“I thought that if I just had my head down and did my work, I would just continue on this path that I had in my head, and that doesn’t necessarily happen. I saw that other people were advocating for things and speaking up about things that I thought were just going to happen because I was doing what I was supposed to do.”

Sound familiar?

Do you wonder if there’s a missing ingredient to your career growth? Something others got let in on somehow, but the message hasn’t gotten to you?

Visibility rather than just hard work is a key factor for career success for women. It turns out that what we’re known for, and who knows us matters just as much as what we’re actually doing.

Hearing this stresses a lot of people out. The idea that good work is not enough and that you have to go out singing your own praises and hawking your business card left and right can leave some people with a bad taste in their mouth.

But what if self promotion didn’t have to feel so icky?

What if it felt authentic, and natural, and true to who you are?

Introducing the Build Yourself Accelerator

Build Your Credit and Visibility

an online training and community

August 21-October 27

The Build Yourself Accelerator is a ten week accelerator program for your professional growth. Through online training, assignments and community, it will uplevel your skills in the key areas women need to succeed in their careers. Ever feel you’re going it alone? The accelerator will give you clear direction, accountability and community to pursue an ambitious career, on your own terms.

“The workshop helped me become more aware of myself and my career goals. It’s easy to get into parent-mode and only focus on daily tasks, and the workshop has helped me learn how to set goals and plan attainable steps along the way.”

-Natalie Gabrielle

What’s Included

Biweekly Trainings + Talks

Biweekly live online trainings and talks by Mia and guest speakers will break down core skills and strategies to raising your profile.  And rather than just learn things that will feel smart in the moment, but you’ll put on the ‘someday maybe’ shelf, Mia helps you apply them to your life right now through the personal challenge model.

Can’t make a talk? All trainings will be recorded and available for you to view later. 

In the trainings you’ll learn:

+ How to identify what you want to be known for and what draws people to you.
+ How to write an effective bio to communicate your value.
+ How to communicate your value authentically to those around you.
+ Tactics to raise your profile and stand out from speaking to social media and more.
+ Principles for strategic and time-efficient networking.
+ How to integrate creativity into your personal profile building.

And more.

Biweekly Mini-Assignments 

Short, action-oriented assignments and worksheets will help you apply what you learn to your life right now. Through assignments I’ll take you from identifying what you want to be known for to actively communicating your value and taking action to raise your profile. 

Office Hours

Throughout the program Mia will go live to talk about the assignments and the issues in your life and career. Join your community and chat face-to-face with Mia and each other. Get questions answered, get advice and feedback on what you’re working on right now.

Community Forum 

The community forum is your home online to connect with other ambitious, creative women on this journey with you. Want to share progress on an assignment? Want advice on a tricky conversation? Want to share a milestone or get feedback on what’s next? This private community is there for you and will keep you moving forward.

Accountability Wingwomen 

You’ll have the option to work with an accountability partner. Get another pair of eyes on your journey and invested in you. Develop a relationship that could be lifelong.

“I learned that many other women experience the same emotions and doubts in the workplace place and strategies for overcoming these feelings. Challenging yourself is the only way to grow.”

How We Accelerate Your Growth

The Build Yourself Accelerator is built on a few core principles that I’ve seen accelerate women’s careers over and over.

Strategies & Action

You know where you’re getting stuck in your career. Here’s what you can do about it: The accelerator is chock full of actionable strategies to help you advance—and no more just talking—you’ll also put them to use. 


Real change takes action. We’ll hold you accountable through mini-assignments that keep you learning through doing. And don’t worry—these assignments are truly mini—I’ve designed them to fit into the life you’re already living.


Change is hard. But it’s easier when you’ve got an old girls’ network. We get there together faster, and when we get there together we have more fun and motivation.

Hi, I’m Mia Scharphie. I’m a creative business owner, and have been supporting other women as long as I can remember. I’m your cheerleader and the gal that helps you get it done. I’m dedicated to helping ambitious creative women grow in their careers and get what they want.

Thanks for all the great material, support, and general kick-in-the-ass of your ass-kicking leadership.”

-Workshop Participant

I’m a community builder and trained facilitator and have taught Build Yourself workshops since 2013, helping classes and classes of women break through the obstacles to their career growth. Through the workshops and coaching I run, I’ve transformed the lives of over a hundred women, and I’ve been transformed myself. I run Creative Agency, a company that helps mission-based organizations creatively engage audience and drive social impact, run a research effort on women in social impact design, and am part of the Equity Roundtable at the Boston Society of Architects. My unique and effective approach to building up women has been featured in Fast Company, Young Architects Connection and the Impact Design Hub.

While I love driving change on the wider front, I deeply believe that change starts inside, and love working with women to step into their power individually, and build the women around them to do the same.

National Endowment for the Arts

“Since the workshop, I’ve been promoted at work (yay) and the workshop inspired me to finally send out my screenplay which I’d been in perfectionist mode on for way too long.”

-Lynn Hsu


When are the trainings? How do they work? 
The live online trainings are 45 minutes to an hour and are run during the workday, at times like lunch hour or at the end of the day. But if you missed a training or can’t make the time, don’t worry, you’ll be able to access the recording. 
Who is this program for?
All Build Yourself trainings are meant for women in creative fields, and the accelerator is open to emerging and mid-career professionals. Not in a creative field but still like the vibe and approach? You’re welcome too.
I’m a freelancer or work for myself. Is this course for me? 
While many Build Yourself women work in companies, the frameworks and assignments of accelerator can be used by women working for others or for themselves. Raising your profile is essential to succeeding in your freelance career and to getting noticed by potential clients.
Am I too busy for this program? 
All Build Yourself products are built on the less is more principle and we focus on helping you take microactions that will move you forward in your career. This means that we’ve designed assignments to be efficient and fit into your existing work week with minimum preparation. These assignments will should take 30 mins to 1-2 hours to complete and you’ll have a new one to complete every two weeks. You can expect to spend 1-2 hours per week watching and participating in trainings, office hours and the online community, and additional time to work with your accountability partner, if you choose to to work with on, on a schedule you choose.
How will this program be delivered? 
The accelerator will be run through an online private membership platform only for our community. You’ll be able to access your assignments, the accelerator schedule, and our private community through this site. Through the site you’ll also be able to access the live online training webinars and discussion groups.

Invest in Yourself.

Invest in your growth now and reap the benefits of faster career growth sooner. Get there with less confusion, and less pain and more gain now.

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We are committed to making our programs affordable for any woman who is committed to making this investment in herself. To that end, we provide limited subsidization for women who are in tough financial situations and would need it to take the program. We ask anyone requesting a scholarship to send us a request in writing telling us why the assistance is needed and what price you can afford. We ask that you request the minimum scholarship that will allow you to attend, so that we can accommodate others who are in need.