PowWFollowMyLead Program

We have established the PowWFollowMyLead™ Program to support women in the workforce.

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.

Program Bonus

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).

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Workshops will be held online and the Zoom dial-in details will be provided to you once you have registered.

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For any questions about the Program, please contact info@thekoaclub.com

2021 Program Overview

The 2021 PowWFollowMyLead™ program is an eight-month long program (once a month workshop) and has three phases:

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

3 workshops focused on the personal development for the women participants and are designed to 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 – October 2021

4 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.

Final Phase
November 2021

This final workshop for the Program is focused on the well-being of the women participants and is 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 managing the “new normal” as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic concerns.

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Workshop 1

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Thursday, April 29, 2021
12pm – 2pm PT/2pm – 4pm CT/3pm-5pm EST

Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

Have you ever felt like you’re only winging it and that it is only a matter of time until people find out that you are not as competent as they may think? Are you sometimes convinced that your successes are just down to blind luck or being in the right place at the right time? If so, you may be struggling with impostor syndrome. Many of us do, also—and especially—people who are hard-working, well educated, and successful. The good news is that, with some guidance and practice, we can change our thoughts and learn to take a more realistic—and more positive—view on our lives, careers, and accomplishments. In this workshop, we will talk about what the impostor syndrome is, the different ways in which it manifests in people’s lives, and what we can do to overcome it. You will leave with an actionable list of strategies and tools that can help you make positive changes and strengthen your confidence and courage.

Micha Goebig, Founder of Go Big Coaching and Communications, LLC, is a life & leadership coach and published author. Having run her own businesses for the past 20 years, she launched Go Big Coaching to help her clients live the excellent life they deserve. She coaches her clients through the process of unlearning what holds them back – the propaganda of family, society & culture – so that they can rewrite the rules and change the world, one boardroom at a time. Originally from Germany, Micha received her master’s degree from the University of Munich and trained as a coach with one of Germany’s leading executive coaches, Monika Scheddin, and Rich Litvin (Los Angeles). She is currently based in Seattle, WA.

More Details: Micha Goebig | LinkedIn

Workshop 2

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Thursday, May 27, 2021
12pm – 2pm PT/2pm – 4pm CT/3pm-5pm EST

Closing the Confidence Gap


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
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, supports exceptional leaders in visioning and realizing a future that others cannot yet see. As an educator, serial entrepreneur, and coach, Sharon is a master at evoking possibility in people, ideas, and organizations, and catalyzing ideas into action. She believes that lasting transformation requires deep reflection, calm power, courageous action, and a willingness to experiment with tiny shifts in being that create dramatic results in our outer world. She works with clients to bring to light their most powerful and authentic leadership identities, and cultivate an embodied, effortless leadership presence that increases confidence, clarity, and the ability to be joyfully and intentionally disruptive. Sharon most enjoys working with highly accomplished individuals and teams who are moved to combat systemic inequality and envision a more just, peaceful, and equitable world. Sharon is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies Leadership Coaching Certificate program and holds ICF ACC credentials.

More Details: Sharon Podobnik Peterson | LinkedIn

Workshop 3

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Thursday, June 24, 2021
12pm – 2pm PT/2pm – 4pm CT/3pm-5pm EST

Habits of Highly Effective Communicators


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
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, is an actor, director and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the arts. He was a founder of Jet City Improv, a non-profit theater that he managed for 25 years, and worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies to provide presentation support and messaging as well as team building and communications trainings. Andrew is dedicated to experiential learning, providing opportunities for self-discovery and driving innovation in our everyday lives. His exercises are designed to develop leaders who can communicate on all levels (focusing on emotional intelligence) and have your team practicing key relationship-building skills. Participants will leave with practical tools and lessons to apply at all stages of their work, even in crisis.

More Details: Andrew McMasters | LinkedIn

Workshop 4

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Thursday, July 29, 2021
12pm – 2pm PT/2pm – 4pm CT/3pm-5pm EST

Developing Your Leadership Potential


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
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.

Louise Sportelli, Founder of Louise Sportelli Coaching and Training, has a M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training from Seattle University and is an International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach. She has over 20 years’ experience working with executives, mid-level managers, and teams to improve their performance. Louise is the creator of Coach Your Team to Success©, a coaching skills program that pairs group learning with observation of individual coaching sessions, resulting in more confident leaders, more productive teams, increased motivation and engagement, and a deeper bench of future leaders. She is a member of Association for Talent Development, International Coach Federation and Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network.

More Details:  Louise S. Sportelli | LinkedIn

Workshop 5

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Thursday, August 26, 2021
12pm – 2pm PT/2pm – 4pm CT/3pm-5pm EST

Building Beneficial Workplace Allies


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
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. 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.

Libby Macomber, President of Celemi, Inc., provides The Power of Learning to clients throughout the world.  Best known for their business acumen simulations, Libby leads the Americas team at Celemi.  She helps clients see business in a strategic or big picture view.  Prior to joining Celemi, Libby specialized in communication and psychological safety as an independent consultant.  She is convinced these two factors are the conduits to strategy implementation.  Libby believes professionals armed with strong business acumen, who foster psychologically safe environments, and who tell the story, can truly lead. Libby holds a BS in Marketing from Western Illinois University and mastered in business administration at Keller Graduate School of Management.

More Details: Libby Macomber | LinkedIn

Workshop 6

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Thursday, September 23, 2021
12pm – 2pm PT/2pm – 4pm CT/3pm-5pm EST

Applying Your Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
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, helps companies and governmental organizations maximize employee effectiveness through emotional intelligence leadership training and coaching.  Gayle has enjoyed the role of political strategist, workshop facilitator, and transformational leader for over 20 years. Her effective leadership style has been developed through coaching high-level leadership, mid-management, and frontline employees on the importance of emotional intelligence, and how applying it creates high-performing teams, helps retain good talent and ultimately increases revenue. To support her experience as a transformational thought leader, Gayle pursued a Master of Transformational Leadership at Seattle University, providing her with the in-depth understanding of the theory behind what it takes to be an impactful leader, team member, employee, and how to manage one’s emotions while working in diverse organizations. Gayle is a Seattle native. She attended the legendary Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and then transferred to the University of Washington, where she received a B.A. Degree in Political Science.

More Details: Gayle A. Johnson | LinkedIn

Workshop 7

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Thursday, October 28, 2021
12pm – 2pm PT/2pm – 4pm CT/3pm-5pm EST

Principles of Influence and Persuasion


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
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, is focused on empowering high performing, value driven leaders, teams, & organizations to multiple their impact. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund (a 501(3)(c) NGO) which is focused on increasing educational opportunities (literacy, tech and art) for K-12 kids in Ethiopia, her daughter’s birth country. Previously, as a 13+ year employee of Amazon, Ellenore held senior business, product and legal roles for Amazon in Seattle, Luxembourg, and Paris. Ellenore is also a published writer; on-line magazines (Working Mother, Adoptive Families, InCulture Parent, and Women’s Essence), on LinkedIn and on blogs (Ethiopian Ties and Balancing Career Family). She also published two children’s books, The Loud Prince and Surprise on Lake Tana, with colorful, diverse characters, through Kindle Direct Publishing. She has built teams across a variety of disciplines, companies, and countries which gives her a uniquely broad perspective to share. As a volunteer, Ellenore has held board and fund-raising positions with the not for profits WACAP and Ethiopia Reads.

More Details: Ellenore Angelidis | LinkedIn

 

Workshop 8

Final Phase: Wellness Skills

Thursday, November 11, 2021
12pm – 2pm PT/2pm – 4pm CT/3pm-5pm EST

Strategies for Managing Pressures and Increasing Resilience


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
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, is a professional coach, speaker, writer, and mother of two daughters. She helps working women in survival mode thrive and find career fulfillment. She left her career of 20 years to do something she never thought she would do – become an entrepreneur to create more flexibility and freedom in her busy life. She has made it her mission to inspire and empower other working women to live the life they really want. Becca is a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching (an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program) and a member of the International Coaching Federation. Prior to starting her own business, she was a marketing professional for 20 years helping small businesses grow and engage their customer bases. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and has served as the past-President and current volunteer for the American Marketing Association, Puget Sound since 2007.

More details: Rebecca Adler | LinkedIn

Mentorship Huddles

As part of the PowWFollowMyLead 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 PowWFollowMyLead Program that enables the participants to collaborate with women from the same or different organizations who share a desire to grow and to become the best versions of themselves.

Each Mentorship Huddle is made up of 6-8 women who have registered to attend the PowWFollowMyLead 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 different organizations can collaborate to learn from one another.
  • It helps to build inter-organizational personal relationships by breaking down silos between organizations, genders, ethnicities and beyond, providing a safe space to discuss things which can sometimes be uncomfortable.
  • It gives participants 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. Huddle meetings typically last for an hour.

Huddles Competition Date:

Thursday, July 8, 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 three months of the PowWFollowMyLead 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.

Register Here!

PowWFollowMyLead Program 50 States Women Sponsorship

In the September 2020 study by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org, Women in the Workplace 2020, it found that the representation of women in corporate America had been progressing slowly upward before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but women still remain significantly underrepresented in leadership roles. Since nearly half of all working women are employed in jobs paying low wages, many women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Many women have been laid off, furloughed or have chosen to leave the labor force for a myriad of reasons in 2020, creating a dramatic setback to their hard-fought workforce progress.  As the gap once again widens for women in managerial and leadership roles through the loss of valuable female talent from the workforce, we must work harder at advocating for women to attain the opportunities, support and skills to get ahead and to lead.

As part of its commitment to empower and support women everywhere, The Koa Club is offering to sponsor one woman from each of the 50 states in the United States to participate in our much-demanded virtual 2021 Powerful Women Leadership program (PowWFollowMyLead Program) (currently valued at $500/participant).

Our PowWFollowMyLead Program is aimed at helping aspiring women leaders reach their potential, gaining confidence and other much-needed skills to succeed. We want the women who participate in the Program to pay it forward by using their newly gained knowledge and skills to make a positive impact for the other women in their lives.

Nominate the women (or yourself) whom you believe deserves this incredible opportunity to gain essential skills for their journey to leadership. Details of the 2021 PowWFollowMyLead Program can be found here.

To nominate someone, go to the nomination form below.

A few things to remember:

  • To participate in the PowWFollowMyLead Program, each selected winner must be a woman or identify as a woman, be living in the United States, commit to attending all the workshops and participate in the Mentorship Huddles, and be willing to support The Koa Club’s objective in the empowerment of women.
  • Nominations open March 15, 2021 and close on April 15, 2021.
  • Feel free to nominate more than one person.
  • We highly encourage nominations of women from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • After the deadline, we will review the submitted nominations and select the winning participants – one participant from each State of the United States.
  •  The selected participants must agree to be interviewed and be profiled for our press release and on our social media.

Join us as a PowWFollowMyLead Sponsor! We are looking to partner with organizations who are seeking ways to support the advancement of women within their organizations and elsewhere.  Contact us for more information.

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” — Maya Angelou

PowWFollowMyLead Program 50 States Women Sponsorship Nomination Form

  • Tell us about the woman you are nominating:

  • Tell us about yourself:

  • Upon submission of this form, an email will be sent to the woman you have nominated stating that you have nominated her for the Program. The message will contain additional information about the Program and eligibility requirements. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2021 and profiled in a special press release and on our social media about the selected winners and the Program. By submitting your information, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Thank you for your support of The Koa Club and our PowWFollowMyLead Program.