Executive Leadership Network
A Leadership Intensive for Executives Seeking to Deepen their Impact.
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Executive Leadership Network
The Executive Leadership Network (ELN) convenes senior leaders, executives, and other seasoned cross-sector leaders for a collaborative, part-time leadership training intensive. Participants expand their leadership mindsets and strategies and cultivate a thriving professional peer network ready to address leadership challenges and opportunities together.
Participants benefit from 1) an individualized 360 leadership assessment, 2) one-on-one executive coaching, 3) experienced leadership, mindfulness, and DEI facilitators, and 4) structured peer coaching exercises.
50 hours of executive leadership development programming from February to June meeting about twice per month for a combination of full- and half-day sessions. You can also expect about 10 hours spent outside of sessions on executive coaching sessions and individual assignments. The Programs are broken into four components:
- Leadership Forums – Facilitated executive leadership development sessions that center the unique challenges and opportunities of executive and senior leadership and multi-stakeholder management. Sessions provide participants with frameworks to engage in deep professional and leadership reflection to develop strategies and relationships to navigate teams through uncertainty.
- Individualized Executive Coaching & 360 Assessment – Participants will engage with an executive coach throughout the length of the program. This executive coaching will kick off with a comprehensive personal 360 assessment leveraging the Leadership Versatility Index™, which provides leaders actionable insights into their motivators, behaviors, and blind spots enabling a deeper understanding of interpersonal dynamics and promoting higher performance. Using the results of this assessment, the executive coach conducts one-on-one sessions with each participant to support their development of an action plan and address the opportunities identified in the assessment.
- Peer Consultancies – An adaptive leadership peer coaching module to better diagnose professional challenges and determine possible steps to test solutions in an empowered environment with experienced professionals.
- Leadership Journey Networking Dinners – Coro curated dinner after select sessions over the course of the program will further enable participants to build meaningful relationships with cohort colleagues. Coro will also invite other seasoned regional leaders and executives into this space to further enhance the ELN program networking opportunities.
1. Seeks to tackle the “lone wolf” challenge many senior leaders and executives find themselves in by bringing together a group of peers from across sectors and industries to problem-solve organizational and professional challenges, leveraging time-tested leadership frameworks to enhance personal professional capacity to manage and lead effectively.
2. Provides you with a space to more deeply explore your leadership strengths and growth opportunities, test leadership interventions with other senior leader peers, and problem-solve organizational and professional challenges in a collaborative environment.
The curriculum includes a wide range of professional skills-building:
- Adaptive Leadership
- Building a Personal “Board of Directors”
- Creating a Culture of Trust
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) and Organizational Change
- Effective Communication & Feedback
- Effective Inquiry & Critical Thinking
- Interpersonal Leadership Styles™
- Leadership Versatility Index™ (360 leadership assessment)
- Managing Diverse Teams
- Mindfulness Practices
- Self-Awareness & Self-Management Tools
- Systems Thinking & Stakeholder Analysis
As a leadership and professional development institute, Coro’s program goals, including ELN, aim to expand the leadership and professional capacity of our program participants in order for them to have the networks, skills, and knowledge to drive impact in their work and communities.
|ELN IS NOT||ELN IS|
|An echo chamber for your perspectives to be reinforced||A place to experience and appreciate diversity of experiences and viewpoints and engage in productive conflict and discourse|
|A “quick fix” bootcamp where you will be told the answers and solutions||A place to identify personal professional strengths and areas for growth and practice skills building|
|A think tank in which Coro or you will be “solving” your organization’s challenges and problems||A space to build a collaborative network of peers eager to work together – both during the program and afterward – to better understand how to address organizational challenges and expand your toolkit to enhance your capacity to do so|
You will have opportunities to bring your professional work into the program and program learnings into your professional life.
- Personal Leadership Commitments – you will name a specific area of growth you plan to practice over the course of the program.
- Exploring Tough Interpretations & Peer Consultancy – two adaptive leadership modules that enable you to understand your own resistance to change (providing a glimpse into opportunities for enhanced impact and effectiveness) and bring into the program real-world professional challenges you are seeking to address and to seek peer coaching from your cohort in an empowered environment.
- 360 Assessment & Executive Coaching – you’ll have the opportunity to engage in deep reflection on your professional and executive strengths and opportunities via the Leadership Versatility Index™, a 360 assessment, and individualized executive coaching based on the feedback.
- Sharing Your Impact and Vision – your leadership offers value to your work and we want to make that value visible. Through a concluding activity you will synthesize the program’s impact and set commitments to continue your capacity building beyond the conclusion of the program.
- Expanding Your Network – both through the cohort building journey and the Leadership Journey Networking dinners, you will have an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with other regional executives and senior leaders. Moreover, the program sessions will provide an opportunity to explore different office spaces and how that impacts the organization’s overall culture. Following completion of the program, you will join a Coro community totalling over 15,000 leaders and professionals.
Coro values diverse perspectives, identities, experiences, and world views represented in programming and cohorts; as such, ELN cohorts reflect the make-up of the region, representing a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and identities.
Ideal ELN candidates are those who:
- are or have been an organizational executive or member of the senior leadership team of an organization;
- are committed to deepening their professional leadership capacity and executive mindset alongside a cohort of peers;
- are looking to expand their personal and professional community.
Multi-Perspective: You should be ready to engage productively with different perspectives and willing to participate in personal reflection.
Vulnerability and Psychological Safety: As a necessary component of multi-perspective learning, Coro views vulnerability as a critical leadership attribute essential for unleashing learning, building authentic and meaningful connection, and for holding spaces that are psychologically safe as a precursor to adaptive, innovative collaboration. You should be ready to contribute to building a psychological safe cohort environment.
Intentional Ambiguity: A signature characteristic of Coro programming is generating intentional ambiguity, which works to highlight your defaults, ignite your learning, and support you to lead and manage through uncertainty.
Learn by Doing: Coro views leadership as a practice; you should be ready to learn by doing with sessions as opportunities to lay the foundation; you will gain the most by taking the skills, tools, and frameworks and practicing/adapting them in your professional roles.
2024 ELN tuition is $8,500 (subsidized and discounted from $14,500 thanks to Coro’s generous donors). The tuition covers:
- 50 hours of expert facilitated learning, materials, and instruction
- Two hours of individualized executive coaching and one group session
- Leadership Versatility Index™ 360 assessment and analysis
- Interpersonal Leadership Styles™ assessment and materials
- Leadership Journey Networking dinners
- Lunch and refreshments during full-day sessions
- Closing Ceremony reception
- Ongoing Coro and ELN Program learning and networking events
- Upon successful completion, a Coro ELN Program certificate of completion and access to the Coro community and special alumni-only events, programming, and platforms
You may incur additional incidental expenses due to your participation, such as transportation and parking costs and additional meals outside of those provided by Coro.
Organizational Assistance: 90% of past ELN participants were fully or partially financially supported by their organizations as part of the organization’s professional development efforts for their participation in ELN. We encourage you to explore potential support from your organization due to the immense benefit this program provides, not just to you as a participant, but also to the organization as a whole. We have prepared this Program Benefits Guide to assist with employer or Board conversations.
Coro Scholarships: Coro makes available limited partial, need-based scholarships. If you are interested in being considered for partial, need-based scholarships, complete the scholarship questions on the application. While Coro strives to provide financial support to all accepted candidates demonstrating need, scholarships are not guaranteed. Coro may also make available payment plans for tuition payments.
Coro’s unique approach to leadership and professional development training delivers both immediate and long-lasting capacity-building benefits by expanding your skills, networks, and knowledge.
Based on 2023 cohort post-program survey examining programmatic impact across three core skills-building outcome areas, following their participation in ELN:
- 100% of participants rated themselves as highly skilled in effective inquiry;
- 97% of participants rated themselves as highly skilled in critical thinking and effective problem-solving; and
- 90% of participants rated themselves as highly skilled in building strategic relationships.
“The Coro Executive Leadership Network experience was a transformative one, both personally and professionally; following years of leading through the COVID pandemic, the space created by the program team and my colleagues in ELN was a much-needed refuge where I could focus on my own growth and realignment of my values. I emerged a better version of who I previously was – reinvigorated and with a re-doubled commitment toward leading for change that is more just and equitable for the communities I serve.”
– Sarah Figueroa-Freeman, (ELN, 2022), Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Para Los Niños
Explore the Program Benefits Guide
Coro’s programs deliver deep impact (see more in the “Program Impact & Testimonials” tab above and in the Program Benefits Guide) at a highly subsidized professional development rate. The work environments senior leaders and executives operate within are highly complex, requiring constant honing of leadership skills. Investing in your senior leadership team by expanding their skills, network, and knowledge further builds your capacity to deliver on your organization’s mission.
Supporting team members – either financially and/or with the time and space to participate fully in ELN – yields strong organizational benefits by:
- Increasing the skills of senior leaders in critical positions that can be incorporated departmentally and instilled in their direct reports.
- Demonstrating your commitment to the senior leaders, increasing their feeling of engagement, which often leads to higher productivity, loyalty, and retention; and
- Motivating all employees by signaling that leadership matters and a commitment to their work is rewarded by the organization.
“…ELN was way beyond my expectations. I was introduced to new ways of thinking; challenged both professionally and personally; lifted up by my peers, and welcomed into a dynamic and caring community of leaders. The ELN experience was one of the best professional growth opportunities I have had in my 30 year career.”
– Julie Bank, Managing Director, Upstage Theater Schools, Inc.
- Abode Communities
- Cause Communications
- Center for Nonprofit Management
- Community Partners
- Downtown Women’s Center
- Elevate Public Affairs
- Heidi Duckler Dance
- Hollywood 4WR
- LA’s BEST
- Legal Education Access Pipeline
- Long Beach Police Department
- Miguel Contreras Foundation
- Para Los Niños
- Port of Long Beach
- Southern California Edison
- Southern California Grantmakers
- The California Wellness Foundation
- Upstage Theatre Schools, Inc.
Now accepting applications for the 2024 ELN cohort. Submit online here.
Early Decision Deadline (including $500 early decision discount): Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 11:59 pm PT
Regular Decision Deadline: Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 11:59 pm PT
- Interest Form
Click here to complete an Interest Form and learn more about ELN.
Know someone who would be great for ELN? Nominate them here.
- Program Benefits
Download this guide to review the benefits of ELN participation. This is a great resource for those requesting employer financial support and time off for participation.
- Past Cohorts
Class of 2022
Class of 2023
- 2023 Program Calendar
Click here to view the ELN 2024 Program Calendar (including the program’s attendance policy).
- Questions? Contact:
Vice President of Growth