At The CLIMB, you'll learn the tools and skills necessary to help you get your next job, promotion or raise.
This is an intimate, full-day, deep-dive career summit, unlike anything you've ever experienced. Learn directly from Black women senior executives who have successfully climbed the corporate ladder.
THE CLIMB is a one day immersive experience designed with Black Millennial, Xennial, and Gen X professional women in mind. If you are looking to share your experiences, quantify your professional impact, and elevate your career, then register for the climb today.
Let's Talk Numbers...
Are you tired of attending Women's empowerment conferences and only getting surface-level information without any tangible actions that can move your career forward?
Black women are more likely than their white female peers to aspire to become leaders by 2.8 times, but there are currently no Black female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
Of C-suite leaders today, 21% are women and just 1% are Black women despite the fact that 75% of Black women view themselves as very ambitious towards their career, with 40% hoping to make it to a management position within the next five years, according to CNBC and SurveyMonkey’s Women at Work survey.
In 2018, Black professionals held just 3.3% of all executive or senior leadership roles even though Black people are 12% of the population.
WHAT WE KNOW
Looking at the data, you can allow it to make you feel helpless or you can choose to focus all your attention on the things that you can control.
At The CLIMB career summit, you will receive tangible tools you can use immediately to put you in the driver seat of your career.
There are unwritten rules that can negatively impact your career progression if you are not aware of them. While learning these rules, Black women are facing barriers like:
The emotional tax of having to navigate the potential of bias and unfair treatment, of not being able to bring your full self to work.
Being less likely than women overall to feel like they have an equal opportunity to advance in their career.
For every 100 men promoted to manager, just 58 Black women are promoted to the same role, according to Lean In.
16 Black Female Executives | 11 Sessions | 1 Community
Curated with YOU in Mind
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
& KICK OFF
"With kindred spirits, the bond of a lifetime can happen at lunchtime."
Jobs in the Time of COVID
“This is not going to be business as usual. This is business unusual.”
"Don't ask for directions if you're not going to start the car.”
Racism: Silent Killer of Careers?
"Racism kills not just people, but careers too."
"The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity."
What's Your Career Story
"Stories constitute the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”
"Your personal brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room – remember that. And more importantly, let’s discover why!"
"Celebrating American Black popular culture."
Building Your Personal Board of Directors
"A strategic board has a view of looking ahead, an insight to look deeper, and competency to look beyond."
"For Black people, being publicly joyful is an act of resistance."
Closing Champagne Toast
“In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening."
It's Not Taboo:Mental Health
“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”
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WHO THIS IS FOR
If you are looking to make a career pivot into a new industry of function
If you have found yourself in the job market and need help navigating
If you are looking to secure a promotion or raise in the next 12-months
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Strategies to effectively search for a new job during a global pandemic and competitive job market
How to impactfully tell your career story so decisionmakers remember
Tools to assemble your personal board of directors who can become your career advocates
Techniques to protect your mental health in the corporate environment
How to create a personal brand that makes it easy to advocate for yourself
How to create a personal brand that makes it easy to advocate for yourself.
8-hour career summit
Physical attendee summit swag box
Network with 150 ambitious career focused women
Workshops with Black female corporate leaders
Deep dive expert interviews with seasoned executives
Opportunity to submit your resume for consideration to our corporate partners:
YOUR MAGIC IS REAL
Everyone knows that there's magic in our melanin, but let's be honest. Corporate America has a way of sometimes causing us to doubt our potential. At the end of the day, it's not you. Our goal is to give you a space where your stories, your experiences (...essentially your Magic), is celebrated and reinforced.
INVESTING IN YOURSELF MATTERS
Reaching your goals takes sacrifice, confidence, and investment. Too often we question whether or not our investment in ourselves is worth it.
Oh, but it is.
Attending THE CLIMB gives you the opportunity to establish connections with C-suite women and other Black professional women on the same trajectory. The summit is designed to connect you to resources, coaches, and perspectives that will transform your career.
BLACK WOMEN LEAVE TOO MUCH MONEY ON THE TABLE
You've seen the graphic that depicts, by race, the percentage of the dollar men and women earn on average. Black Women earn only 62% of what their White male counterparts earn. Couple this with the fact that the art of negotiation is a sticky and uncomfortable subject that many of us struggle with.
THE CLIMB will include a multitude of opportunities for you to refine your negotiation skills and learn how to confidently get what you want out of every situation.
IT WILL TAKE A COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT YOUR CLIMB
In the word of the incomparable Oprah Winfrey, "Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."
THE CLIMB promises to be a day in which community, leadership, and purpose collide. We've spent the last few months cultivating a strong community of dynamic speakers, leaders, and professionals who understand the power of humility, ambition, and community. This will be a space and a day where you will find your tribe.
THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT EMPOWERMENT, BUT ALSO TANGIBLE RESULTS
THE CLIMB is designed to be more than your average conference. As a participant, you will be rubbing shoulders with other Black women executives, tapping into the tools you need to take the next steps. You will walk away with a personalized blueprint that may be used at your current place of employment or throughout your career.
“I attended “I Choose the Ladder The Climb Summit” with 3 classmates from Simon Business School to continue investing in my personal development and branding. The Summit exceeded my expectations and I walked away with a clear actionable plan to achieve personal and career growth. As a result of attending the Summit, my business classmates and I hold accountability calls, called “The Simon Climb”, to discuss four areas where we want to continue to improve: our career, wellness/health, finances, and personal projects. The Summit gave us the framework and sparked a fire in us to achieve goals that we were putting off. Thanks.”
Customer Development Manager
"I really enjoyed the negotiation workshop with Karla. This particular workshop had the greatest impact on me because she was unafraid to share her personal career journey. She stated her likes, dislikes, boundaries and things she did not tolerate as she climbed the career ladder. I was utterly impressed with her dialogue and commitment towards motivating yet daring the audience to go after their dreams and being unapologetic about being a Black woman."
Senior Project Manager
Chicago Public Schools
"I would absolutely recommend the Climb Summit! The opportunity to network with other black women “on the climb”, connect with friends, share experiences and hear about best practices from experts was invaluable. There were so many sessions that I enjoyed, but by far the panel on mental health with black therapists was one of my favorites. As we know, there is such a stigma around mental health in our community, but such a need to find positive and productive outlets for work through the layers of trauma that we experience. This panel and the overall discussion further validated this and helped to normalize the significance of and need to focus on self-care, including therapy. I’m excited for what this year’s Summit has to offer!"
"I attended the Climb last year, looking for ways to take my career to the next level and struggling with advocating for myself in the workplace. I attended in the hopes of just being in the room with like minded women and learning from their experiences — seeing if they were having similar struggles, and how they were overcoming those challenges.
To say I got a lot out of the experience would be an understatement. I learned how to prioritize what’s important for me and my career path, and how to align my professional and personal goals. Since then, I have taken on my current role, which I love. Even before I set foot in the door at Shaker I felt comfortable asking the right questions, and I owe a lot of that to The Climb, and the women I met there.
I’m very grateful that Watchen has created this space and community for black women, and I can’t wait for this year's event!"
Associate Director of Social Media
Shaker Recruitment Marketing