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Leading a mission driven organization is a labor of love.

What if you had a group of allies to advise, support and learn with you?

Leadership Institute for Feminist Transformation (LIFT) is a facilitated peer group experience for women and non-binary leaders in the Austin nonprofit community. 

Leading a nonprofit organization requires a broader skillset than many executive positions because there are multiple “bottom lines” to balance. Nonprofit leaders are tasked with a unique mandate - it’s not about making money - it’s about changing the world.

LIFT is designed to cultivate professional development, trust and commitment with an intentional group of peers. Members will act as an advisory board for each other, asking challenging questions and uncovering blind spots. Additional facilitated content in each meeting will provide opportunities to broaden your skills, clarify your vision, and deepen your leadership.

Women Colleagues

LIFT is designed to take your leadership acumen to the next level

“Jen's unique talent of infusing feminism, social justice and mental health in her leadership and coaching practice creates a transformative healing justice experience. ”

Naya Diaz, Executive Director, YWCA Greater Austin

Membership will give you

The Tools

Customized leadership curriculum designed to take your leadership to the next level including elements from Dare to Lead™ and Coaching with Context™. Sessions will include interactive and engaging exercises to give you actionable takeaways that you can implement between sessions.

The Space

As a leader, you may be called upon to create space for others – your staff, your board, your constituents. You need a space for you, where you can connect with your peers, get clarity, and find inspiration. 

In addition to meetings, you’ll have access to a dedicated online platform to access curriculum, share resources and keep in touch between meetings.

The Community

It can be lonely at the top. A group of peers in similar roles, who understand your position but are outside of your organization, can help you gain perspective and develop new strategies. You’ll have regular opportunities to leverage the wisdom of the collective to talk through real world challenges.

Jen Pavich, MA, PCC

Jen Pavich is a Feminist Leadership Coach who has held leadership roles in corporate, education and nonprofit organizations.  In addition to this, she has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including YWCA of Greater Austin. 


Jen has worked with executives from over 50 Fortune 500 companies, as well as those in the nonprofit, government and higher education spheres. She is passionate about empowering women to lean into courageous leadership and her experience in advocacy and policy work has enabled her to take part in courageous conversations about social and economic justice, equity, and anti-racism for more than a decade.


Jen is a professional certified coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). With an MA in Human Development, Jen is both a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator  and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator through the Brené Brown Education and Research Group (BBEARG).

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"I learned more about my own values and how that shows up in my personal and professional life. This gave me a chance to utilize courage and vulnerability in both realms."

Erica Heller, Therapist, Daring Greatly member

Program Details


  • WHO: Executive Leaders from nonprofit or social entrepreneurship orgs in the Austin area. 

Later cohorts may be developed for director level leaders.

  • WHAT: Professional development and learning in a trusted community of peers.

  • WHERE: Cohort meetings will take place via Zoom.

We may discuss the value of an in person gathering in the second half of the year.

  • WHEN: Begins in August 2023. We'll meet ten times throughout the year.

Meetings will be 2 hours each. 

  • In between sessions, you'll have access to tools, resources, and a group chat in the membership platform.

  • (Optional) Some sessions may be credited toward Dare to Lead Trained™ certification.

Members will also receive a discount on further Dare to Lead™ training or coaching toward certification.

$1200 or 4 monthly payments of $300

NOTE: This is the inaugural run of this program, and the price above is a first-time-offered discount.

The program will not be offered at this price again.

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