Written by Amy Andrews • Published 9th October 2018 • 3 minute read
The coaching and training industry is estimated to be worth over $2 billion globally, with 80% of people who receive coaching reporting an increased self confidence in the work place. Likewise, with 86% of businesses having claimed that they have recouped their investment on training, this industry shows no signs of slowing any time soon.
Irrespective of an employee’s experience and seniority, everyone has the potential to improve their current business practices and workplace performance – and both employees and employers are now waking up to the potential untapped value professional coaching can provide.
Here are four leading women bringing coaching to the forefront of the business landscape to transform the future.
Lucidity was founded in 2015 by Lucy Gower in order to help individuals and organizations alike to act more effectively and heighten their achievements. Lucy previously led the first innovation team at the NSPCC where she focused on training people to enable creativity and innovation to flourish. After leaving the NSPCC in 2012, Lucy worked with over 50 organisations to help them think and work creatively to get better results, and as a result, Lucidity was established.
One of their core programmes is to uncover employee’s unique ‘innovation styles’ – helping people to work in the most productive and forward-thinking way possible, specifically suited to everyone’s role, industry and skills remit. This not only works to make individuals more self-confident in their role whilst gaining more satisfaction from their job, but also to increase productivity in the work place, working to add considerable value to the business’ bottom line.
Lisa Wang is a US champion gymnast, a Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2018 inductee and the CEO and Founder of SheWorx. Having started her career as a hedge fund analyst, Lisa now works to empower over 20,000 women to build and scale successful companies of their own, using her eclectic experiences as an elite gymnast and entrepreneur to help transform companies.
In a world where a movement like #MeToo has prompted a social drive for gender equality, SheWorx concentrates on empowering budding female entrepreneurs – helping them to be heard amongst the crowd whilst equipping them with core tools to pursue professional triumph.
At the heart of their mantra, SheWorx champions the importance of having an effective and supportive network to turn an idea into a reality, encouraging female entrepreneurs to build and scale successful companies. Through providing access to top investors and mentors, to sourcing the best tech talent, SheWorx drives forward the movement for gender parity in entrepreneurship, focusing on closing the gap between female and male led ventures through collaboration, not competition.
Pam Bateson is the CEO and co-founder of Thrive Partners which provides an invaluable platform for businesses looking to improve the way they work. As Pam’s third business, the serial entrepreneur set out to revolutionise how businesses have conversations. With a place on the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme, Pam is set to continue to make waves in the professional coaching sphere.
Their manifesto leads with ‘Everyone has the right to thrive’.
Thrive Partners works to help professionals grow and develop towards achieving their goals, climbing the corporate ladder all the quicker. Offering one-to-one capsule coaching, available on demand, enables people to stay ahead of industry insights and issues, ensuring they are focusing on the right things – faster.
Through working to help everyday starters to get noticed, Thrive Partners ensures all individuals are equipped with the skills and confidence to make an impact at work, to achieve their full professional potential.
Kathryn Parsons, MBE, is a British Tech entrepreneur and the co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a London based company striving to improve digital literacy. Prior to leading a digital drive with Decoded, Kathryn co-founded an advertising agency which focused on applying digital technology to branding.
At the core of Decoded is a belief that technology is for everyone. With the provision of rich, readily available content for employees, employers and entrepreneurs alike, Decoded is driven to help all individuals get hands on with the new technologies.