Gild on campus
When you create together, you grow together.
And in the process, the college experience can take on new, nuanced meaning. As a departure from (and complement to) your traditional events, Gild Workshops can help you foster stronger relationships between members, and tighten the ties that bind you all.
In our experience, it helps to bring the outside in. When new faces greet your group and facilitate a guided experience, new conversations follow suit. In addition to a memento made by hand, your participants will come away with clarity and confidence.
Our curriculums address the issues young women face on campus and in the initial steps of their career development, based in three six areas:
- COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY: Societal norms and cultural expectations have long perpetuated the idea that men and women have very different communication styles. Men are strong and direct, while women are empathetic and nurturing. What happens when we don’t fit the mold society gave us? How are we perceived? Can women be more than one thing?
- DEVELOPING FEMALE LEADERS: It’s a simple concept: if we, as women, don’t see someone who looks like us in a position of power within our organization, we’re unlikely to believe we can rise to a position of power. There are dimensions of the career progression that are unique to women, like the ever-tricky work-life balance, or the ever-present wage gap. Together, we discuss and enact strategies to overcome these obstacles, and to continue on our career paths with newfound confidence and higher velocity.
- UNCOVERING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS: Everyone possesses deep-rooted biases, which are powerful guides in our daily decision making and attitudes. But how can we combat biases that are unconscious? In this workshop, we examine how biases are formed, methods to spot them, and tricks for interrupting them—an exercise that yields safer, more inclusive workspaces.
- BUILDING CONFIDENCE: We underscore the difference between speaking up and being outspoken, and examine what “I’m sorry” really means in the classroom or office. Our participants reflect on their accomplishments, explore the notion of personal pride, and seize the space they deserve to take up in the room.
- FOSTERING MENTORSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS: No matter what they say, there’s enough room for everyone at the table. We unpack the struggles of navigating a competitive landscape, lay emphasis on building positive relationships, and explore what it means to pay it forward.
- ADDRESSING & ELEVATING GENDER ISSUES: Even tougher than asking the question—“is it because I’m a woman?”—is learning the real answer. We dissect issues of discrimination as a group, drill to the root causes, and most importantly, provide concrete tools to address them and drive women’s equality forward.