Stepping Up… for women interested in innovation who want to lead
Catalyst Exchange is launching a new program for women who want to take the next step in their careers by developing their innovation capability. We’ve thought long and hard about how to create a culture for innovation within the workplace and evidence suggests that women can play a critical role, if they’re given the right tools and techniques.
With an innovation mindset and sponsorship, women cannot only progress their own career but also make a significant contribution to the culture and performance of the organisation.
Good for women’s careers
Between 60%–70% of attendees at Hargraves Institute and Catalyst Exchange events are women and they make a huge contribution to the ongoing conversation. That suggests, on the whole, that women are interested in innovation.
There is also evidence that women are more active in collaboration, a key requirement for innovation. Swoop Analytics’ research into networking patterns using digital media shows that women are more active than men; and that female-to-female networks are denser than male-to-male networks.
Turning women’s interests and natural abilities into concrete, career-enhancing momentum is what we aim to do in Stepping Up.
Using their stories of innovation and change experiences, the participants will learn how to articulate the skills and attributes that equip them to progress. They will identify how they can continue to develop through participating in innovation, by navigating the barriers, developing new skills and making teams more effective.
With added confidence and know-how, women will be able to present their experiences and highlight their leadership potential. They will also become better catalysts for innovation and change for others.
Good for organisations
The Anita Borg Institute has helpfully collated the mountains of research that demonstrates the positive results of expanding opportunities for women in the workplace in a report called Innovation by Design: The Case for Investing in Women.
Its key findings are that a diverse workforce leads to:
- Improved operation and financial performance
- Increased innovation
- Better problem solving and group performance
- Enhanced company reputation.
“The research provides a strong argument for the positive impact of hiring women on multiple measures of corporate performance. It shows that companies with diverse teams gain access to the largest possible talent pool, allowing them to benefit from the different and complementary perspectives and leadership styles that women bring―and realise the tangible rewards that arise when women and men work together to solve complex problems and accelerate innovation.”
Stepping Up has been designed by women with a wealth of experience in developing leadership potential, applying an innovation mindset and tools at work, and succeeding as a corporate leader.