DC EcoWomen offers ongoing professional development workshops focused on helping women develop the skills to succeed in the workplace.  See below for a sample of our prior workshops.

The Art of Salary Negotiation

As women dedicated to our jobs (and the environment), we are great at promoting the issues that we care about.  But, we’re not always able to transfer those promotional skills to speaking on behalf of our personal and professional interests in the workplace. In fact, as a result of our commitment to the organization’s mission and contributing our energy to our causes, we might let ourselves feel guilty for making our needs a priority. Career coach, Alyssa Best, spoke with DC EcoWomen members at an interactive workshop that discussed strategies for negotiating salaries and benefits even in an economic recession. The discussion included both how to ask for a raise with a new job offer and in a current position and enabled members to learn how to get what they are worth.

The Art of Briefing & Managing Up

Studies have indicated that effective managers take time and effort to manage not only relationships with their subordinates, but also those relationships with their bosses.  By understanding how to effectively brief and staff your superiors, you are working to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss, and your organization.

This workshop featured a panel of women who have navigated work with high-level supervisors or political components. Kathleen Frangione, Chani Wiggins, and Laura Haynes taught important skills such as adapting to your boss’s leadership style, preparing them for high-profile briefings, and facilitating high-level performance that will help you in your current position or help you land your next dream job.

Dos and Don’ts of Interviewing

Looking for your next opportunity? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get inside the head of your interviewer? Members heard the inside scoop from a hiring decision maker who has grilled numerous candidates to fill great jobs in both the private and public sectors. Participants received practical interviewing strategies from a veteran on the other side of the hiring desk.

Successful Resume Writing

Ever feel like you send out resumes and simply don’t get noticed?  In this economy, it can take as many as 100 applications before landing a job, so it is important to put your best resume forward.  Building a great resume is one of the most important things you can do when searching for a job.

DC EcoWomen’s own President Jessica Lubetsky taught members how to stand out from countless other applicants by highlighting accomplishments, using action words, using clear formatting, and many other helpful tips.  All members who attended the workshop received individual feedback on their resumes including personalized tips for highlighting qualifications and strengths that will make the greatest impact on employers. Visit our resources page to learn more tips if you were unable to attend.


Do you have what it takes to be a great manager?  There are so many different styles, different terms, and different techniques you can use, that it can be incredibly challenging to figure out the right style for you.  How do you know if you’re effective? How can you improve? How do you get to the point of your career when you are ready to manage in addition to accomplishing your own goals and responsibilities? Elizabeth Wallace, Danielle Moodie-Mills and Greta Bagwell of National Wildlife Federation spoke about their experiences managing people, and what they’ve learned along the way. They also discussed how they’ve created workplace culture, something that can be key to making people feel successful in their jobs.

Mastering Public Speaking

Do you get nervous before having to give a presentation or talk to your boss?  If so, you’re not alone.  Public speaking is an important skill that requires preparation and practice.  It is not only important for professional presentations but also fosters confidence in adopting leadership roles in all aspects of life.  Whether it is taking the lead in a meeting, speaking up in a working group, or giving your elevator speech at a networking event, brushing up on your public speaking is a must.

This DC EcoWomen workshop provided members with the principles behind confident public speaking and hands-on practice being persuasive and effective with oral communication.  At the workshop, public speaking guru Christine Jahnke provided constructive feedback and tangible tools for each member as they practiced public speaking in front of the group.

Professional Etiquette

Liza Achilles, owner of Rockville Resumes, helped members learn to advance their careers gracefully- and with a sense of balance. Professional etiquette tips covered included: shaking hands; what to wear to an informational interview; how to present yourself in different settings; and tips for professional emailing.

Smart Financial Planning

Are you looking to invest for the future, move out of your parent’s home, or save enough money to create your dream green invention?  Regardless of age, income, accomplishments, career path, or goals, smart financial planning is important for everyone.  Our role models remind us that making informed financial decisions are especially important for women.

This DC EcoWomen workshop helped ladies learn the foundations of smart investing including green investing that promotes financial independence.  Women learned about the importance of savings, remaining debt-free, and the merits and risks of different types of investments.  They got personal feedback on how to utilize tools to discover financial health from our trained instructors that will keep them on track for having improved financial awareness and confidence.  Learn more about the instructor Denise Bump.


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