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Nic McClanachan, CEO, Accountability Circle: Female Leader Conversations

Nic McClanachan has been facilitating female entrepreneurial Accountability Groups since 2017 and has owned businesses since 2004. Nic’s heart business is Accountability Circle, where she loves supporting women in business. Nic also owns Human Experience, a bespoke mystery shopping company and dot on a sock, an ecommerce business selling kids socks.


What’s the magic that occurs when women support women in business?

I’ve seen amazing opportunities uncovered (that wouldn’t have existed otherwise). I’ve watched women achieve things they never thought possible, and I’ve watched heavy burdens be released with words of support and encouragement. When women support women in business, anything is possible


Why do women typically join an Accountability Circle?

There’s three main reasons women join Accountability Circle:
1. They want to connect with, and learn from their peers, all within a face-to-face environment.
2. They want to grow, both their business and personally – there’s always a sentiment of wanting to ‘level up’.
3. They want help with being held accountable. While our members are all high achievers, they’re looking for the people and the structure to support them achieve their goals.


How have Accountability Circles impacted women’s businesses?

One of the most common statements members make is “I never would have done this without my group”. I’ve seen new business divisions be created, businesses sold, new businesses started, unprecedented innovation and growth that the members never thought was possible before. When you’re in a safe space with your peers, with a strong accountability framework, it’s amazing what can be achieved.


How are participants surprised by what they experience?

Members are often surprised at how quickly the connections are formed with their fellow members and how they feel so well understood when with the group. We take confidentiality very seriously, which means members can share openly and they’ll often remark to me “I don’t tell my closest friends these things”. Finally, I think the members are surprised at the results and growth they achieve with this program and while I’m not surprised by it, I love being able to witness it every time.


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Jade Collins has 20 years’ global experience in corporate executive Human Resources and management consulting roles in the Mining, Energy and Aerospace industries, leading large scale, complex multi-million-dollar change management programs. Jade finds the combination of her HR, Psychology and MBA qualifications and her leadership experience is invaluable for increasing gender equality in leadership across industries. Jade was a member of the Queensland Government's Strategic Advisory Group for the Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative and the 2019 CQU Alumni of the Year for Social Impact for her work with Femeconomy.