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Inspiring Stories

Every day at The Glass Lift we meet and hear stories of successful women; role models who inspire us and affirm our belief that there is a place for more women like them, to be engaged in leading at all levels within organisations

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ELEVATE Member – A portrait of Linda Heaney

Linda Heaney is Consultant Psychiatrist at Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership Trust. Along with her clinical role she works one day week as Training Programme Director at Severn Deanery……… Linda was at her first ELEVATE residential with The Glass Lift team. She looked at the menu for dinner, and her heart sank. Gravadlax. What on earth was that? ‘I thought that gravadlax was the sort of thing that leaders ate all the time, and I was not one of those people….. so I couldn’t be a leader.’ Linda realised early on in the ELEVATE programme that she had a fixed view of leadership. Leaders, in Linda’s mind, were driven, type A, alpha types. Outspoken. People who felt on top of what they were doing and that other people listened to. And often Linda felt that she, and other female colleagues that she’d observed, had ‘hidden behind smartly dressed men in…

Wise words from Clare Balding

Its just great when you come across wonderful women speaking wise words. At The Glass Lift we love the What I see project and one of our favourite interviews is with Clare Balding, the BBC sports presenter, who talks about her life and career. In the interview Clare highlights the importance of female role models paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps. She also shares her view that happiness comes from having something to focus on.  She says “slow your brain down and find one thing, be it music, sport even video games, which make you concentrate.” Work and walking also make her happy. She advises women not to let fear of failure hold them back, she believes that women can hold themselves back because they’re afraid of failing. She says we all make mistakes, but it’s about picking yourself up and learning from it. Finally, to the question “what do you see…


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