Lead 5050: Lise Leroux

Black and white photo of Lise with quote I am proud to be helping to enhance the culture of BSC, which will make us not only successful as a company but a great place to work.

BSC is providing an opportunity for colleagues from across our business to be part of Lead5050, a leading organisation empowering women in education.

We’re speaking to members of the BSC team about why joining Lead 5050 is so important to them. Today we asked Lise Leroux, BSC’s Culture, Training and Development Director, why joining the organisation was important to her.

What made you want to join Lead 5050?

I wanted to become a member of Lead5050because true creativity is combining multiple diverse ideas from many sources to create innovative solutions. Being part of this forum of inspirational women in leadership which would provide such opportunities. I believe in the power and benefits of sharing experience and ideas which contributes to a growth mindset and a learning and development culture within ourselves and our organisations.

What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on so far at BSC?

My most exciting project so far has been implementing a complex learning and development programme, including our very first Vision, Mission, and Values which are actually meaningful and not just corporate waffle. These have been the basis for communication, customer experience, strengths-based leadership development training programmes I have rolled out with the collaboration and support from senior management which are beginning to generate impressive results.

What do you most enjoy about working at BSC?

Having “culture” in my job title means everything. Culture is the physical manifestation of what is inside people’s heads. Their attitudes, beliefs, and values. How we think is how we act. Behaviours are visible. I am proud to be helping to enhance the culture of BSC, which will make us not only successful as a company but a great place to work.

 What’s been your biggest career success so far?

Someone told me once that I should “never bother trying to write a book as the humiliation would be too great when I failed.” It did take 437 rejections and much work to develop my writing skills, but eventually, my first book was published by a major UK publisher and nominated for an international women’s literary award. That gave me the life-long belief that I should never just accept my own or limitations bestowed upon me.

What drives you in your career?

I have always been someone who believes we can change and develop towards being our “best selves.” Making a positive impact on other people and helping them to achieve success in their own lives makes me feel what I do is worthwhile.

Is there a particular woman in business that inspires you? 

Other than my mother, who went back to school in her thirties and became a forensic psychologist, Cara York inspires me because of her success in a very male-dominated industry. Beginning her career as a cruise ship coffee barista and working her way up, she eventually became the first American Hotel Director in cruise line history. She specialised in engineering projects and after identifying a gap in the market, she left to start up her own company. Kobolt Maritime Professionals is a maritime engineering firm specialising in cruise line refits. From earning £300,000 their first year, they now make over 6 million a year and growing. Cara employs and encourages women within the engineering industry. It was definitely a man’s world in engineering 25 years ago. Not anymore, according to Cara.

If you had one wish for the future, what would it be?

I wish very much that instead of being just a learning and development organisation that provides language services, that we continue becoming an organisation that embraces, embodies, and lives continual learning not just for our students, but for our employees.

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