About the Forum:

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On June 7th, 2013, the first annual Women & Power Leadership Forum took place, with over 50 multi-generational women leaders from Silicon Valley gathered together for a day of deep dialogue to explore the meaning of feminine leadership in the 21st century.

Using practices from the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter, the full day event was co-hosted by Monique Svazlian (Founder), Kathy Jourdain, Linda Guzzi, Regina Getz-Kikuchi and Suzanne Thompson. The day kicked off with a powerful opening circle which sparked attendee-hosted discussions exploring the meaning of power and leadership for women, with topics ranging from "How do we use our Intuition, Wisdom, & Knowing to be more Powerful Leaders" to "Using Empathy to Build Inclusive Cultures in Organizations." Set in the pristine retreat-like setting at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, every attendee had the opportunity to take a "seat at the table" to express varying experience and perspectives across generational lines, learning from each other in a safe and supportive environment.  The day continued on with collectively shaping new models of leadership for the 21st century, looking specifically at the traits and qualities needed to foster collaboration and empathy as leaders. Attendees had the opportunity to bring projects and ideas to action-oriented hosted discussions for feedback and input, leaving with clearly defined intentions and next steps.

Overall, the conference was an opportunity to network and foster deeper friendships and relationships amongst women leaders, establishing a community of support and relatedness amongst women. The result: the women left feeling inspired, connected, and ready to step into their feminine leadership.

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About the Founder:

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Monique Svazlian, Founder of Highest Path, is a leadership and executive coach and facilitator passionate about helping women embody authentic feminine leadership.  From her experience working in Silicon Valley firms, she felt  a great need to uncover some of the hidden biases and mechanisms that were keeping women stuck and wondered why there weren’t more women leaders in the tech industry. This led her to envision a conference specifically designed to explore this question with multi-generational women leaders in Silicon Valley. With a fabulous team of women who  voluntarily participated to design and co-host this event, the first annual Women & Power Leadership Forum was born. 

Monique has worked internationally with companies like eBay, Deloitte, Nestle, Google, Celgene, Compass Minerals, Deno Gold, and others. She offers courses, workshops and trainings around women's leadership and also writes for the Huffington Post. You can find out more about her work at: www.highestpath.com