Women's Leadership Programme, Autumn 2021
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A programme for talented mid-career women with potential for top leadership roles. The participants are either senior managers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors; senior civil servants (deputy directors and directors): or local government assistant directors and directors.
“The WIG Women's Leadership Programme is a cleverly tailored programme that allows you to build a powerful network, explore your own style and face challenges and opportunities in a supportive environment.” Vanessa Rayner, Imperial War Museum.
What will you gain?
- Forge a network of supportive 'critical friends'
- Meet a range of inspirational women leaders
- Understand your leadership style
- Become confident in your ability to be a leader
What will you gain and how does it work?
How will it work?
The eight-month modular programme will supply the tools, the strategies, the mentors, the coaches and the long-term networks to support and challenge you on your way to the top.
Action learning sets will bring you together with women from different professions, sectors and organisations.
The learning sets are facilitated, not taught, providing the safe space for you to learn from the other delegates’ experiences and perspectives, to challenge assumptions and to examine your core abilities, strengths and values.
The six modules are designed around themes particularly relevant to women. They will give you tools or frameworks that can be put in to practice immediately in your workplace.
You will hear from inspirational women leaders and visit others.
You will explore practical leadership issues in a day with a charity, bringing your expertise to advise the organisation.
You will receive individual support from a personal mentor from the private, public or not-for-profit sector. Two one-to-one coaching sessions will deepen and sustain the learning from the group sessions.
During Module 5 participants have the opportunity to develop their skills in another sector by consulting and supporting a charity with a challenge they are grappling with. In 2020 the cohort worked with Children and Families without Borders (CFAB) on developing their corporate partnership approach.
This programme takes a collaborative approach and the success relies as much on the attitude, engagement and commitment of participants as on the input or expertise of speakers and facilitators.
The programme will run from September 2021 to March 2022.
Early application date: 28 June 2021.
Final application deadline: 9 August 2021.
Module 1: 20 and 21 September 2021.
Module 2: 21 October 2021.
Module 3: 9 December 2021.
Module 4: 20 January 2022.
Module 5: 17 February 2022.
Module 6: 31 March 2022.
Our facilitators and coaches combine a depth of understanding of leadership development with a practical, common sense approach gained from leadership across business, government and the voluntary sector.
The programme is a powerful mix of action learning, practical tools, real leader speaker sessions, visits to leaders of choice and coaching. It is very lasting and meaningful way to learn about leadership. It whets my leadership appetite every time I work on the programme!
Ruth Morris, facilitator and coach
Read an interview with Ruth Morris, Programme Director, WIG Women's Leadership Programme
Testimonials & Participating Organisations
Linda Knutsen, DSTL
Michelle Cupples, Cabinet Office
Read about five ways in which one of our past delegates has benefitted from the programme here.
Organisations who have participated in the last three years:
3M United Kingdom plc
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
Department for Culture, Media & Sport
BAE Systems plc
Department for Education
BT Global Solutions
Department for Work & Pensions
Government Digital Service
Shell UK Ltd.
The Scottish Government
Wales Audit Office
Broader Public and Not-for-Profit
Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
Kent County Council
Cambridge University IfM Education and Consultancy
Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual)
Competition and Markets Authority
Essex County Council
Registers of Scotland
Food Standards Scotland
Research Councils UK
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Imperial War Museum
West Lindsey District Council
Fees & apply now!
Member fee: £6,100+VAT.
Non-member fee: £7,700+VAT.
Charity Sector and WIG alumni fee: £4,650+VAT.
This fee includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation for the residential module, lunch and refreshments for all WIG hosted modules, plus two one-to-one coaching sessions, two one-to-one mentoring sessions, membership of the Alumni Network, and all programme materials.
Please contact WIG if you are unsure whether or not your organisation is a member.
How do I apply?
If you would like to discuss whether the programme is suitable for you please call the WIG office on 020 7222 1166 and ask to speak to Hannah Langsford or Catherine Taylor or email the Leadership Team.