Leading Ladies

A Program to Empower Female-Identifying Leaders

For Ages 21+, the Leading Ladies leadership training program provides participants the opportunity to hone their personal leadership brand and style while building relationships with other inspiring female-identifying leaders. Featuring experiential professional development workshops, Leading Ladies utilizes the arts to encourage participants to expand their creativity and develop effective leadership skills.

Experiment with authentic leadership presence, collaborative communication, and using mindfulness to invite balance—all in a uniquely COCA way! This one-of-a-kind program is for leaders of all ages from any industry.

Although tuition is often covered by some employers, financial assistance may be available to those who qualify. All participants who successfully complete the program will be issued a certificate from COCAbiz.

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Leading Ladies Fall Workshop

2022 Program Schedule

SEP 7 | 1:00–4:00PM | COCA

SEP 21 | 1:00–2:30PM | ZOOM

OCT 5 | 1:00–4:00PM | COCA

OCT 19 | 1:00–2:30PM | ZOOM

NOV 2 | 1:00–4:00PM | COCA

NOV 16 | 1:00–4:00PM | COCA

Leading Ladies Session Details

Leading Ladies features several of COCA’s talented female teaching artists in a variety of unique and informative sessions.

SESSION ONE | There Is No “I” in Ensemble | COCA

Our exciting kick-off session is dedicated to building meaningful connections through inspired communication, innovative collaboration, active listening, and authentic empathy. Using tenets from the art forms of Improvisation and Collaborative Design, this engaging experience will help you get to know your incredible cohort, and your incredible self!

SESSION TWO | Drawing the Line | ZOOM

In this reflective virtual session, we will work toward identifying what it takes to find the elusive work/life balance. An exploration of our leadership styles, core values, and priorities will guide us to insight and action. “Yes, And…” is a wonderful tool, but sometimes it’s okay to say no!

SESSION THREE | The Juggling Act | COCA

Building on our work from the previous sessions, we will step into the ring and out of our comfort zones to tap into those unknown places to release our inner child and our inner warrior. Activities from the world of the Big Top help ignite our imaginations and let our spirits soar.

SESSION FOUR | Art Mirrors Life | ZOOM

Having to initiate difficult conversations, give feedback, and take disciplinary actions can be uncomfortable for some leaders. In this virtual session, we will borrow an assessment tool from the visual arts to encourage leaders to learn how to call someone in, instead of calling them out.

SESSION FIVE | Empower the Character of Your Best Self | COCA

Drawing from the Actor’s toolkit, we will engage in activities that help us to align our leadership style to our leadership presence. This confidence-building session shows us how to use voice, body-language, storytelling, and intentional language to become as extraordinary on the outside as you are on the inside. 

SESSION SIX | Step Into the Stoplight | COCA

This fun and physical final session engages us to embrace our greatest potential, with activities to build a solid mind-body connection. Drawing from the beautiful art forms of Dance and Poetry, we explode with charisma and magnetism, as we embody the Leading Ladies we are meant to be.

Leading Ladies Session in Millstone Gallery at COCA

Register for Fall 2022 Cohort

Registration is now open for the Fall 2022 Leading Ladies cohort.

Teaching Artists

Our COCAbiz teaching artists have extraordinary careers as educators, facilitators, and artists. They are passionate about leveraging the arts to empower women to reach their full potential. Each of them brings their expertise from the stage, studio, and classroom into our unique and experiential leadership program.

Kathryn Bentley
Lee Anne Mathews
Gina Bon Perez
Maria Ojascastro
Alicia Like
Mariel Reynolds
Mariel Reynolds