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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 Impact - Nonprofit Collaborative (LINC) is a feminist-informed, leadership development experience for women and non-binary leaders in the Austin and Baltimore nonprofit communities. 

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.

LINC is designed to cultivate professional development, trust and commitment with an intentional group of peers. Members will act as an circle of trusted advisors for each other, asking challenging questions and uncovering blind spots. Facilitated learning content in each meeting will broaden your skills, clarify your vision, and deepen your leadership.

Women Colleagues

LINC 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 tap into the inspiration that fuels you to lead through challenges. 

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.

You'll also have opportunities to deepen your connection with individuals from both cohorts through the online platform and via in person gatherings in each city. 

Your Coaching Team

Sara Rutstein, MBA, PCC


Sara Rutstein, MBA founded SER Partners to work with individuals who are ready for a change. Sara is an ICF Certified Professional coach, PCC, CCPC with significant experience coaching teams and individuals ranging from start up organizations through Fortune 100 companies. She was also a subcontractor, coach and facilitator for clients such as Chief, Capital One, SalesForce, Johns Hopkins University, American Express, Patreon, Walmart, Best Buddies and many others.

Sara started SER Partners is 2015 to help individuals achieve their personal and professional goals. Since then, she has helped hundreds of clients to reach their potential, by helping them excel in their current careers or helping them identify and plan for what’s next.


Jen Pavich, MA, PCC

Jen  is a Feminist Leadership Coach who has held leadership roles in corporate, education and nonprofit organizations.  Jen has served on a variety of nonprofit boards. She has served as board co-chair for both YWCA of Greater Austin and Minnesota Women's Consortium and her experience in advocacy and policy work has enabled her to take part in 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.


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Colorful Bubbles

"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 Greater Austin or Baltimore area. Cohorts will have a maximum of 12 participants.

  • WHERE: Cohort meetings will take place via Zoom. There will be an optional in person gathering for both cohorts in both Austin and Baltimore.

  • WHEN: Begins in January 2024. Cohorts will meet ten times throughout the year - monthly except in July and December when in-person gatherings will be hosted. Meetings will be 2 hours. 

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

Before December 15th: $1500 or 5 monthly payments of $325

Final Deadline January 10th: $1750 or 5 monthly payments of $375

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.

Ready to Join?

  • Who is LINC designed for?
    The program is designed specifically for women and non-binary Executive Leaders from nonprofit organizations in the Austin and Baltimore areas.
  • When will the meetings take place?
    Austin cohort meetings will take place on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning October 11th - from 3:00 - 5:00pm CT. For information on Baltimore cohort meetings, see
  • Will we meet in person?
    Cohort meetings will happen over Zoom to accommodate more flexibility in scheduling. We will host one (optional) combined cohort, in-person gathering in each city.
  • How will the Austin and Baltimore cohorts interact with each other?
    The cohorts will be both have access to the online platform to connect and share resources. We will also have in-person events in each city (for the combined cohorts) and optional opportunities and assignments outside of our meetings to facilitate connection between cohorts.
"I leave every session with incredible new insights, actionable steps, and excitement."

Yvette Mitchell, Business Owner

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