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 international best selling author, Dr Sam Collins is synonymous with the M.A.D. (Making A Difference) movement that has the goal to make a difference to 1 billion women and girls by 2020. She is a leading global voice on leadership and change for workplaces, organisational culture and community impact.

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 women leaders from global corporations, small business, 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, the BBC World Service and Psychologies Magazine.

It began with Aspire, founded by Sam in 2001 when she was just 30 years old. Aspire has been developing the female leaders and role models of the future for the past 17 years and it was the first pioneering company in the UK to specifically focus on coaching and leadership development for women leaders. Sam now addresses the global lack of representation of women in business, government and community and the need to work at a structural and individual level to facilitate the full expression of potential, talent and diversity needed for the future world of work. 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 15 million women and girls across the world.

Sam is also 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.

A 7 year part-time PhD looked at the future world of work for women as leaders in the US and the UK and explored the emergence of women on boards and as entrepreneurs in the banking, accounting and professional services industries. She is the author of the internationally best selling book, 'Radio Heaven – One Woman's Journey to Grace'.

Dr Sam lives in the UK with her husband and three children.

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.