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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 last year’s election.

You’ve marched. You’ve made your phone calls. You’ve sent your Resistbot faxes. Maybe you’ve even sent handwritten notes to your members of Congress to express your concern about the future of our nation.

You’ve got a burgeoning sense that as a part of the Resistance, you’re making a difference. And in your own life, you’re speaking out and working for change.

Right now, you’re great at following the lead of others as you engage in efforts to make the world a better place.

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

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.

As an ideal activist/leader bootcamp trainee, you might be a:

• Burgeoning activist in your community who wants to learn how to make more of a difference
• Newly awakened citizen who wants to solve problems and create community in your own environment
• Executive looking to change the culture and/or policies of your organization toward more fairness and inclusion
• Woman (or man!) who is considering running for office for the first time, and who wants to develop her/his voice and message to benefit others
• Entrepreneur who wants to use her platform to better the world
• An introvert who nonetheless wants to learn how to be a better advocate for others and a change-agent in the world

As an ideal activist/leader bootcamp trainee, you:

• Are wildly committed to creating a better world—one that accepts and values intersectionality, believes in equal rights and opportunity for all, and is committed to the principle that we leave no one behind in hopelessness
• Know that your success as a leader and an activist is integrally linked to the success of others
• Are curious about how your voice and your leadership, whether at work, in your community or in the world, could have a greater impact than it does now
• Are committed to your own ongoing personal and professional development through the program and beyond
• Believe in your capacity to lead others, or be open to getting there
• Are willing to experiment with new tools and strategies to serve others and yourself
• Are on board with creating your own legacy to benefit others everywhere

When RISE began, I was wondering how I could be in the company of such successful and accomplished women. Through assignments and sharing, I found my way to my authentic self. I found my voice. I was surrounded by inspiration. If you are looking for something to give you the courage to step into creating change for yourselves and the world we live in, this is it. Thank you RISE!"

Rane S.

Fall 2017 RISE Member

Program Details

RISE will start on June 1st, 2018 and run for eight weeks. This program is virtual and will be completely accessible to you no matter where you live.

There are three levels of membership to meet your needs for support – Activist, Leader and Visionary.

All three levels include weekly training videos, written thought-points and journaling exercises as well as two live virtual group Q&A calls with Elizabeth (all calls are recorded and available for replay if you can’t make it live).

At the Leader level, you’ll also be added to our private RISE Summer 2018 Facebook group where you can connect, network and receive support from your fellow activist/leader trainees in a caring and supportive environment, guided by our community director.

At the Visionary level, we’ll meet once a week on the phone (all calls will be recorded and provided to registrants in case you can’t attend every one), and you’ll have a chance to sit on the “hot seat” on weekly calls to get individual feedback from Elizabeth. Past participants have found the hot seating coaching to be transformative – even when they are not the ones in the hot seat.

We are also including a special new bonus at the Visionary level – a Myers-Briggs assessment and group session with Myers-Briggs Certified Practitioner and Advanced Certified Coach Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick. Alethea will help you gain a deeper understanding of your personality type and how you can leverage it in your leadership and activism.

Here’s what the program will cover:

June 2018

Finding and Using Your Voice; Identifying Your Gifts; Overcoming Limiting Beliefs; Effective Resistance; Envisioning the Future; Leading by Example; Creating Conversation; Where to Make an Impact;

July 2018

Building Community; Refining Your Message; Cultivating, Inspiring and Empowering Others; Taking Action; Making a National and Global Impact; Future Activist/Leadership and Your Legacy


Throughout the program, there will be opportunities to discuss and collaborate on activism, leadership, resistance and future-building with your fellow trainees.

Executives will also have the opportunity to discuss becoming a change-agent within their organization, and how to shift corporate culture for the better.

And lastly, you’ll receive written exercises and workbooks that will be yours to keep for your personal use now and in the future under the terms of the program agreement.

Upon completion of the program, the tools and training we’re providing will serve to grow your leadership, activism and community as we all stand arm-in-arm to resist, lead and rise.

 As a result of the amazing response to the first two rounds of RISE, and based on lots of suggestions from our followers, we’re expanding and upgrading the program and offering it in a new form.

The next cohort of RISE: An Activist/Leader Bootcamp, which will now be offered at three levels of membership to meet your unique needs:

Apply here to be considered for one of three full scholarships to the RISE Summer 2018 Leader tier. Applications close Wednesday, 5/23 at midnight ET. Recipients will be notified on Monday, 5/28.

Do you have additional questions?

Join Elizabeth for a FREE webinar on Friday May 25th at 1pm EDT/10am PDT where we will talk about the power of community to create change in the world and answer all your questions about RISE!

Register for the FREE webinar now!

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


When does RISE start? And when does it end?This round of RISE starts Friday, June 1 with the release of pre-work, and ends Tuesday, July 31 with the final coaching call for the Visionary tier.


How does the RISE program work?

On June 1, RISE pre-work will be released in the member area of the website. After that, you’ll receive weekly exercises every Thursday morning. 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.

For those in the Activist and Leader tiers, the two live Q&A calls with Elizabeth will take place on Monday, June 25 and Friday, July 27. The calls will be hosted on Crowdcast, and you’ll be able to submit questions beforehand or during the call.

For those of you in the Visionary tier, the coaching calls with Elizabeth, which will include hot seat coaching opportunities, will happen on Mondays, with one exception: the final RISE coaching call for the Summer 2018 Visionary tier will happen Tuesday, July 31.  

Everyone who registers will receive a welcome letter outlining your specific RISE schedule of exercises, calls, and bonuses, plus Facebook group access, hot seat opportunities, and the MBTI bonus, if applicable.


What if I can’t make the live calls?

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.


How much time will I need to dedicate to RISE every week?

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.


What if life gets overwhelming and I get behind during RISE?

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.


Are there scholarships available for RISE?

We will be awarding 3 full scholarships to the RISE Leader tier.

The scholarship application process will open on Wednesday, May 16, and close Wednesday, May 23 at midnight ET. Recipients will be notified on Monday, May 28. You may apply here: APPLY

Our scholarships are reserved for emerging activist leaders with demonstrated financial need. If you have the means to afford the Activist tier, we encourage you to register for it. There is a monthly payment plan available.


What if I’m in the Activist tier and I have questions during the program?

We are here to serve. Program Manager Megan Baker (megan@gaialeadershipproject.com) will be available to address program concerns, or will refer you to someone else on our team if necessary. We encourage you to save substantive questions for the Q&A calls with Elizabeth.


What is your refund policy?

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.

You belong in RISE!

Build the future you want to see.
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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, has created a brand-new program known as 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 a brand-new, activist bent designed to take your commitment to making the world a better place to the next level.

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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