the women's leadership challenge:
1. BiMonthly Classes
Several speakers are brought in to speak to each cohort.
They are women very high up in their fields engineering dramatic social and institutional change, successful entrepreneurs, and policy savants.
Here are some of our past and future speakers.
Rachel Kiddell Monroe
Founder, See Change Initiative, TEDx speaker, Canada
Head of DEI at the American Bankers Association
Winner of the World Innovation Prize, Founder of Impulse NGO, India
CEO, Katapult X
Former President, SOCAP
Acting Assistant Secretary, United States Air Force
Winner of the International Woman of Courage Award, Pakistani Women's Rights Activist
(5 minute application)
"How often in life does an opportunity arise where one’s world is transformed? That is what happened to me when I became part of the ‘Women’s Leadership Challenge’ run by Samantha Karlin of Empower Global. I joined the cohort with quite a bit of uncertainty. I was worried both about the work involved and also whether I was ‘good enough’ to be involved in such a group. From the very first meeting I was hooked. Samantha uses a multi-media approach to learning that always kept us interested. She creates a safe space that leads to forming strong and close bonds between cohort members that last beyond her course. She challenged each of us to find an initiative that we would bring to life. She offered tools to help, including her amazing coaching skills which are both practical and encouraging. She brings out what each of us individually needs to learn to be our best selves. I published three children's books as a result of the program. I also gained several new clients for my nonprofit strategy practice, and I am comfortably charging much more than I used to. I am busier than ever. It was the most important thing I have done for myself in many years."
- Lesley Zafran, Strategic Nonprofit Consultant
"A lot of us started this because we were feelingburnout, unempowered in our professional lives. The thing that’s stuck with meis I do have power, I do have agency. I don’t have to settle. I can ask for the things that I want and not be afraid of the consequences. I’ve learned to say no more - because when you say yes it means so much more.
The group is so open about personal struggles, itallows us to tie that back to our own experiences. Having that framework and adiverse group of women makes you realize we are not alone, we are all experiencing really similar struggles, and dealing with the patriarchy.
I’ve now become the voice of self-care. If people arefeeling burned out, I always say, how can we take a step back. Vis a vis thestrengths assessment and other exercises that we’ve done in the class, I’ve realized that my current role, while challenging, isn’t utilizing my top strengths. I’ve made the decision to transfer laterally to a completely different part of the company. The Women’s Leadership Challenge has been a monumental turning point in my life, and I’m so grateful to Samantha and the amazing women I now call friends. " - Mariel Montuori, Product Manager, Amazon
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