“I’d like to lead change for millions and I think I can do it – but not alone” – She Leads Change participant, Jan 2018
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou.
If you are a women working to create a positive impact, the world needs you to be your most powerful self, to operate from a place of confidence and abundance. This means that you truly feel that you are worthy of the best of life and have the personal resilience to handle the worst.
She Leads Change is a new initiative that, over a 4 month period, consciously grows women change-makers.
It came about through a series of conversations between women working to create change, and looking for advice on how to move forward, better. It is a mixture of coaching and community, building confidence and connection through a structured peer learning and mentoring programme. It is a safe, facilitated space designed to get under the skin of the things that worry you and hold you back. The programme is designed to give you courage to live with purpose, to develop strong bonds that can see you through tough times and to celebrate the wins. Most of all it is envisaged to give you the power of amazing women behind you, so you can get on, create maximum impact and be your best self.
How does it work?
You will join a group of 8-10 wonderful women that will meet regularly at 6 fortnightly sessions of 3 1/2 hours each, from 5:30pm to 9pm. The first hour will be a check-in, the next two will deal with a specific subject through deep collective-dialogue and thereafter an invited expert speaker will arrive to address the chosen topic. It will end with reflection and commitments. Topics will be tailored to the groups and may include: self-esteem, vulnerability, resilience, balance, etc. In between the sessions, members will be matched with an external, experienced coach who will provide more insight and support through 30-45 minute conversations. It is expected that the maximum time commitment every month, including the face to face session, mentoring and personal journalling, will be about 10-12 hours.
The set-up of the programme is specifically designed to develop self-confidence in action. Nicola, our primary coach, will curate and facilitate the group; however, with the principle of growing through doing, the group will take responsibility within the structure to co-create the experience. This involves choosing topics, preparation, open-hearted discussions, deep listening, reflection and co-building.
Ultimately, it is hoped that the participants will continue to support each other after the 6 months and that this becomes the catalyst for a broader scheme where each member goes on to facilitate other, similar groups. A peer-mentoring courage-building spider plant!
It will be based at a private home near St Martins Lane, Soho.
What does it offer?
LEARNING: a structured learning programme over 4 months focused on personal development through peer-mentoring and expert facilitation and perspective
BELONGING: form part of a group of wonderful women who are inspirational professionals that meet and connect over the 4 months – and beyond
CONNECTING: access to a broader network of She leads Change alumni, participants, coaches and advisors as part of the SLC network
COACHING: A dedicated coach that will support you on your 4 month journey
REINFORCING: a detailed pre-read each month with articles, exercises, videos and other learning material that acts to support the formal learning process by offering opportunities to try-out ideas
EXPLORING: a safe space to try out new things (e.g. co-create a session) to test ideas and to share confidences
Although we think you’ll learn and practice core professional skills, this is not a business skill development course. We won’t overtly teach you negotiation or presentation or any discreet business skill. We believe that by having an opportunity to express concerns and try out new ways of being and doing – alongside your growth in self-awareness, courage and confidence – your core business skills will also improve. Given both of these growth areas we expect that your professional capability and ability to effect positive change will improve exponentially.
Who is eligible?
This is for women that at heart are strong, sassy and inspiring, that live toward purpose and are committed to positive change – yet – also feel small and vulnerable and wonder if they can…
What will it entail?
If you are an individual it will cost you £65 (excl. VAT) per month. If – and this is preferable – your organisation can pay, it is £125 (excl. VAT) per month for SME’s, NGO’s and £165 (excl. VAT) per month for other business types. A commitment is expected for the full 4 months. If you fit the description above – we want you to join. There are sponsored and part-sponsored places available. Please don’t hesitate.
This not a course to ‘fix’ you. We want you to know that you are already great – no fixing required! And you are already doing well. This is not to make you someone different; we are not planning on changing you. We plan to work alongside you, with you, to allow you to trust more in yourself and remove anything that you are putting in the way of your best self and desired life. And be able to better ride the waves that life brings your way – buoyed up on self-trust, new ways of thinking and a great network.
Far more than a payment this programme requires the courage to admit that you want to do life differently, to seize the opportunity and to bring your whole self.
As Coco Chanel put it “A girl should be two things – who and what she wants”.
Convinced? We’d love you to join us – sign up to be involved in the next two groups, starting 3rd or 4th September: