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Women Empowerment

2nd Annual ESA Women Empowerment (WE) Summit and WE Awards

Sat 13th September 2014 - Tue 16th September 2014

You are invited to join a selective and intimate group (20 people) of people just like you, to become clear of your ‘signature characteristics’ and core strengths as an empowered woman.

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You will learn new techniques and be given new tools to help you to harness your talents and personality to drive change in your life at any level you want, be it in business, community or family.

Learning and development methods at ESA are fun, interactive and experiential. This includes co-coaching, story- telling and peer group learning activities.

The high calibre programme learning materials have been developed and delivered in Cambridge University, Cranfield University and in large successful organisations in UK.

ESA Crete has been specially designed with overlapping outdoor and indoor spaces to enhance the personal development process.

Translators and facilitators will be there to help guide you through this unique and valuable learning experience.

Lecturers, facilitators and celebrity presenters from around the world will contribute to a powerful personal development and personal organisation programme. Presenters include the famous, award winning, gender activist and author, African royalty, Muzvare Betty Makoni from Zimbabwe and her fellow activist and TV broadcaster Princess Duen Adedoyin of Nigeria.


Goddesses: thank you for giving me a safe haven to re-invent my sparkle” Comment from 2013 Women Empowerment Programme

“I came by chance! I have remembered who I am and what I have to offer” Comment from 2013 Women Empowerment Programme

Four key aims of this programme

  1. You will develop new awareness about ‘supercharging’ your personal influence and your core skills for creating positive change.

  2. You will learn new skills to engage people in a mutual win – win change process.

  3. You will develop your ‘sense-making’ and ‘sense- giving’ abilities to positively influence people who ‘block’ your path to empowerment.

  4. You will learn techniques to protect yourself from bullies and adversaries, and gain an international support network of people who will continue to support you on your empowerment journey.

You will manage your own learning experience through a personal learning journal and workbook. You will set you own objectives and at the end of the programme you will have a personal action plan that is tailor made for you. This retreat has been specially designed so that participants can absorb the level of learning and development that they want/need. This may be a transformational process or more tactical learning. Participants will shape a different process to suit each person’s needs.

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Preliminary Agenda (may be subject to change)

Saturday 13th

Guests arrive at Chania airport or by ferry at Souda (Crete) and transferred to their accommodation to settle in.

20:00: Goddess Gala Dinner and WE Opening

Evening: Formal dinner and awards ceremony at ESA Drapanos
Dress code: Goddess or Princess!

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Sunday 14th Day 1
WE Programme starts

13:00: Lunch
  • WELCOME: Setting objectives and sharing understanding of why are we all here
  • Getting the jargon aligned: Definitions and getting on the same page.
  • Opening circle, using colour theory for group forming.
  • Setting up co-coaching and peer group knowledge exchange for the programme. Understanding the ‘coaching attitude’ and the ideal coaching relationship.
  • Individual journal entry - defining you as an empowered woman.
  • Knowing your sphere of influences and how those influences impact on you.
19:00: Close, with day 1 Reflections

Free evening (visit local taverns or seaside tavern).

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Monday 15th Day 2

09:00: Start – with coffee, tea and pastries
  • Enhancing your self-awareness and breaking down limiting beliefs and bedrock assumptions.
  • Practical use of Johari Window for giving and receiving feedback and learning about self-awareness triggers
  • Know your physicality and creating positive personal Impact (interactive/ experiential session)
13:00: LUNCH in ESA dining room
  • Inspiring stories of empowered women for change in the world
  • Learning to use conscious sense-making and sense giving for creating positive change.
  • Understanding systems leadership – using a ‘flocking’ exercise.

19:00: Close, with day 2 Reflections

Embedding learning through a painting colour exercise.
Evening: Cocktails, buffet at ESA with optional movie.
Transport to accommodation.

Tuesday 16th Day 3

09:00: Start

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  • Learning the art of conscious communication: Listening partnerships and incisive questions.
  • How to start a worldwide movement for change – engaging hearts and minds. Practical networking, assertive communication and personal credibility.
  • Setting your path for transition with tools and support systems to deal with the transition process.

Embed learning and experience
DEPART for return flights/ferries

Bonus- social event
This retreat includes a complementary stargazing and sky mapping cocktails and canapés evening. This will be courtesy of the 'Crete Amateur Astronomy Friends Club' from Chania (exact night TBC).

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The programme director is  Sharon Jackson, Founder and Director of ESA, with virtual support and materials development from WE co-founder Carolina Rodrigues Barros, founder of  'Dare to Glow'

Sharon Jackson

has 15 years’ experience of designing and delivering women empowerment programmes around the world including London, Sydney and in her academic roles at New Hall, Cambridge University and as a lecturer in Sustainable Business at Cranfield School of Management.

Co-facilitator and presenters:

Laura Morrison

Laura Morrison

Managing Director at Game Changer Consultancy and Former Co-Chair of BT Women’s Network, is a Transformational Coach and Speaker specialising in strategizing for sustainable business growth, creating positive outcomes through connection and positive communication. She has 17 years' experience in Strategy, Change Management, and Commercial Management and has worked with Global Multinational / FTSE 100 companies at Board Level in Logistics, Brands, Retail and Services sectors.

Kate Griffith

Kate Griffith

works with leaders and business owners to create more ease and flow in their lives by showing them how to bring their whole selves to everything they do. Clients include conscious business owners and leaders who recognise that the old paradigm way of doing things does not work and want support in determining what the new ways of doing business look like. She is passionate about creating conversations that lead to change and has developed her own process to do that called “Connection through Conversation”. Kate uses a range of skills in her executive coaching practice including mindfulness, NLP and colour therapy practitioner. Current clients include the Hay Group and the NHS Leadership Academy for whom she is delivering the Frontline programme, a radically new approach to leadership development for nurses and midwives.

Susse Marianna Smede

Susse Marianna Smede

personal development advisor and colour therapist.




Princess Deun and Princess Muzvare Betty Makoni

HRH. Princess Deun and Princess Muzvare Betty Makoni

Esteemed, award winning gender activists, authors and TV broadcasters.


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