Women in Leadership Training
This week the Young Fabians hosted the first of our training workshops as part of our ongoing Women in Leadership series. These workshops are designed to support Young Fabian Women in developing those skills integral to leadership and provide an opportunity to network with each other. It was a fantastic event, with 20 Young Fabian women in attendance, many of whom had not been to an event with us previously.
The interactive workshop was led by former Fabian Women’s Network ViceChair & former Oxford County Councillor, Sarah Hutchinson. Over the course of two hours, members had an opportunity to hear advice and practice scenarios to help improve their level of assertiveness in the workplace. Those who attended varied significantly in career background from public affairs and journalism to healthcare and the public sector. Although the majority were keen to develop skills in asserting themselves at meetings, there was also a demand for looking at interview technique and how to present & assert ourselves in CVs.
Furthermore, some members were keen to assert themselves more firmly in their local CLP and other political roles, which followed on from comments at our Young Fabian fringe at Fabian Summer Conference.
Some of the key themes that emerged from this open and frank discussion included the tendency for women to apologise for their viewpoint or difference in opinion; making that crucial differentiation between assertiveness and aggression; and the importance of a bold, selfassured outlook ahead of an important meeting or interview.
Sarah’s combination of invaluable advice, humourous anecdotes, and scenariobased practice made for a refreshing, engaging and inclusive atmosphere that allowed for a vibrant and supportive discussion. We’re very much looking forward to the next workshop in the series, so keep your eyes peeled!
The next event in the Women in Leadership series will be looking at women leading in
on Monday 13th June.
ViceChair, Young Fabians