High Potentials Leadership Program

Esimiehestä Johtajaksi - Program in Finnish language

Program Overview

The Esimiehestä Johtajaksi leadership program:


  • Is for managers and high potential individuals new in their role wanting to gain new skills in management and leadership and grow to their full potential as true leaders
  • Has an objective to support Finland and Finnish companies to success through coaching skilled leaders
  • Includes learnings from top leaders, an overseas excursion as well as valuable networking and benchmarking opportunities


The Esimiehestä Johtajaksi is a leadership program delivered by Hanken & SSE Executive Education in partneship with Seedi, Business Coaching Center, Fujitsu Suomi and Havain.

Program Content & Structure

The program is a multi-company program with participants from many other companies. The Esimiehestä Johtajaksi-program offers an excellent chance to network and benchmark with individuals in similar positions.


The program consists of 5 live learning days, 4 days in Helsinki and one excursion to Tallinn. The program is run in Finnish language.


Information on criteria for the program and how to apply can be found on

the program homepage in Finnish >>

Program Director

Pernilla Gripenberg

Program Director Pernilla Gripenberg

Pernilla Gripenberg (Ph.D.) is a Program Director at Hanken & SSE Executive Education, guest lecturer at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and facilitator of the Hanken EMBA program. Pernilla has close to twenty years of experience of business education in different areas of management and organization, from entry to executive level. Pernilla has worked with companies in a variety of industries, banking, telecom, engineering, retail, property management, construction and the food industry. Her focus has been leadership and self-leadership, leading for top performance, change leadership, and communication and presentation skills.

Quick Facts

Next Program Start: November 2017

Locations: Helsinki and Tallinn

Language: Finnish

Program Type: Multi-Company


Contact our team to find out more.

Who the program is for

The program is suitable for managers new in their role and high potential talents.

Benefits and value to you and your organization

  • a diverse skill set and tools to succeed and evolve in the role as manager
  • learnings of top leaders and a valuable network
  • speed up performance and change capabilities
  • the program is tied to the specific needs, challenges and targets of each participant’s work at their company

Contact Our Team

Need help with selecting the best learning experience?


Contact our team to learn more about the Esimiehestä Johtajaksi Program or to find out how this program can be customised for your business.

Kaj Åkerberg

Kaj Åkerberg

+358 400 419 987

Johanna Korpia

Johanna Korpia

+358 400 240 946

Guest Speakers Include

Elina Björklund

Elina Björklund
CEO of Reima

Georg Ehrnrooth

Georg Ehrnrooth

Maija-Liisa Friman

Maija-Liisa Friman
Board Professional

Pekka Haavisto

Pekka Haavisto
Member of Finnish Parliament

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen
European Commission VP, Former Prime Minister of Finland

Heikki Kovanen

Heikki Kovanen
CEO of Kovanen Yhtiöt

Margus Schults

Margus Schults
CEO of Tallink Silja

Laura Tarkka

Laura Tarkka
CEO of Kämp Group

Pekka A Viljakainen

Pekka A. Viljakainen
Advisor at Skolkovo Foundation

The guest speakers are examples from previous programs, speakers are subject to change and availability.

Participating Companies Include

Classic Pizza
Mandatum Life