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Women's Leadership - Making it Happen

- By Caroline Watson, Director, Progressive Women 

The furor over Sheryl Sandberg (of Facebook)'s new book raises lots of questions about women's role in society. In the same way that when Sex and the City is criticised for not being feminist enough (it's Hollywood why should it be all things to all women?). Is is fair that Sheryl's book is expected to be gospel to all working women. However, as women aren't close to being equal on tv, film or in the higher rungs of business, when they do appear we overly scrutinise their contribution. Sheryl Sandberg writes from her own perspective about how to get women to the top, every woman who gets to the top has her own story and I am sure we can learn from.

It's for this very reason that Progressive Women is organising our 'Making it Happen' Leadership conference. We're inviting inspiring women leaders including Dame Tessa Jowell MP, Katie Ghose Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, and Rowena Ironside Chair of Women on Boards to speak to over 60 female future leaders. We're also delighted to have professional leadership trainers offering their time to help develop skills and expertise central to career success. Even now in the early twenty first century we know that women take on the bulk of the child care and other caring responsibilities which can make striving towards career success seem even trickier, as Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged in her TedX speech, women face harder choices between family and career success. Women are more likely to drop out of or limit their careers to take on caring roles. At our conference on 11 May, Mojo Mums will be offering a workshop on balancing work and family life.

Women are still seriously under represented in positions of power. Out of 109 heads of state only 9 are women. I don't need to tell you that in the UK we've only had one female Primte Minister. We want to enable more women to stand for parliament and other elected positions. Candy Piercy, has worked with many Liberal Democrat MPs to help them get selected and elected, she has also trained with the UN, EU and the Foreign Office. At 'Making it HAppen' Candy will be providing a session on 'Getting ahead in politics'.

We know that one of the obstacles to women's achievement, is a lack of female role models and male dominated work cultures, especially when it comes to reaching the Board. Rowena Ironside of Women on Boards will be offering a workshop, no matter where you are in your career, its not too early to start planning a path to the Board. 

Sandberg claims the data shows that women systematically underestimate their own abilities, and attribute their success to external factors, rather than their own actions. She says we need to 'own our own success'. At our conference Ruth Culver will be offering a training session on 'Building Confidence for Success'.

The aim of the day is to really get to the heart of the women's power deficit in the UK, by inspiring, enabling and supporting women - our female future leaders.  For more details and to book your ticket  go to www.progressivewomen.org.uk

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FREE MEDIA TRAINING IN GLASGOW - available to women in science, engineering and technology

Career Development Course in Media Awareness For women in Science, Engineering or Technology whose role requires media profile Thursday 23rd May, 2013 NUJ Scottish Office, 114 Union Street, Glasgow G1 3QQ 9:45am - 4:00pm Refreshments and buffet lunch provided. 

Does your role require media engagement? Do you have a story to tell about your work in industry or research?

The Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology is committed to increasing the profile of women in these areas and providing positive role models. Journalists and journalism are changing, but your approach to them should not. Many organisations and individuals find it difficult to approach the news media, some are even frightened, worried that the Press will distort or twist their words, spinning the story out of all proportions.

If that sounds familiar, then this course is for you.

Award winning journalist, television scriptwriter and PR chief, James Doherty, will dispel the myths and help you to navigate successfully through the media minefield. This course uses relevant examples and fun, practical exercises; you'll learn how you can proactively engage with the media. The course will cover:

How the media world has changed
Using the media to your best advantage & maximising your visibility
Stereotypes in the media, how to avoid them and how to use them to best advantage  

What is news? 
How to spot a good story in your organisation
Understanding how to target your story - which media - press, TV, online, radio?

Managing media  
How to make the most of the media interviewing techniques
Getting your message across & effective interview skills


Don't panic!
An introduction to crisis media management 

Who is the Course for?
Criteria for attendance: Women working in Science, Engineering and Technology roles whose current, or future, role requires engagement with the media. 

Places on this course are strictly limited. To apply for the Media Awareness Course see our web-site : www.napier.ac.uk/src/events

About us: The Scottish Resource Centre (SRC) for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology works to create sustainable change for the participation of women in science, engineering, technology and built environment sectors in Scotland. We do this by changing employment practices and workplace cultures to support gender equality, and supporting the recruitment, retention, and success of women where they are significantly under-represented. The SRC is able to provide its workshops FREE of charge due to funding from the Scottish Government. To subscribe to the SRC mailing list, please click here or join us on If you have any questions please contact us at src@napier.ac.uk or call 0131 455 5108

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