More Than An Armband: Empowering Women Leaders Through Captains University
On Episode 15 of Surfacing Leaders, host Marc Koehler talks with former D1 soccer captain-turned-CEO of Captain's University, Anja Koehler, about her journey of being tapped as team captain to overcoming adversity and finally empowering women leaders worldwide.
Among other inspiring stories from her soccer career, this episode explores Anja's experiences as a player and captain at Cal, her transition to the University of Portland, and her injury-forced deviation from playing professional soccer. Anja's leadership qualities and resilience shine as she then recounts her post-soccer journey and her pivotal decision to found Captain's University to serve the captains of tomorrow.
As Anja discusses the unique leadership styles she uncovered through her research, the podcast explores the significance of fostering leadership skills in women. This conversation focuses on the importance of women having a voice in leadership roles, on and off the field, and Captain's University's transformative work in this space. Anja explains that she and CU are teaching players that they are #MoreThanAnArmband - they are the captains of their lives with a specific, identifiable leadership style they can lean into confidently.
Listeners will gain insights into Anja's innovative approach to leadership development, the importance of self-awareness, and the role of empathy in leadership. The episode encapsulates a powerful narrative of triumph over adversity, offering inspiration and valuable lessons on leadership that extend beyond the soccer field.
Join Marc and Anja as they explore the depths of leadership, resilience, and the transformative journey from setback to empowerment.
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