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Event to challenge women to dare to lead

The second Veterinary Women in Leadership event will take place on 22 April

04 March 2021, at 3:00pm

Veterinary Woman and XLVets are organising the second Veterinary Women in Leadership event with a focus on the “Dare to Lead” work of world-renowned leadership researcher and writer, Brené Brown. Following on from the success of the inaugural event last year, there will also be the elements of networking, showcasing role models from across the industry and coached breakout sessions to tackle leadership challenges faced by individuals. All delegates will receive a copy of the Dare to Lead book and refreshments to enjoy during the event.

The virtual event from 1-7pm on 22 April will centre around an interactive workshop with Roxanne Hobbs of The Hobbs Consultancy, who is a certified “Dare to Lead” facilitator. Research has shown that courageous leadership is teachable, observable and measurable. This workshop will enable delegates to delve into what it means to be vulnerable as a leader, translating values into action and understand building trust within teams.

Kerrie Hedley, COO of XLVets, says, “What makes a good leader is always up for debate as leadership is a socially constructed concept. However, the leadership research work of Brené Brown found that whatever your definition of leadership, the world needs braver leaders to create more courageous cultures, which in turn drive engagement, productivity and innovation within workplaces.”

Inspirational role model showcases will include women from practice, business, industry, veterinary nursing and students. Early names confirmed include RCVS President Mandisa Greene, Lou Northway RVN and recipient of the RCVS Inspiration Award, and IVSA President Keeley Orin.

The day concludes with a series of coached breakout sessions to enable delegates to discuss the challenges in their own leadership journeys. Liz Barton, editor of Veterinary Woman, says, "We wanted to provide some time for attendees to share their personal barriers within small peer groups, facilitated by coaches to guide the conversation and provide action points moving forwards."

Those wanting a flavour of the previous event can listen to a series of Veterinary Women in Leadership podcasts from the previous event.

Recordings will be available to anyone who registers for one year after the event. Visit the event website for more details. A competition for two free tickets is currently running through the Veterinary Woman website until 7 March - to enter visit the wesbite.