What is The Fast-Track Program?

The Fast-Track Program is an immersive leadership development experience for women. It is designed for early-career high-potential talents to be successful in their first major management role by learning tools and techniques to lead themselves and their teams more effectively.


5 modules over 5 days



Next program start

28th October 2024

Why is this program impactful?

  • The program is based on the learning design principles of Think, Explore, Do
  • Participants benefit from a cross-industry experience; with like-minded high-potential talents
  • The program is tailor-made and led by international leadership and management development experts
  • Fast-Track encourages experimentation and ownership, where the participants own their own learning.












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

Program Faculty

Claire French

Orchestrator of Above & Beyond Academy’s programs

Ole Kjeldal

Sspecialises in Design Thinking, Innovation Management, Business Model Innovation, and Tech Transformation

Christian Harperlund

Trained organisational psychologist

Isabelle Bester

Focus is on leadership development, mindset and communication excellence

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.





Ole Kjeldal

Ole specialises in Design Thinking, Innovation Management, Business Model Innovation, and Tech Transformation. For more than 12 years, he has been delivering governance, analyses, capabilities and innovations for “those who lead your transformation and innovation”. Ole combines hard data and creative design to create data-driven, sustainable and disruptive solutions. Ole holds a PhD in Design Thinking and Disruptive Innovation from DTU and Stanford University, and he is a highly experienced business designer, entrepreneur and educator.

Christian Harperlund

Christian is a trained organisational 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”.

Isabelle Bester

Isabelle’s focus is on leadership development, mindset and communication excellence. Isabelle has over 15 years of Business and Facilitation experience and has a passion for working with teams and leaders to develop empowering and sustainable working cultures. Isabelle studied Communications at Duke University in the USA, and has several diplomas and certifications in Leadership & Team Coaching, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence.












“It has lit a fire in me, sparking the thought that I shouold allow myself to aim for something more in my career and stop worrying about other people’s eractions. It has also shown me my ambition to become a leader someday, is reachable, if I dare to develop and futher explore my patterns.”

Julie Louise Nielsen, Operations Manager at Maersk Tankers, Fast-Track Participant 2019

“The program encouraged frowth and that the sky in the limit for any woman ready to assume high responsibility corporate roles. It also showed that you need to always be aligned with you life pupose in order to be able to succeed in anything.”

Carla Torregrose Calvet, Danaher Business System Leader at Radiometer. Fast-Track Participant 2019

Our Global 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.

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.

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.