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It is more important than ever to invest in your potential as a leader.

The instability, brought by Covid-19 and Brexit, moves effective, collaborative leadership skills from being advantage to an essential for organisations of all types. The pandemic’s impact also has potential to undermine progress on gender equality in the workplace - making it vital for senior female leaders to step up with confidence. Our Getting to the C-Suite Leadership programme will support you to do just that. 

Our Getting to the C-Suite leadership programme is different because it is practical, results-orientated and values peer support from other senior leaders. It focuses on equipping you with the skills research shows are required to operate at the most senior levels. Importantly it will also build your ability and confidence to secure your next role – whether it is a step-up into the C-Suite, a stretch promotion or a move into the boardroom.  

Many women who have the skills to operate at the most senior levels fail to win promotion at interview because they are not perceived as ‘looking like’ leaders. Our Getting to the C-Suite programme provides you with the language and frameworks to reassure interviewers that you are both competent and confident as a senior leader.

And it works! Over 70% of our alumnae go on to secure challenging new roles and/or a NED positions.

Our Getting to the C-Suite programme comprises six modules delivered over 6 months, with five additional peer mentoring sessions, in a cohort of just 20 senior professionals from a range of backgrounds.  If you are looking to enhance and fulfil your leadership potential, do consider joining our March 2021 cohort. 


Booking now open for our March 2021 cohort

 
 "Very quickly after, I was promoted to .. Group Strategy and Corporate Development Director as well as Chief Transformation Officer.
Read more from Phillippa Prongué, Kier Group
 

"The programme has been very useful to me as a portfolio NED... Its content is all about leadership and I found it just as relevant as a non-executive." 
Read more from Angela Henderson, portfolio NED
 

But is it right for you? The programme leaders will explain more about the content and approach of Getting to the C-Suite, as well as which type of career ambitions it can support you to achieve, at an information webinar on 15th February. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. (Recordings will be available if you can not attend live).

Register now for our free Getting to the C-Suite information webinar on Monday 15th February at 12.30

 

Programme design
 

Our Getting to the C-Suite programme covers the core skills recruiters prioritise in candidates for senior leadership positions, as identified by research from Professor Boris Groysberg’s (Harvard Business School). It will give you the tools to lead strategically, collaboratively and purposefully, in an environment where change is a constant, not a one-off project.

  • "Clear models to breakdown behaviour & actions for effective leadership & influencing."

  • "Very helpful & insightful. Real food for thought!"

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Developed and delivered by globally respected leadership consultants at UGM and BroadReach, it draws on the latest thinking in management and leadership combined with their practical experience operating and coaching at C-suite level.

  • "The content was extremely good, and Malcolm, who led the programme, was quite simply brilliant." Phillippa Prongué, Kier Group

  • "There was nothing about the programme.. that I didn’t enjoy. I used to feel uplifted after every session." Danielle Perfect, PwC

The programme content is highly practical. It contains tools and approaches that can be applied immediately in the workplace, supported by our ‘learning alerts’. There is also a focus on articulating your skills and experience in the language of leadership, which is critical for women and other under-represented groups to succeed at interview.

  • “The language used in the programme is such an asset .. particularly around being strategic...I believe this will give me the edge in securing competitive non-executive positions." Angela Henderson, portfolio NED

  • "I also loved those follow up “nudges” afterwards, making sure we were implementing what we were learning." Annie Coleman, UBS

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It works!

The impact: More than 100 individuals have participated in our UK programme over the last 5 years. Over 70% of our alumnae have gone on to gain a challenging new role or internal promotion following the programme, and a further 6% were already C-Suite or non-executives who wanted to upskill (but were not looking for a change in role, as such).

Our alumnae: Here are just a few examples of how our alumnae have used what they learnt to further different career goals:

 

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Who is it suitable for?

Getting to the C-Suite programme is suitable for those in senior and management roles across the private, public or not-for-profit sectors or leading from a non-executive position.  The broad range of perspectives within our cohorts is a key asset which enhances the value of the peer mentoring sessions.  

But is it right for you? The programme leaders will explain more about the content and approach of Getting to the C-Suite, as well as which type of career ambitions it can support you to achieve, at an information webinar on 15th February. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. (Recordings will be available if you can not attend live).

Register now for our free Getting to the C-Suite information webinar on Monday 15th February at 12.30

 
​To date women from companies including UBS, RBS, HSBC, Virgin Money, PwC, BNY Mellon, Pinsent Mason, FarFetch, Standard Life Aberdeen and Clydesdale Bank have benefitted from the programme, as well as those advancing their portfolio NED careers.

  • "I was worried that I’d be surrounded by “super-City” types, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The women in my cohort were..a delight to work with." Danielle Perfect, PwC

Previous participants recommend the programme as follows:

  • "Very good content, format & delivery if you have got to the C-Suite or are on the way there"

  • "Essential for those involved in any kind of strategy or change role.  Provides practical advice & tools you can implement immediately to bring about more effective change."

  • "Invaluable particularly if you are at a cross roads in your career.  Very reflective, which can be hard/challenging but very important and hopefully will shape my next steps."

  • "Executive or non-executive, the programme is so useful to brush up on your high-level leadership skills." Angela Henderson, portfolio NED
     

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Programme cost and time commitment

The Getting to the C-Suite programme comprises 6 modules, taking place over 6 months. Each module comprises a half-day module. In addition, there are 5 peer-mentoring sessions taking place shortly after relevant modules. Places are limited to 20 participants to facilitate interaction and creation of a supportive cohort. The 2021 programme will be delivered online via Zoom.

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The full programme fee is £3,000 (inc VAT). Many attendees have secured full or part sponsorship from their employer due to the immediate and practical benefits it brings. 

  • "Self-investment is always a good one, and the Getting to the C-Suite programme was a great investment." Emily Cox, Lloyds Banking group (formerly Virgin Money)

  • "Would I have still signed up for the programme if my company had not paid for it? Absolutely 100% yes." Phillippa Prongué, Kier Group


Find out more


See our March 2021 programme for an overview of each module, dates and booking information. 
 

Is it right for you? The programme leaders will explain more about the content and approach of Getting to the C-Suite, as well as which type of career ambitions it can support you to achieve, at an information webinar on 15th February. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. (Recordings will be available if you can not attend live).

Register now for our free Getting to the C-Suite information webinar on Monday 15th February at 12.30




Download our 2-side summary - Women on Boards' NexGen Directors: Getting to the C-Suite Leadership programme.

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Programme Collaborators:

UK Programme Leaders - Broadreach

Dr Malcolm McGregor    
Malcolm is an expert in the field of leadership development. After a successful senior executive career Malcolm completed a round-the-world yacht race and then a PhD. Malcolm now works internationally in the areas of Executive one-to-one Coaching; Leadership Programme Architecture and in Executive Team Facilitation.  His work has a pragmatic focus ensuring quantifiable impact is reached in a consistent and sustainable way, balancing the commercial requirements of the business with the more personal needs of the individual.  
 
Julie Ashworth
Julie is Chair of Clear Returns, one of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups. She is also CEO of Broadreach and provides specialist leadership consulting services to global blue-chip companies. Beginning her career with Tesco where she built a formidable reputation for delivering excellence in operations, Julie works extensively as an Executive Coach with various FTSE 100 companies and has held Interim Retail Director roles with Liberty and Punch Taverns. She also spent time as a retail specialist and Executive Partner EMEA with IBM.


 

Global Programme Designers - UGM Consulting

Dr Margaret Byrne
Margaret is a highly regarded international expert in the fields of leadership and diversity. She is an experienced executive coach and has held senior positions in several Australian organisations. Margaret has a BA and MA from Oxford, and postgraduate qualifications in adult learning from Bristol University. She holds three awards for innovation in the design of executive development and change management programs. Margaret is known for the way she balances intellectual rigour with a passion for practical outcomes that make a measurable difference to leaders and their organisations.  She has published widely and her latest book is ‘Business Success in the Asian Century’. 

Dr Grant Robertson
Grant has a PhD in leadership and also holds an MBA and Master of Electronic Commerce, a Bachelor of Social Science, as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology. Grant has held a wide range of positions in the corporate, public and education sectors and his special interests include leadership, strategy, culture and change. Grant has extensive experience in designing and delivering development programs for executives and high potential leaders. He is known for his energetic and engaging presentation style. He is an experienced executive coach.