• Mindful Marketing

    Online event

    How to stop faking it and start marketing your business, your freelance services, or yourself with presence and authenticity

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    Do you know you need to be more visible in your field, grow your network, or sell your services—but struggle to find your voice when you try to market? Digital marketing specialist Sarah DeGeorge is here to help.

    Sarah knows firsthand how exhausting it is to play pretend in your marketing. After battling a bad case of burnout, she now shows people how to stop obsessing over “best practices” and start bringing more mindfulness to their marketing efforts instead.

    Why mindfulness? Because marketing tends to focus on the past (what worked) and future (what’s next)—but rarely on the present: how do things feel in the "now"? But by deepening your self-awareness, you can instead build a marketing plan that fits the present form of you and your business.

    In this interactive presentation and workshop, Sarah will show you how mindful marketing audits can help you:

    • Be present in the moment and see what is and is not working with your marketing
    • Better understand yourself and your goals, while tying them into marketing analytics to build out your marketing goals
    • Connect customer data with your guiding values to write copy that sounds most like YOU
    • Give yourself the grace to say "this doesn't align with my brand” and bring yourself back to a place of authenticity in your marketing

    At the end of the evening, you’ll know how to check in on your marketing from a present and mindful standpoint on a regular basis—so you’ll stay more connected to your goals, in line with your values, and consistent with your audience.

    OUR GUEST: SARAH DEGEORGE
    Sarah is a digital marketing specialist who works in paid and organic marketing, public relations, and social media marketing and management to help small businesses find their authentic voice for their audience through a holistic marketing approach. When Sarah is not working on digital marketing strategy, you will find her on a walk at a local park, reading, or working in animal rescue and rehabilitation.

    More about Sarah: www.sardegeorge.com

    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!

    AGENDA
    5:30pm // Event opening + warmup

    5:40pm // Presentation and Q&A with Sarah

    6:30pm // Small-group activity

    6:45pm // Closing takeaways, commitments, and celebrations

    Zoom link shared once you RSVP! Please don't share that link.

  • Find your voice and step into your power

    Online event

    $29.00

    STOP PLAYING SMALL AND START CLAIMING YOUR SPACE WITH CONFIDENCE IN THIS 90-MINUTE WORKSHOP WITH LEADERSHIP COACHES ANDREA NWOKE AND SARA WACHTER-BOETTCHER

    Do you want to speak up at work—but fear you’ll be labeled as “difficult” (or worse) if you actually do it?

    Does being “the only” (the only woman, the only Black person, the only trans person) put you under extra pressure to be “perfect”?

    Do you dream of being more visible in your field, but talk yourself out of pursuing big ideas and taking bold stances?

    Yeah. We’ve been there, too. And no matter how many “bring your whole self to work” Instagram posts we read, we didn’t feel any more confident standing out. Until we realized: the problem isn’t us!

    We live in a culture where being our whole selves is risky. We’re told that our hair is unprofessional, our bodies are distracting, our voices are too quiet, our lipstick is too loud. Or we’re told that we should stop wearing t-shirts, stop speaking up so much in meetings, stop being so abrasive. It’s enough to make your head spin.

    In fact, that’s exactly what the racist, sexist status quo wants. Because the more you spin, the less energy you have to fight back against patriarchy and white supremacy. The less energy you have to bring your own ideas to life. The less energy you have for you. You stay exhausted, numb, and just barely hanging on.

    Breaking out of that system feels risky—but is it really any riskier than staying stuck and burning out? After all, when you stop playing small, a whole new world just might open up. You’ll speak with a voice that draws people in and influences how they see the world. You’ll stop shutting down your best ideas, and start letting them blossom instead.

    You’ll say no to bullshit, yes to joy, and buh-bye to the people who want to hold you back.

    You’ll even be better able to show up for others, elevate their voices, and shift power dynamics for everyone.

    Join leadership coaches Andrea Nwoke and Sara Wachter-Boettcher for an interactive session all about unpacking the stories we’ve learned about how we’re supposed to be at work, exploring what those stories have kept us from, and learning how to trade them for something more powerful instead. We’ll also get real about the risks of speaking up and finding your voice when you’re a member of a marginalized group—and how to find the courage to do it anyway, where and when it matters to you.

    You’ll leave with:
    - A better understanding of the cultural forces conspiring to keep you small, and how to fight them
    - More confidence letting your true self show, and less anxiety about taking up space
    - Next steps to help you move forward in bigger, badder, bolder ways

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    In this 90-minute, interactive session over Zoom, you’ll:
    - Listen in as Andrea and Sara open up about their own experiences, and the insights they’ve learned along the way
    - Participate in activities that help you unpack the stories that are keeping you small, find your most powerful voice, and build the confidence to use it
    - Have the chance to volunteer for a coaching hotseat—so you can get 1:1 help working through your challenge from Sara or Andrea
    - Share your reflections and challenges with your peers, and learn from others’ insights
    - Decide how you’ll move forward, and make a concrete commitment to action

    ABOUT YOUR COACHES

    ANDREA NWOKE is an empowerment and leadership coach and the founder of Full Voice, a coaching practice that helps people give voice to their dreams. She combines corporate expertise working with C-suite executives with a world-class classical singing background to help her clients show up with presence and unlock their career potential.

    SARA WACHTER-BOETTCHER is a leadership coach, author, and keynote speaker dedicated to changing design and tech for good. She’s the founder of Active Voice, a company that helps people step into their power, speak up for justice, and build more courageous leadership practices in their organizations.

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  • Boost your confidence and unblock your creativity

    Online event

    What do you do when your inner critic shows up? If you’re like many of us, you probably listen way too hard to whatever it has to say—leaving you wallowing in self-doubt instead of letting your brilliance shine.

    It doesn’t have to be that way.

    This month, we’re sitting down with keynote speaker, author, and founder + CEO of The Creative Dose Denise Jacobs for an intimate conversation designed to help you break free from your inner critic and regain the confidence to go after your biggest, boldest goals. We’ll talk about how to:
    - Overcome feeling overwhelmed (um…this year? YES PLEASE!)
    - Stop comparing yourself to others
    - Break the perfectionism/procrastination cycle
    - Unblock your creativity and own your expertise

    OUR GUEST: DENISE JACOBS
    Denise Jacobs is a keynote speaker, founder, and the author of Banish Your Inner Critic—a handbook for anyone who wants to silence their fears and self-doubt and unleash their creativity. Through her company The Creative Dose, she helps organizations increase employee productivity and engagement, and helps individuals be their brilliance, cultivate collaboration, and develop leadership skills.

    More about Denise: denisejacobs.com

    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!

    AGENDA

    5:30pm // Event opening + warmup activity
    We’ll start promptly at 5:30pm with a welcome to the evening, and an activity to get us talking with each other.

    5:50pm // Conversation and Q&A with Denise
    Sara and Denise will sit down for an in-depth discussion all about the meeting point of the inner critic, career confidence, and creativity, and will take audience questions.

    6:50pm // Activity
    We’ll break back into small groups to practice owning our expertise and choose 1 thing we’ll do to break the self-doubt cycle.

    7pm // Closing: Commitments and celebrations
    We’ll close the evening by sharing our takeaways and celebrating how we’ll move forward in a closing ritual.

    Zoom link shared once you RSVP! Please don't share that link.

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  • Re-energize Your Job Search

    Online event

    **Reboot your résumé, own your story, and go after the job you really want.**

    Looking for a job can get anyone down—especially this year. If you’re feeling frustrated or wallowing in self-doubt, we feel you. And we’re here to help get you out of that headspace and back into action.

    Join us on Zoom for an evening all about helping you put your best foot forward on your résumé, LinkedIn profile, and cover letters—not to mention in your networking conversations.

    We’ll talk about:
    - Focusing on what you can control (and letting go of the rest)
    - Creating job search materials that put you in your best light
    - Gaining confidence telling your career story with ownership and excitement

    OUR GUEST: JASMINE OMOROGBE
    Jasmine is a career consultant with more than a decade of experience helping clients land their dream jobs. Originally from Minneapolis, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and her master’s from Harvard, and started her career in higher ed before pivoting to tech. Now based in Philadelphia, Jasmine works with clients everywhere to help them understand what recruiters and hiring committees want, craft more compelling application materials, and build networking strategies that open doors.

    Learn more about Jasmine and her services at www.jasmineomo.com and check out her profile with She Steps Up Philly here: https://medium.com/she-steps-up/awesome-women-in-philly-job-hunting-in-the-time-of-covid-954db7dded89.

    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!

    AGENDA
    6pm // Event opening + warmup activity
    We’ll start promptly at 6pm with a welcome to the evening, and an activity to get us talking with each other.

    6:20pm // Conversation and Q&A with Jasmine
    Sara and Jasmine will sit down for an in-depth discussion focused on answering your job search questions. Make sure you submit your questions when you RSVP!

    7:15pm // Closing exercise: Commitments and celebrations
    We’ll get back into groups to talk about takeaways and choose 1 action we’re committed to taking after the session. Then we’ll celebrate those commitments (and each other!) in a closing ritual.

    **Zoom link shared once you RSVP! Please don't share that link.**

  • Pivot with power: A conversation on career change

    Online event

    A conversation on career change with Kelly Poulson and Ashley Turner

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    Making a career change—like pivoting to a whole new field, entering freelance life, or shifting industries—can feel daunting. Will anyone take me seriously in that world? How will my experience translate? Where do I even start?

    It’s a lot. But you don’t have to navigate it alone.

    Join us on Zoom for our May event: an evening of realtalk and helpful tips from two women who know what it feels like to change careers, and have tons of experience helping others change theirs, too:

    - KELLY POULSON, a leadership coach and self-described “ass-kicker” who helps people find clarity at career crossroads
    - ASHLEY TURNER, an edtech enthusiast who is making waves in Philly by helping women of color find their footing in the tech industry

    Whether you’ve already pivoted, are in the middle of a big shakeup, or are just thinking about making a change, this event is for you. Join us!

    FOR WOMXN 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!

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    MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTS

    Kelly Poulson
    Kelly is a leadership coach, career co-pilot, and dream navigator who launched her coaching practice in 2009. Her specialty? Helping people navigate the tricky aspects of leadership and career development. She earned her Professional Coach Certification with the International Coach Federation, and she is a PHR from the Society of Human Resources Management. She is also a co-founder of DisruptHR Philadelphia, and serves on the board of ICF Philadelphia. When she’s not pushing to make people and organizations better, Kelly spends most of her time marathoning Netflix programming with her mutt, Dexter.

    More about Kelly: www.kellypoulson.com

    Ashley Turner
    Ashley Turner is on a mission to help people learn better through the use of technology—and to diversify the tech industry, too. She’s currently an academic technologist at Swarthmore College, the leader of Philly Tech Sistas, and the winner of Technically Philly’s 2019 Impact Leader of the Year award for her work to increase the visibility, inclusion, and retention of women of color in the field. She’s also a member of the Young Professional Advisory Committee for ​EDUCAUSE​, and recently completed Philly Startup Leaders’ Founded in Philly accelerator program.

    Check out Philly Tech Sistas: www.meetup.com/Philly-Tech-Sistas

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    AGENDA

    6pm // Event opening + warmup activity
    We’ll start promptly at 6pm with a welcome to the evening, and an activity to get us talking with each other.

    6:15pm // Conversation and Q&A with Kelly + Ashley
    Sara will host a discussion with our guests—asking how they made their personal career pivots, what they’ve learned helping others do it, and what advice they have for anyone looking to pivot.

    7:15pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs!
    We’ll get back into groups to talk about what we learned and what’s next for us—then we’ll leave on a high note by sharing 1 thing we learned or want to do next.

    Zoom link shared once you RSVP! Please don't share that link.

  • Spring Forward: Get unstuck while you're staying inside

    There’s a LOT working against us this spring, but we don’t have to face it alone. Grab a snack and a beverage and join us on Zoom for a virtual conversation with likeminded women and nonbinary folks.

    We’ll talk about:
    - How we’re coping and where we’re finding joy
    - How we’re helping our communities, and how others can participate
    - What’s making us feel stuck—and how we can start getting unstuck (without leaving the house)

    This will be a casual event where we break into small groups to explore a specific topic in an intimate format. Then we’ll regroup, reflect on what we learned in the group, and break into new groups for the next topic. By the end of the evening, you’ll have had in-depth conversations with a range of new people, and identified specific takeaways you’ll bring back to your daily life.

    Zoom link shared once you RSVP! Please don't share that link—there's a real problem with trolls Zoom-bombing events!

    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!

    AGENDA
    6-6:10pm // Welcome + tech check
    We'll get started by welcoming folks to the event and walking everyone through the Zoom setup.

    6:10-7pm // Small-group discussions
    We’ll provide topics and discussion prompts, and break attendees into small groups of 3-5 people using Zoom breakout rooms. Every 15 minutes, we'll switch up the topic and shake up the rooms, so you can meet new people.

    7-7:15pm // Closing exercise: F Yeahs!
    Like always, we’ll leave on a high note by sharing 1 thing we learned or want to do next.

  • Take the Lead

    Remote Zoom Session

    UPDATE: THIS EVENT WILL BE ONLINE ONLY!
    All members who RSVP will be emailed instructions for joining via Zoom, using a computer or a phone.
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    HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF, BUILD TRUST, AND GAIN INFLUENCE

    You don’t need a “manager” title to be a leader. True leadership can come from anywhere, and it starts with showing up for yourself: advocating for your needs, sharing your perspective, and identifying moments to step up.

    But for those of us who’ve been socialized to be “nice”—to be agreeable, easygoing, and definitely not pushy—that might be harder than it sounds. Instead of stepping up to get a meeting back on track, we quietly seethe about how unproductive it is. Instead of asking crucial questions about benefits or company culture, we tell ourselves we’re lucky to get an interview at all. Instead of showing up at our manager 1:1s with our own goals and requests, we wait for the boss to tell us whatever they think is important.

    Let’s work together to change this—because as soon as we start showing up as leaders in our own lives, we can start changing things for others, too. In this workshop, leadership coach and Collective Strength co-host Sara Wachter-Boettcher will help you get in touch with your inner leader, and start bringing it to work—so you can stop being a passive participant, and start sharing ideas, advocating for yourself, and taking the lead in ways large and small.

    You’ll learn how to:
    - Reframe situations in ways that leave you feeling empowered, not stuck (while acknowledging that you can’t change everything)
    - Bring your own perspective, needs, and agendas to work, rather than waiting for someone else to define them
    - Use powerful questions to confidently ask for what you need

    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!

    FACILITATED BY SARA WACHTER-BOETTCHER
    Sara is the founder of Active Voice, a leadership development company on a mission to make work culture better for everyone. She started Active Voice after leading a content strategy and UX consulting company for nearly a decade, where she worked with tech, product, and design teams. Now she spends her time coaching tech and design leaders, facilitating better, more inclusive meetings, and hosting professional development workshops.

    She is the co-organizer of Collective Strength, a frequent speaker, and the author of three books for people who care about design, content, and tech industry responsibility: Technically Wrong, Design for Real Life, and Content Everywhere.

    More about Sara:
    https://www.activevoicehq.com
    https://www.sarawb.com

    AGENDA
    6pm // Zoom session starts
    We'll get started with walking everyone through the Zoom setup and making sure all the tech works

    6:15pm // Opening exercise: Yes/Yikes
    We’ll get to know each other by sharing in small groups what excited and scares us about showing up as leaders.

    6:30pm // Workshop
    We’ll work in pairs to identify how we want to show up as leaders, and practice flipping the script from passive to active.

    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.

    8:00pm // Zoom session ends

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  • 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.

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  • 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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