Women in Leadership
Women in Leadership (WIL) 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.
Participants learn from 1) experienced leadership, mindfulness, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) facilitators, 2) peer coaching, and 3) the broader Women in Leadership and Coro community through Coro’s unique blend of experiential programming to stretch professional and management skills.
Across 60 hours of immersive professional development training, the program runs twice per calendar year (in the Fall, approximately September to December and again in the Spring, March to June) for five, two-day paired sessions (see Spring 2024 program calendar for dates and times).
The Program is broken into three structural components:
- Leadership Forums – Facilitated professional, management, and leadership development skill-building sessions featuring Coro’s time-tested and unique curriculum with a focus on navigating unique professional challenges through a gender identity lens.
- Coro Conversations – Cohort-curated and -led explorations of a challenge facing women in the workplace or affecting women across Los Angeles to stretch your professional and leadership development in a real-time setting. The teams select the topics to bring learning into the room with their cohort.
- 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.
Women in Leadership provides you 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. Women in Leadership also introduces you to a community of women eager to collaborate with, learn from, and support each other.
The curriculum includes a wide range of professional skill-building:
- Adaptive Leadership
- Building Self and Spacial Awareness Through Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) and Intersectionality
- Effective Inquiry
- Interpersonal Leadership Styles™
- Managing Diverse Teams
- Mindfulness Practices
- Network Building
- Objective Analysis and Evaluation
- Public Speaking and Presentation Frameworks
- Self-Awareness and Self-Management Tools
- Systems Thinking & Stakeholder Analysis
As a leadership and professional development institute, Coro’s programs, including Women in Leadership, aim to expand the leadership and professional capacity of participants with professional networks, skills, and knowledge, supporting them as they drive impact in their work and communities.
|WIL IS NOT||WIL IS|
|An echo chamber for your perspectives to be reinforced.||A place to explore, experience, and appreciate a diversity of paradigms, 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 and professional strengths and areas for growth and practice skills-building.|
|A think tank in which Coro or you will be “solving” the region’s challenges women professionals face.||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 challenges and expand your toolkit of frameworks to enhance your capacity to do so.|
The program provides opportunities for you to bring your professional work and passion into the program.
- Coro Conversations – Coro Conversations serve as a vehicle for you to exercise leadership and management skills-building in a real-time setting, deepening your understanding of issues that uniquely impact women, while also practicing your professional development in an experiential way.
- Exploring Tough Interpretations – an adaptive leadership module that builds on Coro’s effective inquiry, giving and receiving feedback, and effective communication tools to illuminate your resistance to change.
- Personal Leadership Commitment – you will name a specific area of growth you plan to practice over the course of the program.
- Peer Consultancy – practice a consulting framework to receive peer coaching in a real-world professional challenge that you bring into the program.
- Sharing Professional Narratives and Vision – your leadership offers value to your work and Coro wants 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.
Coro values diverse perspectives, identities, experiences, and world views represented in programming and cohorts; as such, WIL cohorts reflect the make-up of the region, representing a wide array of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and identities.
Ideal WIL candidates are:
- committed to deepening their professional leadership capacity alongside a cohort of fellow women leaders, and
- have been in roles managing staff, projects, and/or budgets, and
- looking to expand their professional and personal community.
Multi-Perspective: You should be ready to engage productively with different paradigms and perspectives, ready to participate in personal reflection, and be willing to evaluate and reconsider your worldview given new information. Come prepared to explore new ways to contribute to the larger whole or create more value in your work.
Embracing Ambiguity: A signature characteristic of Coro programming is intentionally using ambiguity as a way to highlight your leadership 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.
Vulnerability and Psychological Safety: 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. Coro believes psychological safety is a precursor to adaptive, innovative collaboration. You should be ready to contribute to building a psychological safe cohort environment by engaging, modeling vulnerability, seeking perspectives different than your own, sharing and receiving feedback, and contributing to a culture of gratitude and generosity.
Spring 2024 Women in Leadership tuition is $3,750 (subsidized and discounted from $6,500 thanks to Coro’s generous donors). 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, and
- 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 and additional meals outside of those provided by Coro.
Organizational Assistance: 80% of Fall 2023 WIL participants were fully or partially financially supported by their organizations as part of the organization’s professional development efforts for their participation in WIL. Coro encourages 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. The Program Benefits Guide can assist with employer 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.
- 97% of the three most recent cohorts agreed that their participation in WIL expanded their professional networks.
- 97% of the three most recent cohorts agreed that their participation in WIL increased their leadership skills.
- 97% of the three most recent cohorts agreed that their participation in WIL increased their confidence and resilience to lead through challenges.
- 95% of the three most recent cohorts agreed that their participation in WIL increased their strength gained through cohort solidarity.
“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
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. Women professionals face unique challenges in the workplace. Investing in your women team members 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 WIL, yields strong organizational benefits by:
- Demonstrating your commitment to the employee, increasing their feeling of engagement, which often leads to higher productivity, loyalty, and retention;
- Increasing the skills of employees in critical positions that can be incorporated departmentally and instilled in their direct reports; and
- Motivating all employees by signaling that leadership and a commitment to their work is rewarded by the organization.
“The Coro Women in Leadership program has provided our leaders with the opportunity to further develop networks of strong, positive women that are working to support one another in their professional advancement. Coro’s unique leadership approach engages leaders in a process to re-frame and assess situations differently, while considering diverse viewpoints and limiting preconceptions. The lessons and experiences offered help our leaders acquire new skill sets that will help them continue to advance teams within our company and further their own professional growth.”
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Women in Leadership Sponsors
Now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 Women in Leadership Cohort! Submit online here. Applications are due Sunday February 3, 2024.
- Interest Form
Complete an Interest Form to learn more about Women in Leadership.
Know someone who would be great for Coro Women in Leadership? Nominate them here.
- Meet the Cohort
Spring 2024 cohort details coming soon. Learn more about our the Fall 2023 Women in Leadership cohort.
- Program Benefits
Download this guide to review the benefits of WIL participation. This is a great resource for those requesting employer financial support and time off for participation.
- Program Calendar
View the WIL Spring 2024 Program Calendar (including the program’s attendance policy).
- Questions? Contact:
Senior Manager, Recruitment and Alumni Relations