is a 5-part leadership program designed
to give employers an advantage in

  • developing, recognizing and retaining high potential female talent,
  • building a gender diverse leadership pipeline,
  • creating a solid succession plan for the future of the organization,
  • removing silos to create networks and more productive teams across the organization,
  • creating a culture of accountability.

The Time to Invest in Your Female Talent is Now

Women remained significantly outnumbered in entry-level aka “first-rung” management at the beginning of 2020.

For every 100 men promoted to manager, only 85 women were promoted—and this gap was even larger for some women: 58 Black women and 71 Latinas were promoted. As a result,—they held just 38% of manager-level positions, while men held 62 percent.

“There has been slow but steady progress for women in leadership roles, and now the Covid-19 crisis could erase all the gains that have been made.”

Employers who say yes to developing their emerging female talent, are saying yes to an increase in retaining their top talent.

HER Women

A study from Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) estimates the average cost of employee on-boarding is around $4,100 per new hire. – Mar 16, 2022

Who Should Attend

High potential junior or mid-level females within the organization, who have been identified by management and/or HR as ‘a person to watch.”

  • They demonstrate commitment to the organization through a high level of engagement and productivity.
  • They have a positive reputation within the organization.
  • They demonstrate the core competencies of leadership to the degree warranted by their current position.
  • They stand out in the crowd.

Demonstrates the core competencies of leadership to the degree warranted in their current role. Stands out in the crowd.

About the Program


Module one will raise the participants’ awareness of their strengths and the competencies they bring to their work, thereby increasing their confidence in advancing their careers.

By the end of the module, participants will:
1. Know their top 5 signature professional strengths.
2. Examine how their strengths directly correlate to the successes they’ve experienced thus far in their personal and professional lives.
3. Develop a plan to apply their strengths in achieving their short-term and long-term career goals.


Module two is dedicated to examining the goals and vision they have for careers, and learning how to apply their strengths to be successful in their current and future roles within the organization.

By the end of the module, participants will:
1. Describe their “next move,” upward, lateral, or their current position through new eyes and possibilities.
2. Answer the following questions: What do I see myself doing in my future work within the organization? What impact am I having on the organization and in my current role? In what way am I serving myself, and others in my role?


Module three will give participants tools to remove the perceived barriers they expect to face as they advance their careers and/or experience growth in their current positions.

By the end of the module, participants will:
1. Address common barriers holding many women back from making changes in their careers.
2. Identify their personal internal barriers and perceived challenges that are blocking them from pursuing advancement opportunities.
3. Learn customized techniques for removing their personal barriers to success.?


Module four, is a culminating exercise during which the participants will “tell their story.”

Each participant will create a personal narrative. They will
1. Boldly claim their top 5 signature professional strengths.
2. Demonstrate how their strengths directly correlate to the successes they’ve experienced thus far in their personal and professional lives.
3. Commit to their “next move,” and the impact they see themselves having in their organization and/or in the community?


To eliminate the feeling of isolation and doubt women often feel as they advance their careers.

Upon completion of modules 1-4, participants are assigned to small coaching circles. The coaching circles are facilitated by a career coach. All coaching sessions are held virtually, 3 times for 1-hour. The sessions will be held bi-weekly.

During the peer coaching sessions, participants will:
1. Reinforce their professional strengths.
2. Explore career concerns and challenges as they arise.
3. Develop and expand their network for future support.

Benefit to the Individual

The Investment

In-Person Instruction

16 hours of in-person cohort interactive learning


  • CliftonStrengths34 Assessment
  • Customized Journal/ Workbook
  • Certificate of Completion

Interim Assignments

Approximately 3 hours of interim assignments.

Cohort Size

Up to 6 – Maximum 12

Special discounted pricing for organizations that offer the program on-site for cohorts up to 12.

Follow-up Peer Group Coaching

Three 1-hour facilitated peer group coaching sessions


Onsite at your location for added convenience Or Off-site

Approved sites available upon request

To bring The Emerging Leader program to your organization, or register your emerging leaders for public offerings, email us.


“The Emerging Leader Program has given me lasting clarity on what I can personally contribute to my organization and how I can keep moving forward in my career with the support and mentorship of the other members in my cohort.”

Heather M.
University of Pennsylvania
Cohort #1

“The Emerging Leader was a really wonderful professional development experience! I thoroughly enjoyed being in a space that has inspired and empowered me to pursue my goals. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know Alvina and the other participants through this program.”


“Taking control of my career has been a journey. I used to be one of those people who thought, “oh my work will speak for itself, if I just keep my head down”, you know, one of those people who was afraid to speak up. Suddenly, I found myself nominated to participate in a program The Emerging Leader: Taking Control of Your Career TM, facilitated by Alvina Peat. While participating in this program I was fortunate enough to get a copy of her book, Take Control of your Career: Do What You Desire, Dare and Deserve to Do.

This book allowed me to gain a sense of self-awareness that I never had before. In addition to this self-awareness, I also learned to understand and embrace my strengths and values or as Alvina calls them “PROPS”. This clarity allowed me to set meaningful goals that aligned with who I truly wanted to be. I created action plans and broke down my goals into manageable steps, which made them feel less overwhelming.

Today, I can confidently say that taking control of career has been truly transformative. I’ve gained a confidence that I never had a before. This journey is ongoing, but the sense of empowerment and fulfillment I’ve gained is immeasurable. Taking control has given me the ability to shape my own destiny and live a life that truly reflects my values and aspirations.”