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Empowering Women

Giving you the confidence to be who you are, embracing the diversity you can bring to the leadership team and helping you deliver this skilfully.

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Socitm members: Places included in your membership, subject to availability

Non-members: Contact us for further details


You need to be authentic – you need to know who you are.

Our Leadership Academy programmes help you link your personal beliefs and values with the way you lead, so that you can plan how to enhance your impact and personal brand, defining how you can demonstrate your value proposition to the business as a leader. 

Empowering Women gives you the opportunity to reflect – and then challenges you to challenge yourself with real and focused personal growth, encouraging you to face the things that hold you back. You can use the programme’s tools, techniques and insights to go back into the workplace with enhanced self-confidence and determination. 

With introduction of two new elements in the programme, group project work and Belbin profiling, we believe this programme will set you up for success more than ever before. 

Duration: Three days plus two online sessions
Sectors: Public and private
Career level: All career levels
Points worth: 3 points*

*Our training workshops and programmes are all worth a certain amount of points. Your membership package comes with an allocation of points to use throughout the year to suit the needs of your organisation.


This programme is spread over approximately six weeks.

The programme comprises a series of three one-day workshops, coaching, mentoring and group project work over three months, facilitated by expert leadership coaches and trainers.

Leaders who have undertaken the Empowering Women programme have the chance to share their thinking and learning together. Members actively contribute to the alumni network through sharing and presenting their work, participating in learning opportunities and supporting colleagues who are participating in the programme.

As part of Empowering Women, you will be set a group challenge by a third–party agency and work together to develop a real-life solution that breaks new ground, challenges convention and creates conversation. We included a half day online session to support your group challenge (this session is not mandatory).

Belbin Self Perception Inventory

This year we are pleased to include an opportunity to gain greater insights using the Belbin Self Perception Inventory.

Belbin Team Roles are used to identify behavioural strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. It is helpful in developing people, resolving conflict and fine-tuning high performance. Belbin Team Role Reports provide the language to ensure that individuals and teams communicate and work together with greater understanding. You can check out more at Belbin Team Roles.

One-to-one coaching

Following the workshop and Belbin profiling you will have a session with an experienced coach on a challenge or goal of your choice, with particular emphasis on what is important for you and your future. 


For the individual:

  • Encouragement to look within themselves for the right leadership style, rather than comparing them to others
  • Increased awareness of themselves and their abilities
  • The authority, capacity and motivation to implement change

For the organisation:

  • Increasing the number of leaders in the talent pipeline for better succession planning
  • Participants will become ambassadors and role models, inspiring others to improve performance
  • An improved culture of trust and collaboration in team


This programme is suitable for any level of leader/ manager in an organisation; in fact a broad spectrum adds value to the whole group. The range of participants to date include junior team leaders and project leaders, through to heads of service.

The assumptions made about participants are:

  • Some experience as a team leader/manager (or about to take on such a role in the coming months)
  • Enthusiasm to learn and contribute fully with a group
  • A strong desire to be proactive about change and career progression
  • A desire to make a bigger difference and greater impact in their leadership role

A commitment to the whole programme is mandatory. Participants must have good communication skills and be willing to contribute with enthusiasm and energy. Outside of the workshop modules, there will be some requirement to engage in the coaching and mentoring sessions (via phone/skype), as well as collaborating online with others in the group during the programme.

The programme is designed to minimise travel costs and time away from the office. Course materials, refreshments and lunch are included. Travel and any accommodation required is the participant’s responsibility.

The programme attendees will be invited to attend our annual two-day President’s Conference to take part in a graduation ceremony during the evening dinner.

What do our alumni say?

“A genuine life changing experience”

“During the course I came to understand some beliefs I had that were holding me back such as my own independence which meant I viewed asking for help as a sign of weakness.”

Empowering Women programme attendee

“Empowered to make a positive change”

“Thank you all, I have realised that my feelings are not isolated to me and I have been empowered to make a positive change that will benefit me in all aspects of my life.”

Personalised Empowering Women programme attendee

“I will also be taking some of these learnings and sharing with my team both male and female”

“Just a big thank you for an informative and engaging two days shared with some super talented ladies! I had no preconceptions of this workshop having been signed onto this relatively late in the day but gained so much. I will also be taking some of these learnings and sharing with my team both male and female. Look forward to catching up with you all again in September. Until then happy empowerment!”

Empowering Women programme attendee

“I will be thinking about my ikigai”

“Thank you so much for the past couple of days, its been so interesting and useful- I will be thinking about my ikigai and using the techniques to help with my inner critic.”

Personalised Empowering Women programme attendee

“I would not have been able to gain the promotion…”

“Since the course, I have developed my leadership skills to focus on not only managing the ICT Department, but also other areas within the Council. I firmly believe that without participating in this programme I would not have been able to gain the promotion to my current post.”

Empowering Women programme attendee

“Super session”

“(…) super session. I put the ‘saying no’ positively, into practice in a tricky discussion yesterday, a good reminder!
Look forward to the follow up in Sept.”

Empowering Women programme attendee

“The programme was a real eye opener”

“The programme was a real eye opener – it changed my working world and now external networks have become a crucial part of my life…”

Empowering Women programme attendee