WRITE TO CONNECT

Help employees reimagine, reenter, and reconnect during and after the pandemic.

Rather than merely moving on, do your employees need support processing their varied pandemic experiences as they re-enter company culture?

Are you ready to imagine how the recent past might creatively inform the new future, together

Bold Voice Collaborative has hit the ground running by helping teams transition into the new not-so-normal with our writing-based wellness program, inspired by our popular Voice the Pandemic flash nonfiction workshop. Through guided writing, informal sharing, and mindful community, participants are invited to honor, reflect on, and process their pandemic truths as we collectively craft visions for what’s next. 

 Grounded in the healing power of expressive writing, our customizable restorative and team-rebuilding programs are available to corporations, nonprofits, and groups of all sorts. Led by award-winning professional writing instructors and coaches, we bring you an innovative form of employee mental health support.

Read our article, "Writing Can Help Us Heal from Trauma," appearing in:

Participants from our public Voice the Pandemic workshops have gone on to work with our coaches, publishing their stories in prominent media venues:

Our Standard Write-for-Wellness Programs Include:

Interactive live 3-hour workshop

Mini-lessons on storytelling

Writing time, sparked by in-class writing prompts and journaling exercises

 Guided breakout group discussions, allowing for facilitated community-based processing

Tools and inspiration for individuals to continue the practice of expressive writing for emotional relief

Our Premium Write-for-Wellness Programs Go Beyond:

A branded learning experience, visually customized for your company
 
A pre-workshop strategy session to design tailored writing prompts and exercises, determine program length, and discuss other customizations

Implementation Lab ("Write In") following the workshop, allowing employees to complete their pieces together, supported by a BVC instructor

Help developing a presentation during which participants can share their work with others in the company (e.g. open mic storytelling event, or a 10-minute share during a monthly company meeting)


Expressive Writing Is Proven to Boost Emotional Well Being

  • U.S. businesses lose 200 million+ work days annually to depression, costing employers up to $44 billion.*
  • 200+ studies show expressive writing improves physical and emotional health, including sleep and performance.*
  • Writing intervention increases resilience and decreases depressive symptoms, perceived stress, and rumination.*
  • Translating emotional experience into words changes its effect on the brain.* 

About Bold Voice Collaborative

Company Data: Bold Voice Collaborative is an initiative of Girl Meets Voice, Inc. (GMV), a women-owned creative consultancy founded by author and speaker Dr. Deborah Siegel-Acevedo. GMV has developed customized community writing programs for companies and organizations including:

• Microsoft Inc.
 Association of International Certified Public Accountants D&I
 University of Chicago
• Trustmark Solutions
• Women's Business Development Center 

Achievements: Since Bold Voice Collaborative's founding in November 2020, over 200 students have taken part in Voice the Pandemic, resulting in several publications including pieces in The New York Times and Slate and myriad submissions to archives.

Expertise: Deborah Siegel-Acevedo, PhD ACC is an author, TEDx speaker, community builder, and consummate collaborator. She is the author of two books (with Palgrave Macmillan and Random House; co-edited) as well as essays published in anthologies and in literary journals. Her op-eds and features on writing, thought leadership, work, family, and more have appeared in popular venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN.com, The Forward, Kveller, Slate, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, Ms., More, and Psychology Today. She has been featured on The Today Show and in the New York Times. An Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Communication at DePaul University, she currently teaches courses on personal and public narrative. She previously taught opinion writing through The OpEd Project. Learn more at www.deborahsiegelphd.com and www.girlmeetsvoice.com.

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Voices from Our Workshops 

"Thank you so much for this opportunity to really stop and absorb all we are going through right now. For today and for the future, writing about the pandemic will be invaluable, impactful, and healing."

-Juliet Bond, LCSW 
Author & Director of Development, Piven Theatre Workshop

 

"I was really impressed. It's obvious that the course creators put a lot of thought into developing the prompts, exercises, teachings, and course structure. They packed a lot into a short class. My expectations were exceeded."


-Jill Schacter
Marketing Communications Coordinator, Evanston Public Library

“Thank YOU for this much needed oasis from the regular program that is insane! I am so grateful for you sharing your knowledge and gifts with us. What you are doing is so important and I am grateful to be a part of it.”

-Rina Campbell
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Specialist at Campbell Consulting

In May 2021, participants came together to read stories sparked by our workshop at a livestreamed storytelling event produced by Bold Voice Collaborative:

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