Special Interest Roundtable Groups 2

TARGET AUDIENCE

Women in the water sector who can benefit from a peer support group to help navigate challenges, opportunities, and milestones at their utilities.


Experience Overview

The women in water roundtable discussion groups are designed to bring together professionals who are searching for a peer network and safe zone to discuss common challenges and desired opportunities. The six-month, virtual roundtable format will provide a blend of learning material, along with open, real-life conversations to help develop a bond rooted in shared experiences and strategies for success. In addition to program content and rich dialogue, participants will begin building a cross-functional network of peers for continued collaboration and support. See below for an overview of the 6 roundtable session topics.

Session 1: Permission to be Brilliant (Topic: Confidence)

About 50 percent of women lose their confidence and doubt their performance at some point in their careers. There is an inner critic that can cause women to focus on what they can’t do instead of what they can. They tend to hold back, silence their voice, find personal doubt, not go for the job, etc. In this session, women will earn a permission slip to be brilliant. We’ll discuss strategies to manage the inner critic and act with confidence.

Session 2: Career by Design (Topic: The Power of Visualization)

What do you want your future in water to look like and what are you intentionally doing to make it happen? To achieve your desired future state, you must first visualize it. To help participants visualize possibilities, this session will involve meaningful discussion with powerful women in water who play various roles in the sector. Participants will leave feeling empowered by the shared journeys and equipped to take control of their own future.

Session 3: The Delicate Dance (Topic: Managing Difficult Conversations)

Difficult conversations must happen. But they are not easy. How are you conducting them and what are your words and non-verbal cues saying when you deliver a message? Semantics matter; body language matters; and managing your emotions is essential for an effective conversation. In this session, we’ll discuss communication: the good, bad and ugly. Participants will share their favorite tricks and tips to communicate clearly and confidently during difficult conversations.

Session 4: Seek to Understand (Topic: Empathy Mapping)

They say men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But we all live and work here on Earth! Sometimes we operate at work as if we are from different planets. To better understand and appreciate the daily challenges and unique lens each gender experiences when working in water, we can start by walking a mile in one another’s shoes. In this session, we’ll discuss a day in the life of each gender (which means men will be invited to this session), the challenges we each face, and some strategies to better support one another through a greater understanding.

Session 5: Let’s Get Personal (Topic: Roundtable Group’s Choice)

Women in each roundtable group are dealing with their own challenges and are in need of varying levels of support. Let’s get personal and dive into your specific needs. Prior to this session, the roundtable group will share their greatest professional challenges or area of needed support. This session will be designed and tailored to discuss the most in-demand topic among the group.

Session 6: Women Investing in Women (Topic: Mentoring and Advocacy)

Women with sponsors or mentors are more likely to ask for stretch assignments and pay raises than women without mentors or sponsors. The support of others is invaluable, yet when it comes to women, we don’t always offer our support or seek it out. No matter where you are in your career, you have the need for a mentor and an advocate. You also have the ability to serve as a mentor and an advocate. In this session we’ll discuss how to get and give the ongoing support needed to help you and other women thrive.


Outlined Schedule

The first session will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST. The remaining 5 sessions will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. EST. Each roundtable group will be capped at 8 participants.

Dates:

Session 1: November 17, 2021
Session 2: December 15, 2021
Session 3: January 19, 2022
Session 4: February 16, 2022
Session 5: March 16, 2022
Session 6: April 20, 2022


Expected Outcomes

  • Growth in self-awareness and confidence
  • Stronger network of peers in the water sector
  • Thought-provoking conversations and shared best practices
  • Open forum to allow for practical application and problem-solving

PRICING INFORMATION

$1,300 per participant.
Additional pricing discount available if this offering is purchased through a bundle.

TARGET AUDIENCE

New team managers or leaders who assumed their first people management role within the past 12 months and can benefit from a peer support group to help navigate challenges, opportunities, and milestones at their utilities.


Experience Overview

The team leadership roundtables are designed to bring together professionals who are new to managing a team of direct reports. The six-month, virtual roundtable format will provide a forum for new managers to discuss the shared circumstances they find themselves in, while providing each other with support and strategies to help navigate their new roles. Additionally, the roundtable facilitator will provide some foundational learning material to help maximize individual leadership and overall team performance. Participants will build a cross-functional network of peers for continued collaboration and problem-solving. See below for an overview of the 6 roundtable session topics.

Session 1: The Road to Success Starts with YOU (Topic: Self-Awareness)

One of the most critical skills when leading a team is a strong awareness of self. To aid with self-awareness, participants will complete Wiley’s Everything DiSC Workplace assessment, which focuses on how individual tendencies influence effectiveness in various leadership situations. The kickoff event will provide participants a solid understanding of their assessment results. Participants will also discuss their styles, outline their greatest contributions, limitations, and tips for working with their style.

Session 2: This is Way More Than a Title Change (Topic: Change Management)

When you take on the role of “people leader,” everything changes. In this roundtable we will provide an overview of how to successfully manage the change in relationships, expectations, skills, and perspective. We will discuss some of the common mistakes new leaders make when transitioning into their new roles. Peers will share examples of how their transition has gone well, and even more importantly, what mistakes have been made, and how they have recovered from them or where they need help in moving past them.

Session 3: The Juggling Act is Real (Topic: Prioritization, Delegation & Empowerment)

One of the most common challenges for new managers is finding that delicate balance between your role as a manager, a leader, and a contributor. Without the right balance, managers often find themselves sacrificing their own personal wellness to keep all the balls in the air. This roundtable will dig into how to protect you and your team’s success by sharing best practices on how to best prioritize, let go, and help others grow through empowerment.

Session 4: The Five Ingredients in a Recipe for Team Success (Topic: Cohesive Team)

What makes some teams work together better than others? This roundtable will preview five behaviors that have been proven to result in a more cohesive team, including trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results. Participants will be asked to demonstrate the one behavior that their team is having the most success, and one area that is a challenge for their team. We will work together in small groups to brainstorm solutions that can be practiced and applied to those areas that are posing a challenge to the current team structures.

Session 5: Building a Team Worth Working For (Topic: Engagement and Culture)

Whether you manage a team of two or twenty, how you lead, and the rules of engagement that are established, will ultimately result in a team culture or “brand.” In this roundtable, we will discuss what it means to have a team culture, how to build one, and how it can cultivate the employee attitudes and behaviors that will lead to strong individual performance, team success, and employee retention.

Session 6: Leaning-In to Performance Management (Topic: Coaching and Feedback)

For many managers, performance management tasks equate to “something that is required” and/or something that takes “lots of time.” It doesn’t have to be that way if you lean-in to your role as a coach by managing performance on a daily basis. We will round out the leadership series with a discussion about the thrill of inspiring someone to do more, learn more, and be more using effective coaching and feedback techniques. Participants will also practice the skills associated with receiving feedback on their own performance.


Outlined Schedule

Two roundtable groups will be hosted November 2021-April 2022. The first session will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST. The remaining 5 sessions will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. EST. See the dates below to identify the best group for you. Each roundtable group will be capped at 8 participants.

Group 1 Dates:

Session 1: November 16, 2021
Session 2: December 14, 2021
Session 3: January 18, 2022
Session 4: February 15, 2022
Session 5: March 15, 2022
Session 6: April 19, 2022

Group 2 Dates:

Session 1: November 18, 2021
Session 2: December 16, 2021
Session 3: January 20, 2022
Session 4: February 17, 2022
Session 5: March 17, 2022
Session 6: April 21, 2022


Expected Outcomes

  • Growth in team leadership skills
  • Stronger network of peers in the water sector
  • Improved self-awareness of leadership style and other style’s preferences
  • Thought-provoking conversations and shared best practices
  • Open forum to allow for practical application and problem-solving

PRICING INFORMATION

$1,300 per participant.
Additional pricing discount available if this offering is purchased through a bundle.

learn more about bundle pricing which offers additionally discounted rates.