For Progressive Women & Trans Leaders
Facing Conflict, Overwhelm, & Self-Doubt
While Working Toward Social Change

The Leadership Circle

Next Cohorts Starts January 9, 2024
Applications Close Jan 1
On Zoom | 8 Spaces | Solidarity Pricing

Dear friend, Is this you…?

You learned to go it alone from a young age. That you couldn’t rely on others. You had good reasons to become self-reliant, highly competent, someone others could rely on to take charge. That’s an awesome thing.

But your lone wolf approach is taking a toll. The weight of the responsibility you hold is too much for any one person to bear. Even though part of you believes it should be possible.

And you know what happens to a bridge when it’s holding a weight that’s too heavy to bear?

Eventually, it crumbles.

Leaders crumble, too—non-stop anxiety, weakened immune systems, illnesses, damaged relationships, suicidal thoughts. I know you could add to this list.

I don’t want you to crumble. The world does not need you to harm your health or wellbeing.

The world needs you whole. You deserve to sleep well. You deserve to feel good. You deserve to feel confident, clear, and rested, even in the midst of your important work. And when you do, you’ll be so much more capable of creating the changes you envision for your people and the world.

That’s why I created the Leadership Circle—a small group leadership development program for women and trans leaders working for social change.

The Leadership Circle is for you if you care deeply about the world but are struggling with any of the following—

  1. Interpersonal conflict threatens your ability to fulfill your mission. You may see conflict looming on the horizon, or you may be in the thick of it now and feeling really hurt.
  2.  Your workload is overwhelming, and you constantly struggle to juggle your many conflicting commitments. The stress of it all is taking a toll on your physical health, relationships, and mental wellbeing.
  3. Your confidence is taking a dip. You’ve been second-guessing and judging yourself a lot lately and feeling a lot of anxiety. You may have received hard-to-hear feedback or feel trapped in a situation where it’s impossible to make everyone happy.

Whether you’re facing one, two, or all three of these challenges, I designed the Leadership Circle to help you develop the leadership skills to de-escalate conflict quickly, the internal clarity to prioritize competing demands without burning yourself out, and the confidence and focus to achieve your most important goals.

I first came to Katherine after receiving hard-to-hear feedback on a 360-degree evaluation. I needed to learn how to slow down, listen more carefully to my supervisees and peers, incorporate others’ views and suggestions, and put people before the process, especially when facing deadlines and time pressure.

I wanted a skilled leadership coach who could help me see the habits and assumptions that kept me from showing up as my best self, and I needed to build skills in intentional listening.

As a certified coach myself, I can honestly say that Katherine is a very skilled leadership coach. She holds a wonderful balance of accountability and compassion. Her depth of knowledge in various frameworks brings new awareness, and she identifies just the right tools to match clients’ needs.

—Jane, Assistant Vice President, Large Hospital System

The Leadership Circle is explicitly for women and trans folks who work in social change fields and value solidarity, collective liberation, and healing justice.

This group may be a good fit if you:

 Are a woman (trans women included here), nonbinary person, trans man, Two Spirit person, or are otherwise marginalized for your gender. We deserve spaces that are free from toxic masculinity and male fragility, spaces where we can be real and expand into our full selves.

 Actively work toward social change. You may work in progressive policy, community organizing, social entrepreneurship, higher ed, government, facilitation, ministry, or another field designing solutions to this moment’s most pressing challenges.

 Hold a position of influence or leadership in your organization or community. Your title may include one of the following words: director, coordinator, organizer, founder, manager, president, or lead.

 Have a strong inner lone wolf.You’re often the most competent one in the room, and part of you believes that everything would be better if you did it yourself. But not receiving the support you need is exhausting and lonely. You (part of you, at least!) want to learn to lead well without going it alone.

 You’ve done a bunch of work on yourself, yet you feel like something is missing. You long for support that supports your full self—personal and professional, support that helps you become more confident and feel good, too.

 You want a mentor with an aligned worldview, someone who acknowledges the dominant systems of oppression at the root of most of our problems and helps you heal the impacts of collective trauma in your life.

This leadership development program would be a great fit if you want to grow the leadership skills to:

  • Prevent, de-escalate, and transcend workplace conflict. Whether you’re struggling with a conflict now or you want to prevent and skillfully navigate conflict in the future, you know that a huge part of being an effective leader is learning to handle conflict well.
  • Sustain your energy. You often feel exhausted and overwhelmed by everything you have to do and yet doubt that you’re doing enough. You worry you might be burning out, and you want to do everything in your power to stay in this work a while longer.
  • Trust yourself and fully embody your power. You’re tired of second-guessing yourself and apologizing for who you are. You long to feel confident, skillful, and fully present as a leader.
  • Focus on the big picture and achieve your bigger goals. You’re tired of putting out fires and being stuck in to-do list mode. You want to leave a legacy with a real impact in peoples’ lives.

This group is not for you if you:

  • Do not work in a field related to social change. The aim of this group is to create a safe-enough container of people doing similar work. If you’re a leader in another field and long for support, I welcome you to consider my private professional coaching services.
  • Do not want to do some deep inner work. One aim of this leadership development program is to help you cultivate the emotional capacity to lead well and feel good. If you only want to focus on the strategic or externally-oriented aspects of the work, this is not for you.

    (Keep in mind that this inner work doesn’t need to feel hard. Most people express excitement and a release of newfound energy as a result of doing this work. It often feels really fun!)

  • Don’t like feeling vulnerable and doubt that you will ever feel comfortable sharing in front of others. If so, private professional coaching may be a better fit for you.
  • Do not have energy to listen to others’ experiences. The group structure will not ask you to mentor or guide others but, simply, to bear witness. That said, if you feel too drained to listen to others’ experiences, again, private professional coaching may be better for you.

Katherine brings a keen sensitivity for the needs of social change leaders and a unique ability to hold space for developing the insight and courage needed to take the sometimes scary steps forward.

The truth is, it can be lonely at the top of the organizational chart, especially when you’re taking on the toughest organizational change—management challenges. When we’re pushing through the big leadership moments—and feeling our most vulnerable—leaders need thought-partners who can help us both keep our eyes on the prize and see our blind spots, in a compassionate and easy-to-act-on way.

I am grateful to Katherine for her skillful thought-partnership and ability to help me work through the challenging, sometimes painful, and essential processes of organizational change and transition. If you are contemplating the leadership development challenges inherent in taking a big leap forward, please call Katherine. You, too, deserve the gift of her warmth and insight as you tackle the tough stuff.

—Eliza Byard, Former Executive Director, GLSEN

If part of you expects you to barrel through, hold the world together, and ignore the painful stuff, you’re not alone.

Patriarchal, white supremacy culture indoctrinates us to believe in the myth of the rugged individual who saves the world with his own two hands. And childhood trauma teaches many of us that we must go it alone.

So of course it makes sense if a part of you wishes that you were big enough to solve all the problems without support. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

But as big as you and I might wish we were, we are so much smaller than the world’s problems and so much smaller than our organization’s problems, no matter how big our role is, even if we’re a staff of one.

And trying to hold it all alone can be harmful. I’ve witnessed beloved comrades develop chronic health conditions, lose their most valuable relationships, and even struggle with suicidality as a result of sacrificing themselves to their work. I imagine you have, too. We cannot afford to have you getting chewed up by the work, too. We need you feeling resourced and well so you can show up for the long haul.

To develop a right relationship with our work, we must right-size our expectations of ourselves and stop trying to be bigger (or smaller) than we actually are.

Taking exquisite care of ourselves does not mean dedicating days to spa trips (at least, not most days). Taking exquisite care of ourselves means learning to relate to our work in whole new ways—tuning in to what we need and what our people need, healing the wounds that make it hard to see ourselves and each other clearly, recognizing what is ours to do and what is beyond our capacity, prioritizing what is most important, and honoring the grief that comes with not being able to do it all.

It can feel vulnerable and take courage to reach out for support, at least at first. And saying no can be painful. But guilt is often the price of self-love. And these are skills you can learn, if you so choose.

When we learn to tune in and tend to what’s needed most, we grow our capacity to show up more effectively—for our organizations, communities, families, and ourselves. to care for themselves, stay engaged in the work, and do it well. It’s cliche because it’s true.

Katherine weaves big themes together and distills them into tangible, manageable and meaningful steps like it is no big deal, effortless and joyful.  Her coaching clients have access to a huge range of approaches, practices, and a whole wealth of leadership training she’s done herself. It’s a unique approach to leadership training that really cultivates wholeness.

I’m now communicating my needs to my staff (and myself) more clearly and in a way that elicits support. I am busier than ever but also somehow operating with a sense of stillness and presence.

I’ve aligned my personal life with my professional life in a way I’d never experienced before. It truly feels like my life and my livelihood — myself and my working self — are integrated now, nurturing each other and reflecting the same values, commitments, and aspirations.

—KC, CEO, Common Media

The Leadership Circle weaves together several elements into a highly effective leadership training that helps you stop censoring yourself, replenish your energy, focus on what matters most, heal conflict and burnout, build confidence, and get clear about practical next steps each week.

 

Let’s take a tour through each element:

One: Opening & Closing Sessions

We’ll begin our work together with a two-hour opening session to get to know each other, go over how to make the most of our time together, get an overview of our process, and envision the next horizon of the life you long for.

At the end of our six months, we’ll close our work together with a final session. During this time, participants will celebrate their learning, define next learning edges, and create a plan for support in the months ahead.

Two: Supported Vision & Values Journaling Exploratio

At the beginning of our work together, I will guide you through a process of clarifying your core values, envisioning the next horizon of your work-life, identifying the leadership skills you need to cultivate to get there, and crafting an embodied commitment statement that serves as a quick-link to what’s calling you now.

You’ll share your responses to me in a Google doc, I’ll ask follow-up questions, and we’ll go back and forth in a written conversation until we narrow down your values, vision, commitment statement, and the leadership skills you want to focus on.

Three: Six Months of Small Group Leadership Coaching

After our initial session, we’ll meet twice per month for ninety-minutes on Zoom with your four-person cohort. At the beginning of every session, each participant will share something “new and good” related to our work together, and I’ll guide a centering practice.

Then, two people will receive personalized coaching from me while the other participants will witness with the intent to learn and support. I’ll begin each coaching conversation by asking you what you want to take away from the session, and we’ll focus there. Rather than teaching a linear curriculum which may not apply to you, we’ll tailor our conversations to meet your needs.

Because each person is facing similar challenges, each person benefits whether they receive coaching or are witnessing others’ coaching. And seeing your fellow group members nod and smile as you share your challenges can be like medicine that gets you through the hardest times.

At the end of each person’s coaching, a fellow participant will express a gift they received from bearing witness. Finally, we’ll close each session with participants sharing something they’re taking away from the session and something they’re committed to doing before the next session.

Four: Weekly Written Check-Ins with Compassionate Accountability & Thought Partnership

To support and guide the ongoing process of clarity and confidence-building, participants will write a weekly reflection in a group forum, sharing celebrations, challenges, questions, and next steps.

I’ll read each person’s reflections and respond at least once in between sessions.

Five: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to do: A Guide to Radical Discernment, The Scheduling Boundaries Guidebook, and The Career Clarity Guidebook

These three guidebooks will walk you through the essential practices that I’ve come to rely on to help my clients clarify their vision and priorities, honor their needs, build their leadership skills, cultivate confidence, focus on what matters most, and create careers they love.

You’ll have lifelong access to these workbooks so that you can return to them long into the future whenever you need support.

Six: Online Group Forum to Ask All Your Questions

Throughout the course, I’ll encourage you to share questions and insights in our group forum. I will read and respond to every question, either through a written response or live in our sessions.

Through this tried-and-true structure, you will experience a sense of shoulder-to-shoulder-ness with like-minded peers, break free from old patterns that have been holding you back, stay on track toward what matters most, and cultivate leadership skills that last a lifetime.

I’ve really benefited by learning from, supporting, and being supported by my group. I thought I’d feel anxious being coached in front of others, but this group is so supportive and I’ve found the practices that Katherine teaches really powerful and effective.

As a result of the support from the group, I’m gaining the confidence I need to recognize right-sized commitments, listen to what my body is trying to tell me, and make decisions that support my values.

I’ve really appreciated hearing what’s going on for the other group participants, both for the window it provides into the different ways they approach challenges and for the camaraderie of recognizing and experiencing similar feelings and needs together. I continue to be amazed by how much my personal journey benefits from witnessing theirs.

Jocelyn

The Leadership Circle kept me on track and gave me the support I needed to live bravely and intentionally.

I built an incredible community with a wide range of like-minded people who support and encourage me still, even after completing my work with Katherine. I still have strong relationships with the others from the group coaching program.

Katherine gave me the support and encouragement I needed to address my inner judgment, self-doubt, and fears about approval from others. I am now able to quiet these voices and listen more clearly to my true self. Not only am I in a better position professionally, but I am much happier.

Amy

I appreciate how group leadership coaching supported my individualized experience but also integrated a component of witnessing others’ process, which really helped me learn.

I learned to acknowledge and appreciate parts of myself I had neglected and been overwhelmed with for years. And I am excited to devote the rest of my life to my guiding principles and commitments. I recommend working with Katherine if you are looking for a reflective, yet action-oriented self and leadership development journey!

Jackie

When Does the Leadership Circle Meet?

The next cohorts begin Thursday, Jan 9, 2025 (applications close Jan 2). One cohort will meet at 10-11:30am on Thursdays and another will meet at 12-1:30pm on Thursdays, and meetings are currently scheduled on the following dates:

Jan 9, 16, & 30 | Feb 13 & 27 | March 13 & 27 | April 10 & 24 | May 8 & 22 | June 5, 12 & 19

If you’d like to join, but any of these dates do not work for you, please let me know before the group starts. Sometimes, with enough advance notice, I am able to find an alternate date that works for the entire group.

How much time is needed to make the most of this program:

The minimum time commitment that you’d need to make to benefit from this program is about two hours per week—attending sessions, doing a weekly reflection, asking questions, reading my responses, and focusing on your goals. Here’s a breakdown of what this time entails:

  1. Attending leadership coaching sessions. In months one and six, there are three 90-minute sessions. In months two through five, there are two 90-minute sessions.
  2. Writing a weekly reflection and responding to others. Each week, you’ll reflect on your celebrations, challenges, questions, and next steps, and share these in a group forum. I also ask that you read and respond to one other participant’s check-in and my responses to you (which I write about once every two weeks). These check-ins take most people about fifteen minutes to one hour per week.
  3. Engaging with the Vision & Values journaling. At the beginning of our time together, I’ll invite you to work through journal prompts to clarify your values, vision, and commitments for the time ahead, and I’ll respond with follow-up questions in a back-and-forth written conversation. This exploration takes most people several hours in the first month.
  4. Taking steps toward your goals. Rather than being a cookie-cutter class where everyone follows the same leadership skills curriculum, your actions between sessions depend on your goals and what you hope to accomplish.

Although you may feel nervous about committing this time on top of your already full life, most clients report that dedicating time to this unique type of leadership development program actually increases their efficiency and helps them get the most important stuff done with less stress and effort.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Love is 90% pacing,” and that holds true here. Some people will be called to invest more time, while others will need to say no to doing much more. Learning to pace yourself well is one of the aims of our work together, and I will support you in honoring your limits.

When I began my work as the director of a human services organization, it was fun, exciting, and challenging. As the program grew, the demands grew, and it felt like everything was always too much, too often, too many, or sometimes, even, too few. I knew that something had to change.

Katherine helped me create space in my life, my calendar, my mind. My desk is no longer a cluttered, crazy-making thing, my calendar has blocked off time for lunch and massage, and I even rescheduled a weekly staff meeting to take a qi gong class. I have a sense of expandedness that I don’t feel compelled to fill up.

My life has a better flow now. I feel more grounded, more relaxed, and sometimes I can even let things just whirl. There’s an ease to most days.

Sometimes, we need someone to give us permission to put ourselves back into the center of the equation in our own lives. Sometimes, we need a new pair of glasses, a new way of seeing ourselves and our work, someone to guide us in forming a new vision for ourselves. Katherine was this person for me, and I hope that she can be that person for you, too.

—Linda Sarage, Former Non-Profit Program Director

Hi there! I’m Katherine Golub, MBA, PCC (she/her).

Since 2013, I’ve coached community leaders, organizers, activists, and others who work hard toward social change but risk burning out.

My leadership coaching clients come to me because they care deeply about making a difference in their organizations and communities but interpersonal conflict, overwhelming workloads, lack of confidence, and the daily grind of tending to multiple competing responsibilities threaten their energy and effectiveness. They long to cultivate greater confidence, clarity, ease, and effectiveness.

In a dominant culture rooted in extraction, supremacy, and toxic individualism, social change work can be incredibly challenging. It is countercultural to care for our own needs or even to treat each other well.

And yet, I’ve discovered over the years that burnout is not inevitable. The same practices that increase our effectiveness can also increase our joy.

We can learn to care for ourselves and our people, even as we face daunting leadership challenges. We can learn to align with our seemingly contradictory values, nourish our bodies, and communicate with skill. We can learn to show up in ways that make us proud and increase our chances of bringing forth the future we long for.

I depend on the leadership skills I teach to serve as a city councilor, run a business, parent my teenage son, show up for my community, write a book, and enjoy my life amidst it all. (Click here to learn more about my background and the modalities I draw from.)

If you long to experience more ease and confidence as you lead important change in your community, I’d love for you to join us.

I’m the only woman on an all-male executive team at a start-up company. Before I met Katherine, I had a difficult time feeling like I had a place on the team. I was caught in a cycle of analysis paralysis, and nothing was really changing.

Katherine helped me learn to really listen to myself instead of just hanging out in my head. Rather than looking to other people to feel good about myself, I’m tapping into what I know to be true about who I am and what I’m capable of.

I now have a much better understanding of what I want, I know how to take control and shape how I experience my life (work and otherwise), and I’ve been able to actually change my situation, rather than just thinking about fixing it.

I’ve taken so many self-growth and leadership development trainings, and two main things set Katherine apart. First, she has a style that’s zero-judgment. Many people in the “coaching” field have a certain vibe that makes it hard for me to feel like I can be my full self. Katherine, on the other hand, is completely accepting and real, and working with her has allowed me to get to a place that is super authentic.

Second, the leadership tools and teachings she offers are much more practical and easy to apply than a lot of the other stuff out there. Many classes give you the background and theory, but then you don’t know what to do with it. She explains the research behind the practices she teaches, and then she tells you how to apply it to your own life. Her teachings actually get you results.

—Tess, VP of Partnerships, Solar Company

Frequently Asked Questions

On Whether This Program is a Good Fit

Is this a safe or supportive experience for people of the global majority?

If you are Black, Indigenous, Latine, AAPI, or a person of color, I appreciate you taking the time to consider what the best support system might be for you.

As a white person socialized in white supremacy culture, I am deeply committed to consistently developing my anti-racist facilitation skills, centering group agreements that minimize harm, and maintaining open lines of feedback to make my coaching as supportive as possible. If you join the Career Clarity Group, I will do everything possible to create an environment of trust, safety, and support for you.

At the same time, I want to acknowledge that I cannot promise to prevent all harm. There is always a risk that white supremacy culture could show up in some way in our work together, and it is possible that you could be the only person of color in the group. I also acknowledge that people of color often encounter racial microaggressions and other manifestations of racism in their career journeys, obstacles which white folks do not encounter.

You deserve spaces where your experience is centered, and you may feel more trust and resonance with a coach who shares your racial or ethnic identity. For these reasons, I want to share with you recommendations to practitioners of color, in case you might feel better supported by them.

For career coaching for women of color, I recommend checking out Embrace Change. I’m on the lookout for other career coaches of color, and I welcome you to send any recommendations to katherine@callingsandcourage.com.

For personal transformation more generally, you might also want to check out these coaches, healers, and teachers: adrienne maree brown, Alok Vaid-Menon, Denise Collazo, generative somatics, Jaiya John, Kai Cheng Thom, Lama Rod Owens, Layla Saad, Leonie Smith, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Michele Cassandra Johnson, Ntathu Allen, Octavia Raheem, Omkari Williams, Oriana Falkowski, Paths to Peace, POC4NVC, Rocio Rosales Meza, Roxy Manning, Stephanie Ghoston Paul, Tara Rivera, The Embodiment Institute, The Red Ma’at Collective, Sonya Renee Taylor, Valarie Kaur, and Yaba Blay.

After reading all this, if you still feel called to join the group, I would be so happy to have you. Either way, I hope you find precisely the support you need, and I welcome you to reach out to me with any thoughts or questions.

Who are the other people in the group? What if I don’t like them?

I appreciate this question because who you share this experience with matters. While I cannot promise that you’ll feel a sense of synergy with the other group members, I can share that in eight years of facilitating these groups, I’ve never yet encountered a situation in which participants have expressed not liking or feeling a sense of resonance with each other.

This may be because I interview every potential member before inviting them in—looking to ensure a good fit—or because of how I facilitate the group. Whatever the reason, group participants report experiencing a sense of deep resonance and camaraderie with one another and sometimes even develop lasting friendships.

Are you going to push me to “play bigger?”

Only if you ask me to. Too often, social change leaders feel forced to take on challenges beyond our capacity. When we constantly strive to reach beyond capacity, we set our nervous systems on constant high-alert, which reduces our capacity even more.

Rather than constantly pushing ourselves to be bigger than we are, we can become far more effective when we work to right-size ourselves. My aim is to help you do your current work really well and feel good while you’re doing it, not to push you beyond capacity.

You deserve gentleness, patience, and support to find a sense of inner safety, enjoy your work, and show up in ways that make you proud. The work you are doing right now is plenty important, and you are enough.

That said, if you are called to take on bigger goals or leadership development challenges, I will be thrilled to support you. You get to choose which challenges you feel called to take on. I am here to support you, either way.

I find myself doubting whether it’s possible to feel nourished doing social justice work and wondering whether I should just leave the work. Is this group a good fit?

It makes so much sense that you’re wondering whether the work is worth the costs or if you have to leave altogether.

If you feel like you’re at a career crossroads and are really needing to get clear about whether this work is still for you or not, I invite you to check out my Career Clarity Group.

And, if a big part of you still wants to give your current work your best go, then the group is probably a good fit. You do not need to be convinced about staying this path in order to join us.

I invite you to consider the following and notice how it feels in your body:

Dominant culture trains us to see the world in binaries, including the binary of all-or-nothing—thinking we must choose between sacrificing our entire beings to the work or leaving it all behind. To stay in the marathon of social justice work for a long time, we must learn to see beyond these binaries.

Questions About Logistics

This says there are only four spots per leadership coaching cohort. Is that true? What happens if the group fills up?

Yes, it’s true. After trying many iterations of group coaching over the years, I’ve found that four is the best number of people for providing a sense of intimacy and ensuring that each participant receives ample attention.

I enroll new participants on a rolling basis up until the application close date. If you apply after the group is full, you can join my waiting list, and I’ll let you know when the next cohort will begin. I start new cohorts every three months or so.

After the September cohort fills, the next group will likely begin in January.

How long is the commitment?

To create a supportive group container, I ask that all participants join with a commitment to stay for the entire six months. I’ve found that six months provides a supportive, spacious container to help clients integrate new habits and achieve their goals.

Be forewarned, though! Many of my clients end up enjoying and receiving so much from the work that they decide to remain for a year or two.

That said, if you are not receiving what you need from the group, bring your concerns to me. If I am unable to address them, you are free to leave the group before the six months are over.

Do I have to be able to attend all leadership coaching sessions to take part in the program?

I highly recommend attending all group sessions as attending at a regular cadence helps build momentum and maintain accountability. And when you’re missing, the group feels your absence. That said, if you do have to miss a meeting, please let me and your cohort know.

Participants pay the monthly rate regardless of whether they attend all the sessions.

If you already know that a date will not work for you, please let me know.  Occasionally, I can change the dates at the beginning of our six months to accommodate participants’ schedules.

Can I do both private leadership coaching and group coaching?

If you long for extra support at the beginning of our work together and it is within your means, you might consider adding a month of deep-diving, container-creating support, the same support I start private clients off with.

This month includes two, two-hour sessions plus back-and-forth communication through email. During this time, we craft a personalized development plan with a next horizon vision statement, skill-based outcomes tailored to meet your needs, and an embodied commitment statement.

While this time is absolutely not necessary to benefit from this program (only a small percentage of clients do this extra month), this additional support creates an incredibly strong launchpad for our work together. This support is an additional $1,500.

When group coaching clients want to work with me for additional private sessions, I am happy to add these sessions as time allows. The rate for this is $300 for one hour and $500 for two hours.

If you find this additional support financially unaffordable or only feel called to do the group, please know that most of my clients find the group coaching container to provide ample support.

Additional Questions

I’m interested in joining with a friend or colleague. Would that be okay?

Yes! Participants can benefit a great deal from doing this program with a friend or colleague. You’ll learn a new language for supporting each other and deepen your relationship as you develop new leadership skills.

Do you have other professional coaching options?

Absolutely! If you long for one-to-one support, I invite you to check out my professional coaching services. And if you’re facing a career transition and are longing to get clear and confident about what’s next in your career, I invite you to check out my Career Clarity Group.

I’m having technical trouble applying.
We can help! Email me at katherine@callingsandcourage.com, and my assistant or I will get you set up.

Before our group began, Katherine reached out to have a conversation and let me know that despite her best efforts to reach out to various marginalized folks, I’d likely be the only trans person in the group. She took the time to talk with me and ask if there was anything she could do to make the space more supportive. No one has ever done that before.

When challenging feelings around my trans identity surfaced in relation to the group’s dynamics or my journey growing my business, I reached out to Katherine, and I always felt supported by our conversations, our plan of action, and Katherine’s follow-through.

The support from Katherine and cohorts helped me refocus when I encountered transphobic treatment while growing my business. Rather than feeling defeated or throwing in the towel—which I believe I would have if I’d been on my own—the support helped me see that moment as a bump in the road, use it as an opportunity to discern what I really wanted, and keep going.

I found my dream gig, and still, six months later, doors just keep opening. The possibilities feel endless.

—Keelan, Energy Healer

Solidarity Pricing

I offer the Leadership Circle at a sliding scale from $1,800 and $3,600 for six months, depending on your individual and organizational access to money and wealth. Solidarity pricing is an attempt to distribute resources equitably between circle participants.

Please reflect on the following self-assessment questions to determine the rate that best fits your resources. I recognize that each person’s experience regarding these factors is complex, and I hope these questions support reflective discernment. Most of this list is sourced from the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance (AORTA):

  • Are you and your family homeowners or landowners?
  • Have you attended private education institutions or do you have an advanced degree?
  • Are your bills or credit cards on autopay?
  • Have you not had difficulty accessing and affording healthcare or health insurance for you or your family members?
  • Do you have little to no debt and/or do you have disposable income?
  • Do you have a safety net composed of “financially stable” or wealthy friends?
  • Do you have U.S. Citizenship?
  • Does your income only support you and not other loved ones?
  • Have you or do you expect to inherit money or property?
  • Have you (or could you have) attended college?
  • Have you (or could you have) attended graduate school?
  • Is your organization paying for at least a part of your enrollment?

Based on your answers to the self-assessment, here are the suggested rates.

  • Almost all no: $1,800 ($300/month)
  • More no than yes: $2,400 ($400/month)
  • More yes than no: $3,000 ($500/month)
  • All or almost all yes: $3,600 ($600/month)

If you work for an organization that offers professional development funding to staff, I encourage you to ask your organization for the funds to cover your enrollment in the Leadership Circle and help you become a more effective leader for your team, organization, and community. I am happy to provide documentation to support your request.

Feel free to reach out to me at katherine@callingsandcourage.com with any questions.

For years, I was in the habit of draining my energy ruminating over interpersonal conflicts and taking on commitments that took too much of me. Although I’d worked on changing these habits for over fifteen years, Katherine helped me to reach a new level of resilience, rest-easiness, and stamina.

Katherine’s graceful leadership training weaves together diverse dimensions of body, personality, and social relationship. Many people could self-help themselves to build competency along one or two of these dimensions, but few could guide themselves through a course of personal and professional discovery that is as comprehensive and coherent as what Katherine offers.

After several months of support, I’m more at ease within myself, and more aware of who I am. I couldn’t have arrived here on my own, and I haven’t found many guides who could’ve helped me arrive here, either.

—Tim, Planning Board Member

For Progressive Women & Trans Leaders
Facing Conflict, Overwhelm, & Self-Doubt
While Working Toward Social Change

The Leadership Circle

Next Cohorts Starts January 9, 2024
Applications Close Jan 1
On Zoom | 8 Spaces | Solidarity Pricing

How to Enroll in the Leadership Circle:

If you’re excited to receive the support you need to experience greater effectiveness and ease in your work, I’d be so excited for you to enroll in an upcoming cohort. Each cohort has a maximum of four participants.

To enroll, every participant must first schedule a free, initial discovery call with me (Katherine), and spaces are first come, first served after the initial call. To schedule an initial call with me, please fill out the application below and click the link below that to set a time to meet. Then, we’ll get on the phone and determine whether the program is a good match. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

 

Leadership Circle Application Form

Before you fill out the application…

I recommend typing your answers into a separate text document and cutting and pasting them into the fields below. In rare cases, the technology goes wonky, and this makes it easier for you to resubmit if necessary. Thank you for taking the time!

IMPORTANT… Please read before you click submit:

When you click “Submit,” you’ll automatically be taken to a new page which will confirm that your application has been submitted. If you do not see a new page with the confirmation message, and are instead taken to the top of this page, that means that your application did not submit. In that event, you’ll need to scroll down and look for errors highlighted in red. If you do not see any errors, please email your responses to me directly instead, at katherine@callingsandcourage.com.

Thank you for your application. Now, please set up a time!

After submitting your application, please click here and select a time to meet. If none of the times work for you, please email me at katherine@callingsandcourage.com. I look forward to talking with you soon!!

 

Still on the fence about whether to set up a call?

I understand. It’s a big investment, and of course, you want to make sure it’s right for you.

If you were my client, I’d invite you to check in with your body. When you ask your body whether it’s in your highest good to discuss with me the possibility of joining the group, what does your body say?

If your inner knowing says no, honor that. If now’s not the time, but you’d still like to receive a taste of my work and morsels of guidance each week, I invite you to sign up for my weekly Love Letters to Changemakers.

If it says maybe, check in with yourself about whether you have any questions. If you think coaching is what you need but have questions, please email me your questions at katherine@callingsandcourage.com. I don’t want an unasked question or unexpressed concern to keep you from getting clear.

If your inner knowing says yes, I hope you will reach out. You do not need to make any commitment before getting on the free call. The purpose of the call is really to help us discern if this group or one of my other offerings is a good match for your needs.

I consider it my ethical duty to let you know if I believe other support would serve you better. And when people discern that my coaching is not for them, they almost always report walking away from the exchange with much more clarity.

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