This thought-provoking, interactive and practical workshop is designed to support women, at different stages of their careers, to be even more successful.

Social science research reveals that there are specific expectations of women in leadership roles that can trip them up if they aren’t aware of these and how to navigate them. In this program, participants will learn about the playing field they are on and tactics they can use to thrive in the workplace. And, we’ll also look at habits that may help people to get ahead early in their careers that can hold them back as they seek to rise.

Participants will identify and address the habits most likely to get in their way as they seek to move to a higher level. These habits include: Reluctance to Claim Your Achievements, Expecting Others to Spontaneously Notice and Reward Your Hard Work, Overvaluing Expertise, Building Rather than Leveraging Relationships, Failing to Enlist Allies from Day One, Putting Your Job Before Your Career, The Disease to Please, The Quest to be Perfect, Speaking While Emotional, Minimizing, Ruminating, and Letting Your Radar Distract You.

Using targeted questions, interactive exercises and vivid real-life examples that resonate and inspire, facilitators will help participants:

  • Identify the specific habits or (cluster of habits) most likely to hold them back

  • Understand how these habits can hinder them at a higher level

  • Initiate simple behavioral tweaks that can smooth their path going forward

  • Hold themselves accountable for changes that can benefit them and their organizations

  • Become a more powerful resource for other women seeking to rise

 Participants will come away from this program with:

  • An enhanced understanding of their individual strengths

  • A clear-eyed recognition of their individual challenges

  • An actionable template for addressing these challenges

  • A proven means for strengthening their webs of support

  • A program of action for engaging male champions in women’s ongoing development

While our focus is on women’s leadership, the content of this workshop is applicable to men as well and they are welcome participants. Participates from across sectors will take value from this workshop. 


Facilitator Bios

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Fiona Macaulay is one of the pioneering voices on leadership development in the international development sector. She’s the Founder of WILD, Women Innovators and Leaders Network and the Forum to Advance Women’s Leadership in the International Development Sector to advance her mission to help other people make their mark in the social change sector through mastery of critical skills, staying connected with a personal vision and finding a sustainable, and even joyful, work-life balance. And, she supports organizations with practical knowledge and tools as they progress on their journeys of inclusive leadership. Fiona is a Tedx speaker and her work has been featured in the New York Times and MIT’s Innovations Journal.


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Sally Helgesen is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. For the last thirty years, her mission has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. Sally’s most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with coaching legend Marshall Goldsmith, became the top-selling title in its field within a week of publication. It explores the specific habits most likely to get in women’s way as they seek advancement.