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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 4-month executive coaching program specifically designed for successful women leaders in the field of Higher Education.


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.


The Program

The 4-month program will offer the following:

  • A monthly 90-minute virtual group coaching session with break-out rooms for deeper discovery.

  • Access to assessments, relevant resources, and tools.

  • Two individual 45-minute executive coaching sessions for deeper exploration of your needs. 

This program is a collaborative effort facilitated by certified executive coaches, Kim Van Lue and Caroline Dowd-Higgins who are passionate about equipping women for success in the workplace and in life.

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What They're Saying

"I am forever indebted to Caroline! I have accessed her incredible abilities as an executive coach over many years and I truly don’t know what I would do without her. Her expertise in higher education has been priceless and she has successfully helped me earn new roles and promotions. When I’m struggling with a leadership decision, she coaches me through options to ensure I make the best decision. She has helped me become the best version of myself as a leader."

Dana Cummings, CFRE – Vice President for Institutional Advancement Franklin College

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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Topics may vary by cohort to honor a customized developmental approach.

Sample topics include:

Leading Transformational Change

  • Managing employee morale during times of transformation

  • Establishing a coalition of the willing to ensure forward progress

  • How to navigate a difficult executive leadership team and build trust

Navigating Challenges Your Male Colleagues Don’t Face

  • Serving as both Chief Household Officer while leading in the C-suite at work

  • Setting boundaries around work chores that go to women by default

  • The BIG secret that no one talks about - navigating menopause as an executive

Leading From The Inside-Out

  • Tapping your Inner Core - your values, strengths, & passions

  • Uncovering your hidden motivators

  • Kick imposter syndrome to the curb - for good

Leading With Coaching

  • Understanding the difference between feedback and coaching

  • Utilizing coaching skills when managing up to executives and the board

  • Enhancing emotional intelligence to drive coaching excellence

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

George Mason University

Indiana University

Trine University

Manchester University

New York University

Michigan State University

Franklin College

Utah State University

University at Buffalo Foundation

Ivy Tech Community College

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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.

Registration Details

Our January 2025 cohort is being offered at a rate of $3,750 for 4-month virtual coaching cohort plus two 45-minute private executive coaching sessions.

Session dates: All virtual sessions will be from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET on the following dates: January 15; February 12; March 5; April 16, 2025.

We strongly encourage you to have your employer cover the cost of this program. It is a bona fide professional development experience that will empower you at work and enable you to share what you learned with colleagues and direct reports.

Want help asking your employer to cover the cost of the program? Reach out to us and we’ll provide you a free email draft that you can customize.

Cohort size limited  for maximum engagement.

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© 2023 by Thriving Women Leaders

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