What you will learn

A blend of skills and strategies to elevate your capacity to lead

  • Confidently make bold choices while harnessing your unique strengths.

  • To develop self-awareness and recognize the patterns and habits that both hinder and help you as a leader.

  • How to leverage relationships and connections to find allies while understanding diverse perspectives and cultivating inclusive strategies.

  • Anchor to a conscious and courageous approach to giving and receiving feedback, setting goals, resolving conflict, and strategic thinking.

  • Successfully manage and overcome gender barriers and workplace challenges faced by women leaders such dilemmas like the double-bind and male-as-normative ideals about leading.

Why choose ELEVATE?

It's not what you will get out of the program, but who you will become once you complete it.

Our approach to leadership development is both unique and transformational. We design immersive experiences where reflection, connection, and dialogue can occur. We work 'below the neck' and allow hearts and intuitions to compliment the cognitive side of the work. We commit to showing up, digging deeply into ourselves, and embracing discomfort. Because we know that through that work, we can grow stronger and lead better – together.

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With both synchronous and asynchronous sessions, you get the benefit of a community with the chance to work at your own pace.

Program begins September 8th!

A you ready to ELEVATE your leadership capacity?

Learn to lead in uncertainty, complexity, and chaos. Prioritize wellness without sacrificing strategy. Develop cultures of true belonging.


  • Real-time synchronous sessions Thursdays from 9 am - 12 pm PST--------9/8, 10/6, 11/3, 12/8, 1/12, 1/25

  • Optional coaching circles from 9 am - 10 am: 9/29, 10/27, 12/1, 1/5

  • Asynchronous video lessons released after each synchronous module

Program Faculty

Lorri Sulpizio

Dr. Sulpizio is the Director of the Conscious Leadership Academy at the University of San Diego and an internationally recognized leadership expert. She has taught leadership courses for the United Nations, for business schools in Russia, and collaborated with a global leaders' fellowship, training women leaders from all over the world. Dr. Sulpizio has consulted to organizations in France and Italy, as well as across all sectors in the United States. An expert in women's leadership, Dr. Sulpizio works closely with Harvard Kennedy School's Adaptive Leadership Network. She is a BCC certified leadership coach and a certified Dare To Lead™ facilitator, based on the research of Brené Brown. A former college basketball coach, Dr. Sulpizio challenges her students to push themselves to their own next level and develop capacities to the fullest.

Senior Facilitator and Lead Faculty Bo Bae

Dr. Bo Bae earned her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership, at the University of San Diego. She is a facilitator and leadership coach. Bo has had the opportunity to spend more than 15 years teaching and advising students, training adjunct faculty, developing curriculum, implementing leadership training and workshops, and assessing program effectiveness and sustainability. Bo comes with experience coaching professionals around conscious leadership and utilizing reflection to analyze situations to promote self-awareness and enhance group dynamics. Bo's leadership work and interests include introspection, finding one's inner voice, and building authentic teams. Bo is currently a People Development Partner at ZipRecruiter.

Senior Facilitator and Faculty Cristina Schaffer

Cristina Schaffer has an MA in Leadership Studies and a BA in Communications. She has over 25 years of working for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations and has held leadership positions in sales and training, marketing, and development. Cristina is a co-founder and organizer for the SHE Experience - Women's Conference which was created to support and empower women from all walks of life. She believes in everyday leadership and is dedicated to supporting others who want to create spaces of learning, growing, and connecting. She cultivates her creativity as a professional photographer focusing on capturing each person's authentic and most confident self.

Bonus material

In addition to the content and course materials, you will enjoy access to:

  • Resources

    A full syllabus of books, articles, and videos to expand your thinking, expose you to innovative leadership ideas, and give you a foundation for effective leadership action.

  • Lifetime Access

    Lifetime access to the ELEVATE course. Come back anytime to refresh your connection to what matters most. As our lives change, so does what matters...stay connected to yourself and a life well-lived.

  • A Community You Can Rely On

    Doing this kind of work is difficult to do alone. We need a community of support to help keep us accountable and provide feedback. We are your tribe. You get access to our private Conscious Leading Facebook Group, a resource of authentic and courageous leaders


  • I have to miss one of the live Zoom sessions. Can I still take the course?

    Yes! We will have the Zoom content recorded and available only for program participants. We understand that things come up and conflicts happen. That being said, this program is designed to incorporate the benefit that 'real time' group learning provides, so if you know you have to miss more than one live session, perhaps take the course at a time that it works better in your schedule.

  • How much extra work is assigned and required?

    This is a high-level course and there are some pre-reading, pre-work and 'assignments' between modules. We want you to have a strong blend of theory and practice, and we know that people learn in many different ways, so there are videos, podcasts, and readings on a variety of related leadership and management topics. We also believe in reflection, so you know we will have journal prompts and reflection questions throughout the program. That being said, this program is yours to make of it what YOU need. You might spend as little as 1 hour a week or as much as 5 hours.

  • Who are the faculty?

    The program faculty is one of the best parts of ELEVATE. They have advanced degrees in leadership, special training in adult learning, and expertise in women and gender, mindfulness, groups and teams, equity, and inclusion. This group is diverse and fun! They are highly sought out coaches and leadership trainers and work all over the world. You are definitely learning from the best!

  • Is there financial assistance?

    We do have financial assistance available. One of our core beliefs is that high-level leadership development must be accessible. Reach out to [email protected].

  • Do I get a certificate of completion?

    Yes! This is one of the Conscious Leadership Academy's certificate programs. You get a certificate and LinkedIn badge. We want you to take pride in your leadership development.

  • Are group discounts available?

    Definitely. We have group discounts for 3-5 people and 6+. Please contact [email protected] to get your group ELEVATED to lead.

  • I'd like to further my development with leadership coaching. How can I get started?

    Yes to this! We SO believe in coaching. The best athletes have a coach, which helps them continue to be their best! We have an amazing team of coaches, and we will spend time with you creating a strong connection between you and your potential coach. Contact us at [email protected]

  • I'd like to do this work with my team or organization. Is that possible?

    Doing this work as a team is a great way to build up your community of women leaders and provide the support they need to succeed. Quality personal development is also a big step toward cohesion, productivity, and accountability. We love doing this work with groups and teams. Contact us at [email protected]

  • Where can I get more of this kind of work?

    We are glad you asked! The team is in the process of launching new courses, but in the meantime, check out our book club series and other events, all posted on the Conscious Leadership Academy's Facebook page: The Conscious Leadership Academy at USD

Course curriculum

    1. How to use the Thinkific online course platform

    2. Course Readings & Resources

    1. Zoom Recording & Transcript

    2. Presentation

    3. Expectations and Assumptions Worksheet

    4. Journal Prompts To Deepen Your Learning

    1. What is Self-Awareness?

    2. 1.0 - Living and Leading From Your Values: Part I

    3. 1.1 - Identify Your Values

    4. 1.2 - Operationalize Your Values With Actions

    5. 1.3 - Mind The Gap

    6. 1.4 - Focus Forward with Values in Mind

    7. 2.0 - Your Strengths & Weaknesses

    8. 3.0 - Mindfulness is a Superpower [VIDEO]

    9. 3.1 - Using Mindfulness in Leadership

    10. 4.0 - Seeking Feedback

    11. Reflection Journal

    1. Zoom Recording and Transcript

    2. Presentation

    3. Leadership Strategies Handout

    4. Journal Prompts To Deepen Your Learning

    1. ELEVATE Workbook & Companion Guide

    2. 1.0 - The Foundations of EQ

    3. INTRODUCTION- Why Emotional Intelligence?

    4. 1.1 EMOTIONS 101

    5. 2.0 Emotional Literacy

    6. 3.0 Don't Get Hooked!

    7. BONUS: Emotions don't need to be fixed! Empathy is a leadership skill!

    8. Reflection Journal

    1. Readings & Resources

    2. Tree of Life Gallery (Padlet)

    3. DEIB Vocabulary Guide

    4. Journal Prompts to Deepen Your Learning

About this course

  • $1,849.00
  • 66 lessons
  • 11 hours of video content

We specialize in creating an environment where women leaders can be both challenged and supported in order to transform. Lead faculty are advanced academic practitioners with extensive experience in both theory and application. We use an integrative approach to learning and development. We are committed to your leadership journey.

What to expect

  • A processing space

    Driven by conversation and dialogue, you will explore who you are and how you lead with the time to pause, consider, and reflect.

  • A learning space

    We join together to share information and new ideas as we dive into the discomfort of pushing ourselves to grow and evolve.

  • A practice space

    Push yourself to engage, interact and explore new ways of doing things. Take risks. Lean in. Reflect on your experience. Raise your capacity.

Pricing options

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Transforming the way you live and lead

Housed in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego, The CLA brings an innovative approach to leadership development and training. We know leadership is not just a position, leadership is a practice. At The CLA, we believe that leadership can be taught and that people learn best by doing. We help people become transformative and conscious leaders who lead by example and inspire others to do the same. We have committed ourselves to creating programs that help people shift ways of being and doing in order to be more effective in their roles. Our goal in this work is to create spaces where everyone feels like they can show up as their true self, feel valued, and make an impact. We value and prioritize leading with equity and creating cultures of belonging. We want to build leaders who create positive disruptions in order to better their own lives and the organizations they work in.