By Toni Green, End user computing manager for the London Borough of Enfield
Empowered women, empower women
That’s the only way I can describe the journey which led me to Socitm’s Empowering Women (EW).
Nadira Hussain, Socitm’s Director of Leadership Development & Research, leader in the creation of EW, inspired and empowered me to take full advantage of the programme. After that I have built confidence in accelerating my career choices; recognised the importance of creating strong networks; strengthened my leadership skills whilst empowering others; and challenging myself to do something today my future self will be proud of.
AND OF COURSE… TAMING THE CROW!
What a revelation this was – I had to have been my worst critic. Thinking about it now, my inner voice wasn’t very nice at all, clouding my capacity to take an accurate measurement of what I am capable of.
The EW programme, complimented by 1:1 tuition from my coach, gave me the tools and skills I needed to recognise my negative inner voice (crow) and silence it.
Since the programme
Reflecting on the last year since the programme, I have achieved lots to be proud of.
- Stepping out of autopilot and being very present in the moment
- Leadership success
- Staff Excellence Awards nomination
- Empowering others to excel
- Roundtable event speaker and organisation support
- #IamRemarkable facilitator
- Organiser and speaker at LBE’s International Women’s Day conference
Being a speaker at the IWD conference, alongside very inspirational leaders, reminded me, that we are never fully in control of self-doubt, and the inner voice/crow cannot be put back in its cage for ever – there will always be those fight or flight moments.
However, with huge thanks to the Empowering Women programme, I have the toolkit to take lead of challenging situations, making change last forever.