Our research undertaken in 2014 concluded that there was a need to create and provide a bespoke Early Career Female Leadership programme. Our ‘Accelerate’ programme has now successfully run across multiple sectors and geographies using either an interactive or virtual approach.
‘Accelerate' encourages women to gain a greater understanding of the ‘second generation’ biases and how this can influence their behaviours and the dynamics of their interactions. We provide evidence based insights along with the neuroscience behind issues such as confidence, networking and influencing. We show the ways that women can leverage this understanding and use it to move ahead. This understanding rather than reinforcing any sense of being a ‘casualty' of the context, instead empowers them to navigate this landscape towards success.
Who is this for?
Accelerate is designed for professional women early in their careers. This programme creates a space for reflection on the challenges women face today and a space for them to build on their strengths.
In short, Accelerate grows future female leaders.Chat to us
How it works
Typically run as 3 full days, the programme uses a blend of group workshops and one to one coaching sessions with exercises for individual reflection, to help integrate practical actions back in the workplace. The programme can be run virtually as a good alternative to in-person interactive workshops.
Content is designed around ECC’s Career Success Model and typically features sponsor presentations, a Role Model Panel, reverse mentoring and the opportunity for participants to share their ideas with the organisation for what would help enhance female career progression.
We are known for our ability to tailor the content to each client ensuring that it is an integral part of the overall diversity and inclusion strategy.
As an alternative to the in-person interactive workshops. They are designed:
- For small groups
- To take full advantage of the technology available
- For participant accountability
- With mixed content and activities to keep the day refreshing
The blended approach includes:
- Setting up a workflow group: Allows materials to be sent in real time.
- Enables participants to complete exercises away from their screens
- Breaks and exercises away from the screen
- Mobile peer coaching discussions
- ECC email hotline
Our preferred platform to use is Zoom, however we can also run the virtual workshop on different platforms.
Key Features of the Programme
to share the organisation’s strategy for gender balance so that it is clear that the programme is part of a diversity initiative and not an activity focused on ‘fixing the women’.
Role Model Panel
to provide inspiring stories from colleagues, both men and women a few levels above who share their career journey and can demonstrate how they have progressed their career alongside a busy life in general.
to engage and provide support to the programme and its outputs. We help them to hold critical career conversations with their participants.
Men as Allies
to help participants to have structured conversations with male colleagues, encouraging them to engage with the gender debate and champion diversity.
An Opportunity for the Women
to share their ideas on what more the organisation could do to support the female career, helping them to have a voice and feel empowered.
The Accelerate programme helps aspiring female leaders to:
- Gain increased self-awareness and resilience
- Develop leadership style and practices that fits their personality
- Identify personal strengths and how to play to them
- Understand how to build a successful career network.
Our Accelerate programmes help organisations to build their pipeline of future female leaders, supporting career advancement and retaining top talent.
During the period since the introduction of Career Directions (2014-2017) at Herbert Smith Freehills London, the proportion of female attrition within the associate population has reduced from 22.6% to 13.6%. – Learning & Development Manager, Global Law Firm
This programme asked more questions than provided answers, but the questions asked were powerful and thought provoking, and some of the questions I did not realise needed answering before attending the course. It has been so valuable to have the time and space to reflect on these topics. While I feel like I still have a lot of work to do, I feel empowered to do it.
Very inspiring course, really gave me a space to think and talk through my personal career path and how to shape my future.
I am very excited about these changes and must say that the Accelerate program was so helpful and useful for me! Not only the training part was crucial but so was the 1-to-1 coaching session that I had. I recall what my conversation with my coach that day- almost every dayParticipant, Multinational Consumer Goods Company
Really helps you to see the ways in which the firm is combatting gender equality issues and how you can boost your career to make changes to maximise your potential.Participant, Global Law Firm
Thank you once again for this amazing training - the way you presented was clear and keeping our focus on the key questions. Finding the answers was not always that easy, however I could not forget about great inspiration coming from our group of amazing women. I think that this training changed me a lot - I have started to share the learnings and spreading the energy with others already.Participant, International FMCG
This Programme is the best I have done so far. The Programme allows me to 'own' my way to Career success and be an authentic, powerful female leader.Virtual Participant, International FMCG