You are brave. To show up as a woman in this world takes courage and persistence. Every. Single. Day.

Bravery works. You know this to be true, but the doubt and uncertainty hold you back. Rather than feeling brave, you feel frustrated with yourself and the world around you.

I can help. I’ve spent years studying and cultivating bravery. My brave new story started with a small workshop that culminated in a TEDx talk, and it continues to unfold through my website.

Let’s get started. Through the practice of Collective Bravery, you can learn to live, work, and lead bravely. Ready?

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Collective Bravery

Inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem Our Grandmothers, where she says, “I come as one, but I stand as 10,000,” Collective Bravery is about you and me, the women who came before us, and the women who will come after.
Your bravery is our bravery. When women connect to this larger community and purpose, we are collectively brave. And while bravery looks different for every woman, it has fundamental qualities that are the same. Each one can be learned and practiced.
1. Get comfortable with fear
Think of a time when you were brave. Did you feel afraid? Of course! To be brave, we must learn to get comfortable with fear rather than run away or hide from it.
2. Develop a new relationship with power
Negative and painful experiences have caused us to develop a dysfunctional relationship with power. To be brave, we must heal our relationship with power and learn to use it in new ways.
3. Practice small acts of courage

Just like exercise, bravery gets stronger with practice. To be brave, we must build our confidence, one small act of courage at a time.

4. Support yourself with self-compassion

Being compassionate towards ourselves is revolutionary. To be brave, we must learn to nurture, forgive, and support ourselves.

Collective Bravery is for women like you. Women who want to live, work, and lead bravely. With a few simple tools and practices, you can start your brave new story today. 

Are you ready to be brave?

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You’ll also meet me virtually and receive my Book List for Brave Women. (I’m wearing my Wonder Woman hoodie, which makes it especially brave.)

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I have taught and mentored women for more than 20 years. I care deeply about women’s personal and professional success. I care about you. And as a mother to a little girl, I care about the next generation. They are counting on us to be brave for them.

AKO Collective offers live workshops as well as trainings and keynotes for business and nonprofit organizations. You can work directly with me to customize an experience that works for you or your organization.

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Live Workshops

AKO Collective offers live workshops to the public. Each registration includes a free ticket for a friend. Women learn best in community, and I want you to bring yours with you. Stay tuned for updates by joining the AKO Collective mailing list.

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Trainings & Keynotes

I have trained and taught thousands of students, faculty, and staff. You can work with me to develop a customized training for your organization or invite me to keynote at your next event. My areas of expertise include women’s development, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and organizational change.


Contact me by email to inquire about trainings and keynotes. If I can’t help you, I probably know someone who can.

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Start your brave journey today! Find me on Facebook or Instagram @akocollective. And be sure to join the AKO Collective mailing list.

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