Lift the Game
A PROGRAM TO LIFT WOMEN TO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN GLOBAL SPORT
Although women have been able to access sports in growing numbers in the last decades, very few women have reached senior leadership positions in the world of sports: women occupy fewer than 20% of Chief Executive positions in sports; at Chair or President level, this number falls to well under 10%. The opportunity for improvement is therefore substantial and especially so when compared with other industries.
And yet we know that in sports – like in other walks of life – individuals, organizations and societies reap copious benefits when women reach leadership positions. Having more women in leadership positions in sports has a strong correlation with higher investment and participation in sport by girls and young women. It is therefore not surprising that many women leaders attribute their success to what they have learned from participation in sports.
THNK is launching Lift the Game, bringing together the next generation of women leaders in global sports. The program is open to women from all sectors who work in global sports. So, for example, a corporate executive working in sports sponsorship; a social entrepreneur working on women and sports; or an administrator in a key global sports organization, as well as former female athletes.
Together, 30 participants will embark on a six-month intensive leadership journey, consisting of three in-person modules woven into a rich learning environment created by peer and expert support and virtual learning. Designed to support women to build off their intrinsic strengths, the program will give participants the tools, skills, and knowledge to excel in their own leadership as well as to drive the inclusion of women in sport at all levels going forward.
Participants will leave the program with greater self-awareness of who they are as leaders, as well as enhanced skills to lead others and a greater capacity to lead positive change in the complex organizations and systems within which they operate.
Empower and support talented women with ambitious leadership aspirations in global sports
Increase the share of women in sport leadership positions
Foster diversity and inclusion within sports
Spark a thriving movement in sports where focus is placed on personal and collective action to affect change
The program is in its early stages of its conception. We have identified a real need for the program and have a big aspiration for its potential impact. We hope to launch the program in 2018. A key next step is to find a sponsor to fund the program, as well as outstanding participants who would like to take part in this unique leadership development journey.
Our aspiration is to find sponsors and partners to cover a significant amount of the costs for the participants. As the sport industry has one of the biggest pay-gaps between male and female professionals, we are conscious that for many women to go through this program, they will need financial backing.
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