Women In Leadership Programme (6 Month Face-to-Face)

- The Crown Plaza, Newcastle upon Tyne

Who should attend: Professional women who are either running their own business, in a management position within a growing company, or a future leader, looking to elevate their leadership impact.

Price: £2450 + VAT per person (or 2 staged payments £1300 + VAT)

Schedule: Monthly full day sessions (9am-4pm) next cohort starting in January 2021 – dates TBC

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Hawthorn Square, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA 


This programme is designed to equip influential business women with the tools they need to elevate their leadership impact and create lasting personal and professional change.

We will provide key insight into the thinking, beliefs and behaviours of successful women leaders and the real challenges that can occur in a constantly changing business environment. This programme will equip you with new techniques from finding balance and focus in the day to day chaos, to how to better influence and impact key stakeholders, to ultimately driving your transition into a greater leadership role within your organisation.

This programme is designed to encourage, inspire and unlock some of the barriers that women may face when in leadership positions. 

We will help you develop a complete leadership toolkit including creating an authentic personal leadership style; articulation of a clear and inspiring vision for the future; and provide you with the opportunity to experiment with new leadership ideas and approaches

Your learning journey will be delivered within an individually selected peer group of up to 10 other influential female business leaders, ensuring that you have the most impactful experience. The programme will be a blend of 1-2-1 delivery, breakout sessions, peer round table discussions, group coaching and online support. 

You will not only leave with new ideas, skills, confidence, and fresh perspectives to elevate your ceiling for growth. You will also have a trusted group of peers that will continue to support you in adding more value to your company and cascading the benefits of enhanced leadership capabilities across your organisation.


June – The Impact of Mindset & Identity on Being an Authentic Leader – An insight into the mindset needed for growth & effective leadership and management, including developing your own authentic leadership style. We will look at core fears, values and characteristics, and how these may impact your role as a leader. 

July – The Power of Working with Purpose & Unique Ability to Elevate Performance – An insight into unique abilities, talent and passion, and how to develop these in both yourself, and your team.  We will explore how to set achievable goals, align an action plan and how to motivate and coach your team to all row in the same direction.

September – The Ability to Influence & Drive Engagement During Change – A model for understanding your own appetite & approach to change, and how to manage it within your team and wider business. Techniques to influence & engage people with change to drive positive evolution. 

October – Leading & Inspiring The Pursuit of Growth For Performance Elevation – Key insight into different team dynamics and a model to drive elevation out of the drama that can interrupt team performance. A structure for driving transparent lines of accountability, and how to increase ownership across the business. 

November – Driving Healthy Conflict & Navigating Difficult Conversations – An overview of conflict types, and how both your own, and that of your team, can determine the outcome of issue resolution. We will provide you with models to navigate difficult conversations, and encourage positive conflict for business improvement.  

December – Conscious Leadership And Development Of Your Future Vision – We will consolidate all of the learning to date into your future leadership toolkit, whilst also working on your conscious leadership style. We will then work with you to finalise a future vision for both you & your team following completion of the programme. 


  • Six full days of delivery with live troubleshooting and peer round table sessions
  • A complete toolkit and set of resources to integrate into your business in between sessions
  • An individual behavioural map, our signature tool based on metaprograms that outlines working strengths and development areas 
  • An individual 1-2-1 coaching session with either Sarah or Laura, both are qualified behavioural change coaches
  • Lunch on delivery days and a wrap up dinner with the group


Our signature programme will help women leaders build an expanded leadership toolkit that impacts both you and your organisation. Key takeaways will include: 

  1. Enhanced communication and influencing skills that support you in inspiring others, securing respect and impactfully influencing key stakeholders
  2. Development of an authentic leadership style that helps you create followers and lead with purpose, especially during times of change or uncertainty
  3. Insight that elevates self belief and confidence with self reflection into your own ability for growth and transformation
  4. Tools to develop the mindset needed to manage multiple identities, restore balance, and excel in all key areas of your life
  5. A better understanding into both your own motivations, and those of your team and key stakeholders to elevate your relationships and influence
  6. Creation of a personal growth plan with actionable steps for ongoing development and increased impact, both in your role, and overall as a leader
  7. An established peer group of other women business leaders to act as ongoing mentors, role models and sounding boards


As an organisation we know it is important to look at the ROI of any training investment. Our programme provides a number of key takeaways not just for women leaders attending, but also for their organisations, including: 

  1. Enhanced performance of your executive team through more diversity with experienced female leaders
  2. The opportunity to invest and develop high potential female leaders for growth in your business
  3. Creation of key female role models and mentors for your future aspiring female leaders
  4. Accelerated career development and foster opportunities for women to strengthen their skills and increase their corporate exposure
  5. Increase the effectiveness of current female leaders to maximise their impact
  6. Build a gender-balanced workforce, tapping the full potential of women in support of business success


“Loved every moment. Sarah and Laura are so inspiring and the programme has really changed my outlook. I can’t wait to put what I’ve learned into practice…”

“So often women in leadership roles can be seen as bossy, when men are just seen as ambitious, it was really useful to explore ways to elevate influence while still remaining authentic to myself.” 

“From someone with some challenges with self belief, it was refreshing to see that everyone has some similar issues, albeit on a different scale, and learn techniques to elevate my own self development.”

“Amazing things happen when you put together a group of smart women and give them the right environment to develop and share ideas.”


Laura Weaving  – Laura is the Founder and Managing Director of Duo, and has an extensive background in organisational culture, recruitment, people and HR strategy for growth focussed businesses. Prior to establishing Duo, Laura set up and managed several other high growth international businesses, providing her with key experience in navigating the ever changing complexities of diverse organisational landscapes. 

In addition to leading the vision and growth strategy for Duo, and delivering strategic insight for Duo’s clients, Laura also holds a number of external positions within other high growth businesses, steering groups and boards, giving her a well rounded view of the people challenges, and solutions, needed for high growth businesses to be successful.

Laura Mobile: 07739 632387  

Email: laura@duoglobalconsulting.com 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauraweavingduo/

Sarah Callender Sarah is the Commercial Director of Duo, driving the commercial strategy both internally, and externally with clients. Sarah’s wealth of business knowledge perfectly places her to work with growth focussed businesses on leading and navigating strategic change. Sarah’s previous experience includes co-founding a number of technology businesses – focusing on taking new products and services to market, managing collaborative projects and leading on investment decisions. Add to this, her previous experience as a business adviser working with SMEs across a wide range of sectors, and her current external positions on a number of steering groups and boards, she has detailed and ongoing insight the challenges high growth businesses face.

Sarah Mobile: 07803 629493  

Email: sarah@duoglobalconsulting.com 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahcallender/

Both Laura and Sarah are qualified performance and behavioural change coaches, and this, alongside experience and a passion for working with women business leaders, led them to create a specific programme aimed at women looking to elevate in their leadership roles.