Business and Professional WOmen / Pennsylvania



Individual Development Program


  • The BPW Foundation Individual Development Program is a professional development workshop that contains 15 modules (lessons). It is a trademark program and the facilitators are trained and approved to provide the IDP course. So if you are looking for a career change, improve your career or looking for help to improve your confidence in speaking, this program is for you. 

  • Objectives of the IDP are to develop leadership skills, improve your skills in communication, networking, negotiating, interviewing, and dealing with the media, heighten awareness of the issues people face in achieving their goals, and to develop strategies for personal and professional advancement. 

  • Topics covered in course include: Developing confidence Stepping into Leadership Interpersonal and Transferable Workplace Parliamentary Procedure Skills Building media relationships & Branding Setting Goals Business Etiquette Creating & Presenting Oral Presentations Grassroots Advocacy Networking Virtual Teams Interviewing Skills BPW overview Understanding Negotiations 

  • The IDP course is interactive and uses multiple tools include the DISC Behavioral Worksheet, Multiple Intelligence's Survey and BANTA - Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreements. Members who complete the course can train as facilitators and/or choose to participate at a District Level speak-off. The District winner can then compete at the State Level Competition. This level includes a five minute prepared speech, a two minute impromptu speech and an interview with judges. This year’s topic will be President Marilyn’s theme: “Bridge to the Future”.


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