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Telling Your Professional Story to Advance Your Career

Knowing how to tell your professional story the right way makes the facts of your achievements and accomplishments impactful, especially if advancing in your career is important to you as a woman or woman of color in the workplace. It tells those in your organization how you get things done; what's important to you and; what you value. Most importantly, storytelling provides clarity about you in a compelling way creating the presence you need to share with those that can help take you to the next career level. It allows the listener to connect with you, trust you and invites them to be part of your workplace journey for your career advancement.

Learn how to tell your professional story to position you for career success and ensure it transcends beyond just you telling it, but others know it as well to help you succeed. Our expert presenter and master trainer, Shehara Downing will facilitate helping you to start with putting your professional story together or refining it so that you are prepared, positioned and ready for your career advancement at work.

This session will introduce you to:
- Defining what is great professional storytelling
- Understanding the key elements of what makes a well crafted professional story
- The tactics you need to use and how to share your professional story in a compelling way with others
- How to ensure you are successful in telling professional story in person or in today's virtual workplace

Expert Speaker: Sherhara Downing, Founder and Master Trainer, Level Comm LLC

Sherhara is a master communicator with a passion to “Make human interaction effortless.” Her mission for creating and facilitating corporate communication training workshops is “Educate | Engage | Entertain”. The goal is for professionals to learn something new, use something new and have a good time doing it.
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    Host: Francine Parham | Expert Speaker: Kailei Carr
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    In this session, you will:
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    Host:
    Francine Parham
    Founder and CEO, FrancineParham and Co.

    Expert Speaker:
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    CEO and Founder of The Asbury Group

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  • Telling Your Professional Story to Advance Your Career Recorded: Jul 21 2021 62 mins
    Host: Francine Parham | Expert Speaker: Sherhara Downing
    Knowing how to tell your professional story the right way makes the facts of your achievements and accomplishments impactful, especially if advancing in your career is important to you as a woman or woman of color in the workplace. It tells those in your organization how you get things done; what's important to you and; what you value. Most importantly, storytelling provides clarity about you in a compelling way creating the presence you need to share with those that can help take you to the next career level. It allows the listener to connect with you, trust you and invites them to be part of your workplace journey for your career advancement.

    Learn how to tell your professional story to position you for career success and ensure it transcends beyond just you telling it, but others know it as well to help you succeed. Our expert presenter and master trainer, Shehara Downing will facilitate helping you to start with putting your professional story together or refining it so that you are prepared, positioned and ready for your career advancement at work.

    This session will introduce you to:
    - Defining what is great professional storytelling
    - Understanding the key elements of what makes a well crafted professional story
    - The tactics you need to use and how to share your professional story in a compelling way with others
    - How to ensure you are successful in telling professional story in person or in today's virtual workplace

    Expert Speaker: Sherhara Downing, Founder and Master Trainer, Level Comm LLC

    Sherhara is a master communicator with a passion to “Make human interaction effortless.” Her mission for creating and facilitating corporate communication training workshops is “Educate | Engage | Entertain”. The goal is for professionals to learn something new, use something new and have a good time doing it.
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    So the question is, are you ready to be sponsored? Do you really know what it takes or how to get there? Do you know what to look for in a sponsor – all are not created equal. Are you visible enough to those leaders that can sponsor and help you get promoted in your organization? Does your organization even know that you are seeking sponsorship? Do they understand what you are looking for and are expecting for your career advancement or the next promotion?

    This session will answer all of these questions to help you think about innovative approaches, steps and actions that you can use to gain sponsorship as a woman or woman of color in the workplace. Also you ensuring you have the right support and advocacy within your organization for your next career move or promotional opportunity.

    This session will introduce you to:
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    - How to attract the right sponsor and cultivate a successful sponsoring relationship
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    - The creation of a personalized action plan for your goal of seeking sponsorship for your career advancement

    Your Expert: Vonda Page, Founder and CEO of Radical Change LLC, career coach, avid STEMinist, and innovation and change leadership revolutionary.

    Your Host: Francine Parham: Founder and CEO, FrancineParham and Co.
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    A Table + Two Chairs is a monthly invitation-only event with a small group of senior level professional women that represent being at “The Table.” An expert on a specific topic is invited to join the group to share their expertise and insights on a specific topic. The “two chairs,” are two junior (mid-career) women who could benefit from hearing the conversation.

    Topic: Sponsorship and the Path to the C-Suite

    Topic Description: Dr. Stephanie Bradley-Smith, CHRO, DePaul University and Adjunct Professor of Management discusses her research presented in the Harvard Business Review, which is focused on sponsorship, Black women and the path to the C-Suite. Specifically, she focuses on what is missing, what needs to be done and how this can be accomplished.

    Host: Francine Parham: Founder & CEO of FrancineParham & Co.

    Expert/Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Bradley-Smith

    Invited Guests: Dr. Christine Robinson, Evelyn Espinal, Jacer Collins, Kimberly B. Cummings, LaKendra McNair, Larissa Morgan, Lisa Kaplowitz , Rodnetta Williams, Tonya Cornileus
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    Host: Francine Parham | Expert Speaker: Joyel Crawford
    How do you create opportunities for visibility at work? Ensure that you grab the right attention from those individuals that can help you with your career and professional advancement? Ensure you always stay top of mind to those decision makers in your organization? Even ensuring that you remain your whole authentic self in which you can stand out in a good way even if it means carving out a career path that may be unconventional, but will help you achieve your professional goals.

    Join this micro workshop where Certified Professional Career Coach, Joyel Crawford, will answer these questions and more, helping you to truly navigate as well as own your career success while enrolling others in your organization to help you succeed.

    Participants will learn:
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    Expert Speaker: Joyel Crawford is a Certified Professional Career Coach, Certified Virtual Presenter and Leadership Development Consultant at Crawford Leadership Strategies where she helps others expertly navigate every step of their career. She facilitates leadership development courses and has been a keynote speaker for businesses and organizations such as the U.S. Senate, The New York Times, ESPN, UPS, Ernst & Young, IBM and more.

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    Host: Francine Parham, Founder & CEO of FrancineParham & Co.

    Expert Speaker: Jes Valentin

    Invited Guests: Margaret Huang Casey, Larissa Morgan, and Jessica Choi
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    Did you ever feel like the company culture was happening to you? We experience culture in our workplaces every day--in our sense of belonging, how decisions are made, how people behave, in our interactions, and in all aspects of how we work. Perhaps you are new to the company or your team and you want to understand the dynamics at play. Or you’ve been around long enough to know what’s great and what needs improvement, but you don’t know how to go about it. Maybe you--as a woman or woman of color-- wish the culture could be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, more innovative, have a better reputation, and so on. And yet, culture seems inaccessible to most of us. Until now.

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    Participants will receive actionable ideas, tips, tools, and—most importantly—a sense of possibility that empowers you to take control and do something positive.

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    A former corporate executive, Karen is known as a versatile leader across multiple industries with experience developing, leading, and implementing numerous organizational initiatives around the globe. She has been featured in Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, Thrive Global, Protocol, and The Ladders. Karen has a BA in Ethnic and Cultural Studies from Bryn Mawr College and a MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
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    A Table + Two Chairs is a monthly invitation-only event with a small group of senior level professional women that represent being at “The Table.” An expert on a specific topic is invited to join the group to share their expertise and insights on a specific topic. The “two chairs,” are two junior (mid-career) women who could benefit from hearing the conversation.

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    She shares best practices for creating the right culture for advancement including:
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    Knowing your evaluation tools and measures
    Knowing and being curious about your data
    Ensuring assignments have utility value and inclusive content

    Host: Francine Parham: Founder & CEO of FrancineParham & Co.

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    – Identify different responses to change, including fear and resistance, in yourself and others
    – Evaluate productive behaviors and resilience strategies
    – Create a personalized action plan for a current or imminent change in your career

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    Join Dr. Erin Christie, Professor at Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information as she shares the importance of your role as a leader in helping others navigate the workplace as well as yourself during these times of uncertainty Dr. Christie will speak to this based on her background and research and the importance of effective communication from an organizational perspective.

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    Expert/Speaker: Dr. Erin Christie,

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Advancing Women in the Workplace
A professional development media channel founded by Francine Parham, Founder and CEO of FrancineParham and Co., that produces and provides content focused on career advancement for women and women of color in the workplace. There are three current programs, "A Table Plus Two Chairs," "Sharpen Your Skills Micro Workshops" and "The Professional Women's Advancement Summit," where Francine Parham serves as the content curator and host.

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