International Women’s Day 2021

It's been a tough year for women everywhere. Some of our CLS women offer ideas and reflections

International Women’s Day 2021

Woman have a unique perspective

Celebrate, reflect and share ideas on being a woman

Women at work, women at home. We all have so many ways to define ourselves and who we are. Sometimes it is good to just say “I am a woman”

Developing team performance for more agile, innovative organisations

Put on your own oxygen mask first

Jacqueline is the CLS Programme Director on the UNICEF ASPIRE programme for personal and professional development.   

The pandemic seems to bring to the fore the non stop juggling that is the everyday life of women in most parts of the world. The need to contribute  – or even take primary responsibility-  for the family’s finances, the education of children, care for the sick or elderly leaves little time to care for self.  How do these women put on their own oxygen masks?

Cecilia is UK Sales & Accounts Director 

As a mother of a child with hyper-sensitivity autism, I know my daughter’s career choices will be limited, but there are fantastic role-models out there of leaders on the spectrum who have made it – possibly thanks to how their autism is presenting itself. Most of those role models are men. Think Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Charles Darwin, Mozart… Why is this? Where are the female role models? Most searches bring up Susan Boyle. I am sure there are others but they are either not opening up about being on the spectrum or are not promoted into the roles.  

I want every little girl who's told she's bossy to be told instead she has leadership skills

Susi is an international facilitator specialising in creative visual learning 

Diversity has real impact for business. Google research shows that companies with women on the board of directors have 53% greater performance compared to companies who don’t have women directors. When you look at companies with racial and ethnic diversity, they have a 35% greater financial return than companies who don’t. This is important business data. 

Yene’s passion is developing women leaders, wheverever and whatever they do

Successful teams value women and bring them onboard for their competence, not just to tick the gender balance box.

Handle diversity, equality and inclusion with genuine care and utmost respect for all; failing to do so perpetuates deep pain and chronic injustice; while stepping up to it opens a new path of immense possibilities.

Judeline specialises in developing organisations to thrive by being inclusive, diverse and oriented to equality.

Maya Angelou speaks powerfully to, and about, women. This quote resonates with me and I think has relevance for everyone who calls themself she, her, a woman.

Each time a woman stands up for herself without knowing it, possibly without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

Claudia helps women – and men – to become strong, capable, authentic leaders

I love the poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. It speaks to me of who we are and the power we have within us.

It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Well behaved women rarely make history

Nadja facilitates learning in presentation and communication skills

One of my favourite quotes is from Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”. As women, we sometimes lack confidence and that can hold us back.  Ayn says:

“If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.”

Sarah is Sales & Account director for Canada and North America

Eleanor Roosevelt spoke powerfully about women. These are some of my favourite quotes: 

“For our own success to be real it must contribute to the success of others.”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

If you want to develop your women - and men - you have come to the right place

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