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STRIDE TESTIMONIALS

Please watch the VIDEO testimonials HERE

STRIDE came at just the right time for me, it was brilliant! I found the focus of both personal and professional meant that we all felt very comfortable in opening up and sharing our experiences. It was hugely insightful and I particularly enjoyed how STRIDE was tailored to the delegates whilst recognising that many of us are dealing with similar challenges. The course unlocked some key areas for me and I am now using the materials and learning to plan my focus and objectives for 2016…and beyond!”
Jas Sidhu, Global Quality Director-Operations Quality, AZ

“The way I plan, coach and manage has completely changed as a result of STRIDE.  I can honestly say that a light switched on for me during the programme and it has completely refocused my path and plan for the future.  I can’t praise STRIDE highly enough; it was intense but utterly enjoyable and I was completely absorbed!  It not only focussed on me as a professional but also as a person and the increase in my confidence and self-worth is huge.  Every organisation should look at STRIDE for it’s female managers for the value it represent in both professional and personal growth.”
Edit Fillingham,  Key Account Manager, Protect International Ltd

“Each element of the programme was thoroughly enjoyable and I was able to take the learning whilst recognising the impact for me and my team.  The energy levels were extremely high and I appreciated the structure and content in allowing me to make some time for my personal development.  As a result I feel much more comfortable in myself and my line manager has already seen a difference.”
Joanne Millward, UK HR Service Delivery Manager

“The STRIDE programme met my expectations and then went above and beyond. There were things I didn’t even know I needed but I now recognise their importance.  The change in my confidence and where I am personally in my development because of the programme, is remarkable.  It was fabulous to be involved and I truly believe that everyone should take part in STRIDE.”
Emma Saunders, Finance Manager for the Northwood Group of Associated Companies

“I haven’t ever enjoyed anything as much as I enjoyed STRIDE.  Although I joined the programme not having any specific issues, I felt I learnt a huge amount for now and for the future.  It was wonderful to speak to and hear from the other women and I found the sharing of experiences really interesting, which broadened my view.  Sometimes we attend programmes because we think we ‘ought to’ but for me, the programme helped me learn about some things I hadn’t even thought about before.”
Jennifer Wilkinson, Performance Evaluation Team Leader, Warwick Chemicals

STRIDE is a wonderful programme and I would recommend it to women in middle management.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel happier, more self-confident and accountable for ‘me’ and my actions, as a result.  I have learnt a great deal about myself and really enjoyed meeting the ladies in my group and working with them. I have already started working on my self-development plan and look forward to the future with a greater confidence in me and my ability to overcome challenges.”
Tracey Evans, Personal Assistant/Office Manager, Protec International Ltd

“I can honestly say that I am a much braver and stronger person as a result of attending the programme.  Different to anything I have ever done before,  STRIDE has given me the belief that I can drive things forward with confidence.  I took a huge amount away for ‘me’ alongside the amazing group dynamic.  The engaging and caring facilitation meant what I wanted to cover really mattered and I felt part of the decision to frame the content and focus, which was exceptional.”
Joanne Brady, Finance Manager, EY

“Initially, I was very sceptical about a female only group.  However, the STRIDE programme created a safe environment, with like-minded women, where we could share and explore our experiences.  I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it, what I learnt and how much I have taken away to work on.  There was so much content packed into the 3 days, with a good pace, and I have already recommended colleagues to attend!”
Fiona Moran, Head of UK Product Teams, CMC Regulatory Compliance at AstraZeneca

“The STRIDE programme exceeded my expectations. I learnt a lot of tools and techniques, which I cannot only use today but are really helpful for the future.  The range of detailed examples and case studies ensured we were able to learn, not only about ourselves, but also how to support the teams we lead.”
Nikki Dalby, Team Leader (Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Team), FERA

“I thoroughly enjoyed STRIDE.  Sometimes middle managers can be overlooked when it comes to development interventions and the programme gave me a unique view of myself, how I am perceived and helped look at those things which work well and what could be even better. The dynamic within the group made for a safe and supportive environment, which gave me the freedom to explore the issues pertinent to me. I found the facilitators professional and knowledgeable alongside being friendly and accessible. A bi-product, I wasn’t expecting was the action-learning group, which the delegates have organised themselves, demonstrating the strong support network we have to move forward.”
Sarah Gayle,UK Recruitment Service Delivery Lead, AstraZeneca

STRIDE exceeded my expectations completely.  I actually surprised myself; the way in which I was supported to really challenge my thinking and my awareness of others has completely shifted some negative paradigms.  I have a heightened level of self-awareness and a lot more confidence, as a result which was, not only supported by the highly experienced facilitators, but also by the wonderful group of women who shared their stories and journeys.  I had lots of light bulb moments and would highly recommend STRIDE without hesitation.”
Rachel Ryan, Global Software Asset Management Lead End User Computing – OCIO, AstraZeneca

“The opportunity to work within a group of women and have discussions around the issues we all face, was fantastic.  Then, on top of that, having the programme facilitated by 3 very knowledgeable, motivated and enthusiastic women made for an excellent experience.  I learnt a lot about my perception and what drives me. A real light bulb moment for me was the recognition that the focus should be on how I am and how I react.  The course content was evidenced with some highly useful tools & techniques, which will support my learning and allow me to re-focus how I perceive others & the environment and how I am perceived by those around me.”
Claire Hubbard, Global Category Manager – Compensation & Benefits, AstraZeneca

“The STRIDE programme was well designed and delivered.  Each day bought something unique and different and I felt the facilitators truly live and breathe what they were telling us.  I felt the whole team listened to our feedback as the programme progressed and as such the programme felt highly tailored.  STRIDE was just what I needed to help me navigate a challenging cross road in my career and met my objectives 100% – an excellent programme which I highly recommend.”
Louise McEveley, Director of Global Compliance Policy, Training, Communications

“The structure and content of the programme was such that each person attending could form their own objectives.  The flexibility of the facilitators meant that we focussed on the key issues that mattered to us. STRIDE has made a fundamental impact on my future and I really appreciated the quality of the challenge.”
Stephanie Daniels, Associate Director (Policy, Training, Communications) AstraZeneca

“I haven’t ever enjoyed anything as much as I enjoyed STRIDE.  Although I joined the programme not having any specific issues, I felt I learnt a huge amount for now and for the future.  It was wonderful to speak to and hear from the other women and I found the sharing of experiences really interesting, which broadened my view.  Sometimes we attend programmes because we think we ‘ought to’ but for me, the programme helped me learn about some things I hadn’t even thought about before.”
Jennifer Wilkinson, Performance Evaluation Team Leader, Warwick Chemicals

Here are some snippets of feedback, with people describing it as:
“It gave me a belief that I can drive things forward”
“Different to anything I have done before and it felt tailored exactly to my needs”
“The group dynamics was amazing”
“My line manager has already seen a difference in me”
“My confidence has grown tremendously”

“It was so relevant to the issues I am facing and I have been able to put the tools and techniques into practice straight away”

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