Register for: Growth Circles
Virtual Online Workshop
Carolyn Coughlin and Judy King
Women Scaling their Leadership: An intimate experience for professional women who want to expand their leadership capacity without losing themselves.
Carolyn Coughlin and Judy King
Carolyn Coughlin is passionate about supporting leaders not only to grow into their biggest selves, but also to live as fully as they can. She was introduced to the idea of adult development about 20 years ago shortly after leaving her career as a management consultant, and it was love at first sight. Carolyn believes that by paying attention to the ways we and our clients make sense of the world, it’s possible to uncover new ways to see differently, to be differently, to take different actions, and to live into the fullest version of ourselves and our lives—and expanding our possibilities to impact the world in increasingly positive ways.
Carolyn is a co-founder of both Growth Edge Coaching and Cultivating Leadership. At Growth Edge Coaching, she teaches about the theory and practice of adult development and creates spaces for coaches themselves to grow both their skills and their developmental capacity to support leaders to face into and thrive in the face of their most complex challenges. She writes and talks about developmental coaching, why and how it can be such a powerful support to growth, and how, in particular, she thinks it might hold promise for shifting the gender imbalance in our leadership ranks (one of Carolyn’s passions.) She is also committed to the role of the whole self, the realm of sensation and emotion, and how those, together with language, can be powerful ways in to both noticing and intervening in our own and our clients’ meaning-making patterns. Following that thread, Carolyn co-designed and runs a workshop Complexity Fitness, a workshop for both coaches and leaders. Carolyn’s first love is coaching, but she also spends a good chunk of her time supporting leaders through developmentally-oriented leadership programs designed to help them find new ways to see and lead in complexity. Carolyn has an AB in economics from Brown University, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Wharton School, and is a Certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute and Presence-Based Coaching. She has lived on the campus of a boarding school in New Jersey for 23 years, where she and her husband have raised three (now young adult) children. They spend summers in a little cabin on a lake in New York and as much time as possible New Zealand and in the mountains of Wyoming, where Carolyn grew up.
Drawing on more than 20 years of multi-disciplinary business experience in large organizations (American Express, McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs), entrepreneurial endeavors and consulting engagements, and an MBA and professional coaching education (Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership), Judy offers a unique combination of senior-level business experience along with an evolved perspective on the pathway to developing strong leadership and professional development. Key distinguishing aspects of Judy’s approach include an emphasis on practical application, grounded in adult development theory, as a means to support clients in maximizing their personal and professional potential.
Judy strongly believes that leadership insights and skills need to be continuously developed throughout one’s professional journey to unlock the full scope of true leadership potential. For example, the skills required to excel as an individual contributor are vastly different than the skills leveraged to lead a team and different still from those needed to inspire an organization. At a senior leader level, personal strengths, misapplied and unchecked, can result in limiting one’s ability to lead and grow. Becoming a strong leader (and maintaining leadership skills) requires awareness, reflection, focus and dedicated practice. On top of individual applications, when leadership principles are applied and integrated within a team environment, positive outcomes can have an exponential impact.
Workshop format and audience
- The Women Scaling their Leadership Growth Circle is an intimate experience for a small group of 6-8 women whose particular stories will differ from one another, but who are facing a similar need to lead differently and who want to do that without losing themselves in the process.
- It is for women who have experience managing people but are now being asked to scale their leadership in some way. This could mean managing more people, managing a larger budget, or simply moving into a position characterized by less direct control and much more uncertainty. Where stakeholder relationships are both more important and less clear, where enabling is more important than doing. Where who you are being is more important than what you do or produce.
- We welcome and encourage women from a wide range of industries, geographies, and cultural, racial, socioeconomic, academic, and sexual orientations.
How we will spend our time
- Each participant will begin with an intimate 1:1 Growth Edge Exploration conversation with Judy or Carolyn. Following that, the group will meet together for two hours each month (three hours for our first Circle) over six months, supplemented by individual and pair work between sessions. The monthly sessions will be organized around a light structure to support growth and exploration while also being grounded in participants’ most important individual and collective leadership challenges.
- This journey will offer opportunities for you to be both met where you are and also stretched, all while connecting deeply with other women who are in a similar place on their professional and developmental journey. This will be, above all, a place where you can challenge yourself–even be uncomfortable from time to time–in an environment of complete safety.
What you will learn
The set of ideas and practices underpinning our time together comes from a body of work we call Complexity Fitness, which starts with the core question of how leaders can cultivate themselves to be fit for the world as it is–increasingly complex and often overwhelming. As human beings, we are designed for a world in which we can predict and control, be expert, and feel competent and affirmed. And this natural tendency gets reinforced throughout the early part of our lives. In fact, leaders are rewarded for these very qualities–until they’re not. And this pattern is even more pronounced for women, who tend to excel at figuring out what they need to do to be successful and, in the process, often advance in their early careers, only to encounter later that their hard work doesn’t necessarily translate into advancement at more senior levels. And when they don’t advance, many women respond by doubling down on hard work, other-orientation, and then find themselves exhausted and often frustrated.
Grounded in decades of theory and practice of adult development, complexity theory, somatic awareness and practice, neuroscience-based positive intelligence and the integration of change, this Growth Circle experience is designed to stretch and support you to be the leader you need and want to be next, while not losing yourself to overwhelm and exhaustion.
USD $4,200, see registration for further information if you identify as someone from an underrepresented or marginalized group.
Payment is fully refundable up to 28 days before the start of the event, less a 13% processing fee; it is not refundable thereafter. If the event is under-enrolled, we reserve the right to cancel 28 days prior to the event start date, and refund your registration fee in full.