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How Women Rise in the International Development Sector

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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.

Facilitator Bios

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.

In the academic world, Fiona’s an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where she is part of the teaching team for their leadership and coaching courses, a Senior Fellow at Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation where she leads an initiative to support women and minority entrepreneurs, and she provides executive leadership coaching for female MBAs at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. In addition, she mentors female early-stage social entrepreneurs for the Halcyon Incubator, equipping them with the tools they need to transform ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures.

Fiona learned the importance of strong leadership skills from the ground up when in 1999, at age of 26, she founded a for-profit social enterprise committed to creating more economic opportunities for women and youth that supported partners across 100+ countries. In 2007, she founded, and for a decade led, the world’s largest, sustained network of stakeholders working on youth workforce development, financial inclusion and enterprise creation. Credited with playing a leading role in professionalizing the youth development sector, she raised the bar on performance and cooperation among donors, service providers, government and private sector companies to serve the world's 1.5 billion young people. Fiona successfully exited these two social ventures in 2016. At that time, she was one of part of the 1% of U.S. women business owners to scale her business to this size. Since then, her focus has been on supporting other women leaders and innovators, in partnership with major academic, government, private sector and civil society institutions.

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. She also works with senior teams seeking to build more inclusive cultures.

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. And it offers powerful practices to help women realize their full potential.

Sally’s previous books include The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leading, hailed as a classic and continuously in print since 1990, and The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, which explores how women’s strategic insights can strengthen their careers and their organizations. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, published in 1995, was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

In addition to delivering workshops and keynotes in corporations, partnership firms, universities and associations around the world, Sally has consulted with the UN on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia and led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College. She is a contributing editor to Strategy + Business magazine and a member of the MG 100 Coaching Network and the New York and International Women’s Forums. She lives in Chatham, NY.

Together, Fiona and Sally work with senior teams seeking to build more inclusive cultures and provide practical information and develop mastery of critical skills for leaders at all levels in organizations.

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