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 seven 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. It also include a field trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley to meet some of the most exciting digital companies and entrepreneurs in the world.

This year’s delegates

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Lauren McKellan
Clare Gledhill
Llara Geddes
Cassie Anderson
Alex Humphry-Baker
Vuokko Aro

3D Artist
Operations Director
UX Designer
VP Marketing
Design Lead

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 to secure significant promotions, including to Board level, and start their own companies.

The programme is fully funded.

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Key themes:

  • Cutting-edge creativity and innovation
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Influencing skills
  • Managing creative talent and creative teams
  • Creative collaboration
  • Messaging and pitching
  • Personal and professional goal setting
  • Public speaking, presenting, networking skills
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Roles and responsibilities of Directors on an executive Board


2015 programme

Special Edition included in-house sessions between June and December 2015 and a three-day international field trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley in November 2015. This trip will afford the delegates with an amazing opportunity to learn from the best and soak up the energy, enthusiasm and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit that permeates the Valley.

Companies and individuals who very kindly hosted our delegation on this trip included:
Airbnb, Frog Design, Google, Unity, Kiva, Facebook, Slack, DesignStudio and Pixar.

Our huge thanks to them all!

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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, games, animation, mobile apps, publishing, augmented/virtual reality technology, platforms/software.

We welcome applications from ambitious delegates who will use this exceptional opportunity to progress their professional careers. Applicants should have:

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

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 TRC media, the BBC, Channel 4, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland.

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