Our expert team deliver bespoke solutions to meet the unique challenges of your organisation

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We accelerate gender equality by creating a level playing field for women

We bring a wide range of approaches and partner with you to find the ideal programme, suited to the unique requirements of your business. With Gender Equity Consulting, our expert team are equipped with a range of diagnostics to assess and recommend a strategic approach to achieving your equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) goals.

Our Breaking Barriers Women's Programmes have been developed by experienced organisational psychologists and experts in the EDI field, based on the latest research and evidence-based methodologies. We partner with businesses to customise these programmes and in addition we offer both individual coaching and our signature Breaking Barriers Coaching Circles, embedding the knowledge that leads to sustainable change.

Three Barriers
Diagnostic Tool

To successfully advance gender equality, organisations require a deep understanding of the behaviours, systems and processes that are creating barriers for the women in their business. We have therefore created a purpose-built Three Barriers Diagnostic that helps D&I leaders pinpoint with precision the true underlying barriers to greater gender balance, providing real clarity on the areas which will make the biggest difference.

Our online D&I survey is completed anonymously by employees of all genders and provides a heatmap which clearly identifies the areas that require the most focus. The findings provide powerful insights on strengths and gaps across the business, identifying where an organisation needs to focus its efforts, and establishes both a benchmark and a baseline for monitoring progress. The Three Barriers Diagnostic is an invaluable foundation for all of our work.

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Gender Equity Consulting

We partner with you to understand your gender balance and identify the organisational and individual barriers that limit women’s progression within your business, offering a tailored consultation service underpinned by solid strategy.

We take organisations through a Six Step Model that works through a change process. Steps 1-3 are built around creating the climate for change and Steps 4-6 are focused on making the change. This model addresses behavioural and structural factors that enable systemic change. By working through underpinning practices, processes, policies and cultural norms, we take an organisation-wide approach to embed sustainable change.

Our Six Step Model is an evidence-based approach to designing a gender equity solution. The model draws on a range of tools to formulate an approach that will address the organisational barriers and factors that limit gender equity within each organisation.

1. Align 2. Define 3. Engage 4. Build 5. De-bias 6. Develop

Ensure strategic alignment

Key stakeholder engagement

Effective inclusion programmes are championed by engaged leaders with a shared vision for equity, diversity and inclusion, and a personal commitment to driving change. By engaging leadership teams, we set organisations up for success in the Enabling the Change phase. We conduct a series of facilitated discussions with key stakeholders to define the strategic programme priorities and ensure alignment with the business strategy. This can include workshops, individual sessions, and coaching with key individuals.

Landscape review: Competitor, customer and supply chain

We look at an organisation in the context of its ecosystem to understand the practices and expectations of customers, peers and other stakeholders. This is often an important input to the equity, diversity and inclusion strategy that ensures full acknowledgement of the various pressures on the business, and how these impact delivery of the business strategy.

Define the gap and plan

Shape Talent always propose a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis to give you the most rounded insights into not only what the barriers are within your business, but also how these challenges are arising.

Quantitative diagnostics

Our proprietary Three Barriers Diagnostic helps you to pinpoint with precision the true underlying blockages within your organisation to greater gender balance. This provides real clarity on the areas which will make the biggest difference. In addition, we give you a clear picture of how intersectionality impacts different groups in different ways.

Qualitative diagnostics

We conduct targeted focus groups and interviews, also designed around our Three Barriers Model to help bring to life the lived experience of individuals within your organisation. These findings can be invaluable in enabling the storytelling that helps promote effective change.


With insights from data and feedback from across the organisation, we work with you to develop clear, measurable and actionable plans.

Engage the organisation

Awareness raising programmes

We help all employees – regardless of gender – to understand the challenges and benefits around gender equity, enabling them to become active allies. Awareness raising can be achieved through a range of programme options including our Three Barriers sessions and listening circles which create safe spaces for employees to share their experiences and needs, helping to build strong, inclusive teams.

Build inclusive workplaces

Inclusive leader workshops

With the introduction of an organisation-wide change programme, it’s imperative to ensure that leaders are equipped with the skills and resources to actively practice equity, diversity and inclusion in their day-to-day activities. Our Inclusive Leadership programme, comprising workshops and coaching, helps individuals and leaders build the skills required to create inclusive cultures.

Allies programme

Our Allies programme equips individuals at all levels and of all genders to become powerful and authentic allies to women. This helps participants consider opportunities for being a responsible bystander and develop the self-awareness, courage and curiosity to enable active allyship.

De-bias and align the system

Create inclusive talent management processes

Despite best intentions, recruitment, career development, appraisal and reward practices often contain biases. We review your talent management lifecycle and work with you to dismantle these biases and ensure your practices support your EDI goals.

Optimising employee resource groups

We ensure employee resource groups (ERGs) or employee networks are aligned with the equity, diversity and inclusion strategy and are optimised for effectiveness. We help define the ERG charter and objectives and ensure a clear line of sight to the organisation’s overarching EDI goals. Our team can also provide mentoring and support to women’s network Chairs.

Develop women

Women’s development and acceleration programmes

Developing women is a core strength of ours and at the heart of the transformation we can facilitate. Our high-touch, high-impact programmes bring together talented women and equip them with the skills, tools and confidence to drive their careers forward. For more detail, see Breaking Barriers Women's Programmes .

Sponsorship programmes

Distinct from mentorship, sponsorship programmes provide participants with a senior executive sponsor who helps to raise their visibility and profile. We help our clients to create, implement and embed powerful sponsorship programmes which complement our Breaking Barriers Women’s Programmes.


Coaching, both our Breaking Barriers Coaching Circles and our individual offering, is a powerful way of helping women navigate career challenges and maximise their potential. Coachees can bring a variety of topics to their coach, and every session is designed to meet the needs of the participants. To read more about our extensive suite of highly effective coaching solutions, see Coaching.

Explore our Breaking Barriers services

Learn about our Breaking Barriers Women’s Programmes and Breaking Barriers Coaching