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New networking group aims to raise profile of women in the international education industry and launches

Published on Friday, March 24, 2017

Women in International Education (WIE) Awards 2017 When we were lucky enough to speak to senior women in the industry who had blazed a trail before us, and we heard their story, we felt energised and inspired to do more. We would come away from even just a short conversation, feeling we could achieve our goals. If they had done it, why not us? So we asked ourselves, ´how can we share this energy and passion amongst all women in the industry? How can we pass this knowledge on to other women coming up through the ranks? Ella Tyler, owner of Mountlands Language School and Co Founder of Lead5050


This was howLead5050and the idea ofFirst50was born


Leanne Linacre ( LILA* ), Ella Tyler ( Mountlands Language School ) and Maria Castro (Linguland) have joined forces to createLead5050- an exciting new networking group for women in the international education industry.


Lead5050´s vision is to create an industry where there are as many women in positions of power as men, and their one positive mission is:to raise the profile of women in the industry,and to facilitate their entry into leadership positions through networking, mentoring and cpd sessions.


All three of them have worked in the sector for many years and are all business owners. But they noticed that they were in the minority. A bit like the "fewer women lead FTSE firms than men named John" these women have noticed the imbalance in management positions across the industry.


With the current social and political climate, they decided now is the time to stop being a spectator and start to make changes.


On Monday, the first wave of 'golden emails' will be sent out to a group of key positive influencers and role models in the industry, (men and women) called the'First50' who will be invited to joinLead5050.


These First50have been identified as either being successful women who will make great role models for others, or influential men who recognise that gender equality benefits the industry as a whole.


The Lead5050team will invite these influencers to share their stories, champion gender equality in the industry and develop a mentoring programme to help women progress their careers.


Their knowledge will also be shared via:

A monthly newsletter to all members

An online forum open to all members

Social media platforms such as Facebook Twitter, Youtube and Instagram

A mentoring programme open exclusively to members

Regular CPD opportunities available to all members

Networking events with the opportunity to network face to face with theFirst50and other like minded women


Membership of Lead5050 is open to all women, and the official membership platform will be launched in February.


Maria Castro is excited by the launch of the new networking group aimed at women "For many years I have thought that there were not enough women in senior management positions in the industry. We are an industry of educators, and we must take the lead in supporting younger generations of women by encouraging them to lean in. A networking group for like minded women will really be a positive addition to our industry".


The first networking session is arranged forSeptember the 1st(before Alphe UK), and it is here that the mentoring programme will be launched officially.


"People cannot be what they cannot see, so we want to highlight the accomplishments that women in our industry have achieved, and to inspire others to do the same. There are so many strong, intelligent women in the industry - a mentoring programme dedicated to passing this knowledge on and helping women lean in is long overdue" says co-founder Leanne Linacre.


In addition to this proactive approach, the founders are launching theLead5050 - Women in International Education (WIE) Awards,an inspiring event to be held on 28 October 2017 in Berlin, around ICEF.


Sponsorship opportunities will be announced next week, and nominations will open on March 1st.


"It is so exciting to be part of this new group of like-minded women and to be pushing for change. The inaugralLead5050 WIE Awardsin October will celebrate success and highlight the unsung women in the industry. It will be a great opportunity for women to network, raise their profile and have fun!" says co-founder Ella Tyler


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to find out how to get involved with Lead5050, learn about theFirst50'sbackgrounds and follow the group's progress.

Key dates:

January -First50invited to join and share their knowledge

February - membership opens to all women via website

Wednesday March 1st - Nominations open for Lead5050 Women in International Education Business (WIEB) Awards

Friday September 1st- London - Lead5050 - first official meeting of all First50 influencers and networking event open to all members

Saturday October 28th - Berlin

14:00 - CPD and networking session

19:00 - Lead5050 Women in International Education Business Awards

For further information please contact:

Ella Tyler

Co Founder Lead5050

07929 717 223

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