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The AllBright Academy empowers women to jumpstart their careers

Time to shatter the glass ceiling.

Launched early last year the AllBright club is a women’s only member club with the goal of empowering women and encouraging sisterhood. And about time, really. We live in an era where feminism is no longer a dirty word and cracks are appearing all over that glass ceiling, yet the gender pay gap still rumbles on and the number of female chief executives in the UK’s top listed 350 companies continues to shrink. With this in mind founders Debbie Wosskow OBE, entrepreneur, and Anna Jones, former CEO of Hearst Magazines, took the step of creating a space where women can empower each other, both professionally and personally, and make great things happen in the process. Named after Madeleine Albright (of the “there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” speech) the club in a short time has become a beacon for women who aren’t afraid to strive for more.

As part of the club’s initiative The AllBright Academy was launched too – a free 10-week digital professional development programme aimed at helping women to take the next step with their business, no matter what stage they’re at. The Academy aims to arm women with the tools,  advice and, importantly, confidence, needed to propel them forwards, based on a digital specific curriculum and culminating in a celebration of  their achievements. Open to everyone the Academy celebrates female talent and has so far included mentoring from the likes of Cath Kidston, Olympic Gold Medalist Christa Cullen MBE, TV Presenter Kate Thornton, Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Farah Storr.

“Being part of a ‘work sisterhood’- a supportive network that collaborates and shares advice –is at the heart of what the AllBright Academy is aimed towards and we look forward to watching our family of women thrive in their working lives and develop their career journeys,” says Jones. “It still remains that one in 10 UK women want to start their own business but they don’t – it is essential that more women are encouraged to elevate themselves to senior positions, and at the AllBright Academy we aim to do just that, by playing a positive role in reducing the gender imbalance in leadership roles,” continues Wosskow.

Want in? Then you’re in luck as the enrolment for January’s AllBright Academy is open until January 25, with the first course beginning on February 4.

To find out more or to register your interest visit www.allbrightcollective.com/about-academy/  

17 January 2019