Aspire - Leadership for the future

Expert insight and commentary on women leaders globally.

Learn how the Aspire Foundation and Avanade are creating positive change in STEM for women.
March 2016
Diversity in Action(March 2016)

Bizwomen profiles Aspire CEO, Dr Sam Collins, amongst their Women to Watch — leaders who do business with a big side of philanthropy.
29th November 2015
Bizwomen (November 2015)

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, describes 5 steps to enable Local Leaders to become Global Healers.
26th November 2015
The Huffington Post (November 2015)

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, argues that access to technology is a human rights issue for women.
21st October 2015
The Huffington Post (October 2015)

Bizwomen profiles The Aspire Foundation and Avanade's new partnership to empower 1 billion women worldwide by 2020.
7th October 2015
Bizwomen (October 2015)

Avanade and The Aspire Foundation announce an ambitious partnership to empower women in the digital world.
7th October 2015
ASPIRE and Avanade Press Release (October 2015)

'I'm a Believer in Quotas' - Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, explains to Executive Grapevine why she feels quotas for women at the top are good for business.
20th August 2015
Executive Grapevine (August 2015) 

'The Importance of Setting Targets' - Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, explains to 'We Are The City' why she has pledged to help a billion women by 2020.
17th August 2015
We Are The City (August 2015) 

Aspire announces the call for speakers for The 2016 Global MAD Leadership event in London, UK.
22nd July 2015
Aspire Press Release (July 2015) 

Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, offers 7 simple steps to help you move to the next level. (Reproduced with kind permission).
3rd June 2015
Psychologies (July 2015 edition) 

Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, explains what finally drove her to write her best selling book, 'Radio Heaven'.
29th April 2015
The Guardian - Women in Leadership (April 2015) 

'Radio Heaven', the inspiring new book by Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, will be published by Motivational Press on April 29.
31st March, 2015
Aspire Press Release (March 2015) 

'The Importance of Setting Targets' - read why Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, has pledged to help a billion women by 2020.
13th March 2015
The Guardian - Women in Leadership (March 2015) 

Aspire and The Fawcett Society launch the 2015 Trailblazing Women Survey.
9th March 2015
Aspire Press Release (March 2015) 

'International Women's Day 2015 - 10 Ways to Make Equality Happen' - Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, contributes to this article by Elisa Criado.
9th March 2015
The Independent (March 2015) 

'Leaning In' or The New Feminist Tsunami - Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, looks at the new tide of feminism engulfing the workforce.
27th January 2015
The Huffington Post (January 2015) 

Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins, is Gender Hope's Interviewee of the Month
16th December 2014
Gender Hopes (December 2014)

Human Resources magazine showcases the findings of Aspire's 2014 Survey report.
29th September 2014
Human Resources (September 2014) 

Superman style leaders are alienating women. Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, suggests there's a better way to lead.
16th September 2014
Guardian Women In Leadership (September 2014) 

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, voices her frustrations at the recent declaration that women-only shortlists are illegal.
13th August 2014
Recruitment Grapevine (August 2014) 

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, asks whether women in leadership are playing the game with a handicap.
28th July 2014
The Huffington Post (July 2014) 

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, tells Recruitment Grapevine why masculine leadership models need to be challenged.
23rd July 2014
Recruitment Grapevine (July 2014) 

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, is interviewed by Nisha Kotecha for Good News Shared's 'Five for Friday' column.
4th July 2014
Good News Shared (July 2014) 

Pavlina Amalie Kvapilova explores why women around the world are leaving corporate life with contributions from Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO.
1st July 2014
Contributoria (July 2014) 

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, tells Rob Smith why boardrooms that discriminate against women deserve to be relegated to the history books.
28th May 2014
HR Grapevine (May 2014) 

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, explains why she's M.A.D. about businesses that don't Make A Difference.
28th May 2014
The Huffington Post (May 2014) 

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, talks women’s empowerment and how we can all Make A Difference with Marcela Kunova.
14th May 2014
Business Feminin (May 2014) 

Dr Sam Collins, Aspire's CEO, is interviewed by author, Lisa Arie, about being 'A Courageous Game Changer'.
15th April 2014
The Huffington Post (April 2014) 

Women Altrupreneurs Set to Change the Face of Business - read a new article by Aspire CEO, Dr Sam Collins, in The Huffington Post
3rd April 2014
The Huffington Post (April 2014) 

The Corporate Conundrum: are women aboard or jumping ship? - a new Guardian article by Dr Sam Collins
10th March 2014
The Guardian (March 2014) 

'Compassionate Management - the Softer Side of Leadership' - a new article by Aspire CEO, Dr Sam Collins, describes how more and more companies are adopting a softer management style.
4th March, 2014
HR Zone (March 2014) 

'Battle of the Sexes' - Aspire's CEO, Dr Sam Collins and others discuss the differences between male and female leadership styles in an HR Grapevine article.
11th February, 2014
HR Grapevine (February 2014) 

What are Aspire events like?  Luciana Cousin tells all!
8th February, 2014
Business (and Life) in High Heels (February 2014) 

The advantages of Aspire's women-only leadership development programs are profiled in a Sunday Times article.
26th January 2014 
The Sunday Times (January 2014) 

Women business leaders inspire girls at the Oasis Academy South Bank to aim high during Aspire's 'Climb the Stairs to Greatness' event.
6th December 2013
Aspire Press Release (December 2013) 

The Aspire Foundation and international charity, emerge poverty free, launch their new campaign, 'Christmas in the Congo'.
8th November 2013
Aspire Press Release (November 2013) 

Hear Aspire Founder and CEO, Dr Sam Collins, interviewed by radio host, Jenny Garrett, on the subject of 'Work, Life, World Balance'.
1st November 2013
PLV Radio Network (November 2013) 

Read Aspire Director of Programs, Rebecca Hourston's article, '7 Steps To A Truly Effective Leadership Style' on Forbes.
26th April 2013
Forbes (April 2013) 

The Aspire Foundation and law firm Pinsent Masons combine forces to celebrate International Women’s Day.
9th February 2013
ASPIRE Press Release (February 2013)

Korina Karampela talks to Aspire’s CEO and Founder, Dr Sam Collins, about women as leaders.
7th February 2013
b4iapply (February 2013)

ASPIRE 2013 survey report "Should I Stay or Should I Go? The State of Play for Women in Leadership 2013” launched.
23rd January 2013
ASPIRE Press Release (January 2013)

Dr Sam Collins shares her inspiring story of Aspire and the Aspire Foundation.
9th October 2012
The Ministry of Entrepreneurship (October 2012)

Zoe Amar, an Aspire Foundation mentee, talks about the importance of having a mentor.
9th October 2012
The Guardian (9th October 2012) 

The Aspire Foundation proudly announces its 3 'Brave, Bold and Different' winners for 2012.
19th July 2012
Aspire Press Release (July 2012) 

The Aspire REACH workshop for women at KPMG LLP is "Inspirational" says Partner, Claire Warnes.
28th June 2012
The Glass Hammer (June 2012) 

The Aspire Foundation Fights the 'War Against Women' and Launches 'The Brave, Bold and Different Campaign 2012'.
1st June 2012
Aspire Press Release (June 2012) 

Aspire Founder and CEO, Dr Sam Collins, talks with Neal's Yard Organics.
1st August 2011
Organic Life (August 2011) 

Aspire Press Release (July 2011)
 
The wait is over!  ASPIRE launches The Heroine's Quest.
3rd March 2011
ASPIRE Press Release (March 2011)

How to Take the Work out of Networking - article by Rebecca Hourston.
10th December 2010
ReConnect Africa (December 2010)

The Zimbabwean writes about the Aspire Foundation
12th October 2010
The Zimbabwean (October 2010)

The Aspire Foundation's 'Crazy Ones' video is shortlisted for the Women in Marketing Awards.
6th October 2010
ASPIRE Press Release (October 2010)

'Aspiring Women' - Dr Samantha Collins talks to ReConnect Africa about the work of The Aspire Foundation.
4th October 2010
ReConnect Africa (October 2010)

The Aspire Foundation Is Well on Its Way To Improving the Lives of One Million Women and Girls by 2015.
1st September 2010
ASPIRE Press Release (September 2010)

Aspire introduces mentoring scheme for law firm associates.
20 July 2010
The Lawyer (July 2010)

ASPIRE founder, Dr Sam Collins, has won an Ogunte Women's Social Leadership Award in the category of Leader in the Workplace 2010.
8th June 2010
Ogunte Press Release (June 2010)

ASPIRE Press Release (June 2010)

The Aspire Foundation Mentoring program is launched.
17th May 2010
ASPIRE Press Release (May 2010)

Dr Sam Collins, CEO and founder of Aspire, is a finalist in the Ogunte Women's Social Leadership Awards 2010.
27th April 2010
Ogunte Press Release (April 2010)

Aspire joins forces with The Co-operative Group and ReClaim to empower girls.
28th March 2010
ASPIRE Press Release (April 2010)

Aspire: The Leadership Advantage
30th March 2010
The Glass Hammer (March 2010)

ASPIRE 2010 survey report 'Tearing Up The Rule Book - A New Generation of Leaders for 2010' launched.
16th February 2010
ASPIRE Press Release (February 2010)

First Ever Women’s Leadership Seminar in Bahrain.
January 2010
Human Ex Press Release (January 2010)

ASPIRE/KPMG REACH Programme Shortlisted for the Opportunity Now Santander Award for Equality of Opportunity.
May 2009
ASPIRE Press Release (May 2009)

Women Who Make It Work: The Secrets of Success for Female Leaders
The Glass Hammer November 2008

"Work to Live" Balancing Work and Life Responsibilities Is a Challenge.
Institute of Chartered Accountants March 2008

Sam Collins recommends we talk about "Masculine" and "Feminine" leadership traits, rather than "Male" and "Female" ones.
International Women of Excellence November 2007

Sam Collins on “What Makes A Successful Female Leader?”
CNN October 2007

Sam Collins Makes Top 200 Women In UK Business, Honoured By HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Coaching at Work Magazine (CIPD) (March 2007)
Training & Coaching Today (February 2007)

Sam Collins Named as UK Top Ten Coach.
Independent on Sunday (November 2003)

 

7 Ways to Help You Move Forward

Feeling stuck? Sometimes all it takes to move forward, even take gentle baby steps, is an encouraging word in your ear. Aspire’s CEO, Dr Sam Collins, offers seven simple pieces of wisdom to help you move to the next level.

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