Run the Room: Lead meetings where every voice is heard (including yours!)

Collective Strength
Collective Strength
Public group

Indy Hall

399 Market St #360 · Philadelphia, PA

How to find us

Indy Hall is located in the Colonial Penn building at 399 Market Street. Take the elevator to the third floor and then head right! This space is wheelchair accessible, and no steps are required to enter the building.

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Have you ever been interrupted in a meeting, or had someone else take credit for your idea? Do you work with a few dominant voices who easily derail your agenda? Has a colleague ever assumed you're taking notes...even though your business card definitely doesn’t say "note-taker"? Yeah, we feel you. Let’s get together to talk about how we can disrupt gender bias in meeting dynamics, and become the leaders our gatherings need—ones who not only share their ideas with confidence, but also create a space where everyone can put their best foot forward.

Join us as we sit down with women’s leadership expert Selena Rezvani to explore:
• Leading with confidence and selling your ideas
• Adapting to unexpected scenarios without panicking
• Handling interruptions, mansplaining, and other derailing behaviors with confidence
• How to create more inclusive meetings that harnesses everyone’s ideas and intelligence

Selena Rezvani teaches women at all levels to influence like a boss, and consults on how to make work truly "work" for women. She’s a columnist for Philadelphia Magazine, and her most recent book is called Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want. Selena has been featured in the LA Times,,, and NPR, and was a columnist for The Washington Post.

More about Selena:

Collective Strength seeks to create a space for anyone who identifies as a woman, nonbinary, or femme. If you're a man, we're asking you to please respect this community and not join!

If you have any accessibility concerns or need any accommodations for this event (such as live transcription or ASL interpretation), please let us know when you RSVP!

Private lactation room available.

Private all-gender bathroom available.

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: Yesss! / Yikes!
We’ll get to know each other by sharing your personal highs and lows of leading meetings.

6:45pm // Discussion with Selena
We’ll host a "fireside chat" with Selena on meeting dynamics, stopping mansplainers, amplifying marginalized voices, and more.

7:40pm // Activity: Practice
We’ll work in pairs to share a meeting challenge we’ve had, and practice how we’ll respond to those issues in the future.

7:55pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs!
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.