Tuesday 18 February 2020 – 07.30 – 9am

What does the future of leadership look like?

We need braver leaders.

Leaders who have the courage to step up, lead change and drive outcomes but to do so with heart. Leaders who are comfortable embracing vulnerability, showing emotion but not afraid of a tough conversation.

Leaders who value people over process.

In this practical session delivered by Certified Dare to Lead facilitator Julia van Graas, she will take you through recent research to set out the actions you can take to develop your courage skills and identify opportunities for you to lead with heart. If you think these are ‘soft skills’, think again!

Julia van Graas is a globally experienced hands-on advisor, interim executive, facilitator and speaker. As a co-founder of Spiique, she gets leadership teams collaborating and delivering results when there’s a change agenda to achieve. She’s jumped into enough challenging business situations to know change and results happen because of the people!

Her career journey has included senior roles at EY and AlixPartners, interspersed with interim C-suite roles in businesses delivering high impact change. Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, Julia realised early on that to make a difference in an organisation, it was all about the people. Her subsequent studies have focussed on psychology, coaching, leadership and most recently, becoming a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.

Outside of work, Julia is a passionate advocate of diversity and social change projects. She is the Chair and Director of KEYUP! Project NFP, a mentor to change makers and entrepreneurs and a mum of two young kids.



As a member based community we are all about creating strong connections. As a member you’ll be entitled to come along to our Smart Breakfast and other key events for free.

As a non-member you are welcome to attend two paid events, after which we can discuss whether you want to become part of the SmartWomen Clan. If you’ve already been to two events and want to talk with us about membership email and we will call you.

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