Authentic Leadership for Women of Colour
A 6 WEEK SELF-PACED, ONLINE COURSE: First week of October to the end of November 2017
- Did you grow up regularly hearing “where are you from?”
- Did you grow up measuring yourself against your white peers?
- Did you grow up absorbing the messages “I’m not allowed to be too big”, “I’m not supposed to take up too much space”, “I’m not [smart, skinny, insert word of choice here] enough”.
If any of these resonate, then this course may just be for you.
Leadership is already a challenging enough path for many women. For women who are racial minorities there is a whole other layer of both internal and external barriers to push through. Self-confidence can be a challenge in the face of daily micro-aggressions, and these often occur on top of unresolved aspects of social trauma faced as a result of growing up as a member of a non-dominant group in society. This course is a supportive journey to break open and see the ways we block our own power, and bust out to bring more of who we are and what we have to offer into the world.
We often have limited control over our external environment, but the good news is that we can grow our personal power to maximize the influence we have: valuing our emotions, trusting our intuition, developing our dreams, and risking to act on behalf of what we know to be true. Whatever aspects of ourselves we grew up wanting to disown are often the very part of ourselves holding the key to our own unique leadership imprint. This course is a space devoted to cultivating insights and practices by diving deep into our own murky underworld to find the keys to our own superpowers, to grow our potential, to explore the consequences of being too big and how to navigate these, and to ultimately live our lives in a deeper well of self-love than previously thought possible. The world desperately needs our diverse voices and collective intelligence.
Join us this fall to take another step forward in your leadership journey. Together. (Mixed/ bi-racial, Indigenous and trans-identified women all welcome).
“If you’ve got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t got it? Flaunt it. ‘Cause what are we even doing here if we’re not flaunting it?” Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?
~Kisanet Tezare, Gender and Evaluation Consultant
~ Guiding: You will be sent a link to an exclusive short weekly video posted on-line each week – available for you to watch at your convenience.
~ Growing: In addition to the video, there will be supplementary homework practices designed to deepen the learning, and readings to support the key ideas from that week’s video.
~ Gathering: You will be invited to join a private facilitated discussion group live for the duration of the course. How much you participate is up to you, but the option to be part of this learning community is there.
A Six Week Journey through the following themes:
Week 1. Reclaiming Authenticity: Valuing Emotions as Information
Drawing on emotional literacy research, this week explores the importance of feeling and allowing emotions and the valuable information they have to offer us, especially in a leadership role.
Week 2. Implicit Bias: Messages we Absorb
This week explores the social context for growing up both female and racialized and the implicit bias we absorb at both conscious and unconscious levels. The problem is not with us, but a society that has yet to champion the female Leader of Colour Archetype.
Week 3. Accessing Personal Power: Reclaiming Our Story
Stepping more fully into our leadership potential requires accessing and excavating our personal foundations. Often, we subconsciously carry outdated beliefs about who we are or what we’re capable of. Catching what these core beliefs might be allows us to re-write the script and consciously reframe ourselves to ourselves.
Week 4. Authentic Communication: Recognizing and Unhooking from Triggers
Much of leadership is about making the best choice available in any moment. This strategic discernment becomes near impossible when something happens to trigger us. This week we look at what our triggers are, where they come from and how to manage them in a way that strengthens our leadership impact instead of pushing us into lesser versions of who we want to be.
Week 5. Playing to our Strengths: Growing Our Inner Warrior
There are often repercussions to stepping into our full strength as women of colour. This week explores how we can step boldly into exerting our leadership role by finding the balance between compassion and assertiveness, one courageous conversation at a time.
Week 6. Truth or Dare: What would I be doing if…?
This week explores what we would be doing if…. if we had more positional power, or felt more powerful, or had better health or lived somewhere different… what is it that comes to us in the deepest hour of the night? The whispered dreams that we ignore in full daylight? Truth or Dare: Can we dare to allow ourselves what we most deeply wish for whether it be stepping more fully into action, or into a deeper place of rest and replenishment.
~Jasjit Sangha, Author and Instructor, Ryerson University
Please note that this is a leadership course inviting self-reflection and as such cannot be a replacement for personal therapeutic support. Should any issues arise beyond the scope of the course, the course instructor can assist in suggesting next steps. Coaching sessions can also be booked for additional support (at an extra charge).
All art images attached to this online course are with permission of the talented artist, Gaia Orion. For more please visit: www.GaiaOrion.com
Anima Cancellation Policy:
- 30 days or more prior to course: we offer a refund, minus a $50 administration fee.
- Less than 30 days prior to course: we offer 50% credit towards next scheduled training, minus a $50 administration fee.
- Day of, or day prior to, course: no refund or credit available.If you are unexpectedly unable to make the course, contact us about potentially sending a colleague in your place.