On the 5th of November 2020 Kate Surala, #UnleashToday co-author, hosted a webinar on self-love and #interviewskills in collaboration with The 93% Club St Andrews, and with inspiring panellists Lisa Magill & Richard Pickard. Topics included: - interviewing skills - preparing for the first workplace - how to find your #worklifebalance - learning to be kind to yourself
On the 6th of November 2020 Carolina Cicati, #UnleashToday Event Organizer, hosted a webinar with a guest speaker Mark Kawakami, an Assistant Professor of Private Law at Maastricht University, on how to be fearless in study and career choices. Here are key areas discussed during the event: • Navigating your #career • What are your study and career goals • The external validation of yourself • Changing your #careerpath • The importance of #mentorship and coaching
On the 18th of October 2020 #UnleashToday co-author Sarah Wagner (she/her) hosted next event in collaboration with Warwick Women's Careers Society. She talked to Denise McQuaid, our guest expert in the upcoming Unleash Today book, about the importance of effective #networking and having strong #rolemodels. Over the past two decades, Denise has lived and worked in the US, Dublin, China and London. She reached her first C level leadership role at age 29, becoming Managing Director of the largest publishing company in Ireland. Four years later, she moved to China to run a technology business in a changing country/industry and culture. Western female CEO’s were rare as a white peacock in China in 2010.
On the 13th of October #UnleashToday co-author Kate Surala hosted an online event with Katherine Lord - Partner, Head of Danos Consulting who has over 20 years experience in the recruitment industry. During this webinar, Katherine shared her lessons learned as a leading consultancy specialist recruiter and provided us with practical tips on: - Navigating your career during uncertain #COVID19 time, applying for jobs and highlighting key skills that will make you stand out - The difference between going down the contracting route or fixed-term assignments versus applying for permanent jobs - How to unleash your #fullpotential and communicate clearly during virtual meetings. Tips that will make you a memorable candidate, #buildtrust, and effectively follow up after your meeting. - Concluding with some practical tips on how to manage your career plan, secure the right position that reflects your long-term goals, and work-life balance
On the 21st of September 2020 Kate Surala, #UnleashToday co-author, in collaboration with The 93% Club St Andrew, hosted a webinar with Elinor Stutz - International Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Top 1% Influencer and Creative Sales Blogger. The discussion concerned the power of #networking, and how to secure the confidence and #ambition (across our social, academic and professional lives!) to #achievesuccess. Here are three key takeaways discussed during the event: - 𝐊𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 and never get lazy because then people won’t be able to ignore you. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐰? Ask for help if you can’t manage, this is a sign of confidence - 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞-𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 who want to help you and you want to help them. Look for people in the industry and reach out to them to ask how they got started, but instead of using a general message have a look at their LinkedIn profile and start a message with what caught your attention. 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐚 𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐞, in just 20 minutes of someone’s time you could learn a lot and make a valuable industry connection - When dealing with down moments sometimes we have to reboot ourselves and do something different to our daily routine. Get back and find your center to re-confirm what’s important to yourself. 𝐑𝐞-𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥𝐬 and 𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬
On the 28th of September #UnleashToday in collaboration with IPWS - International Professional Women's Society hosted Charlotte Roule, CEO ENGIE China and Vice President of European Union Chamber of Commerce China for a virtual event. Charlotte and Sarah, co-author of Unleash Today, discussed how to be your authentic #feminineself in the workplace, and why it matters. Key takeaways learned from Charlotte: - Being authentic at work is not only possible but, in fact, very important. It is however a lifelong journey that comes with many challenges. Little by little, you can start building your boundaries and finding your #ownbalance. - Listening to others and being aware of the different types of people around will help you understand your work environment and what you want to disclose. If you are an expressive person or if you experience strong emotions, try to align it with what you want to achieve and stay in control of the situation accordingly. - Leave if the workplace doesn't suit you, but protect yourself at the same time. Plan your next step before you make any quick decisions, and make sure you leave at your own pace and conditions.
Watch the live discussion from the 8th of September 2020 on #careerstories, advice and #lessonslearned with Galit Zuckerman. Galit is the founder and CEO of Medasense Biometrics Ltd. She brings to Medasense over twenty years of entrepreneurship, management and engineering experience in both startups and large corporations. The key takeaways: - Decision making at career crossroads Let your decision be directed by your values, dreams and your life purpose. Assess the advantages and disadvantages and decide what will help you progress professionally and personally. - Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone Whilst you might know how to progress your career as quickly as possible in the industry you know, be comfortable to take risks and explore other industries you are passionate about. Galit shared her experience of starting her company Medasense Biometrics Ltd., a company focussed on quantifying pain, without having worked in the medical industry. What made her decide to take this step you ask? Her drive and passion of helping others. - In case of doubt... Do it anyway! Galit shared that without taking risks and follow your instincts, you might not get to where you would like. Acknowledge that self-doubt, late nights, and sacrifices are all vital elements on your path to success. Being persistent and working hard will allow you to reach the goals you want. ... and #UnleashToday
In the webinar from the 25th of August 2020 on Navigating your Career in a Virtual World Kate Surala, co-author of #UnleashToday hosts Nazreen Visram, Head of Charities & Citizenship, Public Sector Team at Barclays. In 2017 she was shortlisted for an Asian Woman of Achievement Award, listed as an EMpower top 100 Ethnic Minority Role Model in 2018, 2019 and 2020. She was also recognised as Brummel Magazine’s top 30 inspirational women in the city and also a finalist for the British Muslim Awards. During the session our expert shares #careerstories, #lessonslearned and strategies from successful women in business and finance on boosting your career as well as #networkingonline Hear Nazreen's advice and insights on: 1. Networking and establishing your online presence 2. Flexible working 3. Mentoring and sponsorship and.. unleash today!
On the 18th of August 2020 #unleashtoday co-author Sarah Wagner (she/her) hosted Letecia Rose for a live discussion on the Power of a Closed Door. Letecia shared her experience and gave advice on how to react when you face hurdles in your career, whether it's getting rejected from your dream job or university spot. The key takeaways are: ▪️ Create a flexible #careerplan. When we plan our career, we often get lost in titles. If we then do not reach that specific role, it gives the perception of failure. Instead, focus on your skills and the responsibilities you want, and design a career path accordingly. This will prepare you for changes along the way. ▪️ Choose your cheerleaders wisely. It's important to surround yourself with people who are helping you define your path, instead of allowing them to define it for you. Be your own cheerleader too; define your values and what brings you joy, and let that guide you. ▪️ Maintain a #positiveoutlook. Choose to see a learning opportunity instead of a tragedy. If a door closes, it means there will be something better in the other direction. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself with a strict career plan, but frame your mindset and consider new possibilities.
During this session from the 4th of August 2020, Andrew Tarvin (Humor Engineer | Keynote Speaker | Corporate Trainer | Presentation Coach) and Sarah Wagner (#UnleashToday Book co-author) show you how to own your personal style of humour and learn to go with it. The aim is to #heightenyourconfidence and help you develop the performance skills that can benefit you in other areas of your life. Key take-aways: ➡️Bringing humour into our daily lives and the workplace can empower us to communicate more successfully. Often, we are confident when we are prepared and know what will happen. Improv is therefore a great tool for learning to react and adapt in any situation. Start with easy exercises at home (see Andrew's resources) and once you are ready, you can implement at work. ➡️ We’re not always used to seeing women using humour in the workplace. In fact, humour in the workplace can be very empowering and also a tool for responding to awkward situations. Humour works in two ways - it gives you more confidence and it makes the other person want to hear more.
Listen to Rosemarie Wilson's and Kate Surala's discussion from the 7th of July 2020 on nurturing #emotionalintelligence in the workplace and #UnleashToday! Rosemarie Wilson is a Mindset Coach, International Speaker, Mentor and Founder of Pragmatica Coaching, a coaching and training company. In her role she works 1:1 with female professionals helping them to thrive in their career. She also facilitates group work for organisations through customised programs and workshops on developing self-confidence, emotional intelligence and #leadershipskills. Here are some take-aways from Rosemarie on the five key elements of Emotional Intelligence: 1. Self awareness. Be aware of your behaviour. How does it impact you and those around you? 2. Self regulation. Take ownership and learn to manage your emotions. Find tools to offload and not take it out on your family, friends or colleagues. 3. Motivation. Explore your own values and the ‘why’ behind your goals. Passion and purpose will drive motivation. 4. Empathy. Challenge yourself to always observe and understand from others’ perspectives. 5. Social skills. This is a we show, not the me show. Be a team player and focus on the things that bring us together.
Watch the webinar from the 14th of July 2020 on #BuildingConfidence with Dr. Sharon Torrence Jones: Computer Science & Curriculum Development Expert, Data Analytics Trainer, Founder and CEO of dot.Consulting and the Dottie Rose Foundation. Confidence comes from the state of mind where you can trust in your knowledge and capabilities. Having confidence implies that you know of your skills and intelligence and that you can take measures to go after opportunities to further your development. But how can we get there? Building confidence can often seem overwhelming and unachievable but there are small steps each of us can take to increase our confidence and move our careers forward. And all of these steps center around passion. Let's live bold in our passion, build the confidence you deserve and #UnleashToday! Here are some key-takeaways: - Self-awareness Passion works with a boomerang effect. You need to take the time to become more self-aware and reflect upon your values, your intuition and what you naturally gravitate to. If you are honest to yourself, you will always go back to what you are passionate about. -Reframe failure There are no quick wins. Failure is part of the game and necessary to win. Right now, try to embrace uncertainty - the only thing certain is change. -Accept that it's a journey There is no one-size-fits-all approach to finding your passion and becoming confident: take your time. Through your passion, you will realise your unique features, and confidence will follow. -The power of confidence Confidence will help you to be strong and hold up against pressure on what society tells you you should be like
Learn about #strategiccommunications and efficient career storytelling to create impactful professional #selfbranding and #UnleashToday. In the webinar from the 28th of July 2020 on Career Branding our expert, Rebecca Perrin, explains on how women can fill the SELF-PROMOTION GAP, which is the largest barrier to entry for most women in pursuit of higher leadership & power at work. Most often, the barrier to entry is misrepresented as THE CONFIDENCE GAP but, women don't actually have a problem with confidence — we have plenty of it. We just need to become more consistent and strategic with the art of self-promotion. Find out: ➡️ The components of a great career brand. Improve your memorability factor in the context of work. Make it very easy for people to understand what you do, what you do differently from others and what it's like to work with you. Naturally, revisit your CV and use the right keywords for every application. Create a candidate profile and show the positive impact you have on company culture. Make sure you have a complete LinkedIn profile with a headline that gives a powerful story of who you are, and a call to action. ➡️ The value of LinkedIn Publishing for elevating your profile. Show your network what you know and what you find interesting. Publishing articles not only showcases your skills to potential employers but also makes you an attractive user for the algorithm. ➡️ Get comfortable with promoting yourself and with other women promoting themselves. Have the courage to go after what you want and support other women doing the same. Self-promotion is a muscle we as women need to learn to flex - for ourselves and for other women.