Hard-Won Wisdom Webinars

These webinars provide career counsel, space for reflection, and positive connection as LeaderMoms.

Save these upcoming webinar dates each quarter:


Sept 24
12-1 PM EST
“Success-to-Mess” Ratio in Year End: Advancing Our Value

ONLY ONE LEFT FOR 2019! Our webinars are real-time and on demand. Join us and other LeaderMom members to hear some hard-won wisdom, talk with fellow LeaderMoms and get a strong dose of humor. We encourage all members to join and be a part of the real-time discussion, but will post recorded versions within the Oasis for listening at your convenience.


Previous Webinars

February 5, 2019
Whittling Away
What Doesn’t Work

This is about our arch enemies and how to battle them — specifically, how wise LeaderMoms shed 3 oh-so-tempting, self-defeating habits of thinking and behaving, and instead cultivate self-valuing habits that are sources of power and stamina.

  1. Martyrdom

  2. “Wonder Woman” complex

  3. Excessive guilt

Our favorite part of the webinar is the dialogue with two accomplished LeaderMoms. One is an executive in healthcare and the other is a senior leader in insurance. They described very different work cultures. In one, 24-7 availability is the unwritten rule for top leaders; she is working to create an authentic voice and brand to captures how committed and effective she is at her job and as a single parent. The second works in a more family-friendly culture and struggles with well-intentioned – albeit misplaced and unconsciously biased – assumptions that she doesn’t have capacity to take on more work because she has children. She does.   

*Heartfelt thanks to Kelly Frederickson, LeaderMom executive in residence, for the exceptional whittling metaphor.

April 16, 2019
Personal Brand: Paradox of
Strategic Authenticity

Our starting point was a simple charge to Kelly Fredrickson and Sarah Moore: Can you help us make the phrase "personal brand" work for LeaderMoms? Catherine described her love/hate relationship with the term that stems from a deep awareness of how important reputational capital is AND of how pernicious gender biases can be. As a long-time executive coach, she often sees gender and other biases cloaked in jargon-heavy feedback about executive presence, culture fit and personal brand. 

With Kelly and Sarah's deep expertise in branding and marketing, combined with their own LeaderMom lived experience, they offered wisdom to make it more likely we can take back "personal brand," navigate common landmines, and evolve our brand in a way that supports our growth and ambitions at work and beyond.

Not only did we get the insight we wanted, we had a great time in the conversation. Join us! And please let us know what you think and what your next most important step is after you listen to or view the webinar.

June 4, 2019
Sustaining & Gaining
Through Transitions

Seeing oneself and others through the emotional and psychological aspects of transitions is a core leadership skill. Because June is full of transitions– end of school, graduations, summer, mid-year reviews, role changes, and more – we invited Elicia Spearman to our last LeaderMom member webinar. Elicia, is an accomplished lawyer and HR professional, mom of a teen, and beloved spouse of a powerhouse, full-time-career husband. Her stories embody so many things essential for LeaderMoms to grow our careers while loving our families.  

  • Being clear and brave about our value and potential as leaders – not settling, battling complacency.

  • Being willing to engage in conversations about possibilities with headhunters and colleagues, who can help you to see your value and potential.

  • Navigating the emotional discomfort of transitions.

  • Making tradeoffs to align priorities with her family – e.g., won’t be able to do this, but will be able to do that.

  • Being amazing and human – Allowing moments of self-doubt and believing deeply in her wisdom and capacity.

Perhaps most important, Elicia strikes us as embodying two things critical to happiness – grounding herself in her signature strengths, deep expertise and tremendous capacity, while leaning into a challenge. She is having a great time, and accomplishing a great deal. That’s what we hope for all of us.