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Imagine A Trusted Community
of Women Who Raise You Up.

Join a curated group of Thriving Women Leaders in Higher Education.

Build deeper connections, hone valuable executive leadership skills,

and increase self-awareness and accountability.


Imagine a safe space to talk about your career, life challenges and aspirations with fellow high-achieving women leaders in Higher Education.

Imagine an intimate cohort of national women that distinctly understand the challenges you face - a group who inspires and supports you to achieve your unique goals to live a meaningful life and career.

Thriving Women Leaders is a virtual executive coaching program specifically designed for successful women leaders in the field of Higher Education.



Which Best Describes You?

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Rising Women Leaders

This program is designed for high potential women on the rise. Leaders at the Director/Senior Director, Executive Director, and Assistant/Associate Vice President level with an eye towards career growth.


We’ll tackle managing and leading, influencing and negotiating, delegating, and giving/receiving feedback – plus communicating up, down, and across the organization, so you can lead with confidence.

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Executive Women Leaders

This program consists of high achieving senior women leaders at the Vice President level and above in higher education.


Exclusive programming that tackles the scenarios unique to senior women leaders like leading transformational change, leading from the inside out, navigating challenges your male colleagues don’t face, and leading with coaching.

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What They're Saying


"Thriving Women Leaders was absolutely fabulous. It was a pleasure to meet other women who are on a similar journey as myself. What struck me the most was the realization that we all face similar challenges in our leadership roles. The sense of camaraderie was truly heartening.

The one-on-one coaching sessions with Caroline Dowd-Higgins were a transformative experience for me. Caroline has an innate ability to help you tap into your own strengths and channel them into becoming the leader you aspire to be. Her coaching has significantly impacted how I view myself, not only as a leader but also as an individual. I can't recommend this program highly enough."

Heidi Woodbury– Vice President University Advancement University of Utah

A Proven Approach.

Our virtual group coaching forums offer opportunities for a curated group of women leaders.

This program is designed with a proven approach to:


Foster executive leadership growth and development.


Provide tools, frameworks, and actionable steps to incorporate the concepts into your work and life.


Develop your executive presence and magnify your influence. 


Obtain a sense of belonging and trust with successful peers who want you to succeed.


Create a safe space with support, advice, and the clarity you need to thrive.


Harness the power of the women in your network.

Meet The Coaches

Kim Van Lue

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Kim Van Lue

Kim Van Lue has held executive roles in diverse organizations ranging from the VP of Talent Management for a Fortune 500 industrial distributor to the chief HR leader for a non-profit with a large public higher education institution. For over two decades, she has worked closely with senior leadership teams to deliver strategic talent solutions that enable the organization’s desired outcomes. As an independent consultant, she works with clients in higher education, non-profits, and a variety of other industries to provide strategic talent management expertise. An ICF certified executive coach, Kim has developed a niche coaching practice working with leaders in higher education.


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Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Caroline Dowd-Higgins is a dynamic public speaker, a certified executive coach, and trainer helping leaders thrive. Her expertise honing emotional intelligence and enhancing communication helps leaders design and thrive in workplace cultures that honor wellbeing and productivity. Her TEDXWomen talk about reframing failure is a must-watch resource and her award-winning podcast, Your Working Life is available on all podcast platforms. Her first book, This Is Not The Career I Ordered empowers readers to recharge and reignite their careers and her new book, Your Career Advantage: Overcome Challenges to Achieve a Rewarding Work shows you how to enjoy your career and love your life.

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Caroline Dowd-Higgins


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Our Proven 3-Step Approach

Our 3-step approach ensures that participants gain valuable insights into their leadership strengths and areas for growth, engaging in introspection to enhance self-awareness and decision-making skills, and implementing strategic actions that drive professional development and achieve tangible goals.



Each monthly session includes introduction of a relevant topic along with facilitated discussion.

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Participants will reflect on insights gained through the group discussion and learning to identify the right actions to enhance their career and life.



Between monthly sessions, participants practice the new actions they identified. Between and during sessions, this trusted community of women are available for guidance and support.

Our Clients

Caroline & Kim's Higher Education clients include:



Auburn University

Colgate University

Clemson University

Indiana University

Texas A & M

University of Washington

New York University

Michigan State University

Butler University

Utah State University

University at Buffalo Foundation

University of Utah

Imagine Your Future

Today’s leaders face an ever-changing, and often complex, set of challenges and demands. And the need for women leaders has never been greater. Now is the time to invest in yourself to lead boldly and to design the future you want for your life.

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Executive Women Leaders

Rising Women Leaders

Feel ready to invest in your future but need some information about the best pathway for you? Book a discovery call, we'd be happy to discuss your specific requirements.

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