Opportunities for potential female business leaders of the future

19th November 2019

Young women from across Wales are being invited to apply now for the chance to shadow successful and high profile female entrepreneurs.

Women aged 18-25, with an interest in a future career in business, can apply online for a place on LeadHerShip Business, run by gender equality charity – Chwarae Teg. The scheme aims to ensure women become better represented in senior private sector roles, by offering unique one-day opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship and how businesses are run.

The successful young women will gain first-hand experience from inspiring role models within the private sector and discover what it really takes to lead a thriving business in Wales. The day will provide participants with one-to-one time with their chosen leader and their team, to gain an understanding of what their role involves.

The need to encourage change is evident with women notably absent from leading business roles. They account for just 6% of the chief executives of the top 100 businesses in Wales and research by the Women’s Business Council shows that the UK economy is missing out on more than 1.2 million new enterprises due to the untapped business potential of women.

Business leaders taking part in the scheme are, Lynda Sygona, CEO, United Welsh in Caerphilly, Claire Swindell, Client Director, Spindogs in Cardiff, Anne Jessopp, CEO, Royal Mint in Pontyclun, Sian Powell, Chief Exec, Golwg in Lampeter, Sioned Morys, Director, Chwarel Independent Film and Radio in Criccieth.

LeadHerShip Business aims is to give young women a real insight into the opportunities available to them and to inspire a generation of female leaders.

“Our own ‘Bright’ Research shows that a lack of female role models in a range of positions has a real impact on young women and can limit their aspirations. At Chwarae Teg, we always say that you can’t be what you can’t see, so we hope that LeadHerShip Business encourages young women to see themselves as future female leaders, and that it demystifies positions of leadership.

“Gender should not get in the way of ambitions. It is so important that girls and young women grow up in the knowledge that they will be encouraged to realise their goals, and that as leaders and decision-makers they will be respected.”

Emma Tamplin
Collaboration Partner

Applications for LeadHerShip Business should be made by Friday 6 December

15th May 2019