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Women as Leaders

USGIF is pleased to present part two of this three-part workshop on Women as Leaders for the Intelligence Community. While each event will stand on it’s own, we feel attendees will benefit the most by attending all three.

September 27, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:15 PM ET

Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Dr
Arlington, VA 22202

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USGIF is pleased to present this three-part workshop on Women as Leaders for the Intelligence Community. While each workshop will stand on its own, we believe attendees with gain the most by attending all three!

In partnership with Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), USGIF is presenting the second iteration of the Women as Leaders workshop as a part of INSA’s “The New IC” event. Visit INSA’s website here to learn more about “The New IC” and see the full agenda.

While leadership is key to organizational success, women are not always equally represented. Women tend to rise to middle management and then experience being promoted slowly, with even fewer women representing on boards and as members of the C-suite. Women receive 57% of all higher education degrees. We look to examine and discuss that disconnect.

In order for institutional change and equal representation to occur in the workplace, education and action need to be taken at all levels and by everyone throughout the workplace. By understanding the challenges and barriers that women leaders face, women and men can begin to chip away at how to solve this complex issue and make strides toward lasting change.

Workshop Overview

These workshops highlight the severity of gender inequality in the workplace, the negative implications for business, the challenges and barriers that women leaders face, offer tools and strategies that can be integrated immediately to overcome these barriers, and provide recommendations on how organizations can support women leaders to make lasting change.

By attending these workshops, participants will better understand the phenomena of the double bind, the confidence gap, imposter syndrome, and challenges related to negotiation and communication. Participants will also learn about descriptive and prescriptive bias, strategies to overcome these common challenges, and ways all leaders can support moving the needle on this critical issue.

Who should attend:

Attendees of all genders and levels of experience will benefit from participating in these workshops to learn how to support women in overcoming barriers and create an environment to make lasting change.

Workshop Topics:

All sessions cover the following topics:

  • Current status of women leaders
  • Impact of women leaders
  • Gender bias & discrimination
  • Double bind & likeability

Additional specific potential topics:

  • Opting in/out from the workforce
  • Communication & body language
  • Negotiation
  • Men as allies
  • Imposter syndrome & confidence gap

About the Facilitators:

Susan Apgood and Anjali Varma are DEI advisors specializing in women’s leadership and gender equality. They provide corporate training workshops as well as consulting services to elevate women leaders, increase awareness of gender equality, and create a more inclusive work environment. They are also professors at American University Kogod School of Business, where they developed and instruct the award-winning course Women In Organization Leadership. Both are entrepreneurs, seasoned marketers, and business coaches specializing in women’s leadership.