Raising the bar on women’s leadership development
There are truths that inspire the workshops we give:
A majority of women lack managerial support and access to senior leaders. Many feel undervalued and underpaid, which is even more apparent for women of color. They want to advance and are prepared to negotiate—but they don’t always see results when they do. Four out of five women feel uncomfortable overtly asking for mentorship. Many wish they felt more directed, more self-assured. Over the years, we’ve seen that women want to confront issues, develop themselves, and pull up others as they go. They want to expand their networks and interact more genuinely—to connect, not compete.
Here’s the gilded lining:
When companies invest in their female talent, everyone wins. Both men and women are more likely to advance and the organization itself outperforms its competitors.
Gild Collective interactive workshops are centered on the development of workplace leadership skills. Delivered via multi-day intensive or ongoing series, we tailor our module-based sessions to meet the needs of each audience. We know each cohort is unique, so we begin our engagement with qualitative and quantitative data collection to guide the program. Whether we’re defining career plans or leading in the face of bias, we focus on the issues that matter most—always presented through a lens of positivity and progress.
When a woman sees her peer hurdle an obstacle, or shatter a stereotype, she feels inspired to do the same. Our workshops are built on the power of the collective.
Tailored workshop modules.
Gathering insight to deliver impact.
Over the years, we’ve worked with thousands of women and have heard similar topics come up time and time again. We’ve also recognized the nuance of each organization—based on culture, industry, or something harder to identify. By taking time to really understand our workshop participants and all of their diversity dimensions in advance, we can approach each of our modules in a more thoughtful and tailored way. Our facilitators lead with positive energy to encourage deep reflection, transparent sharing, and progress-driven discussion across all workshop modules:
MAPPING CAREER STRATEGY: The path to advancement may not always be clear—especially if we don’t see women like us in leadership. But there is value in charting your own course. In this module, we take the time to define our leadership purpose and translate it into deliberate objectives and strategies for achievement. Learn more >
COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY: Societal norms and cultural expectations have long perpetuated the idea that men and women have very different communication styles. What happens when we stop focusing on perceived differences, and instead focus on building strong, tactile skills for assertive, effective workplace communication—regardless of gender? Learn more >
BUILDING CONFIDENCE: We underscore the difference between speaking up and being outspoken, and examine what “I’m sorry” really means in the office. Our participants reflect on their accomplishments, explore the notion of personal pride, and seize the space they deserve to take up in the room. Learn more >
FOSTERING MENTORSHIP & RELATIONSHIPS: No matter what they say, there’s enough room for everyone at the table. We unpack the struggles of climbing the corporate ladder, lay emphasis on building positive relationships, and explore what it means to pay it forward. Learn more >
INTERRUPTING BIAS TO LEAD: Everyone possesses deep-rooted biases, which are powerful guides in our daily decision making and attitudes. When these biases put individuals at a disadvantage, it is critical to implement strategies for interrupting them. In this module, we examine how to lead beyond bias and create a supportive ally culture. Learn more >
CREATING SOLUTIONS FOR GENDER ISSUES: Subtle or overt, discrimination exists. Rather than ignoring it, we dissect issues as a group and drill to the root causes. Most importantly, we develop concrete solutions and provide tools to address microaggressions and inequities in the workplace to drive women’s advancement. Learn more >
Words of Affirmation
“Kelsey and Rachel were a pleasure to work with. They really sought to understand our needs for the program, and asked clarifying and thought-provoking questions that helped us think of new ways to engage the cohort. They met deadlines in a timely manner, and were always open to feedback, suggestions and changes. During the retreat they were professional, focused and fun. It was obvious they had put in the time and energy to prepare accordingly, and it was reflected in the success of the retreat and the positive comments from the participants. We are thrilled to have them as an important partner in our work.”
- Tamara Lang, Women Excel Programs Leader, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber