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50 Women Can Change the World

Leadership Programs

program overview

Take The Lead is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The 50 Women Can Change The World in Media & Entertainment program is designed to specifically meet the unique opportunities – and challenges – women experience in the media and entertainment industry. 

Through this initiative, we are building a community of ambitious women committed to gender parity in Hollywood for a four-month intimate leadership program. Participants will build relationships, forge partnerships, and share important experiences while learning new ways to access their personal power and utilize practical tools to advance their career and create systemic change. The program will provide access to inspiring women leaders from diverse backgrounds, and a vibrant sisterhood of influential women to support you in your career.


What can this program do for you?

If you are a woman looking to power up your career and close the gender leadership gap in media and entertainment, this program will:

  • Give you a new definition of power that will energize you, increasing your joy,  satisfaction, and confidence in your everyday work

  • Equip you with 9 Leadership Power Tools and a system for applying them to achieve your goals

  • Ensure you set higher intentions for yourself, your organization, and your work to model a better way across the industry

  • A leadership vision to articulate your leadership goals and plans within your organization or field

  • Provide effective strategies for negotiating with confidence and self-authority

  • Help you better understand what’s keeping women from parity in leadership roles and how you can overcome those barriers to accelerate your own career

  • Develop a powerful Strategic Leadership Action Plan that will take you where you want to go

  • Develop a Collaborative Action Plan with ideal partners in your industry

  • Graduate with a redefined sense of your power, increased recognition for your work, and a vibrant network of influential women to support you in the next phases of your career.

You’ll build relationships, forge partnerships, and share important experiences while learning new ways to access your personal power and utilize practical tools to advance your career and create systemic change. The program will provide access to inspiring women leaders from diverse backgrounds, and a vibrant sisterhood of influential women to support you in your career.

Panel discussions, salons & screenings co-hosted with partners (i.e. NeueHouse, LA International Women's Film Festival, 50/50 Day) during the four-month program. These dates are TBD.  


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The 9 Leadership Power Tools give women immediately usable ways to navigate the world as it is, while leading the changes that need to be.


Curriculum

The 50 Women Can Change The World Leadership Program was developed with a goal of closing the gender gap in leadership in the media and entertainment industry by 2025. The program is part leadership-training/part-movement-building. It is based on Take The Lead’s core curriculum, the "9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career" training program, that teaches women how to lead themselves, their careers, their organizations, and their industries with a new definition of power, shifting from an outdated, oppressive “Power Over” to an expansive, positive and innovative “Power To.” Originated by legendary social justice activist, Gloria Feldt, the 9 Leadership Power Tools are proven to accelerate women into leadership.

9 Leadership Power Tools At a Glance:

  1. Know your History. And you can create the future of your choice

  2. Define Your Own Terms—First, Before Anyone Else Does. Whoever sets the terms of the debate usually wins. By redefining power not as “Power-Over,” but as “Power-To” we shift from a culture of oppression to a culture of positive intention to make things better for everyone.

  3. Use What You’ve Got. What you need is almost always there. See it and use it with courage. Because power unused is power useless.

  4. Embrace Controversy. It gives you a platform. Nudges you to clarity. It’s your teacher, your source of strength, your friend, especially if you are trying to make a change.

  5. Carpe the Chaos. Change creates chaos. Today’s changing gender roles and economic turbulence may feel chaotic and confusing. But chaos also means boundaries become more fluid. That’s when people are open to new ways of thinking, to innovation, and to new roles for women. Carpe the chaos, for in chaos is opportunity.

  6. Wear the Shirt (of Your Convictions). What are your core values? What’s your vision? How can you make it happen? Stand in your power and realize your intentions.

  7. Take Action: Create a Movement. Things don’t just happen. People make them happen in a systematic way. And you can change systems. Apply the three-movement building principles of Sister Courage (be a sister, act with courage, put them together to create a PLAN) and you will realize your vision at work, at home, or in public life.

  8. Employ Every Medium. Use personal, social, and traditional media every step of the way. Use the medium of your own voice. And think of each of the power tools as a medium to be pressed into the service of your “Power-To”.

  9. Tell Your Story. Your story is your truth. Your truth is your power. Telling your story authentically helps you lead (not follow) your dreams and have an unlimited life.

Within the program are opportunities for the cohort to co-create and find support through a cross-section of special guest speakers, panelists, and other industry influencers. Topics to be covered include:

  • Asking for what you want (funding and financing)

  • Legal insight for women in the industry 

  • Tools to navigate difficult people and situations within the industry

  • Industry game changers (women and men who are taking the lead to support women led and women based content.)

  • Self-care and personal development

Through partnerships with like-minded organizations, the initiative also includes off-site opportunities to engage with other women at customized programs, salons, panels, screenings and other events connected with gender parity and amplifying women's voices.  


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If you are a woman looking to power up your career, and close the gender leadership in media and entertainment, this program is for you.


The program will take place in Los Angeles over a four-month period, from February - May 2018, meeting both in-person and online. The schedule is as follows:

February 10th thru 11th - Two-Day Immersion (in-person)

March 10th - One-Day Immersion (in-person)

April 14th - One-Day Immersion (in-person)

May 12th - One-Day Immersion (in-person) + Partners for Parity Gala

*Additionally, we will host two online webinars  

Optional: 

February 1st - Flagship event, #50WomenCan Reception at NeueHouse Hollywood

Panel discussions, salons & screenings co-hosted with partners (i.e. NeueHouse, LA International Women's Film Festival, 50/50 Day) during the four-month program. These dates are TBD.  

Dates

 


Follow Up

Accountability and follow-up is an important element of this program. We will follow up with all program participants at 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 1-year milestone marks to assess progress and provide support around your Strategic Action Leadership Plan and Collaborative Action Plan.  


We are looking for women in the media and entertainment industry who have exemplified leadership, commitment, professional dedication and creativity throughout their career. From seasoned professionals to buzz-worthy newcomers, we know women benefit from sharing insight across the spectrum of experience. The entertainment business requires a unique set of skills and we recognize there is a courageous spirit required to jump into this highly competitive field. We are looking to build a meaningful collaboration of diverse women across the industry. Production professionals, executives, managers, agents and independent creatives are all encouraged to apply. If you are a woman working in media and entertainment, we want to hear from you. 

  • an ambitious women committed to gender parity in media & entertainment
  • a woman with a game-changing attitude and mentality
  • a minimum of 5 years experience in the industry with demonstrated accomplishments
  • a track record of self-awareness, openness to feedback, and a shared commitment to helping others succeed while making a positive impact on society

Who is the Ideal Candidate?


Our founding partner and presenting sponsor, Women Connect4Good, has generously provided seed funding for this $5,000 per person program, and we are matching that funding with other champions taking the lead for gender parity. Participants are asked to pay what they can, a contribution of $500 is suggested. Together we will ensure every woman with the desire to participate can. Your support allows Take The Lead to pay it forward to support more women leaders like you. Please contact us with any questions.

Working together, we will create increased opportunities for women in the industry, greater recognition of their work, and a new blueprint for female leadership. We are excited you are here, and are looking forward to hearing from you.

She's Invested in You!


You can nominate a friend or colleague, or apply yourself:

How to Apply or Nominate

 

Questions?

 

Contact brookenewberry@taketheleadwomen.com