In November, we were invited to facilitate a rapid value-mapping session at the first Appointed training through the Women’s Fund. Appointed is a non-partisan initiative that “identifies opportunities for women to serve on civic boards and commissions, and empowers them to seek a seat at the table. We provide support and training opportunities, and are a resource available to connect elected officials to interested board candidates.”
Rachel traveled to Toledo to give a keynote address focused on Communicating as Champions for Gender Parity. Our session focused on effective communication about gender issues in the workplace and provided attendees with the tools and language needed to have meaningful, professional conversations with their colleagues and to act as allies for gender equity.
We loved working with local companies and B-Corps Ingage Partners and Thrive Impact Sourcing to deliver an Uncovering Unconscious Bias workshop to employees of both sister companies. Together we set the foundation of understanding our biases and why it is important to grow our awareness of them. With small groups, participants worked through a variety of scenarios to identify "bias interrupters" they might use in common workplace situations—especially those related to hiring and performance reviews.
Gild Collective traveled to San Antonio, Texas to deliver a Career Planning workshop for POWER—the Professional Organization of Women Empowered at Rackspace. POWER was bringing a subset of its 700 members together for the organization’s Annual Luncheon and invited Gild Collective to share our personal strategy map planning with their audience.
We were thrilled when Mid-Ohio Foodbank, whose mission is to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time while co-creating communities where everyone thrives, reached out to us for an Uncovering Unconscious Bias training.
When the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati came to us for a workshop, they had just begun the process of launching their women’s employee resource group locally. They had held a networking event, but wanted to set a tone for their initiative that was based in professional development and leadership.
In July we were invited back to facilitate another great creative session for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority’s REAL Leadership Experience.
We were thrilled to be welcomed back to Brighton Center to present an Uncovering Unconscious Bias training to staff across multiple offices and departments. In the two hour training, we introduced the concept of implicit bias and assessed our own. We explored the impact of bias on our relationships with others, as well as discussed situations where we are more prone to experiencing it.
This year the topic was Addressing and Elevating Gender Issues, where we provided a picture of the current landscape of gender inequity in the workplace thanks to amazing current research. From there, we focused in on pain points that participants had identified in a survey before coming, and worked through the root causes, symptoms, and solutions to specific gender-based problems.
The Greater Pittsburgh chapter of the Women's Energy Network hosted members for a half day conference as part of their Leadership Series. As a group, we dove into the findings from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap with the 2018 International Women's Day theme of "Press for Progress" in mind.