The Women’s Advancement Compact provides a rare opportunity to meet other like-minded women (and men) from other walks of life. I feel like I’m a part of something that has great potential and I’ve already met so many people. I have access to great women (and men). I get personal and networking growth out of WAC!
Communicating effectively to achieve the outcome, so that both parties win!
The leaders and advisors of the WAC were so thoughtfully brought together by Deborah Goldstein. After meeting this core group, experiencing their depth and diversity, I knew I wanted to get involved with the WAC. Deborah puts so much time and energy into creating all the events, not a single detail is overlooked. Every event is put together thoughtfully with member interests at heart. The quality of the people in attendance surprises me at every event, it seems like the room gets richer every time I go. I have left every event feeling more aware, positive, and motivated.
In each of the 3 Women’s Advancement Compact events that I’ve attended, I have come away reinvigorated to take on new challenges and enrich my life. Inspired by the conversations at the events, my baby steps have enabled me to disconnect and live a life that is more in the moment. I am also learning to focus on the love, support and positive energy around me rather than be driven by perceived expectations and self-determined shortcomings. The men and women I have met through Women’s Advancement Compact have broadened my network and led to additional connections and introductions.
The Energy Management event was fascinating to observe as a floater between two break out groups. When given loose instruction on identifying areas of one’s life that may be draining on them and utilizing the insight of those in the break out session to “reframe” the “problem”, I heard 2 distinctly different experiences from the groups. One group really highlighted personal issues that were causing members to feel defeated and frustrated – focused mostly on family dynamics or similar circumstances. The members generously helped in reframing the positive in the situation, but also helped to uncover the ways one could deal with family dynamics. I also overheard another group discussing very career and work focused-frustrations where members were sharing best practices on how one could be better at delegating or for sorting through emails and tasks more efficiently. Neither group touched on what the other was discussing for the duration of the break out session.
Interesting that the same instruction can lead to two very different sets of conversations! Despite being different in topic, both groups were able to use the reframing that was delineated by Kathleen Brady at the start of the evening, and succinctly and inspiringly wrapped up at the end of the break out groups.
My first baby step was to say “sorry” less and not to preface so many work emails with an apology.
So far so good…. lots of backspacing, but I’m pulling them out before I hit “send”