Rotherham based businesswoman and Connect Yorkshire member, Jackie Cook has become a UK stockist for Leaders in Heels products.
Leaders in Heels is an Australian concept that has an online community and a stationery brand created to nurture, inspire and empower women. They design inspirational stationery to help women develop habits of successful leaders and to encourage them to go after their dreams and make their mark on the world.
Jackie Cook, Managing Director and Founder of CQ Strategic Marketing and CQ Marketing Academy, said “I am delighted to promote the Leaders in Heels brand in the UK, these products have helped me identify my goals and develop actions plans to achieve success both personally and professionally, keeping me focused and positive on a day-to-day basis.”
“With all the media attention on the gender pay gap I see these products as great tools to support other business women, who frequently have ‘imposter syndrome’ and listen too much to their ‘inner critic’ instead of believing in themselves and pursuing their dreams.”
“I work in the still very male-dominated sector of manufacturing and engineering, according to the latest report from Engineering UK only 12% of those working in engineering are female. The sector has a large skills shortage with the industry needing 203,000 people with Level 3+ engineering skills every year to meet demand through to 2024. Many of my clients are facing this issue on a day to day basis struggling to hire the skills they need, with many of them reintroducing apprenticeship schemes to develop the skills required in-house.”
A report produced by WISE Campaign in June 2018 supports the business case for increasing diversity particularly in these industries includes:
Better choice of skilled workers
Better platform for innovation and creativity
Better workforce productivity
Better customer experience
Better financial performance
Organisations that lead the way on gender diversity so often lead on performance and even profitability. Those that ignore diversity risk losing out to the competition. This is not, of course, simple cause and effect. But the correlation between improved diversity and business results is striking.
Kasia Gospos, Founder of Leaders in Heels said “I created the Leaders in Heels Manifesto to bring to life the main qualities that make you a Leader in Heels, successful and good at what you do in your daily life – moving up the corporate ladder, turning passion to profit and empowering other women to also reach their potential.”
“Leaders in Heels content, stationery, e-books and events are inspired by our manifesto – a set of ideas and traits exemplified by the dynamic and successful women in the community. Through our work we strive to encourage women to follow their passion, be creative and innovative in their lives, feel confident and determined in their endeavours and to maintain a kind heart on the path to success.”
Government figures for women on boards of FTSE companies published on 6th February by BoardEx, a business intelligence provider, show:
FTSE 100 is at 28.7%, up from 27.7% in October
FTSE 250 is at 23.4%, up from 22.8%
FTSE 350 is at 25.2%, up from 24.5%
All-male boards are down from 10 to 8
The number of women Chairs across the FTSE 350 has gone up from 17 to 20.
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