Aspire Higher Leadership Development Program for Women

Established in 2011, a virtual six-months Women's Leadership Development Group Coaching Program that prepares female managers and directors to lead within organizations.  

Next cohort begins May 3, 2024. 

Deadline to register is April. 

 

  

 

"Aspire Higher is a high impact, holistic, and cohesive learning experience dedicated to accelerating the development and succession of emerging female managers within organizations through female-peer connection, skills-based learning, and on-going coaching support. This leadership development program teaches the process of developing wisdom and power as a woman leader in career, business and life."

– Amy L. Robinson, Lead Coach and Facilitator

 

Description of the Program

Founded in 2011, Aspire Higher is our signature online six-month professional women's leadership development program based on a peer-coaching model that blends skills-training classes and both individual and group sessions with a dynamic curriculum designed to build the necessary skills for further career and leadership development within organizations. 

Participants' Companies:

  • PL Developments
  • Prisma Health
  • Establishment Labs
  • South Carolina Student Loan
  • MorseLife Health System
  • Vidant Health
  • Harvard University
  • University of Virginia
  • Collins Aerospace
  • NSG Pilkington North America
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • MTF Biologics
  • Baker Hughes
  • Amazon
  • Schlumberger
  • Integrated Biometrics
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • University of Houston
  • Oracle
  • Mustang Energy
  • Dow Chemical
  • BB&T
  • Southern First
  • Central Bank of Houston
  • PQ Corporation
  • Genscape Inc.
  • BrightView Landscape

 

Benefits to the participants:

The program participants consist of Directors and Managers within organizations who want to grow their influence, power and contribution.

Benefits to Employee include:

  • Manage up, down and sideways more influentially.
  • Execute strategy in achieving goals.
  • Improve performance in an existing role in order to position for further advancement.
  • Sharpen capabilities for the next role.
  • Boost visibility and influence.
  • Harness the power of others to achieve needed results.
  • Stop others from interrupting or borrowing your ideas by asserting comfortably.
  • Negotiate for what you and your direct reports need.
  • Develop authentic management and leadership skills.
  • Experience a fuller and more satisfying work-life experience.

 

Benefits to Organization include:

  • Ability to develop, attract and retain your top talent.
  • Add to your succession planning.
  • Offer high potentials a formal and proven professional development program.
  • Participate in assessing participant's strengths and areas for growth through an anonymous 360˚ feedback survey.
  • Provide input on participant's goals for the program.
  • Receive a progress report at end of program.

  

The six-months curriculum:

May and June

Skills-development: Become a Strategic Visionary within your organization known for producing results based on your natural strengths and areas for improvement.

In order to positively impact and influence others successfully, leaders have to know and work with other's perceptions of their strengths and weaknesses as it relates to their management and leadership style.

Our Leadership Development Program kicks-off with each participant undergoing a 360˚ Feedback Survey. These findings help shape your Action Plan for the six months while highlighting your natural strengths and opportunities for improvement when communicating, leading, decision making and problem solving. 

Based on your 360˚ Feedback Survey results learn where you stand out and where you fall short in yielding influence and power when it comes to managing up, down and sideways. Find out who in your network is a resource for contributing to more personal power and influence.

These two month's curricula focus on how your current leadership style is working for you (strengths) and what specifically requires pivoting (areas for improvement). 

 

July and August

Skills-development: special assignment

These two months are solely devoted to individual coaching with Amy, for 45 minutes each session, on achieving a specific topic of your choice and with your manager’s input.

Possible topics include: 

  • Becoming a Strategic Thinker and Visionary.
  • Effective Delegating.
  • Gaining visibility in your role.
  • Enhancing your Emotional Intelligence to influence others more impactfully and authentically.
  • Communication and Presentation Skills.
  • Drawing and Defending your Boundaries at Work.
  • Managing your direct reports through time management, delegation and feedback skills.
  • Dealing Effectively with Difficult People.
  • Managing Up/Down/Sideways: Leveraging your relationships at work through situational awareness.
  • Aligning goal setting between your department and the Organization through strategic Planning and Project Management.

  

September

Skills-development: Communication through effective Asserting, Influencing and Negotiating 

Learn how to effectively negotiate and ask others for what you want.  Amy will teach you the necessary tools and strategies to grow your muscles of asking and negotiating effectively and authentically in order to "make the ask."

Learn tips on overcoming your hesitation in negotiating for yourself. Develop strategy and steps for the negotiating through important conversations.

 

October- Graduation month

Skills-development: Learn what every leader needs to be more effective internally and outwardly through the four pillars of Emotional Intelligence

We'll wrap up our program with sharing our specific findings and targeted areas for forward-movement in the areas of managing and leading others through Kindness and Effectiveness utilizing the tool of Emotional Intelligence to build  Personal Competence through self-awareness and self-management, and Social Competence awareness of others and the organization, and relationship management-managing others to have more positive influence and effectiveness. Work/life integration and resiliency are byproducts of building oneself in Emotional Intelligence. This month highlights the knowledge and insights leaders develop in their journey in order to lead others with both Head and Heart.

 

Post-Graduation

  • Progress Report issued to participant’s manager.
  • A follow-up coaching session between Amy and participant 90 days post graduation.
     

Program's Logistics - Virtual classrooms

The six-month consecutive program begins January and June and consists of skills-development training sessions and both group and individual coaching sessions.

 

2024 Dates and Times of Classes

 

Skills-development training sessions (Fridays):

 

Dates:

5/3, 6/7, 9/13, 10/4

Time: 10:00 am until 11:30 am EST

 

 

Group Coaching sessions (Fridays): 

 

Dates:

5/17, 6/21, 9/27, 10/18

Time: 10:00 am until 11:30 am EST

 

 

Dates/Times for Individual Coaching sessions with Amy scheduled separately:

 

May, June, September and October: One 45 minutes session per month.

 

July and August:  Biweekly 45 minutes sessions.

 

Pricing and Registration

 

Pricing for six-month program includes the pre-assignment, 360-degree assessment, four skills-training classes, four group coaching sessions, eight individual coaching sessions, one post-program individual coaching session, a Manager's Progress Report, and all handouts, workbooks, and Personal Development Plans.  

 

The cost of the six-months program is $ 7,000.00 per participant. 

Full payment due at registration and prior to program start.

No refunds but can be used for the next cohort's enrollment.                                                           

 

Registration:

To register, contact Amy directly at 832-419-0639, or email Amy@AmyLRobinson.com

 

"Women Leaders plan their lives, are strongly motivated, and move along a forward path. They know what they want, they get things done, they're goal-oriented, and they're willing to take healthy, calculated risks to get where they want to be. Leaders know how to develop their personal power and abilities to be more effective. They have a clear vision, identified purpose, confidence, and while in the process of mastering core competencies that build on their strengths around their most cherished goals, they are also mastering how to compassionately apply self-care routinely in their lives."- Amy L Robinson 

 

 

Graduates' Testimonials:

"Amy will provide you all the tools needed to become an emerging female leader.  She tailors the class to suit your needs; you get to work on developing your weak points while you sharpen your strengths. There is both a class and one-on-one based approach so not only to you get to learn from Amy directly, but you also get to bond with other woman in an environment that will leave you feeling energized each and every time.  If you have never taken a course like this, do not hesitate to get a seat in the next class.  The growth and development experienced in a mere six months is something that is worth your time."

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"I highly recommend the Aspire Higher Leadership Development Program to female leaders at all levels.  Amy’s ninja coaching skills are exceptional!  After her program, I feel very secure in my strengths, areas of development and next steps. "

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 "Anyone desirous of improving their impact inside or outside the workplace should consider the Aspire Higher program.  Amy will help you gain a better understanding of yourself and the self -work required to meet your goals while maintaining your authentic self."

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"Mentor, coach, sounding board, thought partner, supporter - these are the words that come to mind when I think about working with Amy Robinson during the Aspire Higher Women’s Leadership Development Program.  Each session with Amy was an opportunity to learn and develop into the type of leader that I aspired to be.  Amy customizes her leadership coaching to fit the needs of each individual by using different feedback techniques.  Amy helped me process my day-to-day leadership experiences.  Through that critical self-reflection, I am able to apply the lessons I’ve learned to new leadership opportunities.  Amy is outstanding, and I highly recommend working with her through the Aspire Higher Women’s Leadership Development Program or through individual coaching."

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"Amy's Aspire Higher Leadership Development program gave me the push I needed to go to the next level. Her coaching style is thought provoking and straight forward. One of my favorite talks that she gave at a conference is "Get Your Ask Up". Thanks, Amy, for your dedication to meeting people where they are and providing a framework to move to the next level."

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"I had the privilege of working with Amy as a member of her Aspire Higher Women’s Leadership Program and can’t say enough good things about her approach. Her 6-month program, part-group-coaching and part-individualized-focus, allows for a unique opportunity to not only work on personal vision and goals but also learn from other female leaders who have their own stories, successes, and challenges to share.

The Aspire Higher program is a wonderful investment in growing yourself both personally and professionally. Like most things in life worth doing, the program requires that participants stretch outside of their comfort zone; it takes a great deal of self-awareness, openness to feedback, and willingness to actively participate. Amy has a great ability to ask the hard questions and push for growth, all while maintaining a climate of positivity and genuine care."

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"Aspire Higher! is an intense, stimulating and excellent learning experience in leadership development geared specifically towards women. While the program focuses on developing leadership skills within the workplace, it also gives you powerful tools to use in your personal relationships as well.

I was amazed at how much you can learn in such a short period of time. The wealth of material and topics covered would at first seem overwhelming, but Amy’s program outline is planned so that it is all easily absorbed in the perfect timeline.

Amy exhibits a genuine interest in each participant while building a sense of camaraderie among the group. She is an enthusiastic and approachable coach and presents the material in a way that is made applicable to each individual. Amy’s passion for training is unsurpassed.

This experience has been the highlight of my career and has enabled me to expand my scope as an administrative professional. I highly endorse Amy Robinson and recommend her Aspire Higher! Women’s Leadership Development Program."

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"In Aspire Higher a unique program for high performing women, Amy imparts skills that can immediately be put into play, resilience in addressing challenges, and a deepening of one's emotional intelligence. Amy has the innate ability to cut to the core of an area for growth and share insightful feedback and effective action plans in a frank and highly supportive manner. Best career (and life) investment I've ever made."

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“I recently completed Aspire Higher and would highly recommend the program to any woman wanting to take her career to the next level. I recently changed careers, and I couldn’t have taken the program at a better time. I learned a lot about myself, how I work with others, and my leadership style. While the program is great as a whole, I really started seeing progress during the portion of the program where we have weekly 1-to-1 phone calls with Amy.  Amy has a wealth of knowledge and expertise and having the opportunity to talk and ask her questions on a weekly basis was invaluable. Amy is very gifted at what she does, and she works with each participant on an individual basis to help her grow and excel. The information I learned over the last six months will stay with and help me throughout my career.”

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"I completed two of Amy's 4-month Women's Leadership Coaching courses, Aspire Higher. Under Amy's guidance, I learned a lot about my personality and leadership style, and she helped me to put specific goals and plans in place for improvement.

Amy is truly inspirational. She will broaden your perspectives and stretch you beyond your comfort zone. She strives for excellence and authenticity in her own life and that of her client. If you want to up your game in your career or personal life, then I recommend you contact Amy."

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The Aspire Higher program was of great benefit to me, not just professionally but personally as well. Amy’s genuine interest in helping each individual achieve her goals and craft her vision makes the program incredibly effective. I found the combination of group learning and self-reflection to be very effective and have grown as a leader in the 6 short months of the program. After graduating from the program, I’m going into my professional and personal life environments with more self-confidence and tangible strategies for achieving what I want to achieve in the workplace. I would recommend Amy’s coaching and the Aspire Higher program to any women in the workplace who are looking to find their path and build upon their strengths to progress in their careers.