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• How can I show up more fully in my authority and live and lead on my own terms?
• I feel called to shift my focus or the purpose of my work or life. How can I do this?
• How do I build healthy environments where all can contribute and flourish?
• How can I navigate with resilience in a period of transition?
• How do I show up skillfully and clearly in challenging conversations?
• How do I find and maintain a work/home/spiritual life deep sense of balance?

Coming Into Your Own is centered around a 3-day dynamic personal & leadership development program for women. It is an experience of reflection, renewal and the opportunity to refocus one’s life.

The CIYO 3-day retreat is the hub of a personal leadership transformation blending virtual and in-person learning. We begin with an individual call with a faculty guide and preparatory readings. The retreat follows. A follow up executive coaching call will then reinforce insights gained, allowing participants to gauge their progress and consider further support that may be needed to meet identified goals.

The CIYO leadership program engages the whole woman. The program offers women the opportunity to dig deep into who they are today, where they have been and where they are heading. We look at how each woman has navigated her personal and professional life, what her struggles and successes have been. We work with you to identify current challenges, address barriers to forward movement, and cross thresholds to support each woman to develop and achieve her aspirations.

Our groups are kept small to ensure one-on-one conversation, rich dialogue and deep connection with others. Our faculty/participant ratio allows for individualized work along with small group work and the transforming power of the circle.


Globally in the Public and Private Sector
For 20+ years, the CIYO global faculty have been leading successful women’s programs. CIYO participants have come from corporations as varied as Hewlett-Packard, BP, Cargill, Shell, Intel, Boeing, Anglo American, BT, EDF, from Non-Profit/ Government or Academic institutions such as The World Bank, the US Forest Service, the DoD, South African ministries, Save the Children or MIT, and have included numerous artists, stay-at-home mothers, students, entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as those who saw themselves in transition between career phases, careers or life stages. With a maximum of about 12 participants, up to 3 faculty guides and in tranquil surroundings there is time and space for deep personal reflection, exploration and regeneration. We look forward to welcoming you to Brewster, New York for the upcoming CIYO New York and to welcoming you into the global CIYO Alumnae Network.

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The CIYO program is also offered as an in-house program by high performing organizations as a transformational development opportunity for women leaders at any hierarchical level who are seeking to create space and value for needed feminine leadership characteristics - such as collaboration, investment in system-wide well-being, empathy and EQ, long-term systemic thinking, and the ability to build social capital while delivering on organizational objective - in traditional organizations

Organizations often sponsor women’s participation in publicly offered CIYOs in order to strengthen their leadership capacity, but many women choose to enroll on an individual basis. All cultures, backgrounds and walks of life are deeply welcome.

The early design, experimental and research phases of these programs were funded at the start by the Fetzer Institute (USA), and the remarkable results in participants’ lives have been tracked over many years.