They were all they were but they were not all they are. Red Hall of the Canal Theaters outgrew to house the nearly three thousand women who are part of the ‘Leader Programmed‘ of the Community of Madrid. “A pioneering initiative in the world” as said its president, Esperanza Aguirre, who has more than three years promoting the careers of women in the region through various scholarships, workshops and meetings, as he gathered last March 9, nearly a thousand people, including senior representatives of the Spanish political and business sphere, and a guest of honor, the Princess of Asturias.
“Leader invites you to stop for a moment and think about taking responsibility for their own career -beginning in his speech. Because the first step proposed is to trust oneself and meet the challenge of form and grow professionally with the acquisition of new skills. ” Skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership … that in this third edition of the program participants will be able to acquire through 120 scholarships for the course of a Masters in IE , IESE or ESADE (in addition to the 338 already granted ) and provided counseling to 650 other women (total 2,550).
And this is just a small sample of the many lines of –Bag job performance, professional network … – This project develops and that in 2010 premieres a specific section for self-employment: ‘Leader Set Off‘. In this sense, the Princess of Asturias highlighted the efforts of the Madrid in making certain decisions – “undertaking, to enter the labor market, progress in career …” – while acknowledging the efforts of many women to combine family and work: “All of you here know it; at some point you have raised on how to offer the best of each in all areas of your life, something that ultimately you have finished taking time for yourselves. “
But if there is something that the match ‘ women Leader’ is to want is power, and they can prove. 95% of them, university students and vocational training, working professionals or unemployed, claim that their passage through this program, which has won praise and interest of the European Union, has been a milestone in his career and has produced in them a change of mind or attitude. Not in vain through it have been able to come into contact with great trainers such as, among others, experts in people Santiago Alvarez de Mon , Mario Alonso Puig , José Ballesteros and Ovidio Penalver , or women leaders in the business world the likes of Amparo Moraleda , Laura González Molero and Maria Eugenia Giron . They have all contributed and contribute to that is the main tool for the success of these professionals: motivation. “Supporting people, in this case women, who want to improve is always a guarantee of success for herself, for her family, for society and for our country , ” concluded the Princess.
The president of the Community of Madrid , Esperanza Aguirre, emphasized this last point, especially “in situations like the present, which is necessary to create jobs and wealth , ” and extolled the potential of ‘Leader’ to “convince women and men that what really counts is talent, training and effort. “
Three keys that have made women give a giant step in his presence in the labor market over the last ten years, which has gone from an occupancy rate of 36% to 46.1%, but they are not enough. “If we talk about positions, we have not come so far –comments Aguirre during this meeting-. In companies in the IBEX 35, women account for 41% of the workforce but hold only 8% of the positions of the boards of directors and in college, but make up 60% of the students, only 14% are professors and 10 occupy the chair of the rector. “
“Despite their worth, there are still obstacles to their progression,” he explained the president of the Community of Madrid, who returned to ‘Leader’ as one of the best tools to move from legal equality to real “helping to know us giving ourselves and know others who know what we want and can do whatever we set ourselves. “
“Entrepreneurship is the source of innovation, competitiveness and progress”, concluded Esperanza Aguirre.