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.
This month, we returned to dig deeper into the concept of bias with the Advancing Women in Leadership initiative. Our goal with this workshop was not only provide a thorough understanding of what bias is and how we can recognize it, but also to explore how small moments of bias can have a tremendous impact on a woman's career throughout a lifetime.
The local Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) hosted a volunteer appreciation workshop focused on developing your career path and the importance of your network. The Gild team walked the group through one of our favorite strategic exercises—the personal Strategy Map—to outline each person's individual vision statement, paired with concrete objectives and strategies for achieving them.
Our focus was on Communicating Effectively, starting with a look at gender expectations and ending with the challenge to communicate assertively regardless of gender or personal style.
We came together at the end of the session to share goals and the steps we hope to take to achieve them, and it was abundantly clear that these women have every intention to reach their fullest potentials.
With a bit of intentional reflection, each woman had the selected word for their necklace ready to go and were able to walk away with a lasting reminder of an amazing day.
We shared our personal story that led us to understand that we don't need permission to demand the respect that we deserve.
The women at this workshop came together from different industries to share stories, ideas, and data that will help their individual workplaces #PressForProgress when they returned.
We focused on the “why” behind the day: applauding all that we have accomplished as we move toward gender parity, and challenging our societies to do more and #PressforProgress.
We talked with them about confidence: why it matters and how it can impact us, how to communicate it, and how to bring it out in other women.