A Women’s Initiative (also known as Networks, Affinity Groups and Employee Resource Groups) must be strategically positioned to succeed. Carol can provide advice regarding what works─ as well as what doesn’t─ based on her extensive experience.
Carol can assist you to:
- establish the business case
- create a mission statement for the group
- establish success metrics
- make decisions regarding whom should be included and how best to roll out
- engage senior leadership to openly and notoriously lend support
- determine the resources required for success
- identify the right people to lead the initiative
- craft effective communications that address the questions that both men and women will have about the initiative.
She can guide you to leverage the benefits that a well-designed women’s initiative can offer as well as to avoid the common mistakes.
As with any other investment, organizations need to regularly assess how well their women’s affinity groups have delivered on their promise.
Carol can help you to evaluate the effectiveness of your firm’s women’s initiative. Among the questions she asks:
- How well does the group connect its objectives to the organization’s needs?
- How much of an emphasis is placed on building skills and capabilities?
- How strong is the cohort that the group has built?
- What practices has the group adopted that are effective and why?
- What practices does the group have in place that can be improved and what benefits would be derived?
- What results has the group achieved?
Informed by the results of the assessment, Carol can offer advice regarding how to:
- engage group members
- energize group meetings
- improve results
- effectively communicate regarding success.
The Just Add Women Initiative Toolkit
Support your firm’s Women’s Initiative (aka Networks/Affinity Groups) to produce ROI. Offer solid content that builds skills and leads to lively and interactive meetings led by your own women leaders. Some of these modules have been awarded CLE credits.
- Building A Strategic Network
- Managing Complicated Conversations
- Getting Feedback You Can Use
- Positioning Yourself for the “Right” Assignments
- Establishing Meaningful Mentoring Relationships
- Stepping Up to Leadership