Wise words from Frances
MOST people in their 70s want to put their career behind them – but
not Dr Frances Baldwin.
The 71-year-old grandmother established her own consultancy to share
the wisdom and knowledge gained during her 30-year career as an
internationally-acclaimed educator and practitioner of leadership
She will be travelling to Scotland to share her experiences with
others at a special seminar in Edinburgh in September.
She said: “I have had the most pleasant and exciting life and now I’m
doing the things I have always wanted to – articulating the wisdom of
my years and helping others to learn from my experience while also
valuing their own life experience.”
Frances has navigated a fascinating career which has seen the former
high school educator and counsellor go on to develop leaders in the
American Navy in the 1970s to coaching executives in a major global
corporation through the 1990s.
Since creating her own consultancy in 1994, Frances has designed the
seminar, When Women Lead From Within, to support emerging
opportunities for women to walk the edge between traditional and
future leadership practices.
Organised by Aberdeen-based leadership development experts, The Chaos
Game, the two-day management programme encourages women to learn from,
and put forth their own unique perspective in order to improve
Frances says: “What is distinctive about this seminar is the way in
which a focus on real life stories awakens the type of confidence,
resilience and balance that actually serves both men and women well.”
Frances said of her own career path: “My motivation for graduate study
was to bring the prevailing management knowledge from the business
world into the public schools. Unfortunately I became intrigued and
was seduced into the corporate arena.”
During graduate studies, Frances was given an opportunity, as part of
a civilian team of consultants, to work with the American Navy’s
highest officers who were attempting to leverage the energy of the
civil rights movement in the civilian world to create a more inclusive
military environment; especially as the unrest was spilling over into
She recently received one of her biggest accolades when she learned
that her dissertation had been reviewed and placed in the archives of
the Bureau of Naval Personnel library in Washington, D.C.
Frances later switched from the public to private sector when she
joined Esso Oil in Houston, Texas, now known as Exxon-Mobil, where she
worked for 13 years.
In 1994 she returned to her roots in Atlanta, Georgia to settle into a
slower pace, but she has no doubts that with age comes wisdom: “As you
become older, you learn more about what is important.
“For me, that is to trust my intuition, have compassion for people no
matter who they are and the knowledge that the world is not out to get
you. Age also gives you the opportunity to refine your views and
realise that wisdom is only wisdom if it helps you and others navigate
the realities of a current day – with grace, of course.”
Frances will be hosting the When Women Lead From Within seminar at The
Howard Hotel, Edinburgh, on September 15 and 16, and on September 18
The cost for corporate clients is £1,050 per person, for the public
sector £945, and for non-profit and independent clients £900.
The fee includes working materials, lunches and dinner on the first
evening. It does not include VAT.
For more information call 01224 734 337, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.thechaosgame. com
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