Ready to make your Gutsy Career Breakthrough?

Former IT Executive on Wall Street, Marisa Santoro. Winner of the “Women of Influence” award by New York Business Journals.  Founder of  www.inrshoes.com and Gutsy Leadership™  Academy.

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Private Support, Instructor-led  Guidance, Coaching with Self-Paced Learning.

Own Your Authority.

LEAD them.

Which of the following goals reflects most where you want to be?

I want to:

  • Change how I am perceived as a professional expert in my field.
  • Start my side hustle to begin my journey, doing what I love.
  • Fast-path to a new position in my career.
  • Move to a more senior-level role and remain there comfortably.

The Gutsy Career Breakthrough Course

Your full end-to-end online program of the entire Gutsy Leadership System. Self-Paced Video Training Modules, a collection of motivational audios, videos, step-by-step learning with assignments, templates, scripts (exactly what to say and write) and cheat sheets that delivers complete training on how up-level your career and action that gutsy breakthrough goal immediately. Plus support for 3-months to ask for what you need in our monthly Q&A calls based on where you are and where you want to be. Training, Support and Strategy based on your schedule, whenever you wish to start the clock and begin.  Nowhere else will you find this combination of personalized career support with an online program. We understand our students need consistent guidance and feedback to stay the course.


Design the Life You Want On Your Terms: Preview the Gutsy Breakthrough to Success Coaching Program- Video modules to walk you through each step of the way.

Marisa Santoro, Winner of the “Women of Influence” award by New York Business Journals. Former IT Executive on Wall Street. Founder of The Gutsy Leadership™ System.  Canfield "Success Principles" Human Potential Trainer.

I want to:

  • Be more visible as an emerging entrepreneur.
  • Be a trainer or coach, package my solutions serving others.
  • Create my unshakable brand. Build my network. Be more visible!
  • Transition to self-employment; get my business off the ground.

The Gutsy Leadership System TM teaches how to make mindset shifts about your value as a professional expert alongside learning a practical proven set of leadership and communication tools as an intrapreneur inside an organization or entrepreneur running a practice. It will stretch you outside your comfort zone taking manageable steps towards a new level of how others perceive you. It’s about owning your authority, finding your voice, reinventing yourself to a level where you never have to be weighed down about your marketability, value you deliver and self-worth – ever again.

You will be shown EXACTLY what to start doing–and stop doing to own your authority confidently and attracting opportunity. It is all step-by-step, not overwhelming theory and feel-good advice, taking you in every direction. This program offers simple, concrete HOW-TO tools on what to do, not concepts. But before you can implement any leadership education, the truth is, you need to change how you see yourself in your career or business and move out of your own way. The system works no matter where you are in your career: just starting out, mid-way, senior-level or pre-retirement. This course will accelerate you, once you've YES to the desires you have in your life.

  • Professional Support. Ask for what you need.

    Receive support based on where you are and where you want to be across three-months of scheduled Q&A Calls where you receive the answers you need, when you need. International conference line provided.

  • Self-Paced Training

    Guided “Power Hour” Step-by-Step Training and Video Courses with library of Motivational Audios. Assignments, templates* and scripts* (exactly what to write and say – “tweakable” to suit your authentic style). Easily download, print and save.

  • Success Principles to Strengthen your Focus

    Enjoy a blend of proven success self-leadership principles with career leadership modules which will strengthen your focus and intuitive skill to achieve your breakthrough goals.

  • Weekly Accountability Checks

    Receive consistent accountability checks from Marisa Santoro each week to keep up the momentum and remain on track with your goals.

  • Unlock over 12 hours of Access to Accelerated Training Calls

    Learn from and listen to previous training and mentoring calls held for professionals who have been in your shoes.

  • Lifetime Access to your online classroom.

    Training materials are yours forever. Plus, get new modules as they are added to any course to stay plugged in. As your career or business evolves, so will our delivery to meet your needs.

  • Risk Free Guarantee

    Join us for the first two weeks in Gutsy Leadership Academy. If you do the work and don’t receive value, we will happily issue you a refund – guaranteed.

  • Exclusive Savings

    Enjoy discounted savings on any private coaching program or training product, delivered only to enrolled students, including family or friend discount to one individual who can further support you by being plugged into the Gutsy Leadership mindset.

How Your Online Learning Works

    • Grab 'n go training with your laptop or mobile device. Read, listen or watch each module with guided self-paced videos and clear-cut objectives for each.
    • Complete assignments and templates to action the goals of each module immediately.
    • Regular accountability checks and access to a bonus library of motivational audios to keep you positive and and keep up the momentum!
    • Shift your confidence levels and mindset by creating a powerful blueprint in your subconscious which will support you.
    • Learn from the personal stories of Marisa Santoro which she implemented using these same gutsy leadership strategies walking you through where she was and how she advanced both in corporate and as an entrepreneur.
    • Receive direct and personalized support online with full accountability throughout the course, working through the exercises.
    Gutsy Success. Our ripple effect. Meet our students.

    Monthly Live Q&A Support and Recordings.

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    **Professional development tuition is typically a tax-deduction benefit for investing in your career.**

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    It's an online business school that teaches you  how to stand out from the masses with ROCK-SOLID confidence, unleash your expertise and build an authentic self-promoting presence with powerful communication, fierce time management and an assertive style you can own comfortably. This is undiluted training, teaching unconventional mindset training for you to turn up the volume and package your skill sets in a BIGGER way. Own your authority with your clients, patients, peers, management or prospects.

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    Gutsy Success. Our Ripple Effect. Meet our Students.
    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
    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. New approach to setting boundaries with patients.  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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

    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
    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
    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

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    Kia Brown-Dudley, Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, Connecticut

    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

    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
    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
    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