About the Empowered Leader Program
Women who are selected to join the Empowered Leader Program will become part of the
Women’s Impact Alliance.
This special group of women impact leaders are selected based on the scope and scale of their impact, their
potential to accelerate change, and their commitment to self-development.
In the 1-Year Empowered Leader Program, participants:
Are matched with a certified coach experienced in working with executive leaders in both profit and
- Focus on both personal and leadership development over a 6-month period of one-on-one coaching
- Engage in leadership lab workshops
Become members of trusted peer-to-peer forums that allow them to expand their network, build leadership
skills, and provide peer support
Program Benefits and Outcomes
- Increase self-confidence and courage to show up as a leader
- Learn how to use core strengths that amplify impact
- Identify and shift crucial limiting beliefs
- Discover values and align with purpose to accelerate impact and potential
- Experience the transformational impact of receiving empowering support from coach and peers
- Create new connections and develop life-long allies and friends
“My coaching experience has been very inspiring, helping me uncover the infinite potential within. It’s
amazing, how I was able to identify my next steps for my work and personal growth just after 5 sessions.
This is a very safe space, every woman needs this.” — Christine Nabugonyi, Executive Director at Edu Child
Join a Community of 1,500+ Alumnae from 85+ Countries
Since 2014, over 1,500+ women impact leaders from more than 85+ countries have graduated from The Women’s
Impact Alliance. Graduation from the
Empowered Leader Program is only the beginning of your leadership journey. We are committed
to continuing to grow the leadership capacity of our community of women leaders and support them as they
expand their impact.
As a graduate of the Empowered Leader Program, you become part of our global alumnae
community and are invited to participate in ways that are meaningful to you. You’ll have the opportunity to
take advantage of offerings specifically tailored to our graduates, including:
- Access to a network of women leaders all over the world in a variety of impact sectors
- Monthly workshops, community-led sessions, and meet-ups (both virtual and in-person
- Opportunities to continue one-on-one coaching
- Private Alumnae Slack community and alumnae address book access
- Access our extensive online Leadership Resource Library
What Can You Expect from the Program?
We have developed a transformative leadership journey. This fully integrated one-year program will expand
your leadership skills, deepen your learning, and accelerate your growth.
Four experience pillars make up the foundation of our signature Empowered Leader Program:
One-on-one Coaching, Ally Pods, Leader Lab Workshops, and Community Learning Sessions.
Participants are paired with an experienced professional leadership coach to work toward their goals and
overcome challenges. There are
twelve virtual, one-on-one coaching sessions over a six-month period.
The coaching journey is tailored to each participant’s specific needs and goals.
Common coaching topics include:
- Understanding your strengths and blind spots as a leader
- Clarifying values and deeper purpose for your work
- Identifying your authentic leadership presence and style
- Navigating conflict
- Enhancing your emotional intelligence
Coaching is a significant component of the Empowered Leader Program. It is important that potential
participants understand this core part of the program. Click here to learn more about
what coaching is and isn’t ,
how you will be matched with your coach , and other coach related
The power of community is a paramount experience of this program. Upon beginning your
Empowered Leader Program,
you will join a small group of other participants as part of an Ally Pod. This is one of
the best ways to connect with others in the program and foster meaningful relationships through this shared
Every Ally Pod is entirely self-directed, each pod member is an equal designer in creating your unique
To learn more about Ally Pods check out our
Leader Lab Workshops
‘Harnessing Your Inner Leader’ is a 3-part series of
leadership development modules led by subject-matter experts
and is tailored to women impact leaders. Each 90-minute virtual workshop introduces tools, models, and
practices that cultivate authentic leadership, personal growth, and resilience. Sessions are supplemented
with written materials, resources and videos.
Module 1: Understanding Ourselves as Leaders
Workshop 1 - Identify Your Unique Values, and How to Live Them Out in the World.
Workshop 2 - Silencing Your Inner Saboteur and Designing Ways to Move Forward.
Module 2: Resilient Leadership
Workshop 1 - Self-Compassion, Self-Advocacy and Resilient Leadership
Workshop 2 - Leading with Courage and Vulnerability
Module 3: Multi-Dimensional Leadership
Workshop 1 - Multidimensional Leadership (to Thrive in Complexity)
Workshop 2 - Leadership Agility
Community Learning Sessions
Every month, participants are encouraged to engage in optional group sessions designed to support each other
in being more courageous, inspired, and connected, including:
- Open Learning Sessions where participants and alumnae come together to discuss leadership topics
Expert Special Sessions where the entire WIA community comes together for inspirational and/or practical
- Additional leadership development sessions offered throughout the year.
Participants will receive access to a private Slack community, The Women’s Impact Alliance Resource Library,
The Women’s Impact Alliance Directory, and books supporting the program.
Why Should I Apply?
The Empowered Leader Program has been designed specifically to accelerate the leadership potential of early
stage women in social and environmental change. An entire year of development is a significant investment of
time and energy, and yet participating in this program creates a foundation on which to increase your
leadership capacity, and significantly deepen your impact in the world.
By participating in the program you will:
- Clarify your core values and how to lead with power and authenticity
- Identify your core limiting beliefs and learn to access the wisdom of your inner leader.
- Gain practical strategies and tools for personal and leadership resiliency, and well being
- Explore what it means to lead with courage and vulnerability
- Build resilience and capacity to think clearly under pressure
- Strategize approaches to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity
- Cultivate mindful self-compassion practices that allow you to do your work with more ease
- Learn practices for radical self-care and wellbeing
Expand the concept of leadership agility and learn to lead in different ways to meet the needs of
- Practice strengthening your leadership multi-dimensionality
- Deepen confidence in your leadership
What Do We Look For in Participants?
The Empowered Leader Program is open to any early stage career woman leader and women-identifying
individuals based anywhere in the world, who are today transforming our world for the better.
We are looking for a candidate who is:
- A high potential early career woman leader
- Strongly committed to changing the planet and can demonstrate existing change
- Doing something extraordinary
- Dedicated to her self-discovery and development
- Willing to speak freely about both her difficulties and triumphs
- Realistic about her goals for coaching (feasible for completion within a six-month period)
Clear on what she can expect from coaching (see:
“What Is a Coach?” for further clarification)
- Open to being challenged by a coach to explore outside her comfort zone
- Willing to give her coach feedback on their coaching conversation and relationship
- A strong commitment to the value of fellowship and community
Program places are prioritized for non-profit and social impact leaders. We do consider applicants from
for-profits who clearly demonstrate their organizations' social impact and mission. For more information
check out our
Disclaimer: We have a requirement that a participant in any The Women’s Impact Alliance program is
emotionally and mentally stable before joining our programs. If you have experienced significant emotional
trauma, a traumatic event, and have been in recovery or treatment in the last 12 months, we recommend that
you consider applying for our programs after at least 12 months post-recovery.
Leadership development and coaching are a wonderful process for opening up transformation and going deep,
but the serious concern is that it can also trigger traumatic emotions if you are recovering and healing
from trauma, and because our coaches and experts don’t have therapeutic training to support that, it could
potentially harm you, and we would never, ever want that for anyone.
If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please reach out to us at
We are continually working hard as an organization to welcome, embrace and support all people.
The Women’s Impact Alliance shall not discriminate present nor future participants on the basis of race,
color, religion, creed, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation,
political affiliation, educational background, or military status, in any of our activities or operations.
Are You A Nightingale?
Nightingales are women leading in roles that directly support their communities in fields such as education,
healthcare, mental & behavioral health, housing, food security, and social services. These fields
historically experience high rates of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma — compounded by the
shared trauma of a global pandemic.
These women are essential to the welfare and continued well-being of our global community, yet there are
limited opportunities for them to focus on themselves and their long-term growth. We have dedicated up to 40
spaces each program to supporting these courageous women.
NOTE: You will be given the opportunity to indicate that you are a Nightingale in your application.
Empowered Leader Program Calendar
|January 15, 2024
|February 1, 2024
||Open Enrollment Call #1
|February 13, 2024
||Open Enrollment Call #2
|March 1, 2024
|April 8, 2024
||Application results announced to all applicants
|April 19, 2024
||Applicant deadline to accept program place
|May 6, 2024
||Program Start Date
||Program Orientation: Introduction to Allies Pods & Leadership Modules
||1:1 Leadership Coaching kick-off — Leader Lab 1: Understanding the Leader Within Each of Us
||Leader Lab 3: Working with the Inner Critic, Saboteurs and Limiting Beliefs
||1:1 Leadership Coaching Completion
||Leader Lab 4: Resilient Leadership and Sustainable Impact
||Leader Lab 5: Leading with Courage and Vulnerability
||Leader Lab 6: Leadership Agility and Multi-Dimensional Leadership
||Leaders Lab 7: Integrating Leadership Development Growth
|May 30, 2025
||Program End Date
NOTE: Please take note of the dates above and plan ahead carefully. If you are selected to join our
Empowered Leader Program, you are expected to follow and honor the program timeline.
Have more questions about our program? Check out our
FAQ page for more information.
The Women's Impact Alliance, operating as The Coaching Fellowship, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Empowered Leader Program is significantly subsidized, and made possible by our generous coaches and
volunteers who offer their services pro-bono.
We strive to make our program accessible to as many women leaders as possible, implementing a tiered pricing
system to accommodate varying financial capabilities. The cost of the program can be spread over a period of
6 months, and we have multiple pricing options to suit individual needs and circumstances.
The tiered pricing system functions as follows:
The following tiers are subsidized by WIA donors and sponsorship funds:
Tier One: $2,950 USD — This tier is suitable for leaders from well-resourced, social impact
organizations with a professional development budget that can fully cover the program fees.
Tier Two: $1,395 USD — This tier is for leaders who can personally fund their professional
development or whose organizations can pay a portion of their program fees.
Tier Three: $1,295 USD — This tier is for leaders who can afford to pay their fees at a lower
level. It's ideal for those from mid-sized organizations with limited annual budgets and restricted
professional development funds.
Tier Four: $1,195 USD — This tier is for leaders from organizations with limited annual budgets and
no dedicated funds for professional development.
Tier Five: $995 USD — This tier provides the highest level of support and is suitable for leaders
from budget-constrained organizations that serve high-need communities and countries without professional
If you are not able to afford any of these tiers, please contact us to find out how to apply for our partial
sponsorships. You can reach us at
Please consider your personal situation, organizational support, cost of living, debt, family obligations,
and other relevant factors when choosing your pricing tier. We trust that those who can afford higher tiers
will do so to support others with more limited means.
We strongly encourage organizations to contribute to their leaders' growth by covering all or part of the
program fees. Upon request, we can provide documentation for reimbursement or leadership development
funding. Moreover, we've prepared a template to help you request funding assistance from your employer.
All participant contributions directly support The Women’s Impact Alliance’s operational costs, ensuring our
ability to continue supporting many more women social impact leaders in the future.
If you require further assistance in determining the appropriate fee or have questions regarding the pricing
structure, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Your participation and contribution are integral to our
mission to democratize leadership development and coaching.
How To Ask Your Employer for Funding Assistance
Many organizations allocate funds for leadership development or are willing to pay some or all of a
participant's program fee. We strongly encourage organizations to invest the growth of their leaders, and we
are able to provide you with documentation for reimbursement or leadership development funding to support
your case. To help you get started, we've drafted a template to help you request the cost of the program.