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Training and Coaching Programs

All programs are based on a core career leadership curriculum designed for organizations to achieve its goals for retaining, empowering and advancing its leaders throughout the enterprise. We combine a Gutsy Leadership™ core curriculum in all programs with a focus on mindset shifts, driving assertiveness and confidence levels with proven how-to business tools and communication skills to support professionals for continued success. The two major training components are: (1) professional development focused on business leadership and (2) personal-growth development focused on self-leadership. *We are a certified M/WBE firm.

Leadership Training and Roundtables

Royal Bank of Canada, World Financial Center

The Top 3 Principles of Gutsy Leadership

# 1 Be  clear on how you are being perceived, and how you relate to others.

# 2 Be willing to act on intuition in the face of  fears (the fear of rejection, fear of looking foolish, fear of failure). You are being called upon to grow as a leader.
# 3 Take 100% responsibility for your life and your results.
It's this self-awareness component that's not often emphasized in professional development and yet where we find the greatest shifts made in leadership levels and impact. The how-to business advice on what you should DO typically overshadows who to BE, that mindful element of listening to what's being said and not said, leading with clarity and focus, flexing your soft-skills, bringing your personal charisma to conversations with stronger communication which is felt throughout the room.

.An approach based on proven success principles resulting in greater inclusion, lower turnover and higher retention rates where professionals thrive in a culture, empowered to lead with VALUE, and speak their results with greater confidence and trust in their vision.

Achieve Greater Levels of Performance

Most people have never learned the proven self-empowerment tools and time tested performance strategies that are the basis for personal and professional success. Marisa teaches a specific methodology with results-oriented activities required to help participants take on greater challenges and produce breakthrough results. It’s a proven blueprint with detailed action plans aimed for systemic change, expanded results and more measurable job performance.

By participating in this content-rich program, audience members will leave excited
about the potential they have for their career, their company, their personal life
and their success goals. But more than just a motivational experience, this program
offers the actual methods, strategies, activities and exercises that participants need to
achieve what they want...and what you as a company or professional association
want for them!

The 9 No's Exercise. Experiential Engagement with Meaning.

Participants will learn how to:

• Gain the external perspective they need to work through their current mindset, behavior patterns and relationship building strategies

• Take 100% responsibility for their results and their team's performance

• Own their authority as thought leaders with influence

• Decide on their vision and be willing to take risks

• Define realistic overall goals and direction for the firm

• Develop their soft skills, values, purpose, habits and interpersonal leadership style

• Filter out the noise to address targeted improvement areas

• Effectively measure success and intended outcomes with a how much, by when formula that can be easily disseminated and understood.

• Recognize their strengths to better communicate their WHY and gain buy-in

• Face what isn't working in their team and work environment

• Push back to say 'No' to the good, so they can say 'Yes' to the great

• Change business outcomes and performance results by reacting differently to events

• Manage time the way successful intrapreneurs do

• Learn to overcome personal obstacles and beliefs which may interfere with progress

• Take five action steps each day toward achieving any goal

• Look up and across the ladder, to see who can support them on their path

• Celebrate their victories and their team's achievements to ensure future success

• Transcend other's limiting beliefs and opinions about their approach to their goals

• Develop and trust their intuition and reasoning abilities

• Powerfully solicit and respond to feedback to assess their team's mindset and be able to course-correct

• Be pleasantly persistent to achieve their business goals with confidence

Professionals will experience immediate results by putting the principles into
practice, right at the event. Marisa Santoro has an inspiring motivating style that will make your organization shift into high-gear, both personally and professionally. Not only will your audience be motivated to achieve greater success, they will learn to up-level all their efforts.

Should your next-generation of leaders look and act like your current leadership?

The Harvard Club, New York City

Why it Works

It's the self-awareness component that's not often emphasized in professional development and yet where we find the greatest shifts made in leadership levels and impact. The how-to business advice on what you should DO typically overshadows who to BE, that mindful element of listening to others and tapping into your intuition. Yet it's that self-reflection gene and aligned energy which when you tap into, accounts for successful leadership.

Found in all live or online programs are two major components: (1) the professional development focused on career leadership, how-to business strategies and communication skills and (2) the personal development success principles modules focused on self-leadership and mindset shifts. Together, these proven professional and personal strategies when implemented step-by-step, are shown to create breakthrough results which stick. Participants reach out years later and share, that the exercises have remained memorable because they had experienced them from attending a live or online program.

Meet Marisa

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 focused on women's leadership, 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. Her message and content resonates with professionals who consider themselves somewhere on the quiet, mindful scale, ready to fully step into their fullest potential and sell their results resting on the confidence of their results.  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.

In 2015, the Success Principles became an extension of the training and coaching practice under Gutsy Leadership Academy (GLA) catering to sales and small business practice professionals based on her own experience growing a business from the ground up and her years of coaching emerging entrepreneurs transitioning away from corporate roles.

Marisa Santoro 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.

Launch your Leadership Academy.

Invest in your select high-potential employees of your organization who have demonstrated strong leadership abilities. Use our "Foundations for Career Success" curriculum or let us custom develop yours for your organization.

UBS, New York City

Presentation Formats

> 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.

Ready to get started?

Allianz Global Investors

Marisa Santoro

Begin the process by completing the online Speaking Inquiry Form below, or contact Marisa directly at 1-844-626-3410 to schedule a call.


Training, Coaching, or Live Event

We will work with you every step of the way to understand your needs and bring them into focus. We will discuss the changing needs of your team, the challenges you are facing, and the enormous responsibilities you have to create. To get started, please complete the form below and provide us with your contact and meeting information. *Ask about our Breakthrough to Success programs exclusively for Sales organizations and small business practices.

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Learn more about our featured courses or request a full program brochure

  • Find your voice: Speaking without Apology
  • Write a Winning Resume that Promotes your Expertise
  • Navigate the Interview from Strategic Start to Smooth Finish
  • Analyze and Transform Data like a Pro in Microsoft Excel
  • Deliver the “Big Picture” as a Data Analytics Expert
  • Elevate your Leadership Edge in Management
  • Own your Authority as a Thought Leader with Influence
  • Pay it Forward. Develop your High-Potential Leaders
  • From Staff to Supervisor: Own your Authority During Transition
  • 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
  • Breakthrough as a Female Leader in Technology
  • How to Get from Where you are to Where You Want to Be

In Our Shoes™ delivers the Gutsy Leadership™ System and Total Sales Success™ curriculum through Gutsy Leadership Academy™ (GLA) developed by former Wall Street Executive, founder and CEO, Marisa Santoro. Learn more below.

  • In Our Shoes LLC P.O. Box 240 New Jersey, 07747 U.S.A.