Executive Presence
for Women
Stop Apologizing for Your Power.
Embrace It.
Executive Presence for Women
Boost your organization's bottom line - and improve your chances of advancement.
Executive Presence
for Women
Shrinks the gap.
Executive Presence for Women
Inspire, lead and engage.

Stop Apologizing for your power. Embrace it.

Your power benefits your organization’s bottom line, the world, generations of girls and young women – and You.

No Travel Fees | Worldwide: We’re You’re “Local Trainer”

Workplace – Chapter – Private Group

INTERACTIVE KEYNOTES

Group Favorite!

 

Everyone practices EP-Confidence Tools

Raises Event Energy

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WOMEN WORKSHOPS

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Look and Feel Credible + Confident

5-Star Rated

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COACHING FOR WOMEN

Worldwide

 

Re-Kindle Your Power

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Testimonials from Women

  •  “I loved it!  Great opportunity.  Great experience.”

    Lisa Y.
  • “Bravo!!!  Well worth my time. Sorry I didn’t know about the 3 day session.”

    Renee N.
  •  “Excellent and transformational.  Presence is hard to define - until you feel it.”

    Peg F.
  • “I cannot imagine a better program to help you grow in such a short time. Great work!!! 5 star.”

    Zohre
  • “This was an amazing experience...life changing. What I learned will help me so much, professionally and personally.”

    Cindy W.
  • “I am so thankful and grateful that I did this course. It changed my life. Thank you so much for not only boosting my confidence but giving me a better and stronger outlook on myself and life.”

    Madeline D.

“Overqualified and overprepared, too many women still hold back.”

Katty Kay & Claire Shipman,

The Confidence Code

     

Executive Presence for Women | Top-Rated Workshops!

Outcomes & Benefits – Each woman in this top-rated 2-3 day Executive Presence (EP) workshop will learn tools to:Executive Presence Women, Women's Executive Presence, Leadership Training for Women, Executive Women

  • Radiate a powerful, relaxed and vibrant executive presence that inspires & creates buy-in
  • Create credibility and trust with personal and professional acquaintances, including supervisors, customers, stakeholders and colleagues
  • Know how to instantly appear and feel impressive with influential people
  • Develop rapport easily with anyone, including the C-Suite and key decision makers
  • Build mutually-supportive connections with other women participants; this training is inherently and profoundly teambuilding
  • Receive solo attention and personalized feedback from the instructors to clear personal impediments to executive presence
  • Develop challenge-approach rather than challenge-avoidant tendencies
  • Experience the extraordinary benefits of Video Feedback Training
  • Benefit from brief confidential coaching to address private concerns, or deepen practice

IN ADDITION to these components, each Executive Presence Women participant will:

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  • Uncover specific areas in her life in which she walks a fine line (see our article below) and practice reversing this
  • Receive solo attention and feedback from the facilitators and the other women participants
  • Participate in smart and heartwarming discussions on themes common to women leaders, such as: waiting until perfect before speaking up, fearing criticism or retribution when taking one’s full power, holding oneself back, apologizing for taking time and space, and supporting the next generation of women

 

What’s it Really Like?

Exciting, Empowering + Effective.  16 women seated in a semi-circle (2-3 days). Women practice highly interactive tools to appear powerful, credible and confident + video feedback = an amazing, authentic transformational experience. A close knit connection forms among group. Each woman supports the others’ success. Instantly applicable to work and personal life. Creates challenge-approach women, boosts mood, reduces stress, improves chances of advancement.  For everyone, including successful women. Did we mention fun?

 

Workshop Components + Benefits

 

Top Rated for a Reason.  It works.

These Executive Presence Women tools may:

Shrink the Gap!  Participants report:

  • Power boost!
  • Improved mood and positive thinking
  • Excitement about approaching long delayed challenges

Though power body is only a small portion of what we teach, some research shows a correlation between body poses and changes in mental, emotional or physical states:

  1. Peper, E. & Lin, I-M. (2012). Increase or decrease depression-How body postures influence your energy level. Biofeedback, 40 (3), 126-130.
  2. Sherman, G. D. (2015). The Interaction of Testosterone and Cortisol Is Associated With Attained Status in Male Executives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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Your Location | No Travel Fees – Worldwide

We’re You’re “Local Trainer”

Your Location:  WOMEN EP WORKSHOPS | Worldwide

These women-only workshops are held onsite at your location for up to 16 women.

  • Workplace | Chapters | Private Women Groups | Renewal Retreats
  • EEO:  Shows your support for Gender Equality, Diversity + Inclusion, Emerging Women Leaders and Succession Planning programs
  • Complimentary CE credits for HR (SHRM-HRCI),  Nurses + Behavioral Health (soon)
  • No International Travel Fees

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3 Great Reads | All About Women

The Business Benefits of Promoting Women

Companies should recruit, promote, and develop more women not just  for women, but for the good of their company’s success.

See more.

The Fine Line Women Walk

When women manifest leadership traits, others tend to punish them for it.  Can you relate?

See more.

Women Wait To Be Perfect

Women wait to be ‘perfect’ before taking action or speaking up, even when fully competent.  Are you sometimes like this?

See more.

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KEYNOTE FOR WOMEN
Highly Interactive
Group Favorite
Raise your event energy!
Everyone practices Executive Presence (EP) skills right from their chairs.
Exciting + Empowering.
Leaves audiences radiant and engaged!

Executive Presence for Women:  Practice Tools to Radiate Credibility + Create Buy-In (can be customized)

Outcomes – Each participant in your Interactive Executive Presence Women Keynote will:

  1. Practice tools to radiate credibility and create buy-in
  2. Practice identifying and correcting common insecurity indicators
  3. Leave with real tools they can use immediately in both personal and professional situations
  4. Experience an immediate mood boost that raises  your event energy

Interactive Executive Presence Women Keynotes introduce participants to skills proven by research to:

  • Shrink the Gap! Research shows that non-verbal power poses boost your chances of getting hired [career advancement]
  • Boost mood and positive thinking
  • Lower stress and cortisol (health benefits)
  • Boost Leadership Potential
  • Increase challenge-approach tendencies

Sources

  1. Carney, D., Cuddy A., Yap, A. (2010). Power Posing: Brief Nonverbal Displays Affect Neuroendocrine Levels and Risk Tolerance. Psychological Science21(10), 1363-1368.
  2. Cuddy, A., Wilmuth, C, Carney, D. (2012). The Benefit of Power Posing Before a High-Stakes Social Evaluation. Harvard Business School Working Paper
  3. Peper, E. & Lin, I-M. (2012). Increase or decrease depression-How body postures influence your energy level. Biofeedback, 40 (3), 126-130.
  4. Sherman, G. D. (2015). The Interaction of Testosterone and Cortisol Is Associated With Attained Status in Male Executives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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Executive Presence Training, Executive Presence Coaching, Cream of the Crop Leaders, Business Coaching, Leadership Coaching About the Speaker:

Sioux Messinger has presented to and coached some of the world’s top leaders. A dynamic yet polished speaker, Sioux’s interactive style captures everyone’s attention – and generates rave reviews from C-Suite level executives, emerging leaders and everyday amazing people.  After all, everyone wants to look and feel a bit more credible and confident.

Sioux is Clinical Faculty in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at University of California San Francisco

Yet, what really sets Sioux apart is this: Her uncanny ability to see in others what they don’t yet see in themselves, her unequivocal conviction in the equality of all people – and her commitment to help all human beings remember their full magnificence and benevolent power. | Sioux’s LinkedIn profile.

Company Clients

Just a few of Sioux’s Recent + Upcoming Speaking and Training Engagements:

AONE Summit 2016:  March 31, 2016 | Association of Nurse Executives (largely women audience)

Topic – Executive Presence: Practice Tools to Radiate Credibility + Create Buy In

Harvard Medical Center (HMS): August 6, 2014

  • Topic – Executive Presence-Confidence: Skills to Look and Feel Confident, Credible & Powerful. Offered at HMS but not exclusively for HMS members

Princeton, D & R Greenway: August 10, 2014

  • Topic – Executive Presence-Confidence: Skills to Look and Feel Confident, Credible & Powerful

AT & T Park (San Francisco Giants Ballpark), Ed Rev: May 3, 2014

  • Topic: Confidence Can Be Learned – and Becomes Authentic

Ruth Asawa SOTA: March 26, 2014

  • Topic – Executive Presence-Learned Confidence: Skills to Look and Feel Credible & Powerful

University of California, San FranciscoSchool of Medicine, Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychiatry

  • Topic: Establishing Your Professional Presence (offered intermittently)
"As a female executive in a high-powered industry, the skills I learned in the Cream of the Crop Leaders’ executive presence training have been absolutely fundamental."
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"Completely unique, the training teaches you how to pull your inner strength to the surface, and show your true and highest self to your audience, rather than faking a confident persona. It taught me how to remain centered, to slow down and to shine during my presentations. I watched other participants’ presentation skills vastly improve over a very short period of time and I developed a close bond with them, too. It was also fun!! I wish I could take the course over and over again." ~ Peggy F.

Advancing women advances company profit

Companies who increase the number of women on their Board (even as little as 10%) show an increase in equity, sales and invested capital.

~ Catalyst, a leading research firm

“…Just by not negotiating her first job offer — simply accepting what she’s offered rather than negotiating for more — a woman sacrifices more half a million dollars over the course of her career.

Linda Babcock, Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University and author of book Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide

Business Benefits of Promoting and Developing Women

Companies should recruit, promote, and develop more women not for women, but for the good of their company’s success. See more.

Research presented by IBM’s Kenexa High Performance Institute showed that organizations with a strong diversity and inclusion culture:

  • Reduce employee turnover by half
  • Increase workforce innovation by 400%
  • Double customer engagement

Companies identified as being the best at promoting women outperformed the industry median on three profitability measuresPepperdine University tracked the performance of Fortune 500 companies with a strong record of promoting women to the executive suite and compared their performance to that of other firms in the same industries:

  • The 25 best firms for women outperformed the industry medians, with overall profits 34 percent higher when calculated for revenue, 18 percent higher in terms of assets and 69 percent higher in regard to equity (2001).
  • The 10 best firms for promoting women showed greater profit results than the firms that were merely very good.
  • The results were confirmed in subsequent studies in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007

Benefit your organization by bringing Executive Presence Women onsite. Or, Host an Executive Presence Women leadership workshop for up to 16 women, and receive a free seat.

Catalyst found that even just a 10% increase in women on the board correlates to a 21% increase in women in executive positions (as reported by PS Mag.com), and even more importantly:

  • Return on Equity:On average, companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperformed those with the least by 53 percent.
  • Return on Sales:On average, companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperformed those with the least by 42 percent.
  • Return on Invested Capital:On average, companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperformed those with the least by 66 percent.

Linda Babcock, author of Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divideshows us that the consequences of not promoting women for businesses are substantial:

  • “Promoting men faster than women and paying them more, even if done so unintentionally, can make a company vulnerable to lawsuits from women about inequitable treatment.
  • Even more important, perhaps, businesses that don’t recognize this problem aren’t making the best use of their “human capital.” The person who raises his/her hand and asks for an assignment may be the one who gets it, but s/he may not be the most qualified person to do that job. By drawing from only “half the team”—by promoting men more than women because the men ask—businesses don’t always promote the best people.
  • As a result, they under utilize women’s skills, fail to make the most of their potential—and limit their companies’ productivity and growth. They also lose the advantage of the unique points-of-view women often bring to decision-making and problem-solving.

Benefit your organization by bringing Executive Presence Women onsite. Or, Host an Executive Presence Women leadership workshop for up to 16 women, and receive a free seat.

Employees who work in a “high-inclusion and high-diversity” work environment perform at 80% higher rates than those who work in “low-diversity and low-inclusion” environments (Deloitte).

Shriver Report (Maria Shriver and company) reports that “Research clearly shows that when women lead, the business performs.  Many of the traits that make women successful at home (organizational skills, caring, attention to people issues, focus on delivering results) make women successful at work.”

Click through the 4 Tabs | Can You Relate?

Tightrope Women Walk (Video)
The Fine Line Women Walk

ON ONE HAND,

she can’t be

OTHER HAND,

she can’t be

Too self aggrandizing Too self-depreciating
Too aggressive Not assertive enough
Too opinionated/shrill Unable to command the room
Too blunt/direct Too nice
Bloodless Hysterical
Too provocatively dressed Too frumpy
Looks too young Looks too old
Credit: Fantastic contribution by Sylvia Hewlett, as seen in her book, Executive Presence.

Benefit your organization by bringing Executive Presence Women onsite. Or, Host an Executive Presence Women leadership workshop for up to 16 women, and receive a free seat.

Double-bind

Male and female graduate students assessed the leadership capabilities of a real-life successful entrepreneur named Heidi and were far more inclined to admire this accomplished individual when she was recast as Howard.   Students given the case study about Heidi perceived her as ‘selfish”, “out for herself” and “a little political”.

This Heidi/Howard experiment was replayed in 2013 with names Kathryn and Martin. Participants liked Kathryn slightly more but didn’t trust her nearly as much. “Men seemed more genuine” whereas women seem to be “trying too hard”, making them less trustworthy – even when the scenarios were identical and only the names were changed (Research by Stern School of Business at NY University, 2003).

Benefit your organization by bringing Executive Presence Women onsite. Or, Host an Executive Presence Women leadership workshop for up to 16 women, and receive a free seat.

Gender Bias

A large scale study of over 60,000 men and women found that those who reported preferring a male boss noted not the positive characteristics of male leaders but rather, the stereotypically negative traits of female leaders, such as “bitchy” or “catty”.  This suggests that the competence of female leaders was less important than female leaders being more “likeable” than men.   This double-bind between competence and likability surfaces every time a woman takes the public stage (UCLA and California State University, 2011, Kim Elsesser). 

Jessica Valenti, Nation correspondent, observes that “Women adjust their behavior to be likable and as a result have less power in the world”.

Benefit your organization by bringing Executive Presence Women onsite. Or, Host an Executive Presence Women leadership workshop for up to 16 women, and receive a free seat.

We’ve all been there.

As women, we wait to be ‘perfect’ before taking action or speaking up, even when fully competent.

Many men, however, often do the opposite.

Consider these startling reports (click to open):

Women applied for a promotion only when they believed they met 100 percent of the qualifications listed for the job, while men tended to apply when they thought they could simply meet 60 percent of the job requirements, per a Hewlett Packard (HP) study. See more:

This suggests that women feel confident only when they are nearly perfect.   Commenting on this HP study, Kay and Shipman (authors of The Confidence Code), noted that “Underqualified and underprepared men don’t think twice about leaning in.  Overqualified and overprepared, too many women still hold back.”   Kay and Shipman continue:  “There is a vast confidence gap that separates the sexes.  No wonder that women, despite all our progress, are still woefully underrepresented at the highest levels.  All of that is the bad news.  The good news is that with work, confidence can be acquired.  Which means that the confidence gap, in turn, can be closed.”

Linda Babcock, professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University and author of book Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, led 2013 study and reports that:
  • Men initiate salary negotiations four times more than women
  • When women do negotiate, they ask for 30% less

And per Babcock, “The consequences for women are pretty extreme:  First and foremost, women earn much less money than men over the course of their careers. We calculated that just by not negotiating her first job offer—simply accepting what she’s offered rather than negotiating for morea woman sacrifices more half a million dollars over the course of her career.  In addition to the financial consequences, women often advance more slowly than equally qualified men…

The consequences for businesses are also substantial.  Babcock reports that:

  • “Promoting men faster than women and paying them more, even if done so unintentionally, can make a company vulnerable to lawsuits from women about inequitable treatment.
  • Even more important, perhaps, businesses that don’t recognize this problem aren’t making the best use of their ‘human capital.’ The person who raises his hand and asks for an assignment may be the one who gets it, but he may not be the most qualified person to do that job.  By drawing from only “half the team”— by promoting men more than women because the men ask—businesses don’t always promote the best people.
  • As a result, they under-use women’s skills, fail to make the most of their potential—and limit their companies’ productivity and growth.”
Even more, Brenda Major, a University of California in Santa Barbara social psychologist did some important research which found:

That men routinely overestimate their abilities and subsequent performance, and women often underestimate both, even when the actual performances were equal in quality.

Stop apologizing (when you haven’t done anything wrong). Check out this fantastic one minute video:

Women-Only or Mixed Gender (training and keynote): Which should I choose?

Good question.  There is value in both scenarios.

Benefits to women-only events:  Women specific exercises. Conversations about women-only challenges (and opportunities) go deeper.  Beautiful and strong sense of sisterly partnership. Unforgettable. Executive Presence Women trainings and keynote guest speaker events.

Benefits to mixed-gender events: Both women and men can benefit from practicing full expression of self with the opposite gender present – doing so can help women establish benevolent power while with men.  In addition, mixed-gender events allow women to hear men’s opinions and perspectives about power and confidence.

Employer Reimbursement

Many employers reimburse for EP Trainings and Coaching.

Links We Love

Emma Watson: “I’m a Feminist

He for She:  A Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality  – Ask the men and boys in your life to add their name!

“Gender  inequality  is  one  of  the  most  persistent  human  rights  violations of  our  time.  Despite many  years  of promoting   gender   equality,   inequalities   among   women/girls   and   men/boys continue   to   manifest   in egregious  ways around  the  world.  HeForShe   is   a   solidarity   movement   for   gender   equality   that   engages men and   boys   as   advocates and   stakeholders to  break  the  silence,  raise  their  voices  and  take action  for the  achievement  of gender  equality.  Gender   equality   is not   only   a   women’s   issue,   it   is   a   human   rights   issue   that   affects  all   of   us  women   and  girls,   men   and   boys.   We   all   benefit   socially, politically   and   economically   from   gender   equality   in   our  everyday   lives.   When  women   are   empowered,   the   whole   of   humanity benefits.   Gender   equality   liberates  not  only  women  but  also men, from prescribed social  roles  and  gender  stereotypes.” From: www.HeforShe.org

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