Special Interest Roundtable Groups
Invest in your future with Core Leadership: Special Interest Roundtable Groups. Professionals gain support from peers in similar situations as themselves to help navigate challenges, opportunities, and milestones.
Women in the water sector who can benefit from a peer support group to help navigate challenges, opportunities, and milestones at their utilities.
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 five-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 5 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: Becoming a Master Juggler (Topic: Managing Competing Demands)
Women tend to be natural doers and givers. It is kind of their superpower. The ability to juggle multiple tasks and demands is used to support so many people in a woman’s personal and professional life. But if priorities are not managed correctly, this gift can feel like a curse and become overwhelming. In this session, we’ll discuss strategies to support top priorities and identify ways to find more satisfaction in daily efforts.
Session 5: 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.
The Women in Water roundtable group will be hosted July – November 2022. See the dates and times below. The roundtable group will intentionally be small (approximately 5-10 participants).
Session 1: July 13, 2022; 11:30-1:30 EST
Session 2: August 10, 2022; 12-1:30 EST
Session 3: September 14, 2022; 12-1:30 EST
Session 4: October 12, 2022; 12-1:30 EST
Session 5: November 9, 2022; 12-1:30 EST
- 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
$1,300 per participant
Enrollment is now closed. Contact us at email@example.com if you would like to be contacted should another set of dates become available.
Open-minded and forward-thinking executive leaders who strive to influence strategy, people practices, innovation and more. The ideal participants thrive as agents of change who are driven by a curiosity to find creative solutions and can move those solutions forward at their organizations.
The Transformative Leader roundtable discussion group is designed to bring together executive leaders who are searching for a peer network and safe zone to discuss common challenges and desired opportunities. The five-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 5 roundtable session topics.
Session 1: Operating Hybrid for the Long-term (Topic: Remote Work)
Although already commonplace in many other industries pre-COVID, the clean water sector was forced into a remote work model during the pandemic. Fast forward two years later – some utilities are never looking back and have gone so far as to make certain positions permanently remote. At the very least, nearly all utilities are exploring internal policies that support more flexible work options. Regardless of where your organization falls on this spectrum, this session will focus on a few critical leadership conversations that accompany this transformation including:
- Ensuring a cohesive culture through strong communication, shared alignment, and trust
- Providing structure, amongst the flexibility, that supports high performance
- Leveraging remote work options as a strategic tool to win the war on talent
Session 2: Driven by Diversity (Topic: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
The most effective leaders create spaces and opportunities for all to be heard, recognized and involved. Driving diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the organization leads to improved thinking, more collaborative solutions, deepened engagement, greater creativity and ultimately better outcomes for the communities and customers being served. During this session, the discussion will focus on:
- Recognizing the unconscious biases that exist throughout the organization
- Redesigning systematic policies and practices to reduce bias and inequities
- Fostering a workplace of connection and belonging
Session 3: Navigating Ongoing Change (Topic: Change Communication)
Change in an organization used to be treated as an event. You would prepare for it, communicate through it, and then move on after it was implemented. But in today’s workplace, change is as fluid and constant as the needed communication to support it. In this session, we’ll discuss change as an ongoing flow – not an event. We’ll explore the change curve as well as the needed communication and empathy to support your people where they are in the process. The primary areas of focus for this session include:
- Understanding the change curve
- Communicating through change
- Using empathy to provide clarity during times of uncertainty
Session 4: Tackling the Talent Transformation (Topic: People Management)
Your organization’s transformation will only be as good as the people that come with it. Leaders across the clean water sector are facing the challenge of attracting, retaining and replacing top talent. This roundtable will include examples of talent transformation techniques that are helping organizations prepare their teams for the future. The key topics for discussion include:
- Best practices for attracting and retaining new talent
- Using re-skilling (lateral learning) and up-skilling (advanced learning) as a career management tool
- Implementing a more proactive succession plan to help manage retirements and career transitions
Session 5: Turning Followers into Leaders (Topic: Growing Transformative Leaders)
You are likely in this roundtable group because you’re known for your ability to be curious, think big, redefine “today” as we prepare for the unknown future. These leadership qualities don’t always come as naturally to everyone, but you can be the one to start a ripple effect of transformative leadership in your organization. It starts by understanding the traits you need to be looking for in other employees and fostering a culture that supports leadership exploration. In this roundtable, we’ll discuss strategies to grow your current followers into future transformative leaders, multiplying the long-term impact. The primary areas of focus for this session include:
- Identifying the traits of transformative leaders
- Fostering a culture of curiosity and leadership exploration
- Identifying strategies to grow future transformative leaders
The Transformative Leader roundtable group will be hosted September 2022 – January 2023. See the dates and times below. The roundtable group will intentionally be small (approximately 5-10 participants).
Roundtable Session Dates:
Session 1: September 15, 2022; 12-1:30 EST
Session 2: October 20, 2022; 12-1:30 EST
Session 3: November 10, 2022; 12-1:30 EST
Session 4: December 15, 2022; 12-1:30 EST
Session 5: January 19, 2023; 12-1:30 EST
$1,300 per participant.
Enroll by August 31, 2022.