Skill-Building and Connecting Highlight WLC’s Women’s Leadership Workshop

May 14, 2019

Women’s Leadership Workshop

Nearly 70 businesswomen from around the country—some from as far away as Texas and California—attended a day of skill building, leadership training, and networking on May 8 at American Management Association’s New York center.

Created by AMA’s Women’s Leadership Center (WLC), the 1-day Women’s Leadership Workshop has become a popular WLC event, held not only in New York City but in cities such as Arlington, Chicago, and San Francisco. The next one scheduled for New York City will be November 4.

Women attending on their own, with colleagues, or with supervisors participated in the energetic and dynamic event hosted and moderated by WLC Director Lauren McNally and facilitated by Laura Katen, president of Katen Consulting LLC. The keynote address was given by Rianne Rome, chief talent development officer at JK Moving/CapRelo.

A focus on women’s leadership

During the event, the presenters covered topics such as giving and receiving feedback, having critical conversations, and building your leadership presence—at any level of your career. One exercise showed the various ways you can say no without making waves.

Rome, in her keynote address, talked about defining your own career success and taking actions to propel yourself forward toward your goals. You may be holding yourself back without realizing it, she told the group, with behaviors such as people pleasing, multitasking, being a perfectionist rather than striving for excellence, and trying to be like someone else.

It’s very important to be yourself—the people we admire most are usually the ones who are unique and real, Rome explained. Still, it’s fine to have someone as a role model, she said.

Katen led an afternoon workshop on “The Voice of Leadership,” which included lessons on shaping your personal leadership message, engaging in powerful conversations that get results, acquiring insights to overcome resistance to change, and discovering ways to motivate followers and rally support.

McNally said that great connections were made throughout the day, and there was a lot of best practice sharing and skill-building. “One participant described the day as ‘electric’!” she said.

The next 1-day Women’s Leadership Workshop will be held July 25 in San Francisco, followed by September 25 in Chicago and then November 4 in New York City.

This dynamic day of learning and connecting can also be brought to groups of women in your organization. To learn more, call 877-566-9441 or email

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