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If you, like so many companies, have decided to put in place positive steps to tackle your gender gap, we’d propose it’s not the Gender Pay Gap, but the Gender Say Gap that needs attention. Ginger’s Women’s Leadership Communications courses provide the support and training women need to become more visible, vocal and visionary leaders in all manner of speaking and influencing situations.
A recent study by KPMG found that most women are socialised as children to be nice to others (86%), to be good students (86%) and to be helpful (77%) but comparatively few are socialised to be leaders (44%), or to express their opinions (34%).
Our clients observe that from the earliest moments of their careers, women de-voice themselves and devalue their achievements in comparison to male counterparts. These early behaviours have lasting consequences for women’s careers and the gender balance at senior levels.
This means that women are less visible than their male counterparts in most organisations.
What we observe:
Ginger’s Women’s Leadership Communications programmes are designed to tackle the Gender Say Gap and help women to be more visible, vocal and visionary.
We combine public speaking training, leadership skills and personal development to offer transformative experiences that build the confidence, impact and visibility of female leaders.
Our highly regarded flagship public programme, The Leader’s Voice is an eight-month Programme for female leaders that takes just a handful of senior female change makers from a range of industries on a journey to rally change. This highly selective, prestigious process ends in showcasing our graduates at Ginger’s Game Changers Women’s Leadership Summit at the House of Commons – an event open to game-changing female leaders. You can see some of our graduates of this process on Ginger’s Wall of Women.
The Leader’s Voice is available as an in-house programme for female only or mixed groups in our “Speak. Lead. Change – Communications for Leaders” programme. This is tailored to meet your company needs and typically lasts 6-12 months.
For those female leaders who would like headspace on their vision, purpose and sense of direction, we offer a Leader’s Voice Vision Hunt – a public programme for handpicked visionary women.
And for senior women who are already making waves and want to plug into a community of like-minded women from all manner of industries and backgrounds, our not-for-profit Game Changers Women's Leadership Network is here to support.
If you have bespoke needs or would like ongoing support, we also offer 1-2-1 coaching that can be totally tailored to you.
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Angela was a senior manager stuck in a rut when we she first encountered our work. Whilst she was recognised as a high achiever, she had been overlooked for promotion multiple times and felt that she was being side-lined for the best opportunities.
‘I felt I was playing by the rules, but just not getting anywhere’, she told us. ‘People would tell me things like, ‘you lack gravitas,’ but they couldn’t tell me where to get it!’
Angela joined one of Ginger’s Women’s Leadership Programmes within her company, where she found a like-minded cohort of women from across the company.
‘The first thing that struck me is how we were all facing the same issues,’ she said. ‘Most of us said we were scared of public speaking and yet nobody looked it. That was my first big revelation, which helped me to realise that I just had to get out there and speak and trust that I looked ok.’
Over the coming months, Angela committed to saying yes to any public speaking opportunities that came her way. ‘I found myself on panel discussions, doing a bit of conference speaking and even doing pieces to camera,’ said Angela, ‘things I never thought I could do suddenly became normal for me.’
The confidence she built also applied in day-to-day situations. ‘I’ve stopped being intimidated in all-male meetings. I’m actually enjoying that I’m the only woman because I get to stand out,’ she told us. ‘And I discovered that when I slow down and give myself permission to take up time to talk about the stuff I care about, I DO have gravitas.’
As the eight months progressed, Angela’s confidence and impact noticeably improved. ‘I spent most of my professional life thinking I had to hide my personality – that I’m being too loud, or pushy. It turns out that I wasn’t doing nearly enough of either. It’s been such a relief to learn that being myself is not only acceptable, but that’s what people want!’
Best of all, Angela was awarded her long-awaited promotion. ‘I definitely think that was down to the programme,’ she said, ‘I could speak with much more authority about myself, knowing that I was doing it for other women. And I took the whole thing much less seriously, which meant I relaxed.’
Angela and her whole group have created a powerful unit who will continue to learn and grow long after the programme has ended. She says ‘The support of the cohort has been incredible. I’ve found a ready-built network of colleagues and supporters that I’m going to rely on for years to come.’
If you're interested in hosting this course at your company, or would like to brainstorm your requirements, please get in touch with us today.
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