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Tara Henderson, Head of Policy & Governance at UCQ, on why empowering young women is a key to business success


Stuart Cameron


23rd May 2018


We’ve all heard the age-old sayings; “You can do anything you put your mind to”, “All you have to do is believe in yourself”. But what if we had an employer who really believed in us? How far could we go if we worked on empowering young women?


Tara Henderson says that her belief in herself started with her employer, rather than those age-old sayings she heard time and time again growing up. She says the tangible and unwavering support she received from her employer changed her life. She felt re-focussed in her career path and empowered both in her professional and personal lives. Tara has also become a better manager because of it.

Tara says empowering young female staff is of immediate benefit to business. It is also an essential first step in creating effective female leaders of tomorrow. “Young women today are champing at the bit; eager to succeed, break stereotypes and prove their business worth. Inevitably mistakes will be made, but give us the chance to find our niche and we will both reap the rewards”

Research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) suggests there is a lack of women in the boardroom talent pipeline, where too many women are choosing to opt out of roles before they fulfil their potential.  This is bad news for businesses, as the CMI say that businesses do better when the boardroom is more balanced. Investing in women and diversity will open the door to valuable talent pools and support the long-term success organisations.

Tara says the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme is an excellent way to invest in and empower staff to reach their full potential. “The first step is always up to the individual, but the employer drives the first leap”.

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