September? Already? Are you sure? I don’t know how you feel about reaching the start of a new academic year, but if you’re anything like me there will be a sense of disbelief that we’ve already reached the month of September and you’ll be looking back wondering exactly where January to August 2016 went!
It is important to look back, to reflect and learn the lessons from the past, but it is also a time to look forward, to think about new beginnings, to reconnect with friends after the holiday season. This is the first update that I have edited solely after Lizzie Telfer’s departure, it is a new beginning for me and for the network. What new beginnings are you facing in the next few days, weeks and months?
September is the month of our equipping day and AGM (more details below). We are really excited to have Anne Calver joining us and we are looking forward to being challenged and equipped by the thinking Anne will be sharing with us.
Wherever you find yourself when this update hits your inbox, grab a cuppa (and perhaps even a biscuit) and take some time to engage with the thinking of your fellow network members.
PS – Please see the request for contributions at the end of the update. Sophia is a network that functions at its best when the people who form the network are contributing to the collective and collaborative learning of us all.
Sophia Network Equipping Day 2016
We have an exciting equipping day planned for Saturday 17 September in Birmingham. Minister, author and speaker - Anne Calver - will be joining us to explore the theme - Outnumbered; Learning to Lean In. The event is free (we just ask for a donation to cover a yummy lunch). You can book online here.
Come and be inspired, equipped and encouraged to fulfil your leadership potentially by being authentically you.
In a feature that we first published in our last update, but was so good we wanted to share it again after the holiday season, Chine McDonald discusses subconscious patriarchy and leaves us with a few examples of how she challenges the thoughts in her head.
In 'Reflective Leadership Corner' Tami Zacharias introduces us to the idea of 'Values in Leadership' sharing a recent example of how she has engaged with these and leaving us with a pertinent challenge for the start of a new academic year.
Could you contribute? Sophia is a network that functions at its best when the people who form the network are contributing to the collective and collaborative learning of us all.