Do you feel stuck about WHERE TO GO NEXT with your leadership?
Are you so busy supporting your team that you can’t find the headspace to THINK BIG PICTURE or vision?
Do you dream about TAKING A LEAP, but are afraid that you might fail?
Do you struggle to MAKE TIME TO COMMIT to the very things that you know will support you?
Are you burned out on LEADING, even though that’s what you want to be doing?
So what is it?
Equal parts coaching, leadership training, and mastermind – the Incubator is a 3-month group program designed specifically for women in positions of influence and leadership who are ready to take your leadership to the next level.
Rooted in best practices for leadership development from Amanda’s 20 years of experience as a social change coach and consultant, the Women’s Leadership Incubator provides you with holistic support, coaching, and accountability to go big in your leadership. Here’s how it works:
1. You identify your leadership goals.
At the beginning of the program, you work individually and with the group to create 1-2 goals that you want to focus on. You'll also meet with Amanda during a one-on-one for a breakthrough coaching session to explore your goals, vision for leadership, possible barriers and ways past them.
2. You get bimonthly support & accountability from your group for 3 months in LIVE group sessions.
This is where the magic happens. Facilitated by Amanda, these live group sessions are your regular space to workshop challenges with your group, share your wins, face your fears, learn new skills, and receive coaching. You gain a personal think tank of advisors and champions that help you get to where you want to go.
3. You get regular video coaching from Amanda using Voxer
Maybe you hit a bump in the road and can't wait for the next group session. Or you just need a little extra encouragement when you fee stuck. Amanda supports you with regular video coaching for pressing challenges during the 3 months.
4. Optional Bonus: Get matched with a learning partner.
For those who want additional networking and support, you can opt-in to be matched with a learning partner or partners from your group. You choose together how you want to meet and when, with guidance from the Incubator.
5. Optional Bonus: Zoom Coworking
Sometimes it helps to do your work in the quiet company of others. For bonus accountability, WLI will run 1.5 hour drop in zoom co-working sessions during the course of the program. Drop in, share what you are working - and get it done!
AND you will have access to recordings to all live group sessions, resources, tools and best practices we cover so that you can go back to your takeaways exactly when you need to.
Every Incubator Group gains tools, readings, resources and training in these key areas:
Setting powerful goals and visioning:
Clarifying your purpose, identifying the big WHY behind your goals; setting right-sized goals.
Practices to quiet the inner critic and navigate limiting beliefs:
Identifying the fears, concerns, and beliefs you have related to your goals – and working with them from a place of curiosity, compassion and support.
Leading/influencing across difference and power:
Exploring the different facets of your social/cultural identities and how these influence your leadership.
Self-care and sustainability:
Looking at what support and self-care practices you need so that you can show up to be your best self – for you, your community, and your team.
The Incubator is designed to be responsive to the questions and themes that surface in the group. Depending on the interests of the group, Amanda will also bring in additional content, resources and/or training material.
What’s the investment?
The Women’s Leadership Incubator is valued at $6600.
This is what you get:
1:1 individual coaching session with Amanda to set your goals and vision for leadership (value = $400)
Six 1.5 - 2 hour facilitated training and peer-coaching sessions over 3 months (value = $4,200)
Regular video coaching support from Amanda (through VOXER) for 3 months (value = $2,000)
Your own personal think tank and support squad to help you go for your goals (priceless!)
Bonus option to sign up for a learning partner from your group for increased accountability (extra value)
Bonus option to participate in zoom co-working sessions every Monday
Bonus Women’s Leadership Incubator access to resources, tools, best practices and recordings of all zoom sessions
The Women’s Leadership Incubator is a professional development program, designed to support you in becoming a more effective leader for yourself, your team and your community. We highly encourage you to ask your organization for professional development funds to invest in your leadership. We are happy to provide documentation to support that request.
There are additional payment plan and scholarship options as well as patron options for applicants with financial privilege. Please see the application for details.
The Women's Leadership Incubator welcomes the diversity and inclusion of all participants regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, or religion. Cisgender, transgender, and non-binary identified women as well as Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that honors the unique backgrounds,
experiences, and perspectives of all our participants.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is it happening?
The Incubator will begin February 10 and meet on Thursdays over 12 weeks between noon - 2pm. Non-meeting weeks are devoted to taking action, reflection and practice. Before you apply, we ask that you check your calendar for possible conflicts. We ask that if you are accepted into the program, you make the commitment to attend at least 5 of the 6 LIVE sessions.
Session 1: Thursday, February 9, Noon - 2pm Coaching convos: week of February 13 Session 2: Thursday, March 2: Noon - 1:30 pm Session 3: Thursday, March 16: Noon - 1:30 pm Session 4: Thursday, March 30: Noon - 1:30 pm Session 5: Thursday, April 20: Noon - 1:30 pm
1:1 Check-ins: week of April 3 Session 6: Thursday, May 4: Noon - 2pm
Optional Co-working Sessions: Mondays from 9:30 am - 11:00 am during the 12 weeks of the Incubator.
What is the time commitment?
During the 3-month program, we ask you to make a regular minimum commitment of 2 hours/week in support of your leadership development and goals. You will use that committed time to:
Participate in the LIVE zoom sessions, individual coaching and Voxer video coaching with Amanda.
Put into practice your action steps from your peer-coaching sessions and goal setting.
Complete the occasional prep or post work for the LIVE group sessions.
You are welcome to put in as much time as you want, of course! 2-hour commitment per week is critical for taking this work forward.
I’m interested in doing this with a friend/colleague/teammate. Would that be ok?
Absolutely! If you have a colleague, friend or teammate that you want to do this with, the program is a great fit. You will be able to develop a shared language and skill set with one another.
I would like to ask my organization to pay for my participation as professional development. Do you have material I can provide that outlines the goals and outcomes of this program?
Definitely! We encourage all participants to use professional development funds to pay for this program. Please be in touch if you need documentation to show your employer or have question about how to go about doing this.
Do I get to work with Amanda one-on-one?
Yes! In addition to the important work happening in your six LIVE group sessions, you will work with Amanda one-on-one during your individual coaching session at the beginning of the program AND you have regular Voxer video coaching throughout to get support on questions/challenges specific to you.
How do I know it's for me?
If you are in a position of leadership or influence in your organization and are ready to commit to taking your leadership to the next level, this is for you.
If you are ready to commit 2 hours/week for 12 weeks to go for your goals, this is for you.
If you are excited to deepen your reflection and coaching skills in a group program with other inspiring women leaders, this is for you.
We ask that you make the commitment to attend all 6 LIVE group sessions and clear your schedule to make that possible. However, we also know that life and work happen! All sessions are recorded and you will be able to watch a missed session on your own time.
If you know in advance that you will miss more than 1 group session, it may be better to wait for the next Incubator.
What's the structure for each session?
While the content will vary each LIVE session, the structure remains relatively the same. These key ingredients are integrated into the way we work together:
Resiliency and self-care practices We will explore different mindfulness, movement, and grounding practices to help us settle in, get present and focused for our important work together.
Checking in on your goals You will have exciting wins and also hit bumps in the road as you move forward. We want to hear about all of it! You will have a chance in every session to share wins, appreciations and challenges.
Leadership training What got you here, won’t get you there! We integrate frameworks, exercises and training rooted in best-practices for going after your goals, including: Setting purposeful goals; Navigating your inner critic; Leading/influencing across difference and power; Cultivating self-care and sustainability. Other topics will be included based on the interests of the group.
Peer-coaching Half of the fun is being able to learn from the incredible experiences and smarts of women in the group! We use peer coaching during our bi-monthly group sessions to support you in addressing the challenges and questions that surface along your leadership journey. You will both share your wisdom and also gain from the collective smarts of all the incredible leaders in your group.
Action planning We are invested in your success. Every session is an opportunity to reflect on what’s working, what’s getting in your way and what’s the next step that you want to take to move forward on your goals.
What is Voxer?
Voxer is a free app that turns your phone or computer into a walkie-talkie. Using Voxer allows you to directly contact me in a private channel just for you, so that you can share ideas, ask questions, or get specific advice/coaching. Voxer enables you to reach out when you need the support and have a few minutes here or there, so you don't have to wait for our next group session if something comes up.
Amanda is a leadership development consultant, trainer, and executive coach with over 20 years of experience in developing the effectiveness of leaders and organizations. Using her expertise in mindfulness, emotional-intelligence, and strength-based mindsets, Amanda has coached hundreds of women leading in social change organizations, small business, higher education, and philanthropy. As an entrepreneur and working mother with two small children, Amanda is passionate about supporting women in all types of leadership roles.
Amanda holds an M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and a Certificate in Coaching for Emotional Intelligence from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is a mentor with the Racial Justice from the Heart Team; a graduate of the Consultant Master Class with the Social Transformation Project; and prior participant in the Playing Big Facilitators Training Program. Amanda also served as coach/facilitator for Million Dollar Women Masterclass for three years, helping women entrepreneurs scale their businesses.
The most valuable take-away for me has been building my confidence and really recognizing how to mobilize the allies/accomplices who lift me up when I'm wavering - including the women within the cohort.
- Maura Ackerman
Facilitator, Syracuse-Onondoga Food Systems Alliance
The group was an amazing resource of committed thoughtful women who helped me push myself with love and care towards my goals. The accountability of this group of women helped me prioritize my goals and dedicate time in between our meetings.
- Ellie Axe
Executive Director, Story Starters
I have changed how I meet with and lead my 3 direct reports & how I support their leadership goals. One of my direct reports has taken on a LARGE project for the association due to this.
- Caitlin Gibbs
Hockomock Area YMCA Senior Director of Health Innovation
"The group of women was dynamic, each pursuing careers with a different focus, but each mission-driven. Amanda created a safe welcoming environment, and everyone opened up immediately, sharing vulnerabilities and bonding. We got to know each other as a whole person, and how each person's career fit into their lives. I looked forward to each session, it felt so good to do something for myself and to be learning and growing with a group of caring women."
"I'm so appreciative of the validation I've gotten from this group: in coming together and hearing experiences and in confirmation that I've got it, I'm doing well, I'm doing things right. I've not sought out a group of women and had that opportunity for a long time, and I've really relished in that."