Women in Leadership

The Coro Women in Leadership (WIL) Program supports the leadership development of women, establishing a pipeline for professional advancement, and creating a cross-sector network of women who support each other’s leadership development. The time is now for women to harness their unique abilities, approaching professional goals and challenges head on with Coro’s leadership toolkit at their helm.

The Coro Women in Leadership Program brings together a cohort of mid-career women of diverse backgrounds from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors for intensive leadership development seminars, civic issue exploration through a gender lens and post-fellowship networking. Running across five, two-day sessions WIL focuses on enhancing leadership abilities, deepening professional networks, building strategic relationships, peer coaching, developing professional narratives, and enhancing participants’ ability to affect positive change at work, at home, and in their communities.


Coro Southern California will facilitate two cohorts in Spring 2022: An in-person cohort for women who live and work in Los Angeles County, and a virtual program open to applicants from across the country. Both cohorts include 60+ hours of leadership development training, individual and small group coaching, and access to Coro alumni and cross-program events.

Women in Leadership – In-person:
Program Dates – Friday & Saturday
10 AM – 4 PM PST
March 18-19
April 15-16
May 6-7
June 3-4
June 17-18

Women in Leadership – Virtual:
Program Dates – Thursday & Friday
10 AM – 4 PM PST
March 10-11
April 7-8
April 28-29
May 12-13
June 9-10

The program includes:

  • Personal reflection leadership sessions
  • Coro’s signature training centered on thinking critically and politically, communicating effectively, moving teams, organizations, and communities forward, and building strategic and authentic professional relationships
  • Small group peer coaching sessions
  • Inter-session assignments designed for deepened learning and tool application
  • Unparalleled access to interview the region’s top women leaders from across sectors
  • Weekly optional civic engagement and personal reflection activities
  • Ongoing Coro networking events (WIL-Wide Virtual Gatherings and Fellows Selection Day)
  • Graduation Celebration


Coupling the highly-successful Coro leadership model with inquiry-based learning from respected, multi-sector, women leaders, WIL provides rising and established women talent with the skills, the knowledge, and the network to meet their professional goals and deepen their leadership impact.

As a result of participation, WIL cohort members will:

  • have the opportunity to examine their own beliefs, understand how they arrived at them, and be challenged to question or reaffirm those beliefs.
  • skillfully, actively and innovatively analyze, evaluate and synthesize information to design informed solutions.
  • navigate through multiple forms of communication, utilizing knowledge, trust, context, and purpose to influence change.
  • creatively and thoughtfully build and bridge sustained partnerships to solve challenges.
  • discern between effective management and impactful leadership and examine the connection between the two.
  • acquire the knowledge, intellectual skills and applied competencies to sustain reflective and effective leadership.

And will be able to…

  • recognize personal strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots.
  • ground actions in an awareness of beliefs.
  • function effectively in the face of uncertainties.
  • navigate complex situations and organizations.
  • negotiate and communicate persuasively.
  • accurately identify and evaluate problems utilizing effective inquiry.
  • analyze challenges through an understanding of patterns, power relationships, systems, and self.
  • empower team members and stakeholders to arrive at decisions.
  • Explore the role and impact gender has on the civic issues affecting our society

The Coro Women in Leadership Program is for women who:

  • are committed to deepening their leadership capacity through Coro’s proven methodology
  • are looking to expand their professional and personal networks
  • are rising or established decision makers, managers and/or influencers at their respective organizations
  • have a minimum of 7 years of work experience

As a reflection of public life, Women in Leadership cohorts are a diverse group of women who come from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Applicants should be prepared for an immersive, group-structured experience in personal reflection for leadership growth.


Tuition for the virtual cohort is $3,000 and $3,500 for the in-person cohort, which also includes lunch and refreshments for each session. Payment in full (or agreement with Coro on a specific payment plan) is required before the start of the program. Partial, need-based scholarships are available. Participants are encouraged to seek their employer’s or other sponsor’s support for the program. Please contact us for information and guidance in seeking employer or sponsor support.

Thank you to our Supporters




Friend of Coro

John B Withers, Coro Fellow LA 79, Partner California Strategies, LLC

Women of Coro

Advisory Committee Los Angeles Members

Abbe Land
Executive Director, Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative

Aileen Adams
Former Deputy Mayor, Office of Strategic Partnerships of the City of Los Angeles

Amanda Daflos
Director – Innovation team, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation

Ana Guerrero
Chief of staff, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office

Billie Greer
Public Policy Advisor, Billie Greer Consulting

Capri Maddox
Senior Executive Director, Partnerships, Los Angeles Unified School District

Carol Liu
Former Senator, California State Senate

Christine Essel
President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Grantmakers

Cristina Rose
President and CEO, Rose Policy Solutions

Holly Mitchell
Senator, California State Senate

Jessica Lall
Chief Executive Officer, Central City Association

Joanne Kozberg
Partner, California Strategies, LLC

Kellie Hawkins
Senior Vice President, Englander Knabe & Allen

Lindsey Horvath
Councilmember, City of West Hollywood

Lori Bettison-Varga
President and Director, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Lupita Sanchez Cornejo
Regional Director, External Affairs – Greater Los Angeles Region, AT&T

Naomi Seligman
Co-Founder and President, Tower26

Robin Kramer
Managing Director, Smidt Foundation

Suzy Jack
VP, Public Affairs and Events, Los Angeles Times

Torie Osborn
Senior Strategist, Office of Supervisor Kuehl

Wendy Garen
President and CEO, The Ralph M Parsons Foundation

Wendy Greuel
Former Controller & Councilwoman, City of Los Angeles

Advisory Committee Orange County Members

Andrea Marr
Council Member, City of Costa Mesa

Caroline Djang
Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Carolyn Emery
Executive Officer, Orange County LAFCO

Christine Compton
Government Relations Officer/Deputy General Counsel, Irvine Ranch Water District

Colleen Clark
Public Finance, Director County of Orange, retired

Courtney Wiercioch
Assistant Airport Director, John Wayne Airport, retired

Eileen Padberg
Founder, Eileen Padberg Consulting

Greg Hulsizer
Toll Market Practice Leader, HNTB

Iain Padley
Director of Data and Innovation, Leadership for Educational Equity

Jared Mathis
CEO, The Moulton Company

Jeanne Spinner LaMar
Owner, Spinner LaMar and Associates

Jerri Rosen
CEO and Founder, Working Wardrobes

Dr. Jerry Hunter
Distinguished Lecturer College of Education, California State University, Fullerton

John Withers
Partner, California Strategies LLC

Joone Lopez
General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District

Karen Caplan
Co-Owner, President, and CEO, Frieda’s Specialty Produce

Kathryn Domin
Partner, Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Kris Thalman
President, K.E. Thalman & Associates

Martha Fluor
Trustee, Newport Mesa Unified School District

Melahat Rafiei
Principal, Progressive Solutions Consulting

Michele Martinez
Emeritus Mayor Pro Tem / Director of Community and Strategic Planning Development for Primestor Development, Inc.

Patty Senecal 
Director, Southern California Region Western States Petroleum Association

Sarah Catz
Attorney, Government Relations, and Strategic Planning Consultant

Dr. Sheryl A. Bourgeois
Executive Vice President, University Advancement, Chapman University

Leadership Circle

Lauren Chang
Senior Land Use Associate Attorney, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Aretta Frazier
Development Manager, LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program

Katherine Fuentes
Assistant City Manager, City of Pico Rivera

Laura Gaboudian
Author & Educational Consultant

Angelina Gonzalez
Sr. Contracts and Grants Manager, UCLA

Carleen Gonzalez
Security Administration Coordinator, Port of Long Beach, Security Division

Ann Isbell
Program Officer, First 5 LA

Erin Jackson-Ward
Director, Community Benefit Giving, Cedars-Sinai

Vicki Klopsch
Executive Director, Laspa Center for Leadership, Scripps College

Erin Lanahan
Principal Consultant, Accordant

Asha Lang
Strategic Philanthropy Program Manager, The Walt Disney Company

Sajji Lazarus
CEO, Panthera Collective

Melissa Lee
Director of Planning & Community Engagement, Concordia

Tiffany Mayberry
Strategist and Consultant, Turn the Other Chic, Inc.

Maria Melo
Policy and Operations Manager, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Claudia Oliveira
Elected Official, DLANC

Amanda Parsons DeRosier
Senior Vice President, Elevate Public Affairs

Lorena Sanchez
Chief Development and Communication Officer, Downtown Women’s Center

Siari Sosa
M&E team leader, SoCalGas

Amy Turk
CEO, Downtown Women’s Center