๐๐„๐‡๐ˆ๐๐ƒ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐’๐‚๐„๐๐„๐’ ๐Ž๐… ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐Œ๐Ž๐๐“๐‘๐„๐€๐‹ ๐Ÿ– ๐–๐Ž๐Œ๐€๐ ๐Œ๐€๐’๐“๐„๐‘๐Œ๐ˆ๐๐ƒ ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐๐„๐‘ & ๐–๐„๐„๐Š๐„๐๐ƒ

Thursday, August 11th, I hosted a signature 8 Woman Mastermind Dinner in Montreal.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง? This was my second Mastermind dinner in Montreal. Now I have members of the Womenโ€™s Leadership Lab in the city. I relied on their recommendations and introductions as well as direct messaging on LinkedIn to select the 8 senior business leaders who would sit at the table. Oftentimes, members from New York will use this as an opportunity to travel to a new city and join as well. I host a very specific kind of conversation design, so the dinner is either in a private dining room of a restaurant in each city or, in the case of Montreal, in a private home with a private chef. Otherwise, its tough to compete with the ambient noise of a loud restaurant. I also create a landing page with the photos and LinkedIn profiles of each attendee. This way, the networking can begin long before the dinner.

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ โ€œ๐š ๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ?โ€ Each day, in the lede up to the dinner, I also publish lengthier profiles of each attendee so the dinner is less โ€˜discoveryโ€™ and more of a true discussion once we are at the table. Upon registration in the ticketing link Eventbrite, each attendee fills out a self-audit, with questions such as โ€œWhat is a goal right now? What does success look like? What is a challenge?โ€ The answer to the last question becomes the fodder for discussion. The attendee gets to crowdsource an answer to her challenge fro all the smart brains in the room.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ? In a round robin fashion, Iโ€™ll ask each attendee to introduce herself with an ice breaker question. This year, Iโ€™ve been asking โ€œWhat has been your biggest discovery during the last 18 months?โ€ Then I move into questions such as โ€œWhy do we need more women leaders?โ€ What is the significant barrier to women entering into leadership?โ€ THEN โ€” we get to the challenges. By this point, everyone is warmed up. My goal is to crowdsource real tactical answers to each personโ€™s challenges. Anyone with a possible solution can weigh in. To close the dinner I ask everyone, in a round robin fashion, to acknowledge both the idea and the person who shared a piece of advice that will stay with them long after the dinner.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ? I host Mastermind calls with my members 4x a week. Itโ€™s a recurring brain-date to crowdsource answers to the challenges that come up weekly. Entrepreneurs who work in a silo, like the sounding board. Corporate women like the idea of an independent sounding board to work out leadership challenges

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