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Monthly First Wednesday Sandbox Series 2021
Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM PST
Category: Expert Series Sessions

Women In Consulting

Monthly First Wednesday Sandbox

Online Experience 
Monthly on the first Wednesday, January - December 2021, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. PDT (no session August 4)

We invite you to join this open forum to explore a wide range of tips and tools. The emphasis is on exploring, experimenting, and learning from each other. Topics and facilitators will be announced.

Register once for the full series held monthly on the first Wednesday 8:30 am - 10:00 am PDT (no meeting August 4, 2021).
Join one or all of the sessions with the same Zoom login information.

Monthly Sandbox Topics

Women In ConsultingDecember 1 Program Topic: Confidence in Leadership

  • Are you always confident you are leading in your best way? 
  • What if your confidence is off right before an important meeting? Do you know how to get it back? 
  • Do you feel confident to delegate or ask for support? 
  • What is your biggest confidence issue? 
Confidence is something we know we need, we often have and yet there are moments when it's missing. During this sandbox facilitated by Nicole Kleemann, we will discuss where confidence comes from, what are confidence boosters and takers, and what do we need to show up as our best selves.    

Women In ConsultingNovember 3 Program Topic: Ageism Still Thriving? Let's talk about it!

In a recent article in Forbes titled “Gendered Ageism Is the New Sexism,” Cynthia Barnes says the following:

“Gendered ageism is real, and women over 40 feel the sting, especially when it comes to getting hired. Forbes reported, ‘Research shows that women are the primary victims of age discrimination in hiring, which means that women are driven out of the workplace earlier than men and have a much more difficult time finding a way back.’"

Have you been affected by gendered ageism in employment as either an employee or as an independent consultant? During our sessionfacilitated by Women In Consulting Member Sara Hart, PhD, coach, author and speaker from Hartcom, we’ll look at the ways gendered ageism affects women in and out of the working environment. We’ll explore ways we may be playing into this phenomenon through our own unconscious bias. Through discussion, breakouts, and exercises we’ll look at how we may have been affected, what we’ve done about it, times we haven’t done anything about it and why, and figure out what might be some steps we can take to make an impact against gendered ageism in the future. 

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September 1 Program Topic: Bring Fun & Engagement to Virtual Events

Sharyn Fitzpatrick, Marcom Gurus, will update everyone on the latest in tools and tips for engaging audiences in virtual events.

Come play with us! The Sandbox series focuses on member-to-member conversations with everyone sharing their experiences and a focused "demo" and hands-on opportunities.


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July 7 Program Topic: re-entry, what's the impact?

Yes, we are starting re-entry — meeting up in person with customers, prospects, friends, family, and people. Some of our habits may be a little rusty — or forgotten. What are your stories? tips? How do we greet people now - handshake? elbow bump? just a hand wave? what’s working for you?

How has the pandemic impacted your life? Your business? Your customers? What does the "new normal" look like for you? Where are you succeeding? What are you struggling with?

In the WIC Community, we support each other's success and help each other with challenges. Join the conversation.

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June 2 Program Topic: Notetaking Tools

If you are at all like me you have multiple notebooks, scraps of paper, back of envelopes ... so many different places where you take notes and then you might say "now where did I put that oh-so-important-and-interesting information?"

Having access to notes and thoughts no matter where we are...being able to record and organize these inspirations. How would that improve your business life, reducing stress and more.

Join us to discuss different notetaking tools.

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May 5 Program Topic: Should you engage a Virtual Assistant (VA)?

Have you been wondering if you should engage a Virtual Assistant (VA)? Have you had a VA, but had a bad experience? Did you have a great experience that you would like to share?

All these questions and more will be discussed at the May 5th Sandbox session.

At some point in everyone’s business they realize that bandwidth is an issue; you can’t grow a business without having resources to assist as well as the time you need to design, complete and manage all the tasks that are part of your genius zone.

We will share resources for finding VAs in addition to worksheets to help you sketch out what tasks in your business could be delegated to a VA.

Ellen Grace Henson


April 7 Program Topic: Zoom Refresh!

Since we last looked at Zoom a lot of features have been added or tweaked. Join us for a Zoom refresh.

Features we will highlight include

* Expanded breakout rooms functionality including enabling people to choose rooms at will
* Annotation & Whiteboard
* New video filters
* Zoom registration features

We will also play with ways to make Zoom meetings more interactive and fun.

March 3 Program Topic: Make Money While You Are Sleeping!

Have you thought about ways to leverage your expertise without direct face-to-face engagement or signed contracts? Several Women In Consulting members are already offering online courses with several more thinking about doing so.

During our March 2021 Sandbox, we will be exploring Learning Management Systems (LMS) — designed to manage online courses & videos, certification courses and trainings.

As with every Sandbox, we will have some general discussion about LMS’s, what people need, experiences they have had and then, as part of this exploration, Women In Consulting members Roberta Kiphuth and Norma Watenpaugh will show us what they’ve created using LearnDash – an LMS that also integrates with WordPress.


February 3 Program Topic: Help Us Build the Calendar for the Upcoming Months

The February Sandbox will be open discussion. Bring a question, a challenge, or a solution you have discovered. Leverage the Power of Community.

January 6 Program Topic: Knowledge Management

How do we, as consultants for organizations big and small, manage and leverage the knowledge, research, and resources that inform our work? How can we zero in on the right facts, tools, and experts that we need every day while honing our own ideas and improving the insights we deliver to our clients?

Our January Sandbox gives us all an opportunity to explore the challenges and benefits of knowledge management with other consultants. After some general discussion, WIC member Martha Olsen, a user of Airtable, will take us through a high-level demo of how this tool helps her manage knowledge and information resources within the Leap Group.

About the Event Hosts for the Monthly Series

Series Facilitator

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Ellen Grace Henson, Women In Consulting Past President, is the Managing Director and Founder of Marketing Mechanics, and has been working in product management since the mid-’90s and consulting for 15 years. A thought leader with experience across multiple markets and technologies, Ellen Grace brings a unique combination of analysis and creativity to business and product strategy, market and customer insight, product-delivery process design, and aligning cross-functional teams to deliver high levels of customer satisfaction and strong business results. 


Guest Facilitator: December 1, 2021

Nicole Kleemann

Nicole Kleemann empowers curious, and courageous women to transform limiting beliefs and create choices that will bring their lives and careers to new heights. Her international experience managing diverse and cross-cultural teams at Google, along with her innate understanding of human behavior and motivation, has made her a sought-after manager and coach throughout her career.

She is the creator and teacher of The Wisdom of Saying No, Wellbeing@Work, Yes - Honor Yourself First, Uniquely Me, and other workshops. Nicole believes that each woman has the wisdom and power to achieve what she truly wants in life.


Guest Facilitator: November 3, 2021

Sara HartSara Hart is the Founder and President of Hartcom, a consulting company founded in 1996, which specializes in building effective groups, developing supervisory and leadership excellence, and maximizing employee effectiveness. In some of her work Sara focuses on the importance of developing a Thinking Environment™ in which we all can do our most creative and brilliant thinking.

Dr. Hart earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and then taught at Queens College in New York City before joining Pfizer Inc. During her 20 years at Pfizer, she was responsible for a wide range of HR activities, including building and managing the learning and development function for the research division in the US and serving as Head of HR at Pfizer’s research center in the UK. She is a certified coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, HeartMath Inc, and Time to Think, Inc.

Sara is a lifelong advocate for social change and an inspirational, motivating speaker. She is passionate about Prime Spark, an idea that became a movement to change the way our culture sees and treats senior women. As a speaker, she provides controversial, cutting-edge ideas in an interactive setting. She also coaches women who know things need to be different in our society and who value the support of a coach and a like-minded community. Sara lives in Los Altos, CA with her cat, Mr. Bu.

Guest Facilitator: September 1, 2021

Women In ConsultingSharyn Fitzpatrick is the Chief Marketing and Webinar Guru at Marcom Gurus, a strategic marketing communication consultancy she founded in 2000. Working at the intersection of marketing, webinars, and learning, she uses her more than 25 years of experience and connections, both globally and in Silicon Valley, to create, deliver and manage customized, highly-rated Marcom projects and webinar programs that deliver thought leadership and measurable top and bottom line results including pre-and post IPO preparation and marketing, investor relations and event management (online and in person).


Guest Facilitators: March 3, 2021

Norma WatenpaughNorma Watenpaugh is the founding principal and CEO of Phoenix Consulting Group (www.phoenixcg.com) which provides education and consulting services with expertise in go-to-market strategy, channel and alliance management, and ecosystem development. She was named a Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for her work in advancing best practices in Collaborative Business Relationships and was inducted into the Forbes Business Council, an invitation only community of successful business leaders.


Roberta KiphuthRoberta Kiputh is President and co-founder of Detati Digital Marketing and Pacific Light Studios based in Sunnyvale, CA. As a long time entrepreneur and agency owner, Roberta has spent the majority of her career working as a branding, design, content and marketing consultant for businesses of all sizes in the high tech, semiconductor, medical device, solar, start-up and non-profit industries. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sunnyvale Community Services and Silicon Valley Visual Arts.


Guest Facilitator: January 6, 2021

Martha Olsen

 Martha Olsen is the founder of The Leap Group and works with both emerging and established technology companies to launch new products and initiatives with more focus and greater impact. We provide positioning, go-to-market, and content creation services for clients including PayPal, SAP, Autodesk, Deloitte, Jitterbit, and Mitek.




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