Risk-Taking to Supercharge Growth
Thursday, June 15th | 1:30-2:30pm

Women struggle with risk-taking, often preferring to keep themselves small rather than fail. They undercapitalize, under-resource, and avoid high-visibility projects or roles. When they fail, women often ruminate or over-attribute root causes, rather than learning from the failure and moving forward. There are often greater social penalties for women who fail, which reinforces the problem. This “stay safe” approach can limit an organization’s growth and potential.

In this session, participants learn the psychology behind risk taking and how to embrace risk as the means for growth and development. They learn why we like our “comfort zone” and how to move beyond it. Participants practice removing barriers to risk, evaluating opportunities through a new lens, and how to maximize the benefits of failure.

Participants will achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the reasons many women are riskaverse and how that manifests itself in the workplace
  • Embrace the benefits of taking risks in the workplace
  • Develop strategies for getting out of comfort zone to take more risks
  • Evaluate opportunities more effectively
  • Learn how to manage failure


   Jodi Detjen, Co-founder and Principal, Orange Grove Consulting

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