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A developmental experience for women, meeting monthly

Women Scaling Their Leadership



Delivered by

Carolyn Coughlin and Judy King

Fee range

$1,497 billed quarterly

Contact Person

Laurel King


The group will meet for 90 minutes, via Zoom, on a monthly basis. In addition, participants will be entitled to a coaching session at the end of every three group sessions.


The Women Scaling their Leadership Growth Circle comprises a group of senior level women, who share a belief that expanding their leadership capacity is a critical means to achieve their developmental and professional objectives.  The Growth Circle offers a resource to focus on exploring ways to mutually benefit from the richness of a group setting by embracing and sharing common experiences, challenges and varied perspectives.  The Growth Circle is designed to focus on both existing and emergent professional challenges and opportunities.

What will you learn

The set of ideas and practices underpinning our time together comes from a body of work we call Complexity Fitness, which starts with the core question of how leaders can cultivate themselves to be fit for the world as it is–increasingly complex and often overwhelming.  As human beings, we are designed for a world in which we can predict and control, be experts, and feel competent and affirmed.  And this natural tendency gets reinforced throughout the early part of our lives.  In fact, leaders are rewarded for these very qualities–until they’re not.  And this pattern is even more pronounced for women, who tend to excel at figuring out what they need to do to be successful and, in the process, often advance in their early careers, only to encounter later that their hard work doesn’t necessarily translate into advancement at more senior levels. And when they don’t advance, many women respond by doubling down on hard work, other-orientation, and then find themselves exhausted and often frustrated.  

Grounded in decades of theory and practice of adult development, complexity theory, somatic awareness and practice, neuroscience-based positive intelligence, and the integration of change, this Growth Circle experience is designed to stretch and support you to be the leader you need and want to be next, while not losing yourself to overwhelm and exhaustion. 

Come join us for this Growth Circle journey!

Dates & Times

This Growth Circle will meet monthly for 90 minutes.


Display the dates and times for:

March Session 29th March, 2023 11:30 am
April Session 26th April, 2023 11:30 am
May Session 24th May, 2023 11:30 am
June Session 28th June, 2023 11:30 am
July Session 26th July, 2023 11:30 am
August Session 23rd August, 2023 11:30 am
September Session 20th September, 2023 11:30 am
October Session 25th October, 2023 11:30 am
November Session 29th November, 2023 11:30 am
January Session 10th January, 2024 11:30 am

Accessibility - Fees

*$1,497 to be billed in quarterly.

*To facilitate the building of a mutually beneficial community of peers, ensuring continuity within the developing and ongoing group, we require that new participants agree to a minimum commitment of six months.

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 Laurel (laurel@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 leaders 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 20 years ago shortly after leaving her career as a management consultant, and it was love at first sight.  Carolyn believes that by paying attention to the ways we and our clients make sense of the world, it’s possible to 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—and expanding our possibilities to impact the world in increasingly positive ways.

Carolyn is a co-founder of both Growth Edge Coaching and Cultivating Leadership.  At Growth Edge Coaching, she teaches about the theory and practice of adult development and creates spaces for coaches themselves to grow both their skills and their developmental capacity to support leaders to face into and thrive in the face of their most complex challenges. 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 (one of Carolyn’s passions.)  She is also committed to the role of the whole self, the realm of sensation and emotion, and how those, together with language, can be powerful ways in to both noticing and intervening in our own and our clients’ meaning-making patterns. Following that thread, Carolyn co-designed and runs a workshop Complexity Fitness, a workshop for both coaches and leaders. Carolyn’s first love is coaching, but she also spends a good chunk of her time supporting leaders through developmentally-oriented leadership programs designed to help them find new ways to see and lead in complexity. Carolyn has an AB in economics from Brown University, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Wharton School, and is a Certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute and Presence-Based Coaching.  She has lived on the campus of a boarding school in New Jersey for 23 years, where she and her husband have raised three (now young adult) children.  They spend summers in a little cabin on a lake in New York and as much time as possible New Zealand and in the mountains of Wyoming, where Carolyn grew up.

Judy King

Judy King is an experienced executive coach, leadership development strategist, learning consultant, and board advisor based in the New York metropolitan area.

Drawing on more than 20 years of multi-disciplinary business experience in large organizations (American Express, McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs), entrepreneurial endeavors and consulting engagements, and an MBA and professional coaching education (Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership), Judy offers a unique combination of senior-level business experience along with an evolved perspective on the pathway to developing strong leadership and professional development. Key distinguishing aspects of Judy’s approach include an emphasis on practical application, grounded in adult development theory, as a means to support clients in maximizing their personal and professional potential.

Judy strongly believes that leadership insights and skills need to be continuously developed throughout one’s professional journey to unlock the full scope of true leadership potential. For example, the skills required to excel as an individual contributor are vastly different than the skills leveraged to lead a team and different still from those needed to inspire an organization. At a senior leader level, personal strengths, misapplied and unchecked, can result in limiting one’s ability to lead and grow. Becoming a strong leader (and maintaining leadership skills) requires awareness, reflection, focus and dedicated practice. On top of individual applications, when leadership principles are applied and integrated within a team environment, positive outcomes can have an exponential impact.