The program was created in 2017. This year we launch 4th edition of the Academy: for the first time at international level.
Academy of Businesswomen Leaders is an iterative process of building personal maturity in young women through marketing, communication, image-building matters integrated with personal and professional growth. Our aim is to educate young women (up to 27 years old) in the following areas:
This educational, mentoring program embodies the mission of Leslaw A. Paga Foundation: Creating a school of life for young people who have courage to change the world for better
The project is consistent with the aims of the Foundation, which has been a place for the development, inspiration and education of the future leaders for 18 years.
We aim to start the change for better at individual level through comprehensive self-development of each young woman who decides to participate in the Academy. This is why the foundation of the program is based on knowledge, skills, attitude.
The program is oriented to timeliness and practical approach, which corresponds with the common profile of the Foundation Alumni – women who nurture their independence, self-reliance, who are bold and ready to undertake challenges instead of following the beaten track.
After participating in the program, women are ready to act as leaders who shape the work environment and can successfully perform in managerial positions. This way the Foundation not only shows real opportunities for professional, personal and financial development, but also creates attitudes based on values.
We strive for openness for diversity. We find respecting it as a chance for a deep understanding of reality. We encourage participants to get to know the world from another viewpoint than the one that she got used to.
This way we highlight personal engagement into networking, which supports young women staying outside the direct influence of the Foundation’s activities. Therefore, intergenerational cooperation – meetings of participants of the program with younger colleagues from marginalized areas – is a significant element of the program.
We aim to support highschoolers from towns in participants’ countries of origin, to reach young women even before the age when they take crucial decisions about their future.
We want to include schoolgirls from Poland B and C (lubelskie voivodship) as well as from other vulnerable regions in CEE.
The Leslaw A. Paga Foundation has created a team of experts and practitioners who altogether with Foundation’s Alumni will walk participants through the program:
24 Participants from CEE countries are recruited to the program. Training panels will be lead by local and foreign experts, representing the program’s business and social partners.
During the Academy, participants collaborate with colleagues from other countries, sharing their knowledge and experience, conducting research and writing a report on the situation of women in labour markets in the CEE area.
Project activities are conducted in English.
Internships/Job Shadowing – 3 month-long paid internships at companies partnering with the program are offered to the best Participants*.
*the final conditions of internships depend on the business partner
Our activities are addressed to young, entrepreneurial women, aspiring to managerial positions and leadership roles in professional and non-professional environment. We want to reach to those women who are bold, who have moral compass and who are not afraid of taking action.
We are looking for last-year female students and graduates up to 27 years old in law, finance, health care, marketing, IT, energetic, psychology, with special consideration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) faculties from universities in the CEE region.
Graduates are rewarded with Alumni of Leslaw A. Paga Foundation title, becoming a part of over 5 000 Alumni community – professionals, experts, leaders who share Foundations’ values and who fulfil themselves professionally all around the worlds.
Graduates get to know specialists and culture of work abroad in top management positions on international level.
They create their own independent brand mark based on activity, involvement and self-acceptance as women in professional career path.
They acquire expert knowledge necessary to act in specified professional areas.
Graduates create a strong community of people who supports each other in private and professional lives.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund.
The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.