Stonewall's Leadership Programme

Role Models Programme

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The Stonewall Leadership Programme took place on 21-22 November at Ashridge Business School. Year after year, 100% of delegates have rated the programme excellent or very good overall and in 2013, 96% said they fully or mostly achieved what they had hoped from the programme.


More about the Leadership Programme

The annual Stonewall Leadership Programme is the most prestigious leadership course for talented lesbian, gay and bisexual professionals in the UK.Leadership The programme provides a safe space for LGB professionals to explore the relationship between their sexual orientation and leadership performance in the workplace. 

Uniquely designed for high performing, talented individuals, the programme allows participants to explore, often for the first time, the significance of their identity in their workplace. Generic leadership development programmes are not able to create an environment that gives delegates the confidence to deeply explore what impact being lesbian, gay or bisexual has on their leadership performance.

How it works

The Stonewall Leadership Programme is an intensive two-day residential, which offers a selected group of 36 professionals a powerful opportunity to:

  • reflect on how their sexual orientation impacts on their leadership at work
  • find for themselves the means to exercise authentic leadership
  • explore how they can be more effective organisational role models
  • network and forge on-going relationships with other lesbian, gay and bisexual professionals from the private, public and third sectors

What you can expect to get out of the leadership programme

The Stonewall Leadership Programme is designed to enable each delegate to transform their own leadership in a way which is personal and meaningful in the context of their work and experiences.

Individuals who participate in Stonewall Leadership programmes report immediately, at the six-month reunion and beyond:

  • Improved confidence to transform their own leadership
  • Greater feelings of assertiveness and self-belief
  • Intrinsic clarity about personal career and development drivers
  • Motivation to become visible and influential role models for colleagues
  • Self-driven career navigation and vertical promotion
Employers that enable staff to attend the programme benefit in the following ways:
  • People perform better when they can be themselves - secure more effective leadership from more of the talent in your organisation
  • Release the potential of your gay staff and develop diverse talent at senior levels
  • Accelerate achievement of sexual orientation equality through individual leadership
  • See the transformative impact of authentic leadership in your workplace

How to apply

Applications will open next Summer for the 2014 programme. 

For more information about the Leadership Programme, please contact Lorna Fulton on 0207 593 1865 or at leadership@stonewall.org.uk. 

Programme Rates

Stonewall Diversity Champions rate; £1,095 + VAT
Full rate; £1,650 + VAT

Programme rates include the following:

  • Two-day residence at Ashridge including one night of
    accommodation.
  • All meals and refreshments including evening reception
    dinner.

The Stonewall Leadership programme is kindly supported by IBM.

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