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.
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.
In July we were invited back to facilitate another great creative session for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority’s REAL Leadership Experience.
When Gild decided to expand their workshops on campus, our goal was to help sororities foster these relationships and tighten the bond between members, all while empowering each individual woman.
We’ve broken down three reasons why your company should invest in gender diversity in the organization. Think of it as different levels of investment with corresponding returns—the old “you get out what you put in” approach.
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.
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.