Coaching Program

Women Accelerators was awarded with Working Women Wonders Grant to develop this program that equips female leaders with the specific skills, tools, and behaviors they will need to confidently lead others and drive the performance of their team or organization.

How does the program work?

The Accelerating Women Leaders Program will begin with a self-assessment that enables you to identify key interests and development opportunities. We encourage our participants to prioritize their learning goals to maximize their experience and return on investment while engaging in our comprehensive program.

Throughout this 6-month program, participants will meet twice per month for 60-minute, virtual group coaching sessions, each focused on what our expert coaches define as the eight pillars of leadership. Each session includes a mix of individual reflection or journaling, small group discussion, and large group discussion. Participants are provided with materials/exercises to best prepare for each session. They are also encouraged to commit to focused action following each session. In addition to bi-weekly group coaching sessions, participants will be assigned to small learning teams of 4-5 women. These groups will meet between sessions, at their discretion to dive more deeply into the content and engage in peer coaching.

Who it’s for:

  • This program is intended for individuals who are 1-5 years into the workforce.
  • This program is intended for individuals in the Merrimack Valley area, which includes the towns of Amesbury, Andover, Billerica, Boxford, Chelmsford, Dracut, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Merrimack, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, West Newbury, and Wilmington.
  • Individuals looking to elevate their careers by becoming leaders in their field.

What you get:

  • 12 virtual group coaching sessions running from 12 to 1 pm on weekdays
  • Our program is based on the eight pillars of leadership: Communication, Strategic Relationships, Visibility, Influence, Strategic Mindset, Time Management, Career Goals, and Confidence.
  • Bi-weekly group coaching sessions in small learning teams
  • Access to an ebook encouraging you to jumpstart your career
  • Access to a diverse set of supplemental learning modules in the form of webinars and programs offered by Ilhiana Rojas and Dr Alexis J Stokes
  • A great network of like-minded women

This program has a value of $ 750 per person. We are excited that Women Accelerators received a grant by Working Women Wonders which enables us to offer this program free of charge to participants who are residents or employees in Merrimack Valley.

Apply now:

The Accelerating Women Leadership Program will be starting in January 2021.

We are accepting applications by December 15th, 2020, and will contact you with final decisions on December 21st.

Any questions about this program, please reach out to [email protected]

Meet our coaches:

Kim Meninger

Kim Meninger

As a certified executive and leadership development coach, Kim Meninger empowers individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential. Kim will be heading the Accelerated Leadership Coaching Program Kim has coached hundreds of clients and has presented on career advancement and leadership topics to corporate, non-profit, and academic audiences, including Oracle, Salesforce, Pfizer, Dell, and many others.

Prior to coaching, Kim held a variety of cross-functional leadership roles in the high-tech industry where she experienced first-hand the unique challenges and opportunities facing women in the workplace. She is passionate about helping women leaders to develop their confidence, visibility, and influence in order to maximize their impact and advance their careers.

Kim has a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College. She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and CCE Board Certified Coach with certifications in career, executive, and leadership development coaching. Kim also holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. In addition to coaching, Kim serves as President of the Lowell Chapter of Women Accelerators, Chair of Membership for WITI Boston, and Chair of Alumnae Initiatives for the Council for Women of Boston College. She lives in Groton, MA with her husband and two young boys.

Ilhiana Rojas

Iliana RojasIlhiana is a Transformation Strategy Coach & Consultant, owner, and CEO of BeLIVE Coaching & Consulting, and an ICF and DISC PLUS Certified Coach. Specializing in leadership development, diversity & inclusion practices, high-performing teamwork, purpose-driven culture mindset & behaviors, and personal brand development, Ilhiana enables professionals to move from ordinary to extraordinary through meaningful transformation.

Ilhiana is also an Executive MBA Career Advisor for Hult International Business School, and has a D&I Certificate from Cornell University. Prior to starting her company, Ilhiana has over 20 years of executive experience in top 500 companies such as P&G, Hanesbrands, and Hasbro Toys in Mexico and US headquarters driving transformational change through the development of breakthrough business strategies, innovative product development, multifaceted marketing plans and enabling high performing teams to generate revenue growth and profitability.

In addition to coaching, Ilhiana serves as Vice president of the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chief Development Officer of Alpfa Boston Chapter, Board Member of Diversity & Inclusion Professionals, and Founding Venture Partner for AccelHub Venture Partners. She also serves as advisor to Social Enterprise Greenhouse and the Center for Women & Enterprise to support their D&I initiatives and programs. Ilhiana graduated with honors as a Chemical Engineer in Mexico City, and moved to Rhode Island 8 years ago with her husband and two daughters.

Dr. Alexis J. Stokes

Alexis J. StokesDr. Alexis J. Stokes is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). She has over 11 years of experience working with non-profit and higher education institutions. Throughout her career, she has worked to not only increase college and career access but also create systematic changes to support the success of underrepresented minorities, nontraditional students, and education programs in rural and urban areas.

In her current role, she is responsible for working with various SEAS offices, including Faculty Affairs, Academic Programs, Human Resources, and the Senior Administrative Leadership Team, to develop and implement a diversity and inclusion plan, programming, engagement initiatives, and special projects.

Alexis chairs the SEAS Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and serves as a member of the Harvard Women in Technology Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion. Alexis has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Master of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.

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