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?
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.
Both provide and receive coaching from your peers.
AND watch yourself advance them.
Find supportive, inspiring women who will help you take your work forward.
Gain wise insight, perspective and feedback from others in a space just for you.
Face your inner critic, stop spinning, and start leading.
Clarifying your purpose, identifying the big WHY behind your goals; setting right-sized goals.
Identifying the fears, concerns, and beliefs you have related to your goals – and working with them from a place of curiosity, compassion and support.
Exploring the different facets of your social/cultural identities and how these influence your leadership.
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.
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.
WLI is offered on a sliding scale depending on your individual and organization access to financial resources. Check out the criteria here to find the rate that best fits your/your organization’s resources.
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 - 2:00 pm
Coaching convos: week of February 13
Session 2: Thursday, March 2: Noon - 2:00 pm
Session 3: Thursday, March 16: Noon - 1:30 pm
Session 4: Thursday, March 30: Noon - 1:30 pm
1:1 Coaching Check-ins: week of April 3
Session 5: Thursday, April 20: Noon - 1:30 pm
Session 6: Thursday, May 4: Noon - 2:00 pm
Optional Co-working Sessions: Mondays from 10:00 am - 11:30 am throughout 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:
What’s the tuition for WLI?
WLI is offered on a sliding scale from $1200 - $2200 depending on your individual and organization access to financial resources. Check out the criteria here to find the rate that best fits your/your organization’s resources.
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 questions 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, a mid-way check-in session, AND you have regular Voxer video coaching throughout to get support on questions/challenges specific to you.
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.
What kind of goals can I focus on in WLI?
Goals are wide-ranging from more personal to more professional. You define your goal with support from Amanda & the group. Past participants increased their fundraising, took on new leadership positions, restructured their boards, created new teams and more! Examples of goals past participants worked on include:
How do I know it's for me?
Still not sure if this is it’s the right fit? Let’s chat – schedule a call with Amanda so she can address your questions.
What if I can’t attend the live group sessions?
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:
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.
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
WLI is offered at a sliding scale from $1,200 - $2,200 depending on your individual and organizational access to financial resources. We know that each organization’s and individual’s experiences with financial resources is different and complex. Please review the criteria below to determine the rate that best fits your circumstances. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If your organizational budget is...
If you will pay for WLI without financial support from your organization, please reflect on the following self-assessment questions to consider what rate to pay. This scale is sourced from AORTA coop:
If you answered almost all no, WLI rate = $ 1,200.
If you answered more no than yes, WLI rate = $ 1,500.
If you answered more yes than no, WLI rate = $ 1,800.
If you answered all or almost all yes, WLI rate = $ 2,200.