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June 11, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Applications now open for inaugural Let Her Lead program

The dual-cohort initiative provides separate tracks for aspiring and established female leaders in East Tennessee.

The preliminary preparations are over, and Let Her Speak, the Knoxville-based nonprofit, is now accepting applications for its newest program named Let Her Lead.

As noted in two articles earlier this year – February 28 and April 10, Catherine Porth has been very deliberate to ensure that the dual-cohort program was ready for prime time. She went through Beta testing with a small group of participants that signed up the day applications opened, and the last test ends this week, Porth says.

Applications have opened for the full experience, and 10 people – five in each track – will be selected from those who apply at this link by the July 9 deadline.

The two tracks are:

  • Aspiring Leader which will include deep-dive sessions on topics like confidence, communication, and financial literacy led by subject matter experts (SMEs) plus activities and outings with the cohort to put classroom work into real-world practice and access to professional mentors and certified coaches. It is designed for women with minimal experience leading teams, projects, or organizations; new to a leadership position; or preparing to take on a leadership position.
  • Established Leader which includes deep-dive sessions on empathetic leadership, active listening skills, and unconscious bias, again led by SMEs. There will also be activities and outings and access to professional mentors and certified coaches. It is designed for women with several years of experience leading teams, projects, organizations, or initiatives; and at least eight years into their career with aspirations to make a lasting impact on the community.

The Aspiring Leader cohort costs $250 per person, begins with the first two-hour session on September 13, and runs through December 6. The Established Leader track costs $350 per person, begins with a two-hour session on September 14, and also ends on December 6. A portion of the established leader tuition will cover the cost for those in the aspiring leader cohort to promote women supporting women.

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