This month we attended two badass workshops presented by wolf & heron – “Becoming the HBIC” & “Fight Your Confidence Killer”. Each workshop had intensely powerful and challenging exercises. They forced us to analyze our core self — both as a business and personally. As a result, we emerged as more influential and confident leaders!
Becoming the HBIC
At 3 Labs, we love the title Head Bitch In Charge (HBIC). We believe the title means that you are leading as your true, authentic self and using the tools you have available to be successful. To become a more engaged and purposeful leader for 3 Labs and our clients, I attended this all-day workshop.
To become the HBIC, we started off by getting a clear understanding of our core “mamma bear” values. For me, I discovered my core values are altruism, community, determination, independence, and security.
Then we explored how these values play into the vision for our future. Not surprisingly, based on my core values (and if you know me personally), my vision includes becoming a philanthropist, donating all my money to non-profits and retiring to a farm which will be a menagerie of horses, dogs, goats and whatever other four-legged furry animals I can adopt.
Next, and one of the most important steps to becoming an HBIC, is developing a purpose statement and brand. This allows yourself and others to know exactly what you are doing and why. A work in progress, but my purpose statement is “I build opportunities to better my community.” And this purpose statement should be reflected in my personal brand – including my behavior, personal style, communication, and collateral.
The last exercise was sharing with the entire group your individual HBIC action plan. This was a moving experience to hear how others were going to refine and empower their lives to become the HBIC. As part of my HBIC action plan, I want to be known as an active supporter of female entrepreneurship. To achieve this, my goal for 2018 is for each dollar of profit, 3 Labs will donate the wage gap (currently 20% of each dollar) to organizations addressing gender diversity in STEM fields.
Fight Your Confidence Killer
Next up was learning how to fight your confidence killers. In addition to 3 Labs, I am also the co-director of the Fort Collins Women Who Code chapter. After seeing Stephanie Judd present at 1M Cups, I immediately knew Stephanie’s passion and enthusiasm for helping women increase their leadership and influence skills was a must-have WWC meetup.
Stephanie delivered her Fight Your Confidence Killer talk to the Fort Collins chapter of Women Who Code on November 14th. Her talk was engaging, interactive, and uniquely addressed some of the issues that women in programming face. She transformed what could be a passively-absorbed speech into a dynamic and interactive discussion that engaged all the members of our group. During the event, her guidance allowed everyone in the room the opportunity to open up about their personal confidence challenges and identify specific steps for how to overcome them. We look forward to having Stephanie back for additional Women Who Code programming in the future.
These two workshops were immensely valuable to growing 3 Labs. If you want to know more or want to talk about what we learned, please drop us a note!