Coaching for rising leaders ready for the next level.

Send a loud and clear message showing your authentic commitment to DEI by sponsoring diverse rising leaders and investing in your diverse employees.

The first coaching cohort begins April 21, 2021.

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Research shows women are underutilized in corporate America. They perceive exclusion or are given messages that they won't get a "fair shake" when it comes to evaluation, professional development and promotion.

Sensing a lack of equity and an absence of inclusion, these valuable employees often leave organizations making it impossible to meet DEI objectives.

We developed the Rising Leaders Academy to fill this gap.

  • Who?

    Women making their way up the organizational chart, typically with 7-15 years of professional experience.

  • What?

    Communication & negotiation skills, career mapping, mental health, burnout & resilience, defining your value, conflict resolution skills, increasing your corporate value, and more!

  • Format

    8 weeks' worth of live virtual meetings, additional video and written content, community support via Facebook groups, opportunities for self-reflection.

  • Coaches

    PersuasionPoint experts, Patti Perez and Dr. Rochelle Johnson. Click here to get to know them better! (Dr. J also offers 1:1 coaching. Reach out here.)

  • Pricing

    $1750 for one enrollee. Special pricing of $1500 per enrollee for organizations wanting to sponsor two or more women.

We know the problems.


Too often, DEI efforts center on leaders rather than on diverse employees. Efforts we know spell success - like mentoring, succession planning, and career development for mid-career diverse employees - are commonly ignored. This leads to two results:

  1. Most organizations lack diversity in their leadership. Even organizations with diverse employee populations see that representation dwindles at the leadership level.
  2. The attrition rate for diverse employees, particularly for women of color, is a huge concern. Diverse employees often leave organizations in numbers equal to recruitment numbers – meaning no net gains in representation, no clear pathway upward for diverse employees, and no pipeline from which the company can draw for promotion into leadership.

We've developed the solution.


These realities got us thinking. In addition to working with leaders to design and execute elegant and effective DEI programs, we need a way to partner with mid-level diverse, emergent leaders who are the most likely to fall through the cracks.

We've developed a comprehensive curriculum to address these specific corporate pain points, including:

Sharpening Skills

to allow these diverse leaders to shine by finding and using their voice, communicating precisely and persuasively, learning to navigate workplace conflict and developing their personal brands.

Leadership Coaching

that includes learning the business of their businesses, and learning to be change agents within their organizations to increase the likelihood that DEI programs will flourish.

Holistic Well-Being Principles

that incorporate work-life endurance, strengthens resilience and prevents burnout and attrition.

Organizational ROI


Send a loud and clear message showing your authentic commitment to DEI. By sponsoring your diverse rising leaders you solidify your commitment to investing in your diverse employees. That investment will reap a harvest of:

  • A greater sense of equity + belonging for all
  • Lower diversity attrition
  • A robust pipeline of diverse leaders
  • Increased visibility and credibility for candidates looking to join you

Over 8 weeks, this program combines the benefits of

leadership coaching + skills training +community support

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Live & Virtual Offerings

As a Zoom-based program, you can join us no matter where you live. There are six, 1-hour live calls (recorded), plus two additional weeks of material you can review on your own. The cadence - two weeks of live calls, one week of on-your-own learning (repeat twice) - allows for consistency but prevents overwhelm.

Practical and Actionable Results

By the end of the program, you will be ready to communicate your unique value, navigate your way to promotion and success, and have the tools you need to strengthen your resilience skills.


The isolation of being the only (or one of a few) diverse rising leaders takes its toll. Through a private Facebook group, we introduce you to a community of like-minded professionals, with similar stories of triumph and struggle, who you can rely on for kinship, and who will become key members of your professional network.

Transformational results await.

Find and use your voice.

We will help you identify your unique strengths and teach you to appreciate and communicate your value.

Leap over professional hurdles.

As seasoned diverse professionals, we know the hurdles you face and will teach you how to jump over them with ease.

Learn the business of your business.

It is critical that you understand how your business operates and how to contribute to the success of your organization.

Focus on holistic well-being.

Combining deep knowledge of psychological principles with the know-how of having worked in high-stress industries, we give you the secrets to resilience.

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Join our next cohort - Starting April 21, 2021

Live meeting dates:

April 21 & 28
May 12 & 19
June 2 & 16

Learn on your own: May 3 & 24

Live Meeting Times:

10AM PDT/1PM EDT (one-hour calls)

We provide two additional hours of content, plus access to supplemental materials available outside of the live calls.


Meet the coaches


Patti Perez

CEO & ChiefDrama Slayer

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Patti Perez is founder and CEO of PersuasionPoint, a modern-day consulting firm dedicated to teaching leaders and teams how to create and sustain healthy, inclusive and profitable workplace cultures. Click here to learn more about Patti.

Dr. Rochelle Johnson (Dr. J)

ChiefWell-Being Officer

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Rochelle is a global expert coach, public speaker, writer, and trainer focused primarily on work-life issues, leadership, conflict management, diversity, and health and wellness. Click here to learn more about Rochelle.

For those interested in 1:1 coaching with Dr. J, please use our contact form here.

Other ways we can help you and your organization.

Workshops & Training

For employees and organizational leaders who want to learn more about:

  • Identification of what is sending your team into conflict
  • Conflict management
  • What makes your team tick
  • Effective communication
  • Personal and professional growth
  • … and more!

Executive Coaching

Learn how to use the SDI assessment to:

  • Improve your leadership skills
  • Increase team trust
  • Become a Drama-Free leader
  • … and more!

Virtual Keynotes

Check out the speaking page to learn more about:

  • Cultural transformation
  • Workplace drama
  • Effective leadership
  • … and more!

Are you ready to improve your team's leadership?

Enroll now in the Rising Leaders Academy and see what an authentic commitment to DEI can do.