Coro Women in Leadership (WIL)

The Coro Women in Leadership (WIL) Program supports the leadership development of women across the Southern California region, establishing a pipeline for professional advancement, and creating a cross-sector network of women who support each other’s leadership development.  The time is now for women to harness their unique abilities, approaching professional goals and challenges head on with Coro’s leadership toolkit at their helm.


The Coro Women in Leadership Program brings together a cohort of mid-career women of diverse backgrounds from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors for intensive leadership development seminars and post-fellowship networking.  Running across four, two-day sessions WIL focuses on enhancing leadership abilities, deepening professional networks, building strategic relationships, peer coaching, developing professional narratives, and enhancing participants’ ability to affect positive change at work, at home, and in their communities.


Women in Leadership meets twice a year and requires additional time commitment in between sessions. Dates below are subject to change prior to the application deadline.


Fall 2019 Dates – Thu/Fri
September 5-6
October 3-4
October 24-25
November 21-22


Spring 2020 Dates – Fri/Sat
March 20-21
April 17-18
May 8-9
June 5-6


The program includes:

  • Personal reflection leadership sessions
  • Coro’s signature training centered on thinking critically and politically, communicating effectively, moving teams, organizations, and communities forward, and building strategic and authentic professional relationships
  • Small group peer coaching sessions
  • Unparalleled access to interview the region’s top women leaders from across sectors
  • Ongoing Coro networking events (Leading Locally Series and Fellows Selection Day)
  • Weekly optional civic engagement and personal reflection activities
  • Graduation Celebration

Coupling the highly-successful Coro leadership model with inquiry-based learning from some of Southern California’s most respected, multi-sector, women leaders, WIL provides Southern California’s rising and established women talent with the skills, the knowledge, and the network to meet their professional goals and deepen their leadership impact.


As a result of participation, WIL cohort members will:

  • have the opportunity to examine their own beliefs, understand how they arrived at them, and be challenged to question or reaffirm those beliefs.
  • skillfully, actively and innovatively analyze, evaluate and synthesize information to design informed solutions.
  • navigate through multiple forms of communication, utilizing knowledge, trust, context, and purpose to influence change.
  • creatively and thoughtfully build and bridge sustained partnerships to solve challenges.
  • discern between effective management and impactful leadership and examine the connection between the two.
  • acquire the knowledge, intellectual skills and applied competencies to sustain reflective and effective leadership.


And will be able to…

  • recognize personal strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots.
  • ground actions in an awareness of beliefs.
  • function effectively in the face of uncertainties.
  • navigate complex situations and organizations.
  • negotiate and communicate persuasively.
  • accurately identify and evaluate problems utilizing effective inquiry.
  • analyze challenges through an understanding of patterns, power relationships, systems, and self.
  • empower team members and stakeholders to arrive at decisions.

The Coro Women in Leadership Program is for women who:

  • are committed to deepening their leadership capacity through Coro’s proven methodology
  • are looking to expand their professional and personal networks
  • are rising or established decision makers, managers and/or influencers at their respective organizations
  • have a minimum of 7 years of work experience
  • live and work in Southern California

Selected participants reflect the demographics of Southern California and come from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Applicants should be prepared for an immersive, group-structured experience in personal reflection for leadership growth.


Tuition is $2,500 for 50+ hours of leadership development training, small group coaching, meals during program sessions and access to Coro alumni and cross-program events. Limited scholarships are available. Payment in full (or agreement with Coro on a specific payment plan) is required before the start of the program. Participants are encouraged to seek their employer’s or other sponsor’s support for the program.  Please contact us for information and guidance in seeking employer or sponsor support.

Women of Coro

Advisory Committee Members

Abbe Land

Executive Director, Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative

Aileen Adams

Former Deputy Mayor, Office of Strategic Partnerships of the City of Los Angeles

Amanda Daflos

Director - Innovation Team, Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Budget and Innovation

Ana Guerrero

Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Mayor's Office

Billie Greer

Public Policy Advisor, Billie Greer Consulting

Capri Maddox

Senior Executive Director, Partnerships, Los Angeles Unified School District

Carol Liu

Former Senator, California State Senate

Christine Essel

President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Grantmakers

Cristina Rose

President and CEO, Rose Policy Solutions

Holly Mitchell

Senator, California State Senate

Jessica Lall

Chief Executive Officer, Central City Association

Joanne Kozberg

Partner, California Strategies, LLC

Kellie Hawkins

Senior Vice President, Englander Knabe & Allen

Lindsey Horvath

Councilmember, City of West Hollywood

Lori Bettison-Varga

President and Director, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Lupita Sanchez Cornejo

Regional Director, External Affairs - Greater Los Angeles Region, AT&T

Naomi Seligman

Co-Founder and President, Tower26

Robin Kramer

Managing Director, Smidt Foundation

Suzy Jack

VP, Public Affairs and Events, Los Angeles Times

Torie Osborn

Senior Strategist, Office of Supervisor Kuehl

Wendy Garen

President and CEO, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Wendy Greuel

Former Controller & Councilwoman, City of Los Angeles



  Interest Form

Applications for the fall 2019 cohort of WIL are closed. Register here for updates on our next recruitment cycle for Spring 2020.


Know someone who would be great for Coro Women in Leadership?


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Current Participants

Meet the Class of Spring 2019.

  Program Benefits

Seeking employer assistance or fundraising? Download this guide on the benefits they will receive by supporting your participation in Women in Leadership.



Questions about the program can be directed to Callie Spaide, Recruitment and Alumni Relations Manager, at callie@corola.org.