As a coach or mentor-figure training up adolescents or young adults, one of your primary duties is inculcating leadership skills in your charges. The kids of today will direct society’s course tomorrow. By turning them into worthy leaders, you create a brighter future for everyone – and leave a legacy everyone can be proud of. Here, Creative Children for Charity offers some suggestions on how to make good leaders out of young people:

Give them people skills 

Leaders need to have top-notch people skills to manage, engage, and interact with others.

  • Communication: Show them how to get their message across with clarity and confidence.

  • Empathy: Encourage them to put themselves in other people’s shoes and work toward common goals.

  • Conflict resolution: Conflict is a given. Guide them toward co-existence and cooperation.

Train their competence  

Leaders who don’t know what they are doing are ineffective. Competence is a necessary leadership trait.

  • Education: An advanced degree in a field of their choice will equip them with the knowledge and technical skills they need to be seen as respectable and trustworthy.

  • Self-confidence: Confidence is power. A leader must believe in themselves to get other people to believe in them.

  • Being a good follower: Kids need to know how to follow first if they are to lead.

Teach them responsibility 

A leader’s actions directly affect their people. Without teaching responsibility, you’re training a tyrant.

  • Teach them integrity and vision. They need to lead others toward a worthy cause, not off a cliff.

  • Give them the freedom to choose. It develops critical thinking, and respect for other peoples’ choices.

  • Let them fail. Nothing drives home responsibility and consequences like failure.

Lead by example

To teach leadership effectively, you need to be a leader yourself.

Conclusion 

Needless to say, strong leadership skills can take your kids far – not just professionally, but also in their personal life. Seeing your kids turn into strong, capable people down the road will be one of the most satisfying feelings you will ever experience; it’s well worth your time to read up on leadership and related subjects.

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This annual summit left us all with an enormous sense of gratitude and fulfillment. From January 26 – 29, we truly celebrated the power of Collective Influence. And it only was possible thanks to all the support and collaboration of our sponsors, partners, speakers, volunteers, and of course, our community.

As well as past summits, we counted on Remo’s partnership to carry on the event online. It allowed people all around the world to connect, participate and share with others.

The 4th Annual Summit: Spectacular highlights

This past Summit exceeded our expectations, and we made some incredible achievements:

  • We had more than 850 attendees over the course of the four days of the event. And more than 28 countries were represented by all of you. That truly shows the power of Collective Influence as a global movement.
  • More than 200 people contributed to this experience to create economic access for women in technology. Thanks to our speakers, sponsors, advisors, recruiters, & community partners.
  • More than 280 companies were represented to make the future of tech inclusive and sustainable.
  • The WIC Digital Network grew by 132% over the last 30 days.
  • We counted on the participation of more than 155 Advisor Leaders in the Cloud Leader Circle and received more than 50 requests over 72 hours.
  • Pradyna Desh, CEO of Advocat.AI was the winner of the #CloudInnovateHEr Global Pitch Challenge. Huge congratulations to her! You can learn more about Advocat.AI by clicking here.

These incredible highlights are not more than proof that year after year, more and more people are getting involved and taking action to work together towards a world when diversity and equity are granted for all women in the tech industry.

Focusing on Leadership and Professional Development

This year’s programming was completely new and different to past editions. We also counted with the participation of an incredible group of speakers, all of them experts in their areas. 

The Summit was packed with a series of sessions, live and recorded, carefully designed to help them grow both, personally and professionally. Let’s take a look at some of them:

  • Live Power Panels: Groups of experts and leaders from the tech industry discussed and gave great insight to all attendees about remote workforce, allyship, youth in STEM, leadership, DEI, and GTM strategies such as Co-Selling. 
  • Keynotes: Experts such as Pamela Maynard, Vinita Gupta, Joyce Mullen, and Michelle Green discussed leadership and company growth. Gavriella Schuster presented the #beCOME Allies for allyship.
  • Power Talks: These incredible talks were packed with great inspiration about finding a new path on your professional life, including transitioning jobs, mastering the interview,  #RockYourPitch, and valuable insight about cloud jobs and cybersecurity.
  • Workshops and Bootcamps: #FindYourFit, as well as the #ThoughtLeadership bootcamps were incredibly valuable and inspirational. Also, #TechProfessional bootcamp provided great insight to those embarking a new professional adventure.

What our community is saying?

  • I loved the content, the speakers and the networking. Single stream meant a very simple and effective way to participate in all the sessions. The Power Talks
  • I enjoyed the calibre of speakers, the interactive and insightful chats, the linkedIn links of speakers posted during their sessions. and the avalanche of connections i have made on Linkedin and Twitter.
  • One of the better online events. you didn’t try to boil the ocean. things were broken down into manageable segments. running into Anne, one of the speakers, in the lounge shortly before she was scheduled to talk. it felt relaxed and surprisingly easy to chat with her.
  • Sessions about leadership and roundtable discussions

Events like the Annual Summit are the perfect occasion to connect with others and to network. Attendees took full advantage of the Event Hub for networking with others, as well as the Roundtables for discussing common interests. The Remo platform was also a big protagonist for networking, allowing attendees to connect, chat, and speak to each other while waiting for the next live session.

How to get involved with WIC?

  • Have a lot of time?

What’s Next at WIC? Stay Tuned!

  • JP Morgan Chase – Join us to Meet JPMC Leaders & Recruiters at the next #WICxFortune100 Lunch & Learn Session on February 25. Registration Details Coming Soon!
  • WICxIWD 2022 – Mastering Leadership to #BreakTheBias March 31
  • Learn more about events here

Did you attend the Summit? Tell us your experience! We’d love to know how was it for you. Don’t be afraid of leaving a comment, and thank you for assisting!

Last year, we had over 70+ youth who got access to over 45+ industry experts to connect, explore and engage in leadership development, college and career readiness.

The reasons why they engaged were:

“I am dreaming about becoming an inventor of something that would make a difference and become noticeable in the world. I believe that with my diverse cultural and family background, I will find this something special, and sacrifice my dedication and time to pursue this special idea and make it successful.” Student, 16 yrs old”

“I am dreaming about how I can take my passion for technology and the love for community service to the next level by impacting many more in the world. There is so much to learn about technology skills and leadership, and I am just at the tip of the iceberg.” — Student, 15 yrs old

Through this work, we also piloted a Youth In STEM  Internship Program to help them design their purpose driven initiatives. These internship programs helped them jump start their careers in the cloud technology sector, foster self-confidence, and connect with professional mentors to increase their network value. The internship consists of 40-60 hours of high quality work, and can occur any time of year. They are highly-specific, project-based positions, often in arenas like events, research, or technology solutions.

Back by popular demand, our Youth In STEM mentoring session is happening at the WIC Summit on January 29th, 2022. The goal is to help youth connect with adult mentors to explore STEM Based Careers in the Trillion Dollar Cloud Market.

We are partnering with Creative Children For Charity (3C) to bring youth and adult mentors together to create mentorship, entrepreneurship and internship opportunities to accelerate youth leadership in our community.

This event is on January 29th 9:00am-10:30am online. This opportunity is for ages (13-19). As apart of this session, we will be offering 3 core activities:

  1. Workshop – Leading Purpose Driven-Initiatives: Youth and Adult Mentors can learn how you can develop a purpose mindset and inspire others to join you in making the world a better place. This session will help you design your purpose statement that can fuel the next movement to drive collective impact by Akhtar Badshah.

  2. Youth & Adult Mentoring: The youth will network with adult mentors to discuss ideas, challenges and opportunities in their field of interest. Adult Mentors will be providing the best practices to help foster positive youth development, academic success, and career readiness.

  3. Youth Panel Discussion on Leading Purpose-Driven Initiatives: You will hear from young innovators and change-makers on how they lead purpose-driven initiatives.

This is an exclusive interactive experience and something you do not want to miss, so make sure to apply now! Applications are due January 15th and will be notified by January 20th via email if approved.

Youth Application:  Below is the link for the youth application. It should take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Once approved, you will be notified via email with participation guidelines and the information needed to access the event.

Apply Today  https://forms.gle/jeFDudyjWbjeNumbA

Please visit the Creative Children for Charity website for more information.