Enabling every ‘woman in sustainability’ to have the capacity, courage and community they need to flourish and lead in these times.
Now is the time for women’s voices to be fully heard.
For how we think and behave is EXACTLY the diversity of leadership and talent that will help lead the world away from crisis and into balance.
Women want to be heard. They want to lead. But this can feel exhausting, overwhelming and lonely, especially when you’re in the minority and tackling complicated problems.
Women in Sustainability is a thriving global women’s network of sustainability professionals leading and creating the green transition in our organisations and communities.
We help those navigating a corporate career or running their own businesses to access the community, inspiration and inner development to amplify, and sustain, their impact and influence. Through sharing our learning, stories and experiences, we cultivate women to lead with purpose and heart. We do this through the WINS Membership and our Network events, in person and online, supported by our digital presence and communications.
“WINS events provide a fantastic opportunity to make connections with like-minded women, to be inspired and to learn with and from each other” Jane Coles, Strategic Development Team Manager, Forestry Commission
We started in Bristol, curious to see whether any of the women working on climate change and sustainability issues felt there was value in coming together to share and learn together.
When 80 female change makers turned up, we didn’t have enough coffee or biscuits and our founder, Rhian Sherrington, discovered how powerful creating a supportive and trusting environment can be to women wanting to change the world.
Rhian started to run coaching led events in Bristol and London, and word spread that here was a different way to connect and learn with other values-led women. The WINS Oxford Hub, led by Thalia Carr, got going in 2018 and the Women in Sustainability Network was born.
Our vision is for every ‘woman in sustainability’ to have the capacity, courage and community they need to flourish and lead in these times.
We cultivate women to lead with purpose and heart. We do this through the WINS Membership and our Network events, in person and online, supported by our digital presence and communications.
We do this through a focus on;
- Community – careful curation of psychological safe spaces to gather together, to share, learn, collaborate, and grow.
- Inspiration – relatable role models, authentic stories, truth telling, courageous action, hope and optimism.
- Inner development – cultivating feminine wisdom and intuition, alongside the transformational skills and capacities such as Being, Thinking, Relating, Collaboration, Acting (the Inner Development Goals).
To offer a safe, learning community to all women, and those identifying as women, to grow and amplify our impact together.
We do this through the following strategies:
- Grow and support ‘WINS Leaders’ who deliver a programme of activities for other ‘WINS’ so we can ‘connect locally, impact globally’
- Grow and nurture the WINS Membership to help resource & inspire purpose, passion & influence.
- Collaborate and partner with similar values led organisations and individuals.
It’s great to have the space to listen to women talk about being passionate and driven. It has inspired me to tap into those passions’ Mathilde Braddock
How our Network Hubs work
Creating a financially viable and sustainable business base to the network has always been essential to Rhian’s vision of a global learning community of women. We are very grateful to all our host organisations and sponsors who support the network. This enables us to keep ticket prices down and often introduces inspirational women, with fascinating career stories to share, to the network.
Organising networking and learning opportunities requires considerable time and effort for those involved, which is why Women in Sustainability Network Hubs run ticketed events and operate under a licence business basis. This ensures those leading the Network Hubs can be sufficiently rewarded for the expertise and skill they bring to facilitating a local Women in Sustainability Hub.
We are delighted to be growing a team of talented women who share our vision and values and who want to bring their coaching / facilitation / training skills to the network. Find out who they are here.
If you’re interested in joining them, do get in touch to find out how.
“WINS has gathered together women with a wealth of stories who also have a refreshingly open, honest and supportive approach”. Emma Peddie, Sustainable Production Adviser, BBC
Rhian Sherrington’s love of the natural world probably began through building dens up on the common and in the woods near her home aged 7. Cajoling her parents to recycle aged 8 initiated the environmentalist inside, which led to reading Geography at Oxford University and an MSc in Environmental Management at the University of Stirling. Whilst the latter didn’t lead to the anticipated consultancy career, it did start her on a path where caring for the planet has been at the heart of her career choices.
This has included teaching field studies on the Isle of Arran, running a conservation expeditions company for young people (building on her earlier experience of similar expeditions to Pakistan and Greenland), leading behaviour change programmes in schools, workplaces and communities across the UK, and two years advising Government on sustainable school travel.
Rhian has always been fascinated by what enables people to make choices that boost their well-being and benefit the planet. This ultimately led her to retrain as an Executive & Career Coach in 2012. She now specialises in helping women create impactful careers that fulfils their purpose alongside a balanced, soulful life.
She is the author of two books, award-winning ‘Alchemy for the Mind: Create Your Confident Core’, and Amazon No.1 best-seller ‘Choose to Flourish: How to Change Career and Thrive in Life’. An international speaker, Rhian enjoys sharing the insights and learning gained from enabling women to flourish in their environmental careers.