Although I’ve been delivering Springboard for a long time, this is the first open programme I’ve run, and I’m super excited about it. Hence this website.
Of course I have included quotes, testimonials and stories from a few of the many women who have done Springboard with me – because we all know that personal endorsements and word of mouth are much more powerful recommendations than anything else.
While I was compiling them I was struck afresh by how amazing these women are. Not just the ones I’ve featured here, but all of them. During every Springboard programme I deliver I am amazed and inspired by what they achieve. Sometimes it’s huge, life changing things (changing a career, deciding to move abroad), sometimes it’s quite small things that have cumulative effects (taking more time to look after themselves). And everything in between.
It’s not that Springboard does this for them – Springboard brings out what was there already. Every woman has the ability to do remarkable things within her own context.
One of the most powerful things is the way they connect and create a community of support. I tell them that this will happen at the beginning of every workshop, and they all sit there looking at me with scepticism in their eyes! But by the middle of the programme they have done exactly that.
They do provide each other with practical support, advice and information; but the most important and powerful thing is belief in each other.
Having someone believe in you when you are maybe struggling to believe in yourself is one of the most enabling things in the world.
Make brave decisions - to leave something, to start something like a new business, or tackle something like a tricky relationship
Choose to take on new responsibilities and challenges, such as applying for, and often getting, new jobs, fellowships, funding, promotion, projects
Re-negotiate balance in families and at work
Share expertise by mentoring someone
Start to look after themselves better and so become better able to help others
Take themselves out into the world in authentic ways so that the world can see what they're capable of
It’s a privilege to be able to deliver a programme that helps women let their light shine in this way. I want to honour the women I have worked with and most of all the way they connect with and support each other. What they create together in this way is tangible, life changing, and amazing!