Over May and June 2015, Lead ran ‘Envision 2015: a new landscape for women leaders’. This innovative leadership development programme for women communal professionals was developed by Lead following a recommendation of the JLC Women’s Commission to develop bespoke leadership development for senior women professionals. Envision 2015 was split into 2 modules; a two day leadership development module and a one day leadership skills day.
During the two day leadership development module, 16 women from 11 organisations were introduced to a range of practical leadership tools, confronted and began to tackle a real challenge within their organisation, and created a supportive new network of peers. Participants fed back that they found it extremely valuable meeting peers from other communal organisations and that the tools and strategies introduced over the two days would have great practical application back in their organisations.
The skills day was extended to a broader group of communal professionals and lay leaders so that more people could benefit from the workshops – in all 45 lay and professional women leaders attended from 26 organisations. Participants heard from key note speaker Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on leadership and chose from workshops in negotiation, equality in the workplace, leading change, social media, advocacy and fundraising – areas especially highlighted by the Commission as key skills for development.