PowWFollowMyLead Program™

Supporting 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 February to November 2021, which is comprised of two distinct phases two phases:

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 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. You will be separately receiving an email from the Koa Ambassador with details of how you can register as a member to The Koa Club general community.

Fees

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 PowWFollowMyLead Program is US$500 per person.

**PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY NOT ENROLLING**

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

2021 program overview

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

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

4 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 – 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.

Workshop 1

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Thursday, March 25, 2021
12pm – 2pmPT/2pm – 4pmCT/3pm – 5pmET

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.

Workshop 2

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Thursday, April 29, 2021
12pm – 2pmPT/2pm – 4pmCT/3pm – 5pmET

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.

Workshop 3

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Thursday, May 27, 2021
12pm – 2pmPT/2pm – 4pmCT/3pm – 5pmET

Closing the Confidence Gap


Agenda:

Empowerment Networking
Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Description:

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 competence” and 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.

Workshop 4

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Thursday, June 24, 2021
12pm – 2pmPT/2pm – 4pmCT/3pm – 5pmET

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 it’s to our supervisors, our co-workers, our direct reports or our clients.

Workshop 5

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Thursday, July 29, 2021
12pm – 2pmPT/2pm – 4pmCT/3pm – 5pmET

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.

Workshop 6

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Thursday, August 26, 2021
12pm – 2pmPT/2pm – 4pmCT/3pm – 5pmET

Habits of Highly Effective Communicators


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.

Workshop 7

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Thursday, September 23, 2021
12pm – 2pmPT/2pm – 4pmCT/3pm – 5pmET

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.

Workshop 8

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Thursday, October 28, 2021
12pm – 2pmPT/2pm – 4pmCT/3pm – 5pmET

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.

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 five 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.