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Speaking to Dounreay Women’s Network

Dounreay, now part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, invited me to speak to their women’s network about my research on women’s journeys to leadership. I was delighted to see that the discussion in the subsequent breakout groups considered not just barriers to women in leadership and what the organisation could do, but primarily focused on what action individuals could take…

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Accredited as an ICF Coach

I’m really pleased to have achieved my ACC accreditation from the International Coaching Federation. It had been a while since my Professional Certificate in Coaching at Henley Business School in 2016/17, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn alongside some talented coaches and our tutors, Jonathan Passmore and Elizabeth Crosse. Especial thanks to Jackie Rolf who helped me hone…

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Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez (https://bit.ly/3iFXqvV) first came to my notice 7 years ago when she campaigned to have a woman back onto bank notes after Elizabeth Fry was replaced by Winston Churchill on the £5 note. I recently saw her speak at the CIPD virtual Festival of Work, after which I read her book “Invisible Women” about the bias caused by…

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Changes within a venerable institution

Just before lockdown I facilitated a discussion with the Provost (Head) of my old Oxford college, Queen’s, at a dinner at the University Women’s Club in Mayfair, organised by the Queen’s Women’s Network as part of our 40 years of co-education celebrations: youtube.com/watch?v=oIh9lFWX9uE The first female Provost of Queen’s, Dr Claire Craig CBE, combines her academic, civil service and commercial…

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Locking down working mothers…But it could change men’s behaviour longer term

An article on Radio 4’s Today at the end of May discussed the impact of the lockdown on 2-parent, gender-opposite couples. Christine Farquharson of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, which carried out the research (https://www.ifs.org.uk/), and Justine Roberts, Mumsnet CEO, spoke to Mishal Husain. Reflecting the situation of some of our coaching clients, the study shows the lockdown is putting…

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Inspiring Women into Leadership – Closing the Gender Gap

I am delighted that my research is featured on the First 100 Years website, celebrating 100 years of women in law: https://bit.ly/2WbwuLY. I hope that my findings will inspire individuals and firms to shape the future for all those who work in law. In the top 10 UK law firms, according to PwC’s Annual Law Firm’s survey, the proportion of…

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Q: What makes a team smarter? A: One woman or more

Linking to Keith Wilson’s recent post about CMS UK signing up to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter, I learnt on a webinar yesterday that the number of women in a team increases the team’s collective intelligence proportionally over men-only teams. Checking the research behind this, I found that collective intelligence is strongly correlated with the average “social sensitivity”…

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Henley Coaching Centre Webinar on Thursday

I’m really pleased to be presenting my research on women’s journeys to leadership via a Henley Business School webinar this Thursday at 6.30pm. Presentations from five alumni of the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change mean a lot of valuable information in a short space of time! I’m very much looking forward to hearing my former colleagues speak. If you…

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