The time is right for talented females
22 June 2017
School for CEOs has delivered its first all-female Runway. Delegates from a range of sectors heard from a variety of speakers including Margaret Anne Ford, Baroness Ford of Cunninghame, Chair of STV Group plc, who agreed that there has never been a better time to be a talented female.
This was the first time that Baroness Ford had been part of a School for CEOs programme. During her session she said: ‘Leadership requires enormous diligence. You can only be at your best when you are working in line with your own values.’
She also stressed the importance of feedback within business today. ‘If we are to be respected as leaders then we must be open to feedback and, importantly, act on it.’
David Sole OBE, Co-founder and Managing Partner of the School and co-author of 21st-Century Networking, delivered one of the first sessions highlighting the importance of having a good network. This session offered key insights on how to develop and leverage both personal and business networks.
At the end of the 24-hour programme, David Sole commented ‘We were thrilled that Baroness Ford accepted our invitation to speak with the delegates on our first all-female Runway. She has an enviable business career and we were privileged that she shared some of her own insights and experiences recognising the different challenges faced by female executives.’ The programme also featured guest speakers Matt Elliott, People Director at Virgin Money, who gave an organisational perspective on succession planning and Sue O'Brien, Partner at Ridgeway Partners, who gave an external headhunter's perspective on leadership transitions.
Delegates at the event in London also took part in a number of workshop sessions. One key session involved working through the results of a self-assessment and, using the School for CEOs Dimensions framework, help them all shape their own development plans for the next 3-5 years.