This has been fantastic! So many thought provoking conversations!
Edinburgh HUB 2021 Theme: Women in Leadership
The focus for WINS Edinburgh Hub in 2021 is Women in Leadership, so you can inspire and influence with integrity.
In particular, we support the #SheChangesClimate campaign for 50/50 balance of women at the top for COP26.
Getting to “50/50 women at the top” means supporting women at ALL levels because without support throughout your career you are less likely to want to take on senior roles, let alone build the relationships for a strong network, community and champions around you to pave your way into more senior leadership roles.
In 2021, the Edinburgh Hub events will include topic events on leading through uncertainty and leadership styles, and “Women at the Top” panel events where senior women talk about how they are influencing their industry to be more sustainable and their career journey – what inspired them, why they took this role, and how they got there.
“I used to think it SHOULD be all about what you know. But as I got older, I realised that no-one, male or female, ever gets to the top without a lot of support and champions around them in one form or another.” Dr Sue Mitchell, Edinburgh Hub Lead
Given the vital importance of gender equality in the leadership and delivery of tackling the ecological and climate emergencies the world faces, we’re taking advantage of Dr Sue Mitchell’s expertise as a leadership coach for women for the WINS community!
“I am passionate about encouraging women to take on more senior leadership roles and supporting them to do so. It is not just about ‘fixing women’ as some people call it, but creating the environment where women and other groups bring their diverse mindsets, experience and perspectives to the table which results in better choices, higher performance and higher productivity. That means we need to also involve men to welcome change, be able to embrace that diversity of perspective without feeling threatened, and to actively bring on board diverse leaders including women. We need to recognise the hidden biases that are so deeply unconscious that people don’t know they hold them, including men and women, but which shape the way they mentor, identify, recruit and work with leaders of different genders.” Dr Sue Mitchell
So look out for an exciting year on events (hopefully at some point, back in person!) ahead!
Dr Sue Mitchell, MAC, MPSA
Sue is the author of “The Authority Guide to Engaging your People”, Director of Aeona, an award-winning leadership and executive coaching company and an international speaker. She works with private clients and organisations to change lives, transform the workplace and harness the power of purpose to influence change, create an environment where everyone can excel and make our world a better place. Sue inspires people and organisations to achieve high performance and their desired results through developing a positive mindset and culture that raises confidence, resilience, engagement, wellbeing and fulfilment.
Sue has a passion for supporting women to flourish and take on more senior roles, particularly in male dominated industries. Sue believes very strongly in equality for all, and recognises that while creating gender equality requires both men and women to take action, there is also great value in providing women-only events that elicit a different style of connection and conversations around shared experiences that inspire the desire, courage and capability for women to step up another level. Sue previously organised thought-leadership conversation events in Edinburgh for four years and organises open events on career development and confidence for professional women, as well as 121 coaching and delivering masterclasses and leadership events in-house for organisations.
Sue is delighted to set up the WinS Edinburgh Hub because the focus on sustainability aligns her past work and interests in the environment and conservation with her current work supporting people to create great places to work and make sustainable decisions and actions that are great for people, great for the planet and great for prosperity. Sue’s company name, Aeona, derives from the Greek work Aeon, and reflects her purpose to support people to make sustainable decisions and changes that are good for the long term.
Dr S E Mitchell
Executive Coach, MAC MPSA