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Empowering Women to Lead Cyber Security - Midlands - Autumn

England October - December 2024

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This is a unique, cross-sector, leadership program for women in cyber security and resilience, delivered by Empowering You and in association with techUK and the Government Security Group in Cabinet Office. The aim is to build a collaborative and powerful community of women leaders in Cyber Security across the UK.

Delivered over 3 months from October - December 2024, Empowering Women to Lead Cyber Security is designed to enable the transition of aspirational and early to mid-career professionals, team leaders and managers into more confident, capable and energised leaders.  

Key Learning Points

  • Accelerate personal leadership skills and adaptability 
  • Become an inspirational role model for girls and women

  • Build confidence and influencing skills to lead change

  • Contribute to a national project that supports society and the business community

Program Modules

Segmented into four workshop modules, individual 1-1 coaching and a team community challenge, Empowering Women to Lead Cyber Security engages participants in a personal journey to realise your leadership potential. 

Each module includes a senior guest speaker from diverse industries and sectors sharing their own personal leadership journey. 

Self-awareness, strengths and what holds you back
How neuroscience can inform your values, beliefs and behaviours
Vital coaching skills and different leadership styles
Energising your career and optimising your impact

Program Experience

Empowering Women to Lead Cyber Security immerses participants in a multi-layered development journey designed to ensure maximum individual impact. 

This program is delivered in a face-to-face and highly experiential format, with group activities and action learning sets.  

Two leadership facilitators are used throughout our workshops to make sure we maintain high levels of personal engagement and diverse perspectives.  

  • 2 x 2-day in-person workshops in cohort of c.20 participants 
  • Guest industry speakers sharing personal leadership stories 
  • Three individual coaching sessions at different stages of the programme 
  • A team collaboration challenge for the national community 
  • A graduation event with team presentations to a wider national audience and certificate awards 

Program Timetable

Our timetable is designed to develop, practise and reinforce skills to create sustainable personal leadership capability. All modules must be completed fully to graduate and there is no option for virtual or partial attendance. 

Activity Format Date
Self-assessment Self-directed 1 week before workshop 
1st 2-day workshop In-person 7th - 8th October
Team challenge kick-off  Self-directed, virtual ASAP after workshop 
Individual coaching   1-1 with coach, virtual  2 sessions scheduled with coach
2nd 2-day workshop  In-person  4th - 5th November
Individual coaching 1-1 with coach, virtual 1 session scheduled with coach 
Graduation event and team challenge presentations  In-person  3rd December

Pricing & Enrolment

This is a free but selective program. Participants will be selected by a cross-industry panel after applying. 

Participants are expected to attend all workshops and the graduation event to complete the programme and graduate. 

Closing Date For Applications: 06 Sep 2024
Venue: Central Birmingham (Venue TBC)
Pricing: Free (not including travel expenses)
Max Participants: 20

Workshop Date Information:

1st 2-day workshop

Monday 7th October 2024 - 10:30 to 18:00

Tuesday 8th October 2024 - 09:00 to 16:30

2nd 2-day workshop

Monday 4th November 2024 - 10:30 to 18:00

Tuesday 5th November 2024 - 09:00 to 16:30

It is expected that participants will stay overnight close to the venue on the middle evening of each 2-day workshop and join the planned networking social and group preparation work. Exceptional circumstances (eg. childcare arrangements) will be considered of course.

What Our Alumni Say

“The coaching took me on a deeper level to review both my professional and personal objectives and I truly valued this opportunity and experience.”

Nuala Kilmartin | Innovation Lead, UKRI

“I liked the “experiential” part of the program – it was very interactive and there was a lot of discussion and reflection.”

Nadia Vidinova | Content Designer/User Centred Design, Social Security Scotland

“To be part of a network of inspiring, empowered women that I can tap into, and give back to, for support, ideas, mentoring and to simply share successes with, is truly a blessing.”

Michelle Baillie | Team Leader, Forensic Computer Analyst, Police Scotland

“Essentially, this program forced me to take time and space and reflect on who I am and what I want in my career and life – both as a leader and as a person.”

Narelle Gibbons | Product Manager, STV Group

“I absolutely loved the program! For me personally, it was so much more than I was expecting and the outcomes will shape who I am moving forward to lead in Cyber Security.”

Irene Coyle | Chief Operating Officer, OSP Cyber Academy

“The entire program has been a very positive, immersive experience that has left me feeling empowered and ready to take on future challenges.”

Ieva Kaleinikovaite | Adarma

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