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ASB Leadership & Personal Development Weekend

21st - 23rd March 2014

The Boat Hotel, Boat of Garten, near Aviemore, Inverness-shire

Take some time out of your busy schedule to join us at the beautiful Boat Hotel as we examine our career journeys; where we have come from, where we want to go, and how we can plan to get there.

We’re heading to the stunning, mountainous region of the Cairngorms. The hotel is nestled alongside the Strathspey Steam Railway Station, where many travellers have stopped off on their journey throughout the Highlands. The weekend will help you plan your own journey - whether that is in your career, business or personal life.

Expert business coach Eleanor Yearwood from Key Talent Partners will lead a series of seminars based on the Hero’s Journey throughout the weekend. (Please see further information below)
There will also be an opportunity to learn a new skill in a creative workshop with artist Shelagh Swanson from Oil & Glass. Jill Simpson from DEVA Coaching and Training will introduce the Business Challenge session on Friday after dinner followed by group presentations on Sunday morning.

The weekend, run by the ASB, will provide a structured but informal setting, giving you an opportunity to promote your business and network with like-minded women.

You will be encouraged to work in a team, reviewing the skills that you currently possess, and identify objectives for you to take away and work on over the coming months.

You will have fun, set some goals for yourself and leave feeling inspired, ready to take on any challenges that come your way!

Beginning on Friday at 6pm with an opening session before dinner, and finishing after lunch on Sunday, you will leave with the ‘tickets’ for the next stage of your journey.

For more information contact Wendy Maltman, Chair of Events, Association of Scottish Businesswomen


6.00pm            Welcome and icebreaker activities

7.00pm            Pre-dinner drinks

7.30pm            Dinner

9.30pm            Introduction to the Business Challenge with Jill Simpson (in teams)


8.00am            Group breakfast in the hotel

9.30am            Seminars with Eleanor Yearwood on the Hero's Journey

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            Visit to the Cairngorm Brewery

3.30pm            Coffee

3.45pm            Creative glass fusing workshop with Shelagh Swanson

5.30pm            Relax  

7.00pm            Gin Tasting session with Fraser's Whisky Tasting

7.30pm            Gala Dinner


8.00am             Group breakfast in the hotel 

9.30am             Final seminar on the Hero's Journey

10.30am           Coffee

10.45am           Business challenge activity

12 noon            Weekend review

1.00pm             Lunch

     subject to change


Cost (sharing a twin room): £250 for an ASB Member, £300* for a non-member

Cost (single occupancy): £280 for an ASB Member, £330* for a non-member

(*includes one year's free membership of the ASB)

Places are limited. To secure your place, please post your completed booking form to: ASB Administrator, My Pinkie Promise, 20 Exchange Court, Exchange Street, Dundee, DD1 3DE or by email to admin@asb-scotland.org  

Your booking must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of £50, paid direct into our bank account, by PayPal (see below) or by cheque payable to the Association of Scottish Businesswomen.



Eleanor Yearwood, Key Talent Partners

Eleanor is committed to developing leaders, enabling them to unleash their potential, so as to cultivate a healthy environment in which to do productive, fulfilling work.

She has delivered one-to-one executive coaching and team facilitation across Europe and the USA for global organisations. Eleanor founded Key Talent Partners in 2001 having qualified as an ICF coach. As a ‘strengths focused’ coach, she calls on a wealth of skill and experience,

plus she has a large tool-kit full of models and techniques available to share with her clients to enable them to grow and develop their ability to lead others.

The Hero's Journey
“The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

The concept of the Hero's Journey was described by mythologist Joseph Campbell in his book 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces' and refined by Christopher Vogler in his book 'The Writer's Journey'.

It can be boiled down to three stages:

The Hero leaves the familiar world behind having heard the call.
This part of the workshop focuses on becoming more aware of your calling. What’s your purpose? What are you here to do? Who do you want to become? What can you bring to this world? What’s your special gift?

The Hero learns to navigate the unfamiliar world of challenge and fear.
This part of the workshop is designed to help you highlight the areas of your life where you may be holding yourself back from being your true self. What’s stopping you or getting in your way? What’s challenging you right now? What are your biggest fears? Learning to embrace and lean into those fears and move through them will allow you to grow into your full potential.

The Hero returns to the familiar world.
The third and final part of the workshop is designed to lead you into your new future taking back all the learning’s from the sessions over the course of the weekend.
Just like a caterpillar we shed our skin and find our wings. Unlike caterpillars we get to do this over and over again as long as we accept the call in the first instance and follow the cycle past our fears and embrace the learning’s bringing the gift back to share in our communities and the world.

Jill Simpson, DEVA Coaching and Training

Jill Simpson firmly believes that at the heart of every woman’s success lies the confidence to make the journey and tackle the barriers that appear to be in the way

Jill has clocked up more than 20 years’ experience of working with people in businesses to develop their confidence in communicating – with their peers, their teams and their customers. A qualified business coach and trainer, Jill gets a kick out of seeing the difference real learning can make to individuals and organisations. In her spare time, she co-manages and acts in Stark Theatre, a successful, but impoverished theatre group which she also co-founded.

A former Chairwoman of the Ayrshire Association of Business Women, Jill is delighted to be presenting the Business Challenge at the 2014 ASB Leadership and Personal Development Weekend.

Shelagh Swanson, Oil and Glass

A 2004 painting graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Shelagh Swanson is now a painter and glassmaker, who has worked in various Arts based roles before opening Oil and Glass a visual arts/glass studio and gallery in Aberdeen in May 2012.

Oil and Glass was one of the winning businesses of Aberdeen City Council’s “Retail Rocks” initiative.

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