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.
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 Design Thinking, 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.
Register for Fall 2022 Cohort
Registration is now open for the Fall 2022 Leading Ladies cohort.
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.