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Transform Your Leadership

Best Self. Best Teams. Best Solutions.
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  • Who we are is how we lead. – Brené Brown
Do you feel like your leadership is more important than ever?
Environmental and conservation leaders everywhere fighting against climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity loss are with you. Challenges due to funding, skill gaps, distributed teams, and now COVID-19 demand more of us than we ever thought possible.

We became leaders to live our purpose, but we must also excel at fundraising, managing programs, and resolving conflicts. However, we often lack the time to reflect, a group of peers that “gets us", and practical tools to solve problems. The stakes are too high for leaders to rely on learning through trial and error.

This is the time for leaders to invest in themselves and their teams; to learn, to grow, and to evolve. At Design Pathways, we believe that leadership is a choice, a learned skill, and a practiced craft. That’s why we created Transform to help.

Transform is a 6-week live online social learning program in leadership that empowers and inspires mid- to late-career executives, directors, and managers with skills and peer support. It is a highly selective personal and professional development experience to help you become your best self, best teammate, and best problem solver.

'The name of this leadership program is appropriate because it truly is transformative. It was a rich learning experience and every session was a gift. It enabled me to be really thoughtful and introspective in a core way that crossed life, not just work.'

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Dr. Kristin E. France

Lead Scientist, Management and Collaboration, The Nature Conservancy

You'll build or improve skills in 4 categories we call the ABCDs:

  • Awareness: Who you are and how you think and feel

  • Behavior: What you and your teammates do and why you do it

  • Culture: How you identify, connect, and work with your team 

  • Design: How you understand and solve people problems
Key Skills

Self-awareness
Time management
Team culture design
Stress management
Relationship management
Habit design 
Well-being
Feedback
Collaboration
Creativity

You'll be able to:

  • Prioritize leadership learning goals to gain clarity and design for your success
  • Adopt mindsets to reframe your thinking, support your well-being, and fuel your resilience
  • Boost your productivity and remove obstacles to your time, energy, and focus
  • Develop a more open, collaborative, and high-performing team culture
  • Give and receive honest and actionable feedback to learn from failure and drive change 

Transform is not a watch and listen alone online course. It is a learn and do together learning experience.

There is a limit to what you can achieve by learning and facing your challenges alone. Theory without tools and practice will not give you the most effective and fastest results. And “Death by PowerPoint” presentations will not inspire you to take action and evolve as a leader.

Our goal is to empower you with a deeply meaningful and impactful learning experience. We put thoughtful design into every touchpoint to ensure that it is guided, actionable, thought-provoking, and fun.

You'll receive:

  • One-on-one 1.5 hour discovery session to create your Leadership Design Plan with a coach 
  • 5 weekly live Zoom video 2 hour sessions with exercises, coaching, and reflections
  • Practical methods and proven strategies from leadership experts in Silicon Valley
  • Structured feedback and support from peers in a safe, confidential space
  • Worksheets and customized activities for you to immediately apply what you learned 
  • Personalized guidance on your worksheets between sessions
  • One-on-one 30 minute check-in calls on your learning goals at the middle and end of the program
  • Graduation ceremony and certificate to honor and celebrate your achievement 
  • Bonus for team cohorts: Additional 1 hour discovery session with executive or manager to understand and design for your team’s challenges and needs

You’ll also walk away equipped with a design toolkit, lifelong friendships, and a Leadership Success Roadmap to continue your learning journey and accomplish your mission.

'Transform helped me gain practical new skills and insights that really made a difference. I feel more energized, focused, and equipped to bring more of myself to my team. As conservationists, we are not trained in leadership. If you lead people, you need Transform.'

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Dr. Susan Cheyne

Co-Director, Borneo Nature Foundation

We will be your champion each step of the way.

'Typical online courses drain your motivation and energy with recorded videos and assignments. Transform sessions are personalized, meaningful, and fill you with energy. The program challenged me and changed how I think and manage my team. The skills I gained helped me strengthen my relationships, increase my team’s performance, and will serve me in all aspects of my life. Transform is the whole package and one of the best decisions I ever made.'

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Lesly Akenji

Technical Advisor, African Wildlife Foundation

Meet your Transform Leads!

We’re Amy and Pradeep. Together, we bring complementary skills in leadership, operations, and design across sectors to help you uncover gaps in your thinking and behavior, gain new insights, and achieve breakthroughs.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we created Transform to help you access proven methods and strategies used by the most successful companies. Transform is the most meaningful and impactful learning program we've ever designed. We leveraged our personal experience and insights from the challenges and needs of leaders and teams we've supported.
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AMY
Learning Designer
I'm a learning experience designer. I have worked with nonprofits for 20 years and trained 800+ leaders in 70+ countries. As the Founder of Design Pathways, I've helped organizations, including World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Wetlands International, to solve conservation challenges.

I geek out on self-care and habit design. At my work space, you can find me lighting a scented candle to spark joy and tracking daily behaviors to increase my productivity.
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PRADEEP
Business Designer
I'm a business designer. As Venture Growth Director at Rippleworks, I have helped 60+ social enterprises in 20+ countries, including Last Mile Health, Root Capital, IDEO.org, and Polaris to solve operational challenges. I collaborate with executive experts from Silicon Valley companies like Adobe, LinkedIn, and Apple.

I geek out on mindfulness and time management. At my work space, you can find me taking a mindfulness break and tracking time to improve my focus.

'I loved everything about Transform. The program is like a bootcamp and perfect for busy leaders like myself. It helped me be more self-aware of who I am as a leader. I was really impressed by the usefulness of the content and surprised by how much Transform made me feel supported. It was a very powerful and joyful experience. If you’re a leader, you should not hesitate to join.'

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Dr. Sarah Otterstrom

Executive Director, Paso Pacifico

Transform is for you if you:

  • Lead teams and/or programs as a mid- to late-career executive, director, or manager
  • Demonstrate openness and a love of learning   
  • Care deeply about bringing out the best in yourself and others
  • Can commit to 3.5 hours per week on your growth (2 hours in live sessions and 1.5 hours to practice the skills you learned)  
  • Are proficient in English

'What I learned in Transform blew my mind. I didn’t expect to walk away completely changed. I am proud of the new me. The design of this program is very unique and special. Small, immediate changes every week led to a big impact in my happiness, productivity, and confidence to lead my team. Transform is an investment that keeps on giving. I will carry these skills with me every day for the rest of my life.'

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Terence Fuh Neba

Head of Monitoring, Research, Primate Habituation, and Forest Management, World Wildlife Fund

Invest in your leadership development. Invest in you.

You can do it alone, but you shouldn’t have to. Unlock the skills, accountability, and support you need to transform in just 6 weeks. 
Acceptance into Transform is a competitive rolling application process. There are only up to 5 spots available in each cohort.

Choose from 2 Learning Plans: 
Rates are per person in USD, based on your organization's operational budget

INDIVIDUAL 
1-2 Learners

Join as an individual or with one friend or colleague. Learn and grow with more focused individualized support.

For Profit and Foundation Funded: 
$2,600

Nonprofit:
Budget under $5 million
$1,400
Budget over $5 million
$1,900


SOCIAL
3-5 Learners

We will match you with peers from other organizations. Or create your own group with friends, colleagues, or grantees.
 
For Profit and Foundation Funded: 
$1,900

Nonprofit:
Budget under $5 million
$750
Budget over $5 million
$1,400

Need help requesting support from your employer and/or donors to join Transform? Download our letter template.
We love our learners!
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'Transform held up a mirror to be my best self and the best leader I can be. It gave me the opportunity to reflect, uncover blindspots, and gain clarity. The program is smart, well thought out, and the personal touch is incredible. It was a dynamic experience and breath of fresh air that I always looked forward to every week. If you want to level up your leadership, Transform will take you there.'

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Rachel Wadsworth

Chief Philanthropy Officer, Island Conservation

Let's begin your learning journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am not a leader. Can I still apply?
Transform is for you if you are a mid- to late-career executive, director, or manager. It is specifically designed to support professionals who lead teams and/or programs.

When is Transform being offered?
We invite you to apply for our next available cohort during the weeks of May 30 to July 5, 2022 (one spot is remaining!), October to November 2022, or in 2023. Exact dates and times will be determined if and after you are accepted to accommodate different schedules and time zones. In your application, you can select the dates that you are applying to. If your first choice is full, you can request consideration for the next open cohort.

Can I watch recorded sessions on my own?
No, Transform sessions are not recorded. The sessions are a safe and confidential space for leaders to openly share and design solutions to their real-world challenges. Unlike other online learning, this program is designed to give you a once-in-a-lifetime transformational experience, rather than lifetime access to videos.

Can I join by myself or create my own group?
Yes, you can select an Individual or Social Learning Plan. In the Individual Learning Plan, you will receive more focused individualized support from our team. In the Social Learning Plan, you can create your own group or we’ll match you with 2-4 other leaders.

Why does each cohort have 3-5 learners per group?
Each cohort is limited to 3-5 learners to promote diverse perspectives and create a personalized and intimate experience for you to design solutions to your real-world leadership challenges and give and receive feedback.

How are sessions structured?
During each live Zoom video session, we will introduce topics, guide you through worksheets and interactive activities, give and receive feedback on solutions, and reflect on our learnings in real-time.

How do I apply?
Acceptance into Transform is on a competitive rolling application process. There are only up to 5 spots available in each cohort. Apply to Transform.

When can I expect to hear back after I apply?
Please know that we will make the very best effort to update you in a timely fashion on the status of your application. We personally review every application. You should expect to hear back from us by email within 3 weeks of your submission.

How much does Transform cost?
Transform is offered on a sliding scale. Our program is discounted for nonprofits because we don’t want our pricing to be a barrier for your personal and professional growth. Your payment is due in full if and when you are accepted.

Do you offer scholarships?
No, unfortunately we do not offer scholarships. Your organization may offer reimbursement. We recommend you reach out to your manager.

Can you help me request support from my employer and/or donors to join Transform?
You can download and adapt our letter template to formally request support to join Transform.

How can I sponsor a leader?
Thank you for your interest in helping someone to become a more impactful leader. Donate now or contact us to become a Transform Sponsor for people who need your support.

What’s your refund policy? 
We do not offer refunds at this time. We believe in the value of our program and the impact it will have on your life and work. 

Still deciding if Transform is right for you?
Hear what leaders like you are saying about our learning program. Read our Transform graduates’ testimonials. If you'd like to learn more, reach out to us.

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