Leadership

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Perfect partnerships

Seeing the positive impact of our work with clients is one of our key drivers.  At WDI Consulting Limited, we pride ourselves on partnerships, combining our knowledge and expertise with our clients and creating extraordinary results.

We recently partnered with Elsevier delivering WDI’s Women’s Leadership Programme as a core component to Elsevier’s Developing Female Talent Programme 2020, which reached women in 11 countries.  Elsevier continue to prioritise gender balance and inclusion as a strategic imperative.  Awards recognising their leadership in this area include Best CEOs for Diversity 2021, Best Company for Diversity 2020, and Best Company for Women 2020.

The impact of the 2020 programme has been significant and we are delighted to be partnering again with Elsevier in 2021 for their Developing Talent For Gender Equity Programme.

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Gender intelligent leadership matters

‘As the impact of the Covid–19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 to 135.6 years.’ (World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2021)

Why?  The pandemic has impacted women leaders significantly because of an amplified carer tax, that has created a regression in the progress to gender balance.

The ‘broken rung’ of the talent pipeline into executive roles is significant and especially alarming when you take an intersectional perspective.  The significant under-representation of women of colour in senior leadership roles is only one such example.

Yet the business case for diverse talent and inclusive cultures has never been stronger, both economically and morally, so how do we overcome the barriers to change?

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A collection of videos exploring Inclusive Leadership and an exciting opportunity!

Being an inclusive leader is an aspiration for many, and we know is rarely something that ‘just happens’.  In our work with teams and individuals developing inclusion, we often hear a strong desire and commitment to be inclusive, and concern or hesitancy about how to do it well – authentically, consistently, when you perhaps know there are difficult topics to consider and conversations to have.

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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – being there for their people

A year on from the beginning of this pandemic, like so many, I have been inspired by the generosity and support people have offered in this unprecedented time of COVID-19.

It has been a positive experience to see that question ‘what can I do to help?’ asked and be answered and I’m pleased to work with people who, like others, have done just that.

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Women in Diplomacy 2020-2021 programme FCDO DIT

Last month saw the launch of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Women in Diplomacy 2020-2021 programme. WDI Consulting are delighted to be in partnership with FCDO and DIT and to have designed and be facilitating this exciting online programme.

Now in its third year as a programme, the design has moved online to reflect the changing nature of the way we interact, and to provide greater flexibility without any loss of deep learning, skill development and connection across the European network. The programme is being delivered through interactive webinars, small group coaching, specific learning assignments and extensive 1:1 and group networking. Our visually striking workshop materials tap into the energy and engagement of the participants to lift the content and the learning from the page into each woman’s experience. After the Launch and first Module in December, the programme will continue through a total of six modules until March 2021.

After only a few interactions so far with this talented group of women Diplomats across Europe, we have experienced a commitment to their own deep learning as leaders as well as the culture they are building to unlock potential talent and new ideas. We are already looking forward to supporting the participants extend the depth and breadth of their learning.

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