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Towards the end of 2014 I started working with companies to help them with the diversity and inclusivity agenda.  This has been a big shift for me. My work supporting women through workplace challenges is super rewarding and really helps the individual women. And yet… I worried it sent the message that it’s the women that need fixing.

This isn’t the case.

Sustainable change needs to come from the top in organisations.  My own recent research and also voices in the media point to a huge motherhood penalty for women.

From a recent Guardian article;

“It was assumed my priorities lay elsewhere”

“Before I had a baby I would really have questioned whether such sexism even existed”

“My previous responsibilities were removed”

http://www.theguardian.com/money/us-money-blog/2015/jan/06/mommy-track-maternity-leave-careers

Companies need to rethink how they approach maternity and the introduction of new paternity laws in April provide an ideal timeframe.  I actually wonder whether it will be when men seize the opportunity to take extended paternity leave in significant numbers that change will start to happen.

And at the end of the day, this isn’t just about getting more women to the top of organisations.  This is about creating a workplace in which every body can bring their whole self in to the workplace and be valued for it.  Just focusing on gender is not a particularly inclusive way of approaching the issues. Instead I am getting a stronger handle on what gets in the way of everyone showing up and being truly seen in the workplace.

My hunch is that a more diverse boardroom, which embraces our differences, will lead to a more creative and innovative environment.  My work therefore focuses on helping individuals show up and be seen; whilst also advising companies of structural and cultural changes they can make.

What to expect from me in 2015:

One of my resolutions for the year ahead is to get my voice heard.  Expect to see articles from me championing the importance of diversity and inclusivity. I will continue to reach out to women encouraging them to stand up and be counted in the workplace.  Alongside this I will be giving strategic advice and offering training to organisations in how to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace.  My newsletters will encompass both angles and will appeal to anyone with an interest in inclusivity in its broadest sense.

I will be running The Daring Way™ workshops, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown throughout the year to support everyone in living brave and being truly seen.

I will continue to coach and provide support for women in stepping in to their bravest and most authentic selves.

LOOK OUT FOR:

The Daring Way™ for leaders:  retreat in Brighton, March 26
Taking place at the boutique hotel – Artist Residence – in Brighton, this two day leadership event offers you the chance to step in to daring, authentic and vulnerable leadership. Learn how to create the support you need as a leader, how to build authentic and trusting relationships with colleagues, how to build resilience to the (inner and external) critic and how to continue to dare greatly as a leader. If you’re keen to take more risks, stand out as an innovative leader, build stronger relationships and access your creativity – this retreat is for you! Find out more here

The Back to Work MOT
Supporting women in returning to work with confidence and style, this is my new partnership with Sally from Queen Bee Styling. Find out more here

My guest blog for Driven Woman
in which I talk about Daring Greatly in 2015 click here to read