Aspire - Leadership for the future

Dr Sam Collins, CEO & Founder of Aspire 

Award-winning women in leadership expert, social entrepreneur, key note speaker, coach and internationally bestselling author, Dr Sam Collins is a leading global voice on women as leaders and change agents for workplaces, organisational culture and community impact.

Dr Collins is an expert in the fields of women's leadership and gender diversity within the business world and consults with CEOs and executive teams on how to attract and retain women and create a diverse workforce. Sam has been named one of the 'Top 200 Women to Impact Business & Industry' by Her Majesty, The Queen, one of the 'Top 10 Coaches' by The Independent and 'Leader in the Workplace' in the Ogûnte Women's Social Leadership Awards. She has worked with global corporations, small businesses, government and non-profits over the past 17 years and has contributed to The Financial Times, The Guardian, CNN, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times and the BBC. She has been a regular contributor to the BBC World Service and is a 'Micro Genius' for Psychologies Magazine.

It began with Aspire, founded by Dr Collins in 2001 when she was just 30 years old, now a globally sought-after organisation that enables women leaders to thrive through leadership development, coaching and events. The Aspire Foundation, the not-for-profit arm launched in 2010, is integral to Aspire's way of doing business. Its pro-bono mentoring programme works in 80 countries and has made a positive difference to the lives of over 16 million women and girls across the world. Dr Collins is an active campaigner on the role of business in solving world issues, supporting families after suicide, the worldwide orphan crisis and empowering women as leaders in developing and emerging economies. She was recently named as a Global Ambassador for Women for Women International, empowering women survivors of war in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan.

Dr Collins has a Business Degree, a Masters in Training and Human Resource Management (with distinction) and a PhD that examined the future world of work for women as leaders in the US and the UK. She is also the author of the internationally bestselling book, 'Radio Heaven – One Woman’s Journey to Grace’.

Building Blocks for the Girls

We have to believe inside that we deserve to be where we are, and to achieve what we have achieved. But we also have to understand that we cannot hold a belief that society owes us anything and instead make our own destinies, and likewise complain that nothing will ever change without understanding that we can control our own reality.