About the Program
Most small businesses are consistently found in the midst of change; needing to adapt, think ahead, and be resilient to the evolving marketplace. For small businesses to grow and expand, it’s necessary to develop strong leadership at every level of the business. This highly anticipated series is exclusively designed for small businesses to “reach” for their next level of success. As a business grows and scales, it can be an exhilarating time. But in order to reach up, it is essential to be agile and continually evolving people-centric leadership, assess managerial capabilities, and most importantly, leverage the strengths of a team and create a culture that positions the business for long-term success and sustainability.
Who Should Attend
Understanding the challenges business leaders face in a constantly changing and highly uncertain environment, AWE invites 15 small businesses to the REACH Small Business Leadership Series. The program is designed for a cohort of 15 businesses which will include both the owner and a manager from each participating business.
What to Expect
AWE will take the business leaders cohort on a journey of engaging modules focused on expanding key leadership competencies, leveraging human capital and understanding the critical shifts needed to bolster impact, and effectively respond to the challenges of growth and change happening within the business.
The series will be a collaborative program that enriches the collective experience and knowledge of the cohort. AWE’s proven experiential approach will allow participants to forge connections, expand their network, and create forums to exchange ideas.
There is no cost ($0.00!) for a business owner and a manager to participate in The Reach Leadership Series for Small Business program. The program is supported by the State of Rhode Island and was created to assist small businesses in the State with access to programming to develop business leaders as well as expand the capacity of the business for growth and job creation. Attendance is required. We understand that operating a small business can be unpredictable, however, attendance must be a priority. Participants should not miss more than one session. Due to the high demand for the program, we encourage business owners to apply by registering as soon as possible.
Upon registration, you will receive an email with a link to a form to fill out more information about your business.
Owner Cohort: Evolve the Culture
This three-week module series explores leadership mindset, behaviors and the shifts that owners need to embrace and evolve their business culture to the next level. We address the challenges of “letting go to grow,” to forward-thinking strategies to evolve culture through people, experiences and connections, and most importantly, effective leadership.
Module 1 & 2 (April 7, 2020): Evolution Through the People You Lead & Evolution Through a Creative, Inclusive, and Committed Workplace Culture
Module 3 (April 14, 2020): Evolution Through the Customer Experience
Module 4 (April 21, 2020): Evolutionary Journey: Panel & Peer Discussions; Action Planning
Manager Cohort: Expand Your Impact
These sessions explore the strategies and mindsets needed when stepping into roles of leadership, including understanding the difference between managing and leading, expanding impact through influence, leading with agility, and leveraging individualized approaches to up-skill your impact in support of the business.
Module 5 & 6 (April 28, 2020): Step Up to Leadership & Expand Your Influence
Module 7 (May 5, 2020): Lead with Agility
Module 8 (May 12, 2020): Expand Your Impact: Panel & Peer Discussions; Action Planning
Owner and Manager Cohort: Engage Through Connections
In the final sessions, we bring the “Owner” and “Manager” cohorts together to explore effective communication strategies and the impact emotions and energy have on engagement and productivity. We incorporate the DiSC assessment tool to understand various communication styles. This will explore emotional intelligence strategies for managing emotions, minimizing conflict and effectively engaging in difficult conversations.
We further delve into actionable practices for building capacity and cultivating an energized culture that enables people to think more creatively, lead more effectively, make better decisions and perform at higher levels even when faced with an increasingly complex and constantly changing business environments.
Module 9 (May 19, 2020): Engage Through Dynamic Communication
Module 10 (May 26, 2020): Engage Through Managing Emotions
Module 11 (June 2, 2020): Engage Through Energy: The “X” Factor in Engagement
Module 12 (June 9, 2020): Plan for Performance: Empower People Through Alignment; Plan and Commit
April 7, 2020, 8:30 am-4 pm: Evolution Through the People You Lead
April 14, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Evolution Through the Customer Experience
April 21, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Evolutionary Journey: Panel & Peer Discussions; Action Planning
Key Manager Schedule
April 28, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Step Up to Leadership & Expand Your Influence
May 5, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Lead with Agility
May 12, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Expand Your Impact: Panel & Peer Discussions; Action Planning
Owner & Manager
May 19, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Engage Through Dynamic Communication
May 26, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Engage Through Managing Emotions
June 2, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Engage Through Energy: The “X” Factor in Engagement
June 9, 2020, 8:30 am – 12 pm: Plan for Performance: Empower People Through Alignment; Plan and Commit
Included in your participation:
Attendance to the AWE Conference Experience: Stay Human in the Workplace on June 18, 2020, at the Omni Hotel in Providence, RI.
An AWE 3-Month Complimentary Membership on completion of the program.
Meet Lisa Raiola, Facilitator
Lisa Raiola, MPH, is an AWE Experience Maker and is the lead facilitator for this program. Lisa is the founder of Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s first food business incubator. Hope & Main helps to grow the local food economy by creating a community of support for food entrepreneurs and cultivating an environment where emerging culinary startups can test, create, scale and thrive.
Lisa has worked at both Roger Williams University and Brown University and has more than 30 years of experience in program development and advancement. She has a special focus on distributive justice, social responsibility, and economic development.
Meet Tejal Tarro, Facilitator
Tejal Tarro is Managing Partner and Chief Services Officer (CSO) of AWE, Advancing Workplace Excellence.
Meet Lisa Bergeron, Facilitator
An accomplished business leader, Lisa Bergeron is the Founding Partner and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) of AWE, Advancing Workplace Excellence.
Meet Kevin Matta, Facilitator
Kevin Matta, Director of Client Engagement & Inclusion of AWE, Advancing Workplace Excellence.