On 5th and 6th October, the GCSP brought together 19 women from the diplomatic community, UN agencies, peacekeeping organisations, academia, private banking and civil society for a 2 day intensive leadership programme.
With three senior mentors and experienced leaders in the public and private sector, the course was designed to build on the expertise and tools for effective leadership developed by the GCSP-CCL Leadership Alliance, and provide additional insights and support to help women overcome some specific challenges they face. The GCSP's new Deputy Director, Christina Orisich, highlighted research identifying the key attributes of high achieving women, and together with GCSP's Executives in Residence, Johanna Ralston and Misha Nagelmackers-Voinov, shared personal experiences and strategies for success during the sessions and an evening reception.
'The collective wisdom in the room was incredible. Although the women came from different sectors, they face common challenges' said Leadership Coach and Founder of Walk the Talk, Sunita Sehmi. Unusually for a women's only course, Eric Marclay, Executive in Residence, and Peter Cunningham, co-Director of the course, were able to provide male perspectives, dispel myths, and provoke discussion about how to bring about wider change for greater equality and inclusion in teams, organisations, and society. The collective power of women to influence change was highlighted when one of the participants from WILPF received news that her colleagues at ICAN had just won the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Course Director Fleur Heyworth said 'Having time to reflect on your attributes and needs, and think more clearly about your challenges and desired future can seem like a luxury, but it has been proven to be essential for leaders. Equally important in a landscape where women are under-represented at the top of organisations, is for women to connect with inspiring role models who exemplify what is possible. The GCSP's aim is to build up a network of women leaders both in International Geneva and abroad who can share experiences, mentor and support one another'. The GCSP will be expanding this course offering during 2018 and and would be very happy to talk to you or your organisation if you are interested in working with us.