Welcome to Ascension.
Research suggests that as professional women, we often find ourselves in career situations where our gender differences have become an obstacle and are holding us back from reaching the seniority we deserve. That level of seniority will not be the same for all of us, and that’s ok. It’s about finding our own personal career fulfillment.
Being a member of Ascension will empower you to construct your own strategy for success via a programme of events. Our DRIVE programme focuses on the key elements of being our best selves – how we express our personal brands through Dress; build Resilience to help us adapt to change; approach our careers with greater Innovation; increase our Visibility by owning our achievements and finally demonstrate that we have that all important Edge through our actions. At Ascension events, you will meet a network of like-minded peers who will become your support network and champions to help you navigate your career journey.
Be bold, be brilliant and go for it!
Following 15 years in client facing roles in banking a change in circumstances presented an opportunity to take an innovative approach to my career and I pursued a role in a global law firm delivering professional skills based training to lawyers. For me career fulfilment is about finding a role that provides a good level of challenge with opportunities to grow but that allows me to do something that I genuinely love. When I read Stephen Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ there was a sentence that resonated so strongly – to be successful we must do the thing that makes our heart sing. Delivering change through personal development and empowering those around me to be the best they can be is what drives me. Ascension for me is about providing my female peers with a supportive framework in which to become more self-aware and develop a set of skills that will become their armour in the years to come.
As a keen networker I am lucky to have met some truly amazing, supportive and talented women. Over the years though it has become apparent to me that whilst we have a lot to share, we don’t always appreciate this in ourselves and we can lack the courage to be our own champions and stretch ourselves in a competitive workplace.
As a Solicitor my experience is in the legal industry, a competitive and male dominated profession.My perception is that men and women are totally different meaning we often think and work differently. This is a good thing; however I want to ensure I can compete effectively.
I also want to help others to have access to inspiring role models and tailored training, because in the past this is something I have missed but now value so highly. This is where I see Ascension fitting in – tailored training towards addressing some ‘typically’ female workplace conundrums, amongst a group of talented and supportive ladies. Ascension is about reminding ourselves how great we are – we need to know it, before we can show it!
As a member of a ‘Women in Leadership’ group in my organisation I have been provided with a network of strong and inspirational women. This became my main motivation to form Ascension, so that I could pass on this inspiration and the skills I have gained from this programme to others. I am incredibly fortunate to work for a supportive employer who values female progression and equality at Board level. I have spent six years in client facing roles in Banking, which I very much enjoy. Outside of work, I am a dog mum to a six year old German Shepherd which plays an important part in my work-life balance! Ascension for me is about providing continual inspiration and motivation to my female peers, through interactive sessions and guest speakers. It is vital to take time to reflect on our personal goals, Ascension provides a supportive network and time to develop skills for both current and future roles.
Building Resilience with Julie Hickton Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 (5:30pm - 7pm)
Julie will be sharing her extensive knowledge and understanding of resilience and wellbeing, taking insights from her book The Tree Of Resilience.
Dressing with Purpose! Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 (5:30pm - 7pm)
Knowing how to make smart workwear investments is a challenge in today’s corporate world. Join us to discuss capsule wardrobes, professional image and personal brand with Harry Purewal, personal branding and image consultant.
Visibility, Impact and Confidence Thursday ,15th November, 2018 (5:30pm - 7:30pm)
Stepping into the limelight can be daunting, whether that is a large audience, talking to senior leaders, in board meetings or interviews. We can easily freeze in these moments and keep our brilliant selves hidden away due to fear. In this session, we will explore some of the confidence building techniques we can use both in person and online to ensure that we are always presenting the best version of ourselves with impact and gravitas.
Maintaining Control and Choice Thursday, 20th September, 2018 (5:30pm - 7pm)
In this session, our guest time management and personal effectiveness coach Jen Mak will help you realise that you have control and choice in life, whether it be your perception, your actions or your acceptance of a situation. Through a series of simple tools, you’ll learn the continuous practise of de-escalating so that you prevent wildfires of Annoyance, Reactivity,
Resilience Through Assertiveness Thursday, 26th April, 2018 (5:30pm - 7pm)
Learning how to be resilient starts with a greater understanding of what you want from life. Being assertive and pushing back is not easy, there are ways, however, to do this successfully and professionally. Our guest speakers for this session are Zarina Mahmud, a Senior Manager driving the Inclusion and Diversity programme at Lloyds Banking Group and Nikki Alderson, a former barrister and now corporate & executive coach. Both our guests have chosen a path that allows them to apply their authentic selves to finding career fulfilment inspite of the personal challenge.
Dressing for Confidence! Thursday, 1st February, 2018 (5:30pm - 7pm)
Why blend in when you can stand out?
We are judged in a matter of seconds on our appearance. Whether we like it or not, getting ahead in business is still about looking the part. We are delighted to be hosted by Reiss and with a chance to win a £100 shopping voucher and take advantage of a 10% discount this is an event not to miss!
“E is for Edge” Thursday, 9th November 2017
In this session, we look at what it is that female leaders have that gives them that all important ‘edge’. How do they organise themselves, prepare and deliver consistently with authority and gravitas. You will be surprised at what small daily habits and disciplines you can master to bring about significant changes to the way you are perceived by those around you.
“V is for Visibility” Thursday, 21st September 2017
Congratulations you’ve made it to the boardroom but whilst your contribution is valid and credible, your voice isn’t being heard. In this session we will look at presentation techniques as Amy Cuddy’s famous power pose and the importance of body language. We will also look at the importance of managing stakeholders and ensuring that every interaction you have with them has impact and gets you noticed.
"I is for Innovation" Wednesday, 28th June 2017
More than 40% of women in the UK would reconsider their career choice. (Lightspeed GMI, 2015). What do you do if you not progressing where you are? Maybe the culture is not a good fit for you, or you decide that the industry is no longer making you happy. In this panel based session we will hear from business leaders who for one reason or another found that by taking a change in direction opened up a world that far exceeded their expectations.
"R is for Resilience" Thursday, 4th May 2017
“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails” Dean Becker, President and CEO of Adaptiv Learning Systems. In this interactive session, we will explore three techniques to help you build resilience. Firstly, a positive mindset and changing your perspective; how to be assertive and use active language and finally creating a vision and self belief.
"D is for Dress" Wednesday, 8th March 2017
We live in a world of brands but the most important brand is your own. Understanding how to present your personal brand consistently through your image is a vital step in approaching your career journey. Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘Blink’ tells us that we have but an instant to form a great first impression. The power that our external image has to shape that first impression is therefore key. Award winning stylist and image consultant Stephanie Roper will tells us how the clothes we wear can help with career progression.