Peer Advisory Forums for Women Managers and Directors

Focused on helping mid-career women find authentic support and sharpen their strategic decision-making skills, the Foundry’s Managers and Directors Forums help participants tackle real-world, real-time issues in an authentic, confidential environment.

Peer Advisory Forums for Women Managers and Directors: Program Overview

Our Managers and Directors forums bring together savvy, accomplished, growth-minded mid-career women in a confidential, authentic, outcome-focused community. We ask tough questions, get beneath problems, and explore real answers – all within an environment that encourages honesty, trust, and transparency.

  • The Manager and Directors Forums meet monthly in a 3-hour, structured session that promotes accountability, productivity, and sharing of issues

  • Each forum has 12 to 14 members from non-competing industries, which provides broad networking opportunities and deep bonds

  • Sessions are professionally facilitated by accomplished women business leaders who understand your unique challenges

  • Forum meetings run according to a structured and proven process to ensure meetings are focused, productive, and provide actionable next steps to solve problems and drive results

  • Every forum member abides by high levels of ethical behavior and confidentiality to create a positive environment

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Managers and Directors Forum: FAQs

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We focus on span of control/responsibility over titles. Members are typically seasoned senior managers or directors in their companies and manage staff or key functions. All members come with a growth mindset – open to learning from others as well as providing value themselves.

Membership is by invitation only. Prospective members fill out an application and pay a non-refundable application fee to hold their seat during the application process. We screen for three main criteria: 1) competitive conflict with other members (forums are a non-compete environment), 2) Growth mindset and authenticity, and 3) capacity (whether there are seats available). Membership commitments are one year, with the option to renew. We have a renewal rate of 85% among forum members.

The vast majority of members are sponsored by their companies. For tips on how to get your company to invest in your leadership development, check out this primer.

We are currently accepting applications for this forum. Each forum is capped at 14 members in non-competing industries. It is expected to launch in Q3 2020.

Annual forum membership includes:

  • 12 3-hour, professionally facilitated monthly meetings, including continuing education opportunities and real-time issue processing, and a light breakfast
  • Lumina Spark™, psychometric leadership assessment
  • Intensive, structured, and professionally facilitated opportunities annually to dive deep into a pressing business issue, including pre- and post- session individual coaching to ensure focus and impact
  • Access to EWF’s alumni community of accomplished business professionals

Annual dues are $3600/year, payable annually or quarterly.

Forums combine deep, authentic relationships with outcome focus, helping members get the support they need to achieve greater personal and professional success. If you’re looking for a true peer group of like-minded, accomplished women professionals to help challenge, support, and grow you both personally and professionally, a Managers and Directors forum is a good fit.
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Managers and Directors Forum: Program Registration

We are now accepting applications for the inaugural Managers and Directors Forum in Dallas. We expect to launch in Q3 2020. Apply today to secure your spot on the waitlist for this already popular opportunity. Don’t miss out the chance to take your career to the next level!

Simply fill out the application below to be considered for forum membership. Forum membership is limited to 14 women in non-competing businesses, so don’t delay.

What is the ROI for Forum Membership?

For Forum Members

  • Shatter the glass ceiling
    Master more sophisticated strategic, financial, political and cultural forces to demonstrate executive acumen and get promoted
  • Personal and political savvy
    Confidently navigate the high-stakes political landscape with high integrity and greater influence
  • Increase strategic impact
    Level up your strategic, business, financial, political, and cultural skills to drive exponential impact

For Companies

  • Balanced bench
    Identify, develop, and retain trusted and seasoned talent to fill executive roles and drive leadership diversity
  • Hiring advantage
    Position your organization as a female-empowering workplace, giving you an edge in a tight talent market
  • Improved performance
    Expand leadership competence, acumen, and diversity to build a resilient, adaptable, and empowered organization

“One of my biggest takeaways from Foundry programs is how intentional I have to be about navigating the corporate landscape if I want to achieve my goal of reaching the C-Suite. About halfway through the program, I began navigating a job promotion, and the information learned in the class was instrumental in helping me to negotiate that promotion successfully.”

molly smith - foundry leadership training programMolly Smith, Vice President, Customer Success, TrinTech

Additional support

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Corporate Programs
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Personalized coaching

EWF International is passionate about supporting women in business. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be part of our Managers and Directors Forum.

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