SteppingStones INSPIRE 2023 Conference

05oct9:00 am4:00 pmSteppingStones INSPIRE 2023 ConferenceEmpowering Leaders to Elevate, Lead and Coach with Impact


October 5, 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

Event Details

Leadership Development Conference

Thursday, 5 October 2023, 9am-4pm (main conference)

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What: Prepare to be captivated by SteppingStones INSPIRE Conference, a highly engaging, participative and dynamic Leadership Development Conference that you absolutely cannot afford to miss!

In a rapidly changing world, where economies contract while unemployment rates hit record lows, and ground-breaking technologies like artificial intelligence and automation reshape the playing field, it’s time to explore the secrets of authentic leadership. Say goodbye to sleepless nights and embrace a future where success and well-being go hand in hand. Discover how to foster thriving workplaces that bridge the gaps of disconnection, isolation, and loneliness, even in our hyper-connected world. The rules of work have been rewritten, demanding a new breed of leaders who can navigate diverse, globally dispersed teams. The true power lies with authentic leaders who build flexible, resilient, and people-centric organizations. Are you ready to unlock the latest insights into the future of leadership? Do you possess the skills and experience to lead the dynamic workforce of tomorrow?

Who:  Calling all leaders hungry to amplify their expertise and stay ahead of the curve! Inspire 2023 is tailor-made for those seeking to enhance their leadership skills and embrace the challenges of tomorrow’s workforce. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or aspiring to step into a leadership role, this conference promises to ignite your potential.


Conference Schedule

08:00-09:00 Registration and Breakfast

07:45-08:45 Morning Workshop (20 people max)

How Leaders Should Plan and Manage People Development

In light of the recent seismic shift in leadership approach due to AI, the “Great Resignation,” and hybrid working, employee retention has become more important than ever. Learn how to build tomorrow’s workplace today, equipping your people with the tools, support, and opportunities they need to thrive. Join this highly interactive workshop to discover effective strategies for planning and managing people development to enhance engagement and retention.

09:00-16:00 Main Conference

09:00-10:15 The Emotional Intelligence Compass for Leaders

In a world where leaders have to lead with empathy, motivate globally dispersed teams and navigate without a map, emotional intelligence is paramount. Join this session to understand how to use emotional intelligence as a guiding compass for effective leadership. Learn practical strategies to demonstrate emotional intelligence and lead your teams to higher levels of performance.

10:25-11:40 Authentic Leadership – Becoming A Leader People Want to Follow

Authentic leaders are people-focused, driven by purpose, passion, and values. They are responsible for creating a culture of authenticity, transparency and trust. Learn what authentic leadership truly means and why it is crucial to navigate change, particularly in the current climate. Discover the essential steps to become an Authentic Leader and inspire others to follow.

11:50-13:05 Psychological Safety for Growth

Explore how psychological safety creates the conditions for innovation and growth in individuals, teams and organisations. Gain practical insights and tips for leaders to cultivate and foster psychological safety, enabling a win-win situation of both safety and high-performance.

13:05-14:15 Lunch

13:15-14:15 Lunch and Learn Workshop (20 people max)

Are you a Culture Creator?

Delve into the impact of values, purpose, and mission on the organisational culture and success. As a leader, discover how to support cultural intelligence and create a forward thinking, people-centric culture that fosters inclusion, development, and innovation.

14:15-15:00  Unlock The Power Of Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is the key to organisational success, and understanding the challenges your people face is crucial. Learn how your leadership approach, along with job satisfaction, salary and benefits, professional development, and well-being, can unlock employee engagement. Gain strategies to maintain engagement during periods of change.

15:10-16:00   Leader as Coach 

Understand the evolving role of coaching within leadership for 2023 and beyond. Discover the impact and importance of a coaching approach when leading remote, globally dispersed and multi-generational teams. Learn a coaching model to facilitate constructive coaching conversations and provide impactful feedback.

16:00-18:00  Pinpointing Connections – Leadership Uncorked

[Networking and Social Event]



Ciara Aspinall
Ciara Aspinall

Ciara Aspinall

With over twenty years of experience, Ciara has developed a diverse skill set encompassing leadership, people development, recruitment, training, sales, consultancy, coaching and mentoring. Her professional journey has taken her across national, international and global contexts, including an 18-year tenure in the Caribbean. Ciara’s extensive knowledge is rooted working with clients from a variety of industries, including FTSE 500 and FTSE 100 companies, renowned international financial services and law firms, engineering and hospitality clients; SMEs; not-for-profit and charitable organisations. She has sat on numerous boards, consulted and advised on cultural intelligence, leadership development and supported clients through significant organisational change.

With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Ciara excels as an energetic motivator and problem solver, consistently driving business success and developing strategies that align with a company’s vision and values. Her expertise is complemented by certification in evidence-based behavioural leadership, employee engagement, emotional intelligence and 360-degree feedback tools. Additionally, Ciara has a decade of experience utilising the Investors in People (IIP) framework to drive business improvement.

Ciara’s passion lies in maximising collaboration, communication, performance and growth for individuals, teams and organisations. As a highly engaging facilitator, she specialises in designing and delivering highly impactful and energising learning and development experiences. Her proficiency extends to keynote speaking engagements, with most recent appearances throughout the UK throughout Europe.

Qualifications and Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD)
  • Member of Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)
  • Member of the Career Development Institute (CDI).
  • Certified Genos Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and Master Trainer
  • Insights Discovery Licenced Practitioner
  • Clarity4D Accredited Business Partner
  • Approved ILM Leadership and Management Trainer
  • Investors In People Practitioner
  • BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies with German
  • Master’s degree in business administration (MBA)

Ciara is passionate about learning and undertakes regular CPD activities. She is a Committee Member of CIPD Gloucestershire Branch, a CIPD Forum Member, an Enterprise Advisor, and a member of the PTA in her children’s school.



Eric Jenkinson
Eric Jenkinson

Eric Jenkinson, MSc., CEO of Ndeavour Consulting Limited

Organisational Culture and Leadership Development Specialist.


Eric has worked in the field of business improvement for the past 30 years. He provides support and guidance in organisational culture, change management and Leadership skills development and has worked throughout Europe, North America, Bermuda and the Caribbean in both the Private and Public sectors. He brings drive, energy and strong Emotional Intelligence skills to each project that he facilitates.

Eric is highly experienced in the use of Business improvement models and in particular the Investors in People Framework. His successes in Cayman include CUC Gold level Accreditation, DCI Cayman Government Gold level Accreditation and Steppingstones Recruitment Platinum level Accreditation and winner of International I.I.P. ‘Best Small Platinum Company in the World Award’. To date Eric’s clients have won 5 International IIP Awards.

Eric and his team design and deliver Leadership and Management development programmes to all sectors including both Ndeavour approved and ILM Accredited programmes. These include Level 2, 3, 5 and 7 Certificate and Diploma programmes for the Institute of Leadership and Development (ILM) Europe’s leading Professional Management Institute. To date Eric has been instrumental in helping over 150 Caymanians to achieve an Academic Qualification in Leadership and Management with ILM.

During his time in business Eric has published a number of Papers on Culture Change and Leadership for Trinity College, Dublin, the Ulster University and Esade University, Spain and has published articles for leading business magazines. He is a much sought after Guest Speaker at International Conferences on Leadership concepts including Authentic Leadership and changing organisational Culture. He published his first book ‘Moving Horizons’ which he presented to the CIHRSP Conference in 2019 in support of his overseas charity, Amy Foundation which operates in Cape Town.

Eric is Ambassador for the Amy Foundation a Cape Town based charity which provides after school education and meals to over 2,000 underprivileged children and youths every day. The charity provides education on Drug Awareness, HIV Aids, Social Skills, Sport, Arts and Crafts and Skills for Employment.


His qualifications include:

  • MSc in Management.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management.
  • Diploma in Industrial Management.
  • Certificate in Management Services.
  • Basic Work Data Certificate.
  • Training Officers Certificate.


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