In their own words:

Nanna Marie Tørring Koefoed

Winter School 2022,Nice

"What a week! The Winter School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age was filled with amazing experiences. Inspiring panels, hands-on workshops, challenging discussions – the list goes on! The opportunity to be inspired by and directly discuss with decision-makers was highly motivating and insightful, and their enthusiasm to engage with us was remarkable. The development I am recognized for - personally and professionally - after The Winter School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age is astounding, and inspires me to continue this exciting journey in leadership. In Nice I gained, besides an enormous amount of new knowledge on how to be an inclusive leader of sustainable development, 27 truly inspiring friends from all across Europe. Alongside these wonderful women anything feels possible! The sense of community created during the week is beyond compare, and the friendships will forever be dear to me."

Laura John

Winter School 2022,Nice

"20 years from now, we will look back to the beginning of our professional careers and remember a handful of decisive moments that shaped our paths. The European Leadership Academy is certainly one of these moments. With a group of 27 brilliant, purpose-driven and smart women, the winter school is not comparable to anything I experienced before. It was inspiring, it was challenging, it was intense. But beyond all, it was a unique chance to build a network of people who will support me along the way – be it as a mentor or a friend. Furthermore, I learned incredibly much in the short time frame. The public speaking, leadership and creative coding masterclasses were hold by extremely experienced coaches and the many personal conversations with CEOs, political decision-makers and thought-leaders opened exciting new perspectives. For me, the leadership academy was a truly wonderful experience, and I can recommend every woman with a strong will to shape our digital future to apply."

Annija Grūbe

Winter School 2022,Nice

"The field of technology is leaving the frame of “a man’s job” and expanding in its diversity. European Leadership Academy is the perfect opportunity for young women to learn how to make a positive impact, take a sustainable leadership position and gain an insight in the digital world. Over the span of a week, we had the opportunity to learn, to improve, to connect with like-minded women and network with the best professionals across Europe. The participation in the Winter School for Female Leadership in the Digital age really transformed my motivation to do more, my aspirations and assured me of the many possibilities for female leadership. I now have strong female leaders to look up to all across Europe. If I had the possibility, I would undoubtedly apply once again for this life-changing event. Moreover, I would encourage any young woman to use this opportunity, if she is up for motivation, risk, going out of her comfort zone, new knowledge, an ever-expanding network and new endeavours!"

Jana Havránková

Winter School 2022,Nice

"A truly unique and life-changing experience! I applied for the Winter School quite spontaneously, thinking it was just a course like any other. However, the moment I arrived in Nice, I realized how special and important this opportunity was going to be for me. Since Day 1 our program was packed with different masterclasses, panels, and workshops, giving us many opportunities to network and get to know each other. We learned how to code in Python, dived into the techniques of public speaking, and even tapped into our inner insecurities…The diversity of activities allowed us to receive a well-rounded education and to feel as empowered as never before. The many important lessons I learned will have an ever-lasting impact on me. I have not only gained great friends, but also many new role models and mentors to look up to."

Maila Cimino

Winter School 2022,Nice

"One of the core values which the Academy advertises during its application and selection process, is that this is 'a life-changing experience.' Indeed, I can confirm such. Regardless of one's background, values, knowledge and awareness, and life principles, the Academy creates a family and a long-lasting bond. Each and every participant arrived back to their countries different then when they left, and the ability of getting to know and keep into contact with individuals from diverging states is truly a gift. The Academy cares for the young female leaders of tomorrow by providing the tools and necessary requisites to aid them in believing in themselves, overcome that which scares them, and fight the injustices present nowadays. Numerous of topics and issues are discussed, with workshops and activities prepared to strengthen one's knowledge and learn even further. Still cannot come to terms that such experience has come and passed, truly a gift in disguise which will be cherished forever. An unforgettable experience!"

Austėja Keturkaitė

Winter School 2022,Nice

"Once-in-a-lifetime-experience. I met one girl just about my age from every EU country, and the friendships I made are something to value for the rest of my life."

Jasmine Sackey

Winter School 2022,Nice

"The week felt surreal, sometimes I still can't believe that I was able to join such an amazing group of women to learn and grow together. But whether I can believe it or not these 5 days have made a lasting impact on me as a person. Both in my professional life and my personal life. And I just know that this experience has had the same impact on each and everyone of the participants. It has given us new tools to tackle the challenges we face every day and made us more aware of the tools we already had. We have bonded together and truly formed a unique bond with each other while we learned, worked, laughed and even cried together."

Iida Ahola

Winter School 2022,Nice

"The Winter School in Nice was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The program was challenging and taught me a lot. We heard many interesting and inspiring speeches and participated in masterclasses on variable topics. The best part of the week was befriending all the other participants from all around Europe. Our different backgrounds but similar goals and values guaranteed that we all broadened our way of thinking. These girls, who I now call my friends, were and continue to be an amazing support system even after we all returned home. I am beyond excited to see what comes next for each of us and this program!"

Giulia D'Aleo

Winter School 2022,Nice

"The experience at the Winter School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age was definitely unique and pleasantly surprising. All the expectations on the variety and the high profile of the team and the speakers were met if not exceeded. We’ve been welcomed, inspired and pushed to grow trough masterclasses and panels hosted incredible people operating in the field of digital technologies, leadership, public speaking, and cyber security. But what is not written in the program is that the whole week is plunged into a positive and nurturing environment, where people are encouraged to be strong and kind, determined and humble, to challenge their own comfort zones and to be comfortable in sharing weaknesses with other people. I perceived a new and diverse narration of what being a leader means, that I now carry with me in my everyday activities."

Dženana Selimović

Winter School 2022,Nice

"Going into this journey I knew, I would not be able to change myself in these few days, but what happened was truly amazing. In these few days, you get to meet amazing people, the best of best in their fields. The connections you get are astonishing, and what amazed me the most was, how every single one of them is so humble and willing to let you in what they do, and give you a look in that field. Meeting girls from each EU country, and getting to hear all those stories, is something you do not get to experience often. What is more, is that no matter what field you are in, you will find a topic here that either intrigues you, or you are passionate about. A few words of encouragement for everyone who wants to apply is that no matter how much doubt you have in yourself, you have something special, that nobody else has, and no matter the outcome, you tried!"

Aria Axarli

Winter School 2022,Nice

"It is no exaggeration to say that this Winter School was a turning point in my life. When I was getting ready to fly to Nice, I could not have imagined the life-changing adventure I was about to embark on. The School was filled with panels, interactive workshops and networking sessions that gave me the chance to hear from inspiring leaders and policy-makers who are paving the way towards a more inclusive and technologically advanced European future. We all then used this newfound knowledge to write a policy brief on the promotion of digital skills and pitch our team's proposition to a panel of experts. Most importantly, however, I was fortunate enough to be in the presence of so much solidarity and humanity just as the dreadful news of war spread all over Europe. That is why, to me, the European Leadership Academy is so much more than just a leadership program; it is about equipping young women with empathy, resilience and a true passion for equality. I feel extremely fortunate to have met 27 young female leaders across the European Union who all share an inspiring vision and humanitarian ideas and make me look at the future of Europe with hope and anticipation. I have so much to learn from them, and I cannot wait for our friendship and our community to evolve into something much bigger. So, if you are considering applying for the European Leadership Academy, know this; you will laugh, you will cry, you will share, and you will be vulnerable. It isn’t a piece of cake—the schedule is tight and full of surprises—but once you get the hang of it, you will come out with a sense of achievement and self-security that you have never felt before. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I am so glad I took."

Hildegard Palits

Winter School 2022,Nice

"The week I got to spend with the 27 other fantastic young women in Nice was truly life changing for me! The Winter School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age was packed with empowering speakers and workshops, that inspired me to think differently and make a change. We had a mutual understanding for issues that impact us daily and the encouragement I received from everyone was extraordinary. I was glad to learn that the school isn't a one time experience, because we will always stay in touch and collaborate on projects in the future as well. The winter school gave me wonderful support networks and a new direction to my career, that I will forever be grateful for. It is difficult to describe how inspirational the programme has been for me and how excited I am to use my newfound knowledge to make an impact."

Catriona O'Halloran

Winter School 2022,Nice

"Where do I even begin - the Winter School in Nice is a week that I will cherish forever. The friendships created, the knowledge acquired and the journey of self-development are all experiences that have truely impacted me. Firstly the panel discussions and guest speakers left me with an abundance of new knowledge and new perspectives. On the first day we were given a notebook and by the end of the week I had it filled with snippets of insights I had noted down from the guest speakers. The calibre of speakers was inspiring, each one was so incredibly influential to shaping the EU in their own ways. The week also allowed me to understand the power that I have as a young woman to make a real difference. Previously I often doubted myself and my abilities but the Winter School helped me to erase these doubts and to start building my confidence. For example, I am quite introverted and I always thought of that as a weakness of mine but I learned to love that part of myself and to realise that it is in fact one of my strengths. Finally, the most important part of the week to me was being able to spend it with the 27 other girls. What an incredibly inspring group of women. To leave Nice with 27 new friends all across Europe is so special but also to have this network of women, a sisterhood, that is supporting each other in all our future ventures is something I feel very lucky to have. I can't recommend enough for everyone reading this to apply to any upcoming Winter and Summer Schools, it is an experience that really is once in a lifetime. Thank you to everyone in the European Leadership Academy for a week that has really changed my life."

Elova Ryegård

Winter School 2022,Nice

"The world is currently facing challenges concerning climate change, equality, and digitalization. During the past decade there has been a big change within the tech industry and the world needs more women who can lead the way through this change. The European Leadership Academy is a part of this change, the academy provides young women with the tools necessary to lead the digital revolution. The Winter School for Female Leadership was one of the best weeks of my life, I got inspired by top speakers and made friends with people from all over Europe. The school taught me that nothing is impossible and that women have a place in the future of tech. It was a life changing experience that taught me things that otherwise would take years to learn. For anyone considering applying for the programme, I would simply advice to go for it! You will not regret it. You will get a valuable international network, and you will make friends for life. Join the school and become a future leader in the digital age!"

Christiana Zorzi

Winter School 2022,Nice

" 'It would be great to spend one week in Nice at the end of February.' That was my first thought before I applied to the program. To be honest, I did not know what to expect, and of course I do not regret applying at the end. The whole experience was wonderful! Being around girls from 27 different countries was so inspiring and heart-warming, as I had the chance to get to know their stories and dreams for the future. Except from the other girls, I had the chance to meet and talk with successful people, who enjoy what they are doing and whose aim is to make a better world. With today’s circumstances, it seems that we need more and more of such people, people who want the best for their community, the best for Europe. All the speakers, the workshops, the spotlights, the panels where amazing, and made me more inspired and ready to make a change. The program brought to my mind a quote: “A small step for human, a big step for humanity.” Yes, by taking one girl from each country is a small step, but for humanity is a big one, and it can change more than we think. I owe a huge THANK YOU to the people who made this possible! So, at the end, the week was worth it a lot more than I thought, and it was one of the best weeks I had in my life so far! Do not hesitate, just go for it, and you won’t regret it!"

Raquel Pérez Benasco

Winter School 2022,Nice

"Now that this intense week has come to an end I can affirm that European Leadership Academy has been one of the most upbeat experiences I have ever had the opportunity to be part of. I think it would have been impossible to get the learnings I gained through this week anywhere else, because it goes beyond what an academic experience can offer as it provides an insight of Europe and their talent through the eyes and stories of all the professionals who joined us in the course of this week. Bringing together future leaders of Europe with the actual leaders who are currently making an impact in our society from various fields discussing all of the digital age, discussing the importance of empowering women to become leaders… has given me hope, we have a bright future ahead because there are people working actively for this to be a reality. After this week I can ensure there is an existing generational renewal in each and every single one of the European Union countries. There is something very valuable that I am taking back to Spain after this week is over and that is the support of 28 strong and empowered women that I now consider not only my friends but my sisters. This week has been very challenging and if I have managed to get the best out of it has been because at all times I have felt supported by this network that we have created and that is very valuable. I can now say that applying to this program was one of the best decisions I have ever made even though at the beginning I had many doubts about doing it. I remember that the first time I read the call for applicants and the summary of the course, the first question which popped into my mind was "Is this for me?” I do not come from an academic background that is technological, I study Law and Business Administration. Knowing that this whole process is over I have understood why the program is not only closed for STEM students. I have learned that if we want to reach a digital era that truly leaves no one behind, profiles from all areas of knowledge are needed. My best advice is to do it, if you are interested in the digital age, in leadership, in the European Union and if you want to generate a positive impact on society, do not think twice and send your application. Finally, I would like to thank the entire Huawei team that has made all this possible and especially Berta who has made this idea a reality and has inspired me and all my colleagues to follow our dreams. Thank you for letting me be part of this experience. All of you will be forever in my heart."

Stella Dumenčić

Winter School 2022,Nice

"The Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age was truly an incredible experience. As one of the 28 selected female leaders, I got the chance to meet so many inspiring people with each having their own unique story. I also got the chance to participate in panels, discussions, and classes that were of great value, educationally, as well as personally. I can say that it really is a life changing event that helps you to grow, improve and be more confident. This opportunity was one of a kind, and I can't wait to see how the adventure will continue."

Nikol Pardava

Winter School 2022,Nice

"This school is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It has provided me with immense knowledge from various speakers in different fields, that inspired me to pursue my education and career further than I could have imagined before coming to Nice. The people I have met - mainly that being the incredible 27 women - have made me so grateful for this opportunity, as we have all built such beautiful friendships within a span of only one intense week, where we really got to know each other, have fun and be vulnerable with each other. I would only recommend this school to anyone who gets the chance, because I know I will carry this experience with me for a long time, and it may even serve as a starting point to something much much greater."

Cara Doumbe Kingue

Winter School 2022,Nice

"This program is for every woman, regardless of their background, who would like to learn, discover, and grow. There's no such thing as a "perfect profile", just go for it and explain with your heart why and how technology and digital skills would help you to achieve your dreams and objectives for your community or even for the world. The 27 incredible women I spent the week with had very different life goals, they were all unique, and so are you! The Winter School program was intense but I loved every single aspect of it. I widened my horizons, got out of my comfort zone, and defined new purposes in my life. Now, I feel more mature and more ready to initiate changes. EU Leadership Academy gave me a wonderful opportunity to empower myself by allowing me to explore my creativity and my deep aspirations: a truly life-changing experience. Also, I was proud to represent my dear country and its diversity, blessed to be able to express, freely and unapologetically, my different cultures and all the personal aspects that make me who I am during this beautiful week. So, if you're still hesitating, apply because you never know. At worst, you'll take the time to realize and acknowledge the great things you bring to the world, at best, you'll enter a wonderful program!"

Nora Jöchlinger

Winter School 2022,Nice

"After having finished the Winter School, I can truly say that I am even more honored that I got the chance to experience such an outstanding event alongside so many other talented and ambitious young women. I am not even exaggerating when telling you that this program will make you find your purpose in life (or at least give you a clearer picture about it). Will it be exhausting at times? Yes. Will it be emotional at times? Yes. But will it be worth it? 100 times yes. The network you establish in one short week will last forever and provide you with so many unexpected opportunities. And if you doubt yourself or need a little push, there will always be 27 women who have your back as they exactly know how it feels like to be in your position. Overall, the Winter School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age changed not only my professional but also my private life for the better."

The Next Generation Change Makers

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

Dalia Alić

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"In a world full of new challenges, the potential of future female leaders to contribute to the digital age and transcend inequalities is finally being recognised, empowered and celebrated. The Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age is a life-changing programme designed to provide tools, knowledge, and empowerment to those who seek to create positive changes in the world. With learning sessions, panels, workshops, networking sessions, and the whole ambience organised with the highest level of professionalism, it was a joy to exchange opinions and thoughts on sustainable and ethical solutions for the future. European Leadership Academy's Scholarship in Lisbon brought us outstanding experts, experience like no other, lifelong friendships, and memories we will cherish forever. Hence, as one of 27 selected young female leaders across the European Union, I had a chance to connect with incredible mindsets, build everlasting multicultural friendships and understand how much I still have to learn and can learn from others. Moreover, each and every one of the participants has shown specific talents with diverse backgrounds and unique leadership styles while contributing to mutually empowering and impactful solutions. Lastly, as a selected 'Leader of the Future' awardee, I stood in front of the hall full of experts and young female talents united in the mission to bring diversity and inclusion to the digital age when I realised that this is just the start of something much greater - leaving no one behind while we rise together for a more equal world. And I can't wait to see how this beautiful story develops."

Alisa Uzarina

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"This was a fulfilling week I could not be more grateful for. I woke up excited every single day ready to take advantage of every opportunity. The school is about female leadership, inclusive innovations and age of digitalisation, but first of all it is about people. I feel privileged to meet so many truly talented young women, who are doing great things and inspire me. Thus, the school turned out to be a great experience as it opened my eyes to different cultures, industries and environments. Now I am full of energy and motivation to reach even greater heights and to become a changemaker building a sustainable and more equal world."

Yana Peeva

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

The Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age is so much more than its title, its programme, its sponsors... It goes beyond the borders of countries and the limits of the imagination. It is far greater than the final projects we completed and the lectures we learned so much from. It is all about the exploration of yourself and the world, about the discovery of beautiful people and brilliant ideas, about the support circle you build together with them. In a week, I found 26 sisters from across Europe: all talented, ambitious, inspired and inspiring. To be considered part of this group of female leaders is an honour I do not take lightly. Their work, their unconditional support, their courage in the face of failures and challenges: they brought me back the hope for tomorrow. Because of their belief in my own grand ideas I feel assured that I am on the right path of achieving my goals and my happiness. I want to thank them for finding the light within me and bringing it out for the world to see. I learned so much more than how to set goals for a business, how to speak in public, and how to analyse information from several points of view, which were the biggest lessons from the lectures we had every day. I learned how to take on challenges with courage and determination, how to be fearless in the face of failure and how to create a safe environment for like-minded people to bond, work, have fun in (and let me tell you, the future female leaders of Europe know how to have fun!). I cannot wait to see what the future holds for each participant, and I would be delighted if I get to be by their side during the whole journey to the top!

Laura O'Sullivan

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"This was the best 6 days of my life! I had the chance to learn so much about how important we are to the future of Europe and the world and how my tech skills are relevant in so many different areas. I really appreciate the opportunity to have met so many intelligent and empowering women from across Europe who I really felt I clicked with. It was such a life-changing experience!"

Aminata Dembele

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"To say that the program was life changing is an understatement. It was a game changer in my life and the lives of the other 26 talented women. I have been able to network with so many different people with such diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. I met CEOs and pioneers in different types of fields. That have given me a glimpse at the endless opportunities that there is for women in tech regardless of what your are oriented in. Programs like these are indispensable and needed to further diversify these technological and scientific fields in terms of gender, and hopefully it will be the mother of many other programs to come. Women will dare to defy the stacked odds and statistics. I will definitely cherish the experience of being in contact with so many influential people at a time. To the many girls that want to apply, Id would like to say you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. So always try new things and it it just might bring you somewhere spontaneous and far!"

Inga Lasys

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"This summer school has been a wonderful experience! The discussions, panels, and workshops, all incredibly interesting, leave you wanting to learn more and develop your own ideas and be the change you want to see. All speakers made an effort to make their topic of discussion accessible to everyone, no matter the academic background. From journalism to nanotechnologies, everything was discussed on a level enabling everyone to join in, every question and opinion was valuable. The support, not only from speakers, but also from the 26 other participants is heart-warming and has created a network I am proud to be a part of.
To everyone who thinks about applying but still is not sure if they should, do it!"

Martina Hlavatá

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"Honestly, I am l truly honoured yet humbled for being given a chance to proudly represent my beloved country and to network with inspiring speakers and intelligent smart young women from all over around Europe, who not only quickly became my friends but we have also created an amazing community. The community which is full of love, constant support and mutual respect. We have created a safe place where you can be yourself and learn how to be a good and compassionate female leader this digital era needs.
In case you consider applying for this programme, my suggestion is simple - just GO for it! If you are passionate about helping others and leaving no one behind, have a willingness to learn and desire to meet other like-minded peers, then you can be the one to learn from the best and to increase the percentage of women in this digital age.
I actually wish I were given this chance again so that I could reapply and press rewind to all of those beautiful memorable moments we had in mesmerising Lisbon.
I will be forever grateful for this opportunity, for having a chance to meet so many incredible female leaders who are an excellent example of the fact that women should definitely stop competing with each other because as they say 'when women support each other, incredible things happen'. And only then we can create better tomorrows and ensure sustainable future."

Alessia Ruta

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"Packing your bags and flying to new places to discover is always a life-changing experience, a time to create unforgettable memories, make special friends and grow into a better version of ourselves. The Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age offers the “premium version” of all this. Inspiring panels and debates, enriching workshops, a safe space where everyone is welcomed, listened and valued, exclusive field trips and most importantly culture exchange with incredible people in wonderful venues: this is what I got in Lisbon and what I encourage everybody to apply for. I feel like every part of me was deeply reshaped by this experience. Being a Political Science, International Relations and Human Rights student, this academy was perfect not only to train my ambassadorship and leadership skills which I need for my future career, but also to start extending my knowledge to the tech field and understand the connections existing between the digital world and the social challenges we face nowadays, as well as politics and rights. Being a young woman, it also was a great context to challenge myself and mature in the process, going back home with new tools to change the world into a fairer one, which has always been an ambitious dream of mine that thanks to this summer school is already coming true. I travelled over 2000 kilometres to meet myself, the leader in me and the best European minds and souls. I would love to do it all over again."

Marta Campos Fornés

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"During this summer school week I found myself surrounded by 26 brilliant young women with really similar values and ambitions as me; women who are willing to challenge the traditional leadership role and are eager to make a change in the representation of females in the technological industry. As if getting to know all of them and listening to what they had to say wasn’t enough of a privilege, this programme has allowed me to create a network of passionate women interested in leadership and tech located all over the EU.
I would describe this programme as an intense week of listening to deeply interesting panels and masterclasses, facing constant challenges and networking with influential people from a vast variety of fields, from technology to business or journalism. I am proud to say that I have learned so much not only about the digital world and the real meaning of leadership, but also about myself and how important it is to have a diverse team in every possible way. It has been, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life; all the effort dedicated to my application and the summer school itself has been completely worth it. If you’re considering applying to this summer school, please don’t doubt yourself, your ideas are valid and the world needs to hear your voice. You have a lot to offer to the programme and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and grow in such an enriching environment. So, put the negative thoughts aside and send an application, you never know if you will be selected to represent your country!"

Ellen Gisto

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"No words can encapsulate how amazing this experience was. I was humbled and inspired by each of the 26 individual stories that I heard during the week. This week came to me at a perfect time. Having read the recent report on climate change as well as reading the news on what is currently going on in the world made me feel almost helpless, but this week has truly bought back my spark for making the world a better place. I have been inspired by the speakers and other participants that it is our responsibility to be the change we want to see. Even though we may not be able to change everything we want, changing even one persons day or life is enough. I look forward to witnessing the success of this program as well as the participants who I am now honored to call my friends. I look forward to pioneering the change we want in this world along side these strong women."

Kornelia Kovacs

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"When I applied to the summer school I was expecting a normal school-like program with teachers giving lectures, students listening and then having one exam to finish. But this program has far exceeded my expectations on every aspect. During the week we dived into coding in python, learning about nanotechnology and the digital media/marketing. With having real life role models with us in the school and being able not only to ask one short question but also having a chance to chat with them during lunch has helped so they got to know us as well. The speakers of the week felt more like mentors rather than teachers.
The program was a perfect combination of learning about the digitization as well as to develop our network. Working on a project with young female talents coming from different backgrounds gave me an experience that differs from the regular academic projects that you usually do with your classmates of your own faculty. If you are interested in tech and curious how can tech be used in various industries this program is designed for you. (Also, it's a great knowing that wherever I go in the EU I will have a friend in each 27 countries. :) )"

Ana Margarida Silva da Costa

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"The Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age was truly an amazing experience for me. During that week I was able to learn a great deal about women in the workplace, especially in the digital field, and all the obstacles they face. However, instead of just pointing out the adversities, the same inspiring women gave plenty of advice as to how to overcome them. I was also able to meet and form great bonds with 26 other very inspiring women from all across the EU. Not only was I amazed by their accomplishments, but also by their eagerness to empower and help all other women in the Summer School. They were my favorite part of this program! That week not only made me more motivated to work hard to accomplish my goals, but also inspired enough to know I can achieve anything I put my mind to! As such, I cannot recommend it enough to all ambitious women across the EU!"

Christina Loizou

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"I was really sceptical about applying to this summer school programme at first because I did not use to get out of my comfort zone often, and I was not sure if it was worth it. But I gave it a shot, and I can honestly say that this was the best experience of my life so far! The Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age was an incredible opportunity for me to build connections with people around the world, explore new perspectives and learn more about women in tech. This week in Lisbon surpassed my expectations since the programme was so well-organized and everyone made us feel special for being there. One of my favorite parts of this journey, is connecting with the other 26 talented, young women that participated and hear about their stories and future goals. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and I would advise everyone to take the chance, try out new things and get involved in matters that are important to them because you cannot reach success if you are not willing to make an effort!"

Ida Andersson

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"The Summer School for Female Leadership turned out to exceed my already high expectations. It wasn't just a week full of inspirational sessions, challenging projects and interesting workshops. It was so much more and gave me new insights on various topics and challenged my idea of what great leadership is. But above all, I met incredible and inspiring people from all over EU and made a lot of new friendships. So what are you waiting for? This is an opportunity of a lifetime that you don’t want to miss, submit your application now!"

Anna Veselá

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"It was a great honor, but also a responsibility to stand alongside 26 amazing women from all EU countries who were selected from over 1200 applications. Each of them has already achieved so much despite their age in different fields from technology to politics! The whole week has given me a lot of new insights into topics that I hadn't thought deeply enough about before. I am struggling to find the right words to accurately describe what I am taking away. It wasn't just a series of lectures and workshops. It was also about meeting inspiring people, new places, and understanding what it means to be a true leader. It really changed my mind. In the end, I left with the feeling that I now have a friend in every corner of the EU and that this was not the end, but only the beginning. If there's one thing I should tell someone who is hesitant to apply, it would be: Do it now!"

Julianne Vella

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"A life changing experience!
During the week I gained the necessary skills and expertise to grow and inspire others as a female leader in the digital age. I would highly recommend this to all females aspiring to thrive in technology. Thank you"

Hedwig Oldenhof

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"The summer school was truly one of the most incredible experiences in my life. I met many inspiring women (and men) that already made their way in tech, politics, media or other areas and until this day I still use all the advice they gave. It was also incredible to meet the other 26 likeminded participants. We all encouraged and learned a lot from each other. Even after the summer school, I know that we will always be there to support each other. All in all, I grew a lot both personally and professionally through this experience. Besides of that it was an incredibly fun week talking about subjects that really matter to me, namely tech and equality while also having nice dinners, sightseeing Lisbon and singing Mamma Mia songs in a beautiful vineyard. So, if this all sounds good to you, take action and apply. We can’t change the world by just thinking and dreaming. We need to take action."

Maria Chliapa

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"Once you consider applying, that's a good start. You're half way there! You can never know what's going to happen unless you give it a shot! Even when you think that you have the slightest chance to be accepted. So the best piece of advice that I could give is always try things out. Just apply! Keep one thing in mind: If you don't get accepted it's totally fine, because you tried! But if you receive the acceptance email, get ready because there is a unique experience ahead of you! The inspiring people you will be able to meet, the endless conversations you will have, the amazing places that you will visit, the friendships that will be formed by the end of this week, it's all part of the opportunity you wish to be a part of! You're just an application away!"

Lisa Oberaigner

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

"I loved that the summer school exposed me to leaders from backgrounds completely different from my own. It was the first time I could really interact and learn from people in politics and journalism. This gave me a lot of new perspectives and ideas, which I think helps a lot in developing leadership skills and choosing a career. The program had a great mix of speeches, workshops, and social events, and the effort Huawei made for us was incredible!"

Eva Hafner

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

If you maybe got interested in applying to the Summer School because of all the lectures and lecturers you would get to listen to, I can tell you it is only the beginning. What matters most is the profound connection you get to make with not only 26 other amazing and inspiring young women, but also with all the speakers.
So I would strongly recommend anyone even mildy interested in any of the topics to apply, because in the "worst case" scenario the summer school will expand your horizons in ways you didn't even know were possible. 10/10 would recommend!

Anne Storgaard Harrit

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

I’m genuinely grateful that I got to the chance of being part of this Summer School experience. The whole trip was beyond my expectations, and I did indeed find some beautiful friendships during this trip as well. Thank you for that. I do believe the gender imbalance in society should be broken through collaboration and I do believe we all; companies, the governments around the world and individuals have a share in that fight. I hope to see other Summer Schools also including trans- and gender nonconforming people. We still, as the European society, leave behind minoritized people of all kinds; BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ among others, and programs like this is a way for companies to engage and distribute power to some of these groups. I’m really happy that I applied and got to represent Denmark during these days.

Sigrid-Laura Moora

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

I never imagined that I will be participating in summer school organized by EU Leadership Academy. It was such an honor to represent Estonia in this one week journey. I truly believe that everything is possible if you want it enough... Thank you all for this amazing experience, starting from treasure hunt and ending with amazing gala dinner. During the week I learnt so much about myself, other participants and all the speakers. Moreover I gained so many new friends and partners who I will hopefully be working together with European projects in the future. Really wishing all the best for the organizers and other future female leaders who will join the summer school in 2022.

Andreea Aron

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

This summer school was a great experience in which I got to grow, meet extraordinary people from all around the world and build up the hope that we can and will shape our futures for the better. It was a week of understanding, communication, problem-solving, but also sightseeing and plain fun. What I loved most though, was the feeling of belonging, the feeling that we were all in this together, that no one shall be left behind. So, definitely apply and give your best to join this wonderful community that will surely change your life.

Ieva Salnaite

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

What started as a simple application to a Summer School I’d never heard of ended with 26 new friends, dozens of new contacts from a variety of industries, and a week-long unforgettable experience in the centre of Lisbon. From practicing public speaking and leadership, to participating in panels, to exploring Lisbon and the world of coding, every single day, our programme would be completely different and filled with stimulating events. We had so many discussions, my mind still struggles to wrap itself around all the ideas I’ve jolted down in my notebook! But the true magic could be found in between the events, in the small conversations during coffee breaks, walks back to the hotel, or on the bus rides after a few glasses of wine. We laughed, we cried, but most importantly: we shared. The curiosity, passion, and empathy that filled the conference was enthralling. I am grateful to have been surrounded by such a community. Even though it was only a week, I strongly hope to stay connected and see this event continue for the years to come! And if you’re thinking of applying? Don’t wait and don’t doubt yourself: opportunities like this don’t come often.

Nina Ruppert

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

The EU summer school for female leadership 2021 did not only provide us young women with networking opportunities and a beautiful setting but also inspired me. Being surrounded for 5 days with numerous strong women in leading positions helped me to overcome own internalised stereotypes and be more daring to take a step further myself. Every detail in the organisation and implementation of the school was thought through and was given extra attention. This effort and care were visible and perceptible. Even more, they contributed to an unforgettable and highly appreciated experience.

Lieve Dangreau

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

When I randomly discovered this Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age whilst scrolling on Facebook, I never expected the impact it would have on me. These 5 days in Lisbon have been such a wonderful experience. Quite a hustle and pretty intense too, but very enriching nonetheless. It has opened my eyes, changed my opinion and built up my confidence. It has truly offered us all to put our foot in the door during the network moments. But above all, and what I will cherish the most are friendships we've made and the memories we've created all together. I strongly believe this summer school has ignited a little spark in every participant and encouraged us to keep on dreaming, to keep on striving and to keep on pushing to reach our goals. No matter how big or small the dream is, never give up on them, because what's life worth living for without a dream.

Paulina Gryn-Jablonska

Summer School 2021,Lisbon

From the amount of care that was put into organising this programme through amazing speakers and support from day one, this summer school is truly like no other. I feel so privileged that I have been selected to represent my country and have got a chance to meet wonderful and ambitious women from all over Europe. We have learned, bonded, laughed, and taken on challenges together, always ensuring that no one was left behind. The support and positive energy I have experienced that week are honestly indescribable and will stay with me forever. If you are looking for a programme that truly empowers women look no further and submit your application now! Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age is an amazing project, which will allow you to expand your network and learn new skills, all while visiting some incredibly beautiful places.