Scala’s Network’s Take the Lead Series is a totally unique and intimate executive program designed to prepare emerging women leaders to advance to the next level in their careers. The program of three sessions combines in-depth roundtable discussion and custom workshop programming with the opportunity to meet and engage with some of Canada’s most successful women.


2018 Winter Program Dates:

Standing Strong in Your Leadership Strengths  |  January 30, 3 pm – 9 pm

Advancing Leadership  |  February 27, 9 am – 4 pm

Building Bonds & Activating Leadership  | March 27, 3 pm – 7:30 pm

Take the Lead

Leadership Development

Invest in women leaders

The reality remains that gender parity at the top does not yet exist in many industries. Yet countless studies indicate business are more profitable with gender-balanced leadership teams.  At Scala Network, we believe that investing in the development of women leaders today will have a tremendous positive effect on our economy and future generations of women.

Take the Lead is a series of programs that we have developed for women who are ready to take the next step in their careers.  In our Leadership Development program, you will gain awareness of your current attitudes and strengths and learn techniques and solutions that will help you to grow as a leader.  Our leadership programs are interactive and collaborative, offering interactive learning and inspiration from experienced Coaches and Mentors. In this intimate and supportive environment, we will challenge assumptions, share leadership wisdom, and learn about individual leadership styles, strengths, and personal potential.

We hope that organizations such as yours will invest in their women leaders by nominating someone to attend the Leadership Development program.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Warmest regards,


The purpose of Scala’s networking and collaborative learning model is simple: Ignite discussion

Our guest mentors encourage participation and conversation by:
+ Providing Fuel for Thought
+ Leading Round Table Discussions
+ Sharing Insights, Perspectives & Questions

Scala Network’s mentors are the first to acknowledge setbacks and challenges in navigating their own roads to success. They share their own personal or professional anecdotes and experiences to provide real life perspective on session topics, engaging the group in conversation and creating a connectedness that deepens during the program. Over the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to meet with each of the mentors to exchange ideas, share challenges that keep you up at night, and learn techniques to solve problems and harness your opportunities to grow as a leader.

Session 1: Standing Strong in Your Leadership Strengths

Discover and find language for the unique strengths that are working for you today. Gain insight on what’s holding you back from giving your best more often.

In this session participants will:
Participants will take away:

Session 2: Advancing Leadership: How the Skills of Emotional Intelligence Advance the Success of Everything You Do

Do you know what separates successfully performing leaders from average? It’s widely known that EQ is a differentiating factor. But what is it? What does it look like? And how can you get it?

In this session participants will:
What participants will take away:

Session 3: Building Bonds & Activating Leadership

In this session, we’ll help you create a powerful vision for yourself as a leader, and set intentions for who you want to be, and what you want to accomplish. Our dinner and discussion will give you the perfect opportunity to commit to your goals by sharing your plan with others.

In this session participants will:
Session Format:

Rather than following a predefined curriculum, this dynamic session will be tailored to the needs of each of woman leader in the program. Participants will choose topics that they would like to explore further, individually and as a group, and our mentors will help guide the discussion to ensure that everyone gets the most out of the conversation.

Winter 2018 mentors to be announced soon!

Fall 2017 mentors


Jennifer Campbell

Former General Manager
Influencer Marketing

Andrea Fiederer

EVP & Chief Marketing Officer
goeasy Ltd

Alison Hickey

Kensington Tours

Caroline Riseboro

Plan Canada


Spring 2017 mentors


Debora Hume

Vice-President, Operations


Cheryl Nicholson

Executive VP, Loyalty & Leisure
Worldview Travel


Nancy Melcher

Nancy Melcher Consulting


Michele Sexsmith

Senior Vice President and Practice Leader
Environics Analytics


Nathalie Clark

Chief Operating Officer
Capital One Canada


Fall 2016 Mentors


Amanda Mitchell

Vice-President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
The Minto Group


Elizabeth Pizzinato

Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Communications
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts


Chrissy Pigeon

Enterprise Account Executive

Andrea johnson

Andrea Johnson

Chief Storyteller
Brain Candy Marketing Ltd.

Andrea Cook

Andrea Cook



Program Partner

Scala Network is excited to welcome Canada Post back as our program partner for 2017.


Become a Scala Network Partner.

Are you looking to invest in your women leaders?  Do you have products, tools and resources that could add value to our events and to our attendees?  If so, we would love to have a conversation with you about becoming a Partner.

We collaborate with your team to devise customized activations that uniquely position your organization and engage our network. As a Partner of our Take the Lead Series, your investment covers the cost of registration for a women leader from your organization as well as sponsoring the registration cost for a woman in transition.  Partners are profiled in our program promotions online and at the event, and have the opportunity to provide collateral materials to participants.  We also offer Partners editorial opportunities to share thought leadership content with our entire network.

For more information on becoming a Partner with Scala Network and the Take the Lead Series, please contact Christina Greenberg.

Mentor Meet Ups.

In addition to the program training sessions, we invite current participants and graduates of Take the Lead programs to join us for ongoing networking events to make new connections and to continue the conversation on leadership.  Several Mentors will lead a discussion over dinner at our Take the Lead Thought Leadership Dinner Series, encouraging the group to share ideas and challenges and collaboratively develop solutions and identify opportunities.

Big Impact.

We value the feedback, suggestions, and support of our program participants and mentors. They share their insights helping evolve Scala programming into what it is today – ensuring that we meet the needs of our members – offering events and professional development opportunities that are a source for meaningful connections and profound leadership coaching.

“These sessions gave me a great sense of camaraderie with fellow female professionals – so valuable these days! Women typically work so hard to maintain senior roles that they don’t have time to mentor other women – it was fabulous to have unrestricted access to some very successful women (mentors and attendees). These sessions have also made me understand better that women consistently dwell on our weaknesses and has opened my eyes to viewing my skills as valuable instead of just inherent to who I am.” – Spring 2015 participant


“The format is engaging, and the mentors are a valuable component to the program. Their experiences complimented the topics discussed. It was worthwhile to review the different types of leadership personalities, and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each one. One of the key aspects that define Scala events is the opportunity delve into key topics in alternating smaller groups. This offers the opportunity for everyone to speak with each other, and appreciate a wide range of perspectives. The topics are relevant, and the format allows for a relaxed and a truly engaging networking event.” – Spring 2015 participant

“I would highly recommend the Scala Take the Lead program, the personal takeaways were invaluable. The confidence in my leadership skills has increased tremendously. From a practical perspective, I have learned new techniques for keeping myself at the top of my game. If you’re a woman in the prime of your career, or even just starting out, and you want to learn to be a better leader, then this course is for you” – Spring 2015 participant


“The people are exceptional and I must say that Scala has a certain type of participants, not sure how this is done, but the inclusion is most important and to feel part of such a dynamic team is amazing.” – Summer 2014 participant

Why limit attendance?

We keep our events intimate, allowing for interactive, one-on-one engagement, and guaranteed follow-up. By selecting program leaders and speakers that are genuinely invested in our members’ growth, we keep the dialogue going well beyond the end of the program.

Making connections.

To us, successful networking requires abandoning your elevator pitch and actually connecting with people– sharing perspectives, debating real issues, and opening up to new ideas. We keep our events small, inclusive, and collaborative. By participating in our Scala networking model, members engage in collaborative learning experiences and walk away with that stack of business cards and authentic relationships.

Our program networking model is simple: ignite discussion.

  1. Provide Inspiration & Fuel for Thought
  2. Conduct Focused Round Table Discussion
  3. Share Learning Insights, Perspectives & Questions

Join the conversation to connect, learn and advance.

Program rate: $2295 + HST

To register please contact Christina Greenberg,

Please note: Attendance is limited and we only accept one registration per company to ensure open discussion and confidentiality.


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