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Kaleidoscope has two Leadership Forums. Each are dynamic 4-day leadership events for women of color who aspire to understand and hone their skills as leaders. Because of the powerful feedback we have received from hundreds of women who have attended over the years, we often describe Kaleidoscope Leadership Forums as “Four days. One Incredible Experience."

One of the most important aspects of the Leadership Forum is that participants experience a safe. collaborative environment to share and discuss. We purposefully keep the number of participants small to ensure the experience is personalized. Our skilled faculty steer the curriculum to ensure the experience is positive and constructive.

Kaleidoscope 1.0 is targeted at mid to higher level leaders and teams. Kaleidoscope 2.0 is targeted at executive leaders and their teams. Both are described below:


Kaleidoscope 1.0

We contract our services with colleges and organizations to craft and hold this unique event. Our focus in Kaleidoscope 1.0 is on self-awareness and contextual understanding, two aspects of leadership we believe are crucial foundations for effective leadership.

The Kaleidoscope experience happens in a combination of individual, small group and larger group interactions and work sessions. We like organizations to include both breakfast and lunch as part of the experience because meals are yet another place for speakers to share ideas, informal networking, and inspired comradery.  Kaleidoscope 1.0 attendees walk away with concrete feedback, strategies and recommended action. By design, we limit attendance so we can provide more individual and personalized coaching. The general flow of the 4 days is shown below, but can be modified based on the needs of the organization:

  • Evening of networking and introduction to Kaleidoscope 1.0
  • 1 Day focused on self-awareness
  • 1 Day focused on contextual understanding
  • 1 Day focused on bring both together in coaching and feedback
  • 1 Day focused on reinforcement, next steps – ending in celebration

The actual curriculum often starts before the in-person Leadership Forum event and continues after the 4-days end. 

PRE WORK:  We often ask each participant to gather and send information that we and/or they will use throughout the Leadership Forum. We may also ask participants to do pre reading and other conceptual work as well. This kick-start is crucial to help us make the experience more effective and personalized. This early start also allows us to cover more ground during the 4-days and serves to help the participant come to the Forum better prepared to learn and share.

FORUM WORKSHOPS: The curriculum continues using the thoughtful pre work from participants, relevant case studies, insights from notable speakers, dynamic role playing, revealing assessments, and lively discussions.  The event efforts are conducted at the individual, small group, and large group level. The curriculum allows for participant to interact individually and as a group.

POST WORK: Post work is important in order for participants to leverage what they have learned and for organizations to feel the impact. All of the following are available:

  • Participants leave with tools, insights and an enhanced network of contacts they can use when they return to work
  • We offer our Posse Programs with methodologies that are crafted to help further support participants and the organizations they represent, once they are back in the work place
  • We also encourage participants to “Like Us” on Facebook so they begin to receive posts that inform and inspire


Kaleidoscope 2.0

Our focus for Kaleidoscope 2.0 is on emotional intelligence, another vital characteristic of leadership we believe is also crucial to be a successful leader.

Similar to the Kaleidoscope 1.0 0experience described above, the event includes a combination individual, small group and larger group interactions and work sessions. We like organizations to include both breakfast and lunch as part of the experience because meals are yet another place for speakers to share ideas, for informal networking, and to inspire comradery.  Kaleidoscope 2.0 attendees walk away with concrete feedback, strategies and recommended action. By design, we limit attendance so we can provide more individual and personalized coaching. The general flow of the 4 days is shown below, but can be modified based on the needs of the organization:

  • Evening of networking and introduction to Kaleidoscope 2.0
  • 1 Day focused on emotional intelligence
  • 1 Day focused on authentic leadership and leading change
  • 1 Day focused on bring both together in coaching and feedback
  • 1 Day focused on reinforcement, next steps – ending in celebration


Like Kaleidoscope 1.0, the actual curriculum for Kaleidoscope 2.0 often starts before the in-person Leadership Forum event and continues after the 4-days end. 
 
PRE WORK:  We often ask each participant to gather and send information that we and/or they will use throughout the Leadership Forum. We may also ask participants to do pre reading and other conceptual work as well. This kick-start is crucial to help us make the experience more effective and personalized. This early start also allows us to cover more ground during the 4-days and serves to help the participant come to the Forum better prepared to learn and share. 

FORUM WORKSHOPS: The curriculum continues using the thoughtful pre work from participants, relevant case studies, insights from notable speakers, dynamic role playing, revealing assessments, and lively discussions.  The event efforts are conducted at the individual, small group, and large group level. The curriculum allows for participant to interact individually and as a group.

POST WORK: Post work is important in order for participants to leverage what they have learned and for organizations to feel the impact. All of the following are available:

  • Participants leave with tools, insights and an enhanced network of contacts they can use when they return to work
  • We offer our Posse Programs with methodologies that are crafted to help further support participants and the organizations they represent, once they are back in the work place
  • We also encourage participants to “Like Us” on Facebook so they begin to receive posts that inform and inspire

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