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What would have to happen for you to feel fulfilled in your career?

Energy flows where intention goes. The theme is staying in FLOW...

Let's talk about your wanting to do impactful and fulfilling work which is valued and know deep-down you can accomplish.

… You want to maximize and market yourself well enough when opportunities show up without leaving any confusion on your value or proposal.

… You want to design a life which flexibly supports you both professionally and personally with your family without the "success equals stress" mindset and black cloud looming above.

... You want to draw the line with those eating up your time, clear the clutter and overwhelm, knock out time-management challenges to pull your goals up there in priority.

… You want to overcome your limiting beliefs about your value, and particularly around earning more income without burnout from working overtime.

... You want to wave away anxiety and  be more self-confident, network more and feel comfortable asking for what you want, including communicating with clarity what you don't!

... You want to consistently focus and go from a "just in time" pressure of getting things done to leading with priorities and the space to make confident decisions from.

... You want to confidently communicate, projecting your credibility as an expert in your field without the self-doubting preamble playing, and never feeling good enough.

... You want to get your name out more, expand your influence with ideal opportunities such as speaking to larger and more senior audiences.

... You want to make decisions in both career and personal life that are aligned to what matters, leading with purpose.

...You want a structured life that enables more balance and control.

...You want measurable success that delivers the results you want, guided by making wise decisions.

"By ‘guts’ I mean, grace under pressure." - Ernest Hemingway

Introduction by former Wall Street Executive and founder of, Marisa Santoro. Questions? E-mail to learn more!

Own your Authority. Speak your Results.

Is this a true statement?

Isn't it time to invest in yourself? (as a happy side effect, that's when others do too.)

14 hours of Training and Coaching Videos. 12 hours of VIP Coaching Calls.

13 Modules of Video Instruction and Coaching

  • Find your voice: Speaking without Apology

  • Own your Authority as a Thought Leader with Influence

  • Self-Promote with Ease and Authenticity

  • Negotiate What You Need in your Career

  • Fearlessly Network: Grow your Professional Pipeline

  • Protect your Energy: Fierce Time Management

  • Breakthrough from Fear to Action

  • Own your Power in Difficult, Troubling Situations

  • Clarity to Confidence: Discover your Purpose






  • TEMPLATES Letters, Presentations, E-mails


  • 13 Modules: Video Instruction and Coaching (14 hours)
  • 6 Months of LIVE Q&A Calls.
  • Weekly Accountability Checks.
  • Scripts for Difficult Conversations.
  • Checklists.
  • Cheat Sheets.
  • Worksheets.
  • Templates (Presentations, Emails, Sales Sheets).
  • Over 12 hours of VIP Training and coaching Calls.
  • Consultation to focus on YOU and YOUR Results.

What our clients say

  • Kia Kia Impactful Strategist for Education Initiatives
    The Gutsy Leadership System™ is a gift that keeps on giving! What began as career coaching to accelerate growth and breakthrough to the next level is now a lifestyle! The ability to work with Marisa and network with an extraordinary community of risk-takers and change agents is priceless. Thank you, Marisa; I am growing gutsier by the day. Before working with Marisa, my career was decomposing. Marisa’s perceptive conversations, accountability, and tough love provided the spark needed to resurrect suppressed goals and dreams. There is now momentum in my career and personal life; new ideas and opportunities are presenting themselves all the time. The three most immediate improvements in my career after working with Marisa for three months are as follows: A change in Mindset, embracing transcending beliefs about my gifts and talents. An increase in Visibility via first-class, poised communications; authentically speaking my truth (in person, telephone, video chat, email, resume, LinkedIn, speech, presentations) and projecting my value and expertise to anyone in any setting. A revamping of and an increase in my Pipeline leading to new and exciting people, philosophies, and professional prospects. I will cheerfully speak with future village members on the value of the Gutsy Leadership Academy.
  • Joann Wasserman Joann Wasserman Town Residential
    I am an entrepreneur who needed an accountability coach who truly understood my business goals. Marisa is driven to make you succeed – it’s her passion! She is confident, focused and has exceptional leadership skills. Marisa exceeded my expectations and continued to follow up even after our coaching sessions. I would highly recommend her and would further the conversation by telephone for any additional questions!
  • Annette Steward Annette Steward Portfolio Director - Capital Markets
    Before working with Marisa I was not organized with the full circle of my life – professional to personal. I am now more structured and am accomplishing much more and consistently due to our meetings! I very much valued our coaching calls and the opportunity to share with a small group! Marisa has a very different approach. I very much appreciated her candor and soft style that is helpful yet direct. From first meeting her at a corporate leadership event she led for my firm, I began thinking about my goals and wanted to do more. The 3 most significant improvements I have made since we began working together is: a. So much better organization which has led to more productivity. b. A more open mind due to our interaction- questioning myself more on why or why not on opportunities. c. Incredibly more goal-oriented and am now writing more goals down which has proven to deliver positive results I am happy to discuss with anyone considering enrolling in a Gutsy Leadership program and questions the value!
  • Kara Kent Kara Kent New York
    After working through the Gutsy Leadership strategies in Marisa’s program, I was hand-picked my Apple in 3 weeks, flown out to their headquarters in California for an interview!I used all of her suggestions, developed my resume and signature speech for the phone and in-person interviews all based on her approach and followed her tools exactly. This was all-new information to me! Her system for helping me raise my confidence and potential worked like a charm. I feel like a million bucks. I was able to incorporate so many parts of her Gutsy Leadership System into my career while still being very authentic and true to myself. If you’re looking to get out there bigger, feel empowered in your career and personal life and get visible quickly, you’ve got to get a copy of her self-study program or sit down with her, today.
  • Dr. Dorothy Fink Dr. Dorothy Fink Endocrinologist, NYU Langone
    Marisa, thank you! I have seen incredible results by setting boundaries in my practice and saying NO where I need. I absolutely needed this course. I’m now setting up expectations with patients, creating and setting my office policy and training my staff  – editing all our emails based on your advice. Marisa helped me through a difficult transition in my job.  She guided me to find the right words to discuss my resignation.  It’s hard to be a woman and balance the alpha and beta in your job.  I’m a beta at heart and have a hard time not being walked all over at work.  I also have trouble asserting my alpha side at work and getting respect. Before working with you Marisa, I was a complete pushover at work. Then I started standing up for myself in ways that I never thought possible.  The 3 most significant improvements I made were in my new job, a new approach to interactions with my boss. A new approach to emails. If anyone questions the value of your program, please contact me. I’ll be happy to talk to them about it.
  • Dora Raine-Islamovic Dora Raine-Islamovic Atlanta
    I work in an industry that is not always the easiest to obtain a job if you are not being referred, and is extremely competitive. I knew I needed to step up my game to catch the attention of recruiters to stay in the 100k salary range. I had the awesome opportunity to meet Marisa at a business event in Stanford, CT. Once she told me about her company, In Our Shoes, I knew I had to work with her. Marisa’s unique ability to prepare you for those 6-figure positions, resume format, style is paralleling. Within a week of submitting my resume, I was receiving emails and calls for interviews! Thank you Marisa for your brilliance and the endless encouraging talks which prepared me for where I am today.
  • Lisa Saunders Lisa Saunders Big Picture Italy Training and Travel of Italian Language, Wine and Culture
    Working with Marisa completely changed my mindset, helping me tap into the value I wasn’t recognizing and unleash my potential as an entrepreneur. Before working with Marisa I literally had no idea what to do with my professional life, it felt pointless and hopeless. Since beginning her courses, she has helped me pinpoint where my passions and talents are the strongest with strong guidance to keep me on track. She also helped me prioritize my time and energy, worry less about stepping out on my own and feel comfortably confident “in my shoes”. If interested in learning more, get in touch.
  • Cassandra Smith Cassandra Smith Corporate Merchandising Buyer, The Home Depot
    Marisa  understood me and gave me solid advice and guidance for myself and my career.  Before starting, I was not clear on which direction I needed to head towards. The activities that I completed online in the Gutsy Leadership course and then later on with direct coaching, brought things to light that made me really understand my worth and increase my confidence.  Marisa gave me clarity and also helped me to trust my intuition and how to overcome my negative thoughts. Thank you!
  • Reema Albahri Reema Albahri Civil Engineer in Business Development at HAKS, New York
    In Our Shoes gives me a sense of relief to know I’m not alone in this confidence struggle, and great appreciation for your workshop that helped me network with other women who can relate. The sense of community is an incredible tool that motivated me to proceed further in taking gutsieraction.  Being a female civil engineer in a heavily male-dominated industry is not easy to stay mentally and emotionally strong.
  • Yolanda Padilla Yolanda Padilla Project Manager in Healthcare, New York
    Marisa, when I sat in the room with you, I felt such positive energy. I felt I wasn’t the only woman who has experienced that “lowest rank on the totem pole” feeling. I felt like I could conquer all of the insignificant feelings I experience at work. I am so empowered! I put the “gutsy word strategy” into play the day after your seminar and WOW did it make a difference in next steps for my team. I am working on my Gutsy Freedom Form and can’t wait to join the school! Thank you!
  • Harriet Khataba Harriet Khataba Her Story Matters
    Since working with Marisa as my business coach, I am more confident within myself , in my business and all the skills which I bring to the table and now have an increased client base. I have established a clear schedule and system with my work. She has guided me in establishing my own coaching programmes which at one time seemed impossible. Marisa is not only passionate about what she does, she is extremely enthusiastic about helping women in what they have set out to do; she listens and understands your business and caters to your needs which makes it so enjoyable working with her. She is full of knowledge and wisdom in vast areas in business. The most significant improvement is my productivity – I am more productive now with my time and achieve more results in everything I undertake. If you have any question regarding the value of In Our Shoes programs, please call or e-mail me. I will be happy to talk to you more about it.
  • Nell Acosta Senior Manager Nell Acosta Senior Manager American Express Open
    I approached Marisa Santoro to conduct a Gutsy Leadership workshop for my company, American Express Open’s  women’s interest network. Marisa delivered a powerful session to a standing-room-only audience. She made us aware of everyday subtle actions and words we use that diminish our appearance of confidence in the workplace and taught quick fixes to turn that around immediately after the training. She taught us to break the “perfection paralysis” cycle and to “speak without apology.” There were so many questions in the room, we ran out of time and Marisa was kind enough to regroup in the lobby for those who could stay late. I highly recommend her workshops to anyone and am so thankful for her work with our team!
  • Angela E. Angela E. Capital Markets Originator, UBS
    Working with Marisa has been invaluable. I now have a definitive action plan and the momentum to move to the next level in my career. Her advice is practical and to the point. I now have an abundance of strategies! The 3 daily actions and check-ins are a game changer. Having an accountability partner to keep me on track with my goals and ideas has truly elevated how much I am able accomplish. All in all, I am very excited and energized for my next steps. Very happy I took this coaching course and transformational experience. Thank you!
  • Irene Ross Irene Ross Health and Wellness Consultant, New York
    MY HERO! Can’t believe it! I got a teaching gig and they have me in the instructors catalog already. The teaching will begin sometime in May and, at that time, they tell me, there’ll be a major promotion–plus, that’s when you’ll see the catalogs in those little street boxes. I started to look at the list of instructors and started to think things like “oh, they’ll never want me…”. Marisa, it’s like you have no filter for the words “I can’t. What an inspiration you are to me.
  • Allison Cummings Allison Cummings Project Manager, UBS
    The Gutsy Leadership Acceleration course reminded me of my strengths and my purpose and truly emboldened me. I want to thank you for helping me to put myself out there again.  This was incredibly valuable for me to not forget who I am. Before taking this course, I felt like I forgot myself and went along with the flow of things. I now recognize how I can take back my control of what’s possible – truly this is what this course has given me. Thank you!
  • Alyse Howard Alyse Howard Sony Music
    One thing that really stood out is the approach you said we should take to interviewing for new opportunities. You said to explain why you are the best fit – and then after that, walk away from it not caring. I’ve found that when you seem to possess something that doesn’t require other people’s approval – they are attracted to you and will want a piece of you. Thank you Marisa!

  • Cara Fleisher Cara Fleisher Managing Director
    What I love about Gutsy Leadership training, is that Marisa doesn’t just tell the audience what to do in order to advance in their careers. She consistently gives concrete examples of frequent scenarios that everyone in the room can relate to at all levels. Her exercises engage the entire room and are always followed up by specific actionable strategies we can immediately implement in our careers. Marisa has led training programs for my firm since our first meeting where I attended as a guest participant at an event she held for American Express. She once again delivered with actionable content, gutsy strategy tools and experiential engagement across our offices. We still hear women “going gutsy” everyday by using these same strategies when they communicate at work.
  • Sohah Iqbal Sohah Iqbal Interventional Cardiologist New York University Langone Medicine Center
    Marisa recently led a training seminar for the NYU Community of Women in Medicine. What impressed me most about Marisa was her ability to swiftly shift the whirlwind energy of the room as attendees entered carrying all their stresses, insecurities, and expectations, and shifted it to a powerfully focused energy. Through an effective 2 hour session she was able to help participants reconsider their purpose in their every day and tap into their unique value. On a personal note, Marisa helped me realize my uniqueness. I had always been someone who kept her head down and did what was expected of me and what I expected of myself, but now realizing what I personally have to bring to the table has helped me recognize my strength and power. If you have any questions regarding the value of Gutsy Leadership programs, reach out. l would be happy to talk to you more about it.
  • Joann Wasserman Joann Wasserman Town Residential
    I am an entrepreneur who needed an accountability coach who truly understood my business goals. Marisa is driven to make you succeed – it’s her passion! She is confident, focused and has exceptional leadership skills. Marisa exceeded my expectations and continued to follow up even after our coaching sessions. I would highly recommend her and would further the conversation by telephone for any additional questions!
  • Karen Chan Karen Chan RBC Capital Markets
    Marisa – thank you so much for a super-engaging session at our Wall Street office today!  I found the content of the program extremely useful and relevant. Everything you taught  was so specific and actionable, and judging by the reaction around the room, others did as well! I am looking forward to the next one – Part 2 in Jersey City!!!
  • Alexis Corely Alexis Corely Technical Support Analyst, Atlanta UPS
    Marisa, since our call, I not only found my next job but have just been promoted! Thank you! You helped me see what kind of career I wanted and I went for it. You helped me find my purpose all in that one conversation I had with you. I’m forever grateful for you. I love my career!
  • Alina Shteynberg Alina Shteynberg Culture Eats, New York City
    I was trying to shove myself into an old shape that didn’t fit anymore, and just felt wrong (yellow alerts as Marisa says) that I kept trying to ignore.I started cooking and culture workshops for kids. I’ve been thinking about this idea for almost two years and about 4 months ago the opportunity presented itself and I haven’t looked back!  Marisa, your advice about stretching myself  out of my comfort zone, enough to challenge myself but not so far that I fall flat on my face has stuck with me. There’s only  “follow your bliss” and “follow your heart” messages out there that while sound inspiring and feel good are meaningless. I function from instinct and emotion, I appreciate pragmatic, practical and functional advice. Something that helps me get from point A to point B and help me focus, and your words do that for me.  They provide direction and structure. I know how to cook, I have a vision for how to engage and inspire kids and I know how to manage a project and do some graphic design …so those are the things that I tackled first with these workshops. Also, I have omitted “just” from my vocabulary when I am communicating during these workshops.  I see how “just” diminishes what we are saying, it seems that we either lack the confidence to say what we want or are worried we will come off too strong and so we temper it. Marisa thank you for being so generous with your time and information!!!

"I don't believe in rejection or anything that feels like a No in your life. I believe there are patterns of thoughts and desires you've had for a long time and through a simple self-awareness process, you give yourself permission to step into and ask for the YES every time, just like working a muscle you never knew you had."

Meet Marisa Santoro

Former IT Executive on Wall Street, Marisa has a 21+ year corporate career and is a recent honoree of the “Women of Influence” award by New York Business Journals given her years of heart-centered mentoring and leadership programs for women in the workplace. She is the creator of The Gutsy Leadership System and founder of In Our Shoes, a professional development training platform consisting of self-paced online courses and live training delivered through The Gutsy Leadership Academy TM, an online leadership school which promotes a global community for professionals to share their same struggles in a trusted safe environment. She is also a Success Principles trainer of Jack Canfield's, teaching a life transformational step-by-step blueprint on how professionals can achieve success across all areas in their lives. These success principles are the same personal development principles which continues to help hundreds of thousands of people achieve success in their lives.

Marisa is also a national career columnist for American Business Journals with articles published in 43 cities across the US, cited expert for women’s leadership in the Huffington Post and motivational speaker

Take a non-negotiable spot in one area of your life, sit back and enjoy your  gutsy mindset spill over into every other area. 

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No = Next!

About Us

We are a global leadership training and coaching practice empowering professionals, small business owners and sales agents to become leaders of influence in their field. We deliver a step-by-step leadership curriculum which combines proven career and business strategies, self-leadership success principles, communication and soft skill training, and time management focus methods wrapped around accountability where learners stay the course, and rave: 'This Gutsy Leadership thing works!'

Through our online learning platform, Gutsy Leadership Academy (GLA), we deliver live and virtual training, 'just in time' micro-learning, coaching and self-paced multimedia courses, providing professionals with a support structure that holds them accountable to reaching their goals. We are a certified M/WBE firm.

Alice Rao Alice Rao, VP communications, AMC Networks, Bravo, NBC Universal, Discovery

Attending a Gutsy Leadership workshop at Sony yesterday, has shifted how I see the working dynamics between men and women.  I was the woman in the front row! The program was incredible, especially when you walked us through ways to silence the inner crow! Thank you Marisa, I would like to begin exploring coaching programs with you.

Thu-Thuy Dinh Thu-Thuy Dinh, Enterprise Vulnerability Management, Aetna

Attending a Gutsy Leadership session led by Marisa Santoro, our keynote speaker at Aetna, helped me understand the power of words and mentality. Throughout the session, Marisa presented concepts that resonated with me so much so, I was honestly shocked to identify that I am sometimes the barricade to my own advancement. I believe in just one hour, I was able to gain the necessary tools to become my own best advocate and to not only survive but thrive in a male-dominated field.

Judith Balkin Judith Balkin, Chairwoman, NYU Women's Initiative

Thank you for making this a successful event for NYU!  Your program was perfect. You were warm, personable and communicated your ideas in a clear and concise fashion. Everyone who attended left glowing, learned a lot and  so enjoyed themselves. We are keeping you mind for more in the future! Thank you again!

Dora Raine-Islamovic Dora Raine-Islamovic, Atlanta

I work in an industry that is not always the easiest to obtain a job if you are not being referred, and is extremely competitive. I knew I needed to step up my game to catch the attention of recruiters to stay in the 100k salary range. I had the awesome opportunity to meet Marisa at a business event in Stanford, CT. Once she told me about her company, In Our Shoes, I knew I had to work with her. Marisa’s unique ability to prepare you for those 6-figure positions, resume format, style is paralleling. Within a week of submitting my resume, I was receiving emails and calls for interviews! Thank you Marisa for your brilliance and the endless encouraging talks which prepared me for where I am today.

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