29 July – 2 August 2019 | Austria

Find your way

Women around the world are challenged to find their way into top careers. Not because they don’t have the education, or they don’t have the skills, but because they don’t find the right points of entry, build the right networks and learn the “rules of the professional game” that can get them noticed and get them ahead.

The Women Leadership and Negotiation Academy gives young ambitious women the unique opportunity to live with Dr. Claudia Winkler, who will share her 9 steps to career success and enable participants to kickstart their desired career path.

“It’s never a lack of talent that holds women back from achieveing a top career but almost always a lack of guidance at an early stage”
Dr. Claudia Winkler

You will have the skills and tools
to master challenges like

How do I get noticed if I don’t like to toot my own horn about my strengths?

How do I ensure I get taken more seriously when I speak?

How do I negotiate effectively with people more senior than me?

How do I speak confidently and convincingly in a room of (male) professionals?

How do I create a network of women and men who can help me reach my career goals?

How do I resolve the dilemma of choosing to please people and standing up for my own interest?

How do I find a powerful mentor and become a worthy mentee that they would want to support?

How do I stand out as a talented lawyer when there are hundreds of other top qualified candidates?


The skills, answers and strategies to these questions will be developed in an interactive and challenging 5-day intense setting. Participants will enjoy daily skill sessions, exercises, challenges, and coaching opportunities followed by constructive feedback.The unique small size “live-in” character of the Academy truly makes it one of its kind. You will be able to not only learn the skills and ropes of becoming a leading professional but also spend time strategizing your career trajectories with Dr. Winkler and other top women along with extensive tips on how to sail your way through personal career challenges and growth struggles. Besides an experience that shaped them into more resilient and confident individuals, participants of this Academy have come out with clearer goals and an action plan on how to headstart their careers and take them forward.

The week’s schedule will be based on the women who are selected to provide the most benefit to their particular challenges. Traditionally, this has meant work on the following areas:

Strategic Career Planning (understanding the tricks and challenges)
Specific and Targeted Goal Setting (crafting action plans)
Building Negotiation skills and Convincing Power
Getting into a top school/program
Mentor Hunting (locating, convincing and impressing top mentors)
Confidence Building (speaking up to impress in professional environments)
Tackling the Confidence Cliff (dealing with bullying, discrimination)
Creating a powerful network to help you get ahead

Who should apply?

This Academy is a highly personal and intense experience for only a selected number of women. It will not be right for everyone. We will have a detailed interview with qualified applicants to see who will be the best fit.

This is for you if you are:

Driven, intellectually curious, coachable and hard working

Determined to make a stellar career and let nothing stop you

Want to stand out rather than blend in

Important Notes

  • Slots will fill fast on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to be interviewed and see if you might be a good fit, please add your details to the form below right now.
  • We do not care about your grades, your intellect, your background, or your achievements so far. We have seen women from all walks of life, some of which have considered themselves a total failure, and showed them the path into an outstanding career they never thought could be possible, based on the three criteria above.
  • We ask you to only apply if you are serious about taking up this opportunity if invited. We invest a lot of personal time into the selection process and consider it very disrespectful if uncommitted applicants take away valuable interview time from committed applicants. You will be ranked down for future opportunities if you do so.
  • By applying you confirm that you are able to travel to Austria at the time of the Academy and have the financial resources to pay the fees and travel cost. Additional scholarships are not available. Please see our full terms here.
Claudia Winkler - International Dispute Professional Academy Faculty

Dr. Claudia Winkler, LL.M. (Harvard)

Founder and Lead Trainer, The Negotiation Academy™

Dr. Claudia Winkler, LL.M. (Harvard) is the founder of The Negotiation Academy™ and the Director of the IBA-VIAC CDRC Mediation and Negotiation Competition. Claudia received her Master’s and Doctor’s degree in European and international law from the University of Linz and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

As a trainer, Claudia has helped unlock the negotiation potential of more than 4,500 professionals in law firms, businesses, conferences and universities across the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Claudia has shared the stage with A-list celebrities and billionaires like Hugh Hilton, Michael Douglas, Mel Gibson and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and spoken to audiences of 2,500 people and above.

Her professional experience reaches from law firms to governments, non-for profits, start-ups, MNCs, universities and international institutions. She has worked as the ADR development coordinator with the New York International Arbitration Center during her time as a Fulbright scholar and is a licensed Mediator in New York.

Academy Details

Date: 29 July – 2 August 2019, all day

Price: € 1,370*

Eligibility: Female, at least 18 years old at the time of the Academy, maximum age is 30.

What’s included

  • 4 nights in a double room in the castle (there is also one triple room and one single room)
  • Full board including breakfast, snacks, lunch & dinner (vegetarian)
  • Transportation from Vienna to the venue and back
  • All training material, evening activities, drinks etc.

What is not covered

Getting to Vienna, your visa, travel insurance and other personal expenses

*Why we charge that price/who this price is for: This is a family size event. Due to the small number of participants, fixed costs are higher for each person than they would be in a larger event. For this event, we rent an entire countryside castle with seminar rooms for ourselves because it gives us the opportunity to enjoy nature, work uninterruptedly and live together for a maximum opportunity to interact and grow together. From the registration price, we cover the castle rent, seminar rooms, transportation, materials, and 3 meals a day. While we know that for a student budget this can still be a challenge, please know that any professional seminar of this kind would cost at least 4-times that, usually more than 10x. This is a once-a-year offer for students and young practitioners only and this price will not be available for firms or agencies who request the same training.

Meet our 2018 Women Leaders
Negotiation with your parents?

Tell me if this is true: You know that this is exactly for you and that you could benefit vastly from a week of training and coaching with us. However, the challenge now is talking about the financing with your parents who also, of course, must see the value this will have and the difference it will make for your career.

First, realize this is a negotiation. This means you need to prepare carefully for it. Think about why exactly you want to pursue this opportunity and how you plan to benefit from it and how you will put it into use for your career, take our free Introduction to Negotiation Course if you haven’t learned about Negotiation yet.

For any questions, please get in touch with us on office@necademy.com


29 July – 2 August | Austria


El Molino  castle, 1.5h drive from Vienna.