Erin Moran McCormick
Erin Moran McCormick
CEO, Year of Action

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

Author: 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 - How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your BIG, Fabulous Life by Erin Moran McCormick


We help companies create a more innovative, inclusive, and results-driven workforce. 

We inspire people to act and give them the tools to get results and make an impact.

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

It has grown into a Leadership Development Firm that teaches hard and soft skills – with a special focus on advancing women – to help companies create a more  innovative, engaged and results-driven workforce.

Our most popular program is XAP – Xcelerated Action Program for women.

Forward-thinking companies hire us to inspire their teams to set lofty goals, push past fear and take action steps that deliver results.

Recent Clients & Students Include:

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

Speaking & Workshops – Great for Employee Resource Groups

We also create short 90-minute, 1/2 day, and full day sessions onsite at companies and colleges, for both men and women.

Our Story

Founder Erin Moran McCormick is a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation and professional development and her clients include GE, Comcast and KPMG.

Her work has been featured in FORBES, FOX TV, BostInno and more.

Erin is the Founder of Year of Action, programs that boost innovation and inclusion and she has designed programs to help employees take action and be more engaged and successful at work and in life.

She was an art and psychology major at Smith College and started her career designing computer software games. Erin has started three companies, was CIO twice and has led Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centers at business schools.

After years of being the only woman at the table and feeling run down and stressed out, she did what she never thought she would do…

Erin quit her job on her 50th birthday, wrote a book and started a business she loves.

While trying to figure out what to do next, she ended up turning her blog into a book, Year of Action. 

She realized she wasn’t alone

On the Year of Action book tour, she noticed that women kept scribbling down everything she said and would line up in long lines to ask her advice.

She heard story after story of women who wanted to take action in their lives – start a business, go for the promotion, ask for a raise – but didn’t know what to do. 

Or even more than that – they didn’t believe that they could do it. 

So Erin did a test.

The essentials from business school – in a more relaxed, inviting environment

Combining the feedback she had gotten from women on the book tour, with her experience of being an entrepreneur, techie and educator, Erin created an online program to teach women the essentials from business school – but in a more relaxed and inviting environment.

Safe space to ask questions and practice your skills

She wanted it to be a safe space – something that would feel more like you were having coffee with your girlfriends, than sitting in an intimidating classroom. It was designed to boost your confidence and courage, along with essential business skills.

Women loved it and Year of Action Academy was born:  blended online/in-person programs with a focus on action.

We call this framework 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.

Put the Learning into Action

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. We teach you how to  break down big goals into small action steps and help you put the learning into practice to deliver results.

Books & Workbooks

Be where all the ACTION is

Year of Action

It feels great to do work you love.

We help companies create an engaging, innovative culture and help employees get clear on what they want and an action plan for how to get there – so we all succeed.

Let’s connect to see how we can help you.


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