Caroline recently launched the Social Founder Network, a new global network to support founders of charities and social enterprises.
For 20 years Caroline was Founder Chief Executive of the Media Trust, the UK’s leading communications charity. She is an Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD, the global business school, an EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year, a Governor of East London NHS Foundation Trust, an avid consumer of arts and culture, and ran the London Marathon in 2016.
I want to see women of all backgrounds, ages and nationalities have the confidence, skills and opportunities to shape and control their lives in a way that gives them choice, economic and social wellbeing, and the inspiration to influence others around them, including new generations of girls and young women.
I have been inspired throughout my life and career to date by the impact, stories and voices of women (and men!) who have created social change, through founding organizations and campaigns, speaking out, influencing and delivering impact whether locally or globally. I have been privileged to work with tens of thousands of social founders and campaigners to support them to reach their audiences, have a voice, and to engage and influence others.
Courage, clarity, inspiration, influence, voice, resilience, leadership, networks.
Key to empowerment of oneself and others is having the skills, resources, profile and network to communicate effectively, to reach key audiences, engage and influence stakeholders and other influencers, build a movement and followers.
Developing resilience is key. Part of this is having a network of others to reach out to, who have similar experiences. A virtual network, but also regular opportunities to meet face to face. Personal stories of women who have overcome challenges to return to empowerment are vital.