I'd like to host the
Learning Marathon in London
Hi I'm Joy. I want to host a multidisciplinary peer group for women of colour 35+ who want to (or are starting to) move into leadership roles. Help me launch by letting me know you might be interested.
What's the Learning Marathon?
A 6 month learning accelerator where you grow yourself, together with a dozen peers, each tackling a different challenge.
With support from your host, you pool your ideas, skills, experience, perspectives and momentum to create a rich 'soil' that will fuel your growth. Together you take on the Path, 6 months of activities designed to maximise your collective potential.
Your host is Joy Beishon. Professionally, her career has spanned research, policy and public affairs. She's held senior management and leadership roles within both public and voluntary sector organisations. She says:
"I'm a mentor and skilled facilitator in supporting others to develop their confidence, creativity and leadership. Black women have different experiences while striving for career success - there are few role models and a lack of support that acknowledges and understands intersectionality barriers.
As a black woman - I'm tired of not seeing women of colour in executive roles and seeing brilliant women of colour held-back by self-doubt, perfectionism, societal and workplace biases.
My motivation to host a Learning Marathon is to create an opportunity to foster personal and professional growth and bridge the gap of support - giving women of colour access to a strong network, equipping ourselves and each other with the tools to navigate the workplace, thrive professionally and step up into leadership roles."
Dates and details
What does the programme look like?
All the detail is here. The Learning Marathon is designed to fit alongside work. Fortnightly meetups are therefore on weekday evenings and longer intensive days tend to be over the weekend.
What's the application process like?
The application process is simple. You'll tell us a bit about yourself and make a short proposal for the project you'll work on via an application form. If you're shortlisted you will have an interview with your host over the phone.
What's the time commitment?
The guideline we give is that you will need to be able to commit 5+ hours per week. Some weeks it will be more, other weeks it may be less. Some of this time will be spent in meetups and workshops, some of it will be self-initiated.
What do we look for in participants?
Commitment to a Learning Question that you will pursue as a self-led project.
Real interest in learning with and from a group of peers. You'll have great listening skills and be able to work in collaboration, articulate your ideas and make them visible.
A proactive spirit. You come with lots of ideas and creative energy to make them a reality.
We also welcome applications from pairs or collaborators working on the same goal or project.
Your host will be thinking about the range of skills and attributes that applicants will bring, looking for connections between Learning Questions, and aiming to connect you to peers who will multiply your learning.
Expressions of interest
You can help Joy launch her peer group by making an expression of interest and/or spreading the word. You'll be first to know when applications open. You can send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.