Your C-Suite Journey Starts Here!

Are you an aspiring C-suite leader ready to advance your career? Our “SheSuite Africa” program is designed specifically for YOU

Ready to take your seat at the C-Suite?

Your path to the Boardroom Starts Here!

Are you a female C-suite leader looking to take your career to the next level? Our “Onboard her” program is designed just for YOU.

PAWEN Leadership Academy

Your Leadership, Amplified!

At the PAWEN Leadership Academy, we recognize the urgent need to close the gender gap in Africa’s Management teams and  corporate boardrooms. With women representing only 14% of board members among top companies, and a similar statistic on management teams, this is a substantial missed opportunity. An opportunity to harness the talent, creativity, and leadership of women like you, who are poised to drive transformative change.

Our leadership Academy offers two distinct programs designed to empower female leaders: “OnboardHer” and “SheSuite Africa.”

OnboardHer is our commitment to preparing you for board membership. We provide you with the competence, confidence, and connections needed to be fully “Board Ready.” This program is about more than just filling seats—it’s about elevating your voice, vision, and impact to transform boardrooms and leadership landscapes across organizations.

SheSuite Africa is tailored for aspiring C-suite leaders eager to advance their careers to the C-Suite. This program equips you with the skills necessary to lead organizations, drive strategic initiatives, and implement change, ensuring you are ready to take on the most challenging executive roles without loosing your authenticity.

Together, these programs underscore PAWEN’s mission to redefine leadership and champion a future where the wisdom, insights, and leadership of Women not only fill positions but fundamentally shape the success of businesses globally.

Are you ready to embark on this transformational journey and make your mark on the world? Join us at PAWEN Leadership Academy and start shaping your future today.

​Ready to embark on this transformational journey?

Why PAWEN Leadership Academy?


We’ve designed a curriculum that emphasizes best industry practices and governance principles, offering the skills you need to succeed.


Through hands-on experience and training, we cultivate the confidence required to make critical decisions.


We foster an environment that encourages networking with industry veterans and peers, ensuring that participants build lasting relationships.

Program Components

Sharing, growing, and learning together, our cohort-based approach allows participants to learn from real-world scenarios and collective insights.

A Holistic and comprehensive curriculum designed to better equip you to lead in the c-suite and Boardrooms, while navigating the complexities, challenges and gender biases women face in leadership roles and on boards.

Every participant receives guidance from seasoned board members and C-suite executives providing you with practical, unique insights and strategic counsel.

With a 6-month placement on an advisory board for OnboardHer, participants have the opportunity to put theory into practice, further honing their skills.

Our platform encourages dialogue and collaboration, letting participants share knowledge and foster a community of powerful women leaders from over 40 African countries.


Eligibility & Application

“Onboard Her” is designed to identify and empower women leaders who exhibit the potential and desire to make significant contributions in corporate boardrooms. The criteria for application are as follows:

Leadership Experience

OnboardHer applicants should possess at least 10 years of leadership experience in their respective fields, demonstrating a proven ability to inspire, manage, and develop strategic initiatives. SheSuite Africa candidates are required to have a minimum of 5 years of work experience, showcasing consistent leadership progression.

Educational Experience

A bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is required, with a preference for those who possess advanced degrees or professional certifications related to business, management, or industry specialization.

Commitment to Growth

Candidates should exhibit a strong passion for continuous learning and professional development, showing a commitment to personal growth and leadership excellence.

Vision for Change

Applicants should articulate a clear vision of how they intend to leverage their skills and experiences to foster innovation, diversity, and inclusiveness in leadership and corporate governance.

References and Recommendations

Selected participants will be required to submit professional references or recommendations that can vouch for the applicant's leadership capabilities, integrity, and suitability for the program.