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 you to harness your unique abilities, approaching your professional goals and challenges head on with Coro’s leadership toolkit at their helm.

Participants learn from 1) experienced leadership, mindfulness, and DEI facilitators, 2) peer coaching, and 3) the broader WIL and Coro community through Coro’s unique blend of experiential programming to stretch your professional and management skills.

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“The tools and training provided by Women in Leadership (WIL) allowed me to continuously fill my confidence cup and push through the doubts, believing that all I needed was within me already. I can’t thank [Coro] enough for the amazing training [they] have provided and continue to provide. I give WIL all the credit for disrupting me, opening my eyes to potential within me, and giving me the wings needed to take the leap.”

– Jacqueline Rangel, MPH CHES (WIL Fall 2020), Director of Digital Health and Consumer Engagement, AltaMed


Meeting for ten program days delivered over five, two-day sessions, and including over 60+ hours of professional development, Coro offers the WIL program twice a year, for a Fall and Spring cohort. 

Coro WIL includes the following program components:

  • Leadership Retreats – Facilitated professional, management, and leadership development skill-building sessions that center women’s leadership as a lens. 
  • Peer Consultancies – An adaptive leadership peer coaching module to better diagnose professional challenges and to test solutions.
  • Coro Conversations – Cohort designed and led explorations of contemporary civic issues that uniquely impact women as exercises to stretch professional and leadership development in a real-time setting.

Spring 2023 Program Dates – Thursday & Friday
10 AM – 4 PM PST

  • March 9-10
  • March 30-31
  • April 27-28
  • May 11-12
  • June 1-2

Program sessions will take place at Indie Desk (333 S. Grand Ave Suite 3310, Los Angeles, CA 90071)

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WIL provides participants with time-tested and immediately applicable professional, leadership, and management skills, tools, and frameworks, as well as deep professional and leadership reflection with the unique leadership contributions and challenges of women in the workplace as the backdrop. WIL also gives participants a community of women eager to collaborate with, learn from, and support each other.

“The value I have gained from participating in Women in Leadership is the ability to see things from different perspectives. Being in the program has shown me that some problems need solutions; some problems need leadership. I apply what I [learned] in Women in Leadership to help me be a more thoughtful and effective leader.”

~ Wendy Fung (WIL OC 2020), Business Development Manager, Port of Long Beach 


The curriculum includes a wide range of professional skills-building:

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Effective Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Frameworks
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Intersectionality
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Interpersonal Leadership Styles™
  • Managing Diverse Teams
  • Network Building
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Self-Awareness and Self-Management Tools
  • Systems Thinking & Stakeholder Analysis

Coro Conversations serve as a vehicle for you to exercise leadership and management skills-building in a real-time setting, deepening your understanding of civic issues that uniquely impact women, while also practicing your professional development in an experiential way.

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WIL creates opportunities for you to bring your professional work into the program and to take program learnings to work.

  • Personal Leadership Commitments – you will name a specific area of growth you plan to practice over the course of the program with the tools to support your leadership journey.
  • Peer Consultancy – peer coaching enables you to bring real-world professional challenges you are looking to address and to seek the peer coaching and guidance of your cohort.
  • Exploring Tough Interpretations – an adaptive leadership module that builds on Coro’s effective inquiry, feedback, and effective communication tools to illuminate resistance to change.
  • Sharing Professional Narratives and Visionyour 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 during and beyond the program.

WIL Is For You If…

  • You are committed to deepening your professional leadership capacity alongside a cohort of fellow women leaders,
  • You are or have been in roles managing staff, projects, and/or budgets, and
  • You are looking to expand your professional and personal community.

Coro values diverse perspectives, identities, experiences, and world views represented in programming and cohorts. As such, the Coro WIL cohorts reflect the make-up of the region, representing a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and identities.

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Multi-Perspective: You should be ready to engage productively with different perspectives and ready to engage in personal reflection. 

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.

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WIL tuition is $3,500. The tuition covers:

  • 60+ hours of expert facilitated learning, materials, and instruction
  • Interpersonal Leadership Styles™ assessment and materials
  • Lunch and refreshments during sessions 
  • Closing Ceremony reception
  • Ongoing Coro and WIL Program learning and networking events
  • Upon successful completion, a Coro WIL 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.

Do not let financial concerns prevent you from applying. We have identified various methods to assist with the financial cost of participation.

Employer and Sponsor Assistance:
Many WIL participants secure full or partial financial assistance from their employers as part of the organization’s professional development efforts. We encourage you to speak with your employer or to engage your network about potential support. We have provided a Program Benefits for Organizations to assist with employer and/or sponsor conversations.

Coro Scholarships: Coro makes available 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.

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