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#MeToo, Now what?
Kathleen Quinn Votaw

This engaging and valuable workshop is based on Kathleen’s article, titled: Valuing Sexuality in the Workplace.  Kathleen believes in women and men leading together, however she realizes that man professionals have a #MeToo story of sexual harassment or misconduct in the workplace. If women and men don’t resolve these issues together, both parties – and their companies – lose out.

Program Designed For:

  • Executive teams and employees who want to learn the tools to collaborate and address, minimize and -ultimately- eliminate the destructive polarity that disrupts workplace peace, safety, and productivity.

The Audience Will Leave With:

  • Understanding of the boundaries around what is innocent flirtation to one and harassment to another.
  • Provide culturally appropriate words and behaviors that inspire workplaces where everyone feels safe.

Learn tools from role-playing showing how to react to inappropriate comments and behavior in a professional setting.

A Delicate Balance: Women Leveraging Feminine as Well as Masculine Strengths at Work

Presenter: Caroline Turner

Designed for women, this workshop addresses the importance to women of being able to leverage both masculine and feminine strengths — and the “tightrope act” that this requires. To succeed as business leader, research confirms, women have to demonstrate masculine strengths. They have to have “grit” — be confident, assertive and decisive. BUT it is easy to overdo this and be called that “B-word.” Or women can become “honorary men” or lose their authentic selves. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the rewards and the risks of shifting along the masculine-feminine continuum. They will learn how to leverage both masculine and feminine strengths — and remain authentic.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of the gravitational pull of the primarily masculine definition of leadership in our culture.
  • An appreciation of the costs of working and leading in a predominantly masculine way.
  • The ability to identify and value under-utilized feminine strengths.
  • Tools for authentically mastering the “tightrope.”
Better Leaders, Better Results: Balancing Masculine and Feminine Strengths in Individuals, Teams and Organizations

Presenter: Caroline Turner

This workshop uses “gender” as an entry point to an eye-opening understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion. We’ll use gender difference to understand how to deal effectively with, and leverage, all kinds of differences. The issue of diversity will be addressed for what it is — a business issue. We will crack the code on “gender” differences by focusing, not on men and women, but on masculine-feminine differences.

Participants will develop appreciation of feminine as well as masculine styles of working and leading – in men and women. This allows for greater individual effectiveness and greater team engagement and performance.  We will explore the cultural bias that explains the slow pace of having gender diversity in leadership – and the perpetuation of a masculine-dominated definition of leadership. This understanding frees men as well as women to operate in a more authentic, wholistic way. We will address these issues without judgment or blame.

Learning Outcomes:

  • A fact-based understanding of how leveraging the strengths of both masculine and feminine approaches can increase engagement and business results.
  • Skills to employ both feminine and masculine strengths for greater effectiveness.
  • Tools to appreciate both styles and so create teams and organizations of inclusion.
  • Awareness of unconscious bias and skills to decrease the effect of bias in the workplace.

Diversity at the Top and How it May Improve ROI
Presenter: Michele Ashby

What is emotional intelligence, why should we constantly be developing it, and how do we do it? We’ll explore the elements of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills as well as how to develop in all of these areas. You’ll conduct a self-evaluation and learn more about the power of team intelligence. You’ll enhance your abilities to be an observing participant, setting the stage to take advantage of your brain and your abilities to develop stronger pathways to success.

How I Built a 10,000 – Member Team in Three Years

Presenter: Lauren Danielle Simms

Using Personality Types and Leadership Strengths

Are you a lion or an elephant? Are you motivated by recognition or significance? Do you thrive working in groups or independently? Are you an influencer, relationship builder, or strategic thinker?  Your personality influences every part of your life from the moment you wake up, to the first meeting you walk into, until you hop on the final team conference call of the day. Building a thriving team is about recognizing and empowering each personality type with the freedom to express their opinions and strengths.

Lauren Simms shares the exact process she followed for building a 10,000-member team in only three years by using the power of personalities. This message will give you hope, courage, and proven ideas for how to implement the best of ‘you’ for the greater good.

Implicit Bias: What Is It? Why does It Matter? And How Do We Manage It?

Presenter: Caroline Turner

Most leaders know that diversity is not just the “right thing to do.” It is a critical business strategy. Many leaders have launched diversity initiatives, and some include “unconscious bias training.” Yet the numbers remain stubborn. White males continue to fill most leadership positions. The invisible culprit is implicit (or unconscious) bias. Addressing this issue is challenging. It puts people, particularly white people and men, on the defensive.

This workshop explores the roots of bias. Bias is de-mystified – and decriminalized. Instead of feeling guilty, we can get to work, learning tools to identify and defeat or manage our biases. We will explore the outer manifestations of unconscious bias, obstacles that prevent many people from reaching their potential. With more awareness of how bias shows up at work, we identify actions that can bring about the promise of diversity and inclusion – better business results.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An appreciation of why (hint: it’s brain science) we all have biases.
  • An understanding of how bias arises and, specifically, of several forms it takes in the workplace.
  • Insights and tools to manage biases and their consequences – when our own biases arise, when we are affected by bias, or when we observe biased behaviors.

Managing Unconscious Bias: Observe, Reflect and Act

Presenter: Audrey Nelson

How you were raised, your background, personal experiences, societal expectations and stereotypes and cultural context can influence your decisions and actions without you realizing it. Implicit or unconscious bias happens when we make decisions in a nano second. Our quick judgments and assessments of people and situations are hard wired in our DNA. They are rooted in our early evolution for survival. It enabled us to decide who was friend or foe. It is our blind spot that we are often not aware of or how this implicit thought pattern governs our behaviors. Unfortunately, unconscious bias can lead to devastating consequences. The good news is there is a lot we can do about it. We no longer need the primitive function it once served. Today we have more control over our awareness levels and behavior. This program presents suggestions for managing unconscious bias through how-to-steps, self-assessments and case studies.

Reclaiming the Divine Feminine in the Workplace

Presenter: Chelley Canales

Flow, creativity, intuition, loving kindness and empathy are not the first things that come to mind when speaking of the current state corporate America. If we balanced our facts and figures, conquering energy, brute strength and raw achievement with the long under-appreciated traits of Divine Feminine energies, our workplaces and the planet would improve greatly. Let’s swing that pendulum closer to the center and reap the benefits of working with both sides of the coin.

The Guiding Write – How to Direct and Navigate Your Readers Every Time
Presenter: Dee Dukehart

Writing is still an art. With the invasion of e-mails, Twitter and text messages, writing complete, comprehensive, concrete and clear sentences make your points stand out above your competition.

Dee highlights back-to-basics tools on writing sentences that both your internal and external readers understand and gain from your information. Good grammar, punctuation and syntax are your guides to getting your readers to appreciate your information in both business and technical writing. Save time, save money and boost your bottom line with well-written and well-received written documents from e-mails to proposals, from memos to newsletters, or from instructional documents to cover letters: good writing is your readers’ and your best friend.

The Power of Mentoring to Create Diversity and Inclusion

Presenter: Lori Bachman

Look around your workplace. Does everyone look and act the same? Do those climbing up the corporate ladder have to “fit the mold?”

Or… is your workplace a beautiful array of color, talent, and imaginative skill sets?

If not, it’s time to mentor intentionally. You can be part of losing those glass ceilings and invisible barriers that still exist in many organizations.

Diversity training is often not enough. Employees leave those sessions knowing more about diversity, but lacking tools to create a more intriguing culture. Lori Bachman uses principles from her MentorShift process to help you and your team:

  • Mine talent you might not have been aware of before
  • Create effective one-to-one mentoring relationships with individuals you’ve never imagined
  • Talk about the “real stuff”
  • Grow diversity from within
  • Sustain that diversity through “mentoring that multiplies”

The Unconscious Beliefs that Stifle Female Leadership

Presenter: Chelley Canales

I need permission. Someone has to approve this before I move forward. My idea isn’t original. I can’t take up too much space or be too loud. I need every credential in order to pursue a line of work. I can’t apply for that job if I don’t meet 100% of the requirements. I must be qualified AND attractive enough to land the big job. Any of these sound familiar? These beliefs can sabotage current and up and coming female leaders if they aren’t addressed and unlearned. We are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for.

The Wholistic Leader: Leveraging Masculine & Feminine Styles for Effectiveness and Results

Presenter: Caroline Turner

Leaders today need to add to their leadership toolkits qualities, such as inclusiveness, that were less critical in the past. Inspiring and engaging a diverse workforce requires leaders to value the strengths of those different from themselves. The traditional form of leadership is heavy on masculine strengths – e.g., confidence, directness, and decisiveness. Today’s leaders must also be collaborative, empathetic, intuitive and vulnerable (feminine strengths).

In this workshop, participants will explore the differences between masculine and feminine styles of thinking, working and leading – and the strengths of both styles. They will recognize that these terms are not the same as “male” and “female”; masculine and feminine qualities appear in both men and women.  In managing and working with others, the best leaders recognize and value both approaches. That increases engagement – and leads to better results.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of what a “masculine” vs. a “feminine” style of leadership looks like – and when each is most effective.
  • An awareness that each of us naturally has both masculine and feminine strengths and can be more effective by leveraging both.
  • Skills to become a more “wholistic” leader (using and modeling both styles).

What HR Can Do to Fix the Gender Equity Gap
Presenter: Denise Liebetrau

Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men. Seventy-eight percent of CEOs have included gender equity in their top 10 strategic priorities. Despite this commitment, progress continues to be too slow and may even be stalling. Learn the 5 actions HR can take to close the gender equity gap. Become an organizational leader that creates a meaningful impact to the company’s bottom-line. Develop the business case and metrics that provide a long-term competitive advantage. Create cross functional change to your company culture so it supports gender equity. Embed gender equity in strategic planning and the execution process across the company.

What It’s Like Being in the Boardroom and How to Get on One
Presenter: Michele Ashby

Program primarily for women audiences:

There is a lot of talk these days about getting more women on boards, but what is it really like in the boardroom when you are the only woman?  Or the second woman on the board? Or the third?

The relative articles and conversations bring up a lot of questions and many of them will be addressed in this presentation.

Here are just a few of the most popular questions I am asked:

  • Should I take a board position if I am going to be the “token” woman?
  • Is it tough to be taken seriously?
  • How would I fit in and how do I get my own voice heard?
  • What is the responsibility of a board member?
  • How much do they pay?
  • How much risk is there when you are on a board?
  • How do I get on a board?

Every presentation on this topic will be customized for the group and will also include audience participation.  Every participant will come away knowing more about boards and more about their own affinity to be on a board or not.

Why Women are Still Behind Men in Business and How to Equalize Without Alienating Everyone

Presenter: Karen Brown

Women in today’s workplace earn 80% of their male counterparts. Even more frighteningly, gender pay equality isn’t projected until 2059! This presentation addresses why women are still behind men in earnings and concrete steps to equalize it long before 2059 without alienating everyone in the process.

Value to Audience

  • Become aware of the two Why’s women are still trailing men
  • Learn how this continues to happen and how to break free of it
  • How to use the three concrete steps to equality without alienating others, working more, sacrificing who you are, or having to play golf or talk sports

Winning the Talent War – Acquisition, Engagement, Retention, Management, Succession
Presenter: Karen Brown

Fact: The #1 issue plaguing 6 out of 10 companies today is talent. Finding, hiring, engaging, retaining, managing and setting up succession are all on the menu of business needs today. With unemployment at an all-time low, this is no longer a talent contest, it’s a talent war.

Value to Audience

  • What are and how to use the new fundamentals in talent acquisition, and engagement
  • Applying new skills for talent retention and management
  • The keys to successful succession
Women Leading Women: Becoming Champions for Other Women

Presenter: Caroline Turner

Gender diversity in business leadership is still a dream. Why, then, are women sometimes the worst obstacles that women face? Why do women sabotage rather than support one another? This workshop is an honest and realistic look at how some women sometimes fall short in supporting other womenand how women must appreciate and encourage one another if our workplaces are to achieve gender diversity. In this session, particularly designed for women, participants will review the wonderful things that women offer each other—closeness, support and celebration.  And they will look at the “dark side”—lack of support, cattiness and even sabotage.  The workshop sheds light on what underlies the dark side and promotes a commitment to moving from sabotage to support.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of ways women do and don’t support one another – and why.
  • An appreciation for the importance of women supporting other women.
  • Ideas and tools for supporting the success of other women.

Women on Corporate Boards
Presenter: Michele Ashby

Program primarily for women audiences:

Have you ever wondered if you could get on a paying corporate board? Now more than ever, companies are looking for qualified women to put on their boards. The percentage of women on public boards is still under 20% and has stalled out there over the past few years. Michele Ashby, founder of Ashby Consulting Enterprises, works to educate women about corporate boards and how to get on them.

No matter where you are in your career today, if you want to learn more about what it takes to get on a board, how much you can earn in this high-powered, part-time position and make a difference, join Michele as she shares her knowledge and expertise on how to be on a board.

Writing Effective E-mails
Presenter: Dee Dukehart

How many e-mails did you receive today? How many did you have an opportunity to read and respond to? Did you understand what your writers were saying or asking? Did your readers understand your e-mail?

E-mail is a major way we communicate. Dee gives you tools and tips on the importance of your subject line and how often to change it.  She’ll cite the importance of when to send and when not to send an e-mail. (Telephones work too.)  She’ll also impress upon you the importance of good grammar, punctuation and syntax.

E-mails can be overwhelming; gain insight to Dee’s Six Flow tools to manage your inbox. This fast-paced and information-driven workshop is full of tools and techniques you can implement immediately for better and more comprehensive e-mails, no matter who reads them.

When you write clearly, conversationally and concretely your readers gain the information you want them to and they are able to respond in kind. This valuable tool is a win/win. Write for the reader: give them what they need in a comprehensive and professional style.