RISE - The Gaia Project


Resist. Inspire. Speak. Empower.
An Activist/Leader Bootcamp

As a citizen committed to our democracy, you’ve been called to new levels of engagement in our government and in your own life since the 2016 US election.

You’ve been doing the work of resistance, every day.

But now, with the impeachment process under way and the 2020 election cycle squarely on the horizon…

it’s time for you to step up your game.  

What would it be like to have the tools, skills, and voice to channel your current commitment into being an activist leader who inspires, effects change on a large scale, and connects with others to create the world we all want to live in?

What would it feel like to have the courage to stand firmly for what you believe in, on the issues that you care most about, and not back down? To speak with those who may disagree with strength and conviction, and move us all toward solutions?

What if you could:

  • Recognize and overcome internalized limiting beliefs so they no longer hold you back?
  • Claim your voice and identify where you can use it effectively to bring about change?
  • Have a clear vision for the future you are committed to building?
  • Be clear on your values and core messages and make sure your actions are aligned to those messages?
  • Lead by example and use your stories to inspire others to rise?
  • Explore the scope and breadth of the legacy you want to leave in the world?

Join us for RISE: An Activist/Leader Bootcamp

Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, a world-renowned executive and leadership coach, host of the viral daily broadcast #ResistanceLive, and the Founder of Gaia Project Consulting and The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, created RISE: An Activist/Leader Bootcamp, for burgeoning activists who want to become powerful change-agents at work, in life and in the world.

This program incorporates years of Elizabeth’s experience coaching leaders to rise, but with an activist bent designed to take your commitment to making the world a better place to the next level.

Because when you have the tools and support to do the inner work, you can expand your vision of what you’re capable of in the external world, while also testing and refining your biggest, most creative activist ideas.

Now in its 7th incarnation, RISE has transformed the lives and activism of over 625 prior participants.

They came to RISE for lots of different reasons. But they all knew they wanted to be challenged to confront their limiting beliefs, expand their voices, and create bigger impacts.

And, that’s exactly what RISE helped them do. They’ve planned marches and demonstrations. They’ve gone back to school. They’re managing campaigns. They’re advocating for people who are underserved in their communities. And they’re running for office.

Watch this short video to hear their stories:

Your RISE Options

Join us at the RISE Activist Tier, and receive
– 8 weeks of video training & exercises from Elizabeth
– Membership in a private Facebook group

Or, for a deeper dive, join us at the RISE Leader Tier, and you’ll get
– 8 weeks of video training & exercises from Elizabeth
– Membership in a private Facebook group
– AND, 4 live group coaching calls with Elizabeth.

RISE Methodology

Here at the Gaia Project, we are:

Obsessed with not just #Resistance, but with what’s coming next

We aim to train and create activist leaders who are going to save the world, AND ALSO build a better future.

Inclusive, intersectional, vision-based, and committed

We provide holistic, supportive, and active communities.

Focused on creating maximum impact quickly

We are also rigorous in our commitment to ethics, open and reconciliatory communication, and collaborative action to create change.

At the completion of this program, you’ll have a vision for your leadership, the tools to use your voice for change, an understanding of how and where your gifts will make the most impact, and a commanding belief in your capacity to make a difference.

Program Details


RISE Content & Curriculum



Prior to the start of the course on TBA, we’ll make sure you have all the information you’ll need to get started, including how to access the private Facebook group and the live calls, if that’s the tier you’ve signed up for. There will also be some short pre-work to make sure you are prepared and ready to hit the ground running in Week 1.

Week 1: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

We believe that when we change the inner, we change the outer - in other words, that we need to start with ourselves and our inner thought processes. What are the internalized messages that hold us back - our limiting beliefs? What traumatic experiences are haunting us that we can let go of? And what are our gifts?

Week 2: Claiming and Using Your Voice

We all have areas where we are speaking up and areas where we are not? How have we been silenced? And where might we most effectively use our voice while taking into account that it is safer for some than others?

Week 3: Envisioning the Future

It’s hard to move forward if you don’t know what you’re moving towards. Grounding into your values, you’ll explore what the world you want to live in looks like, and what the principles are that you’re committed to building.

Week 4: Effective Resistance and Creating Conversation

We start to shift now from internal work to external action by looking at what your current avenues of resistance, activism and leadership are and what other areas you might want to explore. We’ll also look at communication styles and advocacy.

Week 5: Community and Leading By Example

What are the communities you belong to where you have influence and impact? Where do you feel resonance, and where are you leading by example? We’ll look at where you are and how you can more completely step into the role of change agent.

Week 6: Refining Your Message

At this point in the program we take a pause and reflect on where you are with regards to your voice, vision and message. How has your viewpoint about yourself changed? Has your vision shifted? What are your core messages, and are the actions you’re taking aligned with those messages?

Week 7: Inspiration and Transparency

We now turn our attention to the critical question of how to help others to rise and claim their gifts. Particularly, we look out how we can use our own stories to inspire others. We also look at the importance of transparency in allowing others to learn and grow from the lessons we’ve learned, and how we can invite others to rise.

Week 8: Global Impact and Your Legacy

In our final week of the program, we explore the scope and breadth of the legacy you want to leave in the world. Do not underestimate the force for change you are and can be in the world! We’ll work through some powerful exercises to envision your future impact and honor growth you’ve been through during the course of this program.

The best thing about RISE was that I developed these relationships that are lifelong.
These are women that I can go to who will lift me up and remind me that I’m a warrior. There’s nothing like having that safety net, knowing you are with people you can be real with…. and who know that you have so much to offer, even when you can’t see it in yourself.”

Ally L.

Fall 2017 RISE Member


How RISE works


RISE is a virtual program and will be completely accessible to you no matter where you live in the US or abroad. Plus, you’ll have access to the program materials for the lifetime of our company.

There are two tiers of membership to meet your needsActivist and Leader.

Both the Activist and Leader tiers include weekly training videos and written thought-points and journaling exercises created by Elizabeth.

At both the Activist and Leader tiers, you’ll also be added to our private RISE Facebook group where you can connect, network with and receive support from your fellow activist/leader trainees in a caring and supportive environment, guided by our community director.

Everyone who signs up for the Leader tier will receive access to four live calls with Elizabeth. On these calls, you’ll have a chance to volunteer to be on the “hot seat” and get individual feedback and coaching from Elizabeth. Past participants have found these coaching opportunities transformative – even when they’re not the ones on the hot seat. (All calls will be recorded and provided to Leader tier members in case you can’t attend every one.)

Registration for RISE is now CLOSED!

Be the first to hear next time!


RISE Winter 2019 will kick off on November 11 and continue for 10 weeks, with content dropping once per week, except during the Thanksgiving and December holidays. You’ll receive a total of 8 weeks of content. The program wraps up the week of January 13.

For those who choose the Leader Tier, there will be 4 live calls with ECM beginning November 18, and continuing approximately every other week through January 6. 

Everyone who registers will receive a welcome letter outlining their specific RISE schedule of exercises, Facebook group access, and schedule of calls, if applicable.

During the program, RISE pre-work will be released in the member area of the website. After that, you’ll receive exercises once per week. The exercises are designed to build on each other, so the best way to approach them is to set aside a couple hours each week to work through them before the next ones are released.

Those in the Leader tier will have 4 live calls with Elizabeth, including hot seat opportunities. The calls will be hosted on Crowdcast, and you’ll be able to submit questions beforehand or during the call.

All calls are hosted on Crowdcast. Questions can be submitted ahead of time as well as during the call and a replay is available immediately following the call. We recommend that you try and attend calls live if you can, but if you are not able to, you can catch up afterwards.

RISE is designed to take between 2 and 3 hours per week. The weekly exercises include a 10 to 20 minute video recording with context, explanation, and a little “before you dive into this exercise” coaching from ECM.

The time you invest in the exercises after you watch the video content is really up to you, but 2 to 3 hours per week seems to be the norm. Also, some weeks the exercises take a little more time, or they’re designed to be completed in two separate blocks of time with a break in between. You can also break them up into the bite-size chunks that work for you.

We have a philosophy here at the Gaia Project: there is no behind! We realize that life can sometimes interfere with the time you’ve set aside for RISE work, so please don’t worry when that happens. And, the RISE exercises can be a deep dive, and they take the time they take.

That’s why, when you register for RISE, you receive lifetime access to all the materials that go along with the tier you’ve chosen – all the exercises, plus all the call recordings in your tier. You can go back to exercises you haven’t completed or that you want to revisit at any time.

We’ve priced this round of RISE, and created payment plans, with the goal of making it affordable for a wider audience. However, if you are still unable to participate with our payment plans, you can apply to receive a scholarship. 

Please note: If you’ve ever received a scholarship for RISE or another Gaia Project program in the past, we ask that you not apply during this round. Thank you.

We want to make sure you get all your questions answered. Our Program Manager, Megan Baker, is available in the private Facebook group, where you can tag her in discussion posts. You can also email her with concerns or questions at megan@gaialeadershipproject.com. She’ll respond or direct you to the Gaia Project team member who can best support you.

Because of the substantial time and effort we invest in preparation for this program, no refunds are available. We encourage and trust you to make the best decision for you with regard to your enrollment in this program.

Please note that your investment in the program is non-refundable. We trust you to make the right decision for yourself in alignment with your finances, availability and level of interest.

Some of our past graduates have successfully sought reimbursement from their employers for our programs as a part of their professional development. We are happy to work with you to make that happen if possible.

Got other questions? Email us here.

We can’t wait to get started with you in this dynamic new program. Here’s to resistance, leadership, and a future where all of us can RISE!

All the best,

Elizabeth and the entire Gaia Project Team

About Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin

Elizabeth is a world-renowned executive and leadership coach, host of the viral daily broadcast #ResistanceLive, and the Founder of Gaia Project Consulting and The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership.

Elizabeth has coached thousands of executives in government, the private sector and non-profits to create change. She has been featured on CNN, NPR and HuffPost Live, as well as in Forbes, The Huffington Post, DailyWorth, Elle Magazine, The Glass Hammer and numerous other outlets. Her work has earned the support of women leaders like Arianna Huffington, Ali Brown, Amanda Steinberg, Chantal Pierrat, and many other high-profile women leaders worldwide.

Elizabeth’s company, Gaia Project Consulting, has trained leaders on six continents to know their worth, own their power, and lead others in practice and by example—whether at home, at work or in the world.

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