• 2020 Intentions Workshop

    Indy Hall

    A WORKSHOP TO DEFINE YOUR VALUES + LIVE YOUR VISION THIS YEAR Get promoted! Start a business! Go to the gym! By mid-January, so many of us have made a long list of things we “should” accomplish in the new year. But those resolutions often end up feeling punishing, not empowering—and when we can’t live up to all those “shoulds,” we end up even more exhausted and unsatisfied than when we started. So let’s come together and practice something more joyful—and maybe even more useful—instead: clarifying our values, and exploring how we can set intentions and action plans to help us live them more fully in 2020. During this event, we’ll: - Use powerful questions and guided exercises to help you define what you really care about, and understand where you’re struggling to live those values today. - Help you align your priorities and plans for 2020 around what really matters—not to anyone else, but to YOU. - Guide you through a process of turning intentions into concrete commitments, first steps, and plans for holding one another accountable. **Please note the earlier start time for this event! We'll start the activities at 6pm sharp** FOR WOMEN AND NONBINARY FOLKS 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! ACCESSIBILITY & ACCOMMODATION 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. AGENDA 5:30pm // 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 6:00pm sharp! 6:00pm // Opening exercise: Yes/Yikes We’ll warm up by reflecting with each other on the year that ended: what was our greatest joy? What was the thing that went spectacularly wrong? 6:20pm // Clarifying values We’ll lead you through an activity that will give you clarity on what really drives you, and where you are and aren’t living with those values today. 6:50pm // 2020 intentions Using our values as a frame, we’ll establish intentions for 2020: what we want more of, what we want to leave behind, and how we want to treat ourselves and our communities. 7:20pm // Action and accountability We’ll find people who share challenges and goals, and work in pairs to establish the actions we want to take and decide how we’ll hold ourselves accountable. 7:50pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs! Let’s close the night by sharing some of our visions, and action plans—and celebrating how each of us is choosing to bring our values to life this year. 8pm // Open networking time Feel free to hang out afterward for more discussion, snacks, and drinks.

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

    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 OUR GUEST: SELENA REZVANI 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, Oprah.com, Todayshow.com, and NPR, and was a columnist for The Washington Post. More about Selena: www.selenarezvani.com FOR WOMEN AND NONBINARY FOLKS 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! ACCESSIBILITY & ACCOMMODATION 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. 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: 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.

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  • Working Moms: Real talk on pregnancy and parenting as a professional

    How do parents with different careers and family situations make their lives work? What do they wish they’d known before they had kids? And what policies should all of us be advocating for at our companies and in our country? Join us for a panel discussion where we hear from three moms with three very different stories. We’ll talk about: - How they navigated pregnancy, leave, and coming back to work (or not) - How to make choices and tradeoffs around childcare, career ambition, and...literally everything - Why you shouldn’t have to pretend you’re not exhausted when you haven’t slept in three days - Why we should all be mad as hell about the lack of paid family leave in the U.S. Whether you have kids, want kids, or just want to create a world where workplaces are inclusive and working moms aren’t penalized, this event is for you. FOR WOMEN AND NONBINARY FOLKS 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! All our panelists for this event are women, but we know that not all parents who experience bias at work identify as mamas. If you're a nonbinary person interested in parenting and pregnancy issues, your presence and perspective are very welcome. OUR PANEL - CORAL EDWARDS leads the marketing team at Harvest...and leads the parenting for her 17-month-old kiddo, because her husband’s in an intense medical fellowship. It’s a lot. She’s an instigator of change who believes in paid family leave, organizing everything she can, and being honest about it when we don’t have our shit together at work. - ASHLEY REID is an exercise physiologist and the owner of Active Mom Fitness, Philadelphia’s only private and small group training studio for moms and moms-to-be. She started her company when her child was a toddler—and now she’s growing her business while co-parenting a four-year-old. - NICHOLE BADGER is the regional search director at Parker + Lynch, where she leads the legal recruiting teams for Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New Jersey. She became a recruiter when she had her daughters, who are now 3 and 6—trading 18-hour days for a bit more sustainable schedule. MODERATED BY SHANNON AMSPACHER Shannon is the manager of strategic initiatives for iRelaunch, where she works with organizations to introduce, implement, and expand career reentry programs across the globe. She’s a Temple grad, a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and a passionate advocate for anyone returning to their careers after a break. ACCESSIBILITY & ACCOMMODATION 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. 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 what 1 thing about parenting and career that we’re excited to discuss, and 1 thing that makes us nervous. 6:45pm // Panel discussion Shannon will lead a super-real discussion with our panel. Expect some tears, some swears, and a lot of helpful knowledge. 7:45pm // Small-group discussion We’ll break into small groups to reflect on what we heard, what we’ve experienced ourselves, and how we can all better support one another—parent or not. 8pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs! Let’s leave on a high note by sharing what we’ve learned and championing each other. 8:15pm // Open networking time Feel free to hang out afterward for more discussion, snacks, and drinks.

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  • Burnout: How to identify it, break the cycle, and reject hustle culture

    Burnout. It seems like the word is everywhere this year—and for good reason: so many of us are facing stagnant wages, financial insecurity, and a culture that seems to always tell us to hustle harder. Pile on issues like sexism, racism, or a double shift of caregiving and emotional labor, and sometimes it’s hard to imagine NOT being burnt out. But you can’t fix burnout with bath bombs and TV binges (we’ve tried!). Instead, we need to face its root causes—together. Because hearing about others’ experiences, and getting validation for our own, is the number-one way to identify burnout...before it does so much damage that we need months, or even years, to bounce back. So this month, join us for an evening of unpacking the root causes—and solutions—to burnout. Together, we’ll: - Collaborate on a broader set of symptoms to watch out for - Share our personal challenges and strategies - Use our newfound perspective to start documenting personal plans for processing our stress and building healthier, more sustainable habits—whatever the world throws at us FOR WOMEN AND NONBINARY FOLKS 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! ACCESSIBILITY & ACCOMMODATION Do 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! 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, juice, wine, and beer). We’ll start at 6:30pm sharp! 6:30pm // Opening exercise: Yes! / Yikes! We’ll get to know each other by discussing the highs and lows of our own relationships with burnout—what have we learned? What still scares us? 6:45pm // Activity: Burnout brainstorm What has burnout looked like in your life? What are the early warning signs? Let’s talk about exhaustion, anxiety, work-dread, insomnia, and all the other symptoms we’ve experienced. 7:10pm // Discussion: Root causes and strategies for healing Then, we’ll break into small groups and start to talk about the real causes of burnout—not just busy schedules and demanding jobs, but feeling stuck, unappreciated, and powerless. Then we’ll also talk about how we can make changes to address those feelings—like setting boundaries, taking time off, and finding new ways to define success. 7:40pm // Activity: Self-reflection Finally, we’ll spend some time reflecting solo on what we’ve heard and shared—leaving with a clearer sense of where we’re at today, and what changes we want to implement in our lives. 7:50pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs! Before we go, let’s share and celebrate what we learned tonight—and what we’re planning to do next. 8pm // Open networking time Feel free to hang out afterward for more discussion, snacks, and drinks.

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  • Justice at Work: Confronting Bias, Discrimination, and Harassment

    Have you faced harassment or discrimination at work, or seen it happen to others? From serious cases of bias or abuse to the endless microaggressions that diminish and demean, unjust (and illegal!) situations are way too frequent in our workplaces. Even worse, we often face these issues alone, because we don’t know where to turn or whom to trust. Some of us even start assuming it was our own fault, or that we’re too sensitive, or maybe we’re just imagining things. Let’s change that—together. Join us as Amal Bass, staff attorney with the Women’s Law Project, shares her expertise on the rights we have, resources we can turn to, and realities we face when reporting bias or harassment. Then we’ll bring the discussion to small groups, where we can share our own experiences, get support, and identify how we can be better advocates and allies for one another. FOR WOMEN AND NONBINARY FOLKS 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! OUR GUEST: AMAL BASS Amal Bass is a staff attorney with expertise in discrimination and harassment, employment rights, and domestic and sexual violence at Women’s Law Project, the only public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to the rights of women and girls. Since 1974, WLP has been fighting for equal access to reproductive healthcare and abortion, improving institutional response to all forms of violence against women, challenging sex and gender discrimination, and advocating for workplace equality and economic justice across Pennsylvania. Amal joined WLP in 2006, and has represented people who have experienced pregnancy discrimination, denial of breastfeeding opportunities, and inadequate responses by educational institutions to sexual harassment and violence. She is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School. MORE ABOUT WOMEN'S LAW PROJECT - Women’s Law Project: https://www.womenslawproject.org/ - #MeTooPA: If you are being sexually harassed at school or work, call[masked] for free confidential support. 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 how it feels to be talking openly about bias and discrimination. 6:45pm // Discussion with Amal We’ll host a "fireside chat" about the realities of harassment and discrimination, and what you can do about it. 7:30pm // Activity: Share and plan We’ll break into small groups to share personal experiences and discuss what we can do to build more equitable workplaces. 7:45pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs! This is a tough topic, so 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.

  • Feminist Leadership: Redefining what it looks like to lead and manage

    Being a leader is awesome: you get to influence how decisions are made, and support others as they learn and grow. But leadership can also be problematic: it can easily reinforce existing power structures, silence marginalized voices, and perpetuate biases that hold others back. So what would it look like to bring feminist principles into our leadership and management practices, and how might that change who and what we picture when we imagine a leader? FOR WOMEN AND NONBINARY FOLKS 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! OUR GUEST: LARA HOGAN Lara Hogan, author of the new book Resilient Management, will join us to talk about her experience leading as a woman and a feminist. Guest moderator Brittney Dunkins, VP managing editor at JP Morgan Chase, will ask her about what she’s learned as a manager, a coach, and a trainer for other managers, and work to expand our conception of what leadership looks like to be more inclusive (and less stereotypically male). We’ll also discuss the challenges women often face when they’re in leadership roles—from undermining peers to paternalistic bosses to internalized fears about our own limitations—and hold group discussions about how we can support each other, push back, and change norms. More about Lara: https://larahogan.me/ https://abookapart.com/products/resilient-management https://wherewithall.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: Hyped/Freaked We’ll get to know each other by sharing what makes us excited and nervous about leadership and management. 6:45pm // Discussion with Lara Brittney will lead a "fireside chat" about leading with principles and managing as a woman. 7:30pm // Activity: Practice what you learned We’ll host an activity where you can share your experience and get feedback from others. 7:45pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs! Before we 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.

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  • Strong Feelings—LIVE from the Philadelphia Podcast Festival

    Join us for a LIVE recording of Sara and Katel's podcast, Strong Feelings—a weekly show about work, friendship, and feminism. We're part of this year's Philly Podcast Festival, and we'll be on stage sharing stories, inspiration, and fuck yeahs. We'll be joined on stage by a super-special guest, TALIA SCHLANGER, host of World Cafe—the truly iconic show produced by WXPN right here in Philly and distributed nationally on NPR. We'll be asking her about interviewing rock stars, being a woman on the radio and in music, and, of course, what it's like to hang out with Lizzo. It's free. It's gonna be super fun. And it's open to everyone, Collective Strength member or not (i.e. bring your friends of all genders)! Just make sure to arrive by 2pm sharp—recording starts right away, and another show begins right afterward! More about the podcast: http://strongfeelings.co/ ABOUT PHILLY PODCAST FESTIVAL An annual celebration of podcasting right here in Philly—featuring live events from local and visiting shows all over the city from July 17-28, 2019. http://www.phillypodfest.com/

  • Own Your Expertise: How to find and communicate your unique perspective

    “I want to stand out from my peers, but I don’t know how.” “I’m trying to pivot industries or level up in my career, but I feel like my past experience is keeping me stuck.” “People keep assuming I’m junior, even though I have lots of experience.” Feel familiar? Then you have got to join us for our July event, where we’ll be learning about embracing all the unique experiences that make you YOU, and communicating them to others in a way that positions you as the credible and competent badass you are. OUR GUEST Liz Brown—partner and chief experience officer of BCKG, former co-CEO of Webjunto, and the managing director of Backstage Philly (the accelerator program created by VC fund Backstage Capital to invest in diverse founders)—will join us for an intimate conversation about her experience being seen as a “jack of all trades,” and how things changed when she started owning her diverse experiences as strengths, rather than trying to fit them all into someone else’s script. Then we’ll facilitate an activity to help you gain confidence and clarity about your expertise, and practice sharing what sets you apart from others with your fellow attendees. More about Liz: https://www.lizbrown.info/ https://twitter.com/lizbrownsays https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizbrownsays https://backstagecapital.com/accelerator/cities/philadelphia/ 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 communicating our expertise and value. 6:45pm // Discussion with Liz We'll ask Liz her best advice for communicating your expertise in a way that makes others take notice. 7:30pm // Activity: Practice what you learned We’ll lead an activity to help you define your expertise, and practice sharing it with others. 7:50pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs! Before we 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

  • 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