Inspire your Audience to Take Action.
Former Wall Street IT Executive, Marisa Santoro is an American career leadership trainer and professional success coach. Pivoting from a 21+ year corporate career she launched In Our Shoes, a professional development training platform ,is a recent honoree of the “Women of Influence” award by New York Business Journals for her years of coaching professionals in the workplace and is a national career columnist for American Business Journals.
Marisa brings a genuine sincerity, and passionate energy to her programs with a soft yet direct style. An empathic listener, she is able to navigate discussions, respond to individual challenges with a fresh perspective on solutions creating an inclusive trusted space for all participants.
She has walked in the shoes of the professionals she trains, having consistently advanced as an executive in an male-dominated IT, abrasive Wall Street culture. She teaches exactly what to do, motivating and training your organization based on what they need now. She’s not a jack-of-all-trades. She is very focused on what works to empower high-potential leaders to recognize their successes, build more confidence, grow teams through successful change with clarity in their communication, and a strong focus on their WHY.
Knowing how to lead successfully is like knowing the combination to a lock. If you are missing any of the numbers, or have them in the wrong order, the lock won’t open. In this fast-paced, entertaining and powerful seminar, Marisa will teach you this proven breakthrough system that guarantees greater levels of peak performance and success.
> The Keynote
This engaging, thought-provoking program will leave your conference or meeting participants energized and excited about the material they have just learned. Allow 1-2 hours.
> The Webinar
This interactive online training experience, will allow your remote extended audience to listen in, ask questions and receive full recordings to replay with lifetime access. Meeting participants have shared that they have received more content than they expected in this shorter training format. Allow 90 minutes to 2 hours.
> The Workshop
This 4- to 8-hour program utilizes exercises, activities and group experiences, rather than simple lecture, to achieve awareness and personal growth among participants. This is best suited for groups where participants work closely together or know one another. Includes important learning tools and handouts. Allow 4-8 hours.
> The 2- or 3-Day Training
Ideal for groups where participants will encounter peak performance or self-empowerment issues on an on-going basis. Provides the most in-depth coverage of the material available, with voluminous workbook and learning tools included. Allow 12-18 classroom hours.
Leadership in Transit. New York City Department of Transportation. Photo Credit: NYC DOT
> The Retreat
An industry specific or corporate training weekend or 5-day destination retreat to give leaders the trusted space and collaborative experience to plant the seeds of their strategic vision. Marisa will work directly with your event planners. Ask about our partnership with venues in the heart of Tuscany, Italy to create a unique transformational and breakthrough learning experience.
> Train the Trainer Model
A 2- to 3-day interactive seminar designed to give professional trainers the skills they need to facilitate The Success Principles in-house — for new hires, workgroups and other special employee populations. Marisa will work directly with your trainers, emphasizing familiarity with the curriculum, activities and exercises necessary to prepare your in-house trainers to deliver a powerful. inspirational and informational program.
As a result of this curriculum, the professionals of your organization will be able to experience new confidence and commitment on all levels—taking risks, making decisions, pushing through fears and limiting beliefs, asking for what they want, creating the support teams they need, taking the necessary actions to achieve success, and persevering in the face of obstacles and challenges.
To deepen the impact of your program, consider highly customized program materials, for each participant. Long-term trainings or remote training can also be designed for your organization.
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Mindset. Energy. Movement.
Webinars and Virtual Learning
Fun team-building activities
Sit back and listen to a Gutsy Leadership Podcast!
A content-rich power-hour featuring guest speaker and Wall Street IT Director Annette Stewart.
How does your organization reinforce the Training after the Training? Delivering Mindset Training. Coaching with Accountability and Motivating Calls-to-action to stay the course.
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
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
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
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
Marisa led our first national webinar exclusively for Women in Public Finance earlier this year, which was complete with content and engaging questions focusing on Owning Your Authority as a Thought Leader with Influence. Coast to coast we received excellent feedback on this Gutsy Leadership program. Thank you!Marina Scott Treasurer, Salt Lake City. Director of Learning and Development Women in Public Finance
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 itDr. Dorothy Fink firstname.lastname@example.org Endocrinologist, NYU Langone
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
Marisa,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