Fiona Bradley, Founder of Fiona Bradley Training and Consultancy, is launching the Causeway Coast’s first Lean In Circle, with Co Moderator, Danielle McCormick, McCormick Communications, with the aim of supporting local women in business.
The initiative was founded after the success of Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean in: Women, Work and the Will to Lead’, a bestseller which has sold more than 4.2 million copies worldwide since its launch in 2013, has seen 36,000 Lean In circles set up in over 160 countries. The circles concept was created to provide women with a forum to support each other in fulfilling their ambitions and the aims of the Causeway Coast Circle are no exception to this overarching goal.
Regular meetings throughout the Causeway Coast area will be held to offer members opportunities for support, networking and socialising with the aim of enabling a stronger, more vibrant, and sustainable economy.
Fiona’s inspiration to form the Causeway Coast circle was born out of inspiration from the book and from her experience of networking with and training other women. She not only wanted to give back to local business peers but also felt the value in developing a forum to share ideas and experiences that could help women achieve goals and meet their career ambitions.
“Fiona comments “I have had the opportunity to reflect on my own career and have realised how it has been shaped by my own mentoring opportunities, and through delivery of the leadership and women’s training programmes that I deliver through my own consultancy. I could see both a need, and a value to creating a local circle and knew there was an appetite from other female business leaders in the area for guidance and support to women in the workplace. I felt that a local Lean In group would provide an amazing opportunity, and provide a valuable resource to all local women in business.”
An initial launch was held in April, with a second group meeting organised by huge demand on 31st May from an enthusiastic group of local business women spanning the full length of the Causeway Coast.
Fiona adds “We hope to provide a forum for building confidence and self-belief and to educate and inspire all women, including the younger generation to make braver, bolder decisions and to add value to working women in the local area, including mums returning to work.”
Danielle McCormick, Co Moderator, says “There has been a fantastic response to our first events and I am hopeful that there will be many more where we will share opportunities to exchange ideas, network and host events together.
Above all it is about sharing experiences and support, having a confidential place to vent and work through challenges in order to allow women to be more courageous in ‘Leaning In’ as Sheryl says and achieving our personal goals.”
Membership is free with local events being promoted via Eventbrite and Facebook Group, Lean In Causeway Coast.
The next event will is scheduled to take place on Thursday 28th June, 6-8pm.