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The Starring Role Academy


The Starring Role Academy

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You’re the good girl who was
destined to become the "perfect woman".
Always have been.

The one who everyone turns to to make things better, smoother, more...right.

The one who tosses and turns at night because of all she didn’t do, didn’t save, didn’t GET quite right.

And while you were busy making sure that everyone else was okay, that you didn’t take up too much space, that you smoothed, buffed, polished and bridged, you started to miss something. Something like everything.

Your SELF.

And the further you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of people-pleasing and comparison and perfectionism and leaky boundaries and dimming your own light (hallmarks of the Impostor Complex, by the way), the further and further you’ve gone from your SELF.

How’s that been working out for you?

Oh, I know, the kids are alright and the bills are getting paid and steps are being taken in the right direction, for the most part. Which is no small feat in and of itself. But you don’t celebrate that do you? Heavens no...there is still far too much to be done. And besides, you tend to chalk your successes up to being accidents. The Impostor Complex is alive and well with you, Love.)

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Here's what I see:

Your heart is huge. Your capacity is even bigger. And there is a you-shaped space in the universe just waiting for you to step into. To expand into, taking your place among the stars.

Can you feel the truth of that?

I know, it feels big. It feels daunting.

But that catch in your chest you just felt? That’s called resonance and it knows the truth. It IS the truth.

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If you’re feeling stuck and you’re not getting where you want to go, no matter what you try, then it’s time to look inward and see what’s really going on and what’s really holding you back. It’s most likely not your business or what you do or how much you know. It’s going to be the stuff like the Impostor Complex and the Inner Critic, patterns that you don’t even know you have that have to be unearthed in order for you to move forward. The Academy helps you work through all of that.
— Dr. Michelle Mazur
I was really looking to step into more of who I am as a woman, and having that inform my coaching practice. (Who you are kind of informs your work, right?) I wanted to get a lot more clarity around who am I and what’s holding me back from taking certain chances or making certain choices in my work. The Academy helped me kind of unpack those layers so I could really see what’s going on.
— Dawn Easter
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Consider this:

Consider this:

Stepping into your Starring Role may be easier than you thought.


It may be harder than you thought.

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But it will be everything to you and to the people you are here, really here, to love and to serve.

Spending nine months in the Academy gives you the opportunity to rewire and change your brain chemistry a little bit around limiting beliefs and mindsets. Having someone there to kick you up the backside to recognize when your Impostor Complex is creeping in — before I was able to start recognizing it for myself — has been some kind of miracle.
— Deb Nicholson
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And from this place, you will be the fullness of who you are. Your funny, wise, powerful, tender, loving, angry, compassionate, pragmatic, dreaming self.

You will know joy. You will know purpose. You will make decisions and choices and right next steps and changes happen.

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Because from here, you have your shit together.

You KNOW who you are.

You, in your Starring Role.

Glorious, rising and shining.

You've been called. And you're required to answer the call.

(No pressure.)

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Fully, Completely and Unapologetically.

So, if that means you will start the organization that changes everything? Bring it.

If it means you create the business that allows you the freedom you've always desired? Bring it.

If it means you will take the mic and say what needs to be said? Bring it.

Then watch as you inspire ten more women to do the same. Hundreds. Thousands.

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Thanks to the Academy, I’ve become more confident and I’m able to hold good boundaries around work, around life, friends, and problem clients that pop up. Through this experience, I learned that I had no idea what made me happy. I couldn’t name it or describe the feeling. Now, I have a clearer idea of what joy looks like for me, and I can identify my joy every day, which makes a real difference in how I’m designing my life.
— Lacy Boggs

The Starring Role Process

The Starring Role Process

The Step into Your Starring Role process is the one I’ve been living and perfecting my whole life. I’ve taught the process to thousands of people so far through workshops, webinars and live events, individual coaching and group coaching programs and most recently, through the self-guided digital Starring Role Playbook.

To be certain, the Step into Your Starring Role process is THE process that graciously and expertly guides you from HERE to THERE. From apprenticeship to mastery. From wish to fulfillment. From dream to do. From waiting to be tapped in to taking centre stage (EXACTLY where you belong).

The same process you will, gratefully, come back to time and time and time again, every time you are on the precipice of expansion. Of your desires.

Because as we say around here: the party is on the other side of the resistance.

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I showed up for the work and the work showed up for me. In the absolute best of ways, I had no idea what I was in for. It’s like I got the rest of my life back and I just didn’t even know. I didn’t know that I could feel this aligned and congruent and confident in myself. Joining the Academy has changed my life.
— Nic Strack

So yes, the PROCESS is boss.

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But it’s The Academy that the brilliant lights who are drawn to deepening into this work have been asking for.

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We listened.

And so...the envelope please...


Introducing, the 2019 Starring Role Academy

Introducing, the 2019 Starring Role Academy


A 9-month group coaching experience designed to help you break through the Impostor Complex and step into your Starring Role with Unshakeable Confidence.


Nine months to nurture, grow, and embolden that Starring Role of yours. 

(Don’t like the “starring role” language? Fine then. Think authority. Mastery. Sovereignty.... I could do this for days.)

With the Starring Role Process,  a community of like-minded sisters who not only believe in you, are COUNTING on you to stand up, speak up, shine up AND me by your side? Unstoppable.

Tanya has this uncanny ability to attract amazing women who show up and will do the work, and because they’re doing the work, it’s like a ‘rising tides lift all boats’ kind of a thing. You show up and you’re ready and you want to do the work and then they show up and they’re ready and they want to do the work. It creates this amazing vortex of possibility.
— Lena West
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Have you ever felt this way before?

“I’m ready to step up. Been ready for a while. I keep trying, but I can’t seem to get off this plateau. What can I do, once and for all, to make this happen?”

This is the work that will get you unstuck and call you forth. (Hint: that feeling of “ready”? It can be trusted.)


“I feel like I’ve been hiding myself...my REAL self from the world. If I’m really honest, I’m more afraid that I might actually be successful than I am of failing. And I suspect that’s what’s keeping me boxed in.”

This is the work that will heal your fear of success. For good. The great news is that the REAL you isn’t scary. Nor is success.


“I’ve got the clients, I’ve got the name, I’ve got the business...but it’s the LEGACY I want. I’m pretty sure everyone in my immediate circle thinks I’m insane for wanting to rock the boat, for wanting even more.”

This is the work that will draw in your soul sisters. (Hint: they’re not afraid of how bright you shine.)

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So, really.

Exactly what you’ve been waiting for. (Kinda like the world’s been waiting for you to fully step into the you-shaped hole in the universe.)

I reckon you’d wonder where to sign up, right?


There are three potent aspects to the uncommon work that is done in The Starring Role Academy.


The content.

This is the best of the best work available for helping women step over the Impostor Complex and INTO their starring role. Period.


The coaching.

I am like a dog with a bone when it comes to making sure that you are running the show...and not the Impostor Complex. I see it all and hear it all. And I will name it so that we can tame it. It’s what we’re here for.


The community.

The collective intelligence that gathers in the Academy is jaw-droppingly potent. The accountability, the championing and dare I even say it? The love. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen before.

Through her work in The Academy, Tanya has fostered this environment of exploration, meaning that you feel really safe amongst the other members of The Academy really quickly. You know you can discuss what you feel vulnerable about and what you want to share, and it felt like a sisterhood almost right away. I surprised myself by how far I was willing to push myself out of my comfort zone and how easy Tanya made that feel.
— Emmy McCarthy
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Included in The Academy

Included in The Academy

  • Nine month online program.
  • 1:1 coaching with me.
  • Participate from anywhere in the world. (Internet access required.)
  • Weekly emails with prompts, videos and lessons.
  • Monthly co-working sessions. We.get.it.done.
  • Monthly group coaching calls. Connect in, share what’s working, what needs attention and receive support from the community as well as laser coaching from me.
  • Monthly Guest Expert Teachers.
  • Private Mighty Networks group. (It offers the community feel of Facebook, but we’re finding that more and more people are wanting to spend less time there. Mighty Network offers a more organized and intuitive platform. Free to join, easy to set up. And once you’ve enrolled in the Academy, we’ll even help you get there.)
  • (Optional) Accountability Partner
  • A Virtual Co-Working Do the Work Day including a box-full of treats sent to you in advance to make sure you have everything you need to dive in and dig deep. Think teas, candles, chocolates. Think Star Treatment. Doing the work was never so delicious. Nor fun.
  • The Red Carpet Gala Celebration is included in your tuition at the Mastermind and Gold levels. At the Silver Level, your tuition includes a $500 off discount to the weekend.

I really liked the structure of the Academy: the pacing, the weekly check-ins, the weekly homework, and the different themes. The program builds on itself and Tanya has created something very intentional. It’s a nice combination of self-reflection, group reflection, one on one with Tanya, and writing prompts. Best of all, Tanya doesn’t offer up generic solutions. The Academy takes you through a nice, gentle process and is nurturing without being too soft.
— Karen Anderson
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Month-by-Month Details

Month-by-Month Details

Here’s what it looks like…

Once your application is accepted, you will be receiving a workbook from us in the mail that contains all the exercises that we’ll be exploring together over the nine months.

Then, every Monday, you will be receiving an email with that week's lesson and a video from me to you addressing what I’m seeing come up in the space and in the work and to orient us for the week to come.

There will be some weekly check-ins in the Mighty Networks space and a wrap up of discussions you may have missed. 

The monthly coaching calls are not to be missed if you can help it, but they will be recorded if you must. It's a fantastic place and space to connect with others and get coaching from Tanya as well as your co-Star Steppers eyes on your progress. Because, progress, you will. And this year, we are offering TWO cohorts for the coaching calls to ensure as many time zones and work schedules are accommodated: Cohort 1 will meet alternatively at noon and 3p EST and Cohort 2 will meet at 7p EST.

In addition to the monthly coaching calls, we'll be convening for a monthly co-working sessions which is a fabulous place to get caught up if life gets in the way (and it does) AS WELL AS monthly teaching calls with Guest Experts who are MY teachers. They are women at the top of their game and are deeply wise and generous. Think social justice, communications, PR, speaking.

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Knowing this? Game changer. For real. How you live, drive, relate, connect, step in, up, out?

Changed. Forever. So good.

Take aim, clearly definitively, unapologetically.

Decide what is yours to step into fully and completely and there will be no turning back.

We’ll set markers, measures, goals and metrics. It’s ON.


We’ll get real and specific about what’s TRULY in the way. The inner critics. The ACTUAL critics.

And we’ll get you more focused on your own actualization than your preoccupation with what other people think of you - releasing yourself from praise and criticism. Sweet freedom.

So easy to look past all you’ve done and do, non?

We’re putting an end to that. For good.

Rooting into with you’ve done, asserting the authority that already resides within you, and deepening into practices that you’ll carry forth always.


No one was ever intended to do this alone.

The Impostor Complex wants to isolate you, so we’re gonna go ahead and foil its plans by gathering the people who will support & nurture you - both in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

Counting them in and calling them forth. And? Releasing those who need to be released.

What sustains, nourishes, compels you forward?

Yes. More of that, please.

So much more of that.


Get out of hiding and get into asking, pitching, soaring.

You’re so much more than ready.

“After you jump and before you land, is God.”
- Gabrielle Roth

You’ve laid the foundations, you’ve trained for the race and now we’re in it.

And if you trip? We’ll cover bounce-back tactics that never fail. Ever.

(Includes the Virtual Co-Working Do the Work Day)


Celebration - Allow yourself to bask in the glow.

You've earned it and here’s the big secret successful people know about celebration: it sustains you in your journey. It’s not a cherry on top.

Celebration is a radical act of productivity, and essential to fuel your rise.

This is evolution, baby.


Monthly Group Coaching Calls

Calls will be held generally on the third and fourth week of the month.
Cohort 1 will meet alternatively at noon and 3p EST and Cohort 2 will meet at 7p EST.


Announcing the Starring Role Academy Community Coach - Helen Tremethick


Helen will be this year’s Community Coach to help support this incredible constellation of Stars. She is a sought-after brand voice strategist, coach, and copywriter whose values-driven approach to communications is rooted in clarity, simplicity, and relationship with the audience. Helen is the CEO of The Communications Distillery, a boutique branding studio located in an old farmhouse in the middle of the Ontario countryside. 

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Monthly Guest Teachers


HEY. I’m Tanya.

HEY. I’m Tanya.

Tanya Geisler

I know the Impostor Complex like it’s been a life-long companion. Because it has been.

I know its ins and outs and tricks and treacheries. But most of all, I know how to move past it.

I created the Step into Your Starring Role process for myself, in truth. And it has seen me move from sideline watcher to leadership coach, entrepreneur, teacher, writer, and TEDx speaker to (well-paid) speaker.

And it’s my deepest joy to help you do the same...to step into YOUR Starring Role, that is.

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Today I feel more able to share openly because of the Academy. I’ve been working that muscle and it’s gotten a lot stronger. I’ve realized that through showing up vulnerably, I end up gaining a lot of clarity. Clarity is so important to me and hard to come by, and I just would not have realized that connection if it wasn’t for my work in the Academy.
— Jenn Sutkowski
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Three Ways to Play

Three Ways to Play

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Mighty Network group with the Academy Members

Private Mighty Network group with Mastermind Members

Nine monthly group coaching calls

Nine monthly Expert Teaching Calls

Nine monthly Co-working Sessions (and weekly co-working calls in August)

Co-working day w/ goodies sent to your home/office in advance.

Discount of $500 to LIVE Red Carpet Event in Toronto, September 2019

At this level, you will ALSO receive an invite to an additional night in Toronto pre-gala celebration with your Mastermind sisters to celebrate the deep work done and the year to come. Dreamy.

Nine monthly private coaching sessions with me.

Weekly group hotseat and Q+A Mastermind calls with the 6 women in this level

Workbook sent upon enrollment.

$1,000 USD/ month

The total cost of the program is $9,500, but once you pay the $500 deposit and you're in, you only pay $1,000/month

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Private Mighty Network group

Nine monthly group coaching calls

Nine monthly Expert Teaching Calls

Nine monthly Co-working Sessions (and weekly co-working calls in August)

Co-working day w/ goodies sent to your home/office in advance.

Discount of $500 to LIVE Red Carpet Event in Toronto, September 2019

Nine monthly private coaching sessions with me.

Workbook sent upon enrollment.

$550 USD/ month

The total cost of the program is $5,450, but once you pay the $500 deposit and you're in, you only pay $550/month.

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Private Mighty Network group

Nine monthly group coaching calls

Nine monthly Expert Teaching Calls

Nine monthly Co-working Sessions (and weekly co-working calls in August)

Co-working day w/ goodies sent to your home/office in advance.

Discount of $500 to LIVE Red Carpet Event in Toronto, September 2019

Two 30 minutes sessions of coaching with me to be used any time between January 2019 and October 2019

Workbook sent upon enrollment.

$200 USD/ month

The total cost of the program is $2,300, but once you pay the $500 deposit and you're in, you only pay $200/month

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Application Process

Your deposit is rolled into the full cost of your Academy enrollment.

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After we’ve reviewed your application we’ll let you know within two business days if we think this is the right program for you. If there’s ANY question, we can hop on a call. Fit is EVERYTHING.

If after we've spoken, we agree that The Academy isn't a fit, your deposit will be refunded in full.

If we’re a go, our team will contact you to set up your monthly recurring payments (nine monthly payments from January to September). You'll receive the Starring Role Workbook in the mail as well as a digital welcome package within a couple of weeks that will help set the stage for a truly incredible nine months together. The first email with curriculum will arrive on January 7th and our first WELCOME CALL will be on January 11th.


Red Carpet Gala

Red Carpet Gala

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Oh, you caught that, eh?

Yes. As a member of The Academy, you will be invited to an exquisitely delightful two night retreat September 2019 in Toronto at one of our most luxe hotels. And we will TAKE.CARE.OF.YOU. Fully and completely.

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  • Two nights of immersed luxury and deepened connection.
  • A culmination of the nine exquisite months we’ll have cherished together.
  • A gift you’ll never forget having given yourself.
  • The very best of me. The very best of my city. In September! (My favourite time of year.)

There were quite a few of us in the Academy, and yet you got a chance for everyone to shine and to have space to be appreciated for who they were, their skills, and their gifts. The level of care and intimacy, along with the love and respect for the other women in the group, was just phenomenal. There was something magical that was created as part of this program. Tanya is so incredibly smart, wise, loving, and caring. Everyone was allowed their own journey with it — and I think that was really special.
— Jo Casey
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Our Timeline For the Weekend

Our Timeline For the Weekend

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Get yourself to Toronto! Check into the exquisite and historic 5-star King Edward hotel anytime between 3pm – 5pm. Flop onto your luxurious bed, enjoy a bubble bath, and get settled in. You will be whisked away for a soiree by 7pm.

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Brunch, massage, or see the sights of Toronto. Then come back to the hotel. We'll get our hair and makeup done, and get red carpet ready, then the cars will come fetch us to go get our gala on! And yes...there will be a stage for you to take your bow. And oh, how we will cheer you on.




Our final sumptuous meal together will be breakfast, then we'll say our fond farewells in closing. (Tissues provided.)

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A wonderful and fitting end and celebration to all the work done during the Academy. It was a definite motivator when the work got hard. I felt I couldn’t celebrate fully at the gala if I didn’t do all the work to the best of my ability.
— Laurie Rauk

More details on the Red Carpet Gala Celebration will be delivered in March. Your tuition includes a $500 off discount to this weekend that you don't want to miss.


So...we have already pre-sold 16 of the 45 spots. 
What did the new Academy members have to say?

“This is the easiest business decision I've ever made.”

“This feels so aligned, I'm tingling!”

If you’re not quite there yet,
maybe you’ve got some Q’s we’ve already A’D.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more by clicking each question:

+ What if I can’t make the monthly coaching calls?

After having run this program a couple of times now, I can safely say: If you know already that you won’t be able to make 50% of the calls, then this may not be a great fit for you.

This may sound trite, but it is undeniably true: the more you show up, the more you’ll receive. So yes, we would love for you to show up for yourself, for others and for the work. Of course.

And we have designed the calls to be as accommodating to and for as many time zones as possible: we are staggering the teaching and coworking calls to be held noon, 3p and 7p Eastern and are offering TWO cohorts for the group coaching calls for you to choose if you prefer 7p EST OR noon/3p EST.

It’s your golden opportunity to raise your hand, ask a question, and get a few minutes of laser-sharp coaching. Questions will be answered on a first-come, first-serve basis so you’ll be able to hear and experience what’s coming up for fellow participants as well as the masterful coaching they’ll receive.

If you can’t make a call, you can send your q’s in advance and we’ll do our best to get to them. And the calls WILL be recorded and sent to you afterwards.

If you’re just not a group processing kind of person and want more of a personalized experience, consider the Gold or Mastermind levels of enrollment for additional coaching.

But, do try to make the calls. 2018 alum Lacy Boggs had this to say about the value of the coaching calls: “My favorite part of my Academy experience has been the coaching calls. It's deep and emotional, but you feel safe. Those calls are incredibly important and valuable. You never know what you're going to get out of it because the calls don't have a set agenda. You might be thinking you're going to talk about this week's work, but then something comes out of left field and everyone wants to be of service and help.”

+ How much time should I plan on giving this program per week?

This is entirely up to you. The program is structured so that while the material runs deep, it won’t take over your life. All exercises will be found in your workbook as well as sent in the weekly emails for you to do at your own pace. We suggest that you set aside two to three hours a week for the content, but it really depends on your learning, integrating and processing style. (Remember that this is a process you’ll come back to time and time again, well beyond the nine months.)

As for your involvement in the on-line Mighty Networks space, history has shown us that it’s a lively place of conversation and community. But part of what we love about the platform is that it won’t overwhelm and threads will be easy to find and follow. You are under zero obligation to spend your life there.

I will be checking into the Mighty Networks space on a daily basis and once on weekends, and there will also be a Community Coach who will keep their eye on things as well. You can tag us and we'll see your hand up and respond as quickly as is reasonable.

+ Why is this on Mighty Networks and not Facebook?

We've found that there are less distractions on Mighty Networks. We've also heard from folx that they have been concerned about "secret" settings in Facebook. Please don't let the new platform scare you. Mighty Networks is super easy to use and we'll give you a walk-through video with all the instructions you'll need to navigate the platform. We're here for YOU.

+ Why is this such a long program?

We go deep. Because this work requires it. Here's what our 2018 alums have to say:

The things that Tanya brings to this experience all go super deep. Just when you think you've hit the bottom you hit a new vein and it goes even deeper. It's a really good thing because it pushes you to keep going where you need to go.” - Lacy Boggs

“I was surprised by how deep the work was in The Academy. You have to look at your patterns. You have to look at your stuff, and it's hard, but that's the only way to do it. It's definitely not a superficial program. It deserves a higher level of commitment and care because you want the change. The tools that Tanya provides and the container that she creates allows for this really safe and supportive space to work through it even when it’s tough.” - Jo Casey

"The Academy is definitely a commitment as it’s nine months, but it’s work you’ll come back to again and again. It’s work that will continue throughout your life and you're going to need to go back and reassess and redefine and go deeper into why your turn up in the world the way you do." - Emmy McCarthy

“When you join The Academy, you need to be ready to do the work. For me, I know that there were periods of time when I wasn't doing the homework or I wasn't as active in the group, and when I've returned to that homework and returned to the group I would have a renewed sense of commitment to my own personal development. It's hard but you do the work because it's so fantastic. The amount of change is only limited by the human who's making the change.” - Nic Strack

+ What if I fall behind?

Short answer: I know you won’t. I’ve got my eye on you. And this year, so will our incredible Community Coach.

Longer answer: We know that most people drawn to this work are perfectionists. It’s just true. That’s the Impostor Complex buffering away. So there will be 'come-to-Jesus' moments where you need to challenge yourself: am I avoiding? Am I resisting? Or have I done more than enough?

AND. All of the program materials - the videos, the exercises, recordings, workbook, and whatever else we decide to delight and surprise you with - is yours to keep for life. You can come back to it time and time again.

It was easy to navigate, easy to convince myself to keep going. Life happens and that's not going to diminish the work that you do. Hitting pause is not going to diminish the results that you'll get out of the program, so you can keep going at your own pace. The work you do in The Academy is so intertwined with emotions and life and effected by other things that are going on, but the outcomes are still so profound that it's worth doing anyway. - Emmy McCarthy

+ Who’s this NOT for?

This won’t be a match if you’re not hungry to ACTUALLY step into your Starring Role, or if you don’t even know what said Starring Role IS. We will spend some time at the beginning defining and refining your role is (and making good and sure it’s in alignment with YOU), but you really need to show up with a starting point for what it is that you want to grow, shift, change, or create.

This is also not a match if you’re looking for marketing, sales or business advice. While knowing your Starring Role will absolutely bolster your professional authority, this is not a business program (more on that in the next Q).

And in truth? If you are less interested in working in a group and more interested in working just with me in private, that’s cool. Here is your best option. And if you would rather do this work entirely on your own, then we’ve got you covered with the self-guided Starring Role Playbook. .

But who IS this for? This former Star Stepper weighed in on this answer:

“If The Academy feels right, then it's right. If you're feeling drawn and called to it, then you're the right person. The people who are attracted to Tanya’s energy and her work are going be the right kind of people for this. I've been really impressed with how the whole thing runs and the attention to detail. Tanya puts so much care and energy into everything that it can't help but be great.” - Lacy Boggs

+I'm looking for a business coaching program. Is this for me?

This is NOT a business coaching program. Will overcoming the Impostor Complex help you in your business? Well, yes. To be certain. If the business is in alignment with the truth of who you are, that is. Former participants have much more to say, though.

“When I was considering joining The Academy I was at a point in my business that I knew that I didn't need more business coaching. I didn't need more tactics to actually help my business move forward; it was more that I knew I needed to do my own personal development.” - Michelle Mazur

“At the end of 2017, I was looking around to see what I wanted out of 2018. I was checking out business mentors and coaching and what I realized was that I didn't really need anything that gave me any more hard skills for my business. What I really was lacking was a way to get out of my own way. Unless I was prepared to step up and lead my business and to develop myself, then I wasn't going to get any further.” - Emmy McCarthy

+ What happens when I press “DEPOSIT”?

You’ll be directed to pay your $500 deposit and once it has been processed you will receive a link to The Academy application. After we’ve reviewed your application we’ll let you know within two business days if we think this is the right program for you. If there’s any question, we can hop on a call. Fit is EVERYTHING.

If we decide it’s not a fit, your deposit will be refunded in full.

If we’re a go, our team will contact you to set up your monthly recurring payments (nine monthly payments from January to September). You'll receive a digital welcome package in December that will help set the stage for a truly incredible nine months together. The first email with curriculum will arrive on January 7th and our first call will be on January 18th.

+ I’m confused by the “stage” language. Is this a course on public speaking? What if I’m not really interested in stepping onto a stage?

Short answer: No, this is not a course on public speaking. Though it will make you a better public speaker (if that’s your thing.) The stage is a metaphor. Except when it’s not.

More confused than ever? Stick with me here.

Taking the stage means that you are leading with your work. No longer hiding behind the curtains in the wings. (I just can’t quit the theatrical metaphors.) Sharing your world-changing work, message and self in a way that is no longer cloaked in apology. Because it’s steeped in truth and your actual, LIVED confidence. Not a veneer of manufactured confidence, but rather cellular-level confidence. You will lead more confidently. Speak more confidently. Write more confidently. Be in relationships more confidently. And what happens then? Well. I think you can imagine.

Here’s the thing. As long as I’ve been doing this work, I’ve been asked that question: “What if I’m not really interested in stepping onto a stage?” And I respond as I have above: it’s a metaphor (and not). Many people are satisfied with that and can see the applications for their work in the world. What would happen if they could become more confident in their vocation. Allowed themselves to take up just a little more space at the boardroom table. Or the kitchen table. And these brave ones will and enter this Step Into Your Starring Role work with arms opened wide and wondrous outcomes to share.

But then there are the ones who protest just a little too much about not wanting to step onto a stage. And with them I’ll lean in a little, look them right in the eye and ask them: “Do you really not want to step on the stage?” “Lord no,” they’ll exclaim. And I’ll ask them again. “Do you really not want to step on the stage?” Now they’ve heard me. They go quiet as they go inward. They scan for the truth in their body. Then a little glimmer in their eyes shines. There. Right there. They’ve touched on the desire that they’ve shelved for far too long. Because of ancient stories of “too much” and “good girls” and what’s right and proper. And then I’ll know. They cannot unsee what they’ve just seen.

This is the work that will actualize those desires. On stage or off.

+ Will Tanya be involved or take a hands-off approach once I'm in the program?

I think 2018 alum Lacy Boggs says it best: “There are lots of programs out there in which you sign up and then the original creator is not involved. They don't answer questions and they don't participate in the group. In The Academy, Tanya is completely the opposite because she’s incredibly involved. She holds the space as sacred. You can feel that energy when you're there. She also chooses people intentionally and she would never let someone in that wouldn't be a good fit in that space.”


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