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The Women in Leadership mentors

Read about how WIL participants have progressed, the benefits of gaining access to external perspectives and processes - as well as working with leading development experts and mentors.

Jo Clube

Head of Group Technical Accounting, Aviva

Jo Clube

I have found the WIL programme very valuable and inspiring. Right from the start I have been able to see the results both in my performance at work and personally, in terms of my career aspirations and goals in life. Each session has left me feeling more energized and motivated about my leadership opportunities and life in general.

The opening dinner was a great opportunity to meet my peers and all the course tutors and mentors. This was closely followed by a challenging and inspiring two-day strengths workshop. Working in small groups, I was able to get to the crux of some challenging issues and gain a real understanding of my innate strengths and how this translated into my leadership style. The approach and tone that was set right from the beginning has enabled me to give the level of personal disclosure necessary to really benefit from the input of others. The external perspectives of others are a key part of the value of this course.

I feel that the combined experience of the tutors and mentors in business, finance and sport and the fact that they have experience of what they ask us to do, have been powerful and a real differentiator of this programme. They really understand the environments and cultures we are grappling with.

Julia Macdonald

Director, AlixPartners

Julia MacDonald

Working as a Director at the global turnaround and performance improvement firm, AlixPartners, I am acutely aware of the benefits of inspiring leadership and the impact on the success of the business and so naturally, my firm is very supportive of my participation in the ICAEW’s Women in Leadership programme.

Being able to workshop leadership issues with some of the country’s top development experts is a huge boost to me in my future career. I’m equally excited about the opportunity to expand my professional network through a group of like-minded peers, with the added benefit of having access to a carefully selected mentor.

Diana MacDuff

Head of Business Development, British Sugar

Diana MacDuff

My attendance on the first Women in Leadership programme came at a time when I felt I was at a crossroads with my career, because I was unsure how to try and progress to the next level, whilst continuing to balance my family commitments.

The programme has introduced to me to a fantastic group of women, many of whom are struggling with similar issues to me. It has made me realise that I am not alone and the support that I have received from the other members of the group, as well as from my mentor and the programme facilitators, has been amazing.

It has given me the courage to initiate debate at a senior level on ways to improve gender diversity within ABF. It has also been very refreshing to be on a development course that focuses on identifying my strengths and how I can use them to develop my own authentic leadership style, rather than focussing on the things I need to change or improve. The programme has included a lot of practical advice on how I can progress my career, with the emphasis being on staying true to oneself as a woman, but understanding how to do that within a predominantly male environment.

I would highly recommend this programme to any senior female who is facing the challenge of breaking through to director level. This programme will give the courage to realise that it can be done.