2023 dates will be announced this fall!
BLACK WOMEN LEADING THINK BIG, ACT FAST
What does it take to drive innovation and amplify your voice at your organization? Black women face unique professional experiences that can lead to feelings of frustration and being overlooked. This program is designed for Black women who are ready to create new career possibilities and drive change by combining group coaching and speaker sessions led by Black women who have started their own new initiatives and businesses. Curiosity, support, and inspiration will guide participants through this learning, work, and travel experience.
During this week, participants will learn from our leaders how to feel empowered and better prepared to drive innovation, expand their professional network, and be energized for future career growth – all while exploring and working in Lisbon, Portugal!
Program Cost: $4400 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. 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. These actions will be connected back to an action plan in further sessions, using everyday actions to live and work more holistically.
LEADING WITH YOUR PURPOSE
By better understanding our values, we will be able to unlock how to align all aspects of our life to live more purpose filled. In this session, we will dive deeper into your values and take a look at where they stem from and how we develop them. Blending her entrepreneurial instinct with her ability to grow personally and professionally, Jasmin will lead you through an activity that will open new possibilities to the way you lead. Jasmin has already made history with the company she built from the ground up. Be Rooted is the first Black-owned stationery brand to be sold at Target. You will learn from Jasmin about how you can start working toward goals that align with your values and purpose.
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.
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
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.
EXTEND YOUR TIME
If you want to work and live longer in Lisbon, just let us know and we can reserve your workspace and apartment for as much time as you need after the official program.
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.
FOUNDER & CEO, BE ROOTED
Leaning into her passion of inclusivity and desire to live a purpose-filled life, Jasmin Foster created Be Rooted to change the face of the stationery industry. Jasmin started her career in merchandising assortment planning and buying at major retailers like Target and Amazon where she learned the behind-the-scenes knowledge of how brands landed on shelf. Throughout her career, she realized firsthand how there was a lack of representation across aisles and she dedicated her career to making change. Throughout her career, Jasmin has created inclusive assortment strategies in beauty, toys, and apparel and has launched over 20+ diverse-owned brands. Outside of her day job, Jasmin has stood up many diversity and inclusion initiatives at her workplace to improve the experience of diverse team members and shed light on the inequity. Recently, Jasmin has launched her own brand, Be Rooted, to match her passion of driving representation within a product category that she had been obsessing with since she was a child. Be Rooted is now sold nationwide at Target.
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.
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 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 you are worried about trip cancellation coverage due to Covid 19, we recommend speaking to your insurance provider directly.
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
Happy Hour Drinks
Program Closing Dinner
THURSDAY, DAY 6
Day trip to Sintra, Portugal
Quinta da Regaleira
Hiking Cabo da Roca
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
Guest Speaker Series
MONDAY, DAY 3
Leadership Series Workshop
Individual work time
Sunset boat cruise on the Tejo River or other unique event
SUNDAY, DAY 2
Walking tour of Lisbon
Kick-off team dinner
SATURDAY, DAY 1
Arrive in Lisbon
Check into your apartment
Rest & recharge from your travel