For Progressive Women & Trans Leaders

Facing Conflict, Overwhelm, & Self-Doubt

While Working Toward Social Change

The Leadership Circle

Next Cohort Starts Sept 12, 2024
Applications Close Sept 2
On Zoom | 4 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 coaching 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 either 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 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 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 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

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 for you 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.

This program would be a great fit for you if you want to grow the 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.
  • 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.

You’ve done a bunch of work on yourself, and yet, you feel like something is missing.

  • You long for support that supports your full self—personal and professional. Most types of support that either treat your personal or professional selves, but not both. You long for support that helps you become more effective at work and that also helps you feel good, too.
  • You want a mentor with an aligned worldview. You don’t trust coaches and therapists who don’t understand that systems of oppression are at the root of most of our problems. You long for skilled support that acknowledges and helps you transcend the collective trauma of oppression and supremacy culture.

This group is not for you if you:

  • Do not make social change your full-time work. 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 coaching services or Career Clarity Group.
  • Do not want to do some deep inner work. One aim of this 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. (That said, 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 coaching may be a better fit for you.
  • Would rather not 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’s experiences, again, private coaching may be better for you.

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

But what if I’m not sure I want to face my emotions? Or do the uncomfortable work of setting priorities, facing conflict, or asking for help? What if it feels easier to keep working than to face the pain?

This is such an important question, and if it’s one that you’re asking, I want to offer you so much tenderness. Of course it can feel easier in the short-term to just keep working and avoid our problems. Emotions can be so messy and painful.

And of course, part of you expects you to hold the world together. Patriarchal, white supremacy culture indoctrinates us to believe in the myth of the solo, strong hero 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, part of you wishes that you were big enough to solve all the problems on your own. Besides, 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, so much smaller than our organization’s problems (no matter how big your role is, even if you’re a staff of one).

And trying to hold it all harms so many people. 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’re at a collective precipice moment, lives are on the line, and we cannot afford to have you getting chewed up by the work.

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

Taking exquisite care of ourselves does 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. It means taking brief moments to tune 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 a few most-important things, and honoring the grief that comes with not being able to do it all.

Of course, prioritization can be painful at first. But guilt is often the price of self-love. And these are skills you can learn, if you choose.

When we learn to tune in and tend to what’s needed most, we grow our capacity to hold our responsibilities more effectively and minimize the risk of stepping away for a little while.

And when we learn to take exquisite care of ourselves, we can more effectively support our people to care for themselves, stay engaged in the work, and do it well. It’s cliche because it’s true.

The Leadership Circle is a space where you can stop censoring yourself, focus on what matters most, strategize about your challenges, receive personalized support, develop new skills, build your confidence, replenish your energy, and walk away each week with concrete next steps.

I hope you will join us!

The group sessions helped me feel less alone and reminded me how being in community and connecting with others in vulnerable and authentic ways is critical for my well-being and development.

Rather than staying stuck, I’m now able to be honest with myself about what I feel and what I need. I now take more time for myself between my many meetings and assignments (something that I never did previously). Rather than just going straight into “fix-it” mode, I am now granting myself more compassion and curiosity.

I have accomplished so much progress towards my goals! I can’t believe how differently my life looks today compared to when I began this coaching process! I am progressing toward the sense of peace and oneness that I’ve been longing for and a sense of alignment with my callings in this life.

Megan

The Leadership Circle weaves together several elements to help you transcend conflict, overwhelm, and self-doubt, cultivate the skills you need to be more effective, and experience more aliveness and ease.

Let’s take a tour through each element:

One: Opening & Closing Sessions

We 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 close our work together with another separate final session. During this time, participants celebrate their learning, define next learning edges, and create a plan for support in the months ahead.

Two: Supported Vision & Values Journaling Exploration

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 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 share your responses to me in a Google doc, I ask follow-up questions, and we go back and forth in a written conversation until we narrow down your values, vision, skill-based outcomes, and commitment statement.

Three: Six Months of Small Group Coaching

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

Then, two people receive personalized coaching from me while the other participants witness with the intent to learn and support. I begin each coaching conversation by asking you what you want to walk away from the session with, and we focus there. Rather than teaching a linear, step-by-step curriculum, which may or may not apply to you, we 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 expresses a gift they received from bearing witness. Finally, we 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 write a weekly reflection in a group forum, sharing celebrations, challenges, questions, and next steps.

I 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 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 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 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 skills that last a lifetime.

I really appreciate how group 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 career journey!

Jackie

When Does the Leadership Circle Meet?

The next cohort of the Leadership Circle will begin on September 12, 2024. Group sessions are held at 3:45-5:15pm EST on Thursday afternoons.

Dates will most likely include the following (final dates will be posted in July):

Sept 12, 19, 26 | Oct 10, 24 | Nov 7, 28 | Dec 5, 19 | Jan 9, 30 | Feb 6, 13, 27

If Thursday afternoons don’t work for you, but you are interested in joining an upcoming cohort, please reach out. If there’s enough interest, I may start a cohort at a different time as well.

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, writing your check-ins, asking questions in the group forum, reading responses, and dedicating time to your goals. Here’s a breakdown of what this time entails:

  1. Attending 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 invite you to work through journal prompts to clarify your values, vision, and commitments for the time ahead, and I 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 curriculum, your actions between sessions depend on your goals and what you hope to accomplish.

Although you may feel nervous to commit this time on top of your already incredibly full life, most clients report that dedicating time to coaching 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.

The group program 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

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 clients come to me because they care deeply about making a difference in their organizations and communities but interpersonal conflict, overwhelming workloads, and the daily grind of tending to all their responsibilities threaten their energy, sustainability and effectiveness. They long to feel confident in themselves, energized in their bodies, and clear about their next steps.

In a dominant culture rooted in extraction, supremacy, and toxic individualism, our work is incredibly challenging.

It is countercultural to care for our own needs and, even, to treat each other with skillful care. And yet, I’ve discovered over the years that burnout is not inevitable. The same practices that increase our effectiveness can also increase our ease and joy.

Burnout is not inevitable. The same practices that increase our effectiveness can also increase our ease and 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 values (even when they seem to contradict each other), 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 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.

The group sessions held space for open, vulnerable, and real sharing, and the regular reflections gave me the support I needed to shift tough long-term patterns into a new way of being.

During my time with Katherine, I started a new job, and I’m approaching it much differently than my previous work. I am now committed to honoring my body’s need for rest and taking breaks throughout the workday.

I highly recommend Katherine’s group to anyone looking to overcome burnout, get clear around difficult decisions, and become the person they’re called to be.

Cori

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 me 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 of the fact that 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. This incessant sense of reaching beyond capacity causes leaders’ nervous systems to be in constant high-alert, which actually reduces capacity even more. 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.

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. 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 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?

I want to start by acknowledging how much sense it makes that you’re wondering whether the work is worth it or if you have to leave altogether. Would you like some acknowledgement of how you feel trapped in a constant double bind—having to choose between caring for yourself or caring for loved ones or caring for your organization? In late-stage capitalism, with the endemic lack of support for leaders, it can feel like no matter how hard we try, we’re letting someone down. And that’s exhausting.

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, 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.

Over the years of engaging in social justice work and supporting clients to do the same, I’ve found that it is possible to develop the strength to run and to take breaks. To give ourselves to the struggle and receive from it as well. We often are not able to do everything we think we should be able to do, but we can learn to do enough.

Of course, this is far easier said than done when you’re leading an organization and you report to a board and staff and funders with expectations. But, prioritization is a skill, soothing your nervous system is a skill, dedicating time to rest is a skill, sustaining your energy while tending to what matters most is a skill. You’ve learned many skills throughout your lifetime, and with guidance, support, and practice you can learn these ones, too.

You get to choose. Whether you choose to find a new path or continue on the work path you’re on, I believe in you. I believe in your ability to learn how to give what you’re called to give and receive what you’re called to receive. It would be an honor to stand by your side and guide you to learn these new skills.

Questions About Logistics

This says there are only four spots per 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 people is the best number of people to ensure that each participant receives ample attention and to create a sense of intimacy for the group.

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 on Fridays at 10:15-11:45am.

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, you bring your concerns to me, and 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 coaching sessions to take part in the program?

I highly recommend trying to attend all group sessions; 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 and group coaching?

This is a great question! If you long for extra support at the beginning of our work together and it is within your means, I typically recommend clients add the month of deep-diving, container-creating support that I start my private clients 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 vision statement, competency-based outcomes tailored to meet your needs, and an embodied commitment statement.

While this time is absolutely not necessary to get a ton out of this program (only a small percentage of clients do this extra month), this addition to group coaching helps my clients create an incredibly strong launchpad for our work together. This first month is an additional $1500.

Additionally, 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.

Lest you worry that you need to add this support but find it financially unaffordable, please know that most of my clients find the group coaching container to be plenty of support for them.

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

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

Do you have private coaching options?

Yes! If you’d prefer private coaching support, I invite you to check out my private coaching services. Click to learn more.

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.

Additional Questions

I’m interested in doing this 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 to support each other with and get to deepen your relationship as you develop new skills.

Do you have other 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 done 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

Solidarity Pricing

I offer the Leadership Circle at a sliding scale from $1800 and $3600 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 coaching 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

For Progressive Women & Trans Leaders

Facing Conflict, Overwhelm, & Self-Doubt

While Working Toward Social Change

The Leadership Circle

Next Cohort Starts Sept 12, 2024
Applications Close Sept 2
On Zoom | 4 Spaces | Solidarity Pricing

How to Enroll in the Career Clarity Group:

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 join an upcoming cohort. Each cohort has a maximum of four participants.

To enroll, every participant must first do a free, initial discovery call with me (Katherine), and spaces are first come, first served after the initial call. I welcome you to set up a call with me! To do so, 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 discern 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!

 

On the fence about whether to reach out?

I understand. It’s a big investment, and you want to make sure it’s right for you. If you were my coaching client, I’d encourage you to do the following:

  • Check in with your body: In your mind’s eye, imagine participating in the group. How does the idea feel in your body—good and exciting? Good but scary/exhilarating? Those are good signs.
  • Explore the cost: Ask yourself: What is the cost of participating in the course? What is the cost of not joining? Which is greater?
  • Turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness. Our Voice of Doubt is the part that says Yeah, but… and What if… when we get closer to making a big decision that aligns with our heart’s longings but comes with a cost.

Do your best to turn toward your Voice of Doubt with love and kindness and ask what it needs. Then, ask yourself: How might I move forward in a way that honors my many needs?

  • Reflect: What are your intentions for the next phase of your life? Does participating in this course feel well aligned with your intentions or not? What does your inner knowing say?

If your inner knowing says no, honor that.

If it says maybe, check in with yourself about whether you have any questions before signing up for a call. If you think the course is what you need but have questions, please ask by emailing your questions to me 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. And, remember that you do not need to make any commitment before getting on the free call.

And if now’s not the time, but you’d love to receive a taste of my work and morsels of guidance each week, I invite you to receive my weekly Love Letters to Changemakers. Click here to subscribe.

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

Katherine helped me realize that for real change, I need to look within. I now listen to myself in a much deeper way 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. Instead of being passive, I 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 classes on self-growth, 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 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

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