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 Hybrid GROUP OPTIONS

Because of the pandemic, we realized the numerous benefits of a virtual meeting platform – it allowed group members to stay connected when we couldn’t gather in person and now that we have started to do so again, many members appreciate having the virtual option. This has opened the door to providing our services to those who live outside Chicagoland. If you are a member of a hybrid group or are interested in joining one, you will have the option to attend the meeting at our office in Buffalo Grove (or at a hosted site) or online going forward. Remaining flexible is more important than ever and we want to meet you where you are, in all respects.

If you are in a leadership position that largely focuses on communicating through marketing outreach and are looking to grow your professional network, discuss communication, and leadership topics — this group may be a great fit! Members dive deep into examples of their marketing projects and their own real-life instances that may be hindering or helping achieve their goals. This collaborative community then dives in with a dynamic exchange of knowledge, resources, and encouragement. All walk away with ideas, more insight, and deeper connections.

Hybrid group meets on the third Friday of even months from 8:30 - 10:30 AM and virtually on the third Friday of the odd months from 8:30 - 9:30 AM*

 

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Communications Group

Are you the top executive of the organization you are leading? Do you feel the weight of the accountability landing squarely on your shoulders? On top of that tremendous responsibility, as we emerge from the pandemic, are you reflecting on how the world of work has shifted? Are you thinking about the impact this new normal is having on your people, your teams, and the organization as a whole? As the top executive, you are constantly juggling many balls and you work tirelessly to prevent any from dropping. Now more than ever, you need a space where you gather with peers to discuss relevant topics of the day, get new ideas, and hear different perspectives so you can move forward with confidence and clarity.

Bimonthly hybrid group, starting in October, meets on the second Wednesday of the even months from 8:00 -10:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.               

Open seats

If you are new to leadership and have someone reporting to you and/or are looking for fundamental training on the people side of leadership, this group is for you. A variety of resources will be shared based on the participants' areas of interest.  Meetings will:

  • Provide discussion around leadership topics presented

  • Offer support, questions, and advice to one another around challenges participants have.

  • Provide an opportunity for all to share what they are walking away with and how they will implement that learning.

We want each member to walk away knowing they are not alone on their leadership journey.

Monthly hybrid group meets on the first Tuesday of the month

  • During even months, meetings will be hybrid from 8:00 - 10:00 AM* offering you a choice to meet in person or join us via zoom.

  • During odd months meetings will occur via zoom 8:00 - 9:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Developing Effective Leadership Skills Group
Executive Leaders Group

For up-and-coming professionals and those new to the leadership role, these groups are focused on developing effective leadership skills and are co-facilitated by leaders in our community. Participants have the opportunity to strengthen their network, share best practices, discuss leadership topics, be introduced to a variety of resources, ponder challenges and identify solutions. On occasion, hear from guest community speakers who visit these PAGs sharing their expertise and knowledge. In these groups, participants will find the "answers in the room" and get the support they need in their leadership journey.

A variety of times when PAGs meet are available.

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Community-Led Peer Advisory Group

Come join this fun and engaged group of leaders as we embark on our “final chapter” together. Since the beginning, this has been a book group that read Dare to Lead by Brené Brown (twice) and Think Again by Adam Grant. As we venture into our final chapter at Charmm’d, this group is shifting gears….

 

Imagine a platform where you get to curate your favorite articles, podcasts, or videos and share your passions with like-minded leaders? Each member will take a turn selecting a compelling resource and facilitating the discussion where we will examine our perspectives on life and leadership. Don’t be surprised if we try to solve the world’s problems along the way.

 

We invite you to join these spirited conversations where you will connect with exceptional leaders from a variety of sectors. Together, we’ll challenge each other to learn and grow while building lasting bonds that extend beyond the Zoom room.

Bimonthly group meets virtually from 8:30-10:00 AM on the following dates:

8/22/23, 10/24/23, 12/12/23, 2/27/24, 4/23/24, 6/11/24, 8/27/24, 10/22/24, December 2024 date TBD - a gathering to celebrate.*

12/12/23 and 6/11/24 will have an in-person option.

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Final Chapter
Leadership Cohorts

This is a group of Elementary, Middle and Junior High School Principals in various communities across Cook and Lake County. They gather five times a year to share ideas and resources to keep up with the myriad changes facing the world of education. Members give advice and support to one another because the job of a principal can be lonely at times. As hard as it is to be away from the building, this group experiences the value in taking time for themselves and connecting with colleagues in different districts to discuss current situations and strategize about the future in a safe space where solutions flow.

Hybrid group meets in January, April, June, September, and November. Day and time vary.*

Open seats

Change happens all the time. The question is, how can we successfully transition through it? This group is for high-level leaders to have interactive discussions that allow for reflection, understanding of the impact of change, and applications to help make their transition a success. Whether you are starting a new career, retiring, dealing with family changes, or a host of other possibilities, this group can be your lifeline.  

Bimonthly hybrid group meets on the second Monday of even months

from 8:00 - 10:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Designed for the top leader of the organization who reports directly to a board. Often times this person feels alone and limited on what they can share with others. This doesn't have to be the case. By joining this group, you won't feel lonely at the top. In each meeting, members discuss a variety of sources (one article, one video, one podcast) around a relevant topic and the ensuing group discussion allows for reflection, discovery, and application. Deep connections form among the members where they benefit from hearing different perspectives on similar challenges.

Bimonthly hybrid group meets on the second Thursday of odd months

from 7:30 - 9:30 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Not So Lonely at the Top
Principal Group
Transitions Peer Advisory Group

Are you seeking peer support to better navigate your leadership journey? We offer various cohorts which are carefully formed so that cross-community, cross-sector leaders with similar responsibilities and challenges feel comfortable sharing with and learning from one another as they identify solutions and help each other succeed.

1. Monthly hybrid group meets on the second Wednesday of the month 

(except January and July) from 12:00 - 1:30 PM*

 

2. Bimonthly hybrid group meets on the second Tuesday of odd months

from 8:30 - 10:30 AM*

 

3. Bimonthly hybrid group meets on the second Thursday of even months

from 8:00 - 10:00 AM*

*Dates and times are subject to change and will be communicated to group members.

Open seats

Open seats

Open seats

Contact me today and together we will explore your options and determine if there is a group for you!

Ashley Ward, MSW, CPCC, TTI Certified in DISC, DF and EQ
ashley@charmmdfoundation.org
312.802.6880
 

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