Attendees will begin the day with Mindful Meditation, pausing in silence, focusing on being intensely aware of thoughts, sounds and sensations. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Research has shown that mindfulness helps us reduce anxiety and depression. Mindfulness teaches us how to respond to stress with awareness of what is happening in the present moment, rather than simply acting instinctively, unaware of what emotions or motives may be driving that decision. Among benefits are self-control, objectivity, affect tolerance, enhanced flexibility, improved concentration and mental clarity, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others and one's self with kindness, acceptance and compassion. Be Elevated and Empowered!
Session Two - Reclaim & Reposition Your Valiant Voice
Your valiant voice is a superpower; reclaim and reposition being heard with respect not just in the space of general communication confidence, but also in strategic negotiations without interruption. It’s not a matter of if, but rather when you will encounter workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, toxic relationships, unequal pay and similar inequities will you need this skillset. Replenish your toolkit with meaningful mechanisms that extend grace when needing to say “I’m speaking”, techniques that maintain our dignity, supports our needs and fosters healthy professional and personal relationships.
Session Three - The Color of Money; Equal Pay Day
Equal Pay Day for all women should be on December 31, but it’s not. The average woman must work far into the next year (March 24, 2021, to be exact) to earn what the average man earns the previous year. Wage gap data by demographic show us that women on average make 82 cent on the dollar when compared to men and for Black, Native American and Latina women its’ significantly lower. Knowing these disparaging statistics, how can we address and dissolve gender pay inequities? Join a group of C-suiters to learn how to quantify your professional value with numbers and negotiation and to discuss how business leaders can leverage their influence to improve systemic policies that create inequitable barriers. Ultimately, change must come from business entities that commit to challenging the status quo at all levels, addressing unconscious biases in recruiting and promoting, acknowledging that workplace culture has the power to exclude potential top talent through forced assimilation and more.
Session Four - Wild Hair, A Courageous Woman’s Guide to a Bold and Authentic Career
Dynamic executive coach and diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, Tracy J. can teach you her framework for mastering authenticity. She will show you how to harness your authenticity as currency to transform yourself, your teams, and your organizations. Tracy J’s no-nonsense, empowering lessons direct you to find out why you need a truth-teller, how to tap into your vulnerability-power line, and many more gems that can change your life.
Wild Hair will resonate with all inquisitive, ambitious, and hard-working women who sit on a mountain of untapped potential. You have a unique contribution to make in this world. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t ignore your authentic voice. Elevate to that next level by following this courageous woman’s guide to a bold and authentic career today.
Masterclass attendees can learn empowering lessons and steps to take to create an authentic career, including:
- Finding a Truth-teller, the ultimate authentic mentor.
- Creating your unique brand of Authentic Leadership.
- Bringing your whole self to your leadership by walking the Vulnerability-Power Line.
- Dealing with pressure by Responding and Expanding.
- Going beyond sponsorship to create Raving Fans.
- Finding your “Why” to guide your career.
- Reframing change to create your next career opportunity.
- Using your Authentic Voice to activate your career purpose.
Session Five - The National Crisis; Fall Out at the Workforce Forefront
The global pandemic has created downstream unprecedented challenges, namely a national emergency in which women have been disproportionally affected, losing 5.3 million jobs in the last year, compared to 4.6 million jobs lost by men. And some 2.5 million women have left the workforce all together, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These alarming inequities threaten strides women have made in recent years. Now, more than ever, women are being forced to choose between being successful in their careers or successful in their roles at home. Our new norm has evolved from working from home to living at work. It’s time to create new norms, better models that provide the holistic support we need to not only exist but thrive; resilience, restoration and policy reform.
Session Six - I'm More Than Enough!
I’m More Than Enough! Is the affirmation we should be declaring, despite being misdiagnosed as having the imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is a concept (problematic in itself) developed in the 70’s and often given to women who have a pattern of doubting their abilities and feeling like a fraud at work. This session was inspired by the Harvard Business Review article “Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome”, which dives deeper into the genesis of this phenomenon that sought to overdramatize feelings of discomfort, second-guessing, and mild anxiety in the workplace and pathologize it. The true culprit is excluding the effects of systemic racism, classism, xenophobia, and other biases on women in the workplace. Ultimately, the objective is to create an environmental models that fosters a number of different leadership styles and where diversity of racial, ethnic, and gender identities are viewed as professional and appropriate. Finally, we’ll revisit the need to block out the noise and channel healthy self-doubt into positive motivation.