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Director and Founder of DYP Associates, Karen has spent over 20 years in senior leadership roles and has operated at board-level in UK and global businesses including Asda Walmart, George Clothing and Royal Mail, working also with ambitious SMEs.

Organisational and personal transformation and transition is where her expertise meets her passion, Influenced by her professional and personal experiences, Karen is dedicated to empowering women to fulfil their potential as inspiring leaders and shaping a supportive work environment. She is a master’s level coach with over 500 hours of coaching practice.H er coaching approach is strengths-based and solutions focused.

Using her insight, experience and professional training, Karen delivers outstanding results for some of the most well-known companies in the UK and accelerates the growth of ambitious leaders.  She is an expert in her field yet believes in continual learning and completed her MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology where she found her passion for mental toughness.

Session Outline

Practical, evidence-based strategies to build mental toughness for female leaders in male-dominated industries.

Despite established wisdom that investing in diverse leadership brings businesses improved organisational effectiveness and financial results, some industries remain stubbornly male dominated with slow to or no advancement of female representation.

While Mental Toughness may seem like a necessary precondition of female leaders in such an environment, there are practical and evidence-based interventions that businesses can use to actively build it. These interventions promise to not only unlock female leadership potential and the consequent increased engagement, productivity and wellbeing that comes from greater workplace diversity; but also ensure they attract and retain more quality female candidates. They also support the development of male leaders to facilitate the change.

This session looks at what these interventions are, the psychology behind them, and how to mobilise them in the workplace from findings of my MSc in Applied Psychology and coaching psychology research dissertation.