In December we had the opportunity to partner with GCATD for a program titled “No Permission Necessary: Demanding the Respect You Deserve.” In the workshop we blended real experiences heard from past workshop attendees and current data from the Women in the Workplace Report to identify the key issues that women in the workplace are facing. Together with the participants we dug into the root cause of these issues, reflected on our standard responses, and developed solutions. We loved the opportunity to work with a group of women so focused on how to best develop their teams.
We were invited to deliver an initial foundational overview of unconscious bias and bias interrupters that can be used within the department to continue driving gender equity and representation forward. With this understanding, we will return in July to do a follow up applied learning session. Not only can we see how interrupters have impacted the department over the past 7 months, but we can also implement new tools for greater impact.
“No.” is a full sentence.
That was the inspiration for this workshop, focused around recognizing the importance of each participants’ goals and working to give self-permission to prioritize those things. We took it one step further to dig into communication techniques that make it more comfortable to do something that feels so unnatural for many—saying no.
In November 2018 we had the opportunity to partner with ERS’ Young Professionals group to present a Building and Communicating Confidence workshop to kick off their offsite. We assisted the participants in articulating their strengths into their “30 second commercial” that will help them communicate their contributions with people in positions of influence. Then, we worked with participants to develop and practice personal and professional assertive communication strategies that can be used in various workplace situations, increasing their confidence in daily interactions with colleagues and supervisors.
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.
In October we joined the North Carolina Association of CPAs for their Professional Women’s Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Together with the attendees, we focused on creating solutions for gender issues.
We love collaborating with other engaging speakers and had the opportunity to work with ImprovEdge to deliver an interactive session at the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Signature Event in October. The topic: Navigate Unconscious Bias and Build Authentic Leadership.
This year, for the second year in a row, we had the honor of facilitating the two-day overnight retreat for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce WE Lead Program. WE Lead is a 10-month executive leadership development experience for high-potential, goal oriented women who are actively preparing for the next level of their career. The 10-month program begins with a kickoff reception at the Chamber, where the 56 women meet for the first time. The next time they come together is with us: for a two-day immersive experience for their retreat.
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.