London – 8 September 2015 – The People Development Team, a global leader in inclusion and talent development, is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Accelerate’ – a modular training programme delivered face-to-face or virtually, comprising practical strategies, tools and guidance to help women advance their careers and to progress female leaders through the business pipeline.
Speaking exactly six months after the 2015 International Women’s Day, PDT’s CEO Heather Butler notes; ‘We are often asked why, in the 21st Century, we still need to run gender specific programmes that support the careers of women in business. The facts simply speak for themselves.
‘Organisations with a balanced representation of women and men in senior management report increased engagement & retention, better decision making, improved problem solving and greater creativity & innovation. This in turn leads to enhanced results and competitive advantage. Businesses that have implemented our women’s leadership programmes cite an increased ability to attract female talent, as well as better rates of promotion amongst women.’
Six months ahead of next year’s International Women’s Day, the global forum that celebrates women’s achievements throughout history and across nations, Butler encourages both male and female leaders to question themselves on the role of women in their pipeline: ‘Challenge your thinking about what a leader looks like – male or female, aggressive or submissive? Stop talking about ‘lack of confidence’ in women, and aim to encourage and support women to self-promote! Even small changes in the way we view our own and our cultural bias have a significant impact on the progression of a truly inclusive environment.’
The ‘Accelerate’ programme is addressed at women at all levels in the pipeline, from senior & middle managers, through first line managers, to graduates and juniors. PDT’s unique interactive, modular approach offers businesses the flexibility to select relevant content around such topics as impact & influence for those starting out, career management for first line managers, or authentic leadership with vulnerability for those at a senior level.
Helen Krag, Head of Women’s Development at PDT comments: ‘Accelerate’ is the place where our award winning Unconscious Bias, Inclusion and Resilience programmes meet our work in the field of women’s leadership. Built upon more than 20 years of experience in talent and leadership, we offer shorter, sharper interventions that truly address the issues facing both men and women in today’s dynamic workforce. Our ability to deliver virtually via a WebEx platform means we can bring together global audiences whilst minimising time out of the business.
‘With our gender programmes we don’t set out to change women. We understand that women already have the skills and experience to be successful in their careers and deliver exceptional business results. We strongly recommend gender programmes are not implemented in isolation. They are most successful when run alongside company-wide programmes to create a more inclusive environment.’
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