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 entrepreneurs.

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' and 'Leader in the Workplace' in the Ogûnte Women's Social Leadership Awards.

She has worked with over 25,000 women leaders from global corporations, small business, government and non profits over the past 13 years and has contributed to The Financial Times, The Guardian, CNN, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times and the BBC. She is a regular contributor 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, now a globally sought-after organisation that enables women leaders to thrive through leadership development and social impact.  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 79 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 and is 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 - Business Unusual'.

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 her daughter from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Are Women Leaders Playing the Game with a Handicap?

Businesses have got to recognise that there's more than one way of management - there are equally credible ways to lead a team or project that still lead to excellent results and women shouldn't feel that they need to change who they are and conform to the 'traditional' mould of a leader.