Erica’s mission is to empower others so they may thrive. Erica made a successful transition from Coast Guard Commander to civilian leadership coach in 2016. For 20 years, Erica led mission-focused teams across the country and finished her military career responsible for service-wide leadership development curricula. Determined to create a culture of inclusion, Erica co-founded the Women’s Leadership Initiative, a national nonprofit centered on increasing the retention of women in the Coast Guard through policy change, mentoring, and professional development. Erica earned her Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching Federation and master’s degrees in Applied Positive Psychology (Penn) and in Education (SDSU). Her work has been recognized by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, the Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and the International Society for Performance Improvement. Erica is happiest celebrating other’s triumphs, adding to her human pyramid photo collection, and in shavasana.
Cindy Jackson helps leaders achieve powerful results while living radically fulfilling lives. A top corporate executive for more than 25 years in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the U.S., Cindy has worked with senior leaders and their teams in diverse industries, including manufacturing, beauty, retail, and training. Prior to joining pLink Leadership®, Cindy served as Vice President of Global Learning and Development for the Aveda Corporation, a member of the Estée Lauder family of companies. Through pLink Leadership, Cindy applies her practical expertise to the realities that executives and their teams face. Cindy has earned several internationally recognized coaching designations. She is an International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach, a Certified Professional Coactive Coach, and a Certified Daring Way™ and Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. As a true animal lover, she’d happily keep a llama (or any other animal) but for now, she and her husband, David, enjoy their three dogs and one cat. They make their home in Minneapolis.
Who should attend?
Anyone considering transitioning from a military career into the civilian sector. Depending on registrations, we will attempt to put those with similar life circumstances together in small groups. Participants may be transitioning following a single enlistment or retiring after a full career. It is not necessary to have an official resignation letter submitted. This class is also appropriate for anyone facing the decision of whether to separate (or not).
What can I expect in the virtual classroom?
This class will be delivered via the Zoom platform. pLink Leadership has been designing and delivering virtual Zoom training for years. You are in good hands. We expertly use the virtual medium to create a highly interactive class with small-group discussions, silent reflections, active exercises, and videos. Participants are assigned to a 12-person cohort. Each session also includes a 6-person coach-facilitated breakout group for a more in-depth exploration of how the weekly topic applies to your unique situation. Participants are expected to come prepared to fully engage, with video cameras on. As the course includes discussions of a personal nature, sessions will not be recorded. Participants are encouraged to attend every session, as the content builds upon itself.
What are the time requirements?
The course will meet synchronously on Zoom every other Friday at 12:30-13:45 Eastern time, starting on September 25, 2020. The program includes access to a cohort-specific online portal with homework assignments related to career transition and optional reading materials and resources to expand the learning. Participants can expect between 2 and 5 hours of homework between sessions. Homework assignments include drafting a resume, creating a LinkedIn profile, conducting informational interviews and job research, reflecting on journal prompts, and completing strengths and values assessments.
How does this class differ from TAPS?
This program is a wonderful compliment to the TAPS course. TAPS is heavily focused on veterans benefits and the basics of applying for and landing a job. Navigating What’s Next will address two large issues that are largely absent from TAPS classes: 1) the emotional component–processing the loss of identity and relevance that comes with being a member of the military, and 2) the introspection and investigation necessary to gain clarity on what type of second career best fits with your own unique talents and specific life goals (geography, compensation, and other environmental factors). Once participants have a clearer idea of what type of job they are striving for, the final sessions of the class include resume writing, LinkedIn profiles, informational interviews, and budgeting. Much more than simply checking these tasks off the to-do list, the unique value offered by Navigating Wha’s Next is a supportive cohort of 12 colleagues and 2 facilitators who act as a sounding board, a source of support, and accountability partners to inspire you along the way.
Do you offer a scholarship?
Yes! pLink Leadership is deeply grateful to an anonymous donor who is generously providing funds for a $300 scholarship. Eligible members are any active duty military members separating or resigning within 10 years of service. This is intended to defray the costs for members who will not earn a military pension and for whom the tuition fees may be cost-prohibitive. Please email Stacie Kenton ([email protected]) if you qualify.
Who is pLink Leadership?
pLink Leadership has one big goal: to accelerate positive change by fusing the sciences of human nature with the discipline of leadership to transform the world of work. We call this “the positivity link,” and it is the origin story of our name – and our daily practice. We are a leadership development and executive coaching firm with a global clientele. A team of executive coaches, design wizards, writers, editors, and ops people, we bring it all together in the service of supporting and inspiring positive leaders and leadership. We exist to inspire our clients to become deliberately developing positive leaders, and we walk that path alongside them, providing a steady source of creative tension between what is and what can be. We believe positive leaders are a multiplier effect – positive leadership is good business.