gen-xyb™ High Tea 2014: Six Months Into The Program

As we head into the July 4th weekend, I always find it a great time of year to pause, reflect back, and think about what you have done with the first half of the year. 2014 has indeed been an incredibly exciting year for me. There have been a number of milestone events as I grow Daniella Levitt Enterprises, which focuses on development and advancement of women in the workplace through strategies of cross-generational collaboration and risk-taking.

Clearly a big focus for me this year has been the launch and running of the gen-xyb™ High Tea program. It’s been a remarkable success so far. The talent and leadership displayed by the participating women from a variety of organizations in Chicago clearly reinforces how important it is that more women are represented in management and executive ranks. I decided it would be fun to devote this blog post to a short storyboard of some pictures from the first six months of the 2014 program.

January kickoff of the 2014 gen-xyb High Tea program. Kickoff session hosted by Northern Trust.

 

Some of the guests and participants at the kickoff: Bob Ernest, Daniella Levitt, Micaella Cosentino, Kate Smith, Holly Barocio, Patty Perez
Some of the guests and participants at the kickoff: Bob Ernest, Daniella Levitt, Micaella Cosentino, Kate Smith, Holly Barocio, Patty Perez
Feb genxyb food
Delicious High Tea treats at iNG restaurant, location of the February session
Talking about turning risk into opportunity at the February session: Yvette Harris, Daniella Levitt, Anna Stickel, Allegra Biery (from the back)
Talking about turning risk into opportunity at the February session: Yvette Harris, Daniella Levitt, Anna Stickel, Allegra Biery (from the back)

 

Katie Zupancic - one of our March panelists, shared the power of story as skill for leaders
Katie Zupancic – one of our March panelists, shared the power of story as skill for leaders

 

Kim Waller - one of the panelists in April - shared perspectives with the group on perceptions of competency and how to deal with that
Kim Waller – one of the panelists in April – shared perspectives with the group on perceptions of competency and how to deal with that

 

Some of the participants and guests at the May session: Emilee DeMartino, Susan Melcher, Jennifer Kanacki, Holly Barocio, Dana Snodgrass
Some of the participants and guests at the May session: Emilee DeMartino, Susan Melcher, Jennifer Kanacki, Holly Barocio, Dana Snodgrass

 

Some more May participants and guests: Felicia Graves, Robin Brown, Ron Sipiora
Some more May participants and guests: Felicia Graves, Robin Brown, Ron Sipiora

 

June High Tea 4
Marcy Twete talks with the group in June about building powerful networks and relationships

 

The program will be growing in 2015, as companies are already starting to sign up to send women to participate in the 2015 program. The gen-xyb™ High Tea program works as follows:

  • Organizations sign up to send pairs of women to participate in the program.
  • Every pair they send is comprised of two women that come from two different generational groups in their company.
  • The pairs of women from the participating companies meet as a full group once a month for a high-touch, intense working session focused on their development and career advancement. Each work session lasts three hours. The program runs from January through November. So when a company signs up to send a pair of women, those women participate in the entire program from January through to November with the entire group.
  • The whole reason this is structured as a programmatic approach with multiple sessions is so as to seed change within the participants and within an organization. Your career success is predicated not only on your internal connectivity within your organization, but often even more so on your external connectivity. This program enables these women to build an excellent relationship with the other person in their pair from their organization, but also build lifelong relationships with all the other amazing women from the other organizations.

It’s been an exciting year and program so far, with five months still to go. I look forward to every one of them! I hope that your year so far has been equally exciting and rewarding, and that you also look to the months ahead with excitement and anticipation.