Register for: Growth Circles
Virtual Online Workshop
Carolyn Coughlin and Sheila Buechler
The Women, Wisdom, and What’s Next Growth Circle is an intimate community for 6 to 8 women who have successful careers leading organizations, teams, communities or treasured missions. Women who are now wondering, “What’s mine to do or be? Where and how can my experience and collected wisdom be put to best use in service of the ongoing transformation of my organization, my community, the world, and me? What’s next?”
Sheila and Carolyn are asking these questions too. Which is why we are bringing our experience of creating spaces where people come together in good company to see one another deeply and explore our edges, and offering it here to women leaders who are on a similar journey. In this 9-month journey, we will, together, create and inhabit a sacred space for connection, exploration, reflection, embodiment, presence and mystery. A space where we are invited to bring our whole selves, even those emerging parts that we might not know so well yet!
Why this, why now?
Leadership is evolving in large part because female leaders like you are creating change. To continue making headway, we must continue to develop. If you are a seasoned woman leader, you are no doubt facing increasing complexity, ambiguity and unpredictability, and ongoing growth allows you to keep pace with the changes in your organizations and teams, industries, and competitors, not to mention keeping pace with your relationships, personal life and communities. You also have an opportunity to shape the future…to be intentional about how to use your influence and power. In this sacred community of peers, we will explore your growth edges, celebrate your gifts and stoke the fire of your intentions, aspirations, and passions. And let’s face it, the world needs your leadership!
This small group of 6-8 women leaders, facilitated by Carolyn and Sheila, will meet monthly to explore who you have been and who you will be next. We will slow down, be present, get embodied, invite emergence and reflect together. This is not your typical problem solving peer group. This is sacred space, crafted and defined by you, in service of you, your leadership growth, and ultimately in service of the impact you want to have in the world. Of course we will draw on our toolkit of complexity, adult development and leadership tools as they support our spacious intentions. If you have honed your leadership and are looking to continue your growth, take your leadership to the next level, learn from experienced peers, and/or contribute to furthering the movement of powerful women leaders, please join us.
We welcome and encourage women leaders from a wide range of industries, geographies, and cultural, racial, socioeconomic and sexual orientations.
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.
Sheila Buechler is passionate about enabling senior leaders, top teams and organizations to lead effectively in complexity and ambiguity, expose patterns, assumptions and blind spots, and reach beyond habits to unleash leadership capacity. She is committed to introducing ideas that help leaders engage, think, act, and notice differently, and actually embody these new ideas by applying them in real and immediate business challenges. Sheila believes curiosity, awareness and compassion are critical for leaders courageous enough to discover and push the edges of their leadership. She deeply admires the human condition and brings honesty, generosity, and lightness to her work while also holding results as a top priority. She approaches leadership development as a journey, not an intervention and equips leaders and organizations with tools for ongoing development and growth.
Sheila brings over 30 years as a trusted advisor to senior leaders through experience in top tier and boutique management consulting firms, as a start-up co-founder and a mother, along with a Harvard MBA. 10 years ago she took the leap to follow her passion into executive coaching and leadership advisory, focusing on individual and collective leadership effectiveness. One of Sheila’s proud career moments was joining Cultivating Leadership. Sheila’s clients include Fortune 1,000 companies, venture backed start-ups and mission driven organizations in industries including technology, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, oil and gas, financial services and more.
When Sheila is not advising leaders, you can find her in an art museum, collaging, hanging out with her three teenage daughters, hiking or cooking. She also practices meditation and is deeply exploring energy work and somatics. Sheila lives in Austin and dreams of living in a castle in the countryside of France.
This journey will offer opportunities for you to stretch, grow, explore, settle, rest, be, give, receive and more. And to do this in the company of others who are exploring a similar transition in their lives. Together we will lean into what is calling us, and that will likely evolve during our time together. It is our hope that you will become even more of yourself, invite new inquiries, uncover blind spots, feel connected, and allow the support and challenge of this community to meet you right where you are in ways that are unique and transformative.
Over the course of this journey you will:
- Be met in deep and connected ways
- Stay in the open space of exploration, discovery and curiosity
- Connect with the power of stillness, quiet and waiting
- Receive and offer generosity, acceptance and love
- Deepen and expand your sense of self
- Touch into the depths of inner and outer resources
- Experience deep community that generously offers challenge and support
- Contribute to and participate in a safe confidential space
We will begin with a three hour session in September 2021 and meet monthly for two hours thereafter until May 2022.
Sessions be very lightly structured. This means that the most important organizing principle is that we be good company for one another. While we may occasionally introduce ideas and practices that the facilitators have found helpful in supporting people to explore and enable who they are becoming, the sessions will primarily be places of belonging and connection where we can both challenge and support each other in ways that are based on deep trust. Everything will be grounded in the real and live challenges participants are working with.
Between sessions, there will be suggested individual reflection and pair explorations, and you will have ongoing access to the facilitators, to each other, and to resources and practice opportunities through a secure Circle-specific Dashboard.
The fee for this year-long experience is US$4,500*
*Because we believe diversity is crucial to our personal, professional, and collective development, we are intentionally inviting experienced mature women leaders from a variety of backgrounds regardless of economic status. While we have no doubt that this suggested fee represents a generous value exchange, we also recognize it may be out of reach for some potential participants who would make a priceless contribution to the experience. If you are moved to, and able, we invite you to sponsor a scholarship for ths group. If so, please contact Diana Manks at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
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.