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Women Ascending is the premiere leadership cohort for emerging, mid-level, and executive female leaders.
Establishing yourself as a true leader is a difficult task. Simply being in a position of influence is only the starting point for any person looking to make an impact. What sets you apart is confidence and authority.
If you are a female leader ready to create meaningful and sustainable changes, explore who you are as a leader, and step into your own leadership style, then Women Ascending is for you.
Vertical Elevation’s Women Ascending program is a no-holds-barred professional development program consisting of group and personalized coaching, and strategic planning to propel you into a place of meaningful corporate influence.
Using a unique blend of individual and team-based curriculum, we facilitate an environment where women maximize their own growth while encouraging each other’s progress.
Women Ascending is carefully curated to bring together women who will participate full-heartedly, maximizing their own growth while encouraging each other’s progress. Each program features a hybrid approach, with support from peers and experienced executive coaches. This is a unique opportunity to explore and discover yourself and your leadership journey in an environment that nourishes your growth and development.
You will undergo two assessments: Leadership Circle 360 and Emergenetics® to understand your individual profile and discover coworkers’ perceptions. These two assessments provide both individual insight and organizational feedback to enhance your awareness of yourself and your leadership skills.
You will receive a personalized development plan at the onset that you will continue to work on through the duration of the program.
Each group is only 6 – 8 women, rather than large group learning; it’s very personalized.
There will be only one person from any organization in each cohort, creating a safe space to share and show vulnerabilities. Plus, groups are arranged so that women are in similar organizational positions, creating more opportunities to both give and receive from each other in considerably deeper ways than if the groups were a broad mix of different levels.
You will have two 90-minute peer cohort sessions per month to provide content, experiential learning, and practice on how to process issues.
Get 90 minutes of one-on-one coaching each month with seasoned leadership coaches (combined 40 years of experience) who also have business experience.
Accountability is key. You’ll have weekly peer meetings to create accountability and ensure your success.
Connect with your peers during the program and beyond to establish continuity and maintain your progress.
Establish your support structures and leverage your community to keep up momentum and accountability long after the program ends. By building and executing a finely tuned plan of action, experience major shifts that support where you want to be in your career and life.
Leaders who have had at least two management roles, one of which is second-line management with five or more direct reports.
Leaders who have a minimum of fifteen years of management experience, including second-line responsibilities (and above).
Because company size, revenue, and responsibilities vary significantly, the descriptions above may not be an exact fit for your current role. Please don’t let this deter you. If you’re interested in participating please schedule an introductory call.
Explore and develop the relationship with yourself
All growth begins by looking inside. Explore and develop your relationship with yourself to lay the foundation for more intentional, lasting relationships in your circle of influence.
Practice the art of establishing trust and openness
Refine your management and leadership approach
Embody your leadership potential
You are welcome to book an informational call so we can answer your questions.
We have identified and defined the three tracks in ways that are inclusive and not too limiting. That said, we recognize job descriptions and titles are variable and don’t take into account experience. If you are interested in any of the programs but have questions as to whether you are a fit, please schedule a call.
To personalize each leadership plan, we ask participants to take two assessments to learn more about who they are, how they perceive themselves, and how they are perceived by others.
Emergenetics® helps each participant better understand their approach to the world, specifically their thinking and behavioral preferences. It also emphasizes the importance of different ways of thinking within teams so that team members can learn to work together more effectively. The Leadership Circle 360 assessment compares leaders’ self-perceptions to the perceptions of their co-workers. It identifies leadership competencies and reactive tendencies that have a direct impact on leadership success.
We will be happy to take into consideration any other assessments our participants have completed as we create each leadership plan.
Once you send in your application to the program, we will contact you within three business days for an in-depth interview. We will select 6-8 women who bring the most effective and synergistic composition to each group. If you are not included in the cohort you’ve applied to, we will reconnect with you about participating in our next group.
There are no particular types of jobs that are best suited for our programs. You just need to be an emerging, mid-level or executive leader with experience and number of direct reports mentioned above. We especially encourage women in public or private companies such as tech, manufacturing, finance, and insurance to attend, as those industries still have the reputation of having glass ceilings. If you aren’t sure if your industry is a fit, reach out and book a call to explore this further.
It’s great that you’re on a career path you’re happy with! However, one thing we have learned in our four decades of combined coaching is that we all have blind spots, and these can lead to sabotaging or even derailing your career as an executive. Because of the structure of this program, we start with you as an individual and support you to bring who you uniquely are into your leadership roles. Furthermore, you’ll develop a crucial support network of other leaders to help encourage and empower you through the years ahead.
To gain the most from this program, it’s important that you are in a position to practice what you’re learning in an established environment rather than in a job that you’re planning to leave. If you are actively looking for a new job you would be better served scheduling an informational call with Carol to explore 1-1 executive career coaching.
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