Training Wherever, Whenever

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Published: January 23, 2016

If you find that your schedule makes it tough to attend in-person trainings like JLTU and Books Over Brunch, you might find that AJLI’s webinars are a flexible and effective option!

AJLI’s Online Learning initiative offers members live and on-demand webinars, self-paced courses, and leadership toolboxes. Webinars are approximately 45 minutes in length – perfect for a walk around the neighborhood, on your drive to work, or while cleaning up around the house!

We are highlighting two webinars today that you should definitely check out!

Webinar Wednesdays: Power as Leadership: Learning to Take the Lead

In a 2014 report, the World Economic Forum estimated that it will take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity in the workplace. That’s 79 years until women will take their fair and equal share of leadership positions as CEO’s, Presidents, Board Directors, and other key roles at major companies.

Organizations like Take The Lead (, however, believe we can achieve leadership parity across all sectors by 2025 (#25not95). President of Take The Lead and author of “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change the How We Think About Power”, Gloria Feldt, discusses why embracing power is the key to achieving leadership parity.

In this webinar, Feldt redefines power as leadership for good (as opposed to leadership for oppression). In this way, leadership is about solving problems, innovating, and infinite possibilities. Feldt also identifies two leadership “power tools”: (1) Define your own terms before somebody else defines you; and (2) Use what you’ve got. Finally, Feldt speaks to the importance of communication and body language. She recommends watching Amy Cuddy’s widely viewed Ted Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.

Webinar Wednesday: Building Entrepreneurial Teams

Dr. Marsha Firestone, Founder and President Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), believes that entrepreneurship is the “great equalizer”; rather, it is through entrepreneurship that we will be able to achieve gender and leadership parity by 2025. In her webinar, Firestone argues that “entrepreneurship gives women the opportunity to make more money, have more influence, have more power…it’s an opportunity to control your time.”

Whether you are running a non-profit or serving a role in the Junior League, Firestone notes, you will need help. Top entrepreneurial women all identify having strong teams as their key to success. Firestone provides tips on hiring right and building a retaining a culture of talented and passionate people. Some of her tips for teams include: (1) hire strengths that add to yours; (2) trust hires to do what they are hired to do; (3) create a culture that supports the staff; (4) model appropriate behavior; and (5) be transparent.

Firestone also recommends some additional training resources if you are feeling inspired:

Please Note:
To access AJLI’s Online Learning resources you will need to be logged-in as a member. Navigate to ‘Training & Meetings’, and in the drop-down menu you will find the ‘Online Learning’ tab.