The COVID-19 crisis has had, and continues to have, a major adverse impact on workplaces, with many employees, especially women, struggling to do their jobs. According to the 2020 Women in the Workplace study by McKinsey & Co,“[m]any feel like they’re ‘always on’ now that the boundaries between work and home have blurred.” Many women bear the additional burden of home schooling and caring responsibilities during the pandemic while trying not to fall behind on meeting work demands. The report found that one in four women are considering down shifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely because of the impact of COVID-19. Another study by software company, Qualtrics and online talent marketplace the Boardlist, which focuses on gender parity in the boardroom, found that women are also being left behind when it comes to promotions during this pandemic: 34% of men working remotely with children at home said they received a promotion, versus 9% of women in the same situation. In addition, 26% of men with children at home said they received a pay raise while working remotely, compared to 13% of women with children at home. It is crucial for organizations, especially at this time, to focus on different ways to support their women employees, including opening avenues for the women to achieve a more reasonable work-life balance and further investing in the women’s personal and professional development and growth to promote opportunities for their success within the organization.
We have created the PowWFollowMyLead™ Community, a shared community where women from different organizations would have the opportunity to collaborate on various activities designed to support their personal development and professional growth, and to participate in a carefully curated leadership program from April to November 2021, which is comprised of three distinct phases: Phase 1 – Personal Skills Development, Phase 2 – Workplace Skills Development and Phase 3 – Wellness Skills.
The PowWFollowMyLead™ Program is designed to:
- Strengthen the leadership, personal and workplace skills of women employees so they can build the confidence to succeed, gain insights into being effective leaders, managers and team members, and be equipped with useful tools to navigate commonplace workplace challenges.
- Provide women employees with strategies to maintain their well-being, especially during these high stress times.
- Help women employees establish supportive relationships with other women at work through the Mentorship Huddle™ methodology, offering them a safe environment to share best practices and informal advice with one another.
Once you have registered for this PowWFollowMyLead™ Program, you will also be provided a free “Awesome Member” membership to The Koa Club’s general community of achieving women and free access in 2021 to all premium “Beyond Awesome” (normally $25/event) events and workshops curated by The Koa Club. 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.
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).