Women L.E.A.D. Appreciation Event

At our VERY first hybrid happy hour today, we appreciated our founding team members, officers, and team members for their vision, execution, and hardwork. 

Women L.E.A.D. has grown a lot since we’ve chartered. This is all possible because of our leaders and members! 

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  • We have reached people from more than 70 countries
  • Our public web pages have more than 10,000 views
  • We now have more than 30 paying members 
  • We have written total of 88 blog posts 
  • We have posted 43 YouTube videos 
  • We have hosted 20 workshops 
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Because of our dedication to members’ experience and members’ hard work, we have been winning lots of awards too! 

  • We are now a President’s Distinguished Club in 2021 
  • We have won the Best PR and Best Newsletter awards in 2021
  • We have won Marvelous March for renewed membership in 2020 
  • We have won Reboot, Refuel, and Rebuild for hosting a successful Open House Challenge in March 2020 

Congrats to the following founding team members, officers, and team members for winning our awards:

  • Founding Team Members:
    • Above and Beyond Award:  Megan Mayer 
    • Most Dedicated Award: Abhijeet Joshi
    • The Growth Booster Award: Shoba Rao
  • Officers: 
    • The Iron Pillar Award: Abhijeet Joshi 
    • Best Customer Centricity Award: Khushboo Shah
    • Go the Extra Mile Award: Vicky Pan
    • Commitment to Excellence Award: Samantha Jamal
    • Incomparable Service Award: Priya Shastri
    • The Game Changer Award: Sarah Tang
  • Member Award: 
    • The Achiever of the Term Award: Lakshmi Sridhar 

And of course, you guys are ALL awesome!!! Congrats to you all. 

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After our slide presentation, we also played two games, one is an appreciation game, where every member says a few things about what they are appreciative of in a table topic format. It’s wonderful to hear:

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  • Member Helen appreciates my energetic tone leading each meeting, the opportunity to mentor and learn from Khushboo, our VPPR. 
  • Member Chi Mac appreciates the well-organized meetings and officers’ dedication. 
  • Secretary Vicky Pan appreciates reconnecting with me, Abhijeet’s dedication behind the scene, Karen’s charismatic toastmasters skills, Lakshmi’s inspiring speeches, officers’ dedication to the team. 
  • Treasurer Sarah Tang appreciates the founding team, existence of Women L.E.A.D., and extremely organized club meetings. 
  • VPE Abhijeet appreciates my taking the club to the next level and all members who help make this vision a reality. 
  • VPM Priya appreciates chartering of Women L.E.A.D. and all of the members contributed to make it a success. 
  • Member Karen, who is a member of three Toastmasters clubs, appreciates the high standard, programming, organized meetings, behind-the-scenes officers’ thankless duties. 
  • VPPR Khushboo, who thanked me for setting such high standards for the club, my tireless drive, Abhijeet’s availability to mentor and provide guidance for speeches and life, and her mentor for guiding her on evaluation and more. 
  • Member Lakshimi appreciates that Women L.E.A.D. gave her life new-found purpose, officers’ dedication (messages at 2:35am), and Abhijeet’s dedicated mentorship. 
  • SAA Sujin appreciates that she committed to Toastmasters and joined a group with like-minded people, and the inspiration from all members. 
  • I appreciate everyone’s existence, those who said yes to things they have never done before, those who challenged themselves and went above and beyond. 

The other game is fishbowl. Fishbowl is a virtual version of a fun (and mostly hilarious) guessing game, designed for any group of all ages! You’ll need at least 4 to play, but it only gets more fun with more players. Hop on a video call, and play through rounds of Taboo, Charades, and Password. If you are trying to figure out how to improve team bonding, I would highly recommend Fishbowl. https://fishbowl-game.com/

We were able to use Fishbowl to divide us into two teams, which consist of both virtual and physical attending people on each team. 

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It’s wonderful to see that we were able to keep the virtual team members engaged throughout the process and easily find ways to be inclusive. Sarah moved the laptop around so virtual members could see us at the most optimal angle. I reminded people to be mindful of virtual environments as we often like to chit chat in the background that may disturb the game. Karen actively reminded her virtual team mate to participate in the round.  

Look how expressive Karen is during the live game:

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After a short hour, we feel closer than ever. Playing together helps strengthen our bonds. “Play is so deeply ingrained in terms of our own evolutionary drive to survive,” says Dr Bowen White, a founding member of the National Institute for Play. “Play helps us connect with other people because we are open in a way that allows them to feel, maybe, this is a safe person to be with and maybe even fun to be around.”

When we get together and enjoy the games, we are creating opportunities to build trust. Cooperative games can bring out the best in our relationships. Games can bring people together in ways that most things can’t. Plato says, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” 

I hope to see you guys in many of our future social hangouts – virtually or in-person. 

See you at our next workshop on Wednesday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. P.D.T. 

Byline: Renee Yao, President of Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters

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