special programs dedicated to feminine leadership.
Building a world where women are looked up to as business, political, community and spiritual leaders necessitates more than getting women access to leadership roles. It requires more than promoting women.
To build this world we must redesign what leadership is, and discover what leadership designed for women looks like. We don't need to give women the skills they need to fit in. We need to give women the skills they need to develop a culture of leadership that benefits and promotes women.
Being a leader and being a woman is challenging. It is exhausting, constantly having to prove yourself……prove your ideas, your voice, your experience, your contributions, your dreams, your power, your influence, your value, and your worth. How many of these do you relate to:
- You've been judged negatively for being strong and assertive, called bossy. You've read endless articles on how to be seen as competent and liked.
- You've had trouble being heard in meetings, and sometimes feel like work is not a safe place to speak up for yourself.
- Your competence has been second-guessed or discredited. You've been questioned and ignored so much, that you start to believe you don't have anything to contribute.
- You feel undervalued because you do things you aren't getting credit for.
- Your body and the way you dress has been a topic of conversation related to your value.
- You're tired of being patronized, being humble or apologizing.
- You wonder if you will ever be able to be your whole self, let alone bring it to work. You have to establish a status of yourself before you can start being yourself.
- You can never let your guard down. You are always being judged, and always trying to make a good impression. You spend a lot of time, effort and money making sure your colleagues, subordinates and superiors judge you the way you want to be judged.
- You're tired of being expected to juggle everything in life, failing to be superwoman.
- You're worn down, defending your abilities and your worth.
- You are fed up with trying to break the glass ceiling or finding your way through the labyrinth.
You have burning questions:
- Do women want to be in top leadership positions? Why, and why not?
- What does the 2016 woman need in order to break the glass ceiling?
- What do millennial women need to live/work/lead/thrive in a world without a glass ceiling?
- What does the world look like if it were designed for women?
- How do women address negative behaviors they experience?
- How do women unravel their internalized oppression?