2022 GovWFollowMyLead Program™ 

(Washington State Version)

Supporting women working in the public sector

Registration for this 2022 Program is full and registration is now closed.

Registration for the 2023 Program – State of Washington is now open. Please Click Here to go to the 2023 Program.

Studies have found that women in the public sector have been advancing into leadership roles more easily than in the private sector and the pay gap between men and women in government positions have narrowed considerably over the years. These advancements in gender equality in the public sector space can be highly rewarding for women who work in the public sector, on top of the satisfaction from knowing that they are doing work on behalf of citizens on the local, state or national level. However, women in public sector are expected to perform well in a work environment that is characterized by a variety of challenges.  According to a report by Deloitte on “The future of government”, it is stated that “[p]erhaps nowhere is the gap between the public sector and the private sector greater than in workforce management. While much of the private sector has transformed over the past two decades, the public sector, for the most part, has not. Most public sector organizations are still locked into decades-old workforce policies, such as rigid job classifications, lockstep pay, and reliance on seniority as a substitute for capability.”

We have designed this GovWFollowMyLead program specifically to help empower our women in the public sector towards leadership. Please note that separate registration and fee for this Program is required to attend the Program (whether or not you are a member of The Koa Club general community).  Registration fee for the 2022 GovWFollowMyLead Program is $750 per person. Details of the 2022 GovWFollowMyLead Program are described below.

The GovWFollowMyLead™ Program is designed to:

  • Strengthen the leadership, personal and workplace skills of women in the public sector so they can build the confidence to succeed, gain insights on being effective leaders, managers and team members, and be armed with useful tools to navigate commonplace workplace challenges.
  • Equip women in the public sector with strategies to maintain their well-being, especially during these high stress times
  • Help women in the public sector establish supportive relationships with other women at work, providing them a safe environment to share best practices and informal advice with each other.

Program Bonus

Once you have registered for this 2022 GovWFollowMyLead™ Program, you will also be automatically made a community member of The Koa Club. The Koa Club is a global community of achieving women seeking growth and empowerment in their professional and personal lives and it offers workshops, events and activities that are designed to help its members gain new knowledge and skills so they can be empowered in unexpected ways, not only in relation to their careers, but also practical life skills that are designed to improve the quality of their daily lives. The Koa Club will act as your extended learning club outside the Program and as your alumni club when you complete the Program.


Please note that separate registration and fee for this Program is required to attend the Program (whether or not you are a member of The Koa Club general community).  Registration fee for the 2022 GovWFollowMyLead Program is US$750 per person.

Note: If you are registering for someone else, please make sure to register using the intended participant’s full name, email address and contact information (not your own name, email or contact information if you are not the intended participant). If you are registering for more than one person, please register for each person separately. 

Registration for this 2022 GovWFollowMyLeadProgram will close on February 28, 2022.

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Workshops will be held online and the Zoom dial-in details will be provided to you once you have registered.

2022 program overview

The 2022 GovWFollowMyLead™ program is an eleven- month long program and has two phases:

Phase 1 (Personal Skills Development) February 2022 – June 2022 (with an additional bonus workshop in July 2022)

5 workshops focused on the well-being and personal development for the women participants and are designed to help them gain the necessary tools to tackle stress in their lives and find productive ways to relieve pressures that women face at work and at home, especially during these especially during these challenging times with COVID-19 epidemic concerns. Phase 1 workshops also provide insights for women on mastering life-changing skills to gain self-awareness of the unique superpowers that reside within each of them, to eliminate self-defeating beliefs that creates obstacles to their success and to gain the confidence and self-awareness to help them show up with their best selves.

Phase 2 (Workplace Skills Development) August 2022 – December 2022

5 workshops focused on providing the women participants with practical strategies for operating effectively within the workplace, including, understanding the need and know-how to developing an authentic leadership identity, to navigate workplace changes through the transition curve, to apply emotional quotient to help with decision-making process, improve work relationships and minimize conflicts, and to wield effective influence strategies to maintain successful team collaboration at work. The final workshop is focused on learning to reclaim energy as a conscious leader in order to attain peace in the constant chaos happening in their lives and to embody their strength and brilliance.

Workshop 1

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Applying Principles of Somatic Intelligence to Achieve Wellness and Resiliency


12:00pm-12:30pm: Introduction to the Program – Goals and Expectations

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


The COVID‐19 pandemic has presented a major challenge to the emotional wellbeing for most people, as our daily lives have been drastically transformed by a myriad of occurrences outside our control. Many of us are likely stressed out and exhausted from having to maneuver the daily realities of living in a global pandemic, constantly worrying about the possibility of contracting the devastating virus, figuring out how to show up with our best selves when working from home where unexpected distractions and unique issues may be present, and even fearing what the future may hold for us. We may feel trapped physically and emotionally.  There are ways to come back to center, back to who we know ourselves to be. To recover our natural physiological equilibrium, maintain wellness and build resiliency, we will learn to apply the principles of “somatic intelligence,” a mind-body science that explains how the spirit, mind and body are intricately connected, forming who we know ourselves to be and how we see the world. We will learn to appreciate the subconscious intelligence of the body that is constantly evaluating the environment we are in and the risks that we face. Through somatic intelligence practices, we will become aware of the warning signs it provides to us when we are facing adversity and tools to take preventive positive actions to minimize our stress responses and bounce back from daily challenges, big or small.  The term ‘soma’ is a Greek word that means ‘body’.

In this workshop, our speaker will explore somatic intelligence, how managing and leveraging our physiology and nervous system can help us be more relaxed, confident, and at ease in high-pressure situations.  This engaging workshop will discuss the intelligence hidden in posture, gesture, and sensation, will feature exercises and techniques to increase our awareness of what our body is telling us, tools to manage our nervous system when we feel threatened or “off,” and questions to ask ourselves and others to engage the whole person, not just the mind.


Becca Bartholomew is a facilitator and coach with expertise in organization development (OD) and has extensive experience working with groups and individuals to foster communication and effective collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Becca helps her clients implement strategies that increase their emotional intelligence and efficacy.  She is known for her clear communication, innate ability to foster trust, and firm, yet gentle approach to helping others recognize their blind spots and engage specific tools to articulate and reach their goals. She gracefully supports her clients toward self-reflection, new learning and increased awareness of their impact on others. Becca coaches leaders across the globe and has a special passion for working with people who hold societal privilege and want to address their role in upholding and dismantling systems of oppression. In addition to coaching and OD consulting, Becca is a facilitator with American University’s Masters Program in Organization Development and manages all the facilitators who support cohort-learning throughout the program. She holds an M.S. from Tufts University and a B.A. from Hampshire College. She is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which helps people identify their personality preferences and how those influence their impact and effectiveness, as well as the Emotional Quotient 2.0 (EQi/EQ-360) which measures a person’s social and emotional intelligence (EI) and is a jumping off point for increasing EI—a vital part of effective leadership. She strongly believes in the importance of engaging the whole person (mind, body, emotions and spirit) to create lasting change.

She is a certified yoga teacher, has a regular mindfulness practice and, where appropriate, brings these and other somatic tools to her clients. Becca lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and son and works with clients across the globe. When not working, you can find her traveling, enjoying art, doing yoga or playing with her son.

For more details of Becca: Becca Bartholomew | LinkedIn

Workshop 2

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, March 7, 2022 @ 12:00pm–2:00pm

Understanding and Cultivating Your Powerful Self 


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – What Is Your Superpower?

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


How do you want to be seen?” When asked, many of us would say that we hope others at work see us as effective leaders, experts in our chosen field, reliable and trustworthy members of our teams, and that our contributions to our organizations are both impactful and positive.  However, even before we can appreciate, or take steps to change, how others see us, we need to have a strong sense of self-awareness.  A lack of self-awareness can cause us to act and behave in ways that hinder our growth, cause others to have a mistaken perception of us, and can contribute to potential toxic work-life issues.

Self-awareness is the foundation to emotional and social intelligence and is one of the most valuable leadership competencies. By knowing who we are, we can better use our strengths and not have our limitations define us.  Being self-aware also helps us to see the discrepancies between how we see ourselves from how others see us and provides us with the opportunity to change our actions and behavior to positively impact our “brand”.  According to the Harvard Business Review, “research suggests that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively.”

In this workshop, our speaker will discuss how we can identify our core beliefs and values in relation to others and the useful self-awareness tools to inform and direct our personal and professional development. She will also demonstrate how to best implement strategies to improve how others see our personal and professional brand.


Christine Stoffels is founder and CEO of Christine Stoffels Consulting, a practice focused on building organizational effectiveness with rigor, fun, and a focus on leadership vision and culture alignment to company goals, mission, and values allowing diversity, equity, and inclusion to be a consistent part of ROI, employee engagement, and talent development. She is agile, experienced, fun, and is ready to support leaders and teams innovate, redefine, and implement small to large-scale change grounded in their company mission and values. As a leader and consultant, she has led departmental and enterprise-level change initiatives in healthcare, nonprofit, and the technology verticals, showing up with positivity, executive presence, and rigor to collaboratively develop and implement solutions for successful and sustained change, together.

Christine is a ICF trained leadership coach, former executive director for national non-profit, former Peace Corps volunteer and mother of two teenagers.

For more details of Christine: Christine Stoffels, ACC (she/her) | LinkedIn

Workshop 4

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, April 4, 2022 @12:00pm – 2:00pm

Eliminate Self-Defeating Beliefs and Enhance Your Self-Confidence


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


Research and studies conducted over the years on the subject of women’s leadership and progression in the workplace have found that many women lack confidence at work on a regular basis and that many women tend to wait until they are 100% confident in themselves before deciding to make a career move, such as accepting a new position or requesting a raise.  Having a lack of self-confidence can directly affect our productivity and job performance, which in turn affects our professional success. Low self-confidence often shows up in the form of self-defeating beliefs and patterns of behaviors, where we may doubt our abilities, believe that somebody else is better than us without any factual basis, or worry that we will soon get “found out” our capabilities are limited.  These limiting beliefs are often the culprits, obstructing us from going beyond our comfort zone to grow, achieve the successes we deserve or be effective leaders or teammates.  To make progress on self-confidence, it is important to challenge these negative self-narratives and to avoid an onslaught of self-criticism when we encounter failure.

In this workshop, our speaker will discuss how limiting beliefs such as impostor syndrome and self-doubt often manifest in women’s lives, wrecking hard-earned confidence and what we can do to overcome them. She will bust a few misconceptions about confidence and share a set of tips on how to build and maintain self-confidence. She will also discuss the importance of striking the right balance in developing self-confidence as being overly confident can create its own set of pitfalls. This workshop will provide an actionable list of strategies and tools that can help us make positive changes and strengthen our confidence and courage.


Micha Goebig, as a certified confidence & leadership coach, helps female professionals and entrepreneurs in male-dominated spheres create the confidence and visibility to take their career to the next level (and beyond!). The founder & CEO of Go Big Coaching & Communications, Micha has also been running a boutique agency that specializes in corporate communications for the German luxury car industry for 20 years.

She holds a master’s degree from the University of Munich, taught at several colleges in the USA and Germany, has published two novels (one with Random House) and multiple stories and essays, and trained with one of Germany’s leading executive coaches as well as Rich Latvian and others in the USA. She is currently based in Seattle, WA.

For more details of Micha: Micha Goebig | LinkedIn

Workshop 4

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, May 9, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Developing Strong Interpersonal Relationships in the New Normal


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – Team Building Challenge

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


Have you been asked to lead a project but did not know how to get anyone to help you with it? Have you ever been in a position in which you have to influence others without having authority over them? Have you accomplished something big at work, but no one seems to know or care what you had done? Have you wished others would include you in their projects or teams?

We are consistently interacting with people in our work and personal lives – co-workers, bosses, customers, partners, vendors, family members, friends, acquaintances and even strangers. We often rely on different people in our lives to help us accomplish our goals, and it should be of no surprise that having trusting relationships with people we care about and whom may have an impact on our lives is important to our long-term happiness. In the workplace, people skills play an essential role – if we have the ability to build positive trusting relationships with different levels of people we work with, chances are we can be more powerful, successful and influential at work. Some people may have an innate talent in building productive relationship with others, but most of us can use some improvement in our interpersonal skills to help us build the connections we need, including learning how to consciously build relationships of mutual benefit, respect and support.

In the Pre-Covid 19 pandemic days when we work in an in-person office environment, there may have been numerous naturally created opportunities for us to interact with others, such as lunch meetings, impromptu conversations in the hallway and engaging others by “popping” in on their cubicle or office. Since the onset of the pandemic after most of us have moved to a remote work situation, the relatively easy office environment to connect and network have almost disappeared. A recent study by Fast Company found that building relationships are less effective for people who communicate with their colleagues primarily through videoconferencing as compared to face-to-face communications, and that many have found that there is a deterioration in work relationships.

In this workshop, our speaker will illuminate how to successfully navigate common team dynamics and share strategies to effectively build trust and influence others, even within the restraints of this new norm. This workshop is designed to help you stand out as an influential leader, build powerful, healthy relationships with colleagues and improve communication in the hybrid workplace.


For over 22 years, Allison Kinnear has worked with over a thousand people as they navigate their vulnerabilities as parents, employees and leaders. She loves working with groups in tech to solve the underlying issues surrounding vulnerability-based leadership. She frequently gives talks on navigating uncertainty, having difficult conversations and building a culture of trust in the workplace.

Allison honed her skills as a manager during her seven-year tenure at Google in the People Ops department. She has a Master’s degree in Human Development and is an instructor at Seattle Life Coach Training. She spends her time speaking to groups like Microsoft & Google, working one-on-one with clients and being a mom to her two young children.

For more details of Allison: Allison Kinnear | LinkedIn

Workshop 5

Phase 1: Personal Development Skills

Monday, June 6, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Essential Communication Skills to Boost Presence and Productivity


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – What’s Your Biggest Communication Problem?

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


Even if we are experts in our fields, maintain leadership roles within our organization, or always have innovative ideas or viable solutions to issues, if we are not able to convey our thoughts, ideas, expertise or requirements in a meaningful way to others, our influence will be greatly limited.

If we want to show others that we have qualities of a leader who can inspire, motivate and persuade those around us to act or to help us achieve our goals, which may sometimes be known as “executive presence”, we would certainly need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively with others whom we interact with to build trust and credibility. According to G. Riley Mills, co-founder of Pinnacle Performance Co. in Chicago and author of The Bullseye Principle (Wiley, 2018), “[t]he ability to communicate with clarity and purpose is the key to personal and professional success.”

In this workshop, our speaker, a master communications expert, will share strategies on how we can communicate in a way that will strengthen our professional relationships, boost teamwork, and help us to become more productive. He will also guide us on how to avoid communication failures that can cause misunderstanding, mistakes and reduction in productivity at work.  Lastly, he will discuss how we can continue to maintain good communication skills where we have to resort to new forms of communication due to remote working in our new normal.


Andrew McMaster, Founder of ImprovMindset, is an actor, director and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the arts. He was a founder of Jet City Improv, a non-profit theater that he managed for 25 years, and worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies to provide presentation support and messaging as well as team building and communications trainings.

Andrew is dedicated to experiential learning, providing opportunities for self-discovery and driving innovation in our everyday lives. His exercises are designed to develop leaders who can communicate on all levels (focusing on emotional intelligence) and have your team practicing key relationship-building skills. Participants will leave with practical tools and lessons to apply at all stages of their work, even in crisis.

For more details of Andrew: Andrew McMasters | LinkedIn

Bonus Workshop 

Mentorship Huddles Competition Day

Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Bonus Workshop:  Implementing Thoughtful Allyship and Inclusion


12:00pm-1:00pm: Huddle Competition Winners Announcement and Judges Feedback

1:00pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


With the rapid changes in the U.S. population demographics, the workforce is becoming increasingly more diverse. It has been widely recognized that diverse and inclusive workplaces tend to be more innovative, productive, efficient and successful. Even if organizations may be taking steps to nurture a more inclusive behavior, each of us within an organization also have the responsibility to act proactively in ways that foster belonging and being an “ally” for others. The term allyship is the practice of emphasizing social justice, inclusion, and human rights by members of an ingroup, to advance the interests of a group who is underrepresented or marginalized. To be an effective ally, we will need to undertake behaviors that allow us to maintain solidarity with and where we can, advocate for the rights and well-being of people of different races, cultures, sexes, genders, abilities, ages, faiths, and other identities and affiliations. Being a thoughtful ally in the workplace can have a meaningful impact on those who work around us. By being an ally, we become actively aware of circumstances where we can intentionally and actively act to promote an inclusive environment that supports those who may be oppressed or marginalized, so that our diverse team members can feel respected and valued.

Our speaker will discuss how we can do our part to eliminate negative behaviors, such as prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination, which can cause damage to morale and productivity, and to help create real belonging in our workplace culture.


Captain Timika (“Timi”) Lindsay has 30 years of exceptional military service at the US Naval Academy. Over the last four years, she served as the senior advisor to the Naval Academy Superintendent on all matters regarding Inclusion and Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity for over 6,000 students and faculty. She delivered the first Diversity and Inclusion strategy plan for the Academy.

She also provided Title IX oversight for 33 Division I sports teams and directly supported leadership, organization, financial administration, recruiting and operations of two Division I sports (Football and Men’s Basketball) serving as the institution’s team officer representative.

She is the proud mother of Eric Jr. (USNA ‘25) and Elise (USNA ’23), making them the first black mother-daughter to attend USNA.

For more details on Timi: Timi Lindsay | LinkedIn

Workshop 6

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, August 8, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Effortless Leadership – Cultivating an Authentic Leadership Identity


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – Defining Your Leadership Identity

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


Do you:

…… find your style of leadership has unwittingly resulted in the alienation of your team, causing conflict and inciting drama?

…feel yourself turning your leadership persona “on” and “off” for work

…want to feel more comfortable in your skin, at home and at work

…read self-help and business books in the hopes of learning how to be a better authentic leader respected by others

Being a leader can be downright exhausting. Whether we are new or seasoned, our expectations about who we should be and how we should show up can leave us feeling like we are playing the role of a leader, rather than embodying our truest selves in a leadership role. Authentic leaders generally have a sense of purpose and passion for what they are about and know where they are headed, and they maintain values that they hold dear even in the most difficult circumstances.

In this workshop, our speaker will lead a candid and courageous conversation about what it means to be our real selves as a leader, helping us to recognize that authentic leadership is not demonstrated when position is conferred but has to be carefully cultivated. The workshop will provide concrete mini-experiments that will move us closer to our most effortless, true-to-self, and effective leadership identity.


Sharon Podobnik Peterson, Founder of The Center for Conscious Leadership, supports exceptional leaders in visioning and realizing a future that others cannot yet see. As an educator, serial entrepreneur, and coach, Sharon is a master at evoking possibility in people, ideas, and organizations, and catalyzing ideas into action. She believes that lasting transformation requires deep reflection, calm power, courageous action, and a willingness to experiment with tiny shifts in being that create dramatic results in our outer world. She works with clients to bring to light their most powerful and authentic leadership identities, and cultivate an embodied, effortless leadership presence that increases confidence, clarity, and the ability to be joyfully and intentionally disruptive.

Sharon most enjoys working with highly accomplished individuals and teams who are moved to combat systemic inequality and envision a more just, peaceful, and equitable world. Sharon is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies Leadership Coaching Certificate program and holds ICF ACC credentials.

For more details of Sharon: Sharon Podobnik Peterson (she/her) | LinkedIn

Workshop 7

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, September 12, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Navigating Workplace Changes Through the Lens of Transition


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – Coping with the New Normal

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


Most of us have been overwhelmed with the amount of change that has taken place in their lives, personally and professionally, in the last two years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The changes seem to be happening in a continuous manner and at a relatively fast pace, often giving us little time to adjust to these changes, or more accurately stated, leaving us unprepared for, and stressed out, by our transition to the new state of life. At work, changes are inevitable and they usually happen outside of our control resulting in a major impact on our work (and sometimes personal) lives, such as being moved to a new job with greater responsibilities, getting a different supervisor with whom you have yet to build a trusted relationship, getting transferred to a new team led by others who do not share your same viewpoints, and more recently, the sudden need to adjust to working remotely from home which can be difficult for some given their home situations.

Change is situational that can happen in an instant, while transition is a psychological experience which unfolds over time. To be successful at adapting to changes in our lives, we first need to shift our mindset to incorporate the changes into our lives by applying a three-stage transition process: Ending, Neutral Zone and New Beginning.  For those of you in leadership roles or who aspire to be leaders, it is important to know how to navigate the transitions in your own lives, so you do not get derailed by the changes and to help your people process transitions effectively, guiding them to let go of old norms and to accept new ones.

In this workshop, our speaker will discuss how we can empower ourselves and others to embrace workplace changes by focusing on the transition experience and the three-stage transition process. She will also demonstrate how we can be a better support for others experiencing transitions at work when we have a good understanding of what goes through people’s minds when they are facing changes and the common behaviors that people tend to engage in when reacting to changes.


Gayle Johnson, Founder of EVOLVE Life Coaching, helps companies and governmental organizations maximize employee effectiveness through emotional intelligence leadership training and coaching.  Gayle has enjoyed the role of political strategist, workshop facilitator, and transformational leader for over 20 years. Her effective leadership style has been developed through coaching high-level leadership, mid-management, and frontline employees on the importance of emotional intelligence, and how applying it creates high-performing teams, helps retain good talent and ultimately increases revenue. To support her experience as a transformational thought leader, Gayle pursued a Master of Transformational Leadership at Seattle University, providing her with the in-depth understanding of the theory behind what it takes to be an impactful leader, team member, employee, and how to manage one’s emotions while working in diverse organizations.

Gayle is a Seattle native. She graduated from Roosevelt High School, attended the legendary Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and then transferred to the University of Washington, where she received a B.A. Degree in Political Science.

For more details of Gayle: Gayle A. Johnson | LinkedIn

Workshop 8

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, October 3, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Improving Emotional Quotient for Workplace Success 


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – An Emotional Intelligence Game

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


Emotional Quotient (EQ), also known as Emotional Intelligence (EI) or Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EIQ), is generally defined as a person’s ability to recognize, understand, manage, and reason with his or her own emotions as well as the emotions of others. Having higher EQ results in greater success in the workplace, as it can help with our decision-making process, improve our work relationships, minimize conflicts, and help us empathize with others in different situations.

TalentSmart conducted a survey which found that “90% of the top performers were high in emotional intelligence, with a higher average income per year” and that “emotional intelligence also accounted for up to 60% of the job performance for supervisors through CEOs.”

In this workshop, our speaker will discuss the five key components of emotional intelligence at work, first identified by Daniel Goleman in the 1990s, and she will share useful skills to practice for strengthening our EQ:

Self-Awareness: The capability to recognize personal emotions, emotional triggers, and limitations which allows us to better understand how others might perceive our emotions

Self-Regulation: The ability to control and adjust emotions so they do not have a negative effect

Intrinsic Motivation: Having the inner drive to pursue goals for personal reasons, rather than for a reward

Empathy: The ability to identify and understand the emotions of another person which allows us to handle workplace situations more effectively

Social Skills: The ability to interact and negotiate with other people in order for us to listen, speak and resolve conflicts more effectively and to find the best way to meet the needs of each person.


Anu Arora is an ICF-certified PCC coach and professional facilitator specializing in building emotionally intelligent, inclusive and mindful organizations and cultures. Her key strengths are her ability to deep dive into the gaps and co-create transformations. She recently finished an embedded leadership coach engagement with Department of Defense supporting a 500 people organization; coaching multiple teams and many senior leaders on one-on-one basis. She created large scale organizational assessments interviewing dozens of internal and external stakeholders and designed multi-level intervention programs. Anu has coached leaders of high-tech companies, non-profits, startups and educational institutions to identify core issues, make the complex simple, and helped moved them past their blocks to create transformational results. Anu brings her international experiences, industry skills and corporate engineering management background to her coaching work. It helps her build rapport and understanding of client perspectives, helping them go deep on complex issues.

Anu also has engineering leadership experience in the software and aeronautical industries, leading diverse teams. Anu is based in Seattle, US, and works clients diverse and global clients.

For more details of Anu: Anu Arora PCC CTPC | LinkedIn

Workshop 9

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, November 7, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Building Collaborative Influence at Work


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – Flex Your Influencing Muscles

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


Most of us have, at some point in our careers, collaborated with others in teams. In some of these teams, the collaboration felt easy, seamless and in sync, where goals set by the team were successfully achieved with much enthusiasm and passion by all the team members. In other teams, the collaboration experience turned out to be challenging and counter-productive, where team members’ morale and cohesion were negatively affected, whether or not the goals set by the team were eventually accomplished. Whether you have actually led any of one these teams or were just a participating member, everyone plays a crucial part in the success or failure of the team. The concept of “collaboration” means people coming together for a common purpose to achieve a particular benefit or a given objective and “collaborative influence” is the ability to get things done by influencing people to collaborate and build a strong network between them. As a team leader, we will need to consider each of the team members as a key stakeholder and understand their specific agendas, in order to build an effective strategy to influence those who matter most and to get these team members to work well together as a group. As a team member, we can choose to actively participate in teamwork as a good team member, seeking input and compromise when necessary to contribute to the whole team, but we can also take it a step further by engaging and enabling others to be good team players, thereby facilitating successful collaboration across the team.

In this workshop, the speaker will discuss how members of a successful collaborative team will often need the right skills to influence others to see things differently or open-up to alternative courses of action. She will discuss the principles of effective influence and group alignment and provide strategies on how to collaborate more effectively across an organization. She will also discuss different influencing styles that can be effective in the right situation, how to apply appropriate influence techniques to gain buy-in and support from others, what to do to build a collaborative and inclusive team environment, and lastly, how to effectively resolve conflict to maintain productive collaboration that makes the team and organization thrive.


Ellenore Angelidis, Founder and CEO of L.E.A.D. (Lead, Empower, Activate, Dream) LLC, is focused on empowering high performing, value driven leaders, teams, & organizations to multiple their impact. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund (a 501(3)(c) NGO) which is focused on increasing educational opportunities (literacy, tech and art) for K-12 kids in Ethiopia, her daughter’s birth country. Previously, as a 13+ year employee of Amazon, Ellenore was part of the company’s recent growth; she held senior business, product and legal roles for Amazon in Seattle, Luxembourg, and Paris – and is passionate about bringing change and forward momentum. Prior to Amazon, she received her legal start at the Chicago firm of Baker & McKenzie, then went on to manage complex litigation including regulatory matters, public relations and crisis management, as well as supported strategic sourcing for Sears, in Chicago, Illinois.  Ellenore is also a published writer; on-line magazines (Working Mother, Adoptive Families, InCulture Parent, and Women’s Essence), on LinkedIn and on blogs (Ethiopian Ties and Balancing Career Family). She also published two children’s books, The Loud Prince and Surprise on Lake Tana, with colorful, diverse characters, through Kindle Direct Publishing. She has built teams across a variety of disciplines, companies, and countries which gives her a uniquely broad perspective to share.

At home, Ellenore has a partner of 25+ years and 3 children, ranging in age from college to elementary school, plus a dog, a cat, and a parrot. As a volunteer, Ellenore has held board and fund-raising positions with the not for profits WACAP and Ethiopia Reads.

For more details of Ellenore: Ellenore Angelidis | LinkedIn

Workshop 10

Phase 2: Workplace Improvement Skills

Monday, December 5, 2022 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Keys to Reclaim Your Energy as a Conscious Leader


12:00pm-12:30pm: Empowered Networking – Your Favorite Energy Boosters

12:30pm-2:00pm: Speaker Presentation & Q&A


After a year of personal and professional growth journey through the GovWFollowMyLead Program, we look to end the Program with the powerful workshop focused on helping us reclaim our energy, so we can end the year with clarity and look to shortly start a new year feeling refreshed and energized.

Like many busy women, do you find that you: Lack a solid morning routine or find it hard to fit in a workout? Struggle with managing negative energy or feel like your energy is fragmented? Are worried you’ll burnout working non-stop? As a high achieving conscious leader, you know you could get it all done if you just had more time. But you’re no longer as young or quick to recover anymore. You’re taking care of aging parents, toddlers or kids at home, meeting your organization’s demands, while working remote with your partner – all while trying to squeeze in time for yourself to just breathe.

In this workshop, our speaker will help you learn the ALIVE model:

  • Identify where to allow more yin time versus yang time
  • Practice simplifying your decisions by listening within and trusting yourself than looking outside yourself for the answers
  • Invest in you first to improve brain fog and navigate distraction and overwhelm
  • Value your fears to manage chronic stress and anxiety
  • Experience energy management hacks to keep your body moving while sitting at your desk all day

Through practical tools, exercises, and wisdom, she will demonstrate the “5 Keys to Reclaim Your Energy” so you can find peace in the chaos, master your energy habits, and embody your brilliance.


Anna Sun Choi, Energy Coach, TEDx Speaker, and Forbes Author, is committed to elevating humanity’s consciousness through guiding high achieving, conscious coaches, consultants, and creatives to find peace in the chaos, master their energy habits, and embody their brilliance.

As a broke art major with zero experience or connections, she started and sold her first financial planning business grossing six figures by age 25. Over the last two decades, she’s coached hundreds of leaders from all walks of life transform their lives, been invited to speak alongside Deepak Chopra, is a Forbes Author, TEDx Speaker, and was on faculty for a multimillion dollar personal and professional growth, training and development global enterprise. Burned out from the hustle and grind, Anna met two enlightened teachers, spiritual guides, and renowned energy masters, H.H. Sai Maa and Ilchi Lee who set her on a path of self-healing and energy mastery. From being unwilling to spare 5 minutes a day for self-care to now meditating two hours/day while still living a very full life.

Anna is now an energy coach, homeschool mom, taekwondo martial artist, yoga instructor, and certified Brain PowerWellness educator, helping conscious coaches, consultants, and creatives.

For more details of Anna:  Anna C. | LinkedIn

mentorship huddles

As part of the GovWFollowMyLead Program™, we will also be organizing several Mentorship Huddles for the women who have signed up for the Program.

The Mentorship Huddles is a group mentoring program within the GovWFollowMyLead Program™ that enables the participants to collaborate with colleagues within an organization who share common interests or learning objectives and develop together.Each Mentorship Huddle is made up of 8-10 women who have registered to attend the GovWFollowMyLead Program™ and is led by a Huddle Mentor. The Mentorship Huddle brings together smaller groups of women to collectively explore and discuss workshops and other relevant issues – while being mentored and guided by a Huddle Mentor, who will be someone who has knowledge and/or experience with the various issues and challenges raised by the workshops.

why mentorship huddles?

  • It encourages the expansion of knowledge pool as women from across departments and generations in an organization can collaborate to learn from one another.
  • It helps to build intra-organizational personal relationships by breaking down silos between departments, genders, ethnicities and beyond, providing a safe space to discuss things which can sometimes be uncomfortable.
  • It gives members a place where they can have a voice that matters to build confidence and develop or improve leadership and other skills.
  • It connects people with varying skillsets to tackle challenges or issues raised during a Huddle meeting.
  • It may help open access for the participants to influential peers, future sponsors and senior leadership that they might never have interacted with before.
  • It aims to inspire participants to push themselves to deal with obstacles by understanding that others in the group may be tackling similar issues and helping them to overcome those issues or obstacles.
  • It fosters the building of trust between participants that allows them to come together in support of each other’s goals, while simultaneously seeking to achieve their own.It aims to be more fun than traditional mentorships with group activities including role play and brainstorming that creates energy and camaraderie.

how does a mentorship huddle work?

  • All participants will be assigned to a Mentorship Huddle, facilitated by a Huddle Mentor. The assignment will be based on results of a survey collected from each participant after the first workshop to determine the best fit for any specific Mentorship Huddle.
  • After each workshop, questions and details of that workshop will be shared with the Huddle Mentor who will use the provided information as the base for group discussions at Huddle meetings.
  • Huddle meetings will be scheduled by the Huddle Mentor as appropriate with that specific Huddle group and will be held no less than once a month.

huddles competition

Monday, July 11, 2022, 12-2pmPT


12:00-1pmPT: Huddles Competition Winners Announcement & Judges Feedback

1pm-2pmPT: Bonus Workshop on Implementing Thoughtful Allyship and Inclusion

We have created this Mentorship Huddle competition with the hope of encouraging more in-depth learning and discussion on the leadership topics that were introduced to the participants in the first five months of the GovWFollowMyLead Program. Some of the key objectives of this competition are to encourage successful collaboration among the Mentorship Huddle team members, to encourage self-assessment and recognition of issues raised in the hypothetical scenario by the Program participants, to increase awareness of current situations and work on strategizing solutions, to develop an understanding of these commonly encountered issues to become a more empathetic leader and colleague, and of course, to get fired up because it is a competition and have fun in the Program. We invite leaders from the participating organizations to act as judges for the competition and share their insights to the Program participants