Networking and Facilitated Discussion: Starting Where You Are – Montgomery County

  Join us for an interactive discussion dedicated to recognizing your strengths, identifying your weaknesses, and discovering how to begin gathering help to make certain you succeed in business. Through conversation, we dig in deep to your business model, find out where your passion is, and help you identify your struggles and how to solve them. Come to network with and learn from like-minded businesswomen. This is heavily discussion based, so please be prepared to share your experiences. Coffee and tea will be available. In order to facilitate a fruitful discussion, this workshop will be limited to 15 attendees. *Intended Audience: Startup, Growth About Our Facilitator: Kay Mesia is a small business coach and former Executive Vice President for a Fortune 10 company. Her past roles include audit and compliance, enterprise risk management, mentoring, and training.   Note Our Policies: Refunds or comps are available for classes cancelled by MWBC.…

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Leading From Within to Influence Outcome – Montgomery County

  Improve your self-leadership skills by discovering: Foundational lessons for becoming a good leader. What it means to lead from within and how to develop confidence leading yourself and others. What the various levels of leadership is and how to move from one level to the next. How the level of your self leadership skills influence others to perform. Intended Audience: Startup, Growth About Our Speaker: Collette Uwadia, PMP is Founder and Executive Director of Leverage Foundation. The purpose of Leverage Foundation is to connect, grow and serve communities through capacity building. They offer project management, leadership development, and brand marketing strategy services.   Note Our Policies: Refunds or comps are available for classes cancelled by MWBC. All other refunds are not provided. MWBC only accepts credit card payments for training sessions. Attendees will not be permitted to enter the classroom until payment is received. Walks-in registrations are accepted only…

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Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills – Prince George’s County

  Leaders must be able to communicate effectively, delegate efficiently as well as build trust with their staff. Powerful leaders must also understand 21st century leadership traits and techniques and apply them accordingly in the workplace. This workshop will define leadership skills, evaluate 21st century leadership skills, review techniques and tips for building trust with staff; analyze common barriers for destroying trust, create leadership goals & expectations for team; develop new individual leadership action plan. About Our Speaker: Dina Bell Nance is Chief Learning Officer at Training by Design, Incorporated. Her organization is focused on creating Global Training Solutions for both the Public and Private Sectors. Services include Professional Development Training, MS Office Technology Training, Project Management Training, PM Consulting Services as well as Keynote, Motivational and Retreat Speaking Engagements. Training by Design also provides Software Lifecycle Documentation and Testing Support Services. Intended Audience: Pre-Venture, Startup, Growth   Note Our…

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SOLD OUT! Resilient Leadership: Panel Discussion & Networking Event

This event is sold out. Please check out our website for our upcoming events and workshops.     Join the City of Gaithersburg Office of Economic Development, Launch Workplaces, and the Maryland Women’s Business Center to celebrate and honor Women’s History Month! Get inspired and empowered as our dynamic panel of Maryland-based female entrepreneurs gets candid about the triumphs and struggles of running a business. Our panelists will address their diverse career paths, shared gender struggles, and lessons they’ve learned along the way to become the resilient leaders that they are today! Agenda: 5:30-6:00 Networking 6:00-7:00 Panel 7:00-7:30 Additional Networking Opportunities *Pre-event registration is required for event entry. Special thanks to the City of Gaithersburg Office of Economic Development for sponsoring this event and to Launch Workplaces for providing the event location. Please note that there is free parking at Launch Workplaces. Light refreshments will be served.   Inclement Weather Policy: This event…

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Kiesha Haughton Selected for Leadership Maryland Class of 2018

PRESS RELEASE Media Contact: Lori Crowe, Crowe Communications, LLC lori@crowecomm.com; 404-975-7935 Kiesha Haughton Selected for Leadership Maryland Class of 2018 Maryland Women’s Business Center Managing Director and Gaithersburg resident one of 52 leaders chosen for professional development program Rockville, Md., – February 12, 2018 – Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) announced that Managing Director Kiesha Haughton has been selected by Leadership Maryland to participate in its professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of business and community leaders. Haughton is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 26th class—the Class of 2018—who will complete the eight-month, hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five, two-day intense sessions traversing the state focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment, and multi-culturalism/diversity. These sessions will…

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How to be a Leader Others Want to Follow

By Alison Greenfield, MWBC Intern If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to improve your leadership skills, check out The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner This summer, I am taking a class on leadership. In this course, I learned a concept that caught my attention. My teacher said that when you are in a leadership role (or working in a group), one of the best ways to assure your success is to NOT watch over every group member to make sure every step is done perfectly. He explained that when you do this, people believe it is because you are not confident they can complete the task. When they feel you, their leader, don’t believe in them, they become insecure about their own skills and are less likely to succeed. This made sense in theory, but as I started to reflect on my own history with group work, I…

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