Skills for women’s professional development and female leadership

Course description

In this course we will approach the development of managerial and leadership skills that are required nowadays to be an excellent director / leader of programs, organizations or movements of all kinds, whether the women are a middle, senior or general manager, a CEO or an entrepreneur, or they aspire to become it. And we will do so from a gender perspective, in order to become aware of both the systemic barriers that make it difficult for women to fully develop their skills and professional careers as well as to access to management and leadership positions.


This workshop is highly experiential and participative. It consists of short theoretical inputs, concrete exercises, and group discussions. Reflecting upon and applying each tool to your real-life cases from your everyday work, you will practise and gain new insights into your current dilemmas.

Benefits / Learning objectives

Participants will use practical exercises and tools in the following ways:

  • To know in-depth the keys to developing the managerial and leadership skills that are required today to be an excellent director / leader of programs, organizations, or different kinds of movements.
  • To know in-depth the keys to developing the managerial and leadership skills that are required today to be an excellent director / leader of programs, organizations, or different kinds of movements.
  • To discover the systemic barriers that make it difficult for women both to fully develop their professional skills and careers as well as to access managerial and leading positions.
  • To become aware of the talent women already have, and to learn how to apply it to achieve success in their professional development and leadership roles.


  • Session 0. Introductions and getting to know each other
  • Session 1. Gender and inequality
  • Session 2. Women and power
  • Social or cultural activity
  • Session 3. Leadership & female leadership
  • Session 4. People management skills from an Appreciative Leadership
  • Session 5. Conflicts resolution from a gender perspective
  • Social or cultural activity
  • Session 6. Negotiation skills from a gender perspective
  • Session 7. Decision making & Problems solving from a gender perspective
  • Session 8. Change management
  • Social or cultural activity
  • Sessions 9 & 10. Communication to lead
  • Session 11. Networking & Alliances making
  • Sessions 12 & 13. Diversity management and intercultural competence
  • Outdoor cultural and fun activity
  • Session 14. Self-care to lead (1st part)
  • Session 15. Self-care to lead (2nd part) in a beautiful and natural spot
  • Closing , Certificates & evaluations

Duration:    6 days

Dates:         Monday 03 – Saturday 08 October 2023

Location:   A. Athens – Greece or B. Chania- Crete, Greece

Designed for

This workshop is designed for staff members of any public or private organisation active in the field of education, training and Youth, labour market, more specifically for: managers, social workers, and Organisational Development professionals.


MA Isabel Allende Robredo, is a learning facilitator for personal, professional, and social development through consulting, training, and coaching, specialized in gender, cultural diversity, and social inclusion. Holding a BA and a MA in Economics & Business Management, a BA in Social Education and two MA in Social & Cultural Anthropology and in Migrations & Interculturality, she has been working for more than 20 years to support the empowerment and social inclusion of people and  ethnic minority groups at social exclusion risk, holding through her career various managerial positions, including the Communication and External Relationships Management at RAIS Foundation (Spain), the Executive Management of the European Anti-Poverty Network in Spain, the Head of Social Inclusion at CARAS, in London, as well as the participation at various boards of directors of some social platforms. Nowadays she is the founder and CEO of GlobalEquitas, a social company aiming at promoting and supporting gender equality, interculturality and social inclusion. She enjoys teaching and learning cooperatively with her students.


PhD. Markos Perrakis is a leadership development & process facilitator, psychologist, speaker, consultant and trainer of individuals and teams, founder and Managing Director of the EU Adult training & Counseling Provider Fractality. He designs and implements EU projects in the fields of leadership development and strategic planning, and uses eclectic appreciative approaches in the public and private sector in order to promote effective communication, individual and collective process development. He specializes in coaching, supervision, human capital development, training and assessments. He holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Styles and their efficiency in organisations with publications in the fields of organizational psychology and counseling and a M.A. in clinical Psychology. He is trained in Systemic Consultation, solution focused & cognitive behavioural approaches, methods of participatory design, Spiritual Intelligence, Sociocracy, a certified provider of Vocational Guidance and Professional Orientation, utilizing psychometric assessments and coaching tools for teams and individuals in organizational, career and personality issues Member of International Intervision Groups, Scientific Assistant of SOL (Society of Organisational Learning), Scientific partner of the European Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (EUMU) in

Greece, in the fields of Strategic Planning and Human Capital Development programmes.

Dr. Perrakis is one of the first persons in Greece who applied the methodology of Appreciative Inquiry, which is used in the UN Summit by UN leaders. In contrast to the traditional management approaches that focus on problems, the appreciative approach makes use of the potential of the human capital of organizations


A. Our program takes place in Athens,  Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato‘s Academy and Aristotle‘s Lyceum,[6][7] it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy,[8][9] largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, and in particular the Romans.[10] In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece.

B. Our program takes place on the Island of Crete, one of the most abundant destinations of the Aegean Sea in Greece – in terms of 5,0000-year culture and breathtaking nature. The venue (workshop & accommodation) is located at the unique 4-star village resort of Porto Platanias in Chania within walking distance from the beach and the village of Platanias.

It is a perfect place to host professional and personal development. The air and the sea are pleasantly warm – to further support participants in developing their personal strength and resilience.

For more information on the venue, please visit:

Closest international airports: Chania (24 km); Heraklion (165 km).

Aegean Airlines operates convenient flights to Crete from most of European capitals.

Participation Fee

Option A.

The fee for this course is 780€.

Option A price include

– Tuition fees
– Educational materials
– Certificates
– Beverages and a welcome cocktail

Accommodation and meals are not included in the above fees.

Option B (for Crete).

Total full package price for participants with double room accommodation: 1,250€ (+200€ single room):

Option B prices include:

– A 4*star hotel accommodation (5 nights)
– Breakfast
– Lunch or dinner
– Tuition fees
– Educational materials
– Certificates
– Beverages and a welcome cocktail

Additional option:

  • A half-day excursion with the group led by locals – €50

Contact us

Questions or concerns? please contact us at [email protected] or call +302106010522.