Authentic Tech Leaders Mentorship Programme
Tap into the resilience you need to speak up and be you, so that you can make your difference in the world of tech.
An 8-week programme of online training and group coaching.
The next cohort starts in January 2021.
Do you want to be a leader who makes a Positive difference?
The Authentic Tech Leaders Mentorship programme is for you if:
- you want to have more impact in your day to day work.
- you have ideas that could make a difference to the world of tech, but struggle to be heard.
- you are tired of adapting who you are so people will listen to you.
- you find yourself torn between fitting in and staying true to yourself.
In this 8 week programme I will help you connect more deeply with who you are, what’s important to you and share an understanding of state of mind which will give you the resilience to lead from your heart and soul to make your difference in the world.
Hi, I’m Emma,
I’ve worked in tech for the last 20 years, mostly at the forefront of new tech development and supporting the adoption of innovative new ideas into the industry.
Having seen how the tech world is evolving, and the huge potential it has to impact on our lives, I think it’s more important than ever before that this tech is developed by people with a diverse set of perspectives.
Technology has the potential to change our lives for the better, but to do so, it needs leaders who are coming from a place of authenticity and resilience to influence its development and how it is applied. It needs a diverse group of leaders who are true to themselves and able to represent and listen to different perspectives so that they make decisions which serve us all.
But when you’re in the minority in an industry it can be hard to speak out and be heard.
I know – I’ve been there. While the number of women (and non-white males) in the tech industry is slowly growing, the diversity of perspectives is lagging behind. When you’re busy and overworked it’s hard to find the energy to speak out and stand up for what you believe in. It’s much easier to fit in.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Over the last few years I’ve been introduced to an understanding of our psychology that has given me new insight around stress and overwhelm, as well as connecting me with a deeper resilience and self-belief that has given me the strength to tune in to what’s important to me, speak out more, and make the leap into setting up a business. It’s also helped me see that I can do all this in a fun, playful and enjoyable way.
This is the motivation for this mentorship programme:
- It’s about helping the future leaders of the tech industry tune into what’s important and find the resilience to speak out, so that they can influence the development of tech to the benefit of us all.
- It’s about sharing with you the understanding that has helped me to find my voice, and take a leap into the unknown, knowing I can make a difference.
- It’s about helping you find your path, and to know that you are resilient enough to follow it too.
- And it’s about having some fun, being playful and finding our balance along the way.
This 8 week programme will...
- help you reconnect with who you are, what you stand for and the difference you can make in the world
- give you the space to explore what leadership means to you, and develop your own leadership style
- help you find your innate resilience, so you are better able to cope with whatever life throws at you
- introduce you to a new and simple understanding of state of mind which will have a revolutionary impact on your life
- do all of this and feel less stressed and overwhelmed and more playful and adventurous.
The next round of this programme will start in January 2021.
We’ll plan to start recruiting the next cohort of students over the next few weeks – if you’d like me to let you know when it opens, please sign up for the mailing list here.
Do you have ideas you want to get into the tech world, if only “they” would listen?
Do you find you have to be someone you’re not in order to be heard?
Have you ever thought about how much of a toll this is taking on you? It may start as something small, but over time, continuously having to prove yourself to be someone you are not, builds up and drains your energy. It makes you less creative and intuitive, affects your performance and your ability to shine.
When we show up in life with authenticity, we take on a different persona. The people we engage with see this and are drawn to us in new ways.
When we’re proud of who we are, believe in ourselves and feel like we can deal with anything life throws at us, we lead differently.
We are less controlling, more open, more innovative and more creative.
Things just seem to flow, we are less attached to making things happen, and we have more impact.
This is what’s inspired me to set up my Authentic Tech Leaders mentorship programme.
It’s an 8-week programme designed to deepen your understanding of yourself, what’s important to you and to build the confidence and resilience you need to take your message out into the world.
It is also a community of others also facing similar challenges. It’s a place where you can show up, be authentic and fit in, giving you a new energy to take your authentic self into the world.
But it doesn’t end after 8 weeks. You will retain access for the lifetime of the group. So you can re-do it as many times as you want, and connect with new cohorts as they join.
The second cohort for this programme kicks off in January 2021 with a limited number of people.
Would you like to be one of them?
This mentorship programme is designed for those who are in, or ready to step into, a position of leadership in the tech world, and who want to do this in a way which is truly authentic to them.
It will take place in a small, dedicated, private Facebook community, where you will be able to connect and share your learnings with others as you go through your journey.
Over the course of 8 weeks, I will introduce you to an understanding of your state of mind and the impact it can have on your everyday life. This understanding will weave through the weeks, allowing us to explore it from multiple perspectives.
This understanding won’t come just through my teaching, you will need to go and test it out for yourself, and see that it makes sense. This is the basis for the structure of the course.
Each week I will share content and ideas around a theme for you to take into your work and life to test, observe and explore. As you do you’ll get moments of insight, and your understanding will deepen.
I will be active in the group, to answer questions and guide you, and each week I will host an online group coaching call, allowing you to ask questions, share your insights, and hear those of others.
Those who are part of the programme will also be able to book discounted one-to-one coaching sessions with me.
You will receive access to the community, the content and group coaching for the lifetime of the community, meaning there is no pressure to “do” everything in these 8 weeks – if you get busy you can come back to it when it suits you.
The Next cohort will kick off In January 2021, with limited places.
Each week will be themed around different perspective. This is the current outline for the themes.
As this is the first time running the programme, they may shift slightly according to the needs of the group.
Week 1 - Know Your Mission
We start with you. What’s important to you? What do you believe in? What are you passionate about? What difference do you want to see in the world?
Knowing who you are and what you believe in gives you the foundation to turn up authentically, be consistent and be you.
Week 2 - Create Time For The Important Stuff
Most of us are just too busy to fit anything more into our lives, but we often don’t question what we’re doing deeply enough.
This week is all about taking a look at our commitments and figuring out what we want to keep doing and what we could do less of.
Week 3 - Put Yourself First
It’s so easy to put others’ needs ahead of our own, especially if we tend to get drawn towards people-pleasing.
For this week we will experiment with putting your needs first, practising self-care and seeing the impact.
Week 4 - Understanding State Of Mind
The first 3 weeks are focused on you – helping you to get to know yourself better, understanding where you are and what you want to create a foundation on which to build.
In week 4 we will bring this together by sharing how your mind works, how it influences the way show up in work and life.
Week 5 - You As An Authentic Leader
This week we’re focusing in on what it means to be a leader, and how ensure we remain authentic.
Over the course of the week we’ll develop our mission into a vision and start to explore how you can communicate this to others.
Week 6 - Connect With Others
You can’t be a leader without having followers. For people to follow you need to have influence. To have authentic influence you need to connect.
This week is focused on building connections with others, and how you can use those connections to research your vision.
Week 7 - See Your Innate Resilience
Life can be tough. Others may disagree with how we think the world should work and what will make a difference.
Things will go wrong, there will be obstacles. This is part of life.
What helps us at these times is knowing that we are resilient. Tuning into that resilience is the theme of the week.
Week 8 - Get In The Flow
We’re all part of nature, and have the energy of life flowing through us. That energy is powerful. It guides us and nudges us. When we stay centred and open, things have a tendency to work out.
In the final week, we will consciously step back from pushing to achieve and follow the flow and be open to see what happens!
If these themes resonate with you and you’re ready to dive into the training to explore them in more detail, join us on this programme.
Special Offer - Additional Coaching Package
The mentorship programme comes with weekly group coaching sessions and my ongoing support within the facebook group, and as the places on the course are limited to 12, you will receive a good level of support from me.
However if you would like to take the opportunity to deepen your learning further through one-to-one coaching in parallel, I’m offering you the chance to buy a package of one-to-one coaching sessions at a discounted price before the programme kicks off.
For being part of the programme you will be able to book a coaching session with me for just £125.
Pay for 4 sessions before the course kicks off and you will receive an additional session – that’s 5 sessions for £500.
There’s no commitment for this now, just register your interest when you pay for the programme and I’ll send you the details to settle the remander before the programme kicks off.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does all of this fit with my current role or job?
It’s too easy get caught up in the delivery what we think our role is, but roles can have many different interpretations and perspectives. If someone else was doing your role I’m sure they would do it differently – so there is a different way!
This programme will give you the opportunity to step back and take a look at what’s important to you, and then look at your job from a new perspective. In particular it will encourage you to look at how you can use the role as an opportunity to achieve your mission, and give you the tools to have conversations about how you can shift the job to suit you.
You’ll come away from the programme with a better understanding of the different interpretations and decide which interpretation works best for you.
I'm not sure I can consistently find the time over the 8 weeks - should I wait until I can?
Only you can decide if this is the right time for you to do this.
Having said that, if you’re waiting for a clear 8 weeks when you can focus on a programme like this, it’s unlikely it will ever come.
I know you’re busy, I know you’re overwhelmed. I know you have pressure from all over the place, not just your job. That’s why Week 2 of the programme is specifically focused on creating time for the important stuff. Sometimes we need a bit of help or a new perspective to make the time.
On top of that, the understanding I share in this programme will help you find the time, not just in week 2 – it permeates the whole programme.
And, most importantly, there really is no pressure to complete it all in the 8 weeks. While some of the learning will build on on top of earlier learnings as the programme goes on, if you do it out of order it doesn’t matter. And you’ll have access to the content to repeat for the lifetime of the group – so you can always come back to the bits you miss, either on your own or with the next cohort.
Being completely honest – you’ll get the most learning out of this programme if you have got stuff going on in the background – because it will mean you have real things to go out there and apply it to. This training isn’t theoretical. The more you can apply it to the tough situations, the more insight you will get and the more you will learn.
The main question to ask yourself now is if this is something that you would like to do? If the answer is yes, then if not now, then when?
What's this understanding you keep going on about?
The understanding that underpins this programme was first shared by a Scottish welder named Sydney Banks. It is a simple description of how our minds work and how we experience the world.
It is has been referred to as the inside out understanding, the three principles, and health realisation amongst other things. You may recognise elements of mindfulness, of neurolinguistic programming, and cognitive based therapy alongside other treatments and approaches that are out there.
I’ve explored many of these alternative approaches and have found them useful. The thing I find most useful about this understanding is that it’s not trying to “be” anything except a simple description of how our minds work. It doesn’t say what to do – that interpretation is up to you. What it continuously does is point you to look towards what is true, and be open to question anything that isn’t.
I know this can sound vague and very “woo-woo”, but I have seen and experienced many practical applications of it, and have observed massive changes in my life as a result.
I won’t be asking you to just accept anything I share. I will be encouraging you to maintain an open mind, test things out, see if they could be true – and decide whether or not to absorb it into your life.
How do you intend to balance the needs of the group across different responsibilities and challenges?
Underpinning this programme is an understanding of your state of mind and the impact it can have on your life. This applicable for everyone, no matter what background, responsibility or challenge (see question above).
The content I share and the discussions we have will continually be exploring this understanding, and in that way it makes it relevant to everyone.
You can get new insight about your own challenges by listening to someone else explore a challenge that you couldn’t imagine showing up in your life – and this will be part of the learning.
Learning to do this will also help you relate to challenges faced by colleagues and others in your life that you hadn’t previously appreciated that you could help with.
I'm interested, but I'd like to speak to you about it first, how do I do this?
I know there are likely to be plenty of questions that I haven’t answered here.
I’m happy to have a chat and talk you through any of your questions or concerns.
Book a call with me and I’ll help you figure out if this is right for you.
Ready to go for it?
I’d love to have you on the programme!