Aspire - Leadership for the future

Dr Sam Collins, CEO & Founder of Aspire 

Award-winning leadership expert, social entrepreneur, key note speaker, coach and author, Dr Sam Collins is synonymous with M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Women Leaders and is a leading global voice on women as leaders and change agents for workplaces, organisational culture and community impact.

Sam has been named one of the 'Top 200 Women to Impact Business & Industry' by Her Majesty, The Queen, one of the 'Top 10 Coaches' by The Independent and 'Leader in the Workplace' in the Ogûnte Women's Social Leadership Awards.

She has worked with over 20,000 women leaders from global corporations, small business, government and non profits over the past 14 years and has contributed to The Financial Times, The Guardian, CNN, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times and the BBC. She has contributed to 'Focus on Africa' on the BBC World Service and is a 'Micro Genius' for Psychologies Magazine.

It began with Aspire, founded by Sam in 2001 when she was just 30 years old and now a globally sought-after organisation that enables women leaders to thrive through leadership development, coaching and events.  The Aspire Foundation, the not-for-profit arm launched in 2010, is integral to Aspire's way of doing business.  Its pro-bono mentoring programme works in 80 countries and has made a positive difference to the lives of over a million women and girls across the world. 

Sam is an expert in the fields of women's leadership and gender diversity within the business world and is also an active campaigner on the role of business in solving world issues, supporting families after suicide, the worldwide orphan crisis and empowering women as leaders in developing and emerging economies.

A 7 year part-time PhD looked at the future world of work for women as leaders in the US and the UK and explored the emergence of women on boards and as entrepreneurs.  She is the author of the soon-to-be published book, 'Radio Heaven – One Woman's Journey to Grace'.

Originally from the UK and passionate about family and life balance, Sam now lives in Southern California with her husband and two young sons and is in the process of adopting a young girl from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were 12?”

Rosie Jakeways, aged 12, attended Aspire’s Connected Leadership event on work experience recently. One of her tasks was to collect 50 tips from the executive women attending. She asked the following question: “What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were 12?” Here are their responses.