Project information

Ladies in Leadership Youth (LiLY) Programme

A programme that helps address the continuing gender inequality in Britain today. LiLY aims to instil confidence, help inspire, encourage and equip young self-identifying women, aged 16-22, to aspire to and work towards success.

5-6 months

Charity information: Dialogue Society

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  • Need


    The Ladies in Leadership Youth Programme (LiLY) aims to address the continuing gender inequality in Britain today. Despite numerous studies that show girls achieving higher academic results than boys in all levels of education, this success does not translate into the work arena where women are still grossly underrepresented in senior roles in the workplace as well as in certain industries and professions.


    To this end the LiLY will provide inspiration, encouragement and advice through listening to the experiences of leading women in a variety of fields. It will also help participants to understand and question the factors which have led to such success and provide valuable tips to ensure the flow of women soaring through the glass ceiling continues and expands. Further, the programme will establish a network to provide participants with ongoing support, advice and networking opportunities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise aspirations and inspire participants through the stories of others' success


    » Sessions exploring the stories and advice of inspiring 'role-model' women speakers from diverse fields

    What success will look like

    Analysis of questionnaires filled before and after the course will indicate if participants are aiming higher as a result of the project.

    Aim 2

    To increase the confidence and motivation of young women


    » Workshops with experienced performance coaches/self-help authors who will provide practical advice on overcoming barriers to success and fulfillment

    What success will look like

    Participants will rate their confidence and motivation before and after the programme; we will look for improved scores and examine comments.

    Aim 3

    To equip women with practical skills for success such as CV writing, networking and public speaking


    » Practical sessions with Dialogue Society and professional staff providing guidance and practical tips

    What success will look like

    Participants will be asked in questionnaires if they have gained new skills. Participants will also be monitored on use and frequency of their new skills and the outcomes achieved.

    Aim 4

    To encourage young women to explore non-traditional career paths


    » Participants will be exposed to successful women from non-traditional professions as well as provision of information to varied career paths

    What success will look like

    Participants will be asked in questionnaires their desired career paths before and after the course. Analysis of results will show if their has been a shift in their career choices

  • Impact


    LiLY aims to instil confidence, help inspire, encourage and equip young women to work towards success. Participants will be challenged to think about the part their gender plays in the expectations they – and society at large - places on themselves and to consider how they can think differently about their educational and career prospects. Success will be demonstrated when women start applying for positions they previously wouldn't have considered due to barriers and lack of confidence.


    The biggest risk is a speaker no longer being able to commit to speaking on the programme or cancelling at the last minute. For last minute cancellations, Dialogue Society Staff will step in with one of the practical sessions. A large database of speakers committed to the LiLY Programme will be ready at hand to replace the cancelling speaker with a another one.


    Donors will be updated via periodical reports and will be informed at each crucial milestone of the project. Analysis and evaluation of the project and it's impact will be also be provided at the end of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,250 30 Speakers Covering speakers travel costs and honorariums
      £6,000 Performance Coaches Costs of hiring performance coaches for 12 sessions
      £4,200 Refreshments Providing refreshments for each session
      £18,000 Project Manager Cost of project management for all of the six Success School in each city
      £3,000 Education and Careers Fairs Cost of transport, refreshments and fair entry costs
      £3,550 Stationary and administration Cost of stationary, certificates, phone bill
  • Background


    The project will take place in six cities - in Southampton, Hull, Birmingham, Bristol, Northampton and at our Head office in Holloway, London. Areas identified as deprived with high unemployment and low attainment levels will be targeted as priority. Where possible s will be delivered at local schools and colleges or at Dialogue Society offices.


    The main beneficiaries of our project will be its participants - young women aged 16-21. • Girls outperform boys at all levels in education yet are still grossly underrepresented in the workplace, particularly ‘in areas of skills shortages and high potential, such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).’ [Women’s Business Council 2012 report)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have run similar projects with young people i.e. eight successful Success Schools in four cities and bring the experience and detailed evaluation of these projects to the series planned for this coming academic year. We have good working relationships with partner colleges and local performance coaches.

    Our other community and policy work brings us into contact with a range of potential speakers willing to volunteer their time.

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    Ilknur Kahraman

    Ilknur will be project managing delivery of the success schools. She's highly experienced in project management and has supervised similar projects.