It took me a long time to learn how to get my voice heard, navigate internally and truly believe in myself at work. When I mastered those areas my career took off and I want to share those shortcuts with other women.
Now I help women in leadership roles to increase their influence & impact at work whilst being kinder to themselves.
My book 'Closing The Influence Gap: A practical guide for women leaders who want to be heard' reached #1 in the Amazon charts for Business Leadership Skills and Business Management and Leadership.
I love to hear about their promotions, their increased self-belief and how they are now leading their way and loving it. I feel incredibly grateful that I get to spend my days empowering these wonderful women in their careers using my Influence & Impact Framework.
We have over 170 women in Influence & Impact from a huge range of sectors and from organisations including Deloitte, BT, Channel 4, Johnson Matthey, PWC as well as charities, the NHS, local government and the emergency services.
"One of my superpowers is bringing together amazing women and creating a space and structure for them to learn and grow and share and support each other.
Influence & Impact is much bigger than me and the wisdom of the group constantly inspires me."
In my podcast I try and be as authentic and open as possible because so many of us are comparing ourselves to others without realising that we all share the same doubts and fears and worries. And also to show you that you don’t need to be perfect to be a successful leader, in fact I’d argue the more human you are, the better leader you can be.
I’m passionate about making the workplace somewhere where everyone can thrive. I focus on women but I also want to amplify the voices of all groups which are underrepresented in the rooms where decisions are made. I use my podcast to discuss topics like menopause, neurodiversity and inclusivity.
During my career as a fundraiser I raised over £20 million for good causes. I also spent 10 years facilitating board and executive level workshops on strategy, performance and culture.
I qualified as a coach over a decade ago with The Coaching Academy and since then have undertaken additional training each year including co-active coaching, mindfulness coaching, NLP and happiness coaching (yes that is a thing!).
I am a best selling author of the book 'Closing the Influence Gap: A practical guide for women leaders who want to be heard' and the host of the Influence & Impact podcast for female leaders which has ranked #4 on the Apple Podcasts Management Charts and remains in the top 10 most weeks.
"I highly recommend Carla across a number of leadership and strategic disciplines – from 121 coaching to team facilitation. She has the ability to frame challenges in a way that seek out solutions and provides objectivity in any situation. She has transformed the way I think about coaching, mentoring and empowering at work."
"Carla's coaching was immensely helpful to me and guided me through some tricky situations at work. Carla has some wonderful tools and techniques that have really helped develop me as a leader and given me confidence to move forward. I'd thoroughly recommend Carla as a leadership coach."
"As a first time CEO I needed some support to help me make the transition and to navigate the change in my role and how I coped with it. I needed someone to bounce around ideas to help me clarify the issues I was facing and ensure I prioritised effectively and maintained my focus and vision.
Coming from a similar background to me, I knew Carla would understand the issues I was faced with and how I might approach them – her own achievements in her career means she understands what I’m going through! I knew coaching would help from the first session which explored my personality, what makes me tick and what I wanted to achieve. I felt she understood me very quickly and that I could be totally honest with her (and she wouldn’t judge me!).
I now have real clarity about my goals, what I want to achieve and how I’m going to tackle the thornier issues my organisation has. I feel much better and more confident now that I have that clarity, and additionally Carla is very good at giving me positive feedback on how I’m progressing against the goals I set myself – it’s like a shot in the arm that I need to give me an energy boost!"