ARROW will empower women to be more confident leaders through community and capacity building at all levels in the CBI organization. Consequently, ARROW will promote and encourage increased representation and visibility of women within the organization.
The purpose of this group is to build leadership capacity among staff at all levels of the organization. Monthly workshops and activities will be designed to engage participants in meaningful discussions through the lens of being a women in a professional setting.
ARROW celebrated Women’s History Month in 2022 by talking to our employees about why it is important for all voices to be heard in the workplace. Our employees also gave advice for women entering the business world.
ARROW’s signature event in 2019 gathered over 100 women and male allies at a two-day conference focused on professional development as well as mental and physical well-being. Keynote speakers included Rola Dagher, then president of Cisco Canada, Barbara Perez, president and CEO of YWCA Cincinnati as well as Sharon Butler, owner of the BonBonerie. Our facilitators lead 9 sessions over the course of two days on topics that ranged from having difficult conversations to nutrition and mindfulness. Rise capped the first evening with a small business market, designed to celebrate and support women-owned businesses.
Members of ARROW have reached out to support several organizations that specifically help women within our communities. Our group focuses on causes that help women and families as they strive to step out of poverty and navigate work and community. Some of the organizations that ARROW has helped:
ARROW’s mission is to help women become more confident leaders both within and outside of our organization. We have helped connect our members and employees with professional development resources from respected facilitators, executive coaches, and university professors. Topics have included: personal branding, access to women’s business conferences, becoming fearless leaders, and many others.
An important part of ARROW is creating a sense of community among our members. Women and our male allies are encouraged to participate in activities that foster support among members and fun. Happy hours, trivia games, and bake sales are all examples of how ARROW maintains the connections between members.