12/21/2016

Coaching Circles Series II Launches in January

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Coaching Circles

In 2016, Women’s Philanthropy launched Coaching Circles, a leadership development program aimed to offer women a supportive and motivating environment to connect through meaningful conversations and peer coaching. Coaching Circles was created to give participants an opportunity to work with seasoned lay leaders to help enhance leadership skills and talents.

This program has enabled women to establish new relationships, learn skills related to leadership, develop in an area that is a current challenge related to a career or community volunteerism, and learn about the Jewish Federation.

Each “circle” accommodated up to six participants and one mentor. Each session took place for 90 minutes, once a month, for six months. Meetings included topics around building trust, leadership communication and its impact, asking tough questions, emotional self-awareness, and assessing, reflecting and prioritizing various aspects of life (e.g. family, community, work, religion, money, health, and personal growth). In addition to the assigned content, the peer coaching portion was notably encouraging and inspiring for many on a leadership track.

Coaching Circles was created in partnership with Jennifer Cohen, Women’s Philanthropy’s Leadership Development chair. Jennifer’s vision and professional skillset has enabled us to connect, grow, learn, and advance leadership related to a career, community volunteerism, or work/life balance, all to identify ways we can enhance our engagement and involvement – today and in the future. Thank you, Jennifer!

The 2017 Coaching Circles series will begin in January. Special thanks to our new mentors, Jennifer Cohen, Barbara Feinberg, Susan Hurwitz, Beth Rosenberg, Judy Willensky and Dara Yanowitz.

Registration for the 2017 series is currently full. Please email Lisa Hacker to be added to the interested wait list. There is no cost to participate in Coaching Circles, however, a minimum gift of $365 is requested to support the 2018 Campaign for Jewish Needs.

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