GIVEN Forum Tracks: Each Forum attendee will participate in a specific track that will help to shape the small group discussions and mentoring received throughout the Forum.
Action Plan: GIVEN Forum participants will propose and implement a one-year Action Plan to activate their God-given gifts in the Church and in the world.
GIVEN Forum Tracks
This track is designed for young women who have an inspired idea for a new mission, organization, or apostolate. They will be guided by established women leaders who will help them solidify their vision and develop a strategic plan to bring that vision to life.
This track is for young adult women who have spent one-three years in long-term service or missionary work, who are looking for guidance in discovering their next step. They will be paired with mentors who can help them identify their gifts and skills as well as opportunities to apply the skills they have already developed to their future endeavors.
Catholic Professional Track
This track is for women who are working within Catholic organizations (ex: diocesan employees, youth/young adult/campus ministers, educators, non-profit employees) who would like to develop as a leader in their specific field. They will be mentored by Catholic women leaders who work in a variety of Church and non-profit ministries.
Secular Professional Track
This track is for Catholic women working in a secular profession or in the public square who are looking for help integrating their faith and professional life. This track will connect them to Catholic women who work in a diversity of professional fields and who hold leadership/executive positions.
General Discernment Track
This track is for women who have a heart for mission and an aptitude for leadership and who are open to where the Holy Spirit might be leading them. The track is geared toward helping participants discern, take steps toward, or deepen a particular vocation, state of life, or profession.
Each GIVEN Forum participant will come with an initial Action Plan proposal that she will continue to discern and develop. Throughout the Forum, mentors will assist with the Action Plan development, and GIVEN staff and mentors will help guide the implementation of Action Plans after the Forum. Action Plans will be completed within the year following the GIVEN Forum, and progress reports will allow the young women to share the status and fruits of their Action Plan.
The Action Plan is each woman’s unique initiative to activate her God-given gifts in the Church and in the world. What do you consider your life’s mission? What moves you; sets you on fire; gives you life? Is there a particular population or group you feel drawn to serve? What are your gifts? The Action Plan will be different for each GIVEN Forum participant because it gives expression to the unique desires the Lord has laid on your heart. Think BIG, dream big, pray deeply, take note of your own desires and capacities, and mold your vision of an Action Plan that will be a gift of yourself that keeps on giving!
Examples of previous Action Plans can be found here: Alumnae Action Plans.