Rising to the Challenge

Leadership Academy

A Six-Week Virtual Leadership Experience


Think Bigger. Lead Better.

Just like that, the world has become a very different place. At every turn, you’re facing new challenges that require new solutions. Now is the time for you to lead at your best.

We want to help you do just that. Based on the sell-out response to our first four Leadership Academy cohorts, we're pleased to offer a spring session starting Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Here’s your chance to take a deeper dive into crucial leadership skills you need to succeed during this pivotal moment in time.

What to Expect

Join us, along with a small cohort of other high-performing leaders, as we share critical knowledge and insights, dozens of practical tools and strategies, downloads and templates you can use right now.

We’ve made it easy and affordable for you to access this top-notch content – topics that have been carefully curated for this dramatically changing business environment. During this six-week academy, you can dial in from wherever you are to join us as we focus on crucial leadership skills such as:

  • Leading through change
  • The art of giving and receiving feedback
  • Managing yourself under pressure
  • Navigating difficult conversations
  • Empowering others
  • Enhancing your executive presence
  • Leading strategic initiatives

Your Leaders

We know what you’re going through. Both of us have survived business downturns and come out on the other side as wiser, better leaders.  Know that we've got your back, and we’re here to help. You can expect us to bring all our business knowledge and experience to help you lead at your best.

Janet Tyler

Executive coach, consultant, operations and organizational development expert


My track record for building companies with strong growth and compelling cultures fuels my work today as a coach and consultant in the technology and professional services industries.  

Prior to launching TrueDepth, I was COO for Red Level, a technology consultancy. During my tenure, the company grew more than 50%. I managed daily business operations, oversaw marketing and HR, and established strategic partnerships with clients such as Microsoft, DellEMC and Ingram Micro.  

I was also co-founder, president and co-CEO of Airfoil, a national, top-ranked marketing and PR firm focused on the technology sector. At Airfoil, I spearheaded our expansion into Silicon Valley, London and Shanghai. I also led the Microsoft, PayPal, LinkedIn and eBay accounts. Learn more about Janet here.

Elise Mitchell

Three-time CEO, leadership strategist, C-suite consultant and coach


I’ve built three successful companies from scratch and spent the past two decades advising leaders from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.  

My biggest adventure was founding Mitchell Communications Group. During my tenure as CEO, the agency grew more than 500% in five years, was twice named to the Inc. 500/5000 list and Agency of the Year, and was a top 10 fastest-growing PR firm globally. Notable clients include: Walmart Stores Inc., Procter & Gamble, Marriott Hotels and Tyson Foods.  

I sold the firm in 2013 and led its successful integration with our parent company, Dentsu Aegis Network. Today I advise clients through my own leadership and business consultancy and am passionate about helping high-performing leaders achieve more. Learn more about Elise here.


Each session will offer downloadable resources to reinforce your learnings and help you turn ideas into action.

Practical Application

Each week, we’ll provide a brief but thoughtful reading or assignment for you to consider that will prepare you for next week’s session. Special care will be given to make these applications practical and useful for you as an in-the-trenches leader.

Learn from Your Community

You’ll also have the opportunity to dialogue with and learn from other participants through small-group breakouts, discussions and assignments.


Our Schedule

As a group, we will meet on Tuesdays at noon central/1:00 eastern/10:00 a.m. Pacific
for each 90-minute session.

Session One | April 20
Leveling up your leadership

Session Two | April 27
Coaching your team to higher performance

Session Three | May 4
Giving and receiving feedback

Session Four | May 11
Strategic thinking and planning

Session Five | May 18
Executive presence

Session Six | May 25
Critical thinking and decision-making

Bonus session with VIP Package
Difficult conversations

We’ve also created a special topic designed for this unique time called “The Leader’s Mindset.” Each session, we’ll provide tools on topics such as managing stress, quieting the inner critic, demonstrating emotional intelligence, and achieving a healthy mindset.


Due to the pressures of the current business environment, we’re offering this special leadership experience at significantly reduced pricing.

Regular Pricing  



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VIP Package  

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Includes: individual registration, two 1:1 coaching sessions with Janet or Elise, and a bonus content session on difficult conversations


 Seats are limited. Reserve your seat now with one simple step.

What Past Participants Have to Say

This is one of the better leadership events I’ve seen over the years. The virtual aspect was a big part of this -- rather than everyone feeling isolated and not part of the group, the event actually helped promote participation and closeness among class members.

“The sessions are rich in content and well organized. Janet and Elise do a good job providing new insights as well as practical tools and resources.”

“It has been difficult to invest in myself like I should. This class helped me focus time and energy each week on becoming a better leader.”

“Elise and Janet are great. They are authentic and present. Their delivery is crisp and engaging.”

“I especially enjoyed the breakout sessions, meeting in smaller groups with other leaders and hearing different points of view.”

“This experience gave me a greater sense of confidence. I would recommend Leadership Academy for any leader looking to grow.”


What if I change my mind? We do not issue refunds for Rising to the Challenge Leadership Academy. However, we understand things happen. You are eligible to receive a credit towards another leadership experience or another cohort of Rising to the Challenge Leadership Academy if you notify us before the first class. 

Who else will be in attendance? You will be with other senior-level leaders from different businesses and industries. We anticipate most members will have 10-plus years of leadership experience. Janet and Elise regularly work with executives at the highest levels from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, nationally and internationally.


Get in touch with any additional questions or if you’d like to discuss whether the Rising to the Challenge Leadership Academy is right for you.