Darren Dillon, CTO, Azure / Microsoft Consulting Services:
"Although we have many programs for women in IT inside Microsoft, this is the first one I've seen that is built for people from multiple different tech companies to come together... this gives a lot of opportunity for networking, collaboration and thought diversity as we have women with different backgrounds, experience and career stages all engaging directly together"
Programme Gold Sponsor:
This is a unique BCS Northern Ireland open programme, in association with Empowering You, to build a collaborative community of women in digital roles in Belfast and Northern Ireland. Delivered in blended and virtual format over 3 months from October-December 2020, Women Transforming Digital Leadership is designed to enable the transition of aspiring and early career female managers into confident, capable and motivated leaders. A key element of this programme, will be a team project to encourage and support women in tech/digital roles in the Northern Ireland community.
The course equips participants with the knowledge and behavioural insights required for successful leadership, embedding and functionalising new learnings as real world behaviour and action. You will join a small cohort from diverse organisations and will enrich your learning through shared experiences and collaboration.
Key Learning Intentions
During the programme, participants will work individually and collaboratively to:
Accelerate leadership potential and embrace a ‘leader as learner’ mindset
Explore strategies to understand and engage more effectively with team members and stakeholders
Refine interpersonal communication and presentation skills
Identify and respond to challenges within the team and organisation
Leverage the combined expertise of peers to progress individual and collective growth
Collaborate to deliver a team project for the women in digital community
Segmented into five key modules, Women Transforming Digital Leadership engages participants in a detailed exploration around the fundamentals of leadership and management, focusing on individual drivers and derailers.
Each module includes an inspirational guest speaker talking about their own leadership journey. Check out the speakers here.
The power of connection, trust and relationships
Self-awareness – drivers, strengths and what holds you back
Emotional intelligence and working with others
Leadership styles, managing through change and optimizing your impact
Teamwork and community
Women Transforming Digital Leadership immerses participants in a multilayered development journey designed to ensure maximum individual impact.
This programme is delivered in an online, interactive format, using the virtual meeting features of Zoom technology; including breakout rooms, shared whiteboards and online group discussions. Two professional leadership facilitators are used throughout our workshops to make sure we maintain high levels of personal engagement.
Learning readiness - one-to-one call with Programme Leader
Virtual workshop half-days x4
Guest industry speakers sharing leadership stories
Self-directed learning modules between workshops
Coaching workbook and questionnaire
Three individual coaching sessions at different stages of the programme
Team collaboration project for the Northern Ireland digital community
Virtual project presentation to wider network, sponsors and community
On completion all participants will receive a BCS certificate
Team Collaboration Project for Northern Ireland
In conjunction with the various course elements, participants will undertake a Team Collaboration Project. The purpose of this is to deepen and extend the courses learning outcomes and for the participant to extend the portfolio of evidence around their capability.
This aims and scope of this project will be decided by BCS NI working in partnership with local organisations and programme sponsors/supporters. Participants will be seen to be delivering something of lasting value to the Northern Ireland digital community. The project will provide opportunities for the participant to consolidate and demonstrate new skills.
create a NI 'umbrella' group to collaborate and share experience on digital transformation
identify ways to increase recruitment and retention of women into IT and digital roles
how to use digital and virtual methods (post-COVID19) to enable collaboration and connections across different sectors and/or job roles (eg. virtual teams, stakeholders etc)
From self-paced, individual learning to interactive group development, the course immerses participants in a vibrant, multifaceted learning experience. Interacting with peers across a range of mediums, participants gain diverse insights and build powerful new connections.
Each participant will be encouraged to identify a workplace sponsor who will support them during the course. The primary role of the sponsor will be to act as a sounding board for thoughts and ideas and to help ensure the participant feels supported and energised during the course. In many cases the role of workplace sponsor naturally falls to the participant’s manager however this also presents an opportunity to connect and share ideas with another senior colleague. We will plan a virtual call for sponsors to fully brief them on expectations.
9am-12:30pm on Thu 8th Oct, Thu 22nd Oct, Thu 5th Nov, Thu 19th Nov
This programme is based on the proven Empowering Women and Top Talent leadership programmes that have been delivered over 11 times in the last 5 years by the Empowering You team. Hear what our alumni have said about the previous programmes here.
We look forward to welcoming you on this life-changing programme!