8-week class series

Emotionally Fit Leadership for BIPOC Leaders

Learn, practice, and adopt the seven traits of emotional fitness that set exceptional leaders apart.

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Mar 9
Apr 27
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Eight interactive group classes, held weekly

Train your emotional fitness to become a stronger leader.

We interviewed hundreds of leaders to understand what differentiates the successful from the struggling. The answer? The seven traits of emotional fitness.

The Emotionally Fit Leadership Series is an interactive 8-week practice in which you will proactively train each of these seven traits. With the support of your Coa community, you will learn to overcome limitations and become the inspiring, empowering, and confident leader that your team needs in order to grow.

Are you in a leadership role?

As a leader, when you invest in your emotional fitness, you create an environment in which your whole team can grow. Coa’s Emotional Fitness for Leadership practice is designed for proactive team leaders who want to use research-based strategies to elevate themselves, their team, and their company.


You’re bringing your vision and culture to life while growing your team. You want to be the best version of yourself as you navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship.


You’re an exec, director, manager, or product owner who is responsible for leading a team. You want to create a culture that brings out the best in you and your team.

What you'll learn in 8 weeks.

Interactive, engaging, and expert-led classes combine our research with hands-on exercises and tools you can apply to your life, immediately.


Starting an emotional fitness practice is a little like going into a gym for the first time — we don’t know what all the exercises are and if we don’t master form first, we might not get the full benefit. Foundations class kicks off the core training you need to get started.

In this session you will:

  • Meet and connect with your Coa community
  • Learn the seven traits of emotional fitness you’ll strengthen in eight weeks
  • Learn what vulnerability has to do with a leaky faucet


Research shows that 95 percent of people believe that they're self-aware, but only about 10 to 15 percent really are. As the core of all emotional fitness, self-awareness is critical in supporting your development of the other traits.

In this session you will:

  • Answer: are you really as self-aware as you imagine?
  • Explore what your feelings toward others can teach you about yourself
  • Get to know the 3-J’s of self-awareness*
*Coa proprietary framework


A recent report from Salesforce notes that when leaders pay attention to their employees’ needs, the employees are 4.6x more likely to produce outstanding work. Although empathy is highly prevalent in top leaders, it can be challenging to develop and manage in a healthy way.

In this session you will:

  • Dive into your unique, empathetic leadership style
 and its limitations
  • Increase your ability to understand your team's needs using our PASSGO Framework
  • Walk away with actionable tools to increase empathy across your team
*Coa proprietary framework


World-class leadership often necessitates doing things for the first time, meaning that the best option is rarely the most comfortable. Mindfulness is a practice of increasing your ability to tolerate discomfort, so you can make the best possible choices.

In this session you will:

  • Understand the psychology behind discomfort and the common ways leaders respond to it
  • Discover different ways to lean into your discomfort instead of avoiding it
  • Practice using the Discomfort Dial* as a framework for managing discomfort
*Coa proprietary framework


Curiosity is the ability to pursue growth over defensiveness. As a leader, by learning and modeling habits of curiosity, you can move past defensiveness and create a team and a company-wide culture of learning and growth.

In this session you will: 

  • Understand your unique defense-mechanisms and how to overcome them
  • Learn what questions to ask to avoid defensiveness
  • Practice your curiosity as you move up the Curiosity Ladder*
*Coa proprietary framework


Despite the evidence that play removes constraint and allows teams to think big, play is often thought of as a frivolous nice-to-have. Incorporating play into your team will facilitate creativity and spontaneity, increase cognitive functioning, and foster team cohesion.

In this session you will: 

  • Play, of course!
  • Learn why play can be challenging in the workplace and how to lean into play as a form of connection
  • Discover and develop your authentic form of work-friendly play


As a leader, you will inevitably face setbacks, challenges, and failures. The leaders who succeed are not those who avoid these, but those who are able to bounce back and model resilience for their team.

In this session you will: 

  • Learn your unique response to challenging situations and setbacks

  • Discover new, effective ways to embody and model resilience
  • Practice moving toward Resilience Ridge*
*Coa proprietary framework


Communication is the skill of effectively putting words to your needs and expectations, talking through issues in a proactive way, and balancing flexibility with authority and boundaries.

In this session you will: 

  • Understand your unique relationship to conflict & disagreements
  • Practice putting words to tough emotions, feelings, and judgments
  • Learn how to reduce conflict using tools to express your tough emotions

Experience the emotional fitness high.

In a world that heavily invests in physical and cognitive skills, investing in your emotional fitness will elevate you as a leader to new heights. Of our participants to-date:

  • 95% saw improvements in their confidence as a leader
  • 90% felt they were better able to resolve conflict and tension
  • 90% said their new skills helped reduce stress and burnout while maintaining productivity
I’ve been to 14 Coa classes and enjoyed every one of them. I always feel like I learn something from the instructors, who are warm and engaging. I've also started to feel a sense of community among the students and teachers at Coa, which is incredibly helpful in these isolating and stressful times.

Embrace the support, you’re in good company.

Humans are better together. Yet, our modern lives have driven us away from each other and ourselves. At Coa, we believe that to address the challenges to our mental health we must also address the challenges of our disconnection.

  • Connect with other leaders in an intentionally created and safe space
  • Practice tools and techniques to train emotional fitness, together
  • Learn how others are immediately applying the learnings in their lives

Your emotional fitness experts

Licensed therapists adored by every participant for combining their expertise and compassion with infectious energy and seamless facilitation skills.

Vaneeta Sandhu, PsyD

Dr. Vaneeta Sandhu is the Head of Emotional Fitness at Coa. When she’s got the mic, you’re likely to crack a smile--or ten! You can also be confident that you’re in good hands. Vaneeta has more than a decade of experience as a clinical psychologist, educator and public speaker. During that time, she’s worked with managers and executives at Lyft, Yelp, Twitter, Reddit, and Dropbox to help them develop core leadership skills.To top it off, she’s engaging, down-to-earth and can distill complex emotional responses into easy-to-remember analogies.

Start your emotionally fit leadership practice today.

Space is limited to better enable psychological safety and meaningful connections between participants.

8-Week Series


$30 per class
  • Live, 85-minute, therapist-led small group classes
  • Breakout practice groups with like-minded peers
  • Access to Coa’s proprietary emotional fitness tools
  • Ongoing support and community connection
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100% Refund Guarantee: we're confident you’ll have an amazing experience with Coa, but if you attend the first 3 classes and decide it’s not for you, we’ll give you your money back, no questions asked.

Try an Intro Class


  • 90-minute introduction to emotional fitness
  • Actionable take-aways
  • Meet others who are considering the series
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