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An inspirational journey to the top: how the Geneva Leadership Alliance helps women to realize their leadership potential

On 4 to 5 October, the Geneva Leadership Alliance held the 3rd edition of its flagship women’s leadership course “Inspiring Women Leaders”. The course brought together a select group of mid-career women from different regions and sectors, equipping them with the capabilities to rise beyond gendered obstacles to the next level of their careers.


From glass ceilings to work-family balance, women face numerous challenges as they rise in their careers, often lacking support networks and mentors.  Facilitated by Fleur Heyworth and Cate Valentine, this 2-day course built on essential leadership tools and techniques, and the design was tailored to meet the specific needs of women.  Content was built on research that has identified 5 key themes that shape the career decisions and leadership trajectories of high-achieving women: agency, authenticity, connection, self-clarity, and wholeness. Through interactive and experimental sessions, participants explored their personal values and unique strengths, and discovered strategies for self-empowerment, confidence and resilience. They acquired practical tools and techniques to grow, influence and harness the power of their authentic leadership style in a way that is both professionally and personally rewarding.


During an evening reception, participants were given the opportunity to meet senior mentors whose success stories reflect for other women what it is possible to achieve. These mentors included Christina Orisich (Deputy Director GCSP), Elisabeth Decrey-Warner (Founder of Geneva Call), Mischa Nagelmackers Voinov (former member of the leadership of BCGE) as well as Ambassador Hilda Al-Hinai (Deputy Permanent Representative of Oman to the WTO). The course programme was complemented by individual coaching, helping participants to maximize learning transfer to the workplace and develop an action plan to address a key leadership challenge they face.


Having gained access to a lifelong network of high-achieving women, participants left the course inspired and well equipped to unlock their full leadership potential.