The Doyenne Strategy Accelerator is divided into three major phases that build on each other over the course of three months
Accelerator Kickoff Event
The first step in the Strategy Accelerator experience is to build community within the cohort.
The cohort will be working closely with each other over the 12 weeks, w
e are in this together and we create a space where you can be honest, vulnerable, and accepted for your experiences, ventures, and personal story you bring to the group. The goal of the Kickoff Event is to learn about each other and for participants to meet their coaches they will be working with on a one-on-one bases over the course of the program.
Phase 1: Know Thyself & Venture
Every entrepreneurial endeavor begins with a person or a team of people. People come to their work with their own personality types, experiences, values and assumptions. These shape everything about the ventures entrepreneurs choose to launch and their paths for growth. Knowing all of these aspects and identifying them within ourselves and each other deepens the understanding of self and how you will continue to lead within your venture into success.
Visual Logic Model Workshop (90 minutes + potential for additional time): Entrepreneurs are trying to solve problems for their customers/clients. Every entrepreneur has conscious and unconscious beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about what it will take to meet customers/clients needs. In these workshops, you will work with expert facilitators, artists, coaches, and their team to create a visual story that depicts the underlying logic and story that drives your ventures and the behaviours and decisions you make. You will meet with workshop facilitators for a 90-minute session to develop your venture's visual logic model which will help you tell the story of your venture (defining your pitch to different audiences)
Emotional Intelligence Workshops (2.5 hours):
No entrepreneur has everything it takes to grow a venture within themselves at any point in the entrepreneurial journey. It is critical for you to know what and how your particular approach to the world shapes your role as a founder and leader within your venture. You will take the SEI Emoitonal Intelligence Assessment, meet one-on-one with a SEI certified coach to review your assessment, and also be part of a full cohort 1.5 hour workshop to discuss each others strengths and areas for growth within yourself.
Phase 2: Have a Strategy
During this portion of the Strategy Accelerator, you will work to clarify your business model, develop a long-term strategy for achieving the model, and a short-term action plan to move with purpose and speed. In the chaos of launching and running a venture, it is often difficult to take a time out to work to think about, develop, and/or re-evaluate the strategic direction of your venture. We will work with you to craft a strategy that builds on your personality, experience, skills, and values that were articulated in Phase 1 along with the purpose or mission of your venture.
Retreat (1 day broken into 2-3 hours in the morning, 2.5 hours in the afternoon): Our 1-day Retreat is broken into 2 sections, with a break in between for you to rest and also process information without it all happening at once and be able to ask informative questions and requests of those you're working with.
Retreat Morning Workshop: You and your coach will work on laying out a a 3-5 year strategic plan for your venture, a corresponding 6-12 month action plan for setting pieces in motion to meet your strategic plan goals/milestones, and evaluate your business model to see if it needs tweaking or re-drafting.
Retreat Afternoon Workshop: Doyenne Coaches will meet with you one-on-one for four 20 minute speed mentoring sessions. You will be notified as to who the Coaches will be at the workshop and given their bios so you can you can decide how to use your 20 minutes with them for greatest impact and be able to ask direct questions as to how they can help you going forward or answer the questions you have right then. After the rotations have completed, you and other participants will come back together to debrief and close out the workshop
Phase 3: Bring Others on the Journey
A critical aspect of the entrepreneurial process is the ability to gather the resources needed, from customers, employees, funders, vendors, partners, etc. To do this effectively, you need to be able to tell the story of your venture in a variety of ways to meet the needs of your audeince. In this final phase of the Accelerator, we work with you to craft a compelling pitch to engage stakeholders.
Pitch Practice Workshop 1 (2 hour session): You will develop a rough draft of your slide deck and walk through your pitch with a small group to get feedback from an expert and peers.
We will work with you to take your pitch from however long it is and widdle it down to a clear, concise 5 minute "tell the story" pitch to include elements to meet the general audience needs. This framework is used to be able to expanded on and/or condensed down more on to meet the needs of future audiences.
Pitch Practice Workshop 2 (2 hour session): You will revise your pitch deck based on feedback from Pitch Practice 1 and again present it to a small group for additional feedback and in preparation for the Showcase event.
Showcase Event (2 hours): The Showcase Event is a culmination of the entire Strategy Accelerator experience. The community is invited to attend to meet the entrepreneurs, hear their five-minute pitches, provide questions, suggestions, and feedback, as well as become champions for the presenting entrepreneurs.
Community members from all walks of life are invited to attend the event to show your support of the entrepreneurs and their ventures.
Additional Opportunities throughout the 12-week journey:
One-on-One Mentoring Session (One Hour Bi-weekly): Entrepreneurs will schedule a coaching session with their appointed Doyenne coach through the program experience. Attendees will be paired with their coach based on an intake assessment asking their needs and preferred coaching techniques prior to the Kickoff Event. You will schedule sessions with your coach and it is up to you as to how often you want to meet with your coach.
Peer Coffee Sessions: As a cohort, you have the opportunity to schedule coffee meetings with other Accelerator participants, either one-on-one or as a group, to learn from each other and strengthen your network.