The Women’s Leadership Academy is place for women to interact socially and professionally. It’s a place for your development as a leader.
You come together each week for peer mentoring calls to crowd-source solutions to challenges you face in your professional life. Come be in a room with women who didn’t choose the traditional path.
You come together each week for expert mentoring. Each week, we interview a CEO, an author or thought leader. They take questions from you live, so you get one-on-one coaching. You meet CEO’s you wouldn’t have met otherwise.
You will come together for 8 women dinners. Here, we have conversations you aren’t having in your social circles or with your family. It’s a judgment-free zone. But we will challenge you with questions you haven’t considered before.
Do you want to be on more panels, but struggle with telling your story? Are you tired of getting drowned out in meetings? Are you afraid of judgment?
In 6 sessions, I teach you the confidence and courage you need to command a room with authority. I bring in experts to speak to your specific pain points around public speaking.
You can leverage the public speaking offering in one of three ways: one-on-one coaching with me, a Masterclass, or on-demand spot coaching.
I create shared experiences. This way, networking comes more organically and easily afterwards, even to the most introverted person in the room.
There is a conversation circle before –and after the activity. Before hand, we ask questions such as: Where are you experiencing a block? Where can you be more creative? Afterwards, we ask: What came up for you? What can you apply to business that you learned here?
You will also hear from some of the best speakers in the industry. They will address your professional pain points.
I moderate so every woman in the room is heard and seen.
When I was building my career as a TV anchor, I had no role models. I got busy building the network that would get me to my goals. I want the same for you.
This is a membership- driven space for your leadership development. The three ways I drive programming is:
Who are you?
Thai-Anh Hoang is the founder of a clean skincare line for kids, called Embeba. She regularly attends the Thursday morning peer mentoring calls at the Women’s Leadership Academy.
Eager to build awareness for her brand, she asked if anyone had a connection to Motherly. Motherly was a publication she read when she was pregnant. How cool would it be for her kids skincare line to be featured in it?
This photo is of myself and Mona Panjwani, who is a member of my Women’s Leadership Academy. When I first met her, she was a Compensation Consultant at a corporate. She had an events business on the side called Sparkles. Wanting to network to build awareness for the brand and not sure where to start, she reached out to me on Facebook messenger. She had seen photos of my events on social media. I invited her to the next event I was hosting. I still remember her walking into the the great white room, and asking me, “What do I do? Whom should I meet?” I walked her over and introduced her to a few women.
That was June 25, 2015.
This photo was taken Sept 8, 2021. Mona didn’t want to rent other people’s venues for her events. She wanted to OWN her own venue. So she bought a restaurant on the Jersey City waterfront. She rebranded what originally was a beer house into an upscale gastropub. The screenshots in this series are from a recent wedding she hosted at @Lokaljc. The client had bought out the entire restaurant. Mona now has a staff of 40 that reports into her. A social media manager. 3 managers. And–her own event planner. Long gone is that woman who walked through the doors of my event June 25, 2015, unsure of herself.
Its been wonderful to be a part of her journey and watch her confidence grow as a member.
Sanketa attended her first LadyDrinks event in May 2019. I was hosting a charity fundraiser in Plainfield, New Jersey. It was a show house, featuring the work of several members who were interior designers. Proceeds for ticket sales were going to the Valerie Fund.
Sanketa had cancer as a teenager. The Valerie Fund not only saved her life, but it provided the funds for her treatment. She saw the event as a means to reconnect with the Fund.
At the event, Sanketa told her story. Today, she makes her living as a personal chef. While her current client base for Eat Krave Love was friends and family, she wanted to get in front of a new audience, and a new client base. She started catering events for LadyDrinks. Others in the membership started hiring her too. She got new headshots done. She started to build a brand.
Sanketa’s client base grew. She reached newer audiences. Her biggest takeaway was— learning to bet on herself.
While many women come to me for training on delivery of their pitch or talk, it’s really courage she is seeking.
Here are some quick tips for things you can do at home to build your courage.
It’s not a talent. Becoming your own advocate at work and in life is something you can learn.
This is a document that was crowd-sourced from the LadyDrinks community, sharing all the ways you, too, can become your own best advocate.
As women, we can find it hard to (gracefully) break into conversations. That doesn’t need to be the case. Sometimes, success in public speaking has to do with being armed with the right language to deploy in real time.
You’re already a savvy public speaker. But now you want to be booked to speak. Where to start?
I’ve been asked to speak at organizations and corporates over the years. I share how to get those requests here.