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Inspiring Women Workshops

Why Inspiring Women Workshops?

Because too many women have the ability to succeed and/or be great leaders
but don’t always put their hands up. 

On 19th January 2017, over fifty people attended the launch event of Inspiring Women workshops in London. Held at the offices of global law firm, Reed Smith at Broadgate Tower, this proved to be the perfect setting to inspire a new generation of female leaders. The event was to celebrate the launch of the workshop programme developed by the organisation, Inspiring Women.

I have partnered with the former England rugby captain, Catherine Spencer, who is the founder of Inspiring Women to deliver a range of workshops, talks and events for women in business.

The workshops and events are aimed at HR and L&D departments to adopt as part of their internal diversity and equality programme. They are tailored around helping and supporting women to thrive in their roles and to grow into leadership positions. The launch event had a focused message throughout the morning which was to boost women’s confidence in the workplace. By doing so, Catherine and Jo are encouraging more women to raise their hands which in turn will help them thrive in current roles or to progress to more senior management levels.

Why are we tackling this subject?

Catherine Spencer spoke about why these workshops are so important. “There is a chronic shortage of women in leadership roles. The government’s target of 25% of women serving on the boards of FTSE 100 companies has not met according to a Cranfield University Study. Therefore, the Inspiring Women’s workshop program is specifically aimed at closing that shortage gap. Giving women the support, confidence and skills they need to become leaders”.

Research conducted on behalf of KPMG pointed to professional working women wanting leadership, decision-making, networking and critical thinking training to help them move into leadership roles. It also found that seeing women in leadership roles encouraged them to get there themselves, and support and encouragement are key to them progressing as leaders.

Ffion Carey-Evans from FUSE who attended the launch shared her feedback “I just wanted to send you a note to say a huge thank you for the presentation this morning, it was hugely inspirational to hear both of your stories and I think what you’re doing is so important in order to share this with other women in order to give them the confidence and inspiration they need. I work within sports marketing and the workshops you are offering will definitely be of interest to woman within my organisation.”

Jo Wimble-Groves summarised the launch by commenting “The launch event was really successful and shapes the message for future talks and events. Catherine and I are so passionate about women in business and helping others to succeed; we are looking forward to get started”.

About Catherine Spencer

Catherine is a former England Rugby Captain who retired from international rugby in 2011. Founder of Inspiring Women, she is recognised for her self-belief, determination and leadership qualities.

Thriving as a leader, Catherine decided to share her insights into developing captaincy and leadership skills, so other women can benefit from them. Catherine won 63 caps for her country and captained the England Rugby team for over 3 years. She is Patron of the Tag Rugby Trust and an Ambassador for Endure World Events.

Together, we will be delivering a range of workshops for women in the workplace. Workshops can be tailored to specific requirements, but the aim of the workshops is to boost women’s confidence, encouraging them to raise their hands to help them thrive in the workplace, including progressing to more senior management levels.

Why is this good for UK Businesses and L&D Departments?

A study carried in the Washington Post published on on 10th December 2015, stated that a team at research based index and analytics firm, MSCI, looked at 4,200 companies. They found that those with more women at the top had return on equity of 10.1 per cent per year, compared with 7.4 percent for those without. This, in itself proves that organisations with more women at the top creates more profitability for the business overall.

We want to address the gender leadership gap –now. If we don’t have the self-confidence to lead, how will we be able to create the next generation of female leaders?

Please email Jo Clark to find out more.