What Will I Learn?

  • Understand the “what” and “how” of personal branding, and why it is critical for advancement and success
  • Understand distinctions between mentors and sponsors and how to develop and nurture both types of relationships to advance their own growth and career path
  • Learn how to approach negotiation with positive strategies for change
  • How to transform from an individual contributor to a leader who's respected by your direct reports, peers, and senior leadership
  • Create a toolbox for deconstructing stress for both yourself and others in your lives
  • Assess your current lifestyle and discover where immediate transformation is needed
  • Design/reclaim your own life and power to truly 'have it all' without losing it all in a healthy and holistic lifestyle


What does leadership mean for women in the workplace today? While great strides have been made towards women’s empowerment and equality, there is still work to be done. Join us for our ongoing Women’s Leadership six-part series, which will challenge you to explore your role as a female in the workforce, and help provide you with a toolbox for personal and career success.

The Advancing Women & Leadership series consists of six 8-hour sessions that will build upon themselves, however, you can choose to take each program/session individually. All sessions will be held every three weeks in a live online setting with three different strong women leaders. Enroll in the series and save $299.

Dates | Mondays, 8:30am - 3:30pm 
  • TBA

Walk Away With:

  • The expertise, tools, and confidence needed to become a more impactful leader in your organization
  • A Certificate of completion from the College of Southern Idaho

Who Should Attend?

Women currently in a management role or pursuing an executive path that are interested in elevating their leadership abilities, advancing in their organization, and creating the career they want.

Instructor Bio

Carol Barkes

Carol Barkes is a neuroscience-based conflict resolution and communication thought leader, professor at Boise State University, and best-selling author. Her passion is working with people to develop better understanding and empathy for others so we can live more harmoniously despite our differences. She directs the mediation program for Idaho’s 4th District Court, teaches the first neuroscience courses offered at Boise State University, and runs a busy private practice, both mediating and consulting.

Carol co-authored her best-selling book, Success Breakthroughs, with Jack Canfield, who is best known for writing Chicken Soup for the Soul. She was honored to speak at the United Nations in 2018 and currently works on a Rotary-driven, statewide conflict resolution program for Idaho schools to help reduce suicide, bullying, and gun crimes by helping students rethink conflict before it begins.

Colleen Hauk

Colleen Hauk spent 15 years in the corporate world specializing in training and leading sales teams.  She excelled at aligning business challenges with smart solutions and inspiring others across the organization to impact cultural change.

Colleen's leadership and personal development skills were honed when she experienced first-hand the negative effects of poor leadership and lack of self-care. She transformed the workplace culture from toxic to thriving and, after suffering her own breaking point, she altered her circumstances and developed successful methods to become a sustained, elite leader.

Colleen is now a speaker, trainer, and co-author of two books, including the bestseller, Women Who Ignite.  She shows organizations and leaders how to retain top talent and deliver results by training them on how to lead and live for the 'and'.  Colleen has appeared in Forbes and Best Self and delivered her keynotes and trainings to organizations such as Dell, Panasonic, Merck, IPSEN, and US Foods.

Genny Heikka

Genny Heikka, MBA, is an author, speaker, and passionate coach who helps people and teams reach their full potential. As the Owner and Founder of Her Team Success, she coaches women and teams toward greater confidence, impact, and results. Certified in Emotional Intelligence and EQ-i 360, Genny has been helping people thrive for over 17 years and has served in a variety of leadership roles within corporate, non-profit, and community organizations. She applies her experience in leadership, communications, marketing, and branding to help her clients stand out and succeed.