Training. Coaching. Accountability.

Join us on 9/28.

Friday, September 28th. 9am to 12noon.

Own your Authority as a Thought Leader with Influence.

Stay for lunch or take away as you head back to the office.

Boxed Lunch included with registration.

Invest in you. Save your Seat.

Two training sessions held every 3rd Friday of the month in Midtown Manhattan.

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An In Our Shoes event, led by former Wall St. IT Executive,  Marisa Santoro,  "Women of Influence” honoree by American Business Journals and Bizwomen.com. Leadership Trainer and Career Coach. Founder of  In Our Shoes.

Held at WorkSocial offices  111 Town Square Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07310 12th floor

Not in the New York City area?  Live Training classes held online each month to match your time zone.  E-mail us at school@inrshoes.com  and we'll schedule a call.

A Unique Career Breakthrough Experience. Held 9am to 12noon.

Own your Authority as a Thought Leader with Influence

Training classes to support professionals in their careers.  Career tools and strategies not based on academic research. Receive practical, on-the-ground how-to advice to accelerate your goals immediately.

Learn to leverage your value and package your expertise for either an existing opportunity or create your own – that next best role designed by YOU. Recognize where you have moved on and transitioned from "Worker Bee" mode now positioned as a "Big Picture Thinker", leading as a key professional expert.

You will package what you know leveraging all of your value which you bring to your clients as the intrapreneur inside an organization or entrepreneur inside your practice. Master how to "plan the work" and "work the plan" every time, pitching your ideas with confidence relying on your experience.

Learn to let go and communicate your strategy + vision to get buy-in, step back, be flexible and trust when others disagree. You will look beyond the trees and trust that all of your years of experience has led up to where you are right now. You will self-qualify yourself to show off your systems and best practices in a new senior-level advisory role where you are looked upon for your skills no longer as a "do-er" but for your ideas, how you think and consistently deliver RESULTS

Who Should Attend

Professionals aiming to transition to a new role, step further into leadership or start their side-hustle to give their business idea some legs.

What To Expect

  • 3-hours of Expert Advice & Actionable Training content tailored to address your  challenges.  (questionnaire sent after registration)
  • Round table collaboration
  • Worksheets & Motivating Calls to Action
  • Like-Minded Energy and Professional Connections
  • Boxed Lunch (let us know if you have special dietary restrictions)
  • Inspiring Background Music
  • Coffee, Tea, Water, Healthy Snacks
  • Free Wifi

*Many participants share that their employers or organizations reimburse for external professional development training already set aside and in budget.  In addition, they will allow for scheduled time off to attend. If you don't ask, you can't receive. Ask us for a Benefits and Business Justification information sheet.

**Quesitionaire sent by e-mail soon after registration to learn where you are and more importantly where you want to be. Content will be tailored to address common challenges in the room.


Address: WorkSocial 111 Town Square Place, Suite 1203, Jersey City, NJ 07310

We are located inside the WorkSocial offices on the 12th floor, directly across from the Newport PATH station, convenient  from New York, Hoboken and Newark, NJ.  We are also a block a away from the Hudson-Bergen light rail. There is an hourly parking lot also directly across the building. The rate is $23 for the day.


Speak your Results (without apology) as a Professional Expert.

If you would like to register by phone, or have questions, please
Contact us at +1.844.626.3410 direct.
or email us at info@InRShoes.com

Accelerate your Career. Enroll here.

I believe that 90% of your results is based on who you are being (versus doing). Our mission is to inspire and educate professionals to lead without permission and from their gut to reach their gutsy breakthrough goals. Learn more.

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info@inrshoes.com / 844.626.3410

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    ABOUT                    MEET MARISA

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    Marisa Santoro leads 3-hour training and round table discussions in an intimate group setting held in conference venues selected to engage. An intentional mix of mindset and business guidance provided, harnessing the power of like-minded energy.

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    Cancellations accepted up to 14 days or earlier. Due to room reservation booking and to plan accordingly, we cannot accept cancellations within 14 days.

Take a non-negotiable approach to doing just one thing: lead without permission.

Gutsy Leadership - it's a mindset thing.

Gutsy Success Stories. Meet our village.

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.

Cara Fleisher, Managing Director RBC
Sohah Iqbal, Interventional Cardiologist

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.

Sohah Iqbal, Interventional Cardiologist New York University Langone Medicine Center. Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine. The Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology
Joann Wasserman

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!

Joann Wasserman Town Residential
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.
Kia, Impactful Strategist for Education Initiatives, kbrwnddly@gmail.com

Kia, Impactful Strategist for Education Initiatives lisaksaunders1@gmail.com

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Kia Brown-Dudley, Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, Connecticut

Kathy Kriskey

Marisa –we met at last year’s gutsy leadership training you led with American Express which I attended. You also coached me after that event and gave me powerful advice which I put to use right away and still lean on! Thank you so much for returning with a set of amazing workshops exclusively for RBC. Your presentation was incredibly insightful. I took copious notes and will write a summary for our internal website with your contact details.

Kathy Kriskey Managing Director - Head of Commodity Investor Sales at RBC Capital Markets
Harriet Khataba

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.

Harriet Khataba Her Story Matters
Annette Steward

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! Reach out anytime to: stewart.annette.g@gmail.com.

Annette Steward Portfolio Director- Capital Markets,
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.

Kara Kent, New York
Nell Acosta

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!

Nell Acosta Senior Manager, American Express Open
Erika Coombs

In just one-hour after attending a Gutsy Leadership webinar led by Marisa Santoro, I have begun digging deep reflecting on how I am being perceived at work and ways in which I have outgrown my role. I walked away with specific questions to ask myself and others to gain buy-in and took a closer look at what worked in the past. My absolute favorite Gutsy Leadership strategy: “What would have to happen________?”  and E+R = O.

Erika Coombs Director, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company
Azra Mulaimovic

The Gutsy Leadership program I attended was incredibly motivating. There were so many takeaways I am mindful of now and have implemented right away primarily around how I show up. I’m also adjusting my speech qualifiers more and more before I send out emails or have conversations. Thank you!

Azra Mulaimovic Global Security Budget Manager, Aetna
Dr. Dorothy Fink, finkd@georgetown.edu

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.

Dr. Dorothy Fink, finkd@georgetown.edu Endocrinologist, NYU Langone
Alexis Corely, Technical Support Analyst, Atlanta

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!

Alexis Corely, Technical Support Analyst, Atlanta UPS
Karen Chan

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!!!

Karen Chan RBC Capital Markets
Lauren Hincks

After participating in a Gutsy Leadership seminar, I have stopped apologizing!  Before receiving this invaluable training I would apologize when meetings ran over or other events beyond my control.  I now state the situation and move on. I also learned how to not spread myself thin concerned about all of the things I need to get done.  Instead, I now focus on what I am doing at the given moment and work on other things after – prioritizing! It is more impactful to be deeply rooted in a few small things and be really good at them than to be a part of a lot of things to contribute and make a difference.

Lauren Hincks Senior Marketing Analyst, American Express
Judith Balkin


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!
Judith Balkin Chairwoman, NYU Women's Initiative
Thu-Thuy Dinh

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.

Thu-Thuy Dinh Enterprise Vulnerability Management, Aetna
Alice Rao

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.

Alice Rao VP communications, AMC Networks, Bravo, NBC Universal, Discovery
Faith Meyer Yeung

Marisa, I’ve listened to the Gutsy Leadership recording a few times since being introduced to you and your work and I’m certain I will listen to it a few more times! You really gave a ton of high yield info; I need repeat listens to digest and benefit from it all!


Also, thank you for sending all the gutsy tools on mantras. I hadn’t thought of employing them to help me continue to face the things I’m working on personally and as a leader. I am incredibly grateful!   And you were so right: now that you’ve made me more aware of some of the other speech qualifiers I’ve been using — even something as seemingly innocuous as saying what we’re going to do and then asking, “Sound good?” — I’m SO much more aware of them. I even made myself a little high-yield checklist with your tips on it so I can help myself stand in my power and value.

Faith Meyer Yeung Chief Operations Officer, Med School Tutors
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.

Dora Raine-Islamovic, Atlanta
Dimple Gupta

Incredible session on Gutsy Leadership! The content was extremely relevant, timely and I so valued the action-oriented recommendations Marisa laid out – gutsy tools I can implement immediately. Thank you!

Dimple Gupta Digital Marketing, American Express
Hillary Ginsberg

In just one session with Marisa, I was immediately more aware of how I was unintentionally diminishing my own assertiveness in conversations and over email. I quickly realized the impact of small upgrades in my communication on my level of authority. Corporate America can be very competitive, especially for women wanting to advance, and anything we can do to set ourselves apart and prove our worth and authority should be valued and implemented. Gutsy Leadership will have a lasting impact on how I lead and express myself moving forward.

Hillary Ginsberg Global Merchant Experience and Coverage Business Analyst, American Express
Sultana Ahmed

In a Gutsy Leadership workshop, Marisa delivered powerful self-awareness exercises and everyday tweaks we can make in our interactions to demonstrate our value and worth.  As women, we can be our own toughest critics and we all share setbacks in our careers where we questioned ourselves, cast doubt in our potential and hit roadblocks when expressing our opinion. This workshop opens a path towards shifting that mindset to develop the confidence to discover your worth, value and  take the appropriate steps to own your narrative. Marisa empowered everyone in the room with actionable ways to persevere, advance with our value and stay true towards our authentic selves.

Sultana Ahmed Senior Marketing Analyst, American Express
Stephanie Shaw

Enrolling in a Gutsy Leadership course, heightened my awareness of the value I am placing on myself with language in external communication as well as internally to myself. I learned how to confront fear of rejection and was introduced to tools that will help me overcome my fear of speaking up. The most signficant results were how I can be assertive from now on and conscious of my language which has been devaluing me as a professional, until now. Thank you Marisa!

Stephanie Shaw NYC Department of Transportation
Judith Miller, Global Talent Development and Acquisition

Marisa, thank you! The time you took to share your talent and accumulated knowledge was well received by all. I am so thankful. I now have mechanisms that I can implement immediately to help me transition to the next phase of my professional development.

Judith Miller, Global Talent Development and Acquisition S&P Global
Lisa Saunders, Owner: 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.

Lisa Saunders, Owner: Big Picture Italy Training and Travel of Italian Language, Wine and Culture lisaksaunders1@gmail.com
Louise Getman

 I have silenced the voice in my head from attending your talk and hearing your message. Gutsy Leadership and the work that you do has come at the right time in my life and career. It was a pleasure to meet you at the Women In Tech Hartford Launch event at Aetna. So  much of what you talked about rang true for me and I left the event feeling up lifted and reinvigorated to refocus and readjust my mindset about work and life.The phrase “that is just a story you tell yourself”  was excellent and came along at the right time in my life and career.  We get so busy with work, life, family matters that while we (women in particular) are taking care of others and we neglect ourselves.  Marisa, thank you!

Louise Getman State of CT - Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
Elizabeth Fu

Marisa, I attended the webinar you held today for Women in Public Finance and LOVED it! Thank you, you covered a lot of content. I loved how you made the Events + Response = Outcome resonate with the audience. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and ideas!

Elizabeth Fu Public Finance Consultant, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Cassandra Smith

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!

Cassandra Smith Corporate Merchandising Buyer, The Home Depot, Atlanta, Georgia
Jenny Wang

Marisa, since the Gutsy Leadership coaching, I have begun communicating in the right way for myself.  Before I would use speech qualifiers that took away my authority.  I no longer seek permission on behalf of others. When I write e-mails, what I communicate makes sense and validated from me, by me. I learned being a leader is someone who walks into any room and makes everyone feel inclusive, wanting to speak and share openly with others.  Thank you Marisa!

Jenny Wang Operations Engineering Business Analyst, American Express
Alex Woo

Learning from Marisa, I saw how with slight actions, we as women can step up and better empower ourselves by building a strong personal brand. Another big takeaway for me was sifting through the qualifiers I use where I kept thinking “Wow, yeah I do that…”. A lot of it,  I didn’t even realize until I truly stopped and thought about what and how I write my emails from now on.

Alex Woo Senior Manager, American Express
Lori Fomenko

Attending a Gutsy Leadership program, was an incredible reality check for me to actively engage as a both a leader and mentor, especially for fellow women. It empowered me to be more mindful of the role I play in my community and to reach out and network more. It sparked ideas on how I can further the policy side of things to implement changes and encouraged me to push myself more in leadership and stronger communication, especially in the research and engineering fields where it is too easy to become anti-social and complacent with the way things are. If anyone questions the value of this program, please reach out!  lori.fomenko@uconn.edu.

Lori Fomenko University of Connecticut

Thank you so much for your incredible talk. Immediately after the program, I have created a list of affirmations, which I would love for you to take a look at. Your talk inspired me so much, as someone who is ridden with anxiety and constantly apologizes.

Sophia Bella Cucci Sony Music
Smeetesh Kakkad,

I am grateful to you for your having led our November Women’s Leadership event in London. The feedback I received from all of my Salans colleagues has been tremendous, and there has been talk of holding another with some of our clients in attendance at some point in the future!

Smeetesh Kakkad, Managing Partner for Salans LLP, London
Reema Albahri, Civil Engineer in Business Development at HAKS, New York

The strategy and direction I received from the Gutsy Acceleration Breakthrough course, had me make the mental shift to perceiving my value as being equal to those I work and build my confidence. Your message truly resonated and instantly motivated me to apply your tools immediately. I started rethinking how I phrase my emails at work, and I have been catching myself before I use words which have been minimizing me. Since this program, I have also been actively pushing myself to speak my views at meetings to be heard, and it felt great. These simple tweaks have been effective in building my confidence this past week and I already see a positive change in how my colleagues have responded!

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 gutsier action.  Being a female civil engineer in a heavily male-dominated industry is not easy to stay mentally and emotionally strong.

Reema Albahri, Civil Engineer in Business Development at HAKS, New York reema.albahri@gmail.com

Thank you for doing what you do. I was able to access the “Find Your Voice: Speaking Without Apology” and it hit the mark. I felt that you understood what I have been experiencing, and provided  great suggestions for moving forward. The online Gutsy Leadership Academy you created has given me the much needed opportunity to learn and be inspired. Looking forward to hearing the other courses that I signed up for and the ones to come.

Teresa OB/GYN Physician NYU Langone
Yolanda Padilla, Project Manager in Healthcare, New York

Marisa helped me bring out my inner leader I always knew was there, but felt stuck. I feel I can achieve anything I set my mind to. Putting my authority into words and on paper was a struggle. I always felt like I was asking a favor when I needed to hold people accountable for their deliverables. My language is now more authoritative and directional with improved results. Her guidance has helped me not only create a plan to obtain my dream job but continue to take the steps towards making it a reality.

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!

Yolanda Padilla, Project Manager in Healthcare, New York