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Unlock Your Leadership is a one-of-a-kind, transformational leadership program developed over eight years of coaching, training, and championing more than 1,500 women change leaders across the globe. Designed to accelerate leadership capacity, it is the only program that is specifically created for high-potential and early-career women working in social and environmental change.
Women who are selected to join the Unlock Your Leadership program will become part of the Women’s Impact Alliance.
This special group of women impact leaders are selected based on the scope and scale of their impact, their potential to accelerate change, and their commitment to self-development.
In the 1-Year Unlock Your Leadership program, participants:
“My coaching experience has been very inspiring, helping me uncover the infinite potential within. It’s amazing, how I was able to identify my next steps for my work and personal growth just after 5 sessions. This is a very safe space, every woman needs this.” — Christine Nabugonyi, Executive Director at Edu Child Foundation Uganda
Since 2014, over 1,500 women impact leaders from more than 80 countries have graduated from The Coaching Fellowship. Graduation from the Unlocking Your Leadership program is only the beginning of your leadership journey. We are committed to continuing to grow the leadership capacity of our community of women leaders and support them as they expand their impact.
As a graduate of Unlocking Your Leadership, you become part of our global alumnae community and are invited to participate in ways that are meaningful to you. You’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of offerings specifically tailored to our graduates, including:
We have developed a transformative leadership journey. This fully integrated one-year program will expand your leadership skills, deepen your learning, and accelerate your growth.
Four experience pillars make up the foundation of our signature Unlock Your Leadership program: One-on-one Coaching, Ally Pods, Leader Lab Workshops, and Community Learning Sessions.
Participants are paired with an experienced professional leadership coach to work toward their goals and overcome challenges. There are twelve virtual, one-on-one coaching sessions over a six-month period. The coaching journey is tailored to each participant’s specific needs and goals.
Common coaching topics include:
Coaching is a significant component of the Unlock Your Leadership program. It is important that potential participants understand this core part of the program. Click here to learn more about what coaching is and isn’t , how you will be matched with your coach , and other coach related FAQs.
The power of community is a paramount experience of this program. Upon beginning your Unlock Your Leadership program, you will join a small group of other participants as part of an Ally Pod. This is one of the best ways to connect with others in the program and foster meaningful relationships through this shared experience.
Every Ally Pod is entirely self-directed, each pod member is an equal designer in creating your unique experience together.
To learn more about Ally Pods check out our FAQs
‘Harnessing Your Inner Leader’ is a 3-part series of leadership development modules led by subject-matter experts and is tailored to women impact leaders. Each 90-minute virtual workshop introduces tools, models, and practices that cultivate authentic leadership, personal growth, and resilience. Sessions are supplemented with written materials, resources and videos.
Module 1: Understanding Ourselves as Leaders
Workshop 1 - Identify Your Unique Values, and How to Live Them Out in the World.
Workshop 2 - Silencing Your Inner Saboteur and Designing Ways to Move Forward.
Module 2: Resilient Leadership
Workshop 1 - Self-Compassion, Self-Advocacy and Resilient Leadership
Workshop 2 - Leading with Courage and Vulnerability
Module 3: Multi-Dimensional Leadership
Workshop 1 - Multidimensional Leadership (to Thrive in Complexity)
Workshop 2 - Leadership Agility
Every month, participants are encouraged to engage in optional group sessions designed to support each other in being more courageous, inspired, and connected, including:
Participants will receive access to a private Slack community, The Coaching Fellowship Resource Library, The Coaching Fellowship Directory, and books supporting the program.
The Unlock Your Leadership Program has been designed specifically to accelerate the leadership potential of early stage women in social and environmental change. An entire year of development is a significant investment of time and energy, and yet participating in this program creates a foundation on which to increase your leadership capacity, and significantly deepen your impact in the world.
By participating in the Unlock Your Leadership program you will:
The Unlock Your Leadership Program is open to any early stage career woman leader and women-identifying individuals based anywhere in the world, who are today transforming our world for the better.
We are looking for a candidate who is:
Disclaimer: We have a requirement that a participant in any Coaching Fellowship program is emotionally and mentally stable before joining our programs. If you have experienced significant emotional trauma, a traumatic event, and have been in recovery or treatment in the last 12 months, we recommend that you consider applying for our programs after at least 12 months post-recovery.
Leadership development and coaching are a wonderful process for opening up transformation and going deep, but the serious concern is that it can also trigger traumatic emotions if you are recovering and healing from trauma, and because our coaches and experts don’t have therapeutic training to support that, it could potentially harm you, and we would never, ever want that for anyone.
If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please reach out to us at [email protected]
We are continually working hard as an organization to welcome, embrace and support all people.
The Coaching Fellowship shall not discriminate present nor future participants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, educational background, or military status, in any of our activities or operations.
Nightingales are women leading in roles that directly support their communities in fields such as education, healthcare, mental & behavioral health, housing, food security, and social services. These fields historically experience high rates of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma — compounded by the shared trauma of a global pandemic.
These women are essential to the welfare and continued well-being of our global community, yet there are limited opportunities for them to focus on themselves and their long-term growth. We have dedicated up to 40 spaces each program to supporting these courageous women.
NOTE: You will be given the opportunity to indicate that you are a Nightingale in your application.
|June 16, 2022||Applications OPEN|
|July 13, 2022 @ 8am Pacific Time||Open Enrollment Call #1|
|July 27, 2022 @ 4pm Pacific Time||Open Enrollment Call #2|
|August 12, 2022||Applications CLOSE|
|September 12, 2022||Application results announced to all applicants|
|September 23, 2022||Applicant deadline to accept program place|
|October 3, 2022||Program Start Date|
|October 2022||Program Orientation|
Introduction to Allies Pods & Leadership Modules
|November, 2022||1:1 Leadership Coaching Kick-Off|
Leadership Module One — Understanding Ourselves as Leaders
|March, 2023||Leadership Module Two — Resilient Leadership|
|May, 2023||1:1 Leadership Coaching Completion|
|July, 2023||Leadership Module Three — Multidimensional Leadership|
|September 29, 2023||Program End Date|
NOTE: Please take note of the dates above and plan ahead carefully. If you are selected to join our Unlock Your Leadership program, you are expected to follow and honor the program timeline.
Have more questions about our program? Check out our FAQ page for more information.
The Coaching Fellowship is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and because of the generosity of our coaches and volunteers who work completely pro-bono, we are able to offer this program at a massively subsidized rate, but not for free.
In our efforts to support as many women leaders as possible, we are offering a volunteer tiered pricing system for our program fee that allows you to select the price that best works for you. Furthermore, the cost of the program will be spread over the course of 6 months. For full information on our pricing options, please click here.
All participant contributions go to The Coaching Fellowship’s direct operational costs, so we may continue to support many more incredible young women social impact leaders in the future.
Many organizations allocate funds for leadership development or are willing to pay some or all of a participant's program fee. We strongly encourage organizations to invest the growth of their leaders, and we are able to provide you with documentation for reimbursement or leadership development funding to support your case. To help you get started, we've drafted a template to help you request the cost of the program.