Gender and Confidence: Why Higher Education Needs More Women to Advocate for Themselves and Each Other

Gender and Confidence: Why Higher Education Needs More Women to Advocate for Themselves and Each Other

November 2, 2020 | 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Confidently challenge gender norms to create an inclusive workplace culture that benefits everyone.


Despite making great strides in terms of gender equity in the workplace, research indicates that women are less confident than men and are more likely to receive negative feedback when they do assert themselves. While men who are outspoken, ambitious, or decisive are viewed as good leaders, women who demonstrate these same traits are labeled brash, bossy, or lacking poise. Double standards and outdated gender norms create unique challenges for women who wish to rise.

Join us for this training to learn why this happens, what you can do about it, and how you can manage gender-biased feedback from others. You will leave this training with tools that will enable you to own your confidence as a woman leader.


Who Should Attend

This virtual training will benefit women of all identities and allies who advocate for more equitable workplaces.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Workshop Experience

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exploring responsive issues in higher education. Our virtual workshops provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. Depending on what you need to solve a specific challenge at your institution, you will have the chance to gain ideas, plans, refinements, or connections with those undergoing the same challenges as you. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
  • Gather unique and creative approaches that you may not have thought about
  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
  • Get work done in a space that’s designed to help you reflect, be creative, and maintain focus on the issue
  • Connect with subject matter experts who steer the conversation and add value
  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.


November 2, 2020

12:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern


Closing the Gender Confidence Gap
In this first section of the training, we will unpack:

  • The structures that make it difficult for women to display confidence
  • How to bust common myths about confidence
  • How to use research-based strategies— that do not include “acting more like a man”— to develop your confidence

You will leave with a two-week action plan you can implement right away.



Turning Negative Feedback into Teachable Moments
Often when women assert themselves, they can receive the feedback that they need to be “more approachable” or “tone it down.” While this occasionally might be helpful feedback, it often stems from sub-conscious biases on how women and people with diverse identities should conduct themselves. In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Ground yourself in these instances
  • Build and rely on your advocates
  • Use teachable moments in the workplace


Portrait of Alexis Kanda-Olmstead

Alexis Kanda-Olmstead

Director, Advancement Talent Management, Dartmouth College

Alexis helps people maximize their potential to achieve organizational priorities. She believes people should be engaged by their work and have the opportunity for continuous growth and development. Her responsibilities include shaping the overarching strategy for talent management, coaching leaders and supervisors, and designing training and professional development programs for more than 250 staff.

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Portrait of Jessica Lauritsen

Jessica Lauritsen

Vice President of Student Affairs, Hennepin Technical College

Jessica works with staff and faculty to ensure all students have the supports they need to be successful in reaching their academic goals. She believes in students and values engaging them in meaningful ways which is evident through the implementation of the college’s first student life office and multiple sustainable programs on campus. Jessica was recently awarded the Lud Spolyer Distinguished Service award by the Minnesota College Professionals Association, named one of the “Top 40 under 40” award recipients through the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and led the work that resulted in Hennepin Technical College being named a White House Healthy Campus.

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Elizabeth Ross Hubbell
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