Leading through crisis is about more than washing your hands.

This brief, focused course was created for leaders to understand what competencies matter most during the COVID-19 crisis, and any future crises. We believe so strongly in these core competencies for leaders that we've made this course totally free, no strings attached. You'll get immediate access, and you can complete the course at your own pace.

And please, do wash your hands.

Leaders are defined in times of crisis. To support you, this course will cover

  • The 3 competencies of compassion, candor, and courage as leadership differentiators
  • This importance of clarity with your stakeholders at any level
  • An opportunity to create and innovate
  • Ways to build trust so you can most effectively lead during this time of crisis
  • How to invest now to reinforce your legacy

About Our Courses

Components of Our Courses:

  • Video learning sessions taught by Danessa Knaupp, recognized leadership expert, elite executive coach, CEO and founder of Avenue 8 Advisors, keynote speaker and author
  • Downloadable PDF of takeaways
  • Additional resources, video transcripts, and more


Will I be able to fit this into my day?

The courses are bite-size pieces tailored to work into your full days. They can be completed self-paced on your timing.

What if I need more time?

Courses are on-demand so they are convenient for your schedule; you can pause and return as needed.

Is this the same as having a private executive coach?

While nothing can replace the personalized support of ongoing private coaching sessions, the courses cover the same type of information as our executive level workshops. The topics are applicable to all levels of leadership.


Can the courses be used as a training tool for an entire team?

These classes can be taken by individuals, or you can contact us to create a group-enrollment package for your entire team to learn together.

Danessa Knaupp CEO and Founder of Avenue 8 Advisors

Danessa Knaupp

Avenue 8 Advisors Founder and CEO

and Course Facilitator

Danessa is a CEO, executive coach, and best-selling author shifting the global conversation on leadership. She has coached hundreds of executives across every major industry and has developed a reputation as a candid, compassionate and courageous leadership partner. She is the author of the best-selling leadership manual, Naked at Work: A Leader’s Guide to Fearless Authenticity and regularly addresses C-suite audiences on how to harness the power of real authenticity (not #authenticity) to drive measurable business results.

Known for her unique ability to drive new levels of engagement and performance with key leaders, Danessa is a fresh, positive voice on leadership and executive team effectiveness. She has coached CEOs, boards, and C-suite teams on issues related to leadership effectiveness, succession planning, M&A integration, and conflict intervention. Her clients have included Anthem, BMW, AmerisourceBergen, Capital One, Comcast, Genworth, Hilton, KPMG, Mastercard, and more.

Danessa earned her executive coaching credentials from Georgetown University, and a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the College of William and Mary. She spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and a senior executive and ultimately, CEO.

What Clients Say About Our Work

Very helpful content. I’ve used it today. I used it last night. I’ve already shared tidbits of it with two other business leaders including my husband having to make very tough decisions and communicate tough things to employees.”

Kristin R. | Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

"Danessa’s work on authenticity and engagement is impressive and timely."

Session Attendee

Danessa, your teachings hit on so many important things we need to be present to during these changing times. Candor. Compassion. Courage. What a perfect combination for success at work and at home. My mind is now full of ideas related to how our firm can use this change to prompt innovative ideas to support our clients and our staff, while also increasing support in the communities where we serve."

Michelle H. | Business Development Manager

Testimonials from Avenue 8 Advisors clients