School of Business

transformative leadership programme designed for women who aspire to break new ground in their professional lives. Our programme offers a blend of theoretical knowledge, practical skills and personalised coaching to empower women to lead with confidence, authenticity and impact.

Beyond Boundaries takes place in person over four days, split into two sessions with a residential overnight stay for each block. This ensures a focused learning experience while fostering strong connections and networking amongst participants. One of the highlights of the programme is the networking dinners, held on the residential nights where you will be joined by guests from various industries, providing opportunities to hear from influential speakers and further build your professional network.

This transformative programme is designed to enhance your inclusive leadership skills, boost your confidence, help you navigate your future career plans and expand your professional network. I encourage all aspiring female executive leaders to invest in their future and join me in leading with positive impact.

Kerry Law, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Professional Services)

How will it benefit me?

The coaching delivery approach will provide a space for you to explore your strengths and areas you want to work on combined with practical exercises to develop these skills and try new techniques.

Key topics within the programme include:

  • Self-awareness and confidence
  • Leadership skills
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Navigating gender dynamics
  • Personal and professional development
  • Change management
  • Inclusive leadership

Programme structure

Session A

Day one: A full day focused on the role of women in leadership, identifying our strengths as leaders and bringing into focus some of the barrier that we may face. The day will finish with some self-assessment exercises and reflections to identify our future goals. The day is concluded with an evening meal and networking event with special guests.

Day two: After an optional wellbeing activity, the day begins with exploring emotional intelligence in leadership before moving onto understanding different leadership styles. We will focus on decision-making, having constructive conversations and being heard.

Session B

Day three: A full day focussed on building and managing inclusive teams, leading and supporting change and being agile in a hybrid world. The day will conclude with an evening meal and networking with special guests.

Day four: Starting with an optional wellbeing activity, the final day of the programme explores personal branding, networking, mentorship and self-care strategies before concluding with the writing of our individual leadership development plans.

Who should attend?

This programme is designed for women in mid-to-senior level positions who are looking to enhance their leadership skills, build a powerful network, and achieve their career aspirations.

Your facilitators

Victoria Demery

Victoria Demery leaning against sofaVictoria is the Organisational Development Specialist in the team, having joined the University in 2022. A nurse by background, Victoria's passion has always been in supporting others to thrive.  She is a qualified coaching professional specialising in creative coaching.

With a background in organisational governance, project and programme management, transformation and quality improvement, Victoria has a broad range of skills and experience that support her role in the University, which she regularly draws upon in her interactions with others.

Victoria is a married mum of two children and enjoys the hectic life that this brings to her world.  She uses a holistic approach in her support of others, knowing all too well that we are not simply defined by the role we currently hold at work.

Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones sitting outside on a bench at BrookfieldDeborah is a Master practitioner in systemic team coaching and leadership development consultant and coach, developing and coaching leaders for over 20 years.

In her earlier career she worked in financial services, developing new products and services and launching them to market including egg plc (Prudential), Alliance and Leicester, and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Deborah has coached and mentored teams and leaders from private and public sector organisations across Europe and the UK. She is trained in using physical intelligence techniques to reduce stress and she is also trained to coach people with dyslexia and dyspraxia. 

Forthcoming dates

Our first programme dates are:

  • Session A: 18 and 19 November 2024
  • Session B: 6 and 7 February 2025


The programme will be held at College Court Conference Centre and Hotel in Leicester. College Court offers excellent facilities, accommodation and an ideal environment for learning and reflection.


The total cost for the programme is £2,200. This fee includes all workshops, materials, accommodation and meals. An introductory offer of £2,000 is available if you book your place before 1 August 2024.

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Ready to take the next step in your leadership journey? Spaces are limited so secure your place today.

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