Executive Education for Women from Wellesley

Leaning Out® at Wellesley – A Workshop and Coaching for Late Stage Career Women in Transition


Key topics include*:

  • An opportunity to reflect and look back on the best of your career
  • Identification of the key skills that contribute to what's meaningful to you
  • Defining your unique strategic advantage and where that meets a market need
  • Thinking creatively about possibilities for your future
  • Access to subject matter experts on key transition areas
  • Engaging with like-minded women to gain valuable insight as you formulate your transition plan.

*Note this seminar includes three one-on-one coaching sessions to be scheduled post-seminar, and well as access to Leaning Out® webinars.

Who Should Attend:

  • Late-stage career women who are ready to define their post-career purpose and what success looks like.
  • Professional women who anticipate their post-career lives with varied feelings and could benefit from an opportunity to explore and plan their next chapter with expert support.

After the time and effort invested in a career, professional women anticipate their post-career lives with varied feelings. For some, it may mean leaving behind an identity that has been core to their sense of self-worth to something completely unknown. They feel unfocused, fearful and, perhaps for the first time in their lives, don’t know what to do. For others, leaving behind a hectic career path is welcomed as a time of abundant possibility. It’s not a time not to retire, but “rewire” and thrive, no longer answerable to the demands and stress of their professional life. Wherever you may fall in this spectrum, there are certainly unknowns and a few surprises ahead as you leave behind a significant life chapter.

In this seminar, female leaders on the cusp of a significant career transition will learn how to take control by standing on the shoulders of their professional selves to envision and purposefully plan their next phase. We’ll identify and talk about the feelings of ambivalence we may have about leaving our externally defined careers behind and launching into a self-defined unknown. We’ll do this through a thorough assessment of each individual’s experiences, skills, interests, knowledge, and closest held values to develop their singularly defined post-career plan. We will define clear action steps and the accountability needed to guide you from your current professional role to your personal “prime time.”


Trish Weaton

Trish Wheaton

Principal and Founder of Leaning Out

Trish Wheaton, Principal and Founder of Leaning Out, is part of the Boomer vanguard of professional women who have been profoundly challenging and changing the professional status quo. In her 30+ year marketing career at WPP, she held a variety of C-Suite positions at two of WPP’s largest agencies, led high-growth offices in Canada and the UK, served as Global Managing Partner for Y&R Advertising, and was Wunderman’s first ever Global Chief Marketing Officer.

After leaving the corporate world, Trish encountered the unique challenges of transitioning to a post-career life firsthand. She founded Leaning Out to provide other top-level professional women key resources and support to help them successfully redefine their lives and purpose post-career. Since that time, she and her team have worked with numerous executive women across the country to embrace their next chapter.

Trish holds an M.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College. She is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Prior to her career in advertising, she was head of Direct Marketing at Yale University Press. She has been an Independent Director on several boards including a current role on the Susan G. Komen national board.

Marge Watters

Marge Watters

Coach, Consultant, Author & Entrepreneur

Marge is a coach, consultant, author and entrepreneur who has spent 25+ years helping individuals realize their career and leadership potential.  Working as a career consultant, Marge has coached individuals from all levels of the organization to help them move successfully through the challenging process of career transition. As an executive coach, she helped her clients maximize their strengths and understand their development opportunities to advance their leadership potential.

Marge’s early experience includes 19 years in the financial services industry including corporate finance and investment banking. She was a vice president of Citibank Canada, and co-founder of Penfund Management Ltd. and Permanent Commercial Corporation.  In 1995, Marge and her partner, John Knebel, founded and led KWA Partners, now known as Optimum Talent. From start-up, the firm grew to be ranked among the top five organizations in the career management industry.

Marge holds an M.A. and a Master of Divinity degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University. Among Marge’s many achievements is authoring the highly successful It’s Your Move, published by HarperCollins in 2001, now in its fourth edition.

Program Details:

Length: One day in-person seminar followed by three (3) one-on-one coaching sessions and unlimited online support.

Session Dates (choose one):

June 27, 2019

November 13, 2019

March 26, 2020

June 8, 2020

Program Fee: $2,200 (Fee includes tuition, coaching, materials, and meals. Travel is not included.)

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