• NEW!


    Women's Professional Leadership Challenge

    Limited to 10 women/cohort


    For decades, women have been told that in order to get ahead they need to act like men. This is augmented by the fact that most of the leadership literature and practitioners have been Western white men.


    Yet where are we with that advice? In a mismanaged global pandemic with hundreds of thousands of fatalities, a rise in populist and authoritarian governments, a rising maternal mortality rate (US), and only 5% of Fortune 500 companies led by women.


    It's time to make a change. It's time to lean into leading like a WOMAN.


    We're happy to announce the launch of a professional women's leadership challenge, where you will learn how to fearlessly step into your power, build community with other amazing women, and figure out how to change the system so that women can finally rise to the top to the leadership positions that we RIGHTLY deserve.


    Can you imagine what it would be like to really step into your full potential? To lean into and celebrate what you do really well, instead of feeling bad about your weaknesses? To live in a world where women don't gossip, but actively support and promote other women? To live authentically as a powerful woman? To live in a world where men are begging women for lessons in leadership? It's about time.


    The course will be a mix of videos, podcasts, reading, and live coaching sessions.


    All coaching sessions are facilitated by Empower Global CEO and trained mediator, Samantha Karlin, and some include guest speakers who are at the top of their respective industries. We will hit on all of the latest cutting edge research on leadership (written by women), and on an individual and collective level, galvanize a shift towards a feminist style of leadership, one where all voices are heard and women are equal citizens.

    The Curriculum:


    Track 1: Finding Purpose, Positivity, and Power

    (session topics subject to change based on participant interests)




    Week 1: Intro to the Women's Leadership Challenge

    Overview of Research around Women in the Workplace

    What You Will Get Out of Participating

    “Syllabus” Overview

    Team Building Activities



    Week 2 : Purpose

    What is my purpose in life?

    What am I supposed to be doing?

    What is the legacy I want to leave?

    What defines who I am?
    Strengths, Accomplishments and Personality Reflection


    Week 3: The Science of Happiness

    What is happiness, anyway?

    Intro to Positive Psychology: Evidence based tools to get happier

    Positivity During Pandemic

    The Role of Imposter Syndrome

    Reframing Interpretations

    Getting to the Core of Your Beliefs about yourself

    Practicing Gratitude

    The Well-Being Index


    Week 4: Handling Anxiety - Guest speaker: Dr. Helene Karlin, PhD, psychologist



    Handling Uncertainty

    Restorative Relaxation

    Stress Management

    Resilience: What are the characteristics of the most resilient people?


    Week 5: Communicating with Empathy

    How to Stay Connected in the Virtual Space

    The Art of Conversation

    The Art of Active Listening

    Emotional Intelligence

    Making meaningful connections virtually


    Week 6: Public Speaking

    How to Speak so that People Want to Listen

    The art of telling a memorable story

    Utilizing your Story to build your Career and your Brand

    Learning to Fail

    Structuring Powerful Messages


    Week 7: Careers and Networking: Guest Speaker, Jacqueline Morgan, Accenture - Senior Director, Software + Platforms

    Networking in a time of fear and uncertainty

    Leveraging LinkedIn

    Negotiating men and ulterior motives

    Best Practices of the Best Networkers

    Do I need to Love what I do?

    What am I best suited for?

    How do I break into a new career field?

    Grad School or No Grad School?

    Negotiating Salaries and Benefits


    Week 8: Careers and Networking

    Do I need to Love what I do?

    What am I best suited for?

    How do I break into a new career field?

    Informational Interviews, Following Up, Setting Yourself Apart

    Finding careers and positions that fit your profile, strengths, and needs

    Translating your skill sets to a new industry

    Special focus (careers in public service, non profit, international relations, tech)




    Track 2: Creating Institutional Change

    (session topics subject to change based on participant interests)




    Week 1: Empathy and Inclusive Leadership in Crisis

    How do you exercise empathy in crisis and still hold others accountable?

    The risk of stereotype threat, and how to combat it

    How can you make others feel included in virtual environments?

    What is expected of you as a leader in all of this?

    Case Study: Jacinda Arden


    Week 2: Leadership for the next generation

    What does the new power world look like?

    What are the trends we need to be aware of as leaders?

    How has the global pandemic influenced what we need from leaders?

    Moving From a Power Over Model to a Power With, Power To, Power Within Model


    Week 3: Women and Leadership: A Difficult Balancing Act

    Exploring the double standards regarding women in leadership

    What do we need to keep in mind in order to succeed, without giving into a patriarchal system?

    How can women overcome double standards? How can the system overcome double standards?

    Case Study: Hillary Clinton

    Week 4: Feminist Leadership - Guest Speaker, Kathleen Grillo, Verizon - Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs

    The Lean In Conundrum- when should you lean in, and and when should you lean out?

    How do successful women differ from men in their leadership styles? What works? What qualities do women uniquely have to offer?

    What are my unique value adds as a female leader and as myself?

    Case studies of successful women leaders who have leaned into their authenticity and femininity.


    Week 5: Breaking the glass ceiling

    Looking at practices and qualities of female CEOS

    Navigating rooms, conferences, trade shows, and zoom meetings full of men

    How to make sure that your voice is heard

    How to fight for yourself when others are trying to take you down


    Week 6: Empowering Other Women - Guest Speaker, Jacqueline Morgan, Accenture - Senior Director, Software + Platforms

    Best practices for supporting and advancing other women

    Tips on being a mentee, mentor, and sponsor

    What do women need to be empowered? Gen Z, vs. Millenial, vs. everyone else!


    Week 7: Gender Equality at the Institutional Level

    What works to foster gender equality on the company level?

    What works to prevent and combat sexual harassment and assault?

    What works to recruit and retain more women?


    Week 8: Speaking Truth To Power

    How do you tell powerful men when they exhibit sexist or triggering behavior without getting fired?

    How do you navigate male dominated workplaces, be well- liked, but also not get stepped on?


    What are some of the results I can expect?

    • Decreased stress and anxiety
    • Ability to speak publicly with ease
    • No hesitations asking for a raise or a promotion
    • Leading authentically as you
    • Finding your true calling
    • Networking with ease
    • Higher self-esteem and self-confidence
    • Becoming a more effective mentor and mentee
    • Not allowing others to step all over you
    • Solidifying your sense of self worth
    • Higher self-esteem and confidence levels
    • A supportive community of women
    • New friends and business contacts
    • Courage to start an entrepreneurial journey
    • Unlocking your inner activist
    • Influencing your company's culture to better support you and other women
    • Knowing how to leverage and capitalize on your strengths
    • An increased sense of well-being
    • Communicating confidently without doubting yourself
    • Redefining leadership definitions to embrace women
    • Influencing a new field of thought around women's leadership
    • Leaving the world a better place for the women behind you
    • Making the world a more gender equal place
    • Putting the blocks in place to carve out your own legacy
    • Joining a movement
  • Know an awesome woman who would benefit from the program?

    Nominate her!

  • 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."