Women's Leadership Challenge

    Developing Feminist Leaders for a New Era

    Only 8 spots available per cohort


    The world has changed.

    A remote workforce, a majority Millennial and GenZ talent, a global pandemic, increased awareness of racial and gender inequity, a rise in authoritarianism and extremism.


    According to Global Leadership Forecast 2021, fewer than half of leaders feel they are effective in leadership skills that will be most critical for future success. Even worse, they aren’t getting development in the skills they need most urgently.


    Have you had the training you need to lead in this new world?



    Break That Glass Ceiling!!!


    If you're a woman in a position of leadership who is tired of being passed over for opportunities or ignored by men in meetings, this could be the opportunity that transforms your personal and professional life.


    If you're looking for a global community of women leaders to supercharge your growth, this is exactly the right place for you.


    If you are looking for the courage to start your entrepreneurial journey, change career fields, or rise to the next level of leadership, this will be your launch pad.


    The Feminist Leadership Challenge gives you the courage, capability and support to rise to the leadership position you deserve, start your entrepreneurial journey, be a social activist, and to step into your intrinsic power. Be a ChangeMakeHER!


    Get the training that you need to shine as a leader


    In addition, many people are put into management positions without actually being given any leadership training. Ironically, they may be given training in "hard skills" but people are much more complex and difficult to understand and manage than a spreadsheet. Management has become even more complicated in light of a global pandemic, racial and gender inequity, & political divisions.


    As Jim Clifton, founder of Gallup, says, "Leaders everywhere in the world have a tendency to name the wrong person manager and then train them on administrative things -- not how to maximize human potential."


    The result is disastrous. Gallup did a study of the global workforce and found that in fact, the main thing holding companies, organizations, and employees back are poor managers. As Mr. Clifton points out, "Lousy managers create miserable employees who create negative business outcomes."


    Gain Your Power Circle


    "A study by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the most successful female job-seekers from a top-ranked graduate school relied not only on a wide network of contacts, but also on a close inner circle of other women who provide support and gender-specific job advice." - The Washington Post, Jan 2019


    77% of women who place high on the career ladder have a strong, trusted inner circle of women who help them make connections and circumvent traditional barriers to success. Our program is your power circle!


    Magic happens when you bring women change makers from across the world together to dream of a better future, one in which women are equal citizens. Our experiential program brings diverse women together and embraces a feminist, peer to peer learning approach to elevate your voice, leverage your inner knowing, and achieve your dreams. We tear down patriarchal structures, beliefs, social and cultural norms, and redefine leadership; one where women are at the forefront!


    This unique program creates a learning and development environment where everyone in the room contributes their expertise, leans on one another for support and advice, and takes action. By the end of the program, you will be forever changed and equipped to design the life you want for yourself and other women. During the program, you will create a vision of a better future, tap into the power within and around you, and confidently put your vision into action.


    Head Facilitator: CEO of Empower Global and DEI trainer for Korn Ferry,

    Samantha Karlin




    Some Past and Future Speakers:

    Naomi Mercer, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, American Banking Association & former Lt. Colonel, US Army, where she ran the Army’s gender integration and religious accommodation programs at the Pentagon.

    Tory Graf, CEO Trillium Solutions, learning and development programming for Microsoft, etc.

    Naya Diaz, Executive Director, YWCA, Austin, Texas. Naya is a leader on immigration issues, mental healthcare for marginalized communities, and decolonization.

    T, United States Diplomat, US Department of State. T was instrumental in passing US legislation granting paid parental level to US State Department employees.

    Kate Byrne, CEO Katapult X, Impact Investing

    Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, Founder, SeeChange Initiative

    Tara Abrahams, Head of Impact, The Meteor & Former Deputy Director, Girl Rising

  • Only 8 spots available per cohort

  • What are some topics we will cover?

    • Deconstructing Your Inner Patriarchy

    • Feminist Leadership

    • Feminist Foreign Policy

    • Deconstructing Power Systems

    • Keys to Courage

    • Strengths Based Leadership

    • Speaking Truth To Power

    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    • Empowering Other Women

    • Accessing Your Intrinsic Power

    • Organizing For Change

    • Creating Institutional Change

    • Building Your Own Damn Table

    What else do participants have to say?

  • "Coming into the Women's Leadership Challenge, I knew that I was at an inflection point in my career. I was at a place where I was deciding whether to pivot or double down on what I had been doing for the past six years. During the program, I was offered an opportunity to join an Impact Investing firm, and the Women's Leadership Challenge program and the network of women that I was exposed to helped me confidently make a decision that felt aligned with my values and career aspirations. Even more, the facilitators helped prepare me to negotiate my salary and made me feel confident going into the conversation knowing that what I was asking for was what I truly deserved - and, in the end, I got everything I asked for. While the Women's Leadership Challenge may be over, and I'm in an entirely new position than the one I entered with, I know that the network of women I've been able to get to know over these past few months will be a support system, colleagues and friends way beyond the program." - Katie


    "Samantha is a fearless leader. Her guidance, curated materials and skillful moderation of the classes allowed me to begin to recognize the many constructs that play a part in holding me back. Thus far, the Women’s Leadership Challenge has been instrumental in the process of self-discovery and embracing my inner feminist. It opened an entire community of fellow female leaders who strive to change the world for the better. The connections I’ve made have also deeply inspired me. Within them, I am finding the courage to pursue my goal of rethinking development and sustainability by designing new systems to attain a more just and equitable planet." - Chantarella DeBlois, VP, Impact Investing at Total Impact Capital


    “Before the challenge, I would just get frustrated when anyone brought up the feminist issue and made fun of it. I would just leave the conversation.

    Armed with the resources and tools from this course, I was able to make an informed argument to one of my most conservative military male friends… and now he is a blossoming feminist!"- Tory Graf, CEO, Trillium Solutions


    “I am so grateful for everyones constant support, and good energy, and amazing conversations. I am leaving this with a tribe whom I know will have my back, no matter what.”- Sara Paisner, CEO Synoptic Products


    "At the beginning of this, I was so hesitant to speak up or take up space or raise an issue, and I remember one of the women in the challenge saying, I don’t give a f***. And I said to myself- I envy that self confidence.

    In this course, I have really found my voice again - she was in there. I feel a weight lifted off of my shoulders. I spoke up to my boss! You need to take up space. You should be speaking up. I also now have this ability to put myself in another women’s shoes, especially a woman who is at a disadvantage.” - Savannah Veliky, Video Producer


    “I feel like my life was in a really different place. I was at a low when it started. I found an amazing group of women to grow with and learn from. It’s been the joy of my Covid period. Professionally I've gotten great experience and feel much more comfortable and confident in myself.”- Emma Zafran, Legislative Assistant, Capitol Hill


    "I was scared to ask for what I wanted in a salary negotiation. This program helped me get clear on what I was WORTH, and the unique value I was bringing to the org. So I asked for what I wanted, and I got ALL OF IT." - Kate Byrne, CEO, Katapult




    • Tackle your self limiting beliefs connected to how we experience the world as women, and shed what doesn't serve you

    • Comprehend the concept of feminist leadership and how to operationalize it into your leadership style, creating a more equitable world for all

    • Be an effective and loved leader of millennial and GenZ talent

    • Understand how to lead culture and institutional change, influence decision makers, and advance your career

    • Develop the courage and fortitude to speak up for yourself, start your own venture, get a seat at the table, and ask for what you want and what you deserve

    • Discover your intrinsic power sources so that you can speak truth to power in high stake and controversial situations

    • Learn how to build power circles, and create your own damn table while lifting up other women

    • Understand how to leverage your strengths to become a more effective leader

    • Build a tight knit community of global women leaders and lifelong supporters

    • Create and implement a change initiative that advances oneself and gender equity more broadly

    SO WHAT?
    • make the world a more equal in terms of race, gender, religion, culture
    • get the raise, promotion and leadership position that you deserve
    • become recognized as a leader at work
    • become a dramatically more effective leader of your women's ERG
    • advance change initiatives and your own career
    • become a happier, more courageous woman
    • become part of a broader movement for gender equality

    Program Schedule: 10 weeks + 1 week for change initiative presentations, every other week


    Cohort 2 : begins May 4, Tuesday nights, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m, est, Virtual (FULL)

    Cohort 3: begins August, exact date and time TBD, Virtual (4 spots left)

    Cohort 4: begins October 1, Monday nights, 6-8:30 pm EST, Washington, DC (in person program!!!!)

    The Program is Designed for Women who are already in

    Managerial Positions, or are entrepreneurs/activists.

    It is not for entry level staff.


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    Jennifer, NYC

    "Samantha’s enthusiasm, vast knowledge, and focus on women’s equality helped me tremendously in the growth and development of my professional focus.

    As I continue to advance and grow my career, she has taught me how to incorporate social and corporate responsibility and further the development of my leadership skills from a global perspective."

    Sarah, Washington DC

    "Samantha has an amazing way of bringing joy and energy to a session all while making participants feel comfortable. Her ability to interject seamlessly with anecdotes of her own struggles as a woman searching for success and meaning is complemented by moments of real vulnerability that draws out the same out in all of us."

    Julia, Arlington, VA

    "If you’re a woman trying to find her way in the world in any capacity, this challenge will give you the tools necessary to remind you that are powerful and worthy of your accomplishments."

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