Leading Edge

Leading Edge

Applications for the 2022 Leading Edge cohorts are now open.

Sign Up for Cohort 1

Sign Up for Cohort 2

Leading Edge 3

About the Program

Specifically for the next generation of women leaders in the workplace, Leading Edge helps you create a successful path forward by teaching practical concepts and offering a hands-on practicum in the leadership skills you need. It offers opportunities to discuss how personal worldviews have an impact on how you show up at work. Leading Edge is targeted to high-performing women who are currently leading projects and/or people in the workplace. A minimum of four years of professional experience is required.

Expert leadership trainer, Barbara Rapaport, of Real-Time Perspectives, will guide Leading Edge participants through five, 3.5-hour sessions that incorporate reflective dialogue, large- and small-group exercises, case studies/real-life scenarios, and experimentation through reflective practice.

Additionally, based on participant feedback, we have added more time for peer coaching to wrestle with real-time challenges in the workplace to receive guidance and support from the cohort. These optional 60-minute coaching sessions will build on what participants are exposed to in the bi-weekly large group sessions to provide added coaching support between in-person sessions.

Leading Edge is right for you if:

  • You are ready to take personal inventory and accountability of your leadership potential
  • You want to cultivate a strong skillset—from basic to advanced—as a confident and inspirational leader
  • You desire an actionable plan for immediate on-the-job application of key concepts, skills, tips, and tools
  • You are looking for an opportunity to become connected with other like-minded women
  • You are ready to have courageous conversations about how implicit bias may be impacting your actions

Chamber leadership programs prioritize creating spaces where diverse perspectives can come together to learn, grow, and push our community forward.

2022 Session Dates, Program Details & Cost

Cohort 1

All sessions are hosted bi-weekly on Thursday between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m.

  • March 3: Intentional Listening and Responding
  • March 17: Leading through Difficult Conversations
  • March 31: Personal Branding
  • April 14: Reflecting and Moving Forward
  • April 28: Becoming Who You Intend to be

Virtual one-hour group coaching sessions will be held bi-weekly on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. (March 10, March 24, April 21 and May 5).

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Cohort 2*

All sessions are hosted bi-weekly on Wednesday between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. except for the September 28 session. This session will run 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • September 14: Intentional Listening and Responding
  • September 28: Leading through Difficult Conversations*
  • October 12: Personal Branding
  • October 26: Reflecting and Moving Forward
  • November 9: Becoming Who You Intend to be

Virtual one-hour group coaching sessions will be held on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. (September 22, October 6, October 20 and November 3).

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*This will be the final cohort of Leading Edge. After more than 12 years of partnership, Barbara Rapaport is retiring from facilitating leadership programs.

Session Descriptions

Session 1: Intentional Listening and Responding

Develop a sensitivity to how different approaches to listening and responding can impact your capacity for empathy; identify emotional triggers that may impede your ability to listen and respond with intentionality; practice strategies aimed at demonstrating emotional intelligence.

Session 2: Leading Through Difficult Conversations

Gain an understanding of the conscious and unconscious elements of difficult conversations; discover your viewpoint on the value of conflict in leadership situations; practice strategies intended to navigate conflict effectively.

Session 3: Personal Branding

Identify how leaders contribute to creating and sustaining effective teams; be exposed to a method for analyzing team effectiveness; discover strategies to inspire accountability at individual and team levels.

Session 4: Becoming Who You Intend to Be

Determine the values that you will strive never to compromise; map out your life/career timeline in a way that aligns with these values and your aspirations for the future; identify strategies that can help you thrive no matter where you are on the journey.

Session 5: Reflecting Back, Moving Forward

Revisit the frameworks you’ve been exposed to in the program; reinforce key concepts, skills, and personal insights; discuss strategies for integrating what you’ve learned today and in the future.

Cost and Scholarships

Program Cost: Tuition must be paid in full by the first class session.

Chamber Member: $1,000

Non-Member: $1,200

If you have questions on payment or need to discuss setting up a payment plan, please contact Kessia Graves, Leadership Program Coordinator, at [email protected]. There are a limited number of partial scholarship funds available. Please submit the following scholarship application form NO LATER than 30 days prior to the first session to be considered.

Scholarship Application

Questions or Comments?

Please reach out to Mel Trombley, Director of Leadership Programs, at [email protected].

Program Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit 7

Trustee Sponsor

Advocacy Engagement Series 9          Leading Edge 2


Emerging Sponsor

Leading Edge 1