Launchpad for the next chapter of your career

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15.5 Weeks

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Cohort-based Course

The proven system for ambitious people who want to align their career path with who they truly are and what intrinsically motivates them.

Hosted by

Maria Wang-Faulkner

VC-backed Founder | Mom | Google, Clinton Health, Booz, Professor, Career Coach

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Course overview

Engineer the work life that you want

Get the skills, frameworks and tools to engineer the work life that you want.


Start with a 3-week design sprint to challenge your thinking, and get you discovering and validating alternative paths.


Then get 3 months of accountability and support to make it happen.

Is this you?

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You're a powerhouse at your current company. You know you're capable of more, and want to take on more scope or have more impact.

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You've told yourself you're quitting in the next few months. You're weighing up a few options for what next and feel overwhelmed.

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You've always done the traditional 9-to-5, but you're at a point in your life where you want to explore starting something of your own.

After this course, you'll...

Stop being complacent

You'll remember the way you are now is not the way you always were. There was a time you were happier, more energized and looked forward to going to work.

Trust your own inner compass

You'll have pinned down what you're optimizing for now, paving the way for you to move forward with intention and make those hard trade-off decisions.

See possibility after possibility

You'll have dreamed big and let yourself go there in a way you never have. You'll have discovered things you've wanted at your core but never let yourself admit.

Make decisions based on data, not fear

You'll have sized up risk and reward, and know what you're working with. You'll know what you'll gain and what you'll forgo, and what that might mean for life outside of work.

Have a personal board of advisors

You'll have assembled a small but mighty board of people you can trust to be 100% in your corner and unafraid to call you out when you need it.

Have set your plan into motion and the system to follow through

Whether that decision is to stay in your current role, transfer internally, gun for promotion, or do something completely different, you'll have a direction, a step-by-step plan, a support system, and the momentum to see that plan through, with flying colors.

Have forged new friendships with people who inspire and push you

"You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Over the next 3 months, expect to feel seen, validated, supported and to form strong bonds with the others in the cohort.

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Taking part in this launchpad is an investment in you. You're committing to finding a career path that is authentically you.

Meet your instructor

Maria Wang-Faulkner

Maria Wang-Faulkner

Entrepreneur, Mother of 2, Ex-Google, Career Coach, Design Thinker - aka ambitious person living authentically

In my 20 year career, I’ve alternated between two tracks. There was the high-paying, ‘safe’ track - being a corporate attorney, management consulting, and launching cutting-edge products at Google. And then there was the ‘high risk, high reward’ track - being a human rights advocate, global public health with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and founding several early-stage start-ups.


Two years ago, I knew that as rewarding as the first track was, the second was where I was meant to be. I left my high-paying job at Google to return to start-up life, and I haven’t looked back. Today, I'm the founder & CEO of my own VC-backed company. And I've grown more, learned more, and felt more alive in my last two years as a founder than in all my years working before that.


There are so many reasons to just stay the course – there's the worry about leaving behind a steady paycheck, the anxiety that comes from leaving behind a job that you thought was “the one” before you had it, and that voice that says "what if the next role isn't that great, anyway?"


Sometimes, the harder you worked to get your current job, or the more you've gotten used to the pay, the perks and/or the power, the harder it is for you to listen to that niggling feeling that maybe this job just isn't for you anymore. That’s only human.


I’ve experienced this niggling feeling firsthand, listened to it and acted on it - several times. And each time, I’ve landed on my feet, I’m more fulfilled than ever, and I’m not eating ramen every day. I know firsthand that taking the leap is worth it.


There are many alternate paths ahead of you, and I've had a mix of so many: switching roles internally, freelancing, coaching, teaching as an adjunct professor, starting an Amazon reseller business, and other 'failed' start-ups and side hustles. Whatever your path ends up looking like, I know from my own experience that there's life free of your 'golden handcuffs', and it's pretty damn good.


If you’re an ambitious person and know that you’re destined for more, this course is for you.

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        Maria’s coaching helped me to transition from the corporate world to a full-time freelancer. This freed me up to be a digital nomad, get published as a writer, and apply my skills as a land developer to eco-conscious, sustainable projects - all things I'd dreamt about doing for so long.
Deborah C.

Deborah C.

Escaped WeWork before stuff went down, now living in Mexico and building a healing center with her partner
        Maria trained everyone on my 200+ person team around giving and receiving feedback. It was probably the most miraculous training I've ever seen to change the behavior of an organization. Maria essentially gave everyone permission to provide honest feedback to each other. She reinforced the importance and power of adopting ideas from within.
Bonita S.

Bonita S.

Former VP at Google, now Board Partner at Gradient Ventures
        A friend recommended Maria after they had a coaching session with her, and my friend was completely right! As someone who is looking to make a career switch, Maria's coaching has been instrumental. She helped me lay out an action plan of the steps I need to take to land that next gig. I now know what I need to do and how to do it.
Mark B.

Mark B.

Escaped political consulting, wine-tasting in Paris last I checked
        Maria is a talented facilitator who finds it easy to bring different perspectives together - despite ambiguous or challenging context - and weaves them with her expertise and vision to move projects and people forward in a meaningful way.
Benedicte D.

Benedicte D.

Former Partnerships Lead at Google & Nest, now owns her own climate tech consultancy
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Join an upcoming cohort

Launchpad for the next chapter of your career

Cohort 1

$995 USD

Dates

Oct 10 - Jan 23, 2023

Payment Deadline

Oct 7, 2022

Don't miss out! Enrollment closes in 4 days

Course outline

10 sessions over 3 months, 3 hours/week
  • Part 1: 3-week design sprint

    Oct 10 - 31, 2022

    Challenge the beliefs that are holding you back. Get clarity, firm up a direction, and formulate a concrete plan you're excited to make happen.


    This sprint includes 7 x 1-hour sessions. Most of the coursework happens in-session. You'll refine and gather data between sessions.

  • Part 2: 3-month incubation period

    Nov 1, 2022 - Jan 23, 2023

    That concrete plan you're excited to make happen? You'll get 3 months of ongoing support, accountability and camaraderie to ensure you put your plan into action.


    This incubation period includes 3 x 1-hour sessions, once a month.

  • Sprint Session 1: Get in the mindset

    Monday, Oct 10 - 5pm PT

    In this first session, I’ll lead you through some exercises to help you step out of inertia, and step into a mindset of agency and urgency.

     

    Deliverable: A commitment to yourself and to the others in the cohort.

  • Sprint Session 2: Audit your energy bank

    Thursday, Oct 13 - 5pm PT

    In this module, I'll show you how to audit your career history, hobbies, life, family and social network, for credits and debits to your energy bank.

     

    Deliverable: A truthful, complete picture of “You at Your Best".

  • Sprint Session 3: Articulate your reason for being

    Monday, Oct 17 - 5pm PT

    In this module, we'll name and stack rank your values so that you can move forward with clear-eyed intention and navigate trade-off decisions.

     

    Deliverable: Guiding principles you can count on one hand.

  • Sprint Session 4: Take 'but' out of the equation

    Thursday, Oct 20 - 5pm PT

    In this module, we'll suspend all beliefs that don’t serve you and ask yourself: “what if?” Invent multiple alternate universe you's. I'll get you past your discomfort, so you can go wild and have fun with it.

     

    Deliverable: At least 3 alternate versions of what could go right.

  • Sprint Session 5: Befriend risk

    Monday, Oct 24 - 5pm PT

    In this module, we'll unpack what risk means to you and reframe it to be empowering, rather than paralyzing. I'll show you how to calculate risk and reward - financial and non-financial.

     

    Deliverable: A risk/reward analysis - financial and non-financial.

  • Sprint Session 6: Assemble the board

    Thursday, Oct 27 - 5pm PT

    "You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with." So we'll architect a process for being exposed, in the best possible way, to role models, trusted advisors and others living their best life.

     

    Deliverable: A personal board of advisors & terms of engagement.

  • Sprint Session 7: Craft 30-60-90 day plan

    Tuesday, Nov 1 - 5pm PT

    In this module, I'll show you a framework for a 30-60-90 Day Plan that you’ll construct and present at Demo Day so you have concrete next steps that you and the class will hold you accountable to.

     

    Deliverable: A 30-60-90 day plan you'll have committed to.

  • Office hours during incubation period (optional)

    Every second Tuesday from Nov 8 - 5pm PT

    Drop into office hours with me for additional support if you hit roadblocks.

  • Incubator session 1: Demo Day

    Monday, Nov 14 - 5pm ET

    You'll each commit to making a decision or taking an action, and you'll present the 30-60-90 day plan that you've crafted to see that through. Commitments made in public see better follow through and your peers can lend support.

  • Incubator session 2: End of year check-in

    Monday, Dec 12 - 5pm PT

    The end of the calendar year is always a great time for reflection. We'll look back on how far you've come, re-energize you for what's to come, and check in on progress and how we can support each other.

  • Incubator session 3: A fresh start

    Monday, Jan 23 - 5pm PT

    This is the first day of your next chapter. You'll update the cohort on the commitment you made at Demo Day - whether that was to make a decision or take an action. We'll toast to each other's milestones.

You'll be in good company

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Cohorts are kept small to maximize interaction. We're capping the cohort at 10. You'll form bonds deeper than you thought possible.

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We curate who takes part to ensure you'll be in good company - highly accomplished, working at big name companies, and givers.

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To ensure cohort quality and follow through, you'll write a charity of your choice a $500 check. It gets cashed if you don't follow through.

Sign up for a free workshop

Not ready to commit? Join me for a free workshop to preview what it's like to work with me.

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Join an upcoming cohort

Launchpad for the next chapter of your career

Cohort 1

$995 USD

Dates

Oct 10 - Jan 23, 2023

Payment Deadline

Oct 7, 2022

Don't miss out! Enrollment closes in 4 days

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active learning, not passive watching

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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A pattern of wavy dots
Join an upcoming cohort

Launchpad for the next chapter of your career

Cohort 1

$995 USD

Dates

Oct 10 - Jan 23, 2023

Payment Deadline

Oct 7, 2022

Don't miss out! Enrollment closes in 4 days

$995 USD

New
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15.5 Weeks