Women Entrepreneurs – WE ACE Workshop Series (UPDATED)

Dr Tom Peach Written by Tom Peach
Published on 08 March 2020
4 min. read



WE ACE is a programme of workshops dedicated to women entrepreneurs in health and life sciences, with a focus on leadership and negotiation.


In 2018 Innovation Forum Oxford (IFO) created ACE (Awareness, Connectivity, Exchange) Saturdays–a series of workshops aimed at nurturing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship amongst academic and clinical researchers in the sciences at the University of Oxford.


Feedback from participants and experts over two-years of workshops highlighted a particular need for more women-focussed training and initiatives to address the unequal representation of women entrepreneurs.


As a call to action, IFO collaborated with two experts, Milly Sinclair and Ellen J. to create WE ACE (Women Entrepreneurs ACE). Both Milly and Ellen are experts in their separate fields of consultancy and have developed a unique, tailored programme to support women achieve their entrepreneurial goals while effectively using their skills, experience and gifts to solve new challenges in this ever-changing world.


We are excited to launch WE ACE as an exclusive online-only coaching and development programme. You can meet Milly in the video below and learn more about the content and vision of the WE ACE program.

In an effective response to the current COVID-19 situation, the WE ACE programme’s schedule and content has been thoughtfully reimagined. The original three full-day workshops have been adapted to eight sessions, typically 1-2 hrs long, delivered on Tuesday afternoons throughout May and June.


These sessions will retain the core ethos that has driven previous years’ ACE workshops: learning by doing. The new online format offers unmissable opportunities; geography is not a barrier–participants can join from any location with the sessions scheduled to suit multiple time zones.


We’re excited to use this new delivery format to offer an extended period of meaningful connection between experts and peers to create tangible action plans and a lasting network. A silver lining of moving WE ACE online is the opportunity we now have to offer dedicated one-to-one coaching sessions. This is a rare opportunity to experience the power and effectiveness of mentorship tailored to you and your goals.

The new programme schedule is below:


Session 1 (one-to-one coaching) 

From Registration to 12th May (time agreed upon with experts)

Understanding your goals and how to meet them.


Session 2 (group session and peer mentor assignment)

12th May, 14:00-15:45 BST

Your entrepreneurial journey so far and planning a future driven by your values, expertise and strengths.


Session 3 (group session)

19th May, 14:00-15:45 BST

Embodying your goals and communicating your offer effectively with authentic presence and language—both spoken and unspoken.


Session 4 (one-to-one coaching)

20-26th May

Reflecting on your learning so far.


Session 5 (group session)

26th May, 14:00-15:45 BST

Understanding your approach to deal making and managing uncertainty, complexity, and relationships.


Session 6 (group session)

2nd June, 14:00-15:45 BST

Practicing and mastering negotiation both in writing and face-to-face.


Session 7 (group session)

9th June, 14:00-15:45 BST

Planning your future with confidence by identifying enablers and transforming the inner critic.


Session 8 (group session)

16th June, 14:00-15:45 BST

Deal-making simulation and small group feedback.


Thanks to generous support from the Medical Research Council we are delighted to be able to offer the program free of charge to participants. However, space will be limited due to the focussed nature of the workshops and participants will need to guarantee attending all sessions.


Want to join us?

To express your interest in joining the program please register on our Eventbrite page (here) by Tuesday May 5th. In order for us to better the programme content to participants the Eventbrite registration will require you to include the following:

  • A brief bio of yourself (100 words)
  • A statement of how you feel you would benefit from the WE ACE training (100 words)
  • Confirmation that you will attend all training sessions

Please note that registration alone does not guarantee you a place on the programme. We will confirm details with selected participants after the registration deadline. 

For more information on previous years’ (2018 and 2019) ACE-Saturdays Workshops click here and here.

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