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Young Women and Leadership

Young Scottish women and Beyoncé inspire Louise Macdonald, Young Scot's Chief Executive in this month's leadership blog....


I had the true privilege of being a speaker at the first “Inspiring Young Women” event in the Scottish Parliament last month. Established by the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick MSP, the aim was to inspire young women aged 14-16 from across Scotland and offer a space to discuss issues such as body image, confidence, sexism and leadership with female leaders. 

It was such a powerful event in so many ways, with young women from every part of Scotland –
the vast
of whom had not had the opportunity to take part in anything like it before.
The atmosphere was electric, the discussions wide-ranging and the energy from all those fabulous young women lit up the whole Parliament building.

It had a powerful impact on me too – as someone who spends every day working to make Scotland a better place for young people to grow up, and as a female leader.

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Too Busy to Blog...

ACOSVO Chief Executive Pat Armstrong started the year with the task of starting a leadership blog – hear how she got on with the ‘Wall of Death’ and look out for more third sector leadership blogs to follow throughout the year…

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2015 ‘bring it on’ I thought as the year creaked to a start. Okay, what goals? Lose weight - tick (a little), get fit – tick (a tiny bit), survive a January without a gin and tonic - tick (wasn't as bad as I thought it would be), find some reflection time - FAIL, start blogging - FAIL - or did I?? After the seed was sown, I've worked up quite a few blog ideas, the problem is they never get out of my head and ‘on to paper’. So, on a 4 hour plane journey - there can be no excuses - I've made a start (see blog idea no. 4!). Can I make a blog out of the fact that I'm too busy to blog and can I use it as a way to reflect what leadership lessons the year has shown me so far? Here goes…

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