SHE Pioneers

SHE Pioneers is a leadership programme specifically tailored for women in executive, managerial or expert positions. The programme aims to empower women as business leaders in times of change. Through networking events, on-demand sessions, and workshops, women are offered the opportunity to reflect and grow their leadership skills.

One of the program’s main goals is to create a growing female network in the region for knowledge exchange, support, and business cooperation.

The SHE Pioneers concept originates from the Swedish Institute’s SHE Leadership Programme. This toolkit version is integrated with Pioneer the possible and enables foregin missions to run their own programmes with the support of SI in order to build trust and new relationships with key players in business.

The programme consists of the following:

  • A welcome mingle
  • Four digital on-demand sessions
  • One workshop (physical or digital)
  • A diploma lunch

Checklist before you get started

  • Read through the manual.
  • Form a core team that will be responsible for the programme.
  • Think through your existing network for potential participants, and ways to reach people that might be interested in the programme.
  • Consider a communication channel where you can easily reach all participants with information.
  • Consider dates, times, and venues to host the welcome mingle, diploma lunch, and workshop. Set these early so you can communicate them with the participants in time.
  • Start considering if you want keynote speakers for the events.
  • Decide on a facilitator for the workshop.

Building blocks

Text template for call for application (appendix 1a)

Example of previous call for application (appendix 1b)

Applicants excel template for embassies (appendix 2)

Email suggestion to shortlisted candidates (appendix 3)

Interview questions (appendix 4)

Email suggestions to applicants after decision (appendix 5)

Examples of invitations to events (appendix 6), contact SI to recieve local versions

Workshop manual (appendix 7)

SHE PIONEERS diploma (appendix 8). Contact SI to recieve a local version

Social media campaign (appendix 9)

Feedback and evaluation template (appendix 11)

Social Media Templates  available in 3 formats: 1:1, 4:5 and 9:16  (appendix 10)
Contact SI to recieve InDesign files


SHE Pioneers manual

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images and films.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event.

How to report

After a completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Karin Kärr.