Advancing Women in Leadership in Financial Services – 14 Nov – €50

Advancing Women in Leadership in Financial Services – 14 Nov – €50

County Wexford Chamber Skillnet is collaborating with the IFS Skillnet to help upskill women leaders in the Financial Services Sector in County Wexford in the upcoming programme – Advancing Women in Leadership in Financial Services.


Programme overview:

This course is delivered in person over one full day and includes an optional one 30min coaching session per participant.  In Ireland, women fall behind early and continue to lose ground with every step.  A 2016 study commissioned by the 30% Club Ireland, revealed that even at the most junior level of management, women only occupy 34% of positions with their representation falling significantly at each subsequent stage of the career ladder with just 14% of Irish companies having women leaders.

“It is time to end practices of the past that are now hampering Irish business’s strategic agenda and I look forward in particular to an early end to all-male boards. As we go into a new decade on 1 January 2020, the Government urges Irish companies to demonstrate their commitment to modernity by ensuring they all have women on their boards by then. Working together, let’s take the steps to achieve better gender balance in corporate decision-making. Taking action now will enable Irish business to maintain its proud reputation for dynamism and innovative leadership.”
Minister David Stanton, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration

While there is a strong business imperative for improving gender balance, the results so far are not very encouraging. However, for women who wish to take control of their own journey, there are some key strategies and skills they can employ.


When:    14th November

Where:   Talbot Hotel, Wexford Town

Time:      9.30am to 4.30pm

Criteria:  Max 16 places and limit to 5 people per company


Learning outcomes:

On conclusion of the course, participants should have an enhanced appreciation of:
• The fundamental differences between the male and female leadership journey
• Their own personal strengths and how to address the unique challenges faced by women in the workplace
• The components of individual leadership styles and how to be authentic yet effective


Course Objectives:
This course is designed for ambitious women, from all sectors, who seek to improve their leadership skills.
It explores key leadership competencies from the female perspective. A practical focus ensures that participants can apply the learnings to their individual situation.


Key Topics:

  • What is leadership? Ensuring a shared understanding of what leadership is (and isn’t), the leader/follower relationship, leadership styles and leading through values and vision.
  • How does the female leadership journey differ? A brief overview of research and recent developments in gender equality at work.
  • Your personal brand – Creating a personal brand that is true to who you are and impactful enough to get you noticed and remembered.
  • Navigating power and politics in business – Recognising and understanding power plays; when you might encounter them and how to respond with confidence.
  • Influencing and negotiating – Managing relationships, developing influencing and negotiating strategies to complement your leadership style.
  • Building your coalition – Building valuable connections and networking strategically


Who is the course for?
This course is designed for ambitious women in financial services, who seek to improve their leadership skills.


Trainer: Dawn Leane
Passionate about the need for greater diversity at senior levels, Dawn established Leane Leaders to support individuals and organisations on their diversity journey. She has a particular interest in contemporary women’s leadership issues and is a regular contributor to professional journals on the topic.  Her work as an Executive Coach is almost exclusively with women, which affords a greater insight to the issues women experience when advancing their careers and she has coached many women to success.