Bloom are proud that 2018 saw four Bloom members win the prestigious WACL Future Leaders Award. Here our Bloomers tell us a bit more about their win and how they intend to use the training bursary.
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I applied after sitting in the audience at Gather and being inspired by the stories of the amazing women who were previous winners. I had talked a lot about getting training in Coaching, so decided to do something about it and apply to this incredible opportunity from WACL and NABS.
Outside of my day job I coach a diverse group of people from an MD to a PA and Brand Director. Everyone I coach is female and confidence is one of the most consistent challenges they face. Through coaching I’ve been able to support them to think clearly and go after what they want. My course - the Professional Certificate in Coaching at Henley Business School - will give me training to develop my skills and enable me to better support these awesome ladies. Through coaching I hope to make a small impact in building women’s confidence, so they can achieve their potential.
MARIA ST. LOUIS
When I returned to work after having my second child, my main goal as I entered 2017 was to take control of my personal development. Through NABS, I was given a ticket to WACL Gather, and there I heard about the Future Leaders Award. It’s the best event I have attended in all of my years in the industry and the reason why I applied for the WACL FLA. I was completely inspired by all of the wonderful female speakers and their stories. I am literally overjoyed to have been selected and it is testament to the belief that, “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve!”
I will be doing The Rising Women Leaders Programme at Cambridge University, which I am delighted about. It’s the perfect course for me and a once in a lifetime opportunity. To experience education in such a renowned and prestigious institution, will raise my aspirations and confidence in so many ways. It’s designed specifically for high potential women in junior and mid-level managerial positions aspiring to reach the top, or senior positions, within their organisations, which is exactly where I am currently sitting in my career. I genuinely cannot wait!
I’m so pleased to have won the award and training bursary. I applied last year after returning to London after six years in Melbourne. Unfortunately I didn’t get it, so it made this year really special for me. My FLA application really helped me articulate my purpose and identify how I could add real value to the industry as a gay, mixed race woman.
I’m booked in on RADA’s Executive Presence for Women course. I didn’t want to focus on technical skills, I wanted to develop my softer skills. I have a growth mindset, and am always looking for ways to develop myself.This course sounded like self development on steroids. I want to understand more about me and how I can dial up my strengths so I am serve myself and those I work with better.
I entered the Future Leaders Award while I was in the process of switching job roles. I wanted a challenge but also to get additional support to give me a boost of energy and confidence along the way. Putting myself outside of my comfort zone, I took time to think seriously about my career aspirations and how I was going to achieve them. It was amazing to meet and share my passions and goals with such inspiration women at WACL.
The course I chose was Strategic Decision Making for Leaders at Cass Business School. In an industry which is undergoing lots of change, innovation, challenges and pressure, I wanted to further develop skills that would help me best to operate in a world of risk and uncertainty and to be decisive amidst the many unknowns.