Self-Advocacy for Growing Your Technology Career


2 Days


Cohort-based Course

Master self-advocacy to authentically communicate your value. Confidently plan for the promotions, money, and job satisfaction you deserve!

Previously at

Komodo Health

Course overview

Take the reins of your career into your own hands. Let's go get what you deserve

This is a weekend-immersive course with ~7 hrs of live sessions spread across 2 days in a single weekend.

Course outcomes:

🎯 Develop critical career skills that enables you to get rewarded for the value you add

🎯 Practice by applying frameworks that help you land a promotion, negotiate compensation, and optimize for happiness at work

🎯 Build your customized plan to ensure advocating for your career success never takes a back-seat

🎯 Evaluate the challenges you face with self-advocacy. Connect with Shailvi and peers in the course to come up with practical solutions

The course includes:

✔️ Frameworks (List coming soon)

✔️ Templates (List coming soon)

✔️ Sample scripts with specific words and phrases you can use/adapt to advocate for yourself

✔️ Case studies of successful and unsuccessful attempts at self-advocacy

✔️ Group discussions

✔️ Self-reflection exercises

✔️ Projects that draft your next key career outcome

✔️ Access to 1-1 time with Shailvi

✔️ An author-signed copy of the 'Self-Advocacy' book by Shailvi

This course is based on:

⭐ Conversations and the interactions I have had with 500+ students / mentees in the last 5 years

⭐ Almost 100 speaking engagements that reached 6000+ attendees

⭐ My best-selling book on Self-Advocacy that reached #6 in the Business and Negotiation Category on Amazon

Testimonials from past learners:

"..not only imparts practical strategies but also offers a profound shift in perspective, encouraging us to shed the cultural shyness that may hold us back from advocating for ourselves" - F Zhang

"Useful especially as you oscillate between fighting the imposter syndrome and practicing humility as well as finding your balance of mental health in corporate & professional settings." - Piyush M

"My favorite part of it is that it gives a very actionable framework and set of tools to learn and improve on self advocacy" - Anna

"[Shailvi] lays out such a clear path to identify what those needs are and how to reach a level of personal belief in your skills and worth that it seems impossible to fail at getting what you want and deserve." - Christine B

"Shailvi doesn't just preach; she shows you how this newfound skill can transform your career and life." - Jun

"Shailvi, thanks for the amazing session [..] on navigating job promotions! I've been reaching out to my school's alumni network [..] trying to hear some semblance to the advice you presented today" - Serena L

"It was eye opening and something I needed to hear at this point. The flow in content was just perfect and it was so impactful." - Ritika

"Self-advocacy is a topic that is not openly discussed and it should be. [..] The steps were also assertive but realistic at the same time." - LTP

Who will benefit from this course


Mid-career tech professionals looking to own their career growth, including members of underrepresented groups that lack supportive mentors


Anyone ready to create a plan to get promoted, be acknowledged for their work, get better work opportunities, or prioritize job satisfaction


Those who struggle to position themselves for success at work, due to underconfidence, introversion, shyness, fear, anxiety, or ineloquence

What you’ll get out of this course

Develop critical career skills that enable you to get rewarded for the value you add

Success depends on your ability to articulate your impact clearly and consistently. By the end of the course, you will learn frameworks and apply the formula to choose the most effective language to position your accomplishments in a way that can help land the desired outcomes.

Practice by applying playbooks that help you land a promotion, negotiate compensation, and optimize for happiness at work

Specific career milestones benefit from an intentional plan. Master the step-by-step frameworks that you can use for big career moments. Develop a plan tailored to your situation, and practice in live sessions by role-playing scenarios, and exploring case studies.

Build your customized plan to ensure advocating for your career success never takes a back-seat

Committing to being intentional about self-advocacy is a gift to yourself and an investment in your betterment. Design a plan to consistently improve your self-advocacy muscle until it becomes 2nd nature. Learn how to measure success on your journey to hold yourself accountable.

Evaluate the challenges you face with self-advocacy and brainstorm with peers on practical solutions

Improve your awareness of your challenges in advocating for yourself through group discussions and self-reflection. Prioritize building a supportive network that holds you accountable to relentless self-advocacy, starting with your co-learners in this course.

This course includes

3 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

20 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

2 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Bonus


    • Sign-up for optional 1-1 office hours

    • Additional Resources

Praise from industry leaders

        Shailvi does a masterful job of bringing simplicity to a complex topic and outlining self-advocacy steps anyone can apply to their careers and life.
Mark Gainey

Mark Gainey

Chairman & Co-Founder at Strava
        Shailvi's work on self-advocacy is more than mere guidance; it's a distillation of hard-earned wisdom and courage from years within the industry. Her masterclass on growing your career through self- advocacy is inspiring; it's essential [..] for anyone seeking to grow their career with authenticity and strength.
Mike Micucci

Mike Micucci

CEO Fabric Commerce 

Meet your instructor

Shailvi Wakhlu

Shailvi Wakhlu

Best-Selling Author | International Keynote Speaker | Ex-Head of Data

Shailvi Wakhlu is an Author, International Keynote Speaker, and Technology Leader. She is the former Head of Data & Analytics at Strava and Komodo Health. Her sixteen-year data and engineering career has included companies such as Salesforce, Fitbit, and a software startup she co-founded. Shailvi’s self-advocacy expertise comes from being a practitioner at tech startups and large companies across three continents.

Wakhlu speaks on self-advocacy and data at twenty-five or more global conferences and Fortune 500 corporate events each year. She offers individual and group coaching and has helped hundreds of people grow their self-advocacy skills and reach important career milestones faster. She is also an investor and advisor to several high-growth startups.

Wakhlu grew up in India and studied Computer Engineering at Illinois Tech in Chicago. She loves to travel and has visited thirty-three countries. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, and their sixty plants.

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Self-Advocacy for Growing Your Technology Career

June'24 Cohort

$500 USD


June 1—2, 2024

Payment Deadline

June 1, 2024

Bulk purchases

Course schedule

7-9 hours across one weekend
  • Tue, May 28th, 2024

    1-2 hrs

    The course opens for pre-reads and a self-reflection homework assignment.

  • Sat-Sun, Jun 1st-2nd, 2024

    9:00am - 12:30pm PST

    The required live sessions will be held across two days in a single weekend. Both days will cover 3-4 modules on each day, with breaks in between. Each day will end with a Q&A session.

  • Daily projects

    30 mins/day

    Both days of live sessions will include a project. While it is not required for the projects to be completed before the next class, completing them will greatly improve the value you can get out of our live time together.

  • Office Hours w/ Shailvi

    15 mins slots

    Each learner can sign up for a 15-minute slot with the instructor to get personalized suggestions at the end of the course.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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Join an upcoming cohort

Self-Advocacy for Growing Your Technology Career

June'24 Cohort

$500 USD


June 1—2, 2024

Payment Deadline

June 1, 2024

Bulk purchases

$500 USD

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