For Organizations

In an increasingly complex and competitive landscape, technical and subject matter mastery is common, but leadership is not.

CORO’s tailored programs for organizations foster the development of adaptive and innovative professionals who will be catalysts for positive change within their organizations and institutions. We partner with private businesses, government agencies, institutions, and nonprofits to build a pipeline of effective, perceptive, and ethical professional leaders – offering their people the opportunity to develop skills not taught in most academic or professional settings.

CORO’s faculty-led, interactive programs range from half-day introductory workshops to multi-day programs. With integrative and creative courses, CORO programs teach skills while encouraging participants to critically analyze their behaviors, step beyond their silos, and cultivate a culture of leadership and trust.

CORO training programs benefit individuals of all levels, from support staff to the executive suite. Past clients include:

  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of California Davis Health System
  • University of California Office of the President
  • University of San Francisco, Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
  • University of Southern California, Public Policy Graduate Program
  • Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program

Read more about some of our partnership programs:

UC Systemwide Leadership Collaborative

UC and CORO are offering a Systemwide Leadership Collaborative to over forty executives from every major UC institution.  Participants meet in-person approximately once a month for twelve months at rotating locations, work on a high-visibility group project of strategic importance to the entire UC system, and integrate CORO leadership skills and frameworks along the way.

The UC-CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative aims to:

  • Enhance participants’ leadership abilities. CORO’s experiential curriculum focuses on self- and group-awareness, interpersonal communication and insightful analysis of resources and systems.
  • Deepen participants’ connections to peers and colleagues across UC so they leave the program with an on-going network of leaders that transcends boundaries at UC.
  • Increase each Fellow’s confidence to initiate positive change and innovation across all levels of UC. As a group, Fellows will execute a project and present their findings/recommendations to UC Chancellors, their cabinets and potentially the UC President.

Session topics include:

  • The Power of Inquiry and Active Listening
  • Systems Thinking
  • Optimal Decision Making
  • Relationship Management and Interpersonal Skills
  • Leveraging Differences
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

CORO Faculty guide each seminar using adult education and experiential learning philosophies.  Each session is very interactive. On a given day, for example, Fellows may work on a group assignment, interview a prominent UC leader, learn and discuss a CORO leadership concept, participate in a peer coaching activity, go on a campus tour, etc.

For more information on how CORO can help your organization with succession planning or leadership development, please contact Laney Whitcanack, CEO,  415.986.0521 x703  or


The AdelanTECH Leadership Program is a unique, new program to empower emerging rural leaders to succeed and lead in California’s innovation economy and is developed by CORO Northern California, AT&T, United Farm Workers, and Udacity.

The inaugural class of 12 fellows, farmworkers and the adult children of farmworkers, will participate in this rigorous, year-long program developing leadership skills based on CORO’s nationally-recognized leadership curriculum and earn a front-end web development Nanodegree from Udacity – a degree that meets the technical requirements for certain entry-level software development job opportunities at AT&T.

This collaboration is not only a first in the tech industry but it is critical to boosting diversity in the innovation economy. The program runs from July 2015 to August 2016 and AT&T has fully funded the inaugural program and provided scholarships to the first class of 12 fellows. More information on the AdelanTECH Leadership program is available at

For more information about CORO Northern California’s collaboration on AdelanTECH please contact Laney Whitcanack, CEO, at 415.986.0521×703  or

San Francisco Community Engagement Partnership

The San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) and CORO Northern California partnered to launch a four-session (March – June, 2015) cross-sector civic engagement and experiential leadership program for senior professionals and community leaders. The program engaged participants from different sectors (business, community nonprofit, government, technology, philanthropy, education) to explore quality of life issues for San Francisco’s residents, particularly immigrants, newcomers, underserved and vulnerable communities.

Using CORO’s leadership training and concepts that emphasize self and group awareness, interpersonal communication and insightful analysis of resources and systems, participant received in-depth exposure to the issues and worked with leaders across sectors who are shaping the quality of life and developing real-time, relevant solutions in specific areas and neighborhoods of the City. The sessions began with an exploration of issues in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

For more information about customizing a CORO Professional Program for your business or organization, please contact Laney Whitcanack, CEO, at 415.986.0521×703  or