Innovating for Success


Programs for Companies that Want to Succeed in a Disruptive Economy


The Fastest Way to Engage, Train (& Retain!) Innovative Teams
– in partnership with UMass Boston Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Keeping up with the Speed of Innovation

How do you keep moving forward – while getting your regular day job done?

Winning companies realize that the old ways of working aren’t enough anymore. They have a choice to make.

They can choose to continue to do things the way they’ve always done them – same programs, same systems, same policies, same meetings. Same old, same old.

OR… they can choose to create a new playbook where they actively develop their employees’ innovative mindset, embrace change and explore new ways of working.

This doesn’t mean falling victim to “shiny object syndrome” – and bouncing from one new thing to another.

It means developing a culture of learning to see things from new perspectives, to identify new opportunities and to creatively solve problems and provide value in new ways.

But, innovation is bumpy. We can help.

Our proven formula is called the new MBA

Confidence, Courage and Clarity

It all starts with a positive mindset and attitude for success. We help you build your confidence, push past fear and doubts and develop an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset to see and solve problems in new ways. We help you set big goals, get laser-focused and develop the skills, support and action steps to get there.

Hard and Soft Skills

We take the intimidation out of business education. We teach essential skills you need to succeed today – communication, creative problem-solving, time management, goal setting, sales, negotiations, financial – in plain language. We help you apply these skills to solve real-world problems to succeed in the innovation economy.

Design thinking, Lean startup, Challenges

Talking is fine, but you have to get out there and do something. Take action. Meet with a customer. Speak up in a meeting. Create a prototype. Think big. Push yourself. Do something. Learn how to launch something new. We help you break down big goals into small action steps. We help you put the learning into practice to deliver results.

"The timing is ripe for a program like this." - FORBES

Our Programs




We have online programs where students connect from all over the world, one night a week from anywhere – with an optional, in-person graduation retreat. Our flagship program, XAP – is an accelerated program that boosts women’s confidence and key business skills, by teaching practical action steps in a relaxed environment, to get results quickly – with no time away from work.


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We have interactive workshops that we can deliver at your office (or at one of our locations). Topics include: Innovating for Success; How to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset; How to Deliver a Winning Pitch and Goal Setting – How to Dream Big, Push Past Fear and Deliver Amazing Results.  We can also create custom programs for your specific needs.


“Summer Atop the City” Workshops for Women



Organizations like GE, Eversource and KPMG hire us to inspire their employees to dream big, set lofty goals, push past fear and learn how to turn ideas into action. People leave inspired with a toolkit of practical action strategies. Sample keynotes include: Innovating for Success, Creating a Results-Driven Culture, and What’s Holding You Back in Business? 



Erin Moran McCormick, Founder and Faculty Director

Former CIO, Entrepreneur, Author, Innovation Director - Speaking in Rio





Erin Moran McCormick

Erin Moran McCormick
Founder,Year of Action
Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship,UMass Boston

Former CIO. Started three companies. Former Director, Curriculum Innovation & Technology, Babson College – #1 in the world for entrepreneurship education

Author of two books: Year of Action and Launching Your Life: How to use the business principles of entrepreneurship to launch a life you love

#1 Best-Seller on Amazon

Year of Action started out as a book to inspire people to take action in their lives.

It has grown into a Professional Development Firm that creates training programs and workshops that inspire and transform employees and help companies close the skills gap today.

We teach the hard and soft skills needed to succeed to – with a special focus on advancing women – to help companies create an engaged, innovative and results-driven workforce.

Our students love it!

It gave me the confidence to reach greater heights in my life and not settle for less…

The program opened my eyes to new approaches to marketing. It sets very measurable and attainable objectives that help you reach your lifelong goals.”

Chris R.

It’s the combo of having a career coach, motivational speaker and a source of practical advice for business all rolled into one.

It also allows you to leverage the experiences, feedback and support of everyone else, which makes it even more powerful.”

Lesli Ann Agcaoili

You need to take this class – it will change your life.”

Marissa Fontin

Erin is a natural teacher who loves technology and inspiring people…”

J. Lipman

Come join us

Our Business Programs Help You Become More Confident, Productive and in Control of Your Career