May 27 - June 4, 2023 [sold out!]
BLACK WOMEN LEADING THINK BIG, ACT FAST
We believe that driving innovation and amplifying your voice at your organization is not just a goal, but a necessity. For Black women, navigating the professional world can be tough and can lead to feelings of frustration and being overlooked. But we know that you have the talent and potential to create new career possibilities and drive change.
That's why we've designed this program specifically for Black women who are ready to take their careers to the next level. Through a unique combination of group coaching and speaker sessions led by Black women who have started their own initiatives and businesses, we will guide you towards success. Our leaders will share their stories, experiences and offer expert advice to help you feel empowered, prepared and ready to tackle any challenge.
Throughout this learning, work, and travel experience, we will cultivate a culture of curiosity, support, and inspiration. Our participants will not only gain new skills and knowledge but also expand their professional network and feel energized for future career growth. Plus, we'll be doing it all in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal!
Join us for a week of discovery, growth, and adventure. Let's unleash your full potential and create a brighter future together.
Program Cost: $4700 USD
THINK BIG, ACT FAST
The opening leadership session establishes the leadership theme for the week in an inspiring and provocative way. Throughout the Workbreaker week, you'll define (or perhaps refine) your values, vision and purpose. We want you to think about the world differently and understand how you can be ready for change and take on new challenges.
LEADERSHIP VALUES EXPLORATION
This session is for participants to explore what their most important values are and where they come from. It’s done in an intuitive and rapid way to encourage participants to follow their intuitive feeling rather than over-thinking and finding the “correct” values. It is a good exercise to use to initiate reflection and dialogue around personal values. By better understanding our values, we will be able to unlock how to align all aspects of our life to live more purpose filled. You will learn how you can start working toward goals that align with your values and purpose. These actions will be connected back to an action plan in further sessions, using everyday actions to live and work more holistically.
To truly thrive, you will need to forge an authentic personal and professional identity that satisfies your financial, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. Learn Twanna’s “unbought and unbossed” method of expanding creative expression to develop a wealth of spirit. If you’re craving personal or career development that pushes you to the next level, Twanna’s session will give you the tools you need to build a life that you love — anywhere in the world.
YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
Much like the brands you know and love from a consumer perspective (where you spend your time, money, and resources), we ourselves are brands and can think of how we best position and market ourselves and show & tell a compelling and consistent brand story to encourage the right companies, collaborators, even friendships and partnerships to meaningfully engage with us. Tapping into Lauren's background as a marketer, recruiter, creative strategist and coach, you'll leave this session with practical next steps to think through the most impactful ways to share who you are and what you have to offer — whether it's in your next job interview, as an entrepreneur or in exchanges with a new person you meet.
"The Workbreaker Black Women Leading experience was like none other I have experienced. Being able to learn, live, and work in another country with like-minded women is an experience I will never forget!"
Angelique A, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships - People & Culture
"Excellent effort, created a sense of warmth and belonging in a foreign city."
Rosemarie L, Finance Consultant
"The program was excellent, insightful and engaging. Every detail was thoughtful and intentional. It was the shift that I needed and Portugal was beautiful."
Gail W, Chief People Officer
Lisbon is at the intersection of the old and new world. As one of the oldest capital cities in Europe, you’ll walk among centuries-old buildings and castles, yet notice that Lisbon is emerging as one of the world’s fastest start up hubs and home to Web Summit, the largest tech conference in the world. You’ll be lost in another era - but with wifi.
Our cultural events are designed to take you and other participants on a journey around the city, learning the historical background of Lisbon and Portugal, while at the same time falling in love with the people, food, and culture.
More than giving you a tourist view of the city, we will take you on a cultural experience and show you how it can reframe the way you think about your business. The old streetcars and outdoor cafes, cobblestone mazes, elaborate tile work, and the endless hills opening to breathtaking views make Lisbon one of Europe’s most charming cities to explore.
Feel like you're at home while abroad with your own apartment in the heart of the city. The base package includes 8 nights in a fully equipped apartment. No sharing of common spaces and we select locations that allow you to fully experience the local culture.
You will have access to your own work space with everything you will need to do your regular job. The program is set up for you to have dedicated time to work during the week.
Our carefully curated cultural events allow you to discover and play in Lisbon, differently than the average tourist. From off-the-beaten path social events to guided tours, you'll experience a personalized vacation after work. You'll have a perfect mix of planned activities and personal time to explore on your own.
Each program will vary slightly based on time of year, weather, and cultural events in Lisbon. This agenda provides an overview of what to expect throughout the program.
SATURDAY, DAY 1
Arrive in Lisbon
Check into your apartment
Rest & recharge from your travel
LEADERS & SPEAKERS
RETAIL HEAD OF INDUSTRY, SXM MEDIA
Lauren Chesley is currently the Retail Head of Industry at SXM Media where she leads strategy and development for the retail category across SiriusXM, Pandora, SoundCloud and Stitcher.
Lauren is a highly creative yet analytical leader with 15+ years of cross-functional expertise across creative, marketing and HR functions, previously spending thirteen of those years working at Target and a year and a half at Squarespace. She has held positions as a creative strategist, talent brand and marketing manager, experiential event planner, influencer marketer, and a trend/consumer/media insights lead. Throughout her career, Lauren has consistently sought out a range of resources to understand and synthesize complex information into meaningful and digestible actions, ideas and innovations. Passionate about cultivating diverse and inclusive cultures and conversations, Lauren has also led efforts to integrate the multifaceted aspects of identity into all she does in and outside of work.
In addition to her corporate work, Lauren is certified as a coach from NYU and is a photographer, and author of STREET SPEAK (@TheStreetsSpeak), a book that showcases the power in street art to motivate, inspire and ignite passion every day.
TWANNA A. HINES
FOUNDER & CEO, FUNKY BROWN CHICK, INC.
Everyone deserves to live a healthy existence of their choosing. An award-winning healthy relationships advocate and entrepreneur, Twanna A. Hines, M.S. (she/her) is Founder and CEO of the creative enterprise FUNKY BROWN CHICK. She has grown her firm from a solopreneurship to a corporation with team members in three countries. She has been interviewed by U.S. outlets from coast to coast, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times. She has also appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC, Paris Première, and in documentary films. Throughout a 20+ year career spread across the U.S. in Europe, she remains committed to supporting individuals’ life-changing growth by improving their interpersonal relationships— and by helping organizations deliver social impact. In the private sector, she directed AndACTION, a project that partnered with Hollywood to spark social change for various causes. For Fortune 500 company Land O’Lakes, she led digital efforts to reduce global hunger for women and families in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. She began her career in diplomacy, working as an economic policy analyst for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in The Hague. Having lived in London, The Hague, Amsterdam, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C, she currently lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. She is fluent in Dutch and English, and she looks forward to learning Portuguese.
JOURNALIST & FOOD WRITER
Margo Gabriel is a freelance journalist, author and associate producer from Boston, MA. She is based in Lisbon, Portugal. She is the author of The Expat Kitchen cookbook. She has been featured in the New York Times, HuffPost, Sweet July, Conversas Ao Sul, and Time Out Lisboa. Her words have been published in Boston Art Review, Cuisine Noir, Culinary Backstreets, Fodor’s Travel, and Refinery29. She is a contributing writer at Cuisine Noir magazine. She is also the Food & Drink columnist at Time Out Lisboa. As a culinary creative, Margo partners with chefs and restaurants around the world to increase the visibility of minority and locally owned businesses on global platforms. Her partnerships include media features, private dinners, restaurant debuts, and more.
HEAD OF STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT & GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS, GIRL MOVE ACADEMY
Mara Santos is Portuguese and Mozambican, and currently the Head of Stakeholder Engagement (Europe/USA) and Global Partnerships + Head of People & Culture at Girl MOVE Academy with more than 7 years experience on strategic partnerships activation and management. Ensuring the engagement and collaborative work with organizations and institutions that are critical for the positive impact results and achievements of the represented NGOs - having already performed leadership and partnership management roles in entities such as Associação Terra dos Sonhos, SPEAK, and IES - Social Business School. Mara graduated in Law from the University of Lisbon, with a Post-Graduation in Development Studies. She has a TEDx talk where she shares about Leading Back to Your Roots to Find Purpose in Your Life.
8 nights accommodation in Lisbon, Portugal; participation in leadership development courses; workspace access at program office; welcome and closing dinner; guided tourism activities; support from program leader pre, during, and post trip.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
International roundtrip airfare and personal travel insurance. We strongly suggest participants to have personal travel insurance that at minimum covers medical emergencies and cancellations. We don't cover expenses during your free time, transportation to non-program events (like an Uber ride), damages to your apartment, food & beverages not included in the official itinerary.
BOOKING TERMS + CANCELLATION POLICY
Each program has a non-refundable deposit of $1000 (USD) that must be paid immediately in order for a participant to be officially registered. This shows your commitment to the program and allows our operations team to start working on your arrival. Full payment of your program is due 90 days prior to your program start date. Your program fee is fully refundable up to 60 days prior to the program start date - minus the $1000 deposit. Any cancellations 59 days prior to the start of the program date is non-refundable.
If the program is cancelled by Workbreaker, you will be refunded the entire program fee and deposit.
This program includes some walking tours where the ground may be uneven such as cobblestones or hilly, you may be on your feet for several of hours at a time and should be comfortable walking 1-2 miles (2-3km). Many buildings and sites in Portugal do not have elevators.
SUNDAY, DAY 9
SATURDAY, DAY 8
Personal Day to explore Lisbon on your own
FRIDAY, DAY 7
Individual work time
Reflection & Action Planning
Program Closing Dinner - Hosted by Margo Gabriel
THURSDAY, DAY 6
Day trip to Sintra, Portugal
Quinta da Regaleira
WEDNESDAY, DAY 5
Leadership Series Workshop
Individual work time
Individual coaching sessions
Evening to explore Lisbon on your own
TUESDAY, DAY 4
Individual work time
Time to explore Lisbon
MONDAY, DAY 3
Leadership Series Workshop
Individual work time
SUNDAY, DAY 2
Walking tour of Lisbon
Kick-off team dinner
Your office space for the week will be at Second Home - a social business with a mission to support creativity and entrepreneurship in cities around the world. Discover the innovative community at Second Home Lisboa along the banks of the Tejo River in the heart of the city. We believe great things happen when different industries and ideas collide, which is why Second Home carefully curates the community – creating a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, charities, corporations and fast growing companies in the space. Design is at the heart of everything we do, to create workspaces that help our members grow, be more creative, and happier – every day.
- Fully serviced staff and secure working area
- Luxury showers with Malin+Goetz products and fresh towels
- Private meeting rooms and telephone conferencing facilities
- Multiple break-out spaces for calls and quick meetings
- Free filter coffee and organic teas
- In-house cafe for breakfast and lunch