Crafting creates bonds and breaks down walls. It also reminds workshop participants of the lessons they learned throughout their experience.
We have never shown the real Gild Collective workshop experience here. Admittedly, Kelsey and I are often too busy preparing and facilitating the experiences to pause, reflect, and photograph our surroundings, but this week we tried to do just that.
At Gild, we are notorious for loving to get our hands dirty with a creative project. Although our business has changed and grown a lot over the past few years, we have always had a mission at the heart of what we do that centers around confidence, creativity, and community. And while our central focus has shifted from craft projects to women’s issues (in the form of workshops, strategy, and training), creativity is still at the heart of what we do. We often get questions about why we are so passionate about the benefits of being creative with your women’s initiative participants, so we thought we’d share a few of those benefits here.
Over the past several weeks our wonderful intern Taylor has been highlighting the new additions to our workshop project offerings on Instagram, but we thought it might be time for a formal introduction. Our four new projects were designed with a diverse set of customers in mind, and a diverse set of circumstances. Our goal for these products was straightforward: We wanted to create offerings that were relatively gender neutral, accessible for all levels of ability, and most importantly, usable and practical.
It has come to my attention that Saturday, January 14th is “National Vision Board Day”. Like most other nationally recognized “Days”, I don’t really care how or why vision boards have their own day. Like National Dog Day, National Donut Day, or National Sibling Day, I will blindly celebrate without question, and encourage my friends to do the same.
I have a secret to tell you.
When you start a company, there are an overwhelming number of decisions to be made. And somehow… even the ones that seem simple leave you unsure. We have made a lot of changes to Gild since we began a year and a half ago. Some have been wins, some… not so much.
But every step of the way, we have learned. We learned some basics about what our customers like and what they don’t like, and we learned that sometimes customers can be tricky. We learned that sometimes being the first female team to go through an accelerator can have its unique challenges.
But more importantly, after crafting with over 1,300 women, we learned that we are not alone in those challenges.
And while that is comforting, it is also disturbing. Hearing the stories of the challenges women face in the workplace made us ask ourselves:
What can we do to help?
With that question, we made the first decision for the business that truly felt like a no-brainer. Gild Collective now offers creative workshops focused on women’s leadership in the workplace.
We’re coming into offices (or offsites!) and guiding groups through discussion and exercises that focus on the issues that deserve exploration and action:
- Building confidence
- Fostering mentorships & relationships
- Overcoming unjust moments
Each workshop ends with a creative project that not only serves as a bonding experience, but also gives each participant a takeaway that they can wear or display to remind them to live and lead with greater confidence and passion.
So that’s it, the workshops have arrived! If you think your organization could benefit from a little heart to heart on women’s empowerment, reach out. We’d love to work with you. And now, I shall leave you with some videos detailing even more of the who, what, why, where, how of it all.
Remember, you are amazing. Go take on the world!
Photo courtesy of Cincinnati.com Using creative power is fun, right? We all like to think outside of the box and get a little crafty now and then. But there has to be more to it – what is the utility?…