The Regional Synod of New York

She is Called Leadership Collaborative Overview

Reformed Church in America
Women’s Transformative and Leadership
She is Called Leadership Collaborative Overview

Leadership does not happen in isolation. It involves followers. Jesus himself had 12 disciples, as well as crowds of 4,000 and 5,000 who were part of his ministry on earth.

Leadership development does not happen in isolation either. It requires community, connection, collaboration, and commitment. It means embarking on a journey with others who can help encourage, equip and empower you in your growth as a leader.

The Women’s Transformation & Leadership (WTL) She is Called Leadership Collaborative (LC) is a gathering of eight to twelve women clergy and lay leaders who commit to grow as spiritual leaders and use their ministry context as an environment for expanding their leadership capacity.

The Leadership Collaborative focuses on three significant areas:

  • Personal leadership: At the heart of leadership is the ability to lead one’s own
    life. All leaders must first learn to lead themselves before leading others.
  • Organizational leadership: Every leader must exercise the competencies of leadership. Leadership skills can be learned and developed as one grows as a leader in community.
  • Multiplying leadership: The point is not to accumulate more followers but to develop more leaders. Leaders raise up other leaders, helping nurture their gifts and abilities to serve.

The She Is Called Leadership Collaborative process includes:

  • Monthly video Zoom conference (2 hours each)
  • Monthly peer coaching pairs/triads with outline provided (2-3 hours personal prep; 90 minutes of coaching)
  • In Person Retreat (around month 6)

The She is Called Leadership Collaborative 12-month curriculum highlights the following:

Personal Leadership

  • Month 1 Life focus: Where has God called you?
  • Month 2 Beliefs and Values: How will you journey?
  • Month 3 Priorities: Where will you focus your energy?
  • Month 4 Relationships: Who will journey with you?
  • Month 5 Accountability: What support do you need?
  • Month 6 Transformation: How will you grow in Christ?

In-Person Retreat: Self-care: Being a Female Leader

Organizational Leadership

  • Month 7 Trust: How can you fully put your trust in God?
  • Month 8 Vision: Where is God leading you?
  • Month 9 Embracing Change: Where is God inspiring change?

Multiplying Leadership

  • Month 10 The Current Reality: How do you support and empower leaders?
  • Month 11 Delivery Systems: How can you develop and build new leaders?
  • Month 12 LC Journey in Review: A look back to go forward!

The WTL She is Called Leadership Collaborative is being offered in the New York City area for clergy and lay leaders who want to expand their leadership capacity and deepen their small group leadership experience. It is anticipated that through participation in the LC, each leader will commit to facilitate their own LC group at the end of year long process. Leaders considering this opportunity must have the time and desire over these next two years to commit to participating and then leading their own small group.

The NYC LC will begin in March 2019 with the Monthly video Zoom conferences taking place on Thursdays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm EST on the following dates:

March 21, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21, December 19, January 23, 2020; February 27, 2020; March 26, 2020

The cost for the one-year Leadership Collaborative is $100. This includes materials,
facilitation and ongoing support. Retreat costs are the responsibility of the participants.


She is Called NYC LC facilitators

Marilyn Correa

Marilyn Correa was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the United States 22 years ago. She has served in various capacities in ministry over the past 40 years both in Jamaica and here in her adopted home. She has a heart for women, youth and the disenfranchised, and developing servant leaders who follow in Christ’s work with the poor, homeless, and disempowered in our communities. In the U.S., Marilyn has continued to train and prepare ordained and lay ministers to understand mental illness and work with youth that are unchurched and incarcerated, develop and lead women’s ministries, and serve the disenfranchised in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and now Staten Island. She was ordained to the Christian Ministry through Christian in Actions Ministries in 2010. Marilyn is currently under care in the Classis of New York for ordination as a minister of Word and Sacrament.

Marilyn earned her BA in Psychology, MA in Mental Health Counseling, and is currently completing the dissertation phase of her PhD in Mental Health Counseling at Capella University. Her areas of interest and specialization are childhood trauma, family therapy, and youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System. Marilyn is happily married to her best friend and partner in work and ministry, the Rev. Dr. Alfred Correa. Together they have eight children, and three beautiful grandchildren. She is a member of the Brighton Heights Reformed Church (BHRC) on Staten Island, New York, where her husband is the senior pastor.

Lesley Mazzotta

Lesley Mazzotta is a spiritual director, workshop leader, educator, and writer, who serves as the educational facilitator and consultant for RCA Women’s Transformation and Leadership. She is the founder of One World Girl, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that unites and empowers girls to be changemakers in the world. Lesley works to bring girls and women together from diverse backgrounds, to learn from one another, share their stories, build leadership gifts and explore ways to address and heal the divisiveness in their communities and the world.


Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

For specific questions, contact Lesley Mazzotta at or 917-623-4554. To apply, email or visit