The Capsules

A new training concept to deliver quality training

In 2019, WE Health has created a new concept: The Capsules.


They will help to scale the WE Health activities while reaching out to new regions thanks to the collaboration with new partners: Medical University of Lodz (Poland), University of Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), La Caixa Foundation (Spain) and Glintt company (Portugal).

A WE Health Capsule is a one-day workshop on a particular topic, providing women the opportunity to be involved in a day full of inspirational talks, case discussions, idea generation and exchange of experience in health innovation focusing on the role women are playing and how their value creation can be enhanced.  


Past events:

  • 8th May - Women Empowerment Day (Medical University of Lodz)
  • 19th June-WeNURSE: Unconventional Entrepreneurs in Health (University of Barcelona)

Future events:

  • 18th September-Women investors day (La Caixa Foundation)
  • October 2019-Women barriers in the business world (Glintt-Global Intelligent Technologies S.A)
  • 5th November-Women entrepreneurs in the Health sector (Grenoble Ecole de Management) More info:


Past events

8 th May - Women Empowerment Day

On May 8th, the Medical University of Lodz hosted the first capsule of WE Health aimed at young women, students in different health professions

The Women Empowerment Day gathered a large group of enthusiastic young women, future health professionals, exposing them to new ideas and insights in terms of knowledge and skills development meeting with inspirational female speakers from different health-related fields.

At the onset, Lucyna Woźniak MUL’s Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations shared her personal experience in becoming a leader in research and education, followed by Dorota Kilanska inspiring all the participants by relating her success story of implementing the international regulation for nursing in Poland. Magda Rosenmöller from IESE took them on a journey into the world of dancing, for lessons on co-creative leadership. Finally, participants learned to about Design Thinking Methodology in a workshop led by Magdalena Wrzesińska from MUL.


19th June- WeNURSE: Unconventional Entrepreneurs in Health

In this one-day workshop undergraduate, postgraduate, master and doctoral women students in nursing were invited to create innovative solutions for challenges related to ICTUS. In a day full of inspirational talks, participants were introduced to several methodologies to co-create solutions together with citizens and different stakeholders. Two ICTUS associations (Child Hemiparesis Association and Barcelona ICTUS Foundation) interacted with participants to identify better solutions.


Why is it important to empower women to innovate in nursing?

Focusing on empowering women in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship within healthcare, nursing is a profession dominated by women. The innovative and entrepreneurial potential of nursing needs to be highlighted: nurses have broad knowledge and holistic vision of care provision while working on the frontline with patients, families, and communities. In their interdisciplinary work, they interact with all different actors. Being present in all moments of a patient's life, they are the best to identify and understand patients’ needs and look for solutions.

Workshop in Lodz
Lodz 2

17-19 September 2018, at IESE Business School, Barcelona

The WE Health project closed its 2018 educational offering with a capacity building training targeted at women in leadership positions in the healthcare sector. It was the first gathering of such talented female healthcare leaders from all over Europe and was a great opportunity to connect and exchange experiences among peers facing the same challenges and sharing similar experiences. 38 women from different European countries (Portugal, UK, Sweden, Germany, Spain, France, Romania...) working in different institutions (pharma companies, universities, research labs, entrepreneurs, consultants) joined on a 3-day workshop hosted at IESE Business School on Sept 17-19.  

During the workshop, three hard and soft challenges of women leading healthcare innovation were addressed:

  • How to make innovation happen within an organisation?
  • How to develop the leadership strength to drive change?
  • How to persuade others through effective communication?


For this, WE Health invited several experts in innovation strategy, communication and leadership to share their advice.
During the three days, participants exchanged experiences and ideas on the different types of tools to support an organisation’s innovation strategy, such as open innovation and different corporate venturing mechanisms. The discussion was orchestrated by Prof. Julia Prats, the Head of the Entrepreneurship Department at IESE Business School. 

Participants also learned new insights on how to empower their own leadership strengths by practicing a model for feedback and personal development promoted by Prof. Anneloes Raes:  The Core Quality Model. The model builds the basis to identify and put into practice everyone’s positive characteristics and to understand how to deal with our ‘allergies’ and discover their positive qualities.   

WE Health also welcomed  the collaboration of Olivia Schofield, who has extensive experience in the television sector, and is now a coach for executive communication. Her sessions awakened even the most slumbering souls and motivated participants to step out of the comfort zone. Olivia reminded us of the power of self-belief, as the most important stone in building any successful career. The impact of Olivia’s sessions was tangible during the impressive final pitches given by the participants.  

WE Health enriched the programme by inviting external speakers to get inspiration from and to connect. With Marta Gaia Zanchi we reflected on the importance of having more women-led innovation and other existing initiatives that foster women in entrepreneurship and leadership positions. Sylvie Bové, the former CEO of EIT Health, shared with us her thoughts on positive leadership for healthy organisations and how organisations can support women leaders in our complex and fast-paced times. 

To summarize, here are our three main takeaways from the event: 

  1. Believe in yourself! There is no need to copy classical masculine patterns of leadership, women can build their own leadership styles. 
  2. Build a career that makes you feel valued and motivated. 
  3. Find your own space and pace to network and connect with people.


The programme concluded with a group discussion that generated new ideas to advance the WE Health program and its vision. We discussed the importance of involving men in the gender parity challenge and the best ways on how to do it, as well as the idea of building new digital tools to reach out to more women and the need to consolidate the peer-to-peer mentoring among the WE Health alumnae. 

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