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Liz Walkley takes part in Coachathon for MicroLoan charity

Liz Walkley of Empowering Insights has been coaching individuals to raise money to support women in Africa build a better life.

Liz took part in a Coachathon on 18 November to raise money for MicroLoan, giving up her time to offer a number of career coaching sessions to individuals wishing to overcome challenges and find direction. Overall, a fantastic total of £13,275 was raised.

Organised by the Women's Leaders Association (WLA), 39 coaches delivered 446 one-to-one coaching sessions – channelling their expertise on a number of areas including career transitions, leadership and wellbeing.

MicroLoan is a poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment charity helping some of the poorest women in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe receive business training and loans to become financially resilient and transform their lives (coachathon sessions were charged at a mere £25 - the same amount as a business start-up loan).

Many coaches had never experienced coaching and each came from different circumstances - those wishing to progress in their careers, those getting back into the workplace after raising a family and those wanting to change career direction to do something more meaningful.

One coachee, manager Stefan Bojanowski-Bubb, commented on the experience: "A very useful session. Liz provided an unbiased and open space to discuss thoughts and ideas. Together we identified some real ideas and areas of improvement. I found roll playing hypothetical meetings very useful. Liz was able to swiftly build rapport and to create a trusting environment that allowed me to forget what I had on my mind when I began the session." 

Liz added: "It was a privilege to take part in such an awesome and rewarding experience – not only helping women in Africa but also reaching out to enable individuals find their feet, and overcome blockages or gain clarity of purpose."