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The Urgency of Risk for women
Often ignored, "risk" is a key element of women's success. From their ability to creatively solve problems to their innovative leadership abilities inside organizations and within their own lives.
When women risk women win
Gender bias that keeps women stuck is better addressed which resolves conscious and unconscious barriers to women's success.
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when women risk Organizations win
Damaging and dysfunctional patterns are replaced with positive patterns that contribute to lasting change.
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when women risk
the world wins
Innovation, creativity and leadership flourish at all levels & the world wins.
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the women who risk forums
Created in response to the urgency of risk and driven by the experiences of real women, the Women Who Risk Forums are innovative and results-driven events.
what is a women who risk forum?
Based on research and driven by the experiences of real women, our forums are innovative and results-driven events for women and organizations supportive of women.

Using storytelling and energy psychology to unlock creativity and leadership quickly--at all levels. Forums are around 90 minutes and typically are conducted with groups of 8-12 women.

      who should attend a forum?
      I hope every mother will bring her daughter.

      I hope every daughter will bring her mother.

      I hope every woman will joyfully risk attendance at a forum.

      It truly is for women, from all walks of life, who are passionate about achieving more in their personal and professional lives.
      why should i attend?
      Our work supports groups of women in 1. 2. 3. by 1. 2.3.

      we'd love to have a conversation to see how women who risk might benefit your circle of friends or your orgnaization. Click HEREHEREHREREHR to schedule a 30 minute call with Michael or Teri.
      how do i attend? host? learn more?
      Our approach is innovative; and supported by research, endorsed by academics and professionals at every level. If you feel a call in to serve as a leader and support other women in finding their way to a supportive sisterhood and in sharing their stories, we'd love to talk to you about taking the risk to bring the work to your circles.

      Connect with us and let's have a conversation around how our work can support you? And if our work is truly a fit for your needs and goals?
      Teri Bybee, Founder
      "Learning to engage "risk" is the key that unlocks lasting positive change & unleashes the Power, Potential and Possibility of Women in Your Organization--today and at every level."
      The evidence
      Uniquely designed for women and the organizations supportive of women. By combining storytelling and energy psychology to unlock creativity and leadership quickly--at all levels.
      Research-BAcked
      Combine storytelling and energy psychology + 25 years experience with group facilitation to create the forums. They are research backed and innovative and proven to:

      1. Increase self-worth and social acceptance (Baines/Stewart
      2. Improve physical & mental health (Pennebaker)
      3. Improve creativity and imagination (Cox)
      4. Improve interpersonal communication (Bettelheim, Mead & Estes)
      5. Decrease stress and hostility (Wilce)
            Unique & Innovative
            • "Safe & Context-Driven Connection" (in other words there is a REASON why this group is meeting in this way at this time) with
            • "Preeminently Competent & Skilled Group Facilitation" this requires someone with the training and the intuitive leadership to be able to direct the room in a way that furthers the goal.
            • Storytelling Framework (so people can construct and reconstruct meaning of their narrative w/o worry of failure) With a proven over and over and over framework of storytelling (hearing/active listening) or what has more recently been called "Consciousness Raising". This is important because storytelling is EXPERIENTIAL in a way that allows a lot of AGENCY and control over what is disclosed. It allows people to share literally or by metaphor or example or reveal a lot or a little given what's appropriate (link to evidence)
              • Introduced the Idea of Repatterning rather than just CHANGE or Difference with Energy Psychology: this is the power of living in the modern age we know from things like the somatic research in trauma studies and from having more data over time — from all kinds of sociological and cultural studies and anecdotal things as well that certain patterns are not merely cognitive they are deeper or they are ingrained in ways that make shifting them really difficult without assistance. —not to mention the research on stress and anxiety and depression which tell us a lot as well — both about the effectiveness and the limits of where we are — so what we did that we're really proud of is incorporated in Resonance Repatterning so that people are really given a tool that's very gentle and that is not putting people in some kind of weird place - but allowing them to in a sense play with and discover and shift and ultimately change.
            why should i attend?
            Our work supports groups of women in 1. 2. 3. by 1. 2.3.

            we'd love to have a conversation to see how women who risk might benefit your circle of friends or your orgnaization. Click HEREHEREHREREHR to schedule a 30 minute call with Michael or Teri.
            how do i attend? host? learn more?
            Our approach is innovative; and supported by research, endorsed by academics and professionals at every level. If you feel a call in to serve as a leader and support other women in finding their way to a supportive sisterhood and in sharing their stories, we'd love to talk to you about taking the risk to bring the work to your circles.

            Connect with us and let's have a conversation around how our work can support you? And if our work is truly a fit for your needs and goals?
            Founder
            Teri Bybee
            Teri Bybee is the founder of The Risk Repatterning Initiative and Women Who Risk. She brings her track record as an accomplished facilitator with 21 years of experience teaching, training and coaching.

            The Risk Repatterning Initiative is about rising above old patterns that no longer serve so we can finally embrace all of our power and all of who we are as women.

            Teri has an immense desire to support women in joyfully taking risks, overcoming their fears and transcending the personal devastation that comes from always playing it safe.

            Reach out to her directly if you have questions OR ideas about how to bring the "Risk" movement to more women.
            The reasons risk matters
            Listen to Founder Teri Bybee make the personal and practical case for why risk is paramount for women--individually and within institutions.
            When Women Risk
            we all benefit (big time)
            Women take fewer risks than men because the world is a more dangerous place for women. Women must now face the biggest risk of all: the insistence on our full humanity.

            Social movements, rallies, personal growth seminars, life coaches, and therapists are wonderful tools that will remain limited in their effect if we fail to confront the reality of risk and womanhood by coming together and sharing our stories.

            Now we must go beyond consciousness raising and actively participate in a "Consciousness Repatterning."

            I hope every mother will bring her daughter. I hope every daughter will bring her mother. I hope every woman will joyfully risk attendance at a forum.

            Your sister in joyful risk taking,

            Teri Bybee, founder
            When Women Risk
            we all benefit (big time)
            Women take fewer risks than men because the world is a more dangerous place for women. Women must now face the biggest risk of all: the insistence on our full humanity.

            Social movements, rallies, personal growth seminars, life coaches, and therapists are wonderful tools that will remain limited in their effect if we fail to confront the reality of risk and womanhood by coming together and sharing our stories.

            Now we must go beyond consciousness raising and actively participate in a "Consciousness Repatterning."

            I hope every mother will bring her daughter. I hope every daughter will bring her mother. I hope every woman will joyfully risk attendance at a forum.

            Your sister in joyful risk taking,

            Teri Bybee, founder
            Dr. Meggie Mapes on Our Approach
            What is the benefit of consciousness raising groups generally and specifically for women?
            Consciousness raising groups were/are necessary methods of reflection and resistance. They're spaces to process and reflect on experiences of people in your community (like women; other out groups) and resistant because our culture often keeps things from changing or bonds from being built through its reliance on tactics that separate and aim to keep difference a part.

            Can you speak with regards to the practical benefits?

            It could likely be linked to many gains: economic, psychological, interpersonal and even physical. Consciousness raising groups require that you practice listening in an empathetic way. That's rare for leadership, and could be a valuable skill—as well as in interpersonal relationships, etc. It also validates people as credible when they're speaking from experience; and it asks that you seek feedback based on those experiences from those around you, which expands the way you see the world and what might be possible.

            Dr. Mapes is a professor at the University of Kansas, writer and performer with a Ph.D. in communication studies. Committed to advancing women, she lives in Kansas City with her partner and two amazing dogs. Follow her on Twitter @MeggieMapes.
            Share Your Story
            Your story supports our research, helps us develop better products and encourages and inspires other women. Share only what you are comfortable with.
            Ready to Talk Risk?
            We're always happy to connect talk risk! It's what we do! Fill out the brief form to have a conversation around whether or not our approach is the right one for you, your organization and the women in your professional and personal circles. Whether you want to participate, lead or simply have questions about our work we're here to support you.
            We'll reach out within a few days to schedule a time for us to connect.