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Episode Info: Today’s guest is Jenny Tarwater! Jenny is a Collaboration Coach and owner of Blueshift Innovation, as well as the co-organizer of the Lean Agile KC Conference and Agile Game Night. On top of that, she is also the International Program Director for Launching New Voices for Women in Agile. The focus of today’s podcast is going to be all about the new Women in Agile initiative, Launching New Voices. As an expert on the topic, Jenny explains what the initiative is all about, how it is making a difference in the space, and how they are helping new voices step up and share their stories and experiences. She also highlights many success stories and the kinds of outcomes they have seen from the program and how you can get involved for yourself!   Don’t miss this week’s episode to learn about how Launching New Voices is empowering new speakers and providing powerful experiences for them to grow and succeed!   Key Takeaways  What is ‘Launching New Voices’ initiative? They are shedding light on new voices who are showcasing new ideas They are lowering the barrier for entry for those who have a message or a story  to tell through providing a better onramp to that stage It is an effort to break outside the traditional networks A chance to step out of the safety of your network and into new communities A program that gives service to the new voices that are being launched and provides new experiences for them A way to increase diversity and inclusion How Jenny is helping these new voices become more comfortable through Launching New Voices and Women in Agile: Through providing classes and training on public speaking for those new to speaking By providing opportunities and experiences for new speakers (specifically, giving them an opportunity to speak at the Women in Agile 2019 Conference and through pairing them with an experienced mentor) Success stories and outcomes from bringing new voices forward: Reignites the passion of the mentors and new voices alike The proteges become very recognizable Gives new voices incredible opportunities for networking as well as new speaking opportunities Provides multiple pathways to continue to foster these new voices after they speak at the conference Where to learn more or become a ‘new voice’ yourself: If you’re a protege or mentor, you can sign up on WomeninAgile.org to learn more For conference organizers, consider a Launching New Voices program at your conference Email NewVoices@WomeninAgile.org or contact Jenny personally through her LinkedIn or Twitter Other ways to get involved if you don’t have a Launching New Voices program near you: Join or create a meetup — they’re a great way to present new ideas and experiences to a smaller group   Mentioned in this Episode: Blueshift Innovation Lean Agile KC Conference Women in Agile Women in Agile’s New Initiative: Launching New Voices The Agile Alliance’s Women in Agile Initiative Women in Agile 2019 Conference NewVoices@WomeninAgile.org ...
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