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Yale School of Management's Women's Circles: Empowering Change & Embracing Leadership
At Yale School of Management, our mission is to educate leaders for business & society. Our students and alumni care deeply about addressing global challenges.
Women's Circles is a dynamic initiative that recognizes the importance of promoting a diverse, inclusive community that empowers women in both business and society. The program embodies our commitment to empowering women as leaders, innovators, and changemakers. Through a series of special events, workshops, and seminars, we aim to equip our alumni with the resources and networks to pursue ambitious change.
Women's Circles is a hub of inspiration and collaboration. We provide a platform for alumni to explore critical topics, share experiences, and develop strategies to overcome challenges. Women's Circles welcomes all Yale School of Management alumni to engage in meaningful discussions that drive progress.
Women’s Circles NYC Symposium Series
Beginning this October Women’s Circles are in New York City. October 2023 through April 2024 we’re hosting six half-day sessions in New York City dedicated to nurturing women as leaders, innovators, and change-makers. Each session is designed to educate attendees on recent research on the session’s topic in an in-depth and thought-provoking presentation from Becca Constantine ’19, our facilitator. Subsequently, attendees will break into hour-long group-based circles. In these circles, attendees will engage in meaningful discussions, delving into personal and professional narratives guided by empowering questions tied to the sessions topic. Finally, the group will come back together to conclude by sharing insights and takeaways. All Women’s Circles NYC Symposium sessions are free to attend for Yale SOM Alumni and will begin with a complimentary breakfast for attendees. Learn more about the six Women’s Circles NYC Symposium sessions below.
"The Stories We Tell" — October 21, 2023
Join us for the inaugural session of our Women's Circles Symposium series. In this session, “The Stories We Tell,” we dive into the crucial topic of why women's leadership matters and the fundamental role of bias in our world.
We explore research that highlights the importance of women's leadership in contemporary society. Discover how bias influences our perceptions, decisions, and actions, shaping the narrative of gender dynamics in various spheres. This session will provide a foundational understanding of the issues at hand and offer the first of many enlightening discussions to come in future sessions.
Women's Circles Reflection:
Our stories about ourselves and others play a pivotal role in shaping our understanding of the world. During this session, we encourage you to reflect on the narratives you've woven, both personally and professionally. What stories do you tell, and how have they influenced your journey? What stories would you rather tell instead? This introspective exploration sets the stage for transformative dialogues on gender, leadership, and bias.
Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Join us as we kickstart our symposium series, laying the groundwork for meaningful discussions and positive change.
"Authentic Leadership" — December 2, 2023
Join us for the second session of our Women's Circles NYC Symposium Series, "Authentic Leadership," exclusively tailored for Yale SOM alumni. Building on the foundation laid in our first session, this symposium delves deeper into the exploration of authentic leadership in our professional and personal roles.
This session kicks off with an illuminating exploration of the many biases that subtly influence our personal and professional experiences. We will investigate how these seemingly small biases can have significant impacts on our interactions, opportunities, and life journeys. By gaining insights into these subtle biases, we empower ourselves to navigate and mitigate them as we endeavor to embrace authentic leadership.
Women’s Circles Reflection:
Authentic leadership is a powerful force for change. By embracing and nurturing authenticity in leadership, we not only empower ourselves but also create a ripple effect that fosters a culture of trust, transparency, and genuine connection. Together, we will explore what it means to be an authentic leader and the impact of authenticity on leadership effectiveness.
Join us as we explore the profound impact of authentic leadership and explore tools and insights to unleash your full authentic leadership potential.
"Navigating Organizations" — January 27, 2024
Join us for the third session of our Women's Circles NYC Symposium series, where we explore the complex dynamics of working within organizations and how to address challenges often posed by gender bias.
Participate in an engaging activity on team dynamics before diving into underlying dynamics of groups and teams that shape our work and our lives. Practice recognizing these dynamics and gain strategies to shift them across settings.
Women's Circles Reflection:
In this session, we’ll focus on practical strategies to navigate some of the most common challenges raised by gender bias. We’ll explore concrete strategies to counteract gender bias and empower women to thrive in professional and personal settings.
"Power & Influence" — February 24, 2024
Discover the art of making impactful decisions in hiring and stretch assignments. Learn how body language can be a powerful tool to underline expertise and create space for others. Engage in activities and conversations with fellow alums for deeper insights. Join us as we explore the balance between power and influence.
More details to come.
"Creating Impact" — March 23, 2024
Explore the influence of bias on self-evaluations and the feedback we provide to others. Strengthen your impact and explore the art of building mentoring relationships that support your growth and effectiveness. Come discover your impact and how you can make a difference with others.
More details to come.
"Changing Perspectives" — April 20, 2024
In this powerful closing session, we reflect on the invaluable insights gained from the past five sessions and chart a course forward to reduce bias and advance women's leadership. Join us to explore approaches for driving impactful change on personal, organizational, and societal levels.
More details to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did you choose these Women’s Circles topics?
When choosing topics for the Women's Circles initiative, we carefully considered both what leading research shows to be most effective and the needs and challenges that our alumni often face in their professional journeys. These topics are chosen to address key aspects of women's leadership, empowerment, and advancement across fields.
These topics are chosen to create a comprehensive and insightful series that addresses the multifaceted aspects of women's leadership, with the ultimate goal of empowering women to excel and create positive change in their careers and communities.
What’s happened in the Women’s Circles initiative so far?
The Women's Circles initiative at Yale SOM has actively fostered an inclusive and supportive community for women in business and society since 2018. We have hosted a range of events from introductory dinners to leadership trainings, alumni-led Women’s Circles, full-day symposiums, and now our inaugural Symposium Series in NYC, a six-part series taking place over the course of 2023-24. Our alumni-led Women’s Circles in Boston & San Francisco have brought together over 160 alums while a recent Women’s Circles Symposium in Seattle, engaged over 40 alums for a full day of programming, impactful discussions, and connection with fellow alums in the Seattle area. The initiative aims to empower women to excel professionally, creating lasting positive impacts on their careers and the broader business landscape, while catalyzing personal growth for participants. For the most recent developments on the Women's Circles initiative and insights into our future plans, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can participate in Women’s Circles?
All Yale SOM alums are welcome to participate. Women's Circles warmly welcomes individuals of all identities, including all gender identities. Our goal is to create an inclusive and diverse community where everyone can engage in meaningful discussions, collaborate, and support one another in advancing gender equality and women's leadership. Your participation and perspective are valuable contributions to our shared mission.
Why did Yale School of Management launch Women’s Circles?
We started our Women’s Circles initiative at the urging of our women alums to offer the alumni community professional development opportunities tailored towards women. We aimed to start an initiative that empowers our alumni with insights and tools that they can apply in work and life. We also set out to create a space that would allow for deeper connections across our alumni network. Finally, we aimed to launch an initiative that could serve our alums across diverse backgrounds both professionally and personally.
Where will Women’s Circles go next?
Our in-person Women’s Circles are launching around the world. Keep your eyes peeled to see if we will be coming to a city near you soon! If you are interested in seeing Women’s Circles in your city, would like to offer feedback, or suggest topics for discussion at future Women’s Circles events, please send us an email us at email@example.com.
Yale SOM Alumni Affinity Groups
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