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LGBTQ+ Leadership programme

Stonewall’s flagship programme for LGBTQ+ people to explore the power of authentic leadership 

This unique and transformational two-day residential programme is a space to be inspired by the value of authenticity and to explore the power of identity-led leadership.  

You will be joining a network of LGBTQ+ leaders with their own personal journeys of authentic leadership and establish how your own inclusive leadership can drive cultural change within your own organisation. 

The Programme

The Stonewall LGBTQ+ Leadership Programme will provide the group with the opportunity to:  

  • Reflect on the importance of their identity and the value it creates in developing their leadership practice 
  • Understand what authentic leadership might look like for them 
  • Challenge the status quo of organisational hierarchy and break down institutional barriers to influencing cultural change
  • Understand what it means to be an inclusive leader who stands in solidarity with other marginalised groups in the workplace
  • Develop a supportive network of LGBTQ+ leaders and understand the powerful impact of collaboration and shared knowledge 
  • Learn from the leadership experiences of Stonewall’s CEO, Nancy Kelley  and Director of Programmes, Liz Ward

Lead Facilitators

Nancy Kelley (she/her), Chief Executive Officer, Stonewall:  

Nancy Kelley_Stonewall CEO

Liz Ward (she/her), Director of Programmes, Stonewall: 

A Black woman on one knee in a concrete playground. She looks at the camera, has a hand propped beneath her chin, and wears a denim jacket and red trousers. Her hair is worn up, and a bandanna is tied around her head.

Who can apply?

What does a leader look like? At Stonewall we question the 'traditional' attributes and traits, and instead celebrate the difference and uniqueness that unlocks the true values of authentic leadership.   

We want to reach out to leaders who will bring unique perspectives, have influence in their spaces and are committed to contributing to the development of a community of LGBTQ+ leaders. The programme is designed for LGBTQ+ people in middle management and above, however not all organisations are structured in the same way. If you believe that you are in a strong position of influence but are not necessarily senior within your respective organisations, we would love to hear from you!  

Successful applicants will be decided based on their ability to influence in their space, contribute to shared learning and their commitment to creating LGBTQ+ inclusive cultures. We actively seek a diverse range of participants for this programme and welcome applications from everyone, especially those that are currently underrepresented in leadership roles. We want to hear from LGBTQ+ professionals from a range of ethnic backgrounds, people of faith, women, trans and non-binary people and individuals of different abilities, those who identify as working class or from a lower socio-economic background, as well as people at the intersections of these identities. 

Programme dates

This two-day residential programme will take place 24–26 November.  

The programme will be held at the De Vere Selsdon Estate Hotel in South London. This will be dependent on Covid-19 guidance at the time of delivery. Should in-person facilitation no longer be possible, we will move the delivery to a digital format and will refund a part of the fee. 

At Stonewall the safety of our staff, the people we support and work with always comes first. Should you have further questions about the venue prior to applying, please email empowerment@stonewall.org.uk and we would be happy to discuss. Information on the accessibility of the venue is also available at the bottom of this page. 

Programme rates

  • £1,550 + VAT per person for public and third sector members of our Diversity Champions Programme 
  • £1,850 + VAT per person for private sector members of our Diversity Champions Programme
  • £2,150 + VAT per person for non-members  

We understand that funding in our sector is always challenging, so if you are a leader from an LGBTQ+ organisation we may be able to offer you a place at a reduced price – please get in touch with us at empowerment@stonewall.org.uk to discuss. 

Programme rates include the following: 

  • Attendance at our digital pre-meet session 
  • Two nights’ accommodations 
  • All meals and refreshments, including evening reception dinner 
  • The two-day programme 
  • Attendance at our digital reunion session 

We can also deliver this programme in your organisation for up to 40 participants. Please contact empowerment@stonewall.org.uk to find out more.   

How to apply

Applications to attend the programme will open on the 11 August and close at 23:59 on the 20 October.

We will be closing the first round of applications at 23:59 on the 24 September and awarding early places. Apply by then for a better chance of securing a place.

We will be informing all applicants of their place on the programme at least one month prior to the event taking place. Please do get in touch should you require to know of your place sooner than this and we will do our best to accommodate. 

If you’d like to talk through the application process or you require a different format of application, please email empowerment@stonewall.org.uk. We can also arrange for someone from our team to call you and complete the application over the phone. Call us on 020 7593 1850 if you'd like to complete your application over the phone. Someone from our team will take a message and arrange to call you back.  

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Feedback from past participants

“I feel so much more confident as a person, as a leader and as someone who has something truly worthwhile to contribute to the success of my organisation.” 

“A wonderful safe space was created where everyone felt they could bring their whole selves into discussions.” 

100% of delegates rated the programme as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ overall

100% of delegates said they fully or mostly achieved what they wanted from the programme

Can you support me to get budget?

We have created a business case template that can support you in securing budget for this programme. You can find this template below:

Download the business case.

Accessibility

We want our events to be accessible to everyone. All delegates should expect to feel safe, welcome and included at our events. Please see our access statement for this programme here. If you would like a more detailed version, please email us on empowerment@stonewall.org.uk or call and leave us a message on 020 7593 1850.

If you have any access needs, please email empowerment@stonewall.org.uk and we will accommodate these.