I love creating unique and immersive events. You might say, “Joya, how does that help me in business?” 

I’ve been hosting my women’s events long enough to have been in front of hundreds of ladies. Networking doesn’t come naturally to some. Others get tongue-tied and freeze once in the room. 

I’m creating all kinds of ways for you to have a shared experience as a group. The room is full of women from many different verticals. The networking comes easier because you already had one experience together. You already have handles for conversation.

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Sue Ashford

I'm Capable. But I Don't Want to Lead.

It’s something only people in positions of formal authority should do.

It’s something people are born with rather than something they grow into

It’s a mindset issue making growth into leadership impossible.

It It will create interpersonal strife or hurt their image.

If things go south, they will be blamed

It’s easier to stay focused on the “doing.”

You have the knowledge.

You have the skills.

What is stopping you from grabbing the reigns?

Join television presenter and founder of the Women’s Leadership Academy, Joya Dass, as she engages award-winning scholar Sue Ashford in a conversation around why the most capable are often the least likely to step into leadership roles.

"I'M CAPABLE, BUT I DON'T WANT TO LEAD" WITH SUE ASHFORD
In this workshop, you will learn the 6 reasons why capable people are reluctant to lead. It's something only people in positions of formal authority should do It's something people are born with rather than something they grow into It's a mindset issue making growth into leadership impossibleIt It will create interpersonal strife or hurt their image If things go south, they will be blamed It's easier to stay focused on the "doing." You have the knowledge. You have the skills. What is stopping you from grabbing the reigns? Join television presenter and founder of the Women's Leadership Academy, Joya Dass, as she engages award-winning scholar Sue Ashford in a conversation around why the most capable are often the least likely to step into leadership roles.










Jun 1st
PUBLIC SPEAKING MASTERCLASS
With my “Command a Room With Authority Masterclass” I share a formula for storytelling. The reason for this formula is that we have 3 brains as human beings. Sharing *just data* or teaching engages two of our brains. A *story* engages all three. It dates back to our ancestors and how they shared information around a campfire. They told —stories. Class is 7 sessions. In each session, you will deliver a 2 minute presentation. This will be a personal story about your leadership and a time that you demonstrated a trait worthy of your role model. Start thinking about the answers to these questions: Why do I deserve to be here? Why I am worth listening to? What is my experience? What subject am I well versed in? What angle do I view it from? One of the surprise side benefits of the class (that I didn’t anticipate) is the community and safe container of women that forms for 7 weeks. Class 6.1 June 1st Class 6.2 June 8th Class 6.3 June 15th Class 6.4 June 22nd Class 6.5 June 29th Class 6.6 Jul 6th Class 6.7 Jul 13th
Jun 1st
  • Class 6.1 June 1st
  • Class 6.2 June 7th
  • Class 6.3 June 15th
  • Class 6.4 June 22nd
  • Class  6.5 June 29th
  • Class 6.6 Jul 6th
  • Class 6.7 Jul 13th
HOW TO BE HAPPIER: A FRAMEWORK with Gretchen Rubin
The Pursuit of Happiness with Gretchen Rubin An expert on human nature, Gretchen Rubin discusses the ways we, as women, can develop a framework to create happier, more productive, and creative lives. In our conversation, you will learn: - How her pursuit of happiness began - How habits cultivate happiness - How you can change your habits - Tips for sticking to your habit resolutions - The four tendencies framework and how knowing which category you fall into can help with habit formation - How we can build a happy life by looking at the foundation of our own nature, our own values, and own interests June 8, we have a conversation with former lawyer turned author of four best sellers, “The Four Tendencies”, “Better Than Before”, “The Happiness Project” and “Happier at Home” Gretchen Rubin
June 8th
HOW TO LIVE A LIFE WITH PURPOSE---AND BE LIMITLESS!
"Don't you miss TV?" I get this question often. For the first 15 years of my adult life, being a journalist was all I wanted. I got of bed somewhere between 2:30am and 3:45 am everyday to do morning TV. I had a fire in my belly for it. Passion. In 2012, I launched a networking platform on the side. 8 women came. Then 30. Then 300. They were all coming to share that they were doing something outside of the Indian parent approved "Doctor, lawyer, engineer" professions. In between my hourly updates on the markets, I began spending all my time working on events for my platform. I understood my purpose. A career on TV was no longer it. Our speaker on April 6th, is Laura Gassner Otting. She wrote a book called "LIMITLESS." In our conversation, we are going to talk about how YOU can find and live a life of purpose. Calling. It's the pull to do something larger than yourself. What fuels you? Why do you do the work that you do? Connection. What would happen if you didn't show up to work today? How much of your work is related to your goals? Contribution How the work you do gives you the lifestyle you want, making you 'limitless' How do you want your work to contribute to the life you want to live? Would you be okay making less money if the work you did was aligned with your values? Control Do you feel that your opinion matters at work Do you know what you do well? Do you have influence over how many hours you work or how much you earn?
June 22nd
8-WOMAN MASTERMIND DINNER, MONTREAL
What is the benefit of attending this dinner: Share how your business is doing Engage in mini problem solving with a group of trusted women leaders An opportunity to introduce your products, services to a new group To network in a deeper way than traditional events Enjoy a Mastermind Dinner with Joya Dass on Thursday, August 11th in the private dining space of Monarque in Montréal. Join me for small group problem solving (we’ll ask you the challenges you want to focus on for your business after you sign up!) I host these conversation-led dinners all over the country and the world. Paris April 2022. Photo album here Hartford Nov 2021. Photo album here This dinner is a conversation-driven format. In a round-robin, we will introduce each woman attendee and her company/title and ask these questions Why do we need more women in leadership? What are the benefits? What factors impact a woman’s ability to lead others? Describe your leadership style and how you “lead” others. Is it different from your male counterparts? What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership? What is a challenge right now? How have you built confidence and/or resiliency over the course of your career? What is the story you are telling about your business?
Aug 11th
DEEP RELAXATION WITH A TIBETAN SOUND BOWL EXPERIENCE
A candlelight evening with members of the Women's Leadership Academy and guests in a private studio. A night of indulgent self care, just for you A new experience Resetting your nervous system, and break from the demands of business Networking with a curated group of women in business Last June, another member of the Women's Leadership Academy and I headed upstate to Cragsmoor, New York, to a yoga retreat. As the sun was setting on the Appalachian mountains, the instructor asked us to lie down softly on our mats. Lying there in the twilight with the large Buddha staring down at us, he asked us a deep question "What do you want from life?" Lucas asked us to focus on our breath, the sensations in our bodies, our emotions and our thoughts. "Only witness and welcome what comes up. Don't get caught up in the thoughts. Because we are more than our thoughts." Then he and his partner started walking around with their Tibetan Bowls. Some small and diminutive. Some large and brash. Each student in the room got a bespoke experience. A different bowl, depending on what body part was asking for it more. I walked out, and away from that weekend, my nervous system 'reset' and ready to tackle the day. My mind clear and relaxed. That week I had some creative breakthroughs with problems I had been mulling for weeks. I was able to problem solver quicker than I ever had. I now bring this experience to you. We're all 'caught up' in the busyness that is New York. Take an evening to dedicate just to you and your self care.
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BUILD AN AUDIENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA with Amanda Natividad
Amanda used to wish there were more women creators for her to look up to. But she realized two problems: 1) It was her own fault for not paying closer attention, and 2) She could be the change she wanted to see. So she took her Twitter account seriously and started publishing online. One year later, she grew herTwitter following from 1k to 60k. And she would love to share her learnings with you. I will be interviewing her this Thursday at 12pm EST on LinkedIn Live What you will learn: Why the world needs more women to create and publish online How to uncover your personal "why" Redefine the typical audience building goals Define and create your content strategy How to deal with trolls (and red flags to look for when engaging online) Bio: Amanda Natividad is VP of Marketing for audience research startup, SparkToro. In her 9-year marketing career, she has managed B2C and B2B marketing teams across consumer packaged goods, software-as-a-service, and agency side. Earlier in her career, Amanda created Fitbit��s B2B content program and helped build their B2B marketing team. She also led marketing for ski lift ticket company Liftopia and for SEO content agency Growth Machine. Amanda has spoken at marketing events like Demand Curve’s Growth Summit, and guest lectured at Columbia Business School and Cornell University. She is also a contributor for Adweek, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, and a former journalist.
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HOLD YOUR WELL BEING SACRED. AS A MOM with Lisa Druxman
Did you notice that FIVE of the letters in the word MOTHER is "other." Its no wonder moms put everyone else first. In this workshop, you will learn: How to be SELF-ish and role model self care for your children How to hold your own well-being sacred How to give yourself permission to give your own needs a vote each day How to identify your legacy How to identify your values Lisa Druxman is the author of "The Empowered Mama" a practical and interactive workbook full of simple, powerful tools to help moms reconnect with themselves. Moms often try to juggle the roles of wife, mother, and homemaker while also being professional, competent women. Many moms feel like they can't take time to replenish their bodies and minds, despite their many roles. There's just not enough time in the day, and it seems selfish to take time when families and work still demand more. Join us for this workshop with Lisa Druxman for some tools and learning on how to hold your own well being sacred.
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CUT THROUGH THE OVERWHELM AND GET PRODUCTIVE WITH TANYA DALTON
In this workshop, you will discover: The difference between being busy and productive How to reject the pressure to do more, be more, and achieve more How to focus on doing what’s important so you can live the lifestyle you want How to create a map to your ideal future Did you know that your brain is FIVE TIMES more prone to noticing the negative than the positive. Why? Because that negativity bias was the difference between life and death for our ancestors. Thousands of years ago, they faced real fears, like being eaten by a lion. But TODAY, that negativity bias could be torpedo-ing your ability to put 'self-care' in your calendar. Because your mom challenged you when you were getting your hair done at 7 years old. "Who do you think you are?" or someone told you at 13 "You didn't deserve it." Here's the rub. Our brains love order. We are constantly referring to the past so we can guess what will happen in the future. Order. So, how can we short circuit our patterns, our negativity bias and start to make new choices? In her latest book, productivity expert Tanya Dalton doesn't tell you what to think. She empowers you to choose how to think with a framework.
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IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CEO OF ZINGAROO ZOE BARRY
Zoë's company started over a sibling rivalry. One Christmas, she was locked in a debate with her brothers about which direction the stock market was headed. To settle the score, she decided to gift them a competitive, social trading experience. Except----there wasn't one. So she built one. Cue Zingaroo, a platform that allows you to compete and track performance on individual trades with your friends or family. You can be a seasoned trader or a new one. Its downloadable from the iOS store. She's raised $8.5M to date. This is Zoe's second venture-backed company. Her first company was also founded because of a pain point. She had a relative with a rare disease and the cost of specialty medication was through the roof. She created an "Amazon of specialty medication." Zoe raised over $42M for ZappRx before the company was acquired by Allscripts in June of 2019. Join me in this incredible conversation with serial entrepreneur Zoe Barry. When she isn’t busy building her company, Zoë enjoys mentoring first time founders. She has invested in over 20 startups to date.

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HOW TO SET HEALTHY BOUNDARIES with "BOUNDARY BOSS" TERRI COLE
In this workshop, psychotherapist Terri Cole teaches a specific set of skills that can help you stop abandoning yourself for the sake of others (without guilt or drama) and consciously become empowered in every aspect of your emotional, physical, personal, and professional life. Since becoming a Boundary Boss is a process, Cole also offers actionable strategies, scripts, and practices that can be used in the moment, whenever you need them. You will learn: How to recognize when your boundaries have been violated and what to do next How your unique “Boundary Blueprint” is unconsciously driving your boundary behaviors, and strategies to redesign it Powerful boundary scripts so you will know what to say in the moment How to manage “Boundary Destroyers”—including emotional manipulators, narcissists, and other toxic personalities Where you fall on the spectrum of codependency and how to create healthy, balanced relationships Are you endlessly giving and doing for all of the people all of the time? Do you feel you are the one people come to when they need something because they know you’ll get it done, no matter what? If you’re nodding your head, then this workshop is for you It's easy to fall into the trap of seeing ourselves and our actions as being “nice” and a “good” person. We’ve been taught to believe that taking care of ourselves makes us selfish and bad. So many of us were raised to define our goodness by putting others before ourselves. When we give from a place of need and fear, what can happen is we end up resentful, angry, exhausted. We can feel like the people in our lives are taking advantage of us and our generosity. Every relationship is a dynamic, which means each individual is responsible for their 50%. We need to ask ourselves, “How can I set healthy boundaries?"
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THE ANXIOUS LEADER: TURN YOUR ANXIETY INTO AN IMPORTANT BUSINESS ASSET
Common wisdom says business success requires getting out in public and staying there. You must do deals. You must network and press the flesh. You must eat lunch every day with someone important. You must speak at seminars and conferences. The same common wisdom says that the people who get ahead have brilliant personalities and megawatt smiles. They seldom sleep. They exhibit admirable “grit.” They are extroversion superstars. But our speaker on March 30th says there is another way to go. Extreme introvert and business owner Morra Aarons-Mele offers strategies that can help an introvert work through a business day successfully. In this workshop, you will learn A technique to create "alone time" during the work day to recharge and prepare psychologically for upcoming meetings How to turn anxiety into a “constant companion" and a powerful motivator. How to say "no" and to set boundaries for yourself. For this to work, you have to “tune in” to your anxieties to figure out where you will function well and where you won’t. How to channel introvert traits for sales. How to negotiate. Use a collaborative strategy with two goals: getting a reasonable deal for yourself and making sure the other party feels like a winner. How to manage your time better by working in short, intense bursts. Introverts often fall prey to struggling to reach goals other people set for them. Protect yourself against that pitfall by being mindful about what you want for yourself. March 30th, we have a conversation with Morra Aarons-Mele, author of "Hiding in the Bathroom."
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JOYA DASS IN CONVERSATION WITH DIPALI TRIVEDI, CO-FOUNDER & CTO, EVERYDAY LIFE INSURANCE
Dipali Trivedi is originally from a small town in India. After getting degrees in AI and machine learning, she headed to MIT. "When I started the [MBA] program, I was running my own consulting firm. I came to MIT to learn how to transition from services-based entrepreneurship to product-driven entrepreneurship." "As a woman in tech and a woman of color, I was used to being the only female in the room. But I wanted to do my part to change the landscape and help other women find a seat at the table. I believe that tech entrepreneurship is too important to be left solely to men, and I feel fortunate to be part of the incredible ecosystem of entrepreneurs, including Global Accelerator, TechStar and MIT." Join us for this powerful conversation on March 17th at 12pm EST. I will ask her these 5 questions for the first 20 minutes and then she will take your questions live.








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THE MOST MOTIVATIONAL TALK YOU HAVE EVER ATTENDED: DEBBIE MILLMAN
What you will learn in this interview: Rejection. How do you deal with it? Why 'courage' is more important than 'confidence' ? The question of deserving. What is that nonnegotiable for you? Most think about the 'why' in life. Then the 'what.' Then the 'where.' Why Debbie puts the 'where' first? I could tick off all the accolades and accomplishments of Debbie Millman. At one point, if you walked into any given grocery store or supermarket, anything like that, she had a hand in about 20 percent of everything you might see or touch. She helped co found the world’s first master’s program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, She is founder and host of "Design Matters," which is the world’s first and longest podcast about design. But what I'm really about to give you is one of the most motivational talks you have ever experienced from a successful woman in business. I will ask Debbie about three exercises she teaches her students: Her "10 year future you exercise." In your best possible life, what are the things you could accomplish? Understanding how you come across. How do you want to be perceived? What's a three-word combination that could only describe you? And other questions.
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HOW TO BUILD A BRAND THAT IS INCLUSIVE WITH SONIA THOMPSON
In this workshop, you will learn how your product or service can engage customers who are part of communities that have been historically underserved. To better engage women and certain cultural minorities To better engage consumers from different religions, customers with different dietary restrictions, sexual orientation To set goals around ensuring your marketing *and your teams* reflect the population of customers you're serving. How to build action plans and policies that support you in reaching those targets. To identify what success means to the community you serve and how it impacts the products, services, and experiences you'll deliver. To make your business about belonging. When your customers feel like they belong with you, they will reward you with their attention, adoration, and loyalty.




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NON-TRADITIONAL WAYS OF FINDING & KEEPING EMPLOYEES IN THIS JOB MARKET
In response to your queries on hiring challenges, we bring in a strategist on the NON-TRADITIONAL places and ways to find and keep employees in this job market. Business Growth Strategist Amanda Bedell of BCC Business Consulting will share resources such as Local Worksource Success stories from clients who have used untraditional hiring methods. How and where to start to employ from these employment pools. About Amanda Bedell, Business Growth Strategist Amanda has spent over 15 years in the marketing and public relations fields working with multi-million dollar nonprofits and in the entertainment industry. In between, she launched and subsequently sold a brick and mortar and manufacturing food business. Her intimate knowledge of business merged with her marketing and communication experience creates a holistic approach to business growth. Her work centers around workplace culture, internal systems, and marketing strategy.
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CAN BEING A MOM HELP MY CAREER? IN CONVERSATION WITH TRACY BROWER
Can being a mom help your career? Yes! Sociologist and author Tracy Brower shares the 5 skills you can leverage to get ahead. Are you a caregiver to an aging parent? Are you back to homeschooling children in the not so post pandemic environment? You will learn these things from this interview Sociologist and Author Tracy Brower shares the capabilities that you develop as a caregiver and how you can leverage them to fuel your career: Leadership. Empathy. Stress Tolerance. Communication Time Management. So you have built great skills which you know are relevant to b

usiness. You can convince your employer about your capabilities by making a strong business case. Tracy shares how.





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JOYA DASS IN CONVERSATION WITH NIDHI LUCKY HANDA, CEO OF LEUNE
Nidhi Lucky Handa, CEO and founder of California-based cannabis products company Leune, launched in November 2018. It's raised over $5M from celebrity investors including Rich Paul, John Wall, Carmelo Anthony, and La La Anthony. Her background is in business marketing and building brands. When legalization passed, she saw the pain point in the market. Brands either marketed to the "being bad" or skewed towards being very clinical. None were speaking to the modern consumer. In just two years, LEUNE has created a community for the "cannabis-curious." She prides herself on her dispensaries, which are bright and modern like a medi spa. In this conversation, I will ask 6 questions ABOUT PRODUCT MARKET FIT ABOUT BRANDING ABOUT HER $5M FUNDRAISE ABOUT GETTING STAR POWER BEHIND A PRODUCT WHY ITS IMPORTANT TO EDUCATE THE CONSUMER? HER NUMBER ONE ADVICE ON LEADERSHIP
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7 POINTS TO BUILDING A GREAT BRAND WITH BRUCE TURKEL
The best companies and most successful salespeople live by a three-word mantra—”all about them”— When sales people focus their brand on their customers instead of themselves, their businesses flourish. In this workshop, author and former agency owner Bruce Turkel shows readers how to use this simple but extremely powerful influencing technique. He has advised some of the world’s greatest companies, including American Express and Bacardi. In this workshop, he lays the groundwork by relating his personal journey of discovery to the “All about Them” principle. Afterwards, he takes your questions live. Identify great opportunities for your brand and still stay true to your core values and promises.





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DESIGN YOUR TIME. BECOME AN EFFECTIVE LEADER WITH THE CEO OF PRODUCT TEACHER
In this workshop, you will learn How to proactively design your week and your day What to prioritize. What to de-prioritize. How to engineer time for maximum productivity How to map ENERGY for maximum productivity How to block out time for deep work on calendars How to say "no" to meetings if they don't have clear agendas. November 11th, I'm in conversation with Clement Kao, CEO and founder of Product Teacher, a career coaching company that enables product managers to succeed. Once and for all, let's create systems and processes for making you productive and a better a leader.







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THE FIVE SKILLS THAT TRANSFER FROM SPORTS TO BUSINESS: IN CONVERSATION WITH INDIAN BASKETBALL PLAYER APOORVA MURALINATH

In this workshop, I will be in conversation with Indian basketball player Appoorva Muralinath about her rise to fame. Since we are women in business, she will also speak to the 5 things about being an athlete that transfer to the world of business.



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A HOW TO DESIGN CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER WITH DANIEL STILLMAN
"How do you design better conversations in the workplace? It's an important skill for a leader. It helps you align your teams on vision, face tough issues and build a creative and inclusive team culture. In this workshop with Daniel Stillman of the Conversation Factory, teaches a step-by-step framework to design impactful conversations-



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6 TIPS ON BECOMING KNOWN FOR YOUR IDEAS WITH DORIE CLARK
You have great ideas. You write about it. But how do you ensure the right people are reading it? This talk shares six tips In this workshop, you will learn Writing about the people you’d like to connect with (or the companies you’d like to work for). Proactively sharing articles you create. Using the “ladder strategy” for your content.





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6 TIPS TO HAVING AGENCY OVER YOUR LIFE WITH AUTHOR ALKA JOSHI
In this talk, you will learn to: Be disciplined about your 'me' time. Learn to say 'no'. Buck convention. Go it alone. Try new things. Say 'yes' to new experiences. Embrace the lessons, rather than fight them. Be kind to yourself. If you make a mistake, move on Take stock of your values so you can prioritize. Tuesday, September 28th, I'm in conversation with author Alka Joshi, author of the "Henna Artist" and "The Secret Keeper of Jaipur." It's fascinating trilogy that is a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub Pick and set to become a Miramax TV production.
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WHAT DOES THE MODERN LEADER LOOK LIKE?" WITH THE CEO OF SCRIBE MEDIA
Scribe Media had a record multi million dollar revenue year. Jevon talks to us about his newest book on what modern leadership looks like, how he’s leaned on what he’s learned throughout his life and career about rising above hardship, and the one piece of advice he’d give any CEO right now.






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BECOME A LEADER THAT MATTERS
In this workshop you will learn to:
1. Be the leader who conveys meaning, not power.
2. Manage time and transform your relationship to it.
3. Embrace a curious mindset.
4. Embrace change.
5. Lead by lifting others up.
6. Act with decisiveness and clarity.
7. Be people-focused and little ways to show people care and respect.


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