Women in Leadership Special Interest Group 1

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Women in leadership

Objective of group

This is a confidential peer board dedicated to challenges women in leadership face. The objective for the meetings is for women to venerate other women and although some of the challenges that we face may also be faced by other genders, the fact that the McKinsey Report shows that men are promoted or hired based on their potential and yet women are promoted or hired based on their track record and that they are statistically given less management support or access to senior leadership, means that women are facing challenges which can be specific to their gender.

This is a safe space to discuss any challenge that you may be facing.

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Group Members

16th January Group Discussion

7th February speaker workshop with Kate Lloyd

You are not an imposter! How to get out of your own way and claim your space with confidence

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12th March Group Discussion

17th April - Interview, Questions and Answers with Dr Sarah Perry

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7th May Group Discussion

12th June - Interview, Question and Answers with Christine Nicholson

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9th July Group Dicussion

14th August workshop

Overcome overwhelm led by Hilary Briggs – further information to follow.

24th September Group Dicussion

9th October Speaker workshop

Communication for Empowerment – led by Susan Heaton-Wright

Workshop Information

5th November Group Discussion

December speaker workshop - date to be confirmed

Further details to follow.


Discussions at last meetings

Previous sessions have had strong participation and great feedback. The subject matter has been set by the participants, with added stimulus from the Group manager and Facilitator fuelling the session. We have had general challenges which the proposer/s felt more comfortable discussing with other women as well as gender specific challenges.
Below are some of the topics we have covered at the last sessions:
  • How to tackle fairly casual sexism
  • Imposter syndrome – am I here because I am worth it or to tick the diversity box?
  • Working from home – how do I disengage?
  • Juggling work and home life
  • Managing team culture and efficiency
  • Menopause
  • Gender split/pay
  • Diverse workforces


Click on the button below for member suggested resources on topics discussed.


This group is run by

Jo Luke

Having previously worked in male dominated environments, initially in engineering departments, both in the public and private sector (local authority & WS Atkins, a global engineering design consultancy) and then latterly as Owner/Director of a construction company, Jo passionately believes in the value and perspectives that women bring to leadership. She recognises that globally women have become engines for economic growth & are critically important to improving business outcomes. Jo is proud to be facilitating the Women in Leadership group for MD2MD.

Emma Phipps

Emma is Managing Director for MD2MD, an exclusive community of operational business leaders ambitious to achieve even more business success by becoming even better leaders. Emma has been with the company for nearly ten years and has been a part of its pivot to online during the pandemic and its continuing growth. She is passionate about MD2MD being a diverse, empowering community, that is a force for good, for its members, team, partners and indeed the entire business community as a whole.

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Insights, books and podcasts


Read an insight from experienced speaker Andrew Pain who shares his top tips on Imposter Syndrome, why it’s toxic and how to beat it.

Read here


Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu is a bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women’s leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go.

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Listen to Personal and Professional Success with Transformational Coach Joan Clark where she discusses some of the challenges women and leaders face today.

Listen here