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Female Leadership

Whether you love law, business, international relations, or tech, there has never been a better time to be you than right now. The world is ready to welcome you as a force for change and positive impact. The world is ready to invest in you, support you, and teach you skills that will empower you to do what you are here to do. Enrolment for our Winter School is now open for students and young professionals 18 years and above. Apply today. Lead tomorrow.

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Summer School in Lisbon

This was a unique opportunity. Staying at a family-run, eco-green, boutique hotel in the heart of Lisbon. Attending classes at the Tivoli Palace, our private “campus”. Being inspired by top-level speakers from across the EU. Soaking up the city’s culture, and in the evenings, enjoying exclusive networking events and spending quality time with fellow future leaders. This was the inaugural edition of this ambitious pan-European programme. Applications for the Winter School are now open. 

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Exploring the meaning and value of sustainable leadership with world-class leaders from different business sectors.


Learning from internationally renowned coaches that inspired participants to become the kind of leader the world needs.

Public Speaking

Practicing confidence-boosting techniques that help speakers to stay focused, clear and calm when giving a presentation—an invaluable life skill.

Learn to code

Gaining first-hand experience at what makes the digital world work, guided by Escola 42, one of the most renowned coding schools in the world.


Collaborating with other future leaders on a group project with winners announced and prizes awarded at the Farewell Gala.


Learning basic breathing and meditation practices that increase focus and creativity, and decrease stress and anxiety.


You can learn from books, and even better, you can learn from the people who write them and the people they are written about. Over five days, the Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age allowed participants to spend time with numerous world-class leaders from around the EU and beyond, who taught and mentored them. They joined to share their ideas, debate the current state of global affairs and shared challenges ahead, and brainstorm about how, together, we could shape a thriving digital future for Europe.

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When you apply to take part in the School, your entry is reviewed by a team of experts — a distinguished jury composed of Members of the European Parliament, former EU Commissioners, professors, business executives, senior journalists and equality advocates from all 27 Member States. We are as passionate about their involvement in the selection process as they are about the environment that we are creating for you; an inspiring space where you can bond, network, and support each other, following the European spirit of cooperation and solidarity.

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Each and every one of our students had a key role to play at the Summer School in Lisbon. Participants were there not only to learn and make new friends: they also brought along 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:

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There is infinite talent available in Europe – but sometimes it is not well identified or supported, which risks its potential going to waste. Given the importance of making women fully active participants in Europe’s recovery - a fundamental pillar of which is the digital transition - Huawei aims to recognise the immense potential of female talent and to proactively support it, empowering girls to lead the tech revolution.
Between 23 and 27 August 2021, we held the first Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age in Lisbon. 27 participants, one from each EU Member State, were selected by an independent jury from among 1,225 applicants from all over Europe. They took part in a week-long programme of masterclasses, team projects, active learning and cultural experiences.
Here begins a collection of not just photos and videos, but of memories that will stay with us forever.

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