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Blog – Effective Leadership in a Changing World

“With everything you do, whether you know it or not, you are leading. And the only constant in this world is change.”

As we mark a year since the UK first went into lockdown, this statement seems all the more poignant. We’ve just gone through a year of households and workplaces adapting to changes that were previously unimaginable. While some changes are imposed and others are chosen, all changes require strong leadership. And as we all know from personal experience, change is inevitable.

Julie Hogbin, the founder of Conscious Leadership, is an expert on change management.

“In reality, all of us are managing change all the time. And the more change you have experienced, the better you will be at leading through it.”

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CamAWiSE Mentoring Programme 2021

We are thrilled to announce that the CamAWiSE Mentoring programme is now open for applications! If you have an interest in STEMM and are looking for a professional development opportunity that can help you gain new skills and make new connections, then do take the step and participate in our Mentoring programme. 

The CamAWiSE Mentoring Programme launched in 2020 as a pilot, and following the success of that initial cohort, we are running the programme again in 2021 – you can read more about the experience at the programme in this interview with Becky Hall, one of the 2020 mentors. Applications to the Mentoring programme are now open until March 12

The programme runs for six months, from April to September 2021. Anyone with an academic or a professional interest in STEMM can apply, independent of whether you are located in Cambridge or elsewhere. Participants will be provided with documentation and support by CamAWiSE as they progress through the programme, CamAWiSE will also run an online orientation session at the launch of the programme where we will cover mentoring, the schedule of the programme and some tips for developing the mentoring relationship. Further information about the programme is available in the participant Handbook.

We welcome applications from both mentors and mentees. There is no prior knowledge of mentoring required to participate as a mentor and there are no gender restrictions. 

If you have a question or would like to know more about the programme, please do contact us at

Do not have time now to participate? Do not worry, why not join CamAWiSE as a member or sign up for our newsletter where we provide regular updates on our events and activities.

Blog – Strategic Leadership

Today, humans spend a vast amount of time in organisational contexts, always interacting with others, working towards a shared goal. The ability to effectively communicate shared goals, manage teams and individuals is, hence,  of tremendous value in work, volunteering and even in personal relationships.

Despite leadership advice often focusing on changing the individual and sometimes going as far as advising to manipulate others, not much of the popularly shared articles and TED talks approach leadership from an angle of approaching co-workers and stakeholders from a point of curiosity and connection.

However, even in an increasingly tech-driven world, it is vital to use emotional intelligence to lead strategically, explains Kalai Vanii Jayaseelan. Kalai is a former bioinformatician, co-founder of Sukhaatma where she trained hundreds of employees and leaders worldwide in tech, healthcare, research, and change-making.

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Blog – A Bold Step into the Leadership Mindset

Women have always possessed the cards in knowledge-sharing, network building, collaborative work practises, flexibility and empathy. These are some of the key components, which are stacked in their favour when it comes to leadership. As we step into the new year, these are now non-negotiable in developing the mindset of a good leader.

Closely acquainted with 2020, the year brought with it a plethora of examples of good leadership. Some are widely known in the greater successful-management to contain the Coronavirus in female-led countries. (As an interesting side note, only 7% of the world’s leaders are women.) This well-examined insight has shown women’s leadership as more democratic, collaborative, communications-led and connective.

It was through much coaching and development, Naily Makangu (Founder and Business Transformation Consultant at Athena Leaders) found her voice. Naily (the Mary Poppins of Business Transformation), the workshop facilitator, started her professional career as a Software Engineer. Initially, she faced contradictive comments about her ability, that created a negative voice in her head. As a result she shared new ideas less often. Her route of self-analysis led to the change in her behaviour and examine the notion of “What if I do something different?”. It was the watershed moment most in transit to leadership are introduced to – You do not need permission to make your change…

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Blog – The CamAWiSE Mentoring Programme: An Interview with Mentor Becky Hall

At CamAWiSE we believe that mentoring brings many benefits to personal and professional development. Mentoring allows the development of new skills, learning about other roles or career paths and opportunities for expanding our networks.

In 2020, CamAWiSE launched a pilot Mentoring programme to support the professional development of women in STEMM and to facilitate connections among professionals in the local community. The programme included twelve pairs of mentor and mentees, who developed relationships and supported each other through a rather challenging year. 

We wanted to learn a bit more about the participants’ experience and so we asked one of our mentors, Becky Hall about her perspective participating in the programme. Becky is Internal Communications Manager at the semiconductor and software design company Arm, and was Chair of CIPR East Anglia from 2018 until the end of 2020.

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