You’re a dreamer with no shortage of ambition who’s tired of doing-all-the-things, and yet not getting the recognition and influence you deserve. You’re ready to build a massive impact, influence the future of the tech industry, get the recognition you deserve, and build a high performing team.
a seasoned manager who’s reached a very real ceiling that knows leading a great team and influencing your organisation is your ticket to achieving more, doing great things in your career and creating the impact you dream of in your current organisation
a job hunter in search of you next great leadership role (even if you have a stable job right now) and you are tired of being confined to a limited role, not having your ideas taken seriously, and fully aware you’re capable of so much more
a budding leader who wants to build a stand-out career in tech the smart way with outstanding leadership and a clear career trajectory from the get-go (hint: most new managers just turn themselves into an overworked employee, doing their old job and their managerial role, and remain stuck in the mode of constantly treading water and avoiding burnout hustle)
about to start your next dream leadership role and wondering how to land on your feet, shine, stand-out and achieve success, all without burnout
You’re in the right place and I’m going to tell you exactly how Lit Up Leadership Academy will give you the tools, inspiration, and unparalleled support on your journey to designing, building and creating the leadership career in tech you want.
the steps you need to take to get to where you want to be, the skills you need to develop, instead of spending yet another year just thinking about it
so that you can work more strategically for you, your team and your career, while feeling great about sticking at it
by developing the essential skills that make leadership easier, and turn your team from a liability into an asset, so you can get on with the rest of your job
even if you’re a total introvert who second-guesses what is inside your head, and have had bad experiences because of poor communication in the past
to get a reputation inside and outside your organisation as the go-to trusted person who can be relied on, and listened to, every single time
so you can strengthen your leadership, by showing up as a confident leader, capable of the best outcomes
Lit Up Leadership Academy will give you the strategy, skills and mindset to finally break through that glass ceiling, make the leap from trading time for more responsibility, to advancing your tech leadership career (while having a life). It shows you the way to create great impact without just working harder.
In 6 months, I landed a new job two levels above my previous title and unlocked the highest pay in my life. I’ve taken my career to the next level and no longer feel apprehensive about my ambition. I feel empowered and powerful.”
During your time inside the Academy you’ll embark on a leadership career development journey where you will learn the tools of leadership, the art of executive presence, and the attributes that set apart high performing leaders from the rest. Throughout you’ll be given the techniques you need to implement tactics and develop strategies immediately in your workplace so that you can master and embed what you are learning.
However, knowledge is not enough when it comes to leadership. And it is why many leadership programs fail to have the desired long-term impact for the benefit of both the individuals and their organization. You can’t just understand things intellectually, you must be able to apply them to yourself, your work and your team.
Every part of the Lit Up Leadership Academy is designed to be truly actionable. But I also want to help you make the biggest impact on your team and career as quickly as possible.
Lit Up Leadership Academy provides all the tools and techniques you need to become a great leader.
It covers topics that are truly relevant for me as a woman that I haven’t found detailed in other leadership trainings especially executive presence and strategy.
My favorite section of the academy is the section on strategy — I’ve been told by previous bosses “you’re not strategic enough” but never really knew what to do. Now I understand what I’m supposed to think about, why blocking strategy time is so crucial, and what strategic execution actually is.
Not only has this been invaluable for myself, I’ve been able to share these tips with my managers and mentees to help uplevel them!”
Here’s why it pays to learn from someone who’s gone before you — I know exactly where most women in tech get stuck and held back in their leadership careers. In this training portal, we’re covering everything you need to set you up for success and put together a clear roadmap to kickstart your Lit Up Leadership future.
This training covers literally everything I wish I had known during my route to the Executive Team, and much much more. The tools, tips and techniques I’ll be teaching you will set you up for success for the rest of your leadership career.
And yes, we don’t just cover the stuff in traditional leadership programs, but topics such as executive presence, and the very real barriers we face as women in tech and how to overcome them.
The one thing that holds back many leaders (even seasoned self-proclaimed ‘pros’) is understanding behaviours in their team, their peers, their managers, and even the broader community from stakeholders, boards and future employers. Nothing is worse than having your words and actions misunderstood, negative workplace politics, a team that needs hand-holding in order to deliver, and having to work all-the-hours to get your team’s work done as well as yours.
Yet, this is the nightmare that many managers find themselves in (including business owners, and experienced leaders).
It’s not that they don’t want to effectively navigate the politics of the workplace team dynamics and delegate efficiently. They’re just overwhelmed by politics and people, and have no clue why their ideas keep getting shut-down, and their team is working hard, yet under-delivering.
So they just keep doing what they were doing before, hoping that they’ll be the exception to the rule. Fortunately, there’s a better way. And in Module 1, I’ll show you how to work with people like a pro, develop your team so they do more for all of you without excessive oversight, the art of effective delegation and how to manage laterally and manage up.
Meaning, you’ll be armed with total confidence and excitement to influence change, navigate the politics, and lead a team that is constantly high-performing (and clarity on what to do when things aren’t going right in the future).
Effective leadership is largely down to good communication. Sounds so simple. Right?!
Raise your hand if you have these problems:
Yep. Totally get it.
As a stand-out techy and leader, you want to feel that you are having an impact, you want your ideas taken seriously. You don’t want to be full of the resentment (and yes anger!), that is lurking under the surface every time you are let down.
That’s why in Module 2, you’ll get access to the key skills that enable you to use communication alone as the most important strategy in your leadership toolkit. I’ll help you figure out where to focus, and what you need to do to get your stakeholders listening to your ideas, and taking them forward. We’ll break down those barriers that are holding you back, and how to stop having to repeat yourself 10 times to get the important stuff heard.
And because communication is a two-way process, you’ll also be developing your team’s communication, so that you have improved team dynamics, effectiveness, all while creating your social influence that helps you stand-out as a leader, influencer and change-maker.
Oh and did I mention, you’ll learn how to do this, and get comfortable with it all, even if you are an introvert, and how to use these skills for improved interviews?
Now that you have the biggest (and most common) barriers to great leadership tackled, it’s time to develop the skills that set you apart from the competition.
Far too many teams and business’ fail to thrive because they don’t understand true strategic process. From start-ups to established business’ I’ve seen far too many fail to fulfill their full potential because strategy is often considered an optional extra in tech. Or something that you just ‘know how to do’.
In this module I’ll show you the true role of strategy and process in leadership and management instead of using just the project management approach.
I’ll take you through the ‘Do More With Less’ principle that helps you stay ahead of the competition, and target your strategic development priorities (oh and stand out in that next round of promotions!).
And you’ll find out about the 6 key strategies every company needs, and which apply to your area of expertise and current role, and figure out how to contribute to them, even if it isn’t in your current job description.
Even if you’ve never written a strategy in your life, and you are a more tactical person, this module will break it down into simple, easy-to-execute steps that will finally make you feel confident about creating and sharing an influential and game-changing strategy!
Ever been told that you don’t have the promotion or job because you need to work on your ‘Executive Presence’? Even though you are doing-all-the-things right, and you have amazing results on your resume?
This module is worth the cost of enrollment alone. In it, you’ll learn everything there is to know about Executive Presence, and why it is being used as a blocker in your career.
From working effectively under stress, to overcoming boardroom “stage” fright, what to do if you aren’t seen as a leader, what to do if your public speaking skills are lacking, and my personal favourite: what to do if you can’t think on your feet as well as creating and communicating irresistible strategy that gets buy-in from all levels in the business, and setting a vision that has everyone excited and engaged — it’s ALL inside this module.
In the juiciest module of this program, you’ll learn how to leverage a perfect mix of self-promotion, influence, and healthy workplace politics to ENSURE you are taken seriously every time. Even if you’ve never tackled workplace politics, this module will break the whole process down, show you what you are missing, and the actions you need to take in simple, easy-to-execute career up-levelling steps.
This is where you graduate from “that’s nice” results to, “let’s celebrate with champagne” results.
This is the bit where you’ll suddenly see all the pieces coming together, and wake up realising that leadership is taking less time and getting you more results.
In this module, we’ll cover the tools that you probably use every day, that are currently holding you back, and flip those into techniques to create better outcomes.
You’ll learn how to stop drowning in decisions, and instead leverage decision-making as a leadership quality.
We’ll talk about emotional intelligence and how using it can make it easier to get what you need from your team, peers, bosses and board, while making your team more loyal and more productive.
This is the module that the majority of leadership courses never cover and yet is where everything comes together and becomes easier, day after day.
Without this, you’ll be leaving a good chunk of potential on the table.
By using the resources waiting for you inside this module, you’ll eliminate the guesswork and start impacting your broader organization.
You’ve now mapped out your future leadership career, built an extraordinary set of leadership tools, and you are influencing change to create better tech, all without the hustle and stress that lead to burnout!
Now we get to the step in the process where you’ll learn how to embed these principles for life and build the leadership mindset that equips you for good days, bad days, tough decisions and developing you and your extraordinary team!
Using your new communication, executive presence and emotional intelligence skills, you’ll dig into your natural leadership archetype, the benefits this offers and the common pitfalls to avoid.
You will develop a detailed understanding of how to leverage your natural tendencies, as well as developing the necessary components from other leadership archetypes.
And we wrap it all up by leaning into your greatness as you learn how to embed small actions that build into great things.
In this training portal we cover everything you need to ensure career success beyond your leadership skill, from how to make the most of your current career position, the tactics around rapid career progression, to writing stellar resumés and shining during your first 90 days in the new role.
Because stand-out careers require you to know how to manoeuvre in your career, not just lead. You need to know when it’s time to move on, and appreciate how to avoid getting stuck, stalled and ultimately frustrated. You need to know what it takes to interview as a leader, instead of as an individual contributor, and you need to understand how to blow your new employer or team out of the water during your first 90 days.
By following the tools and techniques you’ll learn inside the Career Development Training Portal you’ll understand how to ensure your career maintains momentum no matter what life throws at you.
And of course . . . you’ll get all of that without burnout, hustle, or stress (because over here at Lit Up Leadership, we know that great careers mean we know how to accelerate without those negatives).
If you want a thriving leadership career, that isn’t just about burning out, but instead working productivly and consciously towards a clear end goal, then this is the training that you need. We’ve never seen this in any leadership training program before, which is why we created it inside the Academy.
We start of setting you up with the framework to accelerate your career. On repeat.
In this training you’ll find out what is meant by the three seasons, what happens in each season, the goals and strategy you should be employing, and also why when we aren’t aware of our seasons we risk burnout.
Based on what you’ve found out about your season, you’ll now start diving into how to build your career rapidly.
You’ll start by putting in place a tailored personal career development plan, aligned with your current season — because this needs to change depending on your current challenges (despite what other experts might tell you!).
You’ll then get to dig into the right professional development activities depending on what you need right now, including:
Effective leadership requires confidence. But where does confidence come from, without years of experience?
In this set of trainings we’ll put in place the tools and techniques to build confidence in your abilities.
Because none of us have time to wait for us to get all the experience that might one day allow you to step up with confidence if you take the slow road.
These trainings are packed with real, actionable tools to understand what’s holding you back, learn when your inner critic is holding you back (and when it is actually being useful), and what to do to move forwards anyway.
We’re talking bounce-back-ability, tools for tackling anxiety and how to ditch self-doubt for good.
Now that you have the knowledge, the know-how, tools, techniques and worksheets to get you moving, it’s time to ensure you never get stuck again.
And this is where you get to dive in and ask Toni literally anything.
Each month Toni goes live to answer the big and small questions. Anything goes. Join in live, or submit your question and watch on replay.
Remember, there are no stupid questions, only opportunities to grow and develop.
Being connected through this program and having Toni facilitate conversations around our own personal journeys helped me to understand that the only thing holding me back was my ability to see and act on my potential.
I love the trainings, and the various documents and guides Toni provides in the Academy. She makes it so simple to see what we need to be doing to take action.
Toni’s superpower is her ability to dig deeper in these guided talks to help you uncover the real root cause then, paired with the collective braintrust of the other female leaders in the room, you can come up with a plan.”
Although the training portal contains everything you need to build and thrive in your career . . . it’s nice to slow down and go deeper.
Which is why every month we dig into a hot topic that the community is asking for and study at a deeper level how to implement what you are learning.
Upcoming trainings include:
But don’t worry, even if you can’t attend in person, each training is recorded and uploaded to the training portal for you to watch on-demand.
Get unstuck in a matter of minutes and maintain your momentum right through all the training and learning, and day-to-day leadership experiences.
The community you’ll find inside of Lit Up Leadership Academy is truly one of a kind. Whether you’re searching for feedback, accountability, people to bounce ideas off of, cheerleaders, or experts willing to lend a hand, you’ll find it here. I can’t overstate how powerful it is to have these kinds of connections at your fingertips.
They have helped me see myself as a natural leader. Even better yet, we are all here seeking to make a difference and lifting each other as we do it.
I love that the Academy has given me a path to prepare for my upcoming role as well as the confidence to lead. But above all else the thing I love about the Academy is Toni and her coaching!! Her coaching style is beautiful and provides so much to learn from. The group coaching calls helped me see myself in other women and it was great to see Toni coach them. I’ve learnt as much, if not more, seeing others being coached, than I have from being coached myself. It’s an incredible format.
If you are wondering whether this is for you, my advice is: Do it. And commit to your professional development for maximum benefit.
LULA is set up to give you the tool that enable you to get immediate wins, efficiencies, impact and time-savings in your day-to-day work. Yes there are actions to take, and video training to watch, but this entire program is designed to enhance your current job, not add an additional job on top of it. Unlike many programs out there you won’t be asked to take on a special assignment or project. Instead, you get actionable advice and strategies to make your day-to-day work operations more efficient and effective. There’s a good reason I’ve decided to make this a membership — you get the support and guidance for as long as you need it. You are never behind, but exactly where you need to be – doing what you need to do right now.
This course is a comprehensive program that covers the skills that I use with my one-on-one clients (and actually those I needed myself) to get to the Executive Team. Aside from very specific qualifications such as Agile or PMP, this program covers everything you need to thrive as a leader in tech.
No! In fact I believe that the world of tech would benefit if more team members were trained in leadership before they need those skills! It is actually harder to re-train someone who has ‘figured it out’ incorrectly by being a manager. If you are excited to get into a leadership and management position now or in the future, this program will accelerate your progress, and give you the tools you need to be thriving right now.
This program is designed to take you through all of the principles of leadership from the very beginning. You will get everything you need to thrive right now, as well as a great community of like-minded individuals at your level, and above (a great way to kick-start your professional networking!).
We’ll also be digging into tools that help you accelerate your career from day 1. This is stuff I wish was taught in schools, but isn’t. The sooner you learn this stuff, the faster you can reap the rewards.
Yes! If you are wondering why you spend so much time managing, or your team seems to be constantly doing the wrong thing, I’m sorry to tell you, it isn’t them, it’s you! But don’t worry, you aren’t alone! The tech industry is built on the assumption that leadership skills are a nice-to-have add-on that can be picked up in the job by anyone bright enough to have a good technical background. The truth is very different. Leadership takes time to develop, learn and nurture. If you’ve never been formally trained in anything described in the module outlines earlier on this webpage, you’ve probably got a lot of growth potential ahead of you! And you’ll be in good company – I’ve trained and coached many brilliant executives and CEOs, so that they can step into even more greatness!
You will get immediate access to the Start here module. Other training will unlock as you complete specific trainings to ensure you complete all necessar pre-requisites. We do this to protect your time, attention and focus while sparing you from the intense overwhelm that stops most would-be great leaders in their tracks, and stops them from stepping into their true greatness.
Yes – Toni will be in the private Slack community most week-days. And of course you get to submit questions to the monthly life Live Q&A sessions, in addition to the group coaching led by Toni.
Each module is designed to provide actions to embed in your day-to-day job, but to complete the module you should expect to spend about 4 hours per module to get through all of the materials. However, you are a member of the program for as long as you choose to be. Sometimes embedding results takes time and support, which is what the Academy is all about.
The training is organised around a 12 month syllabus, so we encourge new members to join for 12 months. However, you can take as long or as little time as you want on each set of materials.
I’m not going to lie: to get the big wins isn’t some quick scheme. It takes time, practice, and yup, some leadership push-ups along the way! But LULA is setup to give you some quick wins early on. I’ve carefully structured the program so that each step makes the next one easier. If you take the time to embed each new principle you learn along the way, your career will accelerate. You know, start slow and steady, adding 1% a day, then suddenly after a month you’ve accelerated by 30%. Take daily action and results will happen, but there are no miracles or unicorns here.
Yes! This program is designed for all women in tech. In fact, the best conversations in our group programs occur when people from different business units share their insights on the same topics.
The Academy provides the leadership skills you need, because you are a woman in tech, not because of your specific role or job title. We aren’t going to teach you engineering or People Ops strategies. Instead we’ll provide you with the business skills and confidence to thrive in the global technology sector (and hopefully help to change the demographics as you do so!).
Ready to bet on yourself and thrive in your tech leadership career?
It’s your time!
When I joined the Lit Up Leadership Academy I had just taken up a leadership role, but I felt unsure on what I should be doing and what I was supposed to focus on as a matter of priority. Through what I’ve learnt in the Academy I’ve been able to devise a clear plan of actions that I feel confident about. The Academy has given me the confidence to arrange 1:1 chats with the members of my group and use these as powerful leadership tools. I’ve now started developing ideas for how I wish to take things forward.
I’m only a month into the role but I’ve been able to identify some potential early wins and taken steps to make them happen.
Through the live training and coaching calls (which I love), the Academy has given me the confidence I needed to make a good start in a brand new role. I have enjoyed the opportunity to discuss with Toni my specific challenges and needs, so I can better apply the ideas learnt in the Academy to my own situation. Toni has a lovely style (not patronising and very supportive) which really helps you learn quickly and get out of your own way to take the right action.
If you are wondering if the Academy is for you I can only say – Go for it! It’s a lot of useful information and actionable tools.”
You should give Lit Up Leadership Academy a 30 day risk-free shot if you’re motivated by any of the following:
Whether it’s a super demanding team, a boss that just doesn’t stop, or so much ambition there is just a whole load you need to do, you’re fully aware that keeping going this way is going to lead to burnout. Fast.
Maybe you’ve turned down previous promotions because you are aware that more responsibility means yet more time.
More importantly, you’d prefer not to spend the rest of your career flirting with burnout while chanting the mantra of “I don’t have time” every time something fun and exciting pops up.
Being a great leader, gives you time back. In fact great leadership requires time off and time out – something that you don’t get told on your way up. Working harder and longer only gets you so far, and in fact makes it slower to get anywhere. Great leadership requires you to have the creativity that comes from a calmer schedule. And true leadership gives you that time back, because great leadership means you spend less time managing, and less time doing the busy-work. Great leadership frees you up to only do work you love and ultimately give you the freedom you crave.
That’s why you’re motivated beyond measure to invest the next few months in learning and installing the leadership practices that set apart the leaders that power-glide to the top, get noticed, and get the career results you are after.
By now, you fully understand that when it comes to management positions in tech, the barriers to entry are low for many — but the barriers to success are high (and even higher if you are a woman). There are far too many bad managers out there, from micromanagers to absent managers, and from constant pivotors to those who keep everything a secret.
If you are ready to overcome those big barriers and you are excited by the potential of influencing change with your leadership then you know that this barrier to great success also serves as your biggest competitive advantage against the dabblers and those without a COMPLETE, step-by-step implementation plan.
But above all else, you’re ready, willing, and excited to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
You’re not afraid of putting in the effort. The only thing that scares you is “wasted effort.”
And because Lit Up Leadership Academy is based on the experiences of women in tech, not just from Toni (LULA’s creator) but also the experience of her 1:1 clients, this is a refined and comprehensive program for creating a thriving leadership career in tech, so you can have total confidence that every hour you invest in developing and building your leadership skills will pay off dramatically in the coming months and years.
That doesn’t mean you don’t break a sweat when you think about pressing the buy button below and investing in your incredibly promising future. But it does mean you’re fully aware that it’s “one day, or day one” and only YOU can decide.
For what it’s worth, if there ever was a “right time”, it would be now. The tech industry has a dearth of leadership talent, and yet many great candidates are not able to get to the top table because they aren’t able to demonstrate their true value. To make matters worse the tech industry is still heavily white-male dominated and products and services are being designed without true diversity at the table. This means the world is delivered products that serve a segment of the population, not everyone. The tech industry is the one sector that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so buckle up and get ready to share your skills far and wide!
With everything you get inside of LULA, including the stack of special launch bonuses, you’re totally unwilling to let this opportunity slip — and even MORE unwilling to let a countdown timer get to decide what the next 12 weeks looks like for you.
Wondering if this is what you need, or if now is not the time…
Whenever I’m about to make a big decision the most comforting thing is to talk through where I am right now and whether this next step is the right one. I’ll be quite honest with you: Lit Up Leadership Academy isn’t for everyone. So I’m quite happy to have a coffee chat with you to discuss whether this is the support you need right now, or if something else would be better or needs to come first.
Book a coffee chat with me, and we’ll get clear on what you need next
So what’s it going to be?
Will you put your trust in me and the program to create a leadership career that helps you and your team thrive, gets you heard, stops you second guessing, creates real impact in the tech world, and helps you lead with ease and confidence while impacting more people?
The human race deserves better.
And women need to be part of the solution to driving the world of tech to make better technology for the entirety of the human racce.
It’s that simple.
And yet, sadly, far too many tech workplaces don’t provide women with the tools they need to thrive. Even worse, more workplaces than I would like, still enable toxic behavior, which more often than not, the underrepresented groups (including women) bear the brunt of.
I’m on a mission to change that.
I have seen that when more women rise to the top, truly extraordinary things happen. The company as a whole makes better decisions. There is more innovation and ideation. Retention improves. Productivity skyrockets. All with less burnout and less stress (and often coupled with a reduction in working hours).
This isn’t some daydream. I’ve seen this happen time and time again.
I used to focus on the ‘women in tech’ problem, because I just fundamentally believed we had a right as women to have a seat, drive technology and not get pushed out. But this goes far far deeper. The human race needs women in tech. And even more than that – women in tech are needed in leadership now more than ever.
Progress on improving the representation of women in tech, particularly in tech leadership has been slower than I would have liked (I still remain a steadfast optimist though). But there has truly never been a better time to
demonstrate great leadership and help the people around you who are desperately seeking stability, motivation, solutions and empathy that YOU have so that together you can all change the world.
As a woman’s leadership expert, and the only person I know of creating a program specifically for women in tech leadership, I want you to know you aren’t alone. I’ve been where you were, but I made it to the executive team. I struggled with impostor syndrome, while leading a global team. Today, I’ve dealt with my lack of confidence, developed my leadership and strategic thinking skills, my communication and ability to inspire even the most skeptical of fellow techies. That’s possible for you too.
You might think only those with MBAs, the techiest people, or the most extroverted can get to the Executive Team. The truth: the best leaders have breadth, not depth. The best leaders surround themselves with technical superstars so that they can focus on being the link that brings it altogether. The best leaders focus on communication first. The best leaders invest in their leadership skills instead of waiting for it to just turn up one day.
There is room for you at the table my friend, so what are you waiting for? Slide on in and commit to creating a thriving leadership career that has you excited about Monday mornings, and able to choose from multiple offers every time you are ready for a new challenge, all while getting off the 70hrs+/week struggle bus that isn’t actually serving you or your organisation (even though it feels like it is).
Should you choose to say YES to your inevitable success, I personally guarantee that your time in this program will be completely and utterly life-changing for you and your family.
I can’t wait to meet you and cheer you on inside Lit Up Leadership Academy!
ALL my best,
From meeting other amazing women in tech who understand the struggles of growing into leadership and the resources Toni provides to really reflect in current situation verses future aspirations and getting from A to B (and knowing how to always reflect to build your path there – not just having someone write it out for you), I feel confident in myself, my abilities in leadership, and my abilities to project myself and my career to new heights.”
Want to approach your employer to fund your participation in the Academy?
It’s not for everyone (sometimes it makes sense to fund our own professional development), but if you’d like to make the ask, download this guide to make it super-easy:
And if your finger (or mouse cursor) is hovering over that “Message Toni” button just like it has been hovering over those shiny purple enrolment buttons… let me ask you something:
If you’re not even willing to reach out and say “Hey, I love the look of this but I’m unsure or afraid…” then how can you get unstuck, my love?
As your self-appointed leadership career bestie, I really challenge you to overcome that and take the first step towards what you want by hitting that button and letting me know what’s on your mind.
Here it is again. Go on, do it. I want to hear from you 🙂