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 (1)

Lead with Story

Indy Hall

A WORKSHOP ON BUILDING PRESENCE, CLARITY, AND CONFIDENCE THROUGH PERSONAL NARRATIVE Do you want to elevate your presence at work, present with more confidence in meetings, be more compelling in job interviews, or maybe even get on stage as a public speaker? Then storytelling is for you. Join us on February 19 for a hands-on workshop with Tell Me A Story founder Hillary Rea, and learn how to use personal stories to build more authentic human connection in every professional setting. Hillary will show you how storytelling can help you: - Speak with presence and clarity, not jargon or clichés - Gain confidence when you communicate, and tap into your natural leadership abilities - Break free of boring chit-chat and bullet-list PowerPoints - Lead with authenticity and vulnerability, not a contrived script You’ll leave with the clarity and confidence to bring your personal narrative to life—whether you’re on stage, in an interview, or simply introducing yourself at a networking event. FOR WOMXN AND NONBINARY FOLKS Collective Strength seeks to create a space for anyone who identifies as a woman, nonbinary, and/or femme. If you're a man, we're asking you to please respect this community and not join! OUR GUEST: HILLARY REA Hillary Rea is an award-winning storyteller and the founder of Tell Me A Story, a company that helps everyone from social justice leaders to entrepreneurs find their voice and share their story. Through her signature Crafting Your Narrative retreats, 1-on-1 public speaking + story coaching, and live Tell Me A Story events, she helps leaders of all types create and deliver authentic narrative. When she’s not teaching others to tell stories, she’s also the producer and host of Rashomon, a longform narrative storytelling podcast where one family tells every side of the same story. More about Hillary: https://www.tellmeastory.info/ https://www.rashomonpodcast.com/ 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: Yes/Yikes We’ll get to know each other by sharing why we’re each interested in storytelling—and what makes us nervous about sharing our personal stories. 6:45pm // Workshop and Q&A with Hillary We’ll ask Hillary about the basics of personal storytelling, then work in small groups and pairs to start crafting our own stories, using Tell Me A Story’s 5 Key Elements of Personal Narrative. 7:50pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs! Like always, we’ll 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.

Past events (9)

2020 Intentions Workshop

Indy Hall

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