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Women in Leadership 2022
Micro Conference 

How To achieve
wellness, wisdom &
win at work

Online | 19th May | 9-11am

Pre register for our early bird discount and join our network for 2 hours of Learning from our

Keynote Speakers about the power of female leadership

and what it can do to steer social change in your organisation.

Meet The Speakers


Mandy Hickson

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TEDx Speaker |

Former RAF Fast-jet pilot |

Bestselling Author | Motivational & Keynote Speaker

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Emma Carroll

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Entrepreneur |

Leadership Coach | Speaker | Author 


Lucie Thomas

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Leading Lady in Housing | Director of L&D | Chair of Pobl Trust at Pobl Group

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What's on our Agenda

By bringing together leading industry experts to educate senior leaders through a programme of panel discussions, inspirational keynotes and engaging networking sessions this micro conference will help you get the tone of female leadership right in your organisation. The agenda focuses on some of the challenges women face when trying to reach their full potential such as a decline in their wellbeing, not having access to the right type of skills development to support them in role or not having the aptitude to combat gender bias or unhelpful stereotyping.  

Mandy Hickson

Former RAF Fast-Jet Pilot

Finding a love of flying early in life, Mandy fought hard to achieve her ambition to be a Royal Air Force pilot. She was only the second woman to fly the Tornado GR4 on the front line, amassing over thirty years experience within aviation, completing three tours of duty and 45 missions over Iraq during that time.

Mandy is a sought after keynote speaker across a range of business sectors, where she talks with humour and great passion to inspire those around her. She has been invited to share her insights with some of the most successful organisations across the world where she describes the strategies & behaviours that can be adopted when the stakes are at their highest. She has a wealth of experience to share from working in a male dominated environment, battling imposter syndrome to juggling life as a working mother of two young children. As a coach, mentor and facilitator she inspires others, covering the core areas of human performance factors; decision making, communication, leadership, behaviour, workload, conflict, fatigue and stress management. 

She has recently launched her bestselling book, ‘An Officer, not a gentleman’, her inspirational journey to become a pioneering female fighter pilot.

"MISSILE LAUNCH, 5 O'CLOCK..." says the strained voice of my nav into my headset. I am not  daydreaming anymore...

-quote from her book

Emma Carroll 

Leadership Coach

Firstly, this conference is not only for women, and it is not about hating male leaders.

It’s about levelling up your thinking as a woman in leadership to reach your full potential and lead continual change feeling well, having wisdom and the ability to win at work, whatever the environment throws at you.

From working with thousands of leaders in top performing organisations over the past seven years Emma has learnt a lot about the power of female leadership and what it can do to steer social change in an organisation when it is embraced, and the women involved feel empowered.

As the Founder of Choose to Grow L&D Ltd, a training company delivering leadership development to giants like Otsuka Pharmaceuticals & Social Interest Group she has spent hours, days, weeks and even months working with women in leadership roles who are trying to get ahead but struggle.

Her research has shown these struggles fall into three buckets; a decline in their wellbeing, not having access to the right type of skills development to support them in role or not having the aptitude to combat gender bias or unhelpful stereotyping. 

Here Emma will share her story about beating the wage bias as a female leader and how she survived burnout, driven by unhelpful gender bias.  She will share her interest in resilience at work, fascination with neuroscience, and the toolkits, skills and competencies leading ladies need to sustain their chosen careers.  

'She is an effective facilitator of learning and achieves buy in from the leaders she works with'



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Lucie Thomas

Successful Female Leader

Lucie is a pragmatic, results-driven professional with seventeen years in learning and development.  During her leadership career she has gained a wealth of experience in helping individuals and teams across a diverse range of specialisms reach their full potential.

Her passion and particular expertise lie in Leadership Development and her team and collaborations have designed and delivered a full suite of flagship leadership and learning offerings in one of the largest Housing and Support providers in Wales.  

Lucie's win at work comes from seeing her workforce confidence and capability rise from her learning interventions as the skills are transferred from the training environment to the workplace.  Her passion as a female leader is in seeing other females leaders thrive from her action learning and mentoring programmes. 

'If you are looking for a top quality, engaging and motivated female leader to be a role model for other woman, then Lucie should absolutely be at the top of your list'


- Strategic Leader

Gifts for Those who Attend

Not only are we bringing you inspirational female keynote speakers, we have gift chapters from three best selling female authors for everyone who attends this event

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Create that 'one team feeling' with our virtual micro conference.  The event will help you move forward strategically and engage staff in your female leadership vision.

By bringing together leading industry experts to educate senior leaders through a programme of expert panel discussions, inspirational keynotes and engaging networking sessions - our virtual micro conference formula will help you to boost performance, drive up team collaboration & improve mental wellbeing for those who attend.  Learn more about our virtual conference formula by downloading our brochure.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY about our events



Choose to Grow always bring something new, they have a great wealth of experience in the Learning & Development field and attending their events has played a huge part in our future leader development.

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Gordon Clarke,
Head of Field Delivery, APHA Scotland

Due to all things pandemic, we bravely jumped on the potential of maximising technology to host our conference online this year and really proud to say it was a tremendous success. The buzz following our conference has been great to read and hear.  Your team were a critical cog in our success . 

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Lucie Thomas,
Director of L&D,
Pobl Group

I have had the pleasure of working with the Choose to Grow team over the past 2 years.  They deliver all of our Leadership Resilience & Inclusion learning events and they are a professional, forward thinking company that I would highly recommend!

Ready to meet new networks, boost your leadership capability and learn from industry experts?

check out the highlights from our last Micro conference with Megan Hine here👇

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