Women and Breakthrough Leadership

“This is a really good course as it stands and has a great facilitator”

Team leader, Department for Education

Although women are now more visible in public leadership roles, there is no denying that they are still under-represented at the top levels. This highly practical programme addresses the issues and the challenges women face in leadership and offers advice and approaches based on what is proven to work well in terms of leading, managing and preparing for a career change or promotion.

By taking a highly practical, honest approach to the barriers facing women striving for a leadership position, and how they can be overcome, this one-day course offers delegates unique  tips, insights and tactics for successful leadership and management, as well as exploring steps that delegates can take in the lead-up to a change in role.

Besides drawing on the trainer’s personal and vast experience the programme provides a coaching/mentoring teaching method that provide opportunities for personal reflection and support.

Women in Breakthrough Leadership is a unique and innovative course featured in the Civil Service College Leadership and Management series. At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  

Key features of the course include:

  • Leadership and gender: stereotypes and realities
  • Identifying and dealing with issues and barriers to advancement faced by women in the workplace
  • Recognising and dealing with common mistakes and traps faced by women
  • Breaking through: establishing your brand and your story
  • Networks, support mechanisms and managing work-life balance

Designed for:

Women at any level and in any sector interested in developing their careers or refreshing their leadership approach, presence and impact.

Learning outcomes:

Learning from peers who are in similar position, delegates will be able to tackle stereotypes and invisible barriers to women’s advancement on the career ladder. Delegates will also have a new appreciation of themselves as leaders and managers, a greater understanding of themselves as prospective candidates for career change and new insights into the ways selection and promotion panels work. 




10:00 - 17:00


£750 + VAT


St James’s Park, London


25 April 2017 Book

16 October 2017 Book

Course Trainer

Giorgina Soane

With over thirty years’ experience working at the centre of UK Government, Giorgina has profound and practical experience of Civil Service improvement and transformation strategies, as well as operational implementation experience and expertise in leadership development.

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Giorgina Soane

Working at the centre of UK Government for over thirty years, Giorgina has profound and practical experience of Civil Service improvement and transformation strategies especially departmental Policy Reviews; Efficiency Reviews and Capability Reviews; organisation-wide and personal performance management.

Giorgina has operational implementation experience, expertise in leadership development and talent management. She developed and led the High Potential Development Scheme, the Director General and Permanent Secretary Development programmes and the Top 200 induction programme. She also led the annual Civil Service talent management review reporting to the Cabinet Secretary, set up internal cross departmental mobility channels for senior staff and those in the talent pipeline.

Giorgina majored in bringing on diverse talent through Pathways Leaders Unlimited; the Disability Bursary Scheme; Elevator Partnerships and Flexi-Exec for women. She supported the bringing in agenda to encourage Private Sector staff to join the Public Sector. 

As well as working at the centre of government, Giorgina has local delivery experience. In the Crown Prosecution Service, Giorgina was Head of HR strategy, organisational development and change management; leadership, learning and development; and recruitment/progression including talent management and graduate and senior appointments, whose processes she transformed. Her work on CPS senior recruitment transformed the diversity of the CPS top team and in 2010 she led the downsizing of the CPS senior administrative team (reducing numbers from 16 to 7-8), achieving the government targets for CPS three years early.

Georgina is also an accredited Myers Briggs facilitator and coach. She was previously a senior Board member and Trustee of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


  • Accredited Myers Briggs facilitator and coach

"Having small groups allows us to have more time for the trainer to suit individual needs."

New Forest District Council

"It was excellent - small numbers allows maximum facilitation."

Director of Public Affairs, Advertising Association

"Brilliant trainer - very welcoming and made me feel at ease and confident in sharing sensitive information."

Department of Health

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