Lead Like a Woman: Intentional Career Planning for Quality of Life at UNH

Lead Like a Woman: Intentional Career Planning for Quality of Life

Intentional. Holistic. Adaptive. These are the adjectives that best describe a feminine approach to personal career planning. It incorporates a world view that seeks to integrate, rather than separate, work and family priorities, and places control for career advancement firmly in the hands of the individual. Within this context, career control incorporates issues of timing, competency, a creative orientation to life, and the ability to recognize and craft opportunity.

This is a seminar designed for women, by women, to give you the confidence and skills necessary to advance in work settings reflective of today’s “new normal”: reactive, frequently understaffed, and highly dependent on the talent readiness of its workforce. We therefore provide the kind of career strategies that reflect this workplace reality and demonstrate ways to make it work for you. We also explore career issues unique to women professionals, such as pay disparity and promotional limitations, and offer more sustainable approaches for confronting gender career barriers than is typically covered in other career development workshops.

You will leave with a plan-in-place to accelerate your professional growth and the confidence and clarity necessary to execute your career plan. Come to this seminar prepared to ponder the following questions, which will make a tremendous difference in the quality of your life:

What If….

  • Today’s’ highly volatile work environment creates ideal conditions for career advancement?
  • You become clear about innate needs and career motivators previously hidden from sight?
  • You learn the difference between “real” vs “apparent” life choices, and knowing this difference provides the direction you need to move forward?
  • You are comfortable in conducting difficult conversations about your career, such as asking for a raise, asking for a transfer, or saying “no” to a request that limits your potential?
  • The strategies you execute from taking this course yield exactly what you want?

You need to be here if:

1.  You desire a two-day retreat specifically for you, not your organization, for mindful self-reflection.

2.  You want to invest in the kind of work assignments that increase visibility, develop portable skills, and modify your thinking about work from a reactive to a creative orientation.

3.  You are ready to shift from reliance on “luck” to drive your career, to reliance on intentional, self-directed, results-oriented thinking and action.

4.  You would benefit from taking a personal assessment that provides clarity around right career fit and right career focus.

5.  You embrace self-determination and individual choice as personal values, and genuinely want to advance in your career.

Please note: This is a foundational course, designed for early to mid-career women who have never been properly coached on self-directed career management competencies and strategies. It does not cover topics suitable for late career professionals contemplating retirement or individuals in need of outplacement service.

What You Will Learn


Lead Like a Woman: Intentional Career Planning for Quality of Life

Building the Right Foundation to Integrate Personal and Professional Growth

  • Framing the Contemporary Career Life Dilemma: Discover the difference between a traditional and a protean career, and why life-long, self-directed learning is a critical component for navigating an intentional career.
  • Identifying and Owning Your Career Anchors: Complete an assessment that will provide insight into your own needs and values to help sustain personal happiness over time.
  • Elements of Creative vs Reactive Thinking: Learn concepts necessary to generate desired results in your life and break the pattern of reactive response.  
  • Making Smart Career Choices: Determine how to separate “real” from “apparent” choices and identify self-imposed limitations to career growth.
  • Visualizing Your Future: By integrating knowledge of your career anchors with concepts of creative thinking, you will have the tools you need to craft a career vision reflective of your strengths and values.

Advancing Inside Organizations

  • Latest research on the Glass Ceiling: Explore the latest gender research by the Center for Creative Leadership on the career plateau phenomenon known as the “glass ceiling” and determine why that matters to you and your career.
  • How People Really Develop on the Job: Discover methods for crafting developmental work assignments to accelerate your professional growth.  
  • Exploring personal/organizational “fit": Identify the degree of cultural compatibility between you and your organization in areas such as decision making, information sharing, and talent utilization.
  • How to Create a Position That Does Not Yet Exist: Learn how to best advocate for a new position that fills a strategic need for your organization.
  • Pay Equity: Determine how much you really know about internal compensation practices and participate in a salary negotiation skill practice session.
  • Common Career “Derailers”: Identify behaviorsthat can follow you throughout your career that undermine your ability to achieve your full potential.

Mastering Key Competencies for Career Advancement

  • Embracing performance feedback: Identify strategies for eliciting performance feedback from others and sustaining helpful workplace relationships.
  • Conducting Difficult Career Conversations: Participate in skill practice activities around two critical competencies that can make or break careers: Setting Boundaries and Managing Agreements.
  • Sponsors vs Mentors: Distinguish between a workplace mentor and a work/life sponsor and adjust your expectations accordingly.
  • Capstone Activities:  
    • Complete the first draft of your Individual Career Development Plan and learn how to best execute it “back home”
    • Participate in an Open Space Opportunity Brokering Activity

Instructor Bios


Lead Like a Woman: Intentional Career Planning for Quality of Life

  • Vaughan Limbrick

    Vaughan Limbrick

    Vaughan brings 30 years of human capital management, leadership training, and executive coaching experience to this program.  Over the years, Vaughan developed a consulting niche advancing the career asperations of women scientists, engineers, and academic deans- all high performing contributors at major career/life transitions…all in need of reflective time out to recommit and reexamine past career choices, and chart deeper and often different paths for professional growth. 

    As an organizational consultant, Vaughan has been in the forefront of strategic workforce planning initiatives, such as competency-based career development, career path development, outplacement, talent retention, and succession planning.  She taught these subjects at the graduate level for Johns Hopkins University and Marymount University, and implemented various human capital initiatives within the Financial industry, Healthcare, Academia, Manufacturing and large federal agencies such as the U.S. Navy, EPA, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and U.S. Marine Corps. 

    Vaughan holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University and is a certified Human Capital Strategist as well as a trained AAUW (American Association of University Women) Salary Negotiator.  She is an active member of the National Career Development Association, and also teaches the Adaptive Leadership for Women course for the University of New Hampshire.

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