WFTV FEARLESS Leadership Programme
the next round of applications will open in 2024.
The Scheme and its Purpose
The purpose of the WFTV Fearless Leadership Programme is to empower women to thrive in senior leadership positions by providing training and coaching in leadership skills, tools and techniques and mindset.
We believe that if we want to enact change, one of the most powerful ways is to make sure women leaders are represented at the highest levels across the screen industries in all roles and empowered with the leadership skills, self-belief & and confidence to set and deliver strategy, to make positive impact and maintain their resilience for the long-haul.
This is a bespoke programme of group coaching, 1-2-1 coaching and masterclasses, and is designed to supercharge leadership skills and create an annnual cohort of eight female leaders who will be professional sounding boards and confidants for each other for the rest of their careers.
who is it for?
You are eligible to apply for this scheme if you have 15 years’ experience plus and are in a leadership position in the film, TV & screen industries.
WFTV is committed to equal opportunities and developing diversity and inclusivity across the industry, so it puts key targets in place to ensure the programme is both diverse and inclusive.
find out more about applying to the programme
If you are considering applying to take part in the programme and want to find out more, watch this informational session with Senior Leadership Coach, Tracy Forsyth.
Tracy explained what the programme covers and the crucial information you will need to include in your application, as well as answering questions.
The WFTV Fearless Leadership Programme is for you if
You are in a leadership role but want to improve your leadership skills and effectiveness.
The programme will cover topics such as persuading and influencing, landing key messages, motivating and empowering teams and setting work culture as well as profile-raising and thought leadership.
This programme is a great opportunity for those who are:
Finding leadership is lonely - often leaders have no-one to share experiences with and as a result, stress, worry, self-doubt and lack of courageous leadership kick in.
Finding the constant changes in the industry hard to navigate in terms of setting strategy and managing a team. We are living in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world (VUCA) so the old-style command and control leadership doesn’t work well. Modern leaders must be more agile, inclusive, adaptive and resilient to change.
Feeling the effects of social conditioning about how a woman leader should behave (e.g., not wanting to be too pushy, too aggressive, too over-bearing) and want the confidence to push back or know how to frame responses.
Finding it hard to maintaining resilience and mental / physical health for the long haul.
WHAT IS INVOLVED
6 X 1 day Leadership Group Coaching with the cohort
3 x Masterclasses from female CEOs / senior leaders
An individual Leadership Circle Profile to evaluate your current leadership skills and development areas
3 x Individual Leadership Coaching sessions with course leader Tracy Forsyth
A professional profile headshot with photographer Gemma Day
WFTV speaking opportunities – presenting a panel or giving a webinar.
This scheme requires you to be committed and proactive; you will be selected on what you can bring to the group as well as what you might gain from the course:
Every leader is required to give a one-hour webinar or panel on a subject of their choice to the WFTV membership.
You must be able to commit to the group coaching days.
You must be willing to pay it forward through mentoring in the future
THE PROGRAMME LEADER
The programme has been designed and will be hosted by Tracy Forsyth. Tracy is a Senior Leadership Coach across the creative industries, the Founder of ‘Fast Track to Fearless’ and also has a 30-year career in the creative industries including production, commissioning, distribution and working as part of the Global Leadership Team at BBC Studios.
We would love to hear from you if you are
A woman currently working in a leadership role within linear or multi-platform film, television or digital content creation. For example: Head of Department, a Founder or in a senior role running an indie, a C-suite role or board-member role
Please note, priority will be given to those who would not normally have access to a development or coaching budget.
Have more than 15 years’ experience in the industry
Can commit to 6 group days, individual coaching and 3 master classes (over a six month period).
It’s very time consuming to fill in the application form – why is it so detailed?
The transformation process that is at the heart of the leadership programme starts with the application form. For the process to really work you have to be totally committed to it for seven months; if you truly don’t have time to fill in the application form it is unlikely that you would be able to fully participate in, and benefit from, the programme.
What’s the selection process?
All eligible application forms (i.e. those that meet the selection criteria and have complied with the submission requirements) are reviewed by a panel of experienced industry figures. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview with the leadership programme leader (via Zoom).
I’m freelance and don’t know my work schedule – what happens if I can’t make the programme days?
In order to the most out of the programme we absolutely encourage you to prioritise the six days scheduled and lock them into your diary from the outset. Of course, we all understand that life gets busy and sometimes work commitments can’t be altered.
Is there an age restriction for applicants on the scheme?
Not at all.
Can WFTV accommodate access requirements?
At WFTV we’re keen to ensure that all our programmes are accessible for everyone. If you have any access requirements, please let us know within the application and we will happily accommodate you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss in more detail.
Do I have to pay a fee to join the programme?
The programme is free.
We would expect you to become a WFTV member by the time the programme begins.
Do I have to be a member of WFTV to apply?
No. You do not have to be a member to apply. If you are chosen for the scheme we would expect you to become a member by the time the programme starts in June.
Key Terms for entering the 2023 Fearless Leadership Course
Applicants must be UK residents.
Participants must be willing and able to travel to central London for the six workshop days. Applicants outside of London will receive travel reimbursement.
Applications closed on Tuesday 25 April at 17:00. Applications received after that date will NOT be considered.
Due to the high number of applications we receive it is not possible to give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications.
Selected participants MUST provide a headshot and 100 – 200 word bio to email@example.com for use on the WFTV website and related publicity.
Successful applicants agree to participate in any relevant publicity.