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Wed, Feb 10


6-8 pm CST, 7 Sessions, Zoom

Healing Racism Within My Country, My Community, Myself

In the midst of the chaos, grief and resistance caused by our culture's structural racism, let us join together to make compassionate space to begin healing wounds — both personal and collective. It all starts within. This program is offered by the Women's Leadership Lab.

Healing Racism Within My Country, My Community, Myself
Healing Racism Within My Country, My Community, Myself

Time & Location

Feb 10, 2021, 6:00 PM CST – May 19, 2021, 8:00 PM CDT

6-8 pm CST, 7 Sessions, Zoom

About The Event


Grounded in core practices from our Leadership Labs, we are committed to creating a radically safe place for white and  bi-racial/white womxn to enter this historically difficult and  vulnerable work of antiracism.

Healing wounds (both personal and collective) starts within, even when it looks like an external problem such as bridging racial divides. We believe that being an effective leader requires having a vision about the world we each want to see and developing skills for collaborating with others for change.

From whatever point you enter in your race awareness journey, you are welcome to join us for WLL's all-new 7- session Lab "Healing Racism Within—my country, my community, myself."

In  order to have the healing conversations necessary to detox from the racism and misogyny in our culture, we will start with unearthing our own part in these systems of oppression. Together we will:

  • Create a safe community for education and exploration
  • Learn from those with a different life experience from our own
  • Practice having open, vulnerable conversations that lead to greater  awareness in relation to ourselves, others and systems in which we live/work
  • Understand conflict as an attempt at intimacy and healing for which we need not be afraid
  • Build up our resiliency for difficult dialogues
  • Learn de-escalation practices that reduce shame and support life-long growth
  • Support each other toward developing a personal vision, discovering our particular skills and building on them for effective action
  • Learn about the entrenched systems of racism within our culture through a carefully curated collection of reading material, podcasts, and videos

Our collaborative online learning circle will center on deep self-reflection work at a pace that honors where each womxn is, while holding the evolution of our shared awareness.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CST   | Online

February 10 & 24 |  March 10 & 24 | April 14 & 28 | May 19



Rima Imburgia, MA, LCPC: Rima is an experienced executive leader-facilitator, collaborative leadership consultant and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is a co-founder of the Women's Leadership Lab (WLL). Since 2001, Rima has successfully designed, developed, and led programs that build leadership competencies for a multi-cultural world. Her work purposefully uses collaborative teams as a way of practicing and modeling the principles and skills that create competency in navigating interpersonal relationships. She is bi-cultural, has lived internationally and traveled extensively. Rima draws on 20 years of corporate experience to inform her work. Rima is also trained and experienced in women's development, and draws heavily on Relational-Cultural Theory which postulates that people grow through their relationships and that culture impacts both relationships and individual growth.

Cynthia Zeltwanger: Cynthia is an executive leader-facilitator and co-founder of the Women's Leadership Lab (WLL) and the Women's Money Lab (W$L). She develops and facilitates collaborative, intersectional programs for women. Concurrent with her work with WLL, Cynthia was the Executive Director for the Paulson Institute, a non-profit dedicated to fostering a productive US-China relationship. Here, she created the institutional structure necessary to move the organization from start-up to a premier ‘think and do’ tank. Since 2010, Cynthia has co-facilitated both corporate sponsored and multi-company Labs. Prior to 2010, Cynthia worked in corporate and investment banking, specifically a leading global derivatives brokerage firm. She has also servedI on the Boards of EDX London & Options Clearing Corporation

Anne Litwin, PhD:  is a consultant in organizational development, executive coaching and leadership development, team development, diversity and cross-cultural consulting, and women's executive development. She draws on her expertise in intercultural communication,  leadership, gender and cultural difference issues, and family business management. Anne earned a  Masters in Community Psychology from Marist College and completed her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She is a former board member and past chair of the board for the NTL (formerly the National Training Laboratories) Institute of Applied Sciences and has served on numerous boards of community organizations. She is a member of the Organization Development Network and the Future Search Network. Anne recently published her research on women in organizations in a book entitled New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together.

 The Women’s Leadership  Lab ('WLLab') is an experiential learning program which enhances  participants’ emotional intelligence in order to develop stronger  leadership skills, foster greater resilience/stress management, clearly  identify strengths, and increase intra-personal, inter-personal and  group competencies. The development of these skills is correlated to  enhanced career satisfaction. Creating psychological safety and a  culture of valuing female leadership builds strong teams and will help  recruit and retain high potential and high performing women.  What  differentiates WLLab from most leadership programs is that the primary  source of growth is derived from the experiential nature of the  training. This allows participants to rapidly integrate the learning  principals in a relatively short period of time, while creating lasting  impact. WLLab is based on a group-processing format. Participants learn  from other participants and from themselves as they explore the concepts  in the curriculum together. The shared learning encourages a broader  perspective when dealing with difficult issues and diverse leadership  styles. Additionally, the program builds strong bonds between  participants, allowing for ongoing collaboration and network support  after the program is completed.

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