The world of business and indeed the world is facing numerous challenges of great complexity; times of uncertainty and seeming chaos. How shall we respond?
What can we do that will be meaningful, useful and transformative? On whom and what can we rely? Such questions can provoke, challenge, excite - even terrify us!
What seems likely is that we will need radical interventions - radical because the old ways that got us here are unlikely to help us move forward. And yet what might those radical interventions be? Radical suggests wacky, wild, extreme - for some, radical means engaging in something that would simply be 'unconscionable'. Yet where does that leave us? Stuck with where we are and with what brought us here.
I have been taking note of the evidence that shows how few women occupy the most senior leadership positions across the world in business, politics and communities. What does this mean? What if the balance was more representative of the population? Would our world be any different? Of course, we cannot know for sure that it would... however the fact that such questions are being asked, suggests that perhaps something better might be possible.
What has intrigued me for many months was having a sense that there was something to be done to support women in senior positions and yet feeling very uncomfortable about coming up with offers of what that support might be. How could I possibly know?
As I spoke to friends and colleagues about this dilemma, clarity began to emerge. From embryonic conversations between 2 women and then 3 and 4 and now 6, the idea for this 'gathering' was borne. It was to be a gathering in which those present would bring together their talents, wisdom and passion to begin to address the central concerns facing us. We envisaged this to be a space of inquiry and discovery in which we could begin a dialogue that would unfold into new possibilities, new partnerships, new approaches of engaging with the challenges of our time. And out of this context we would come to know what support would help us and others on the way.
150 personally invited senior women in Scotland will be gathering together having said Yes! to our invitation: 'Inspiring women leaders... dare we?' Yes indeed we do!