Leading With Purpose in Challenging Times

AUSB welcomed our fourth Women & Leadership Certificate Program cohort to campus January 27-29, successfully launching their 10-month leadership development journey. Thank you to Carol Tisson, Program Director, for the following recap about the first residency weekend:

The 16 women accepted into this year’s program represent a rich cross-section of sectors and perspectives, including:

  • 8 business and entrepreneurial women from publishing, biomedicine, high-tech, financial services, and small business;
  • 4 women from state, county and city government agencies, working in conservation, youth homelessness, prison-to-work transitions, and immigration law;
  • 3 nonprofit leaders focusing on international relief, environmental activism and counseling;
  • and a recent AUSB Master of Arts in Education graduate now working in higher education.

Group portrait of the Women & Leadership Certificate Cohort


The group includes individuals who are experienced community activists working on a wide variety of social and environmental justice issues, as well as many people who are pioneering a path of well-being and balance in their own lives, families, teams and communities even as they step into new levels of leadership and responsibility. Several of the participants commute from Ventura County and one woman joins us from Cincinnati, Ohio, for the program!

The theme of this first residency was “Leading With Purpose In Challenging Times.” 

Workshops included:

  • An introduction to values-based leadership, with coaching in articulating your unique leadership purpose and core strengths;
  • A deep dive into the “state of the world for women”, exploring areas of progress, individual and systemic challenges to gender equity, and areas for action and collective impact;
  • An experience of building a safe, inclusive and productive learning community, based in a culture of feedback, trust and accountability;
  • Coaching and practice in intentional network-building, capped by a reception with W&L alumni, sponsors, mentors and supporters;
  • A vibrant panel dialogue with extraordinary leaders from our community, featuring Jenna Tosh, PhD (President and CEO of Planned Parenthood CA Central Coast), Lynn Houston, MBA (artist, pilot and Executive Director for A Different Point of View) and Vicki Riskin, PhD (writer, producer and human rights activist);
  • An introductory exploration of individual leadership projects, which will become the vehicle for integrating and applying W&L content, and will be presented at our final October residency.

One participant’s comments captured the spirit of this first residency:

“The collaboration, sense of community and inclusive space created were unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. There is so much support, wisdom and expertise being shared that I feel I’m walking away with so much, after only one weekend!”

Participants will now dive in to their three online courses, deepening their exploration of Values Based Leadership, Gender and Leadership and evolving their unique Experiential Leadership Projects. They will convene again at AUSB for their second residency weekend in May, focused on “Women Leading Change.”

Learn more about the Women & Leadership Certificate Program. Applications for 2018 program will start being accepted in April 2017; look for upcoming Spring Info Sessions.

View all photos from this event on Flickr

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