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WOT members Julia Kaplan and Janis Bowersox have successfully completed personal projects with the help of other women in the group. Photo courtesy WOT

Walking Our Talk stands apart from other women’s groups because of two main components: self-directed projects and buddies.

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About a year ago, we were introduced to a virus known as COVID–19, which caused a pandemic drastically affecting our lifestyle and forcing us to make changes that will resonate for a lifetime. Trying to avoid the wrath of COVID-19 has caused many of us to become socially isolated, often having limited face-to-face contact with others. Because of the serious and sometimes fatal aspect of the illness, there is an underlying fear of contracting it. This fear can cause anxiety and depression endemic to the virus.

No doubt, we are living through difficult times, causing some women to feel a plethora of emotions. As a result, many have resorted to using Zoom to cope and fill in social gaps by engaging in activities we might not otherwise have considered.

One Zoom activity I have written about previously is Walking Our Talk (WOT). It’s a nonprofit group where women of all ages, races, religions, educational backgrounds, and economic statuses have the opportunity to express themselves in a welcoming environment, free of underlying judgment that might cause shame. Governed by a set of written agreements, we are guided by the principles of confidentiality, committed presence, and self-love. We cultivate empowerment and take responsibility, and learn from each other a culture of caring. This provides an environment of honor, honesty, and respect that results in a sense of greater well-being.

WOT, which currently includes around 350 members, stands apart from other women’s groups because of two main components: self-directed projects and buddies. Women take on a project exclusive to their own interests, agendas and visions. In order to receive additional support with projects, buddies are assigned each week, providing a one-on-one experience with other women. As a result of the buddy system, many women have formulated friendships outside of WOT.

Prior to the pandemic, WOT women met face-to-face, sitting in a circle. Given the nature of the times, this is not possible, and we now meet via Zoom. However, the circle is not only physical but symbolic of a place where women can be authentic and highly connected to each other.

Some of things women have said about about WOT: “I can show up as who I am.” “I can make mistakes and it’s OK.” “We can agree and disagree by holding each other in the highest regard.”  “Circle provides me with reciprocal support.” “I get motivated outside of my experience with circle to tackle a great deal.” “The women in circle are so inspiring, allowing me to feel empowered and competent.” Click Here for More personal stories and full article...

A WOT circle, pre-pandemic. Photo courtesy WOT