What we're about

We're a community of ambitious women and other femme and nonbinary-identifying folks who come together to:

• Set goals and practice new skills—like how to negotiate, give feedback, or present work

• Open up about the hard parts: where we’re stuck, what we’re scared of, and how it feels to pursue our ambitions in a world that often tries to hold us back

• Build connections that lead to new opportunities and collaborations

• Share our successes and celebrate each other along the way

• Eat snacks!

Collective Strength was created by Sara and Katel from the Strong Feelings podcast (http://www.strongfeelings.co)—because we're tired of how crappy most career advice for women is: Be assertive…but not abrasive! Be direct—but don’t forget to smile! Do what you love—no matter how burnt out and sick it makes you! And whatever you do, make sure you lean in (and if it doesn’t work, well, maybe you just weren't leaning hard enough).

Screw that. Instead, we want to talk about all the stuff that's on your mind—like breaking into a new career, nabbing a big promotion, finding the courage to quit your job and start your own thing, or putting yourself out there and becoming an author or a speaker. But we want to do it in a way that's honest about the barriers we face, like mental health stigma, anti-mom bias, or systemic racism. Because vague “you-go-girl” platitudes don't serve any of us. But a community that understands what you're facing—and cheers you on anyway? That has the power to change everything.

This group is designed for women and anyone who identifies as femme or nonbinary.

Yep, that means we’re asking men to please stay home for this one. Legally we won’t kick you out—here’s why! (https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/07/men-are-suing-womens-empowerment-organizations-for-gender-discrimination.html)—but we ask that you please respect that we’re designing these events for others.

All attendees at Collective Strength events are required to abide by our code of conduct: http://www.strongfeelings.co/code-of-conduct . Thanks for helping us keep our events safe and welcoming!

Harvest makes awesome software to help you track your time, manage your projects, and get paid—and they’ve graciously offered to sponsor Collective Strength! So when you show up to great snacks and free swag in an awesome location, thank Harvest.

Try Harvest today at getharvest.com/strongfeelings (http://www.getharvest.com/strongfeelings) and you can get 50% off your first month.

Upcoming events (3)

Money matters: Negotiating, setting rates, and getting fair pay

You know there’s a pay gap—and that women are often passed over for everything from raises to funding rounds. So what can we do about it? For our very first event, we’ll be focusing on money—how to ask for more of it (and be more successful when we do), why more transparency about money helps everyone, and how we can all support each other along the way. We’ll also be digging into the emotional side of things: How do we deal with the misperceptions and biases we face when we try to get (closer to) what we deserve? And how do we navigate our feelings and frustrations as we deal with a world that’s often working against us? ---- OUR GUEST: KAREN McGRANE This is a big topic, so we need a super-smart expert to help us navigate it. Thankfully, we’ll be joined by Karen McGrane. Karen is the founder of Bond Art + Science, where she leads content strategy and information architecture engagements for companies like IBM and Marriott. She also teaches Design Management in the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Prior to starting Bond in 2006, she was the VP and national lead for user experience at Razorfish, leading major design projects for clients like The New York Times, Condé Nast, and Disney. More about Karen: https://karenmcgrane.com/ https://twitter.com/karenmcgrane From negotiating with clients to coaching students on salary conversations, we’re sure Karen has a lot to say about women and money. You don’t want to miss this! ---- AGENDA 6pm // Doors open Grab a drink and some food while you’re getting settled! We’ll provide lots of snacks, plus a variety of drinks (seltzer, soda, wine, and beer). We’ll start at 6:30pm sharp! 6:30pm // Opening exercise: Hyped/Freaked We’ll get to know each other by sharing what makes us excited and nervous about money matters. 6:45pm // Discussion with Karen A realtalk conversation about all things money with our guest expert. 7:30pm // Activity: Practice what you learned We’ll walk you through a guided activity to help you practice talking about salary, rates, and other money matters with pretty much anyone. 7:45pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs! Before go, let’s leave on a high note by sharing 1 thing we learned or want to do next. 8pm // Open networking time Feel free to hang out afterward for more discussion, snacks, and drinks. ---- SPONSOR This event is sponsored by Harvest—the best tool for tracking time, budgets, and projects. Try it free, then get 50% off your first month here: http://www.getharvest.com/strongfeelings

Save the Date: Collective Strength July Event

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Save the Date: Collective Strength August Event

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