The Emerald Leadership Program celebrates and supports our established and emerging Female Leaders.
It's a female focused networking group with a structured program to provide peer based network and business support to our next generation of female leaders.
Members have the chance to hear from inspirational female speakers on a regular basis, join a peer to peer facilitated program that will fast track their development through the shared experiences of the group and each year celebrate their “graduation” with an amazing group of female leaders.
What is the Emerald Leadership Program?
The program consists of three elements:
1. A peer to peer mentoring roundtable
2. Regular networking events
3. “Graduation” celebration
Emerald Roundtables are a peer to peer facilitated program which consists of a small group of like-minded business women (either from an Entrepreneurial or a Corporate environment) who will exchange knowledge, experience and support. It will fast track business knowledge through the shared experiences of the group. Individuals work with peers on their business during a monthly session. The sessions will be facilitated by experienced female leaders and will be designed to get participants working on their business not in it. It will be a strategic problem solving time; space to make decisions, find solutions and work on challenges.
Emerald Roundtables are a private, confidential network.
Building on our experience and success with our Mentoring program, we will have a volunteer subcommittee evaluate expressions of interest and choose participants based on objectives, experience, business needs and other criteria. Members will be placed in groups and will meet monthly. Sessions will be rotated between members businesses so you will have a turn at hosting the group - in house or off site, it's up to you but it needs to be appropriate for the meeting.
Emerald Roundtables will have access to experts and industry mentors and its alumni will become part of a powerful community that can open up new opportunities.
Our mission is to play a role in achieving equality – equality in salary, equality on boards, and equality in senior positions. We want to provide role models for the emerging female leaders in the chamber - you can’t be what you can’t see. We also want the male members of the Chamber to become more aware of the barriers and unconscious bias facing their female colleagues.
The peer to peer roundtables bring together women from diverse industries and at different life and career stages. Not only are they providing one another with support and mentoring, practical changes are happening.
Introductions are made, contracts exchanged, new roles are being taken on and the members of the group grow and stretch themselves as a result.
People who focus on their strengths are more engaged and more productive in their jobs. We focus on building the strengths of the women in our peer groups and our wider community. The combined strengths of our members become the superpowers that we need to achieve true equality in the workplace.
How you can take part
The first thing to do is join the Chamber - sounds simple and it really is! If you want to apply for an Emerald roundtable, you will need to be a full (not an Associate) member - and please be aware that preference will be given to existing members with a record of getting involved in the Chamber - but if you just want to come along to the networking events, it's fine to be any type of member. The events will be listed on our Events page for advance booking when they're opened for public sale, just the same as our breakfasts, lunches, evening events etc.