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GovWFollowMyLead Program

We have established the GovWFollowMyLead™ Program to support women working in the public sector.

Studies have found that women in the public sector have been advancing into leadership roles more easily than in the private sector and the pay gap between men and women in government positions have narrowed considerably over the years. These advancements in gender equality in the public sector space can be highly rewarding for women who work in the public sector, on top of the satisfaction from knowing that they are doing work on behalf of citizens on the local, state or national level. However, women in public sector are expected to perform well in a work environment that is characterized by a variety of challenges. According to a report by Deloitte on “The future of government”, it is stated that “[p]erhaps nowhere is the gap between the public sector and the private sector greater than in workforce management. While much of the private sector has transformed over the past two decades, the public sector, for the most part, has not. Most public sector organizations are still locked into decades-old workforce policies, such as rigid job classifications, lockstep pay, and reliance on seniority as a substitute for capability.”

We have designed this GovWFollowMyLead program specifically to help empower our women in the public sector towards leadership. Please note that separate registration and fee for this Program is required to attend the Program (whether or not you are a member of The Koa Club general community).  Registration fee for the 2021 GovWFollowMyLead Program is $650 per person.

Details of the 2021 GovWFollowMyLead program are described below.

The GovWFollowMyLead Program is designed to:

  • Strengthen the leadership, personal and workplace skills of women in the public sector so they can build the confidence to succeed, gain insights on being effective leaders, managers and team members, and be armed with useful tools to navigate commonplace workplace challenges.
  • Equip women in the public sector with strategies to maintain their well-being, especially during these high stress times
  • Help women in the public sector establish supportive relationships with other women at work, providing them a safe environment to share best practices and informal advice with each other.

Program Bonus

Once you have registered for this GovWFollowMyLead™ Program, you will also be requested to separately sign up as a free Awesome Member to The Koa Club’s general community of women achievers (or you can elect to sign up for the premium Beyond Awesome Membership to The Koa Club at a deeply discounted rate). The Koa Club is a global community of achieving women seeking growth and empowerment in their professional and personal lives and it offers workshops, events and activities that are designed to help its members gain new knowledge and skills so they can be empowered in unexpected ways, not only in relation to their careers, but also practical life skills that are designed to improve the quality of their daily lives. The Koa Club will act as your extended learning club outside the Program and as your alumni club when you complete the Program. 

 

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2021 Program Overview

The 2021 GovWFollowMyLead™ program is a ten-month long program and has two phases:

Phase 1 (Personal Skills Development)
February 2021 – June 2021

5 workshops focused on the well-being and personal development for the women participants and are designed to help them gain the necessary tools to tackle stress in their lives and find productive ways to relieve pressures that women face at work and at home, especially during these especially during these challenging times with COVID-19 epidemic concerns. Phase 1 workshops also provide insights for women on mastering life-changing skills to gain self-awareness of the unique superpowers that reside within each of them and fight off any self-doubt that creates obstacles to their success.

Phase 2 (Workplace Skills Development)
July 2021 – November 2021

5 workshops focused on providing the women participants with practical strategies for operating effectively within the workplace, including understanding the need to develop behaviors that align with and support personal leadership brands and career direction, navigating complex relationships, learning the tools to build and leverage strategic networks within the organization to engage authentically.

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Workshop 1

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, February 8, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Strategies for Managing Pressures and Increasing Resilience


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Introduction to Program – Goals and Expectations
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

Women are amazing multi-taskers, efficient, caring, determined,  and adaptable and always ready to do the best for their family and at their jobs, but when it comes to themselves, women often do not offer the same support. Especially during these challenging times with the pandemic and economic downturn, women managing work, family, health, finances and other demands may feel like they are just “surviving” their lives, possibly feeling ashamed of the struggle, wondering if they are handling things the “right way”, and lamenting they have no time for themselves but feeling guilty whenever they are away from their family or work.

This workshop will address challenges and frustrations about the many pressures that women face and offer strategies to tackle these pressures and to build resilience for the long term. Key takeaways will include distinguishing what elements contribute to the pressures, gaining an awareness of how everyday pressures impact work and lives, learning to interrupt the pressure cycle before it leads to burnout, and creating a plan to put the insights into action.

Speaker:

Becca Adler
Founder of Becca Adler LLC

Workshop 2

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, March 8, 2021
12:00pm-2:00pm

Developing a Mindset of Success


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

Researchers have found that 90% of the way we think, feel, judge and act are driven by our mindset. Top performers tend to share the important trait of having a success-oriented mindset that is geared towards habits and actions that help them develop beliefs, emotions, and motivations that ultimately lead to their success. In this workshop, participants will learn the limiting impact of a fixed mindset, understand the importance of developing their growth mindset, and learn the tools to build the right mindset to help achieve goals and ambitions.

Speaker:

Carol Elizabeth
Founder of Carol Elizabeth Coaching

Workshop 3

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, April 12, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Closing the Confidence Gap


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

Research findings show that men overestimate their abilities and performance, while women underestimate both, even though their performances do not differ in quality. In their groundbreaking 2014 article and book “The Confidence Gap” Katty Kay and Claire Shipman state that: Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competenceand that “[u]nderqualified and underprepared men don’t think twice about leaning in. Overqualified and over-prepared, too many women still hold back.” Despite having above-average abilities and skills, many women suffer from low confidence and are too often burdened with self-doubt, translating into avoidance and inaction. Women may also feel they do not deserve to be at the top, or that they are concerned that any expression of confidence may be seen as aggressive or controlling behavior.

This workshop will help participants address the core issues surrounding confidence problems, explore how to eliminate self-doubt and negative self-talk that undermine capabilities, learn exercises to strengthen innermost self- respect, and conquer unfound fears of over-confidence.

Speaker:

Sharon Podobnik Peterson
Founder of The Center for Conscious Leadership

Workshop 4

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, May 10, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Habits of Highly Effective Communicators


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

We often feel frustrated that our communications have not been understood or heard or that communications to us are unclear, confusing or inconsistent. Effective communication is about more than just sharing or receiving information – it involves being good at talking and listening. On the one end, it is maintaining the ability to clearly convey a message and getting the point across. On the other end, it is knowing how to listen in a way that gains the real meaning of what is being communicated and makes the other person feel heard and understood.

Good communication takes planning, preparation and consistent practice. It involves undertaking intentional steps to develop effective communication skills and doing so can greatly reduce misunderstandings, resulting in improved work and personal relationships. This workshop will discuss strategies to improve communication approaches depending on the audience, the importance of active listening and ways to develop this core skill, approaches to recognize and overcome communication barriers, and breaking bad communication habits. This workshop will also discuss different communication skills which may need to be deployed depending on the audience, whether its to our supervisors, our co-workers, our direct reports or our clients.

Speaker:

Andrew McMaster
Founder of  ImprovMindset

Workshop 5

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, June 7, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Combating Decision-Making Fatigue


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

Studies show at on average, people make 35,000 decisions a day – and the number may be significantly higher, depending on the circumstances. And it has also been proven that the ability to make good decision decreases over the course of the day. Not surprisingly, women tend to be more susceptible to encountering decision-fatigue. Over time, decision-making fatigue can cause chaos across many aspects of our lives. Decision avoidance, procrastination, self-sabotage, feeling emotionally drained and triggered by others as well as impulsive decision making are just to name a few of the ways that this unhelpful habit can start impacting us and our ability to perform. If left unresolved, the impact it can have on a person’s work and personal performance can be significant.

This workshop will provide insights on how to transition away from this unhelpful and draining habit and begin replacing these default behaviors with more helpful and productive responses. Workshop takeaways will include gaining clarity on where decision-making fatigue may impact work and life, helping to build awareness of the self-deprecating behaviors and habits, and removing blocks and barriers to allow for productive and confidence in making choices and undertaking actions.

Speaker:

Micha Goebig
Founder of GoBig Coaching and Communications, LLC

Workshop 6

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, July 12, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Developing Your Leadership Potential


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

Even if a participant is currently in an individual contributor role, there may be times when she may be asked to take on a leadership role, perhaps as a team leader for a project, or she may be given the opportunity to move to a position that allows her to manage others, or she may aspire to move up to a leadership role. Being a leader is more than a title, its important to know how to lead others, get the work done, deal with conflict, solve problems and inspire others to follow. This workshop will help the participants gain an understanding of the various leadership styles and how to develop behaviors supporting the specific styles, learn the importance of crafting a compelling vision and demonstrating commitment, courage and flexibility, and implementing strategies for building a successful collaborative outcome with their teams.

Speaker:

Louise Sportelli
Founder of Louise Sportelli Coaching and Training

Workshop 7

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, August 9, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Building Beneficial Workplace Allies


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

For many of us, we are so busy putting our heads down to accomplish our work that we often forget to find time to make meaningful connections with others in order to build a close network of allies who can help us, advocate for us, and promote us within the workplace. An ally is someone whom we can reach out to when we have a question or are unsure of what action to take, who empower us to achieve outstanding results, whom we can exchange mutually beneficial ideas or who will help champion us to others. Developing an ally relationship is more than finding a friend at work – its someone whom you will have a quid pro quo relationship in which both have found ways to help each other towards professional growth and success. Interestingly, it’s often harder for women to find allies at work. According to the Harvard Business Review, 19% of full-time male employees in large companies have successfully maintained relationships with senior-level colleagues who are actively interested in helping them advance, while only 13% of women have such sponsors. Women generally have no problem building close relationships and helping others, but women tend to hesitate in leveraging these relationships and feel guilty for having self-serving motives. This workshop will assist the participants in understanding the importance of creating a network of allies, sharing strategies to form and leverage relationships allowing them to thrive in the workplace, and overcoming any emotional barriers in doing so.

Speaker:

Libby Macomber
President of Celemi, Inc.

Workshop 8

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, September 13, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Applying Your Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to recognize, understand, navigate and express our own emotions, to know the impact our emotions have on our thinking and behavior, as well as the ability to successfully navigate and influence the emotions of others. EQ is the foundation for forming, developing maintaining, and enhancing close personal relationships. Research suggests that people with a high EQ are more  innovative  and  have higher job satisfaction than those with lower EQs. Fortunately, our EQ can evolve and increase with our desire to learn and grow, unlike Intelligence Quotient (IQ), which does not change significantly over a lifetime. Achieving a high EQ is not just for people in leadership roles, but it’s a quality needed for everyone at all levels of their careers to help foster workplace success.

At this workshop, participants will learn how EQ is a valuable skill that helps improve communication, management, problem-solving and relationships within the workplace, about habits of emotionally intelligent people, and steps to improve skills in the key categories of EQ.

Speaker:

Gayle Johnson
Founder of EVOLVE Life Coaching

Workshop 9

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, October 4, 2021
12:00pm-2:00pm

Improve Your Conflicts Management Skills


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

A conflict is a situation when the interests, needs, goals or values of a party clash with another party. In the workplace, conflicts may involve team members, departments, projects, organization and customers, leadership and direct reports. Being able to identify conflicts, acknowledge different opinions and build a consensus can be incredibly valuable in creating a positive and productive work environment. Conflict management can be approached using a variety of different styles and techniques. Studies show that public and private sector employees are similar in their overall approach to conflict resolution, but public employees generally prefer a collaborative problem-solving approach, attempting to reach a solution acceptable to all. This workshop will assist the participants in understanding key elements of conflict, different conflict management styles, tools to use in difficult conversations and to explore strategies which can be implemented to de-escalate situations and resolve conflicts to help maintain a healthy work environment. There  will also be a discussion on how to deal with emotions related to some common conflict scenarios and suggested actions to undertake in those scenarios.

Speaker:

Devin W. Craig
Founder of Craig Consulting Group (CCG)

Workshop 10

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, November 8, 2021
12:00pm-2:00pm

Principles of Influence and Persuasion


Agenda:

12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowerment Networking
12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

How often have we admired someone who appears to have the superpower of influence and who could also easily persuade others to do their bidding? Influence and persuasion are two separate leadership skills. Influence is a personal power that comes from a trait that you possess, is a part of your identity and involves your ability to impact or change the opinions, behaviors or actions of others without having a formal authority over them. Persuasion happens due to your action and it is about convincing others to achieve desired outcomes without coercion. Not having a formal position of authority at your workplace does not mean that you can’t wield any influence over others – you can learn to be effective at influencing diverse stakeholders that are crucial to your job.

This workshop will help the participants understand how to assess their own level of influence, finding sources of personal power, learning strategies of influencing and persuading without manipulation or coercion, and knowing how to implement those strategies.

Speaker:

Ellenore Angelidis
Founder and CEO of L.E.A.D. (Lead, Empower, Activate, Dream) LLC

Mentorship Huddles

As part of the GovWFollowMyLead Program©, we will also be organizing several Mentorship Huddles for the women who have signed up for the Program.

The Mentorship Huddles is a group mentoring program within the GovWFollowMyLead Program© that enables the participants to collaborate with colleagues within an organization who share common interests or learning objectives and develop together.

Each Mentorship Huddle is made up of 6-8 women who have registered to attend the GovWFollowMyLead Program© and is led by a Huddle Mentor. The Mentorship Huddle brings together smaller groups of women to collectively explore and discuss workshops and other relevant issues – while being mentored and guided by a Huddle Mentor, who will be someone who has knowledge and/or experience with the various issues and challenges raised by the workshops.

Why Mentorship Huddles?

  • It encourages the expansion of knowledge pool as women from across departments and generations in an organization can collaborate to learn from one another.
  • It helps to build intra-organizational personal relationships by breaking down silos between departments, genders, ethnicities and beyond, providing a safe space to discuss things which can sometimes be uncomfortable.
  • It gives members a place where they can have a voice that matters to build confidence and develop or improve leadership and other skills.
  • It connects people with varying skillsets to tackle challenges or issues raised during a Huddle meeting.
  • It may help open access for the participants to influential peers, future sponsors and senior leadership that they might never have interacted with before.
  • It aims to inspire participants to push themselves to deal with obstacles by understanding that others in the group may be tackling similar issues and helping them to overcome those issues or obstacles.
  • It fosters the building of trust between participants that allows them to come together in support of each other’s goals, while simultaneously seeking to achieve their own.
    It aims to be more fun than traditional mentorships with group activities including role play and brainstorming that creates energy and camaraderie.

How does a Mentorship Huddle Work?

  • All participants will be assigned to a Mentorship Huddle, facilitated by a Huddle Mentor. The assignment will be based on results of a survey collected from each participant after the first workshop to determine the best fit for any specific Mentorship Huddle.
  • After each workshop, questions and details of that workshop will be shared with the Huddle Mentor who will use the provided information as the base for group discussions at Huddle meetings.
  • Huddle meetings will be scheduled by the Huddle Mentor as appropriate with that specific Huddle group and will be held no less than once a month.

Huddles Competition Date:

Monday, June 28, 2021

  • We have created this competition with the hope of encouraging more in-depth learning and discussion on the leadership topics that were introduced to the participants in the first five months of the GovWFollowMyLead™ Program.
  • Some of the key objectives of this competition are to encourage successful collaboration among the Mentorship Huddle team members, to encourage self- assessment and recognition of issues raised in the hypothetical scenario by the Program participants, to increase awareness of current situations and work on strategizing solutions, to develop an understanding of these commonly encountered issues to become a more empathetic leader and colleague, and of course, to get fired up because it is a competition and have fun in the Program.
  • We invite leaders from the participating organizations to act as judges for the competition and share their insights to the Program participants.

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