Women are under-represented at Board level in the digital/tech sector in Scotland. To address this imbalance, we created Special Edition, a professional development programme that seeks to help ambitious, talented women fulfill their potential and reach the very top.

Special Edition is targeted at women in the digital sectors in Scotland. Over six months, the programme offers a dynamic mix of professional development training and creative expertise to help participants boost their confidence, improve entrepreneurial skills, expand professional networks and progress their careers in digital. The initiative includes formal workshops led by top trainers culminating in an international field trip to digital centres of excellence where you will meet some of the most exciting and influential business leaders in the industry.

The overall ambition of this programme is to set our female delegates on a career trajectory that ultimately leads to the boardroom. Previous delegates have gone on to secure significant promotions, including to Board level, and start their own companies.

2016 delegates

Six top professionals drawn from Scotland’s thriving digital/creative sector secured a place on our 2016 Special Edition programme. They are:

Claire Wood
Danae Shell
Kaye Symington
Laura Boyle
Sarah Johnson
Terresa Aitken

The Leith Agency | Associate Planner
FreeAgent | Head of Awareness
Paved with Gold | Co-founder
Dog Digital | Senior Analytics & Insights Manager
Whitespace | Head of Digital Marketing
Blonde Digital | Group Account Director

Special Edition kicks off in August 2016 with the first of five sessions, culminating in a final field trip in January 2016 to meet some of Europe’s key influencers and businesses.

SEKey Themes
While the programme is tailored to address the specific needs of the selected delegates, topics previously covered on Special Edition programmes have included:

  • Personal and professional goal setting
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Influencing skills
  • Management techniques
  • Networking

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Register your interest in Special Edition

Entry criteria

Special Edition is open to women working in commercial creative businesses in the digital sector in Scotland. For guidance, this includes digital design, agencies, games, animation, mobile apps, publishing, augmented/virtual reality, technology and platforms/software.

Candidates should have:

  • Significant experience in their field
  • Experience in management
  • The aspiration to reach Director/Board level or run their own business

Acceptance onto Special Edition is highly competitive, with selection made on the basis of talent, need and clearly articulated goals.


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Special Edition is funded by BBC, Channel 4, Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland.

Supported by Wire.

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