THE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMER MASTERCLASS SERIES
Women’s leadership has reached a tipping point.
And it’s both incredibly exciting and stressful to be standing here, wondering how we’ll move forward.
Our excitement comes from knowing that women have made considerable strides in the last 20 years.
Women have climbed to C-Suite positions in some of the world’s largest corporations. Women are starting and growing successful businesses in record numbers. Women are raising huge sums of money and creating far-reaching impact for some of the country’s most essential nonprofits. And women are running for office, managing campaigns, and making change in every arena from politics to the environment to social, racial, and economic justice.
We are more highly educated, higher earning, and more present in every industry and profession than we’ve ever been.
It’s inspiring to see women connecting, in our current political climate, to support each other and hold our companies and organizations accountable for creating equitable and inclusive work environments. We’re doing this not just for women, but for all marginalized groups who have traditionally been excluded: people of color, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled, immigrants, indigenous people, elders, and more.
The #MeToo movement has also been a significant catalyst for change. Many women have come out of the shadows to tell the stories of their experiences, and we don’t feel as alone as we once did.
In response to these societal calls for change, many companies and organizations have made policy changes that require them to hire, train, and promote more equitably than ever before. We’re talking about workplace abuse and silencing more than we ever have before. .
It’s starting to feel like some real changes are happening.
And yet, as women leaders, our stress and frustration are higher than ever. Our lives are so busy and we can see the potential for so much more. We haven’t created, and we aren’t experiencing, either individually or collectively, the kind of success and alignment with values that we know we could have.
When we look around from within our organizations, we can still see the glaring inequities that remain.
We all know, or we’ve been, the women passed up for promotion, or not heard in meetings, or not considered when new initiatives are being planned. We’ve all sat on hiring committees where the applicant pool included no women or no people of color.
If we look at our economy through a broader lens, we see that women still earn only 81 cents for every dollar men make, on average – and women of color experience even greater pay inequality, with African American women earning just 68% and Hispanic women only 62% of what white males earn in the same jobs. (US Dept of Labor)
Even within the 25 most common professions for women, where we far outnumber our male peers, our pay is still lower for every job type but one. (US Dept of Labor)
In nearly every profession and industry where women make up a majority or near majority of the workforce, their representation in the ranks of senior leadership hovers in the teens and 20s, and their presence on boards or in C-Suites remains in the single digits, percentage-wise. (Center for American Progress)
And women, who are now the primary, sole, or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American households, are still disproportionately responsible for the vast majority of child care, family management, elder care, and housework. (Center for American Progress)
No wonder it’s hard for us to figure out how to manage day-to-day stress, advance in our careers, increase our impact as leaders and support other women on our teams and in our organizations.
We don’t yet have all the tools we need to align our personal and professional lives with our core values.
Introducing The Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series
At the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, we’re determined to tip the odds in favor of all women leaders. We’re not willing to rest until all of us – me, you, and all of our sisters – have the skills necessary to be able to move as far in our organizations as we desire to go, to be compensated fairly and equitably, and to live our lives and do our work in alignment with our values.
That’s why we’re thrilled to invite you to join us for the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series!
This 6-part series of live Women’s Leadership Masterclass webinars will be taught by Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, celebrated and long-time women’s leadership and executive coach, founder of the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, Gaia Project Consulting, The Women’s Leadership Podcast and #ResistanceLive.
Based on our work in corporate for some of the largest companies in the US, plus our years of executive and leadership private and group coaching, we’ve selected the six skill sets that we believe are most critical for women in leadership to have, not just to survive but to thrive.
Best of all, you can sign up for the individual sessions that fit your needs for just $99 each. Or, for $499, get our all-access pass.
During each masterclass webinar, you’ll receive expert instruction and deep-dive exercises designed to facilitate a process of moving you forward quickly with the material. Time will be included to complete the exercises and share, process and get feedback from Elizabeth and the group, as well as ask any additional questions you may have. .
If you are not able to attend live, you can post your questions ahead of time, and each session is recorded and available for instant replay at the same link.
Session 1: Crafting Your Best Self: Self-Confidence, Imposter Complex, Limiting Beliefs
Tues June 26th, 12-1.30pm ET
Even the most outwardly successful and confident women struggle internally with the sense that they aren’t good enough, that they don’t know what they are doing and that are not qualified to hold their position – we hear this from women at all levels of leadership.
This can feel like a personal weakness, when in fact it derives from cultural programming, internalized after centuries of patriarchal leadership. Where women are further marginalized because of other aspects of their identity, such as race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or even personality type (for example, introversion vs. extroversion) the effects are compounded.
In this session, you will:
Learn how to identify the limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from achieving your ideal vision of success with ease
Understand where these limiting beliefs originate from and the ways that they protect you
Develop strategies for reframing your limiting beliefs, so they work for you rather than against you
Session 2: Growing Big Opportunities: Career Transition and Upleveling
Tues July 10th, 12-1.30pm ET
Women often start out their careers on a fast trajectory of success and then hit a wall. The glass ceiling is still all too real for many, and the danger of the narrative that it has been shattered is that we turn the blame on ourselves. We end up sticking it out in abusive work environments where we are not being supported or advanced, over-worked but not given the chance to move into the levels of leadership that we are capable of.
Whether you are looking to uplevel in your career, or to make a transition to another role, company or industry by choice or external circumstances, in this session you will:
Gain reinforcement that you are not alone in your current situation or imagining the challenges and roadblocks
Identify strategies for advocating for yourself and negotiating for your advancement, or determining that your current situation is unsalvageable and preparing to make a transition
Learn new strategies for upleveling your leadership profile and making a transition, whether in a current or new role, that is aligned with your strengths, values, and vision
Session 3: Cultivating Support: Mentorship and Sponsorship
Tues July 17th, 12-1.30pm ET
One of the clearest predictors of career success and one of the most powerful ways that women can support each other is through mentorship and sponsorship. However, when we don’t see our leadership style or values mirrored in current leadership (let alone our demographics), it can be easy to question whether we even want to rise in the ranks.
You don’t have to “play the game” – you can change the game, but trying to do so alone is exhausting. In this session you will:
Understand the importance of having both mentors and sponsors, and what the difference between a mentor and sponsor is
Learn how to seek out, identify and develop for yourself a powerful team of mentors and sponsors who can model an approach to leadership and advancement that is in alignment with a vision for yourself that you can embrace
Develop strategies for becoming or expanding as a mentor and sponsor yourself as a way to step into increased levels of leadership
Session 4: Transforming Your Connections: Networking, Marketing and Sales
Weds July 25th, 12-1.30pm ET
Traditional paradigms of leadership have turned “networking” into a dirty word for many women. We tell ourselves that we don’t want to “play office politics” yet feel that our career has suffered as a result.
Higher levels of leadership often come with an expectation that you will bring in business, whether you are in a more formal marketing and sales role or not. Being expected to develop relationships on behalf of your company or organization can feel daunting, but what if there was a different model for doing so?
In this session, you will:
Learn a new model of “networking” both within and outside of your company that is based on developing relationships in a way that feels natural to you rather than awkward, uncomfortable and forced
Develop a system for reaching out within your existing network and expanding from there that you will actually feel excited and motivated to follow
Learn new strategies for “cold networking” that are anything but cold
Understand how to apply these strategies to marketing, sales, and business development
Session 5: Creating a New Leadership Paradigm: Intersectionality and Inclusion – with guest instructors Nicole Lee and Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick
Weds August 1st, 12-2pm ET
At the Gaia Project, we are committed to change, and for us, that means dismantling systems of oppression in order to make the world a better place for all.
Intersectionality recognizes that, within a particular demographic, women, for example, other identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education, religion, country of origin, mental and physical ability, etc. cause further marginalization.
Inclusion calls for those who are marginalized to not just have a seat at the table but to be seen, heard and valued.
As women in leadership, it is critical for us to have an understanding and awareness of how systems of oppression are woven into every aspect of our society.
We will not achieve equity without achieving it for the most marginalized of us.
In this session, you will:
Learn new frameworks for identifying and dismantling systems of oppression that have been normalized and integrated into our society and are, by design, most invisible to those most privileged by them
Deepen your understanding of how your privilege may be creating leadership blind spots, while also gaining validation regarding the ways in which you may have been marginalized
Explore what a more intersectional and inclusive approach would look like for you as a leader and identify three actions that you can take to make a difference over the next 30 days
Session 6: Future Thinking: Mission and Legacy
Tues August 7th, 12-1.30pm ET
When we’re stuck in the day-to-day, running from crisis to crisis as we are often required to do, it can be hard to stay in touch with what it’s all for.
What is driving us? What matters? What is it we want to achieve and what is the impact that we want to leave behind for future generations?
When we can dig deeply into who we want to be through a process that is open and creative, we can give context and meaning to our daily work that can turbo-boost our efforts.
In this session, you will:
Create space within your busy life to step back and connect with what your mission, purpose, and legacy is, both personal and professional
Brainstorm on the different ways you can explore these ideas in concrete ways, both big and small
Set long-term goals, then reverse engineer to break those goals down into stages so it feels manageable and you know what you can do next
“I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an inspiring community of women who are nurturing and supporting the current and future generations of women leaders.”
“Elizabeth and the team at Gaia are TRUE warrior women. I find it a privilege to be counted in the circle… I hope to be able to take what I've learned and share it in my own unique way with the world. I commend Elizabeth and the entire team for the work they do and continue to do, the encouragement they provide in large ways and small ways every single day.”
Many participants have successfully sought corporate reimbursement for their participation in our programs through their employer’s professional development budget. We encourage you to explore whether this option is available to you, and are happy to support you in doing so if need be. Click here to contact us.
GAIA PROJECT SCHOLARSHIPS
Here at the Gaia Project, we’re committed to offering all of our programs to women who do not have the financial means to participate otherwise. We will be awarding three full all-access pass scholarships for the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series. If you are interested in applying, please do so here. The scholarship application period closes June 22nd. Recipients will be notified on June 25th.
If you’re interested in sponsoring another woman’s participation in the Summer Masterclass Series or contributing to our scholarship fund so we can increase the number of scholarships awarded, please reach out to us.
“I came to the Gaia Project for Women's Leadership after many years in corporate, and I could see that Elizabeth speaks and teaches from deep rooted experience and knowledge of this landscape. However, what we learned in this training can also be applied in many other areas of our lives, not just for those who are in corporate jobs. It's an approach that speaks to the entire individual, not just their professional selves.”
“Through assignments and sharing, I found my way to my authentic self. I found my voice. I was surrounded by inspiration. If you are looking for something to give you the courage to step into creating change for yourself and the world we live in, this is it.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Summer Masterclass Series is actually six self-contained webinars. The first one will take place Tuesday, June 26th and the last one is on Tuesday, August 7th. But, you’ll have lifetime access to the webinar recordings for any of the webinars you’ve registered for, through Crowdcast, and you can listen to them and do the exercises over and over again.
There are six live webinar options in the series. You can check out the descriptions above and choose the ones you want to be a part of, and then register for them separately for $99 each. Or, if you like everything you see, you can grab the all-access pass for $499. You’ll get an email reminder and link to join just before each webinar you’ve registered for starts. Join us if you can. If you can’t be there, you can use the same link to listen in to the recording at any time. You’ll have lifetime access to those recordings and exercises. It’s as easy as that!
No worries! Of course, live is the most interactive way to be part of the webinar, but you can use the Crowdcast webinar link to listen in any time, participate in the exercises, and read through and add to the comments. And you can return to the recordings again and again, when you need those processes or a dose of inspiration.
Corporate trainings are right in our wheelhouse. We’d love to help you bring your whole team on board for the Women’s Leadership Summer Masterclass Series experience. And, we’d love to talk with you about corporate training opportunities. Please contact our COO, Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’d love to talk to you about how we can meet your needs.
Each webinar is either 90 minutes or two hours long. You really don’t have to set aside any more time than that. But the masterclasses and exercises will be so rich, you’ll probably want at least an extra hour or two for each one.
Yes, you sure can! We’d love to have you join us for any of the sessions that you choose, even after the first few have already happened. And, if you want to purchase the all-access pass at a later date, you will receive lifetime access to all the recordings, no matter when you sign up.
Yes, there are! We’ll be awarding three all-access pass scholarships to deserving and emerging women leaders who would not otherwise have the financial resources to participate.
If you fit this description, we invite you to apply here. The scholarship application process will close on Friday, June 22nd at midnight ET. We’ll notify our scholarship recipients on Monday, June 25th.
Because of the substantial time and effort we invest in preparation for all of our programs, no refunds are available. We encourage and trust you to make the best decision for you with regard to your enrollment in this program.
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