It was International Women’s Day yesterday on Sunday 8 March; this year’s theme was ‘Each for Equal’ – which includes not only gender equality but also equality in all areas.

“An equal world is an enabled world”

Along with the hashtags #IWD2020 and #EachforEqual, the headline for the day was “An equal world is an enabled world”. Simply put, we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions all day and every day.

Equality is not just a women’s issue but an issue that affects each of us, as an equal world is healthier, wealthier and more harmonious.

At the highest level in Knowsley Council – the Executive Management Team – 33% of our directors are female, significantly higher than the 21% reported in 2019’s McKinsey and LeanIn.org ‘Women in the Workplace’ report.

One of those directors is Colette Dutton, the Executive Director of Children’s Services and a key champion of the Knowsley Social Work Academy.

“Calling all leaders of the future”

Colette spoke recently at an event ‘Calling All Leaders of the Future’; a very special morning of talks and Q&A with four female leaders operating at the highest levels of their respective organisations. Amongst the audience were social workers and children’s services professionals at various stages of their career, listening intently to Colette’s journey and most importantly what lessons she learned along the way.

For today’s blog, we will outline the top five lessons that Colette shared.

We want to hear from you

If reading Colette’s lessons learned has got you thinking (and even better, talking) then what would be your five lessons learned?

What would you say to your younger self at the beginning of your career? Follow us on Twitter and join the conversation. You can also attend Knowsley Social Work Academy events free if you work for Knowsley Children’s Services – if you’re not with us already, why not find out what we can offer and what jobs we’re recruiting for.