The Leadership SummitTM

3 Day Programme

Transform your team: Unleash the power of female leaders

Programme Aim:
Designed to increase numbers of women in senior management

What is The Leadership Summit?

Launched in 2016, with over 1,500 alumni from every sector of the economy, The Leadership Summit is one of the most successful programmes in the UK designed to empower women in senior management positions to fulfil their potential.

It’s a highly immersive, engaging and stretching development experience that helps women find their power and their voice and to use these to achieve both career and life goals.

Run over three days it takes women on a development journey that builds confidence, communication and connections, career clarity and resilience such that they can maximise their potential impact.

Increase your retention of female talent
Female leaders desire to leave their organisation decreases by 48% creating a wider pool of female role models and promotable talent

Who is The Leadership Summit for?

This programme is designed for aspiring senior women leaders, progressing through large and complex organisations

Nominating organisations are looking for a development experience that:

  • Supports an organisation goal to greater gender parity in leadership roles by enabling more women to move into senior leadership roles
  • Gives access to a network from similar organisations where relevant learning from the experience of other women can be found
  • Enables their women to benefit from a safe environment where they can explore their experiences and progress at work
  • Offers faculty and guest speakers who bring their own experiences, insights, and expertise in support of women’s development goals
  • Focuses specifically on the challenges women face and supports them to navigate their way through the organisation successfully

The Leadership Summit is generally used by clients as one of a number of key levers in their wider talent strategy. It helps them maximise the potential of their female talent and to retain talented women as they move through into more senior leadership roles.

All of the clients who nominate women regularly report improved retention and a greater success in promotion through to leadership roles.

Organisations who work with us include

Why choose The Leadership Summit?

The Leadership Summit is designed to build confidence, communication and connections, a career focus and resilience

Our programme does this by using a range of learning and development approaches and with the support of experienced facilitators who have not only had interesting careers, but also have expertise in women’s development. In style it is non-academic, highly participative, enjoyable and fun.

To support the women participants when they get back into the workplace, we also provide a private career coaching session with one of our coaches and access to career booster events

What organisations will gain:

  • Increased retention - desire to leave their organisation decreases by 48%
  • Women’s confidence increases by 75%
  • Likelihood to apply for promotion increases by 50%
  • Overall, 38% consistently achieve promotion within 6 months
  • Wider pool of female role models and promotable talent

Women will leave the programme with:

  • A clear plan for driving their career forward and how to make the most of opportunities, communicating personal brand and sponsorship
  • Increased insights into their own leadership style and how to leverage this
  • Improved networking capabilities and the support of a cohort of like-minded women
  • Improved confidence in delivering powerful personal and business communications
  • Strategies and tactics for maintaining focus and well-being

What female focused development can do for organisation success

Given the evidence, it is clear that supporting women to build capability as they look to move through from middle management into more senior roles can make a significant difference not just to them as individuals, but also to their organisations.

The evidence points at four areas where, for women specifically, input, coaching and support to build skills can ensure a more level playing field where their talents and abilities are more visible and recognisable as they move into being actively considered for promotion into more senior leadership roles:

  • In communication about herself, her achievements, her value, and her needs
  • In understanding and articulating her purpose
  • In understanding how organisations work, what it takes to succeed and where women can utilise their differences to men for the benefit of the organisation
  • Such that she has a clear plan, goals and can articulate these to herself and others
  • And get valuable feedback for herself from managers and others that help her understand the real gaps she needs to close and identify opportunities she can target for her next role and create plans to close the gaps
  • So that she understands the importance of networks
  • And that she can identify and enlist active sponsors in the organisation
  • And where she can source coaching and mentoring and know how to contract this so it delivers realistic career opportunities
  • To enable her to establish a healthy and sustainable work/life balance and manage the inevitable pressures of a senior role on other life responsibilities
  • To ensure she understand the specific health and wellbeing issues that come with being a woman and have strategies in place that allow for her effective management
  • To encourage behaviour that acknowledges setbacks and creates a growth mindset
50% of the women who attend our programme are promoted within a year.
This is a real testament to the strength of the programme and its real-world application.

How to enrol your female leaders

With only 5 open programmes a year and a maximum of 24 women on each programme The Leadership Summit looks to attract a range of nominating organisations for any year

The number of organisations is driven by the scale of nominations they are looking to make over a calendar year. Ideally we are looking for organisations who want to nominate between five and twenty five women over the year enabling a good mix on every programme and the ability to build support networks back in the organisation itself.

We will add nominating organisations over the year but at a scale where they enable us to maintain the mix of attendees. This means that some nominating organisations may have an internal waiting list for places.

For companies wishing to build and strengthen internal networks, we can deliver The Leadership Summit as a closed programme.

Programme dates

The Leadeship Summit in 2024 will run on the following dates:

Tuesday 12th - Thursday 14th
Tuesday 21st - Thursday 23rd
Tuesday 18th - Thursday 20th
Tuesday 24th - Thursday 26th
Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st

The cost is £5,485 + VAT per participant – this includes accommodation, meals and all programme materials.

Ready to empower your female leaders?

The three-day agenda and coaching follow up

Day 1


Introduction and Background
- Your value as a woman leader
- What’s holding you back?
- Setting goals in line with your purpose

Led by: Programme Leader


‘Personal Story Telling’

Led by: Communication Trainers & Actors


- Reception drinks & dinner
- Guest Speaker: “How I made it to the Executive”

Led by: Programme Leader
Day 2


- Understanding your impact on others
- Building your strategic network

Led by: Programme Leader


- Building & Communicating your personal brand

Led by: Personal Brand Expert

Afternoon & Evening

- Building your plan
- Where do you go from here?

Led by: Programme Leader


- Reception drinks & dinner
- Shaping your plan

Day 3


Finance – Understanding the assumptions behind the figures

Led by: Finance Expert

Acing the interview process

Led by: Career and Recruitment Consultants


- Building resilience
- Health and wellbeing

Led by: Wellbeing Expert
6 months after attendance

Follow up with Executive Coach

A follow up call to talk though progress against the four programme themes:
- Confidence
- Career Focus
- Connectivity
- Resilience

Led by: Executive Coach

The Pipeline

The Pipeline was established to address the lack of gender parity in the leadership of organisations, private, public and third sector and support organisations to maximise the potential of the talented women they employ such that their organisations can perform better

We offer consulting, coaching and development programmes to clients who want to achieve better talent pipeline outcomes at every level of their organisation and are looking for an agile, flexible, and responsive partner to create solutions to their problems. Since 2014 we have supported more than 170 clients to improve their talent pipeline performance.

We offer tailored programmes to organisations for women and ethnic minorities at senior management and senior leadership levels, and in 2024 will launch a new programme aimed at women in management with leadership potential. We publish the annual ‘Women Count’ report and run the acclaimed ‘Top Flight™’ programme for women with potential to reach the executive committee of their organisations. We also support organisations with the development and measurement of their diversity and inclusion strategies and provide executive coaching.