Course Description

Join Shannon and Cynthia on a courageous leadership journey in the face of adversity. These dynamic women will immerse you in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) material, activities, real-life experiences, and reflection. You will leave this two-day immersive experience with a stronger “courage muscle" and a courageous leader toolkit which can be applied to yourself, your team, and your organization. This journey is sure to leave you wanting more. This action-packed, dynamic workshop is inclusive and open to managers & leaders of all levels, coaches, consultants, and facilitators.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Courageous Leadership

In Module 1, participants will explore the d­­­­­efinition of courageous leadership through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) lens. Participants will uncover what courageous leadership looks like in action and focus on the critical elements necessary to build the “courage muscle.” Participants will investigate the conditions necessary for courage to take root in an individual, team, or organization.

Module 2: Creating the Foundation for Courageous Leadership

In Module 2, participants will focus on embracing one’s inner courage while peeling back the onion layers of personal and professional experiences that form one’s values and belief system. Participants will be provided with foundational knowledge, which will help them to discover areas of strength and development. Participants will identify courageous “watershed” moments and be introduced to practices and tools for increasing self-awareness, which can be utilized as a model for becoming a courageous leader. At the end of Module 2, participants will acquire the information needed to build a foundation for their own courageous leadership and influence.

Module 3: Embracing the Courageous Leader

In Module 3, participants will explore the role of a courageous leader with a focus on identifying opportunities to exhibit courageous leadership in support of DEI. Participants will experience what it means to be a courageous leader through role-play exercises, complemented by presentation materials, which offer real world experiences in a safe learning environment. Finally, participants will explore their internal and external barriers to courageous leadership.

Module 4: Implementing Courageous Leadership Practices

In Module 4, participants will explore models for implementing courageous leadership practices. Participants will recognize the importance of leading by example, how to be an ally and advocate in support of courageous leaders, allow for honest feedback and candor, and encourage personal and professional accountability. Participants will explore the importance of self-reflection as a critical component of ongoing growth of a courageous leader. Participants will leave the workshop with a toolkit to begin implementation of courageous leadership practices.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:

  • Engage in courageous conversations with more confidence;
  • Anticipate situations when courage is a necessity for engagement;
  • Practice courageous leadership strategies and interventions;
  • Recognize the various roles played in various scenarios;
  • Try on a DEI lens in the face of adversity;
  • Leverage a community of courageous leaders.

Learn more about Courageous Leadership from program faculty on the Institute for Transformational Leadership's Podcast.


Graduates from the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University are eligible for a 10% alumni discount on select ITL courses, workshops, and seminars (certificate programs excluded). Send an email to ITLprograms@georgetown.edu to learn about your eligibility.

Early Registration
Participants who register at least 21 days prior to the course start date will receive a 10% tuition discount. Please note that only one tuition discount can be applied at time of registration.

Course Registration
This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.

Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.


Shannon Cochran-Yzquierdo is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC), founder and owner of Coaching Courage, LLC, and a graduate of Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching Cohort 58. Shannon is a seasoned member of the United States Intelligence Community, a leadership coach, an active volunteer with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and a former classroom science teacher & athletic coach. She coaches, mentors, and consults leaders on their journey of transformation. She supports and empowers women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community strengthen their leadership capacity.

Cynthia Strickland is the co-founder of C&S Consulting. A passionate leader who listens, encourages and collaborates. She is a certified Diversity Equity and Inclusion practitioner with extensive experience in the corporate sector. She has worked in corporate leadership (McKesson), management consulting(EDS, Deloitte and Slalom Consulting ) for  a number of Fortune 500 companies, program management, entrepreneurship (Molly Maid franchise) , and consulting to build diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. Cynthia has leveraged her identity as “the only” in most professional situations to catalyze change in support of individuals, groups and larger human systems across race and other dimensions of diversity. A native of California she has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Southern California (USC) and Master of Arts in Sports Administration from the University of San Francisco (USF). She has an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management from Georgetown University School of Continuing Education.  She is the Technology Chair for the Institute for Transformational Leadership Network, an affiliate of the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Specific areas of expertise: people leadership & development, diversity strategy, coaching, mentoring, change management, Design Thinking, project management, speaking engagements. When she’s not in working you may find her walking her 9-year-old labradoodle, Dolomite. 

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