Fast-Track Program

For emerging female managers


8 half-day modules, 8 weeks


Online Learning Journey

Next Program STARTS

1. September 2022

What is The Fast-Track Program?

The Fast-Track Program is an immersive virtual leadership development experience. Running since 2019, it enables managers in their early career to be successful in their first major management role by learning tools and techniques to lead themselves and their teams more effectively. Placing maximum responsibility with participants to own their own learning builds motivation and autonomy. The program content responds to the current business climate, building competencies and confidence to thrive in the workplace of the future.

The Fast-Track Program is designed for early-career high-potentials female talents with 3 to 5 years functional experience. The program is taught in English by international faculty and is delivered in eight half-day modules, over seven weeks with a final follow-up module.

Why is this program so impactful?
  • The program is based on the learning design principles of Think (new knowledge); Explore (behaviours and feelings); Do (application and relevancy to current job and role).
  • Participants benefit from a cross-industry experience; learning together with like-minded managers from other leading companies.
  • The program is tailor-made and led by international leadership and management development experts.
  • Fast-Track encourages experimentation and ownership, where maximum responsibility is placed in the hands and minds of the participants to own their own learning. This approach builds confidence, motivation and autonomy.
  • Virtual learning methods include breakout groups, games, online facilitation, accelerated learning practice, guest speakers, role plays and simulations.

For further information


Tine Arentsen Willumsen
CEO, Above & Beyond Group
Mobile: +45 61 28 67 54

Program Overview

Week 1

Thursday, 1st Sept


Competencies for the world of tomorrow

– Claire French and Shiva Roofeh

Predict the major trends impacting the future world of work and identify future-ready leader competencies

Week 2

Friday, 7th Oct


Lead with a growth mindset

– Claire French

Consider the relationship between mindset, behaviours and performance

Resilience and wellbeing in your workplace

– Marieluise Maiwald

Build resilience and wellbeing by managing your levels of energy, emotions and stress

Week 3

Tuesday, 11th Oct


The Power of Communication

Shiva Roofeh

Develop presence, authority and empathy

Agility & Adaptability

– Perry Timms

Key business competences to place your company and customers’ needs at the heart of decision making


Week 4

Friday, 28th Oct


The Silo Buster

– Claire French and Christian Harpelund

Identify different types of collaboration barriers and build bridges to a culture of smart collaboration

Week 5

Friday, 4th Nov


Cultural intelligence

– Shiva Roofeh

Experience the value and power of cognitive diversity and strengthen a team culture of inclusion

Managing Remote & Virtual Teams

– Claire French

Explore ways to nurture high-performance teams (remote, virtual or hybrid)

Week 6

Friday, 11th Nov


Innovation & Digital Transformation

– Alan Brown

Investigate approaches for unlocking a culture of innovation and embracing digital transformation

Lead by design

– Shiva Roofeh

Strengthen your purpose, vision, and impact as a strategic people manager

Week 7

Friday, 18th Nov


Create your future self

– Claire French and Shiva Roofeh

Capture your learning, join the dots from the Fast-Track journey and create a plan to be the leader you would be proud to be

Week 8

Friday, 9th Dec


Embedding the Learning

– Claire French and Shiva Roofeh

Follow-up session one month after the previous modules

The Academic Team
Claire French


Above & Beyond Academy’s programs are orchestrated by Claire French. Claire is a transformational results focused Facilitator and Coach and has worked across sectors in more than 45 countries. She shifts mindsets and cultures to enable organisations to overcome their challenges and prepare for the future. Claire is part of the Executive Education Faculty for Thunderbird Global Management School, Headspring and more.

Shiva Roofeh


Shiva is the Academic Director at Geneva Business School and a master facilitator and trainer. She has taught at business schools and universities including IE, Duke Corporate Education, ICADE and Boston University.

Perry Timms


Perry Timms is the founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR – a global consultancy, setting out to create better business for a better world. Perry is an international and 2x TEDx speaker and award-winning writer on the future of work, HR & learning. His 2017 book “Transformational HR”


Alan W. Brown is Professor in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter Business School where he co-leads the Initiative in Digital Economy at Exeter (INDEX). Alan’s research is focused on agile approaches to business transformation, and the relationship between technology innovation and business. He led enterprise strategy as European CTO in IBM’s Software group. Most recently Alan
co-founded the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) at the University of Surrey.


Marieluise is an internationally-experienced learning and development consultant, faculty member and coach. Her career included in-house roles with Google and Novartis as well as external roles with Columbia Business School, Headspring and Duke Corporate Education.

Christian Harpelund


Christian is a trained organizational psychologist and has worked with corporate development and learning since 1996. Christian started his career as a manager in the public sector and has subsequently worked as a learning architect and consultant. Christian is also a co-author of the book “Onboarding: Getting New Hires off to a Flying Start”.

Headspring is our academic partner

Our programs are tailor-made and delivered by our executive education partner Headspring – a joint venture between Financial Times and IE Business School. Alongside its world-class professors and experienced journalists, our programs can also include faculty from London Business School, Henley Business School, Cambridge University, NYU Stern, McKinsey & Co., Dare Disrupt and CNN.

Headspring Executive Development

Financial Times has been a trusted guide to business for more than 130 years, recognised for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Employing 600 journalists from over 40 international bureaux, FT provides essential news, informed analysis, valuable data and insights for the global business community.

A triple accredited institution, IE Business School is the 3rd ranked non-US MBA in the world (Forbes, 2017). Through technological immersion and a culture of innovation, IE brings an entrepreneurial mindset that gives our programs a sharper edge and greater impact.