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Virtual workshop

Growth Circle: Women, Wisdom, and What’s Next: An intimate experience for professional women who have already achieved

28 September 2022 to 18 May 2023
Start at 10:00 AM* to 12:00 NN, US Eastern Time
*except for Dec. 08, start at 11 AM


Delivered by

Sheila Buechler and Carolyn Coughlin

Fee range


Contact Person

Issa Borromeo


All sessions will be delivered via Zoom.
We will begin with a three-hour session, meet monthly for two hours thereafter, and end with a three-hour final session.

Overview of the program

The Women, Wisdom, and What’s Next Growth Circle is an intimate experience for women who have had long and successful careers looking after organizations, teams, communities, or treasured missions. Women who are now wondering “What’s mine to do or be? Where and how can my experience and collected wisdom be put to best use in service of the ongoing transformation of my organization, my community, the world, and me?” 

Sheila and Carolyn are asking these questions, too. Which is why last year, we chose to take our long experience of creating spaces where people come together in good company to see one another deeply and explore their edges, and offer it to a group of women leaders who were on a similar journey. This experiment was a nourishing experience for eight amazing women as we created space to see each other deeply in our individual and collective wholeness, to explore what might be next, and often to simply relax into just being. Nothing to perform, nothing to do. And yet magic happened.

Why this, why now?

Put simply….because the world needs wise women, and wise women need each other. You have an opportunity to shape the future…to be intentional about how to use your influence and power. In this sacred community of peers, we explore your growth edges, celebrate your gifts and stoke the fire of your intentions, aspirations, and passions. And let’s face it, the world needs your leadership! 

This small group of 6-8 women leaders, facilitated by Carolyn and Sheila, will meet monthly for nine months to explore who you have been and who you will be next. We will slow down, be present, get embodied, invite emergence, share wisdom and reflect together. This is not a problem solving peer group. This is sacred space, crafted and defined by you, in service of you, and ultimately in service of the impact you want to have in the world. We will draw lightly on our toolkit of complexity, adult development and embodiment as they support our spacious intentions. If you have honed your leadership and are looking for a sacred space, please join us. 

We welcome and encourage women leaders from a wide range of industries, geographies, and cultural, racial, socioeconomic and sexual orientations.

Dates & Time

Here are the session dates for 2 hours except for Session 1 on September 28th and Session 9 on May 11th which will both run for 3 hours.

Display the dates and times for:

Session 1 28th September, 2022 10:00 am
Session 2 25th October, 2022 10:00 am
Session 3 10th November, 2022 10:00 am
Session 4 8th December, 2022 11:00 am
Session 5 12th January, 2023 10:00 am
Session 6 9th February, 2023 10:00 am
Session 7 2nd March, 2023 10:00 am
Session 8 13th April, 2023 10:00 am
Session 9 18th May, 2023 10:00 am

Accessibility ~ Fees

The fee is US$3,900.

If you are from an underrepresented group (self-determined) or doing what you would consider to be work for the social good (again self-determined), please contact Issa (Issa@cultivatingleadership.com) to inquire about a discounted rate.


Cancellation & Terms

Payment is fully refundable up to 28 days before the start of the event, less a 13% processing fee; it is not refundable thereafter. If the event is under-enrolled, we reserve the right to cancel 28 days prior to the event start date, and refund your registration fee in full.

Faculty Bios

Carolyn Coughlin

Carolyn Coughlin is passionate about supporting people, including the leaders with whom she works, not only to grow into their biggest selves, but also to live as fully as they can. She was introduced to the idea of adult development about 15 years ago shortly after leaving her career as a management consultant, and it was love at first sight. Carolyn believes that as the complexity of our world and our lives increases, it will be by paying greater attention to the ways we and our clients make sense of the world that we can uncover new ways to see differently, to be differently, to take different actions, and to live into the fullest version of ourselves and our lives—thereby expanding our possibilities to impact the world in increasingly positive ways. Carolyn has been an executive coach, facilitator, and leadership development specialist for over 15 years. Her journey began in the corporate world, where she was a management consultant first at Price Waterhouse and later at McKinsey and Company. With her fellow Cultivating Leadership partner Jennifer, Carolyn co-designed and runs the Growth Edge Certification series, an endeavor that continues to provide her with endless joy and learning. She also has a keen interest in supporting women to step into leadership positions in greater numbers so that we might finally achieve the power parity toward which we’ve been (slowly) moving over the last century. She writes and talks about developmental coaching, why and how it can be such a powerful support to growth, and how, in particular, she thinks it might hold promise for shifting the gender imbalance in our leadership ranks. Carolyn has also become increasingly interested in the role of the whole self, the realm of sensation and emotion, and how those, together with language, can be powerful ways into both noticing and intervening our own and our clients’ meaning-making patterns–and she approaches her coaching and organizational work through that lens. Carolyn earned an A.B. in Economics from Brown University, an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School, and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute, a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Indicator, and a certified user of the Global Leadership Profile, the Leadership Circle, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Carolyn, whose childhood family vacations included not trips to Disney, but week long backpacking trips through the mountains of Wyoming, loves natural beauty and the outdoors second only to her family. She has lived and worked extensively in New Zealand and many countries in Latin America and currently lives with her husband on the campus of a boarding school outside Princeton, New Jersey and spends her summers in a small cabin on a lake in the Catskills of New York State, where they are often joined by their three young adult children.

Sheila Buechler

Sheila is passionate about enabling senior leaders, top teams and organizations to lead effectively in complexity and ambiguity, expose patterns, assumptions and blind spots, and reach beyond habits to unleash leadership capacity. She is committed to introducing ideas that help leaders engage, think, act, and notice differently, and actually embody these new ideas by applying them in real and immediate business challenges. Sheila believes curiosity, awareness and compassion are critical for leaders courageous enough to discover and push the edges of their leadership. She deeply admires the human condition and brings honesty, generosity, and lightness to her work while also holding results as a top priority. She approaches leadership development as a journey, not an intervention and equips leaders and organizations with tools for ongoing development and growth. Sheila brings over 30 years as a trusted advisor to senior leaders through experience in top tier and boutique management consulting firms, as a start-up co-founder and a mother, along with a Harvard MBA. 10 years ago she took the leap to follow her passion into executive coaching and leadership advisory, focusing on individual and collective leadership effectiveness. One of Sheila’s proud career moments was joining Cultivating Leadership. Sheila’s clients include Fortune 1,000 companies, venture backed start-ups and mission driven organizations in industries including technology, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, oil and gas, financial services and more. When Sheila is not advising leaders, you can find her in an art museum, collaging, hanging out with her three teenage daughters, hiking or cooking. She also practices meditation and is deeply exploring energy work and somatics. Sheila lives in Austin and dreams of living in a castle in the countryside of France.