Our January workshop with Kao NOW, the women’s initiative at Kao, was a long-time coming as we had been planning with the initiative’s leaders for over a year to make the event a success. The topic selected by the group was Communicating Confidence for Achievement, which was paired with the creation of vision boards to kick off the new year.
In January 2019 we returned to Barnes Dennig with the intention to build on our November workshop session, “The Power of No”. For this half-day session we dove deep into the idea of confidence– why it matters, how it affects our presence in the workplace, and how to communicate it.
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.
Over the course of the day, 100 participants came together to recognize their strengths, build each other up, and create their 2018 vision boards.
I strongly believe in the power of having key mentors to guide and support you through this crazy life. By following these ground rules, we can show the impact that purposeful, time-sensitive, sometimes unexpected, but overall done-right mentorship relationships can have. Maybe we’ll even win over a few eye-rollers in the process!
Everyone created a Morse Code Necklace showcasing their most valuable strengths that they can wear to any big interviews, class presentations, or other scary life moments when they need to remember how amazing they are.
The photos truly don't do it justice, but the most amazing snow was falling in the park around us as we led the team through exercises that recognized our unique strengths and the strengths of others.
I bought this book because confidence has always been one of the key components to the Gild mission. From day one, we knew we wanted to encourage confidence in women through creativity and community. And now, as we continue to make changes to our business, instilling confidence in women–especially those in the workplace–is always top of mind. It’s something I consistently struggle with, even as I work to help others feel like they can take on the world.