Coaching the Female Entrepreneur: Getting Through the Stickiness
Along the long winding pathway to launching a business there are many “stuck” places. Some of the stuck places involve fiscal, marketing or business planning concerns. However, in looking at the root causes of being stuck, losing momentum, or hitting the wall, in greater depth, we have noticed that, particularly for women, being “stuck” involves individual developmental barriers. During this interactive presentation we will discuss case histories and strategies that have proven successful working with female entrepreneurs in moving through these challenging places.
What does it take for a Mom who works full time and is raising three young children to start her own party planning business? How does a woman transition from a forty year career in the non profit sector to launching her own consulting practice at age sixty two? Where does a thirty something Iraq war veteran and breast cancer survivor find the perseverance to start her own multi media production company?
This interactive workshop will present these three cases and other examples of women who have discovered their purpose and calling by starting a business around a passion or a dream that they have held for a life time. At the Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence at Howard Community College we believe that integral coaching is the support that women like these and others need to “get unstuck” and move forward with personal development and growth of their fledgling business.
Coaching is directed at increasing the entrepreneur’s self awareness and insight through the use of powerful questioning, practice and self observation. For many women in our program the development of their business seems to come to a grinding halt around issues and concerns rooted in a lack of confidence, minimal attention to balance or challenging partner and familial relationships. Working with a coach through these issues results in a shift that is lasting and that moves the business forward.
This workshop will include a demonstration of coaching, case histories, and a detailed explanation of several basic coaching strategies including powerful questioning and the use of practice and self observation.
Betty Noble, Director Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence, Assistant Professor Entrepreneurship and Life Coaching Studies, Howard Community College, MD