The Capsules

A new training concept to deliver quality training

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

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.  

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 S.A (Portugal). From 2020, two new partners will be involved in the project: the National University of Galway and Oxford University.


Upcoming events in 2020:

-Module 1: 11th and 12 th May, ONLINE
Woman! If you lack a vision that excites you or a feeling that you are not using all your capabilities- this is for you!

Welcome to a capacity building training that put women's empowerment in the health care innovation context in focus!

The module will take participants through a series of interactive workshops, with the objective to map your individual needs and assets by applying creative tools and business methodologies. After this module, participants will have designed solutions to their challenges and have made an action plan – the first steps towards leadership in innovation. The aim is that each participant will leave the module ready to take entrepreneurial action! If not now, when?

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More events are coming in 2020! Stay connected to our webpage and social media for more information!




Past events in 2019:

  • Module 1: Unlocking your Innovative Potential, 10-12th April, Stockholm (Sweden). Lead partner: Karolinska Institutet
  • Module 2: Starting your Entrepreneurship Journey, 3-5th June, Munich (Germany). Lead partner: Technical University of Munich
  • Module 3: Empowering Women Leadership in Health Innovation, 16-18th September, Barcelona (Spain). Lead partner: IESE Business School
  • Women Empowerment Day, 8th May, Lodz (Poland). Lead partner: Medical University of Lodz
  • Women: build a vision to make your business grow, 5th November, Grenoble (France). Lead partner: Grenoble École de Management
  • WE nurse Factor. Unconventional Entrepreneurs in Health, 19th June, Barcelona (Spain). Lead partner: University of Barcelona
  • Leading success in the Health sector, 18th September, Barcelona (Spain). Lead partner: "La Caixa" Foundation
  • Women 2025: The future is now, 5th December, Lisbon (Portugal). Lead partner: Glintt S.A. 


Workshop in Lodz

There is increasing recognition across different sectors of our society that gender balance in leadership creates economic growth and can provide society with different perspectives and approaches to management and business issues. Yet companies are still struggling to attract and promote female talent.

During the last decade we have actually seen an improvement in the share of women leaders in Europe, however the percentages of women sitting in executive positions is still not sufficient to reach the desired gender balance. According to European Commission data from 2016, the average number of women sitting on the board of publicly-listed companies in the EU is 23.3%. This figure drops to 7% when looking at women sitting on boards as chairs, and only 5.1% women CEOs (Figure 1).

Figure 1 – Change in the share of women CEOs and board chairs, EU-28, October 2011 – April 2016.

Source: European Commission, Database on women and men in decision-making, 2016


There are plenty of studies discussing the barriers and the corresponding actions to breach the gender gap. Yet, one of the most frequent questions we are asked at the WE Health programme is: what is the real impact of gender balanced organisations and what are the implications for society as a whole? What is the business case behind this Call to Action of having more women leaders and women entrepreneurs?

Studies show that women leadership matters both in economic and social terms. Generally, women in top management can have a positive impact on the workplace culture, with consequent spillover effects in matters such as reducing the pay gap between men and women that do the same work, changing workplace policies in ways that benefit both men and women, and attracting a more diverse workforce.

Moreover, a McKinsey study on female leadership discusses that the presence of more female leaders can positively influence corporate financial and organisational performance. Gender diversity in top management generally results in a competitive advantage for organisations due to the incorporation of new leadership behaviors, which could ultimately improve their performance.  Leadership behavior types such as people development, expectations and rewards and Role model, typically more frequent in women, reinforce the working environment and values of a company, the accountability, the leadership team and ultimately the overall corporate performance .

These findings lead the attention into a recent debate on the need for women in top positions to stay authentic to their inner leadership style. Leading in a more authentic manner relates to the importance of self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the core motivations and sense of purpose; with obvious positive effects on final outcomes. On the other hand, some argue that women can only succeed in top management positions if they adapt their leadership styles to a male-dominated environment. Finally, others dispute that, even when female leaders successfully adopt masculine leadership competencies, they have to deal with the gender stereotype of the ‘Think manager – Think man’ phenomenon still deeply rooted in our society .  As a consequence, even women with outstanding leadership qualifications are considered to be less competent leaders because, by tradition, leadership roles are associated with masculine leadership attributes.

The complexity of the issue is proven by the many contrasting viewpoints. We believe there is no given formula for female leaders to be successful and break the ‘glass ceiling’. Each woman, given her unique professional career pathway, has her own solution to the dilemma. Still, we do believe that a public debate is necessary and the exchange of experiences can foster inspiration and role models to other women.   

Taking time for reflection can raise awareness of one’s self and one’s purpose. Training such as the WE Health – Empowering Women Leadership in Health Innovation are good initiatives for women in executive roles in the health sector to reflect on their roles as leaders, especially if they are at critical inflection points in their career. This training will help them to decide how they want to shape their leadership style in the future and to answer questions such as: How can I drive value for the organisation and the people using my unique capabilities?  What is the greatest impact I want to have in my professional career?


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Cunningham, E. (2015), “14 New York women spill their tips for career domination”, Refinery29, available at:  (accessed 19 June 2018).

Esser, A.,  Kahrens, M., Mouzughi, Y., Eomois, E. (2018). A female leadership competency framework from the perspective of male leaders” Gender in Management: An International Journal. 

McKinsey. (2008). Female Leadership, a competitive edge for the future.