The Chocolate Villa experience challenges you to do more than you ever thought possible. You will gain profound insight into your professional and personal aspirations. You will connect with a support network that will help you achieve your goals. And, most importantly, you will walk away with the confidence, energy, and passion to achieve your “next.” Here are some of the anticipated outcomes of attending Chocolate Villa:
Clarity of Perspective
Becoming in-tune with your natural abilities and strengths is key to professional—and personal—success. Research has shown that women are more inclined to underestimate themselves, often contributing their success to “luck” rather then to their own actions. Once you are able to see your own abilities clearly, you can act with the confidence to motivate and inspire others.
Unique, Authentic Leadership Style
Each woman has her own set of skills and strengths that contribute to her success as a leader. Chocolate Villa will expand your insight into your own leadership capabilities. A curriculum focused on understanding gender-diversity issues in the business world helps our alumnae make the case for gender-integration, and invite everyone to the leadership table.
Surveys of our alumnae indicate that “increased confidence” is an outcome that they perceive and value the most. In fact, a survey of our alumnae indicate the group achieved a 233% increase in confidence in their abilities to reach their career goals. Alumnae leave Chocolate Villa with the skills, insight, and support that they need to achieve their “next.”
Emotional and Social Intelligence
Emotional and social intelligence are key to becoming a great leader. At Chocolate Villa you will have the opportunity to evaluate your own emotional intelligence competency using the EQi 2.0™ assessment instrument. You will receive EI instruction and feedback that helps you focus on strengths and learn skills to build your emotional and social intelligence to impact your leadership capabilities.
Finding your “next,” and how to achieve it, is a key part of the Chocolate Villa experience. You will create a clearly defined action plan—your “Business Life Plan”—to help you make the next step in your career and life, and maintain the momentum you need to succeed. Our alumnae often tell us that this was the most valuable piece to help them carry their Chocolate Villa experience into the real world.
Ongoing Network, Support & Coaching
The Chocolate Villa experience is designed to give you the space, time, and community support necessary to achieve your career and life goals. After Chocolate Villa has ended, you will continue to receive in-depth support and mentoring from peers and facilitators. You will leave your Villa with a broader network of female leaders from around the world, and you will have a renewed commitment to form or join local initiatives to increase awareness of gender diverse leadership.