Aspire - Leadership for the future

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“Thank you. I woke up this morning buzzing, feeling positive and ready for the day ahead. I have a sense of clarity about the truth of my life and a picture of how I want it to be. Please, for all the women out there who doubt themselves, who are hung up about not fitting the cookie-cutter leader shape, keep doing this.”
Kirsten Tedder, Regional Finance Director – EMERI, Christie's International

“Aspire are a talented team of forceful, visionary women who bring a refreshing energy and edge to every aspect of their work. Working with Dr Sam Collins keeps me honest, focused and energised to realise the huge potential I have to make a difference.”
Mel Stack, President, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Yankee Candle Company Ltd

“Coaching created a structured space for me. It helped me better prioritise my many often competing priorities and really helped me understand what makes me tick and what it is that drives me and makes me feel well.”
Connie Carnabuci, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Hong Kong

“Having worked with Aspire on a number of occasions now I am always impressed by their passion and energy towards helping individuals and organisations make the changes they need to. Whilst Aspire have a strong focus on gender diversity and women leaders they strike a balance which, as a man, has made me feel totally included and equally supported. I have recommended Aspire to many people and will continue to do so. ”
John Fenech, International Organisational Development Consultant, The Bank of New York Mellon

“My 1-to-1 Coaching was tailored, punchy and met my needs and made me set time aside to think. It challenged me and my assumptions and gave me some tools to better manage a number of situations. It will greatly assist me with what I have to achieve this year.”
Aisling Burnand MBE, Chief Executive, BioIndustry Association

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for this week…..it was awesome. I was overwhelmed by the amazing women; thank you so much for creating the opportunity to be inspired.”
Kim Lloyd, Global supply chain manager and UK/ Eire D&I leader, Procter and Gamble

“Best practice, knowledge and experience. I really valued the coaching and consultation that helped us to use Aspire know-how in our Diversity project in Western Europe.”
Stepanka Dolezalova, Regional Head of HR, Linklaters,

“I am sure that there were many women leaping home in joy and full of commitments to start making their dreams a reality. Thank you for creating/enhancing this positive outlook.”
Doerte Steinhoff, Senior Geologist, Australia, BP

“Aspire has helped us develop a programme called Values Based Leadership, the results of which have been simply quite stunning. Over 300 female managers and partners have attended the course and the feedback has been incredibly positive. Reports of increased self-confidence, clearer vision in terms of building and progressing careers means a greater chance that these people will stay with us. That is very positive for them as individuals as for us as a business. A win:win.”
Mark Sherfield, Management Executive Partner, BDO LLP

“I have an older sister, a teenage daughter who is off to Uni in September and an amazing wife who doesn't believe me when I tell her.  I'll do as much as I can for the Aspire team in the hope and belief that the important women in my life will benefit in turn.   ”
Colin Nicklas, Director, 28Quest Ltd

“Thank you so much for the trailblazing leadership conference. I felt the first conference in December gave me the kick and courage to focus on what makes me happiest, and this June conference has allowed me to share that and hear people's feedback and amazing support for it. It's been an amazing few days, and since then things seem to be just fitting, signs that this is the right path to go and this is the right work I need to do. I'm feeling incredibly blessed and I thank you, your colleagues and the amazing women who attended the conference.”
Amna Abdul, Founder, MENA Women's Platform

“I can't put into words my thanks and gratitude for allowing me to come to this amazing conference. Thank you so much for giving me the Aspire Foundation scholarship that has brought me here over these past two days. It has been a truly amazing experience and I have never had the opportunity to connect with so many amazing women. I am feeling so motivated to start my career and to make a difference by sticking to my values.”
Olivia Jeffery, Welfare and Equality Officer, Newcastle University Students' Union

“I thought last week was awesome and I am already putting some of the ideas into practice and determined to be in the 20%. Thank you for an amazing event and opening my eyes to how important M.A.D is to me.”
Sharon Scully, Deputy CEO, AXA Assistance (UK) Ltd

“It was a truly inspirational and unique event – I’ve been talking non-stop about it since!!”
Annette Sealey, Consultant, Aware Solutions

“It was so lovely to attend an event from which I learned so much, connected with so many wonderful people and feel compelled and motivated to follow through on my commitments. So a big thank you to you and your team for organising such an amazing two days.”
Sharon Jackson, Managing Director, UCan Training Ltd

“Thank you for such a brilliant event. The power of your events is so strong, it is almost overwhelming, in a very positive way, of course, and it has given me a lot to think about.”
Cathryn Buckle, Founder and Director, Ice Orange Consultancy

“Our delegates all got well and truly out of their comfort zones and we have properly kickstarted our diversity programme (or, as I have put it, we have chucked lots of pebbles in the pond of change and the individual ripples will join up into a ruddy great big wave!)”
Sarah Walker-Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Browne Jacobson LLP

“We need charismatic speakers like you. It’s great to be encouraged and you make it feel very personal which I guess is, in part, because of how Aspire has been designed, but also I suspect it's because you are genuine.”
Sally Sudworth, Programme Manager, Flood & Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency

“Prior coming to the conference I literally had no idea what to expect. I did know a number of people who had been and all those I asked said to me "I can't explain it, you just have to experience it for yourself". I didn't know what they meant but now I am that very person, however I have more to add onto my sentence. I am a massive believer in you only get out what you put it in and you gave us the structure, inspiration, environment and raw passion, but what we now do with all that is in our hands.”
Insia Ishaji, Senior Manager - Training and Business Development, Gateway Growth Ltd

“Thank you, Sam, for hosting a really energising event. I have come back inspired to put my visioning into action and build the future I want rather than the one that comes my way.”
Joanna Phillips, Head of Reward & Recognition, Carnival Plc

“Like many of the women I met, I didn't really know what to expect, but it has given me more than I think I could have hoped for. It's so easy to dampen your dreams, to get caught up in the 'I couldn't possibly do that - and you're not good enough anyway'. Being surrounded by supportive women enabled me to re-imagine my dream of working in international women's rights - and (dare I say it!) being CEO of an international NGO (there - I've written it, so I've got to make it happen, right?!)”
Anonymous

“The talks, networking and skills that I learnt on Thursday and Friday last week will stay with me for the rest of my life. It is without a doubt the most life changing experience I have had and I hope to inspire and encourage others in the way that you and your fantastic team of volunteers did.”
Mariyah Mandhu, Campaigning and Policy Co-ordinator, Leicester Students' Union

“Thank you so much for organising the event last week. I feel that I learnt so much from it; met some wonderful people and it really pushed me to make some changes that are going to help in all aspects of my life, and following this, the lives of others! Your book was also wonderful to read, I found it moving, funny, inspiring and heart-warming.”
Laura Kogan, Marketing Manager, 8build

“Coordinator, Royal College of Obstetricians and GynaecologistsIt’s past 8.17pm, on Friday 19th June 2015, and my mind is racing with all the information I have taken in over the last 2 and a bit days. The conversations with people who have touched, moved and inspired me and I them.I can’t sleep like an overstimulated child on sugar, but the sugar in this case is openness, love, opportunities, ideas of change and vision. Wow, thank you so much, Sam and all of you, for the opportunity to engage with the power, compassion and hope that can be humanity.”
Chrissy Levett, Founder/Creative Director, Creative Conscience

“Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to attend Trailblazing Leadership event! It was one of the most inspiring and “take action” events that have ever attended!”
Blanca Ayuso, Team Leader Design and Multimedia, SOS Children’s Villages International

“Thank you for the amazing two days, they came just at the right time for me. I will promise to do what I set out to do. Just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me a scholarship place, I honestly got the best that I could from it.”
Farrah Pradhan, Invited Reviews Coordinator, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

“I feel refreshed, inspired and like a totally new woman. I am certain this experience is going to be life changing for me and for that I want to say a huge thank you. I will continue to spread the word of the work of Aspire to other women alike, because all of us need to have the opportunity to attend an Aspire event. From me and all the other trailblazers, thank you, we are truly grateful.”
Naomi Brooks, Salon owner, The Hair Sanctuary

“Thanks again - I think what you are doing is incredible - and it was a pleasure to meet you and all the other amazing, powerful women you have in your network. I am feeling the love . I look forward to continuing the journey.”
Lisa Renals, Senior Marketing Manager - Partner Engagement, Oracle Corporation

“It was another truly wonderful few days. It has given me a kick and an oomph and a good strong dose of BELIEF in myself and the special person I am - YES, I am pretty special, dammit!”
Gina Seilern, Independent Consultant: Gender, Communications, Wellbeing

“I just wanted to express my thanks to you and your team for the amazing event last week. I thoroughly enjoyed it and made some very interesting connections. I will rise to your challenge of reading/writing in journal and with keeping in touch with the wonderful women so that we can help and support each other in our quest to make a difference. When I woke up on Saturday morning I was lying in bed thinking of how to sum things up and decided to compose a haiku. This is what I came up with: Trailblazing Women, After an Aspire Event, Make a Difference.”
Jayne Silverwood, Financial Accounts Manager

“Thank you so much for a fabulous couple of days, but more than that, for the encouragement to really make a difference and focus on the future, feeling and playing with the fears, remembering the visions and being a leader (although in a relatively small way) in all the different aspects of my life.”
Jane Franklin, Deputy Head Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, British Council

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for this event…..it was awesome. I was overwhelmed by the amazing women; thank you so much for creating the opportunity to be inspired.”
Kim Lloyd, Global Supply Chain Manager and UK/ Eire D&I Leader, Procter and Gamble

“Thank you for an amazing webcast. You're very inspiring, fun & easy to relate to and your enthusiasm and energy is contagious. It was an excellent presentation, which taught me a lot, but it was also the feeling that, as a career woman, you're not alone and don't have to feel uncomfortable about wanting more in life. It's good not to care so much about what the world thinks. Usually I have to tone down my intelligence so they don't feel intimidated so it was amazing just embracing being a 'MAD' woman.”
Sally Jasmin, Research Analyst & Author

“Many thanks for yesterday’s session, which I found inspiring, motivating and practical – the three things that you bring in spades and to so many women!  I was a good recipient of your advice, working through the exercises as you set them, and so went home fired up to do something more with my plans and purpose this year.”
Terri Lucas, Partner & Director of Marketing Strategy, Hymans Robertson LLP

“It was great to be part of such an inspiring event. Thanks again for the opportunity – a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience.”
Yetunde Hofman, Founder and Director, Hofmann Leadership Consulting

“I attended one of your Aspire events in London and I wasn’t sure what to expect and was hopeful it wasn't going to be a burn your bras type event. Thankfully not. I wanted to write and let you know that I have never stopped thinking about it and since have gone on to really value and champion my own skills and capabilities. This is benefiting me and those around me enormously.”
Karen Henderson, Owner and Director, CWTCH Coaching & Consulting

“Thank you so much for inviting me to this conference. I cannot stop thinking about it and am so ready to act on significant tips. I really think what you do should be the right of every woman in the world - it would do them so much good. I will make you proud that you gave me a scholarship.”
Susi Maxwell-Stewart , Director , Brighton and Hove Community Radio

“Thank you so much again for an amazing conference last week! I found it truly motivating.”
Karen Forrest, Director, IHG Business Rewards, InterContinental Hotels Group

“I just wanted to say how brilliant I thought the ‘Connected Leadership’ event was. I took so much from it and am excited about the next step for me. Thanks for your inspiration, motivation and energy.”
Laura Stead, Former Advertising Manager, BMW Group

“Thanks again for a fantastic Connected Leadership course. I thoroughly enjoyed the two days (despite feeling out of my comfort zone for much of the time) and I have taken a lot away from the course, both personally and professionally.”
Kathryn Brewin, SMA  - Directorates Management Accountant, Sheffield Hallam University

“A massive thank you for an incredibly thought provoking two days....we now have 30+ women empowered to share some messages and learning in our organisation.”
Laura Simarro, HR Business Partner, Thames Water Utilities Limited

“I am sitting at my desk back in Rome, having got up at 4.30 this morning, feeling wired, tired, energized, inspired, and exhilarated all at once! And I have a headache… Thank you SO much for doing what you do. We need much, much more of it in the world and I am feeling determined to stay on this wave and harness it and use it for the best contribution I can bring to this wonderful world. I am so grateful for this gift you gave me as a scholar and thank you again from the bottom of my heart.”
Gina Seilern, Gender and Development Consultant, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation

“It was indeed a full and energising 2 days. It was my first experience of Aspire and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have made some great contacts, some of whom I know I will keep in touch with.”
Sarah Thomas, Director Commercial Support, Midlands and East of England, National Westminster Bank Plc

“The past few days have been an amazing experience!”
Kathryn Wynne-Jones, Director of Performance and Delivery, NHS Oldham CCG

“Thank you. I had an amazing and inspiring time and cannot wait to get started on my Mission 15!”
Sarah Chamberlain, Assistant Principal: Head of Sixth Form, Seevic College

“I’ve had a brilliant ‘day one’ post Connected Leadership. What an incredible couple of days! I am so grateful for the scholarship place, the tools and techniques I have picked up I’m already applying and seeing results. Three new business meetings secured today, not bad going for day one of the new me!! I’m being bolder because of Aspire, and I want to trailblaze, or rather I WILL trailblaze! Thank you, and the team, for absolutely everything. I look forward to living my journey in the moment and taking others on it with me. Totally empowered!”
Gemma Adams, Corporate Partnerships, NSPCC

“Thanks for a great couple of days, I have never come away from a course feeling so positive and purposeful. My buddy and I have already been in touch, and have already both acted on one of our commitments.”
Lauren Hosking, Developer Services, Thames Water Utilities Ltd

“Well, what a couple of days that was! An absolute blast. Thank you! So many useful contacts and focussed action to take forward. All very thought-provoking with some great tools and techniques as well as some amazing exercises, especially the networking session and the ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ sessions.”
Maxine M. Taylor, Director, International and UK  External Relations, King's College London

“I thoroughly enjoyed the last two days and am most inspired and energised. I am raring to go and don’t want any day to go by where I have not progressed something, however little.”
Grace Padonou Addy, OD Manager: Leadership & Change, Croydon Council

“We are all so “busy being busy and doing” that I was not too sure I had the time to go on the course but I did eventually sign up and attend. I would recommend any fellow woman that has a challenge to find time for themselves, or to put themselves before work or others, to stop and sign up. Aspire allowed me to focus on ME and MY goals and was the best decision I have made for a long time! I would recommend the same prescription to anyone looking to prioritise what life is all about and what you want to achieve out of life for YOU.”
Sue Kernahan, General Manager, Coloplast Ltd

“I just wanted to take a minute and say THANK YOU for a great webinar. You picked some great topics and the 90 minutes just flew by. You refreshed my memory on some topics and taught me some useful new instruments. The webinar really was useful and inspiring, and believe me, we are already putting those instruments to use!”
Joanna Golina, Togliatti Branch Manager, FINCA Russia

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the visioning event. It all made total sense to me and I really loved it. I came away feeling so positive about myself and my plans. It was also fabulous to be able to connect with other women in a similar position to me. I have taken several bold actions since last week - I've set up a few coffees with old contacts and have requested an application for a job I never would have considered before. I'm feeling like anything is possible!”
Anna Izbicki, Marketing Consultant

“Intuitive and alternative views of your next steps towards your goal. Dr Collins takes your head from your 'behind' and focuses you in on your actual goal. Practical, pragmatic and inspirational peppered with a bit of magic! Loved it and the group I worked with. Do it. What's the best that could happen!”
Laura Dunbar, Client Development Manager, Bond Dickinson LLP

“Thank you so much for having me at the MAD Leadership event over the last two days. I got so much out of it and learnt so much about myself. It was exhausting but completely inspiring and so valuable – thanks to you at the front of it and the support of some fascinating and talented women around you.”
Kate Jones, Education Campaigns Manager, Fairtrade Foundation

“Thanks for an amazing event. It was a real privilege to be there and hear yours and others’ stories which have really helped me.”
Yvonne Buckingham, Head of Marketing, Bluestone Resorts Ltd

“I am going to be using a photo from the Aspire MAD Leadership event as a visual reminder of how amazing you all are and how we can all make a difference everyday…listen to our hearts and gut and that strength and power will grow. I have lots of new friends and we are already planning on how we can be there for each other.”
Claire Courtney, Business Development Controller, Cereal Partners UK

“I am one of your M.A.D alumni having spent an awesome past 2 days in your company and that of a dynamic group of inspirational women. Everyone was so kind and generous with their time, knowledge and insights. Spurred on by my exciting and challenging 2 days I will be leaving the company I have worked in for over 20 years to spend time to find my purpose and then go for it!! I did not realise this was what I was going to do but now I know.”
Angela Lipscomb, Senior Communications & Events Specialist, Marketing Communications, Transport for London

“Thank you for a LIFE-CHANGING time! I can’t think about the last two days without a fluttering of the heart and being filled with warmth. I feel so different, but in a sustainable way, for once. Thank you for the opportunity to take part, to meet such wonderful women, hear such stories of strength, and to discover the personal resources to become even MADDER. And your beautiful combination of compassion, ambition and joy has been deeply inspiring for me.”
Belinda Sherlock, Trust Fundraising Manager, Cardboard Citizens

“Thank you so much for the most amazing 2 days! I was a MAD Virgin, so last week was my initiation into Aspire and all the wonderful women in your network. Plenty of thought provoking content and activities, plenty of energy and fun! I’ve never met so many truly inspirational women in one place which is a testament to you and your infectious and inspirational leadership style. Fabulous.”
Louisa Steensma, VP HR EMEA, Getty Images

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of the recent MAD event; I learnt a lot and will be 1 of the 20% that makes the highly needed change.”
Kathryn Awe-Cunningham, Finance & Operations Manager, Leeds Women’s Aid

“I've just attended your amazing 2 day MAD course in London. It was truly life changing, thanks SO much!”
Rebecca Hopkirk, Partner, London law firm

“I just wanted to send you a massive, heart-felt thank you. I have never attended anything as motivational, inspiring and downright fun as this event. You and your fellow MAD women are amazing and I feel privileged to have been part of that event. I was feeling a bit lost, but by the end of the conference, I was clear about what I wanted to do next, and was armed with plenty of tools to help me, along with fantastic support from fellow attendees. I came to the event worried that I didn’t have enough passion or energy left in me – and had rediscovered it within the first hour. Thanks again – for the tears, laughter and sheer power of being in a room connecting with so many awesome women!”
Kelly Furneaux, Group Managing Director, Informa Pharma Division, Informa

“I just wanted to say thank you. There is no denying the energy created over the past 2 days stays with you - just one day later and already many of us are emailing each other as if we’ve been friends for years and the stories and energy generated within my team since I got back in the office has been noticeable.”
Carrie Wray, Senior Service Delivery Manager, VocaLink

“I wanted to say a huge thank you for the past two days. I am one of the mentees working for Alzheimer's Society and it was a massive honour to spend time with such a great group of amazing women. I've already told a couple of the inspiring stories I heard to my team in our meeting this morning to fire them up and spread the learning and have crossed the first action off my list by starting my vision board! It was a truly brilliant event and will without a doubt help me to raise the profile of my team and the work we do to help people with dementia live well for longer & care for their (mainly women) carers’ well being too.”
Kimberley Bannister, Senior Account Manager, Alzheimer's Society

“I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the MAD experience. The past two days have had a lifelong impact on me. My partner and I now have a plan of action to start our own business NOW and it’s all because of MAD leadership and how it made me view things. I’ve been so caught up in getting promoted, new projects, new challenges that I forgot about the new opportunity to create my own business, and suddenly that has become my new focus. So you are right, things happen for a reason, seize the moment, don’t hesitate and just do it!”
Alison Miles, Senior Service Manager, VocaLink

“I have felt trapped for a long time and have really missed the younger, more driven, exuberant and flamboyant person I used to be. Thanks to the mentoring and exercises over the last couple of days and speaking to so many amazing women from so many backgrounds, I have been able to reconnect with this person and for the first time in years, feel invigorated and excited for the future. I could go on and on, but in short, it was a complete revelation!”
Sheryl Plant, Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care

“I can’t thank you enough for the last 2 days of MAD Leadership – truly life-changing for me and I have met the most amazing women ever! The energy in the room was electric. I now have a fab new tribe and so many contacts/ supporters/ mentors that I NEVER had before.”
Lindsay Middleton, Finance Business Partner, Just Retirement

“I recently attended day 1 of MAD Leadership and as a result feel refreshed and inspired to stride forward with authentic presence. Thank you for the work you do, I didn’t have any particular expectations about the event and how the learning would work but after attending I understand the true value of meeting with and sharing experiences with like-minded women.”
Suzanne Mercer, HR Director, Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd

“I am writing to say thank you to you and the Aspire team for a brilliant MAD event in London these past two days. Your leadership, courage and passion are an inspiration and I met so many wonderful women. My mind is still buzzing this morning and as saying thank you was on my list of 5, I have started to be one of the 20%!”
Amanda Calvert, Director, Quince Consultancy Ltd

“Thank you so much for the opportunity – it was a truly amazing and inspired event. The energy in the room was palpable.”
Val Green, Head of Organisational Development, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I loved the ‘Reimagine’ event; it was refreshing, challenging, insightful and full of fabulous women. I'm feeling very motivated and ready to achieve that vision.”
Ellen McGonigal, Owner/ Managing Director, Axon Publishing

“A team that works tirelessly to assist women to succeed, offering events that take individuals through a thought process that helps them make some fundamental decisions. A team that are on the ball and don’t leave anything to chance. Fun and creative in their delivery of material.”
Alex Gracey, Customer Contact & Sales Director, Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Ltd

“Aspire is a fantastic, energetic, positive and inspirational organisation that wants to influence the lives of women worldwide. It was an absolute pleasure to be in a room filled like-minded, authentic women who truly want you to be the best you can be - the event I attended did not feel at all corporate and you could feel the heart and soul of everyone in the room.”
Natalie Sigona, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Rolls-Royce plc

“A big thank you for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing and inspiring event. I know that it has touched the lives of so many women, who I am sure will go on to make so many positive changes and impact their own and other people’s lives. Aspire is extremely inspirational and such a pleasure to work with.”
Isabella McNamara, Chartered Marketing Executive, McNamara Solutions Limited

“Thanks for the wonderful opportunity of being part of Reimagine Leadership last week. Each and every woman to whom I listened or had a conversation with provided me with so many inspiring ideas and tips. Thanks to you and the team for creating this brilliant space for all of us to grow and become the leaders we want to be!”
Soledad Muniz, Head of Participatory Video, M&E programme, InsightShare

“I found the event this week incredibly inspiring and engaging – it truly exceeded all my expectations. I have never been on such a holistic workshop and found the interaction between thinking about life, work and the world really useful - it has given me a whole new perspective. It was also very empowering to meet so many other talented, hard working and inspiring women. Anyway, thank you again, I am bubbling with ideas for myself, my organisation and the communities we are working to support in Africa and Asia”
Laura Perkins, Head of Fundraising & Communications, Find Your Feet

“An opportunity to work in a safe environment with talented women to reframe, challenge and change your thinking who help you achieve what you didn't think was possible. Very well facilitated and good to have women from different areas. Very honest and personal very quickly and this pleasantly surprised me.”
Nicola Payne, VP HRM, Visa Europe Services Inc

“I would like to thank you for the truly inspiring ‘Powerful Communicator’ workshop. In many ways the day has made a fundamental shift in my perception and clarified my purpose. I met an amazing group of women all of whom were inspirational – there was such a positive and uplifting energy at the workshop.”
Eileen Jacques, Chief Officer, Healthwatch North Somerset

“The Aspire Conference was truly, truly inspiring and humbling and visionary and wonderful. It was also quite unlike any conference I'd been to before (in a good way!!) Thank you for all you are doing to help the dreams of women come true.”
Sarah Bond, Ex-European Head of Diversity and Employee Engagement, KPMG LLP

“Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was a pleasure to meet you and all the strong and capable women in the room. You have inspired me to continue to aspire to make a difference and to continue to speak up for what is right. Your workshop has made me think that I have a duty to myself, my young daughter and to everyone to try to reach a bigger position of influence so that I can try and change things for the good of everyone.”
Sarah Adams, Sector Manager, Financial Services, Ordnance Survey

“We worked with Aspire to launch a programme of activity to increase the gender diversity in our Global Operations function and Aspire’s work is focused very much on promoting this area of expertise, so it was a really good fit with what we were looking to do. We had a really positive experience and we’ve received great feedback from our female employees who have participated in events to date. Would I recommend Aspire? Absolutely!”
Laura Howard, Global Lead HR Business Partner - IS, AstraZeneca

“I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing day – I don’t think it is over-cooking it to say I found it life changing. I was immediately able to put the learning into practice the following day at a couple of very tricky meetings and it made a complete difference to both the outcomes I was expecting but also how I felt going into and coming out of the meetings. I faced some really stiff challenges and felt completely able to overcome them and the anxiety I would normally have felt waiting for my slot completely dissipated. Not only that but I have a really strong network of like-minded women now who have all been in touch in the last few days. Thank you so much – you and your team are amazing!”
Nicola Browell, Head of Operations - TU Claims, Tesco Underwriting

“I am compelled to write to say a huge thank you to you and your wonderful team. You and Carolyn led us through a quite remarkable day. I don't think I have ever learnt so much in 10 hours, met so many wonderful women and had such a good time. Thank you for this truly life-changing day of learning.”
Katerina Vardulaki, Senior Project Manager, Care Quality Commission

“Thank you for the event last night. I was amazed at how sitting in front of the computer for an hour and a half could be so inspiring. It made me realise that I have been looking at networking in a purely business sense, rather than a combination of business and professional. I now realise that life is one big network and that many of my personal network can cross over into my business network. I particularly loved the idea of “Brand Me".”
Debbie Scriven, Group Financial Accountant, Interserve plc

“Aspire webinars are engaging from the off and keep your attention for the duration. You start to feel like you're part of a group with real time chat and interactive voting. The 90 minutes felt like 20 and Dr Collins kept our attention the whole time. Her delivery is pacey and fun and there was so much crammed in to the webcast - great value for money development! As a Development Manager, I will be recommending Samantha and the Aspire webinars to my colleagues.”
Nadine Taylor, Group L&D Manager, The Phoenix Group

“Inspires women to have vision and think big, to have confidence in their own personal skills and attributes, and to reach out to others to make things happen. A hands-on, honest and down to earth approach from the coaches takes the stuffiness out of coaching and training so that people can genuinely "be themselves" and define and achieve their own specific goals. Furthermore, the opportunity to meet and be inspired by others within the wider Aspire network provides a framework for continued personal growth and building of relationships.”
Rachel Flower, Consultant, Serenwood Ltd

“Thank you for yesterday. It was a great experience in which I was greatly surprised at how much I got from it. A great experience and hopefully we might be able to share that with some of the women and girls we have here at Sage. I think it is important to recognise that actually it isn't just lessons for the work place but also for the home as I look at my daughter who is 7 and I want to empower her so that actually she has the confidence to run with her big idea whatever that may be in the future.”
Amanda Carr, Quality Audit Manager, Sage Ltd

“What most stands out about Aspire is the quality of the team, its focus on women and on the whole person. Aspire coaches encourage women not to feel sorry for themselves but to take action. In doing so, they consider the importance of a woman's personal circumstances and how that affects her professional life.”
Melissa Raciti, Partner, Freshfields New York

“I currently have a free mentor through The Aspire Foundation and it has changed my life. I am leaving my current job, have a great new job to go to and have negotiated a better salary for the first time! It has had such a powerful impact on my life so thank you. Working in the NGO sector, especially internationally can make it difficult to step back and get support.”
Fiona Davidson, Regional Programme Operations Manager, CORD

“No messing around, you get straight to the core issues. No awful role plays or endless feedback sessions which don't add value.”
Nicola Browell, Head of Claims, Tesco Underwriting

“A huge thanks for organising and inviting me to the International Women's Day event. At the end of the night I left feeling incredibly moved and inspired to live a bold life! I've opened up new possibilities and connected again with what I want for my life. I'm even more committed to supporting social change and making a difference in the world.”
Marie Broad, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, SThree

“Thank you and your wonderful team and volunteers for such an inspiring two days.”
Mary Millar, Director, MM HR Consulting

“Wow! That was an awesome day, I met some great women, learnt some new things about myself and had a real epiphany. I thought the Aspire team delivered the session with integrity and passion and I was genuinely inspired by them.”
Tamar Hughes, L&D Consultant, The Phoenix Group

“I would describe Aspire as a company which 'walks the talk' in terms of promise against delivery in the courses, webinars etc. There is a very clear motivation within Aspire to 'make a difference' and 'grow' individuals and the Foundation which gives the company an energy and purpose from which everyone benefits”
Beverley Sandy, Director of Finance and Resources, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

“I would describe Aspire as an organisation that connects Corporate and Entrepreneurial women with women who work for 'not for profit' organisations and charities so that they can both benefit from a reciprocal mentoring relationship. I have told my colleagues and friends that Aspire is totally professional, it's making a difference for women in the workplace and that your courses and seminars are totally awe inspiring.”
Teresa Mullen, Organisational Learning Manager, EDF Energy

“The Aspire Foundation pro bono mentor programme is an excellent, philanthropic idea, which supports women by women. My mentor is excellent - always has enough time, is very focused and committed. Impact - she has helped me focus and structure my work better; challenged me to think and behave differently and is very client focused, ensuring I and the agency I work for get the best out of me and my skills. I have space to reflect and support for me personally. She helps to structure and focus my work and it is lovely to get positive feedback and encouragement to try new things”
Lisa Thompson, Chief Executive, RSVP (Rape and Sexual Violence Project)

“A cool club for women leaders who need to hold on a second and take stock.”
Servane Mouazan, Managing Director, Ogûnte Ltd

“An amazing organisation that inspires and brings women together to make the world a better place for women and girls to succeed in their lives, whatever their goals may be.”
Alison Middleton, Senior HR Manager, Baker & McKenzie, Greater China

“I love the webinars. Dr Collins is great at making content memorable with anecdotes and personal experiences that bring the subject matter to life. It's also really good to see the comments that are made by participants throughout them as they provide both inspiration and a reality check that other people experience similar issues to me.”
Fiona Wales, L&D Manager, Centrica Storage Ltd

“Thank you for delivering relevant training and inspirational workshops/conferences. I'd say you are the equivalent of RED magazine in leadership training for women: intelligent and relevant for women who want to make a difference, both personally and professionally at home and abroad.”
Anne Kristine Arbon, CEO and Founder, Arbon Consulting

7 Ways to Help You Move Forward

Feeling stuck? Sometimes all it takes to move forward, even take gentle baby steps, is an encouraging word in your ear. Aspire’s CEO, Dr Sam Collins, offers seven simple pieces of wisdom to help you move to the next level.

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