In 2021, The WIMDI Speaker Series is inviting engaging speakers each month to give interactive talks on topics that help women kill it at work.
Welcome to Talk 8 of 13 - Understanding Power as a Leader
Workplaces have always been an essential -- and effective! -- part of systems of oppression that concentrate wealth and power amongst the privileged few. Increasingly, however, workers are organizing to demand better, more equitable outcomes and generating real traction -- and a totally predictable backlash from traditional power holders. This conflict between new and old systems is the story of the modern workplace.
To navigate this changing power dynamic, leaders need an entirely new approach that leverages and embraces equity and social power.
This talk will focus on leading through the shifting of power structures at work. We'll cover:
- The changing nature of power in society and the workplace - Traditional pre-requisites for power that embed oppression - The differences and conflicts between new and old power paradigms - The dual mandate leaders must hold to successfully navigate the new systems of power
The goal of this talk is to help leaders use their relationship with power to create more equity.
Karla Monterroso is the Founder and Managing Partner of Brava Leaders where she is a coach, strategist, and advisor for several organizations and people doing work impacted by the changing dynamics of the demographic shift - supporting both 1) Their ability to distribute power strategically and contend with bridging the new divide between the social experience and institutional experience of power. 2) Working on the eradication of anti-Blackness in non-Black Latinx people through coaching, culture, and strategy.
Karla has spent two decades focused on growing the people and program functions of rapidly scaling social enterprises driving youth advocacy and leadership. Most recently as the CEO of Code2040 she stewarded the shift from Code2040 as a pipeline organization to an organization committed to dismantling the structural barriers to entry, retention, and promotion of Black and Latinx people in tech. She built the tools and ran the systems that supported the scale of healthcare non-profit, Health Leads. Karla did similar work in college access for low-income communities with national organizations College Summit (now Peer Forward), and College Track. She is currently a board member for Alluma a tech non-profit enabling the creation of pivotal technology necessary to build a path out of poverty. Karla is an alumnus of the University of Southern California.
1) Gender: This event is open to individuals of any gender identity.
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This is a networking group for women in male-dominated industries (eg: mining, finance, tech, engineering, construction, politics, etc.). We meet once a month for coffee/tea to chat, comiserate, strategize, and cheer each other on. It's a great way to connect with women facing your issues when they are few and far between in your work life.
Organization Contact Information
Vancouver Women in Male-Dominated Industries BC Canada