Women in Wholesale grows Coaching Academy

Women in Wholesale has increased the size of its Coaching Academy by 20% and doubled the number of coaches following last year’s successful introduction

Launched as part of its mission to ‘inspire, support and progress’ women in UK convenience and foodservice wholesale, the initiative offers one-to-one coaching for people looking to unlock their full potential at work.

Academy members receive six free coaching sessions from fully accredited trainers focused on enhancing skills and what can be achieved at work.

“The Coaching Academy is making a meaningful impact to women in the channel ­– the early feedback has been really promising,” said Elit Rowland, WiW Founder. “We want to help more women to prioritise personal development.”

The WiW coaches are:

Sadie Visick – an AoEC Accredited Associate Executive Coach, member of the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Fierce Conversations Facilitator. Sadie has a particular interest in promoting gender equality and enabling women to progress to senior roles, and established AQA’s Empowering Women programme in 2015.

Ayman Nasreldin – an executive coach with 22 years’ corporate experience, Ayman has held many commercial leadership roles. He is an inclusive leadership consultant, board level facilitator and an EMCC accredited coach with a passion for working with leaders and high potential individuals helping them unlock potential, identify purpose, and perform at their best.

Clare Bocking – Director at Immediate Impact, Clare has 30 years of commercial leadership experience at Mars, Britvic, Kerry Foods, McCormick, Tulip Food Company, and most recently, as Chief Commercial Officer at DCS Group. Clare is a qualified Executive Coach and is Chair of Women in Wholesale.

Melanie Tucker – an Institute of Leadership and Management qualified coach and WIW committee member, with more than 15 years of FMCG experience across both buying and selling as Head of Channel at Biotiful. Her true passion is to lead successful teams within businesses trying to create better food for people and planet.

Part of last year’s coaching cohort, Ashleigh Cheetham, Trading Controller at Unitas Wholesale said, “I feel like I’m a totally different person to who I was seven months ago. It has made me think differently and I approach challenges with a different mindset.”

Laura Wileman, Group Business Manager at Finsbury Food Group said her time working with her WiW coach has been the most formative of her career to date. “To make the most of your coaching experience you have to be willing to push yourself and lean into difficult conversations whilst you have a coach to support you. I would strongly recommend this!”

The initiative is fully funded and exclusive to WiW with limited places available. Anyone working in UK convenience and foodservice wholesale can register.

Registration for 2023 now open and applicants can apply here. The deadline is 31 July 2023.

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