Masterclasses Curriculum

STRADA is a leadership development programme that aims to equip emerging female leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to become more effective in your role and your organisation. A blended learning approach will deliver masterclasses on topics such as leadership, digitalisation, innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. You will learn from those experienced in many different areas of manufacturing from research to the factory floor how to ramp up your career. The course brings together manufacturing expertise, practice-based exercises and modern case studies with feedback from our network of peers, instructors and mentors to enhance your professional and personal growth. STRADA is about taking your career to the next level, so jump on board.

Developing Leaders and Managers

The overall aim of this module is to provide the participants the tools to become better leaders.

Learn concepts related to leadership and management roles in manufacturing
Develop insight into the leadership style
Actively explore the different styles of leaders and managers within the manufacturing environment
3 hours (two sessions of 1.5 hours)

Module Summary  

During the sessions of this module, participants will have the opportunity to critically engage with different dimensions of leadership in order for each participant to develop their own personal sense of themselves as a leader.

A range of leadership theories, perspectives and research are explored in this module in order to lead the participants in a critical engagement with the content to enable them to develop a range of ideas about leadership and a keen awareness of how to respond to different contexts and situations in appropriate ways different ways drawing on their emergent identity as a leader.

The module draws on a wide-ranging international literature to focus on contemporary policy, practice and leadership challenges.


Module Contributors: Dr. Beatriz Martinez-Pastor, UCD

Duration: 3 hours (two sessions of 1.5 hours)

Leading Digitalisation 

The overall aim of this module is to develop technology/digitalisation leadership competencies with application to situations emerging leaders face throughout manufacturing.

Learn about the fundamentals of digitalisation and what matters most 
Understand the role of data analytics and how and why we collect data
Recognise Process Mapping underpins digitalisation and is key to extracting tacit knowledge
Identify core systems and how integrations deliver a more complete business view

Module Summary  

This module will look at how to lead digitalisation projects within manufacturing and what’s involved in making strategic decisions about what technologies to use, what areas to invest in, and how to grow internal digital skills. Lead by industry practitioner participants will take a deep dive into the process of digitalisation drawing from cases studies from the auto, steel, electronics, and cosmetics  manufacturing sectors. The focus will be on practical implementation and going after Digital ‘Quick Wins’ to gain momentum and deliver a fast ROI, thus leading the way for larger digitalisation projects.

The module is underpinned by four themes; Digitalisation Review; Data Analytics, Process Engineering and Systems and Integrations. On completion of the module, participants will have an understanding of what’s involved in leading digitalisation projects. Starting with insights into why and how factories need to analyse data; the role process mapping plays in digitalisation and extracting tacit knowledge; how systems and integrations support manufacturers in becoming more data driven.

Module Contributors: Ruth Kearney, Richard Jackson, Chris Wilson from Nightingale HQ and Angel Dacal from CTAG
Duration: 4 hours (60-minute lecture/workshop over four week period)

Entrepreneurship / Innovation

The overall aim of this module is to introduce the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation to drive growth within a manufacturing context

Learn the potential of innovation and entrepreneurship in team composition
Create awareness and entrepreneurial mindset for women to develop entrepreneurial behavior and skills
Understanding how startups search for a business model
Apply to real cases concepts learnt

Module Summary 

Entrepreneurs boost industry transformations, and can benefit society by favoring economic growth, social change and community development. Participants will learn the effects of the diversity in entrepreneurial and managerial teams, what a startup is, what is a business model in manufacturing and how to apply these concepts in real cases. The module is underpinned by four themes including Innovation/entrepreneurial potential and team formation, Startups and Business Models in Manufacturing, Customer discovery and the customer validation and Application of the business model on real cases. At the end of the module, participants will be able to apply the concepts learnt to real cases.



Module Contributors: Alessandra Colombelli (Politecnico di Torino – Italy) and Elisabetta Raguseo (Politecnico di Torino – Italy)
Duration: 4 hours (60-minute lecture/discussion over one month period)


The overall aim of this module is to build understanding of the importance of sustainability for leading the business of the future in line with the policy context on EU level and to provide knowledge about sustainability and circular economy as main drivers for sustainable growth of a business.

Learn about the EU policy context of sustainable development
Gain knowledge about the basics of sustainability – triple bottom line and the role of business in sustainability
Have understanding about the basics of circular economy and how it can support sustainable development
3 hours (3 sessions, 1 hour each – lecture/workshop with presentation of cases)

Module Summary

This module will look at how to better understand and facilitate sustainability in companies. The topic is very hot for the EU as climate neutrality underpinned by sustainable development is at the core of the Green Deal – the new growth strategy for Europe. The course will contribute to the creation of a new generation of leaders recognizing sustainability as a key driver for realizing the twin transition and shifting from business-as-usual to new leadership approaches.

The module is underpinned by three themes: EU Policy context on sustainable development; Basics of sustainability; Circular economy as a booster for sustainable development.

Upon completion of the module, participants will have an understanding of the role of industry in realizing the twin transition based on a sustainable growth.

Module Contributors: Elitsa Petkova, Veliana Zlateva, Mariyana Hamanova, Cleantech Bulgaria
Duration: 3 hours (60 and 120 minutes lecture/workshop over two weeks period)


What else is included


Tailor-made webinars that will help you improve

Mentoring Session

Up to 2.5h of mentoring sessions with a mentor

Hands-on workshop

and online sharing experiences workshops

The Trainers Profile

Elisabetta Raguseo


Alessandra Colombelli


Ruth Kearney


Beatriz Martinez-Pastor


Elitsa Petkova


Chris Wilson


Richard Jackson


Angel Dacal-Nieto - CTAG
Angel Dacal Nieto


Triin Kõrgmaa
CEO / Member of the Board – Salvest AS
Triin Kõrgmaa has been in the food industry for 15 years. She has worked in various positions in several large Estonian companies, such as Valio Eesti and HKScan Estonia. She currently manages one of the largest and best known food companies in Estonia – Salvest. In addition to being CEO of Salvest, she is also a member of the board.

Photo by Stina Lill

Marju Zirel
Head of Investor Relations – AS Tallinna Sadam


Marju Zirel first joined the Port of Tallinn 16 years ago and has held various financial positions there, as treasurer, EU project manager and IPO project manager. Today she is working as the group head of investor relations. She has been a finance manager in an international manufacturing-construction company and logistics-transport company, and previously also worked in the finance department of the Tartu City Government. In addition, Marju is a member of the TalTech Logistics Programme Advisory Board.

Photo from Tallinna Sadam gallery

Helina Põldemaa
Verification Engineer – Karl Storz
Helina Põldemaa is an alumnus of the University of Tartu with a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree and a doctorate in materials science. Over four years ago, after completing the second year of her doctoral studies, Helina joined the medical equipment manufacturer Karl Storz Video Endoscopy Estonia OÜ as a full-time validation engineer. By now, she has gathered about 1.5 years of experience as a validation manager at Karl Storz.

Photo by Sigrid Proosvelt

Triin Anette Kaasik
CEO / Member of the Board – Data Print OÜ
Triin Anette Kaasik has 30 years of management experience in various Estonian manufacturing companies such as Sangar, Estiko-Plastar and today Data Print. In addition to her everyday manufacturing work, she is involved in community life, being a member of Tartu Hansa Rotary Club and Tartu City Government.

Photo by Merle Värv

Liisa Luhaste
Manager – Moe OÜ
Liisa Luhaste has worked in the spirits industry close to 10 years. Started off as a technician in the laboratory of Rakvere Spirits Factory and working now as the manager of Moe Distillery. Master’s degree in chemistry has helped her dive deep into production and development of drinks whilst it being considered a masculine area.

Photo from private gallery

Kaire Kuldpere
Head of Environment and Sustainability – AS Utilitas Eesti
Kaire Kuldpere is the Head of Environment and Sustainability of the energy group Utilitas. She has long-term work and leadership experience in the fields of environment, energy, infrastructure and sustainability in general.

Previously, as Audit Manager at the National Audit Office of Estonia, Kaire was involved in organizing and conducting audits in the fields of energy, environment, state infrastructure, transport and IT. She started her career as a consultant and project manager in the field of energy and environment. She holds a Master’s degree in Heat Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Environmental Protection Technology.

Photo by Jake Farra

Emöke Sogenbits
Managing Director / Member of Management Board – Raumedic Estonia AS
Emöke Sogenbits served in numerous positions of leadership in operations over the course of her long international career. She has been working in several supply chain, global sourcing and operations management positions in China, Central Europe and USA.

Photo by Andras Kralla

Sirli Männiksaar
Head of Supply Site Tallinn / Chairman of the Board – Ericsson Eesti AS
Sirli Männiksaar is the Country Manager of Ericsson Estonia and the Head of Supply Site. Sirli has a Master of Science in Product Development and she has also studied Quality Management. She’s been in Ericsson since 2004 and has worked with supply chain, strategy, digital transformation and management quality. For the last three years, she worked for the global Ericsson digitization organization, creating, among other things, machine learning models with her team.

Today Sirli leads the innovation-driven supply site in Tallinn, where latest 4G and 5G products are industrialized for clients all around the world.


Photo by Rauno Liivand