The Playing Big Facilitators Training is a one-of-a-kind program for coaches, therapists, managers, and mentors supporting women in their personal and professional growth.

The six-month training will engage you in two layers of learning and exploration:

Layer One

Your Journey to Playing Bigger

You’ll experience the Playing Big journey & tools for yourself. You’ll identify what playing bigger means for you at this phase in your life and career, learn how to quiet your inner critic, discover your inner mentor, unhook from praise and criticism, hone your negotiation skills and improve your professional communication.
Layer Two

Supporting Others to Play Bigger

You’ll receive training to use the Playing Big tools and model to better support others – whether your clients, team members, or mentees. You’ll develop skills that will enable you to bring more value to them, experience more meaning in your work, and differentiate your business or leadership style.
CCE Logo This training is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF) for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units.

Dear Brilliant Woman,

Tara Sophia Mohr

Nine years ago, I sat in my coaching office across from a bright young woman.

She talked about her passion for her field. She shared how her organization needed to evolve. Her reflections were insightful and wise, and I was inspired and moved by her.

Yet she doubted herself. She was waiting on having more experience, another degree, or some cue from others before putting her visions into action.

It would have been one thing if she was my only client like this, but almost all my clients were like this – brilliant women who couldn’t see their own brilliance, women delaying dreams they could have easily achieved.

Of course, I was so attuned to this because I was struggling with it myself – doubting my voice, waiting for permission to speak up, and not understanding how I’d become tentative and so afraid.

I wanted my self-expression and sense of freedom back. I wanted to see the brilliant women I coached feel confident and at home in themselves. I wanted to live in a world that benefited from women’s voices, our creations, our leadership.

So I braided together a decade of work on women’s issues, a background in business and entrepreneurship, training as a coach, and a lifelong love of personal growth and spiritual development. I began working with women to discover why we play small and how we can play bigger.

I learned a lot. I learned what didn’t help women play bigger. I learned what tools only helped some women play bigger. Most important, I uncovered a set of concepts and practices that consistently helped a wide diversity of women play big – on their own terms.

Several years later, I’m proud to say that the model developed out of that “field work” has now produced incredible results for thousands of women around the world.

My interest has never been in women playing bigger within the status quo; rather, it’s on women courageously going for their true dreams, and becoming change agents as they do so.

Now it’s time for me to share what I’ve learned with a community of practitioners – coaches, therapists, managers, mentors, leadership development professionals and others – who feel called, as I do, to support women’s empowerment in this remarkable historical moment.

  • If you are tired of women playing small…
  • If the toolkit you’ve been working with is good, but not the full palette needed to support contemporary women…
  • If you suspect there is something to discover about your own playing big right now…
  • If you long to be part of a global community of women empowering women from the inside out…

I hope you’ll join us.

With love,

A Proven, Innovative Model

When you make the investment to be trained in the Playing Big model, you are choosing a proven, highly effective approach:

  • 94% of women who have been trained in the Playing Big model report that as a result of the Playing Big tools, they can tap into their own inner wisdom more easily
  • 93% report they feel more confident
  • 90% report they feel reconnected to their passion and dreams for their lives
  • 93% are taking more action to pursue a calling
  • 91% share their ideas more frequently
  • 78% feel better prepared to negotiate on their own behalf
  • 85% are taking more initiative at work
  • 95% feel a greater sense that they are “enough” to do what they aim to do in the world

What would it be like to experience these powerful changes in yourself and to help bring them about for your clients, mentees and team members too?

What Makes The Playing Big Model So Unique, And So Effective?

It’s a blended approach.
Bringing tools from the realms of coaching, leadership development, business, mindfulness, the latest social science research as well as ancient spiritual traditions.

It’s based on what works.
The Playing Big model was organically developed out of what I found to create the most consistent, high-impact results across diverse women. It’s a proven model that’s been refined over time.

It’s experiential, practical and built for busy women.
There are practices that make every concept applicable during our moment-to-moment challenges in every day life.

It’s a hybrid of inner work and skills training.
We do the foundational inner work on topics such as the inner critic, fear, and our relationship to praise and criticism. Then we move on to skills training in areas like communication and negotiation. Participants can truly use the skills they learn, because they also have the tools to deal with the resistance and fear that will arise as they do so.

What Leading Women Have To Say About Playing Big

Elizabeth Gilbert

At last this very important book has been written, encouraging women to take up all the creative space they deserve in the world. I hope it will empower legions of women to step into their greatness. I couldn’t be happier about this publication.

Elizabeth Gilbert
Author of The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love
Danielle LaPorte

Luminous, deep, and practical. I’ve asked every woman in my all-woman company to put Playing Big first on their reading list. We want to make a difference in the world, we want to live full-on, and we know that our passion is powerful. We need this! Playing Big is like a torch that shows you where assumptions you’ve been holding could be holding you back — even if you think you’re using your power to the fullest.

Danielle LaPorte
Author of The Desire Map and The Firestarter Sessions
Reverend Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman

“Tara Mohr’s Playing Big has changed my life. I started the course amidst a terrifying professional transition. I was welcomed and supported by Tara’s dynamic community of women from all over the world who not only affirmed that there is room for my gifts in the world, but also encouraged me to leap into my brilliance with courage and conviction. Since starting the program my salary has more than doubled, I have started my own LLC, and strategized next steps for my personal and professional success, all while learning to live with, and not be paralyzed by, my inner critic. Playing Big, both the course and the book, is filled with engaging content and effective exercises that mine women’s innermost aspirations and dreams. As a professor and public religious leader, I cannot say enough about the difference Playing Big has made in my life. Playing small is no longer an option!”

Reverend Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman
Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion at Yale University Divinity School
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

“In Playing Big, Tara Mohr offers you the keys to unlocking your gifts, your potential and your power to make a difference. Tara’s deep insights, her practical action steps and her real life stories will set you free.”

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
Author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings
Trudy Bourgeois

“Tara is a brilliant Playing Big guide. She challenges women using courage and compassion to stop playing small and take a leap to achieve the breakthrough that they know is possible but don’t know how to make it happen. Tara has a game changing approach.”

Trudy Bourgeois
President & CEO The Center for Workforce Excellence
Kelly McGonigal, PH.D.

Tara Mohr offers a new model of leadership, one that acknowledges and embraces the complex realities of women’s lives. Playing Big is the perfect catalyst for any woman who wants to go outside her comfort zone, find her voice, and embrace the biggest possibilities of her life.

Kelly McGonigal, PH.D.
Author of The Willpower Instinct
Tara Brach, PH.D.

With clarity, warmth and deep wisdom, Tara shines a light on our blocks to manifesting our potential, and offers practical, well-honed strategies that move us toward fulfillment. This is a book that can transform the trajectory of your life.

Tara Brach, PH.D.
Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
Jennifer Louden

This is the how-to manual we’ve been waiting for. Tara cuts through our playing small strategies with every brilliant word and liberating idea.

Jennifer Louden
Best-selling author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Woman’s Retreat Book

The Playing Big Facilitators Training Curriculum

This training is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF) for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units.

Part I

Introduction

In our introductory week, you’ll get oriented to the program and meet the other participants from around the world. You’ll learn the surprising definition of Playing Big that has resonated so powerfully with women globally. You’ll also begin to clarify what playing big means for you at this particular stage of your life and work.

Part II

Inner Critic

We all grapple with self-doubt. You know the amazing things your clients, team members, mentees or students could do, and the joys they could experience, if only they weren’t being held back by insecurity. This module is about how to help them get there.

In this module, you will learn:

  • what’s universal for both women & men when it comes to self-doubt, and what the research tells us is particular to women
  • why encouraging the people you support to become more confident and affirming their strengths are not the most effective approaches to help them overcome insecurity
  • a model for understanding the connection between self-doubt and playing bigger
  • a set of simple, highly effective practices you can use yourself and that you can teach those you support to use when self-doubt arises, so that it no longer holds them back

You’ll also explore when and why self-doubt arises in your own professional, creative, and personal life and begin using in-the-moment practices that ensure that self-doubt doesn’t mislead you. A core tenet of this training is that women and girls do not need to become “more confident,” but rather, that self-doubt will always be with us, and we can develop a new kind of relationship to self-doubt that prevents it from getting in our way.

Part III

Inner Mentor

As leaders, coaches, counselors or mentors, we seek to help the people we support uncover and strengthen the wisest and most authentic part of themselves. The inner mentor is a reliable, accessible tool for doing that time and time and time again.

In this module, you will learn:

  • how to guide others in discovering their inner mentors, so that they can clarify their visions for the future, treat themselves with more compassion, and create a more authentic life and career
  • how to utilize the inner mentor tool so that the people you support can become their own wise guides – and you don’t have to know all the right answers all the time!
  • the common pitfalls and challenges that come with use of this tool, and strategies to navigate around them
  • how to access and draw upon your own inner mentor as a powerful source of guidance and clarity in your life and career
PART IV

Unhooking from Praise and Criticism

When women are crushed by criticism or dependent on praise, we can’t innovate, share controversial ideas, or effect change. Tara’s distinctive work on women’s relationship to praise and criticism has been recognized widely by publications ranging from goop to Harvard Business Review, and was the subject of her #1 Most Emailed New York Times essay. In this program, Tara will teach her approach to identifying, understanding, and addressing women’s being hooked by praise and criticism.

In this module, you will learn:

  • How to recognize and address the diverse, hard-to-detect ways that attachment to praise and avoidance of criticism shows up in the lives and careers of the people you support
  • six factors –historical, cultural and physiological –that cause women in particular to get hooked by praise and criticism, and how to talk about this important context with your clients
  • four transformational tools for helping yourself and those you work with become less seeking of praise and less uncomfortable with criticism, so that they can live their most authentic lives and do their most courageous work
PART V

Callings & Fear

It can often feel like a difficult mystery, this work of discovering what our callings are, taking action to actualize them, and helping others do the same. But it doesn’t need to feel like a mystery. There are recognizable ways our callings show up, common objections we develop out of fear, and widely helpful tools for moving past resistance and taking action around even the callings that seem most impossible to bring to life. Helping the people we support to live their callings and living our own is perhaps some of the most sacred and joyful work we can do.

In this module you’ll learn:

  • the eight common qualities of how callings often show up for women, so that you can recognize your callings and help your clients and mentees identify their own
  • how to support someone through the process of discerning what their current callings are, and starting to take simple, low-risk action to live their calling
  • the 2000-year test we can all benefit from doing with our callings
  • how to support an individual in letting go of a calling that is coming to a close

In this module, you’ll also learn Tara’s innovative approach for moving through fear, including:

  • the two types of fear and why we need to react differently to each
  • how to discern which type of fear is arising in your clients, mentees, or team members and how to work with them effectively around that fear
  • how to apply this model to your own present fears and learn to live with fear in a new, healthy, and even comfortable way
PART VI

Hiding, Leaping & Leaving Good Student Habits Behind

Getting one more degree. Putting off an important career step because it seems like a few other steps need to happen first. Launching a big project gathering women’s voices or perspectives on an important topic.

These are just a few of the things brilliant women do that look just fine from the outside, but are often hiding strategies.

In this module you’ll learn:

  • eight common strategies brilliant women use to hide
  • the antidote to hiding and perfectionism – a powerful kind of action called leaping
  • the six criteria that must be present for an action to truly be a leap
  • how to begin leaping in your own life & work, and how to gently bring the leaping way into your work with others, so that fulfillment, learning, and their desired results come to them much more quickly
  • the shift in skills both you and those you support will need to make the move from performing well in school to playing big in the career world
  • the specific ways you may need to work with women who were high achievers in school, the key new skills to develop in your work with them, and the unique challenges you can expect them to face on their playing big journey
PART VII

Negotiation & Communicating with Power

“I just think…” “I actually disagree…” “I’m no expert in this but,…”

These are just a few of the “little things” women do in their communication that really aren’t so little; they have a big impact in undermining how powerfully we come across.

In this module, you’ll learn:

  • the common habits women use in their speech and writing that decrease our influence
  • how to start removing these from your own communication
  • why we use these undermining habits, and how we can better navigate the “double-bind” women face today – the choice between appearing likable or confident
  • how to work with your clients to help them more consciously and effectively do their tightrope walk between perceived competence and likability at work,
  • the differing contexts women face working in the domains of corporate life, the social sector, and entrepreneurship

In this module, we’ll also cover negotiation. All of us negotiate, in one form or another, every day. All too often, good girl norms, fears, and lack of training and practice cause us to give away our power in these conversations.

In this module, you’ll learn:

  • how women can dramatically change their performance in negotiations by changing how they think of negotiations, and the change in mindset that has this powerful impact
  • the truth and myths behind the “women don’t ask” research
  • a roadmap for 1) preparing for and 2) moving through any conversation in which parties have differing interests and goals but must co-create a solution
Part VIII

Let it Be Easy: Alternatives to Self-Discipline

All of us have sat with clients, team members, mentees, or loved ones who are disappointed and confused about why they’ve lost motivation toward an important goal, or betrayed themselves through procrastination or self-sabotage. Likely, at some point in your life or career, you too have relied on self-discipline to achieve something, only to find that it failed you.

In this module, you will learn:

  • the little known history of the concept of self-discipline, and why it matters for you & the people you support
  • how to help someone move out of a self-discipline state of mind to a self-support state of mind
  • how to work with your clients, mentees, or team members to set up more effective action plans to achieve their professional, personal, and creative goals, and how to do the same for yourself
Part IX

Playing Big While Caregiving

Caregiving comes in many forms – from caring for children, to parents or family members, to friends in distress. Caregiving, in some form, will be a significant part of life for most women. Given the intense demands of caregiving and the social conditioning we have around our roles as caregivers, it is no surprise that most women experience their caregiving responsibilities as in tension with their playing big aspirations.

In this module, you will:

  • learn how to work with women to support them in playing big AND caregiving
  • gain coaching tools to help women release their limiting beliefs and instead claim their authentic values and choices with caregiving
  • learn strategies and powerful exercises for prioritization and time management

Last but not least, we will challenge the convention of looking at these two domains of women’s lives as separate and explore how we can play big – showing up with authenticity and courage – in our caregiving roles, and also bring caregiving values into ambitious careers

PART X

Conclusion

In our final module, we’ll talk about how all the pieces fit together, explore your questions, and reflect on what you are learning as you begin to use the Playing Big tools in your work. This is a time for integration and clarifying next steps.

CCE Logo This training is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF) for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units.

How It Works

It’s flexible and accessible
The Playing Big Facilitators Training is designed to be highly experiential while also offering the flexibility and accessibility enabled by distance learning.

Weekly, interactive meetings
We will meet on a weekly basis for 90-minute interactive, workshop-style sessions that include discussion, Q&A, spotlight coaching, exercises as well as presentations. You can attend live or listen to the recording of these sessions.

Learning Between Sessions
You’ll dive into short readings, worksheets and supplementary audio and videos in between sessions to continue your learning.

A dedicated community of women
We’ll communicate in an ongoing way through a private online discussion forum.

Hear From Women in Your Field

Playing Big Graduates
Hear From Coaches
On How The Playing Big Model Has Helped Them Play Bigger & Enabled Their Practices To Thrive

“The Playing Big Facilitators Training has taken my coaching practice to a deeper level. With Inner Mentor and Inner Critic work as a foundational language with my clients, I have been able to facilitate shifts in perspective and daily practices far seamlessly than I had in the past. I truly feel like I have left with an additional toolkit that can stand alone or integrate into my existing work. Tara’s work fits into private practice and corporate settings, and is easily translated to different organizational cultures. I’ve quickly been able to apply what I learned to professional and personal coaching scenarios and to professional development sessions. The fact that these very tools created major transformation for me made this training a gift to both myself and my coaching. It feels natural and necessary to raise the Playing Big tools to the forefront of my sessions. This transformational work MUST be shared.”

Krysta McNutt
Empath Coaching & Consulting

“My practice is on a roll. The skills and ideas I have learned in Tara’s program have blended so well with my other training. I am now confident that I have a strong, complete set of tools that I KNOW will be helpful for my clients. That confidence helps me market and price my services in a way that (finally) feels like it honors and reflects my value.”

Laura Grisolano
President, Bridge Mediation and Leadership Solutions LLC
Organizational conflict consulting, mediation, and leadership development services

“When I facilitate leadership journeys for senior women executives, I often use a selection of the Playing Big tools. I have rarely found tools that have such a profound impact in such a short period of time.”

Dr. Tanvi Gautam
Founder, Leadershift Inc.

“As a Playing Big alumni, joining this training was a no brainer. It surpassed my expectations in every way. It’s a beautifully designed course with sensitive, experiential learning at its core. It drives so much depth into Tara’s incredible tools. When I weave Playing Big tools and techniques into my groups, and when mentoring clients and students, magic always happens. It’s awe inspiring to watch women have those ‘Aha’ moments. To witness them step truly into themselves with ease and from a place of joy, celebrate in their gifts and align with their BIG-ness. Powerful and incredible! Tara, your generosity in sharing your work and expertise are inspirational. I feel privileged to have been a part and to have grown with other exceptional women. I am so excited to be taking the work I do to another level.”

Ruth Polden
Yoga Mentor and Facilitator

“This was, hands down, the most well-conducted, relevant, practical and comprehensive training I have received as a coach. I could not recommend it more highly.”

Colleen Boselli
Executive Coach

“I am impressed that Tara is personally present at every call, delivers all the materials live, and creates space for questions and on-the-spot coaching. Her personal attention and presence at every call makes this course the incredible value that it is. Thank you for you Tara, and for what you do for women!

This training is opening me up to think bigger and “play” better with my fears without being held hostage to them; to move forward in every area of my life.

I am now able to coach my clients and the young leaders I oversee through their fear to playing bigger; assist them to trust their inner wise women with the inner mentor tool; help them understand the difference between being impacted by “praise/criticism” and being “hooked.” These two tools alone are opening up new doors and creating magic for them! None of these would have happened if I hadn’t taken the leap and signed up for this training.”

Nukhet Hendricks
Executive Director, Homeward Animal Shelter, Fargo ND
Leader Catalyst, Assisting women to unleash the fearless leader within

“The women in my Beyond the Empty Nest groups love the principles of Playing Big that I have incorporated into the programming. The new perspectives that they gain about their inner critics, their relationships with praise and criticism, and finding their true callings has helped empower them to leap into this next phase of their lives with confidence and excitement. The women who I coach are now Playing Bigger and so am I. I would recommend this training to any coach or therapist who is looking to make a bigger impact.”

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW, ACC
Midlife Transition Coach

“Taking this course was the best decision I’ve made. My coaching feels richer and my clients are experiencing the joys of stretching and exercising their ability to deal with the blocks that surface. They feel empowered and I am loving being a witness of their growth (and mine!).”

Barbara Churchill
Leadership Coach, Trainer, Speaker

“I sought out the Playing Big training for my own professional development and quickly realized that the tools would benefit my clients, too. The Playing Big tools and ideas have become an important resource that I use to help unsure leaders activate their visions and implement bold new projects and initiatives.”

Rochelle Williams
Founder and Principal Consultant, Gather

“I am so grateful for this program – it was absolutely the best investment I’ve ever made in my personal development.”

Summer Innanen
Body Image Coach, Author of Body Image Remix
Host of Fearless Rebelle Radio

“This program has given me the ‘tribe’ I’ve been longing for. Tara has attracted an amazing group of women who embody the perfect blend of wit and warmth, intellect and insight, courage and compassion. I looked forward to each week’s materials, and even though I couldn’t be on many calls live, I listened to the recordings dutifully and felt deeply engaged all along. These skills have shifted how I approach my own life – in terms of how I relate to my fears, doubts, and goals – and my work with women. I am excited to be part of a group of women doing the courageous thing and playing big from the inside out.”

Dr. Jessica Michaelson
Life and Career Coach for Moms

“The Playing Big Facilitators Training has enabled me to scale up my work with female business owners and creatives. It’s given me practical tools to enable the women I work with to see past their fears and habits. Women often come to me feeling stuck or overwhelmed, and I now feel better able to support them in moving forward and empowering them to create the businesses they really want.”

Jenny Hyde
Business Coach and Mentor
Hear From Women In Academia
How Playing Big Has Impacted Their Teaching, Scholarship, And More

“Tara Mohr’s Playing Big has changed my life. I started the course amidst a terrifying professional transition. I was welcomed and supported by Tara’s dynamic community of women from all over the world who not only affirmed that there is room for my gifts in the world, but also encouraged me to leap into my brilliance with courage and conviction. Since starting the program my salary has more than doubled, I have started my own LLC, and strategized next steps for my personal and professional success, all while learning to live with, and not be paralyzed by, my inner critic. Playing Big, both the course and the book, is filled with engaging content and effective exercises that mine women’s innermost aspirations and dreams. As a professor and public religious leader, I cannot say enough about the difference Playing Big has made in my life. Playing small is no longer an option!”

Reverend Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman
Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion, Yale University Divinity School

“This course helped me to dig deep and learn to listen to my calling and help me make some key decisions about my career path. I feel confident that I am making decisions that are right for me using the tools I learned in the course. What a great experience. Thank you!!!”

Theresa E. Bartolotta, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Health Sciences at Stockton University

“I am so much more able to recognize the inner critic and gently shut her down when she pipes up. I no longer feel mad at myself for having an inner critic (my inner critic was so strong that she would criticize me for listening to her!). Thank you so much for helping me manage my habit of being unnecessarily hard on myself, which has been going on for most of my life!”

Naomi Bardach
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

“Playing Big offers great benefit for academics, helping us better tap into our creativity, vision, and power. I am a faculty member at a women’s college; the mission of my work is to support women playing bigger. As a psychology researcher, I value empirically-supported strategies. As a health scholar, I aim to improve community well-being. As a mentor, I know that the most sustainable approach to developing leadership capacity is to acknowledge people in their messy, glorious complexity – including mind, body, heart. I only wish I knew about the Playing Big program earlier, as it profoundly supports each of these values. Playing Big offers great benefit for academics, helping us better tap into our creativity, vision, and power. Tara delivers substantive, practical content – manageable even for those people with busy, full lives – that will stay with you long after the formal program is over.”

Benita Jackson, PhD MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Smith College

“Less than a year ago, I found myself seeking something more. While I had achieved most of my professional and personal goals, I knew there was more for me to learn, experience, and contribute to the world.

When I learned of the Playing Big course, I knew it was something I had to do for myself and for the women I wanted to serve. It was beyond excellent, and as an educator myself, I can attest to the quality of the materials and time spent working directly with Tara. She’s an authentic, compassionate, brilliant teacher.

More recently, I have started bringing the Playing Big model into my professional sphere. I hosted more than 50 women faculty and staff for an all-day retreat incorporating Playing Big concepts and tools. The response was so positive that I was invited to teach an online women’s leadership class. Of course, Playing Big is one of the required texts.

I’ve also used Tara’s work with my staff, all of whom are women. I bought them the book as a holiday gift, and we’ve adopted her key concepts into our everyday vernacular, allowing us to support each other so much more effectively. I have found her tools work with women at all levels of our organization. All of this, every single thing, I attribute to reading Playing Big and taking the Playing Big course. That was less than a year ago, and I am still on my path, leaping and learning every step of the way. ”

Alexis Kanda-Olmstead
Director, Talent Management, Training & Support
Colorado State University

“I’ve experienced significant changes because of this program. I am able to put my learning, qualifications, and skills to best use because I communicate more clearly. I find that others are more clear about my role and contributions, which means they know when to come to me for input and when the request should go elsewhere. My profile is also growing in the industry, which is positive for the organization I work for. I manage my time better because I understand my role and worth, so delegate tasks more easily when appropriate. I also communicate more confidently with senior managers and with the people who report to me. I am generally more professional, happier, and putting energy into areas that align with the organization’s mission, as well as my own values.”

Joelle Adams
Adjunct Professor

“I’m EXTREMELY satisfied with what I got from this course! It is a collection of absolutely essential and brilliant tools that will be useful throughout my professional and personal life. THANK YOU for all the brilliance, work, thoughtfulness, knowledge, experience, connections, and (very importantly!) the love and passion that you put into this course!”

Beth Molnar
Associate Professor, Northeastern University
President, Board of Directors, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Hear From Managers & Mentors
About the Impact of the Playing Big Model on Their Work & Their Teams

“Tara’s classes have completely changed the way I think about leading and mentoring inside and outside of the workplace. I have a box of Playing Big books under my desk to give away to whoever asks for one, because I find Tara’s approach so effective and wise. It has changed my life, and it might change theirs.

Taking the Playing Big class gave me a critical set of tools to work through feelings and behaviors that held me back. The Facilitators Training taught me how to use these tools to mentor and coach women around me that want to play bigger. Tara’s approach gave me a strong conceptual framework and words to describe and deal with our inner critics, our fears, our discomfort with feedback and criticism, and our resistance to act on the very things that we care about the most.”

Antonella Pavese
Senior Staff UX Researcher at Google

“Playing Big deeply shifted my leadership and my life; how I see myself, how I call on my own inner (powerful) leader, and how business partners experience me. Prior to Playing Big, I’d received feedback, “You have the goods, just show up like you do! You are not owning all of what you offer or who you are.” After the course, I received feedback that my leadership presence had dramatically shifted. I was showing up clearer, stronger and more vibrant. I was leading with less “noise” yet greater impact. I now take on challenges with elevated curiosity, thoughtful and intentional communication, and an overall more confident way of being. This catapult in growth has been validated by performance reviews, feedback from peers and (most exciting) the trajectory for which I see (and am driving) my career and future.”

Playing Big program graduate, Director at Nike

“This is an amazing course! It helped me figure out what my ‘playing bigger’ looks like and how it could be different as life evolves. The course is a nice balance of practical tools, self-reflection and guidance from Tara and resonant stories from others. I thought it was fabulous I could do this with my own time and without judgment. I would highly recommend this (and have been) to other women who desire to make a bigger difference in their lives in an authentic way.”

Zeryn Sarpangal
Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs, Achaogen, Inc.

“Professional development and mentoring conversations around subjects such as fear, doubt and self-criticism can often be awkward in the office setting. Playing Big gave me the deep insights and courage to approach these subjects with my team and mentees in more a thoughtful, empathetic manner. In finally addressing these once “taboo” subjects head on, my teams and mentees accelerated their personal growth and effectiveness across the organization.”

Jennifer Dimaris
Former VP of Marketing, Starbucks Coffee Company

“Tara’s Playing Big model has made a significant difference in my own career, and through me in the careers of women I have mentored. In working through the exercises myself, I learned to make friends with my inner critic and to recognize when I was limiting myself through self-talk, communication style and other habitual patterns. This greater compassionate self-awareness has not only allowed me to grow, it has also helped me to be a better mentor to women I manage. It has been so satisfying to see them grow and thrive.”

Eleanor Bell, PhD
Director, Operations and Finance, HVTN, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
Former Director of Strategy Planning & Management, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“Tara is a brilliant Playing Big guide. She challenges women using courage and compassion to stop playing small and take a leap to achieve the breakthrough that they know is possible but don’t know how to make it happen. Tara has a game changing approach.”

Trudy Bourgeois
President & CEO, The Center for Workforce Excellence

“The Playing Big model provided a framework for me to enhance my own leadership as a school administrator. Last year, when pitching several ideas to my school administration, I drew upon the Playing Big course and materials for guidance and encouragement. The Playing Big model has also been an integral part of our school’s leadership training for adolescent girls. The students resonate and can identify with Tara’s work, whether we are discussing inner critic, inner mentor or diminishing language.”

Betsy Briardy
Middle School Dean of Students; Director of the Center for How Girls Learn
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

“I have gone through numerous leadership trainings (covering many of the same topics), but Playing Big really struck a cord. Maybe because we are focusing on “women specific” challenges for each topic, but mostly because of the delivery – the images used, the targeted questions raised, and the practical exercises used to bring it home and make it personal. I had numerous “ah-ha” moments – there is no doubt playing big has helped me unlock what was holding me back and is setting me up for a successful return after my maternity leave.”

Valerie Pisano
Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

“I enrolled in the Playing Big program a year into my first management job. I was inspired and regularly brought the topics back to team meetings and check-ins for discussion, opening up space for conversations on the things that were personally holding us back. Once we brought them out in the open, we were able to more effectively move forward together toward bigger goals and opportunities. The Playing Big model helped me develop my style and philosophy for management, making me a much better manager early on and more prepared as I transitioned into new organizations and teams.”

Sara Ferree
Senior Development Adviser, International Women’s Health Coalition
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About Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr

I bring to this program

  • Fifteen years of experience helping women empower themselves and achieve their dreams. I’ve coached hundreds of women to start shining brightly and doing their unique work in the world, boldly.
  • With me, you get a very unique hybrid. You get the the practical, grounded in the ‘real world’ side: I received my MBA from Stanford University. I have extensive training in leadership, negotiation, communication, entrepreneurship, and business.
  • You also get the psychological and spiritual side. I am a certified coach, spiritual seeker, poet, and a woman with an understanding of the inner transformation needed for playing big.
  • And then there’s my personal journey. I’ve walked my own personal journey from playing small to playing bigger. Of course, I’m still growing, but I’m happy to say I’ve left what felt like a compromise career and created a life that feels wildly aligned with who I really am, my greatest loves, and the legacy I hope to leave.
Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being, and an author, educator and certified coach.

Tara’s work is known for its unique blend of intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom – a blend of heart, mind and soul. She is the author of Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead, published by Penguin, and named a Best Book by Apple’s iBooks. Tara is also the creator of the acclaimed Playing Big leadership program for women.

Tara’s work has been featured on The Today Show and in publications ranging from The New York Times to goop to Harvard Business Review.

She has been a speaker at venues ranging from BlogHer to TedxWomen to Emerging Women Live. Her Playing Big model has been part of leadership development programs at Starbucks, Google, Bank of America, Amazon.com, and many other companies. The Playing Big concepts have also been incorporated into middle and high schools in the US and UK to support girls’ leadership development.

Tara received her MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale.

More than 50,000 women from around the world follow Tara’s writing and wisdom. She is also a poet, and the author of Your Other Names: Poems for Wise Living. She lives in San Francisco and loves dance, art, and long walks with her family.

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If you feel called to empower women during this remarkable historical moment for women’s emergence and leadership

If you crave the rejuvenation that comes with enriching your toolkit and connecting to a community of peers

If you want to walk your own journey to playing bigger…

The Playing Big Facilitators Training Program Is For You.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between this program and Tara’s regular Playing Big program?
Tara’s Playing Big program is for any woman who wants to play bigger in her life and career. It’s for women who want to clarify their callings, move past self-doubt, do work that brings them meaning and joy, and play bigger in their own way, on their own terms. The next session will begin in October 2017.

The Playing Big Facilitators Training is specifically for women who want to integrate the Playing Big model in their work supporting others. You’ll receive a dual level training:
  1. to apply the Playing Big model and tools in your own life and work and
  2. to learn how to use the model and tools with those you support, whether clients, mentees, students, or team members.
Program attendees include coaches, therapists, educators, women in academia, managers and mentors. Because much of the learning builds upon basic coaching skills, we provide a Coaching Skills 101 supplemental workshop and recommend attending if you do not have previous coaching or counseling training.

If the Facilitators Training is not for you but you are interested in the general Playing Big program, click here to sign up to receive updates and information on that program.
What’s the schedule?
We are currently in session from October 2017 through May 2018. The Facilitators Training runs for six months and the next session will likely be offered in October 2018. Sign up for the advanced notice list below and you’ll be first to know when registration opens again.
I want to keep using the tools/methodology I’m currently trained in. How does Playing Big integrate with other models?
The Playing Big model offers a set of tools and concepts that you can easily integrate into your own approach to managing, mentoring, advising or coaching. For example, therapists can apply the Playing Big facilitation tools and concepts, using their own theoretical orientation lens, to help clients improve coping skills, increase self esteem, and foster greater resilience. Or as a manager, you might use the Playing Big toolkit to complement your existing one, particularly when helping team members around issues of confidence, voice, and leadership development.
What will the community aspect of this program be like?
The Facilitators Training is also an opportunity to find fellow practitioners with a shared interest in women’s leadership and empowerment, and to enhance your own network of colleagues, potential collaborators, mentors and mentees. We will engage in dialogue through a private online discussion group, and members will also have the opportunity to connect with each other individually based on shared interests, or shared geography.
Will I get to work with Tara one-on-one?
The program takes place in a group format, within which each individual member will have the opportunity to share challenges, reflect on their learnings, and ask questions with individual feedback from Tara.
Can these tools be used with men, too?
The Playing Big curriculum was developed for and with women, out of a passion for bringing women’s voices to the fore. However, we regularly hear from men using the model with great success in their lives and careers. You can expect to complete the program with a model for empowering the women and men you work with, and with deep knowledge in common patterns around how women play small and what helps them play bigger.
What’s the time commitment for this?
All inclusive, it’s two and a half to three hours a week. That includes our 90-minute weekly calls, reading, worksheets, supplementary curriculum materials, and time for you to participate in online discussion forums if you wish.
Can I do this training if I am not a coach or leadership development professional?
Absolutely! We have many coaches in the program, but we also have women in academia, corporate managers, mentors, health care practitioners and others. We provide a Coaching Skills 101 workshop as a supplemental, optional part of the program and recommend you participate if you do not have a coaching or counseling background.
Can I get recordings if I can’t attend the course sessions live?
Yes, our session recordings will always be posted within 24 hours. We provide transcripts as well. We encourage you to attend live whenever you can so you can participate fully in the discussion, but you can also listen to the recordings.
I feel intimidated or nervous about signing up.
You aren’t alone! Joining this program stretches us out of our comfort zones, for many different reasons. For some it’s taking the time and resources to invest in themselves. For others it’s admitting to themselves more fully that they want to focus more on women’s empowerment in their careers, or getting honest with themselves about their own desires to play bigger. For some, this is a new step into online learning. For others, there is an inner critic voice telling them they somehow don’t measure up to the other women in this program. This is all normal. Fear and the inner critic naturally come up when we take this kind of new step. By the end of the course, you’ll be such an expert in how to deal with this, you’ll be smiling looking back at this moment! But for now, see what it is like to notice this scared and critical part of you but not take direction from it. Let your aspirations, your passions, and your hopes — not fear or the inner critic — be in charge of your decision here.
What’s the investment?
The cost of the program is $2699 when paid in full, or you can choose the 8-month payment option for $374/month.
I don’t do so well with online and distance learning. Might this work for me?
It’s a great question. Here are a few things to keep in mind: The course materials are always simple to access. The course combines written materials, worksheets and exercises, live calls, call transcripts, and recorded audio and video learning. The variety of formats means you’ll be able to digest the material in ways that work for you.

Because Tara’s programs are highly experiential and interactive, we don’t experience the attrition or weak learning outcomes that many distance-learning programs do. The pluses of a distance-learning approach are that you’ll connect with like-minded women from all over the world and that you can learn/participate in a way that works easily with your schedule.
Many of the women I work with already have such high expectations for themselves and are overtaxed. I often feel the same way. I’m not sure we should be putting the emphasis on playing bigger!
This program teaches an inside-out definition of playing big. Playing big isn’t about striving harder or doing more. It is about honestly accepting one’s true aspirations and callings and playing big in going for them. Because it leads to women being more aligned with their authentic selves, and more tapped into their passions, it generally creates more energy, less stress, and far less striving in women’s lives. It’s an alternative to perfectionistic go-go-going, a deeper path of self-actualization.
Will I be “certified” through this program? Am I becoming an official Playing Big coach?
In short, no. This is not a certification or a licensing program. I’m passionate about every woman developing her own unique body of work that utilizes a variety of tools but with her own mission, flavor, and mix. In line with this, we’ve designed a training approach to allow our graduates maximum autonomy and flexibility in how they integrate the Playing Big model. You will gain a set of skills, tools and ideas that you can integrate into your work to make it much more powerful. Here’s how this model plays out in practical terms:
  • You can freely incorporate everything you learn from the training into your work with one-on-one clients, mentees, team members, and so on.
  • If you are leading group workshops – for example, on women’s careers or wellbeing – we encourage you to use what you’ve learned in the training, crediting Tara/Playing Big for the tools and concepts you incorporate.
  • If you use Playing Big written materials, participants of groups/workshops would obtain copies of the Playing Big book, to be compliant with U.S. copyright law.
  • Graduates are free to share they’ve completed the Playing Big Facilitators Training with Tara Mohr, if they meet the criteria below, as part of how they describe their approach and training.
  • However, participants are not authorized to teach Playing Big branded workshops or do Playing Big branded coaching, because we do not want to constrain how participants share the work.
If you would like to state that you have “completed the Playing Big Facilitators Training with Tara Mohr,” at the close of the program you’ll simply:
  1. confirm that you’ve participated in all modules
  2. complete a written assessment to demonstrate your learnings.
Then you are free – and encouraged! – to share that you’ve taken this training program.

In addition, The Playing Big Facilitators Training is also accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Upon completion, coaches will receive certification for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units – 21 in Core Competencies.
Will I receive ICF CCE units?
CCE Logo This training is accredited by International Coach Federation (ICF) for 46.5 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units – 21 in Core Competencies and 25.5 in Resource Development. At the close of the program, if you would like to receive certification for these CCE units, you’ll simply:
  1. confirm that you’ve participated in all modules
  2. confirm that you’ve attended at least 10 of the course calls live, at the time that they were held (Tuesdays from 12-1:30 pm Pacific)
  3. complete the final written assessment to demonstrate your learnings
Will this program give me materials for leading Playing Big classes or workshops?
The program will give you a variety of tools, exercises, and skills to use in your work supporting others to play bigger.

You can freely incorporate everything you learn from the training into your work with one-on-one clients. If you are leading group workshops on, for example, women’s careers or wellbeing, we encourage you to use what you’ve learned in the training, crediting Tara/Playing Big for the tools and concepts you incorporate.

If you use Playing Big written materials, participants of groups/workshops would obtain copies of the Playing Big book, to be compliant with U.S. copyright law.

We do not authorize participants to teach Playing Big branded workshops, courses or do Playing Big branded coaching, because we do not want to constrain how participants share the work.

However, you can certainly share that you have “completed the Playing Big Facilitators Training with Tara Mohr,” as part of sharing your background/approach with clients and others. If you wish to do that, at the close of the program you’ll simply:
  1. confirm that you’ve participated in all modules
  2. complete a written assessment to demonstrate your learnings.
Then you are free – and encouraged! – to share that you’ve taken this training program.
My employer sometimes sponsors professional development. Do you have something I can give them?
Yes, we have a document you can provide your employer. Click to download the 2017-18 Playing Big Professional Development document. You can also email us at playingbig@taramohr.com to request it.
What if I sign up and change my mind, or what if my life just gets super busy?
First things first: the Facilitators Training has a more than 96% completion rate, with fewer than 4% of participants finding they don’t want to experience the full journey.

Second, all program materials are yours for life — so even if an unexpected change in your schedule happens, you can still get the full value of the program when you are ready.

However, if within the first 30 days of the program, you find the program isn’t working for you, and you have completed the program materials and worksheets we’ve done so far, let us know, and your tuition will be refunded.
I’m just not sure.
Well, if you were my coaching client I’d ask you to:
  • Check in with your body: How does the idea of registering feel in your body — good and exciting? Good but scary/exhilarating? Those are good signs.
  • Notice what part of you is hesitant: Your inner wisdom? Listen up. Inner critic? Voice of fear? Not good voices to listen to. Question what they are saying. Especially question any voices telling you that you somehow don’t measure up to being in this group, or won’t be able to “do it right,” or that the time to do this has to be just right.
  • Explore: Is there a particular fear or worry you have? If so, write it down and examine it in the light.
  • Ask yourself: If you knew you couldn’t fail at this, and that you’d fit in beautifully with the group — what would you do?
  • Reflect: What are your intentions for the coming year? Does this feel well aligned, or not?

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