Doing these different roles gave me the opportunity to do work outside of my day-to-day job, to creatively write as well as facilitate events and group activities, to push myself to learn new skills and interact and collaborate with people outside of my team area. Best of all it was a safe environment, where I could make mistakes but no one was going to criticize me, they were just going to encourage me, give me developmental feedback and a fresh opportunity to try again.
We were all volunteers, giving what we could to the network and sharing our positivity and enthusiasm to inspire others.
The best aspect of a diversity network is this supportive element. As the now Co-Leader for the network, its only the committee members around me that have built me up to feel I can fulfill this role, just like all the others I carried out before. For a start, they approached me to put myself forward, which I know I never would have done off my own back. And its only through a trusted partnership my with my co-leader that we have managed to accomplish so much for the network together, over the last few months.