Chocolate Villa in South Africa!

Last May, we shared a story called “The Giraffe and the Elephant,” an allegory representing the challenges of building diverse organizations within existing structures. This month, we took Chocolate Villa to South Africa—a region of the world with actual giraffes and elephants—where we hosted 19 women from the World Food Programme for a 2.5-day workshop as part of their INSPIRE Women’s Leadership and Career Development Programme.

Posted on January 13, 2016 .

The Giraffe and the Elephant

Gender balance in leadership has been a hot topic. I came across this allegory recently, and found it to offer a refreshingly different point of view on the challenges we face in changing structure and challenging cultural norms. I wanted to share it with all of you

Posted on May 13, 2015 .

Chocolate Villa Coaching: Explore Your "Next"

When women attend Chocolate Villa, we see them reconnect with their passions, their confidence, their aspirations, and their belief in their own capabilities. We hear repeated stories of women feeling inspired, rejuvenated, re-focused and recommitted to their work and managing the complexities of their lives.

Posted on April 13, 2015 .

Living the Villa in 2015

“It’s easy to let yourself drop below the line, or forget that you have choice in everything, or that you can only control what’s in your sphere of control—all those things we learned at Chocolate Villa. When you ask yourself if you’re “Living the Villa’, then you can practice something you learned to help you feel better, or take charge of a part of your life you need to manage more effectively.”

Posted on January 17, 2015 .

4 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolution Come True

The first key is to change your mindset about your resolution. Want to drop 15 pounds? Stop saying "I want" and start saying "I will." Make it a daily mantra. You'll be surprised by how much this can help you think of your goal as more attainable, and be more inclined to actually work at it.

Here are some tips to help you make sure your 2015 resolution comes true

Posted on January 2, 2015 .

Chocolate Villa in Rome!

Just as we passed Chocolate Villa’s five-year anniversary, we found ourselves in the Italian countryside, hosting women from all over the world.  We launched the first two new Chocolate Villa programs for the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) INSPIRE Women’s Leadership and Career Development Programme.

Posted on January 1, 2015 .

Chocolate Villa in Asia

We just returned from a two-week Chocolate Villa Asia tour, and 24 new alumnae, from both Bangkok (above) Shanghai (below), have joined our ranks. It was a fabulous trip, and it was so exciting to meet with two new groups of amazing and aspirational female leaders.

Posted on December 12, 2012 .