Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program, designed to support leaders as they face increasingly complex, rapidly changing environments with an insatiable demand for innovation,Tanya Williams (Authentic Coaching and Consulting) is hosting and facilitating a special Women of Color cohort that will center the unique experiences of the intersecting identities of race, sex, and gender among other identities.
Our current world's call is for braver leaders and more courageous cultures. Navigating leadership through a lens of being a Woman of Color can offer its unique challenges. This 6-session program will give people who identify as Women of Color across (all racial identities) a chance to focus building leadership skills within a group that will center gender identity, sexual identity, racial identity as well as other intersecting identities (such as class, ability, nationality, belief, etc.) throughout the series. We invite you to learn leadership in a setting that embraces all of who you are.
Who is a leader? According to Brené Brown, a leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and has the courage to develop that potential. Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It's about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage.
The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is composed of the following four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable.
Rumbling with Vulnerability: We lean into vulnerability, stay curious and generous, and circle back when necessary
Living into Your Values:We do more than profess our values, we practice them. We walk our talk—we are clear about what we believe and hold important, and we take care that our intentions, words, thoughts, and behaviors align with those beliefs.
BRAVING Trust: We understand the elements of trust and can identify when we—and others—are out of alignment. We shift from unproductive power dynamics to authentic and inclusive connection.
Learning to Rise: We create space to fail—for ourselves and others. We own our stories and sift through the discomfort, risk, and emotional exposure of vulnerability in service to connection, creativity, and courage.
The world needs leaders who are willing to model transparency, vulnerability, and authenticity—foundational skills for cultivating conditions of equity, inclusion, and belonging. This Women of Color Dare to Lead™ program is designed and will be facilitated through a lens of identity and power, centering social justice as a core value. Transparency, vulnerability and authenticity can be difficult to navigate in systems framed by racism and sexism.
Participants in this program will:
Deepen their understanding of the dynamics of identity and power—individual, interpersonal, and systemic—that influence our relationship to vulnerability and courage.
Better understand why vulnerability (uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure) is the foundational skill of courage.
Better understand the critical role that self-awareness plays in daring leadership.
Better understand that it’s armor—not fear—that is the greatest obstacle to daring leadership.
Identify the four skill sets that make up courage: rumbling with vulnerability, living into our values, BRAVING trust, and learning to rise.
Better understand that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are measurable, observable, and teachable.
Recognize that vulnerability is the birthplace of many of the behaviors that define daring leadership including creativity, accountability, and difficult conversations.
Understand that daring leadership requires showing up for hard conversations and rumbles, including giving and receiving feedback.
Program format: All sessions will be conducted via Zoom.
Session One: Container Building – Friday, November 18, 2022 1:00 - 5:00pm EST
Community introductions and grounding
Identity and power framework
Intro to Dare to Lead
Self-awareness, self-love, and self-compassion
Daring Leadership Assessment
Session Two: Looking Inward – Friday, December 2, 2022 1:00 - 5:00pm EST
Armored vs. daring leadership
Personal call to courage
Self-awareness and emotional literacy
Session Three: Armored Leadership vs. Daring Leadership – Friday, December 16, 2022 1:00 - 5:00pm EST
Self-awareness and emotional literacy
Grounded confidence and rumbling skills
Session Four: The Myths of Vulnerability – Friday, January 6, 2023 1:00 - 5:00pm EST
Myths of vulnerability
Session Five: BRAVING Trust – Friday, January 20, 2023 1:00 - 5:00pm EST
Giving and receiving engaged Feedback
Session Six: Learning to Rise and Closing – Friday, February 3, 2023 1:00 - 5:00pm EST
Learning to Rise
Integration of learnings
Participants who complete this 24-hour Dare to Lead™ curriculum will receive a certificate of completion and can add the “Dare to Lead™ Trained” badge on their LinkedIn account.
Please complete this application to express your interest. Applications will be due Friday, November 4th by 5 pm ET. As we want to create a group that is as diverse as possible - in many forms - we are inviting applications as a first step of participation. After applications close, we will be in touch to let you know if you were selected for this round of participation and inform you of next steps. Please pay attention to the dates and times listed on the information page as we would like everyone to attend each session. Notifications of acceptance will be made by Tuesday, November 8th so that you can make plans and confirm your participation in all sessions.
We're offering a sliding scale pricing structure for this journey. If you want to learn more about what sliding scale means check out this fabulous article from Worts and Cunning Apothecary. Essentially it's a structure that moves closer to collective liberation and can challenge anything that we have internalized about money being a reason that we can't access opportunities. This 6-session engagement, coaching, relationship building, and self exploration is priced at $1250.00and includes 2, one - on - one, 30 min coaching opportunities with Tanya during the engagement. There are many complex ways to help you figure out what you might offer in a sliding scale structure but we want to keep it pretty simple. We do not want cost to be a barrier to any one and we realize that some might have access to funds through their organization that might support the possibility for others in the program to access scholarships that we will provide. We just want to get a sense of what applicants would be able to do or might need regarding cost. This will not have an impact on whether you are accepted to the program or not.