Women's Leadership Challenge

    Developing Feminist Leaders for a New Era

    Only 8 spots available per cohort


    Are you ready to lead in this new world?

    These are unprecedented times.


    A remote workforce, Millennial and GenZ talent on the rise, a global pandemic, protest movements, a shecession, a rise in extremism - we are living in a new world.

    And a new world demands a new style of leadership.


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


    Break That Glass Ceiling


    The Women's Leadership Challenge will train you in the skills practiced by the great feminist leaders of today - Jacinda Ardern, Christine LaGarde, Stacey Abrams, Shad Begum, Greta Thurnberg, among others.


    We will counter imposter syndrome and self doubt, and help you discover what is most unique about you as a leader.


    We will discuss the gender specific challenges you face as a woman, and design strategies to navigate them and change the system as a whole.


    You will gain the courage to advocate for yourself and others, speak truth to power, utilize your strengths, and become an agent for change.


    You will gain perspective on the lives of women far different than you, from other countries, industries, races, and religions, growing your aperture to lead diverse teams.


    And then there's your power circle. This is where the magic really happens.


    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.


    You will join a global community of women leaders who will encourage you, support you, and supercharge your growth. These will become your sisters, elevating you always.


    Together, we redefine leadership, one where women lead the way.


    Are you ready to be the change you want to see in the world?


    Head Facilitator: CEO of Empower Global, International Speaker, Host of Samanthropolitics, & DEI trainer for Korn Ferry

    Samantha Karlin



  • 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

    • Your Intrinsic Power Map

    • Organizing For Change

    • Creating Institutional Change

    • Building Your Own Damn Table

    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. Naya is a leader on immigration issues, mental healthcare for marginalized communities, critical race theory, and decolonization.

    T, United States Diplomat, US Department of State. T led the coalition that was responsible for pushing through paid parental level to US State Department employees.

    Kate Byrne, CEO Katapult X. Kate is reimagining the impact investing landscape through visionary partnerships and collaboration.

    Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, Founder, SeeChange Initiative. Rachel empowers indigenous communities to create community driven health solutions.

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

    Hasina Kharbhih, CEO Impulse. Hasina designed a system to counter human trafficking that is being utilized with staggering results across Southeast Asia.


    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


    “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,



    Cohort E, Dolores Huerta: begins September 2021, Monday nights, every other week, 7-9:30 pm EST, Virtual (FULL)


    Cohort F, Shirley Chisholm: begins October 2021 weekday night, 7-9:30 pm EST, every other week, Washington, DC (in person program!) Only 3 spots left!


    Cohort G, Ai Jen Poo: begins January 2022, Virtual


    Cohort H, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: begins February 2022, in person, Washington DC

    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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