Hi, I'm Carol Cox. This is why I created the Thought Leader Academy.
The Thought Leader Academy is a safe learning container for you to connect with other women just like you, who are seeking to move from experts to thought leaders.
During our time together, you'll get the coaching, training, support, and accountability you need to push yourself to the next stage in your evolution as a speaker.
This is your place to wrestle with your ideas, to connect your ideas to your stories, and to be passionate, real, and vulnerable.
You'll be equipped with the skills, clarity, and confidence you need to be a thought leader.
And we certainly need more women (you!) as thought leaders to challenge the status quo and make the world a better place.
Why Women Join the Thought Leader Academy
I joined the Academy because I wanted to get clarity on my message and how to structure a talk.
You have curated an amazing group. Every week the women in the program inspired me with their courage.
This program gave me the unique experience of being led vs. being the one guiding others. I had a chance to relax into someone else's expert process and finally dig into the core of what I want to express to the world.
I am launching my podcast and new brand with power and excitement because of this community.
If you're an aspiring thought leader and want to get clarity on your message and courage to speak your truth - THIS is the program for you!
— Betsy Jordyn, Owner of a Marketing Agency
I joined the Academy because I wanted to come up with a thought leadership message and see myself as a thought leader in my field.
Now, I have a fully planned ready-to-execute thought leadership project, clarity and feedback on my message, and my signature talk.
You've got me thinking about my business in very tangible ways and getting out of my comfort zone and more importantly HEAD! Your homework has me continuously connecting dots and it's powerful. It's the breakthrough I needed.
This was truly an enjoyable experience! Highly recommend. Very interactive. Love how responsive and attentive the Speaking Your Brand team is.
— Natalie Legrand, Leadership and Social Impact Consultant
2 Options for the Thought Leader Academy
The weekly group calls are facilitated by both Carol and Diane (same group). The options below are who you want to work with during your 1:1 VIP Day to create your signature talk.
Coach with Diane Diaz
$1675 x 3 payments
$4950 pay in full
Includes: Academy + 1:1 VIP Day to create your signature talk using our framework
Coach: Diane Diaz
4 spots available
Coach with Carol Cox
$2100 x 3 payments
$6250 pay in full
Includes: Academy + 1:1 VIP Day to create your signature talk using our framework
Coach: Carol Cox
2 spots available
Bonuses Valued at $1,685
Unlock the Power of AI for Speakers
You'll get the recording and workbook from our AI Tools for Speakers workshop (held Dec. 2023) so you can save time writing speaking proposals, creating slides, & more.
Value = $495
Be a Guest on the Podcast / LinkedIn Live
Achieve the program milestones and be invited to be a guest on the Speaking Your Brand podcast or LinkedIn Live show.
Value = Priceless
LinkedIn for Speakers Masterclass
You'll get access right away to our LinkedIn for Speakers masterclass so you can optimize your LinkedIn profile to attract speaking opportunities.
Value = $195
Video Resource Library
You'll get lifetime access to our resource library that has video lessons & worksheets on topics from storytelling to speaker fees to what to ask event organizers & more.
Value = $995
The Impact and ROI of Having a VIP Day
Accelerate your progress.
By enrolling in the Thought Leader Academy, you get a Virtual VIP Day to create your signature talk.
You and your coach will work together on Zoom for 3 hours to map out your talk from beginning to end using our proven Signature Talk Canvas® framework.
Clients call this process magical, as you'll see and hear in this video clip from a real VIP Day.
Imagine having your signature talk mapped out and ready to go for both virtual and in-person presentations. Boom!
When you leverage all of this, your ideas activate change.
And what really happens is that...
You power your bottom line because you get your message and your business in front of more people and the right people.
That's What We Help You Do in Our Thought Leader Academy.
You'll evolve from an Expert Presenter to a Story Speaker and Thought Leader.
Why Choose Us?
We know how to make engaging speeches & events. Our summit attendees raved that it was the best virtual event experience they've had. They were glued to their screens!
We have years of experience creating and delivering presentations and we've worked with hundreds of women on theirs.
Our unique Signature Talk Canvas® is a proven framework for creating presentations, whether lead generation webinars or story-driven TED-style talks.
Our founder Carol Cox has been called one of the best speaking coaches out there by a TED organizer who's worked with dozens of speaking coaches worldwide.
Our mission is to amplify diverse women's voices and develop more women thought leaders and prominent speakers.
Speaking, be it virtual or live, is one of the fastest, most impactful ways to build your credibility, your influence, your reach, and yes, your revenue.
What Women Get Out of the Thought Leader Academy
I've gotten so much out of this program and am so grateful that I joined. The network is incredible. The women in this group are genuinely supportive and feel like part of my tribe.
Through this program I’ve been able to:
- Launch a podcast
- Create a lead generation webinar
- Implement new coaching services in my business
- Generate enhanced visibility
- Build confidence in my messaging
Your time and your voice are worthy of $$$. TLA is an amazing resource!
— Jackie Roby, Founder of Inspired Journey Consulting
I’ve gained so much confidence and have been able to create content that is able to clearly convey the message I want to share with the world. I can say it’s truly changed my life!
This program has helped me:
- Create my TED-Style and Signature Talk
- Improve my visibility and confidence
- Land several speaking opportunities
- Clearly convey my message
- Connect with and get feedback from other women
Thank you for encouraging me and most of all for creating the absolute most amazing space for women to find and grow their voices.
— Zaribel Clay, Business Owner, Writer & Speaker
Have you said to yourself:
“I don't really see myself as a thought leader. Can I be one? Doesn't someone else have to give me that title?”
I believe 100% that you can be a thought leader. You owe it to yourself to manifest your ideas and share your story in a bigger way.
On top of all that, women all over the world need you to be one!
You don't have to wait for anyone else to give you permission to put yourself out there.
And when you do, more women will follow.
(It's optional whether you want to put "thought leader" on your LinkedIn profile or in your bio. Then again, dudes do it, so why not?)
Have you thought:
“I don’t know what my big idea is and I don't really have a compelling personal story.”
You absolutely do! I used to think the same thing because I don't have one big event that happened to me.
What we all have is a thread of experiences that has led to our worldview.
We’ll help you find this thread that connects to your big idea and your personal journey. This is our zone of genius.
We’ll give you exactly the clarity and breakthrough you need.
You may be wondering:
“Will I get enough guidance and feedback?”
This is why we keep the group small and provide hands-on coaching, so that you get personalized attention.
You also have a private community where you can post questions and get feedback from the group on what you're working on.
Coaching Makes the Difference
Until this program, I’ve never invested in myself professionally. I needed a program like this to motivate me to start thinking of ways to create a professional side hustle. This was the best investment I did for myself.
This program empowered women like me with speaking and thought leadership materials, connected us with like-minded women, and most importantly boosted our confidence with future endeavors.
I consider Carol and Diane to be my "lucky charms" because since the I started the program I've had good things happening to me--diversifying my profile, networking opportunities, and pushing myself to go outside my comfort zone.
— Usha Tewari, Speaker & Advocate
When I joined, my goals were to improve my speaking skills, create a TED-Style talk, and build confidence in my delivery.
While in the program I booked two opportunities to share my TED-style talk, and my confidence in my speaking skills has increased tremendously.
This is the best coaching experience I've had as an entrepreneur.
I am so proud of what we have accomplished independently and together. I can't wait to see how our thought leadership impacts our communities, audiences, and humanity.
— Mary Beth Simon, Owner of Niche Partnership Consulting
With this program, you will...
Position yourself as a thought leader with a BOLD message.
Connect your idea to your personal story.
Create strategies to find and land speaking opportunities.
Join the chorus of BRAVE women who are speaking up.
Go BEYOND the ordinary with a compelling signature talk.
Are you ready to use your voice to change our world?
Have questions about the program?
How Past Participants Have Benefitted
I've always known that working on my speaking skills was a key part of my business that I needed to invest in. I've spent years listening to Carol's podcast so when the group program opportunity came up I just knew I had to get on board.
The benefits from this program have been immense. I've booked several paid talks since joining and I know it's been because of the group program.
I love the group format as I get to support and the see the progress of the other women, learn more about their expertise and share in their journey.
I would 100% recommend Carol Cox and Diane Diaz for anything speaking related and will definitely call on their expertise again in the future.
— Michelle Gyimah, Speaker & Workshop Facilitator on the Gender Pay Gap in the U.K.
Your group program helped me tremendously, particularly in these areas:
- Accountability makes the goals real.
- The support of other members of the group, especially when impostor syndrome starts lurking in the back of my mind.
- Receiving “The How” to do it was priceless. This last benefit is crucial to your program. Many courses offer nonspecific general advice, but here we received dedicated action steps for each person’s situation.
To me you are the "it" person when it comes to speaking coaches.”
— Carmen Landrau, M.D., Professional Speaker
In your group program, I really benefitted from:
- the valuable collaboration and feedback from other successful women who are experts in their craft
- understanding how to pitch
- how to effectively tell a story and how transition into and out of it
- how to ask for an opportunity to speak
- how to simplify my message so that it’s understood and received properly
This was a valuable program for me both personally and professionally.”
— Jamara Wilson, Founder, Tuxedo Impressions