How to achieve leadership beyond gender stereotypes

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

30.01.2015, 09.00 Uhr – 17.00 Uhr

The workshop aims to raise awareness about gender-related stereotypes that affect our daily lives at work. Although stereotyping is a process that we all employ in different spheres of life, gender stereotypes and self-stereotyping can discourage communication in the workplace and even limit the chances for women to reach leadership positions. In such contexts, women feel anxieties and are often led by mistaken beliefs about how a woman should behave.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be aware of the prejudices that hinder effective communication and personal development and will be able to circumvent them in order to improve their career. In addition, this workshop aims to offer women the tools to be a leader in original ways beyond gender-related expectations that hierarchies might have. Awareness is here a central tool for self-development.MethodologyAfter a theoretical introduction, we will work on actively deconstructing stereotypes through games and shared experiences. These activities will offer an alternative way of communicating showing that there are no such things as natural female and male ways of working. Particular attention will be given to the development of tactics such as networking and self-presentation aiming at empowering female leadership.



Speaking in public for women

Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
Thursday, September 11 and Friday, September 12, 2014, 10am–5.30 pm
Where: Frankfurt University, Senckenberganlage 31-33, 9th floor, room 9.60

Competence in public speaking is more and more relevant to our professional lives. Presentations, interviews, meetings, conference participation are daily business for many, and are often a big deal on the way up. Most people feel nervous and anxious about performing in public: “will I earn the attention of my audience?”, “will I be able to put my message through?” are common questions signaling insecurity and fear. In these situations, women must face additional challenges. For instance, when they speak in a mostly male audience they tend to withdraw. Public speaking is gendered and we are all caught in the gender-gap without even realizing it.
Through this workshop, we will address issues related to public speaking in order to empower female speech. We will highlight the different tendencies in gendered public speaking, and give tips and hints to become a great speaker. After this workshop, participants will be more aware of the challenges of public speaking and will become efficacious performers. This will have an instant positive impact on your career.
In the first part of the workshop, we will explore general issues related to public speaking. It is important to understand when the act of speech becomes public and how the participants perceive its performance (between anxiety and self-confidence). Then, we will work with techniques in order to assess the participants’ awareness about speech, with particular attention to the social contexts of speech (from the audience to the co-speakers). In the second part of the workshop, we will explore the gender related issues of speaking because women do tend to act differently than men. In the end, we will address communication strategies aimed at empowering female speech.
Teaching method
This workshop is based on active learning. I will propose games and common situations to work with, but we will also work with examples drawn from the participants’ actual experiences of public speaking. We will employ video and audio material and be creative in our ways to approach the matter. Some moments will also be dedicated to reflection and analysis of gender issues.


Uses and Misuses of Gender Stereotypes in International Academia and Workplaces

GRADE in Cooperation with the Gleichstellungsbüro, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

Monday, 28th April 2014 9 am – 5 pm

The workshop aims at raising awareness among its participants of how gender stereotypes affect their professional lives, ways of communicating as well as their career perspectives. Participants will learn to successfully handle gender stereotypes in order to establish a healthy and equality-conscious work environment.

This workshop engages its participants in discussions and interactive exercises designed to identify and deal with a set of gender-related stereotypes that are present in the academy and in workplaces where women and minoritized groups are often underrepresented. Although stereotyping is a process we all employ in different spheres of life, gender stereotypes discourage communication, mutual understanding and personal fulfillment.

Through group activities, active learning and shared experience participants will gain awareness of gender relations and of the ways in which these are constructed, experienced and sometimes mistaken in the workplace. After a theoretical introduction we will work at deconstructing stereotypes through exercises and play.