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 including an overnight opening retreat, WIL focuses on enhancing leadership abilities, deepening professional networks, building strategic relationships, peer coaching, developing professional narratives, and enhancing participants’ ability to effect positive change at work, at home, and in their communities.


Women in Leadership meets in March – April and requires a significant time commitment on Friday evenings, weekends and in between sessions. The program includes:

  • A 2-night Opening Retreat
  • 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 cis, trans, and non-conforming/non-binary 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, individual and small group coaching, lodging and meals at the opening retreat, 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.

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  Program Benefits

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Questions about the program can be directed to Jenny Vazquez-Newsum, VP of Leadership Programs and Training, at jenny@corola.org.