Women Leaders Launchpad Testimonials

"Women Leaders Launchpad is not your typical 'leadership training.' It completely transformed the way I approach life, both at work and personally. I was one of ten women who learned to lead fearlessly together, and on top of that, I got to experience three individual coaching sessions with Rhonda where I got some personalized time and attention. I highly recommend this program!"

Women Leaders Launchpad Testimonial - Krista Matia
Krista Matia
Donor & Community Engagement Manager
Food Bank of the Southern Tier 


“I’ve spent more time with myself than anyone else on this planet has, so I figured I knew myself pretty well. All it took was forty minutes into my first one-on-one session with Rhonda to realize just how wrong I was. Rhonda urged me to confront my fears and helped me unlock my deep, subconscious thought. She helped expose these honest truths that lived within that I never had the words to describe or the tools to recognize. I learned how this thought had manifested into my physical habits and became a detriment to me socially, professionally, and personally. Bringing this to light, learning how to change it, and going through these stages with a group of like-minded women was a powerful experience that prompted me to make changes I needed at that time in my life.”

Katie McConville
Scholarship and Youth Philanthropy Program Associate
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes


“Short-term, Launchpad has made me a more confident, and happier person. I’m more collaborative, and I can read people better, which enables more effective communication. I’m able to stick up for what I believe is right, and am able to articulate why. I will use the influencing strategies we learned about throughout my career. Long-term, I’m better positioned to go after what I want than I was before Launchpad.”

Kim Thompson
Media & Public Relations Manager
The Corning Museum of Glass


"I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Rhonda in her Woman's Leaders Launchpad program. At the time, I had 10 years of leadership experience under my belt in the field of Fundraising and Development for a variety of not for profits. Rhonda helped me dive into my personal and professional goals, as well as look at some of my mental barriers as I worked to make some life changes. We flushed out my true desires and she gave me the tools and confidence to make decisions that truly benefited me--and in turn my community. I will forever be grateful for her positive, authentic energy and meeting me where I was while encouraging me to be more of what I knew I could be.

Katie Foley
Co-Owner of NYS-Award-Winning Silo Food Truck
Manager at Gathering Hill Farm Vacation Rental
Development & Public Relations Advisor
Community Volunteer for Various Organizations


“I was so excited to take the Women’s Leaders Launchpad program with Rhonda! She’s intuitive and compassionate, and the Launchpad program is reflective of that. Learning about the different creative personality types (Visionary/Driver right here) was fascinating and I felt better able to communicate with people afterwards; people I’d had a hard time ‘figuring out’ before taking Launchpad. I think quickly about my body language and the messages it sends when I am educating young people or speaking in front of a group. The exercises I learned about re-configuring neuropathways to feel more positive or to slowly adjust prior ways of thinking are some that I continue to use almost two years later. I still keep in touch with a few of my “classmates” and it feels like we have a deeper, more supportive connection because we took Launchpad together. These are women I will always feel comfortable with and empowered by. Launchpad encouraged me to look deeper in to what energizes and fulfills me, both professionally and personally.”

Sarah E. Blagg
Advocate/Educator/Entrepreneur


“I participated in the Women Leaders Launchpad leadership training for Elmira/Corning in 2015 and it was an amazing experience. The FEBI leadership style analysis taught me a lot about myself and the individuals I manage as well as interact with in my professional and personal lives. Rhonda challenged me to get out of my comfort zone, take more risks, and seek out additional leadership roles so that I would not waste my gifts. As a result of the training, I gained more confidence in myself. She is a phenomenal facilitator and coach but also a wonderful human being who truly cares about individuals reaching their leadership potential.

Jennifer Miller
Director of Community Development
City of Elmira


“Launchpad helped me clarify my sense of identity and catalyzed the next phase of my adventure. I was already good at my job, but now I have more confidence and more room to grow, with joy and respect for my skills and talents, passions and personal strengths. Also, the concept of differing work personalities has been incredibly useful to me in understanding and working with other people. All of this is beneficial to the organization I work within because the healthier and stronger I am personally, the more I have to offer professionally.”

Caitlin Hyde
Properties of Glass Demonstration Team Leader
Corning Museum of Glass


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