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 Fall Program Dates:

Confidence  |  February 28th, 3 pm – 9 pm

Character Strengths |  March 28th, 9 am – 11 am

Unconscious Bias |  April 18th, 3 pm – 6:45 pm

Communications |  May 9th, 1 pm – 7 pm

Take the Lead

Leadership Effectiveness


Realize your leadership potential


Successful leaders communicate a vision with confidence and clear direction. They exude confidence, they are wonderfully articulate in presenting fresh ideas, they embrace admirable values, and they’re inclusive of others, motivating and inspiring their teams to greater heights. Although most of us are not born leaders, we can emulate and learn from the success of other leaders we admire, and practice the skills that will help us grow into the leader we want to be.

Take the Lead is a series of programs that we have developed at Scala Network for women who are ready to take the next step in their careers. Our Leadership Effectiveness program offers a unique opportunity to interact with and learn first hand from some of Canada’s most successful women leaders. They will work with you to develop a personalized plan that will help you to build the confidence and learn the skills you will need to succeed and grow in your organization.

This program is the first step to discover your individual path and realize your potential as a leader. Join us and invest in yourself and in your organization for a successful future.

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: Confidence

with Andrea Johnson
Chief Storyteller, Brain Candy


Session Description:

Today we have many roles, which have very vocal and sometimes well “defined” expectations of success. As women, we play many roles in our life. Whether we’re a leader, mentor, parent, child or friend, self-confidence is inextricably linked with our success in these roles. Yet, for many women, confidence is not a constant state of being and can often be challenged on several fronts – social, personal and professional contexts. This session offers a unique opportunity to examine what self-confidence means, the factors that affect it and how self-confidence can have a positive effect on the people around us.

In this open discussion we will examine:
  1. Key facts and myths about the role confidence plays in our own definition of success and share our collective perspectives on how it can serve as a great foundation for the leadership roles in your life.
  2. Examine the gender gap in self-confidence, the perception and theories for why it exists and discuss techniques to overcome and opportunities for growth;
  3. Discuss the dynamic of women’s relationships in the office and the importance of women mentors in inspiring and training future female leaders.
The goal of this session:

To create a safe environment where you can examine what self-confidence means to you, the impact can have on success and the key role emerging leaders have on the development of others. Together, these factors have a vital role in your personal development.

Session 2: Character Strengths

with Christina Greenberg
President, Scala Network


Session Description:

Character strengths are the fuel and rudder that drive and direct our energy and talents.

The science of character strengths has exploded in the last decade compiling plenty of new insight and knowledge about the power of these core positive qualities in people.

The growing body of research is finding, among other things, that people who use their strengths more at work:

An interactive exploration of strengths increases the awareness and appreciation of individual strengths and provides rich clarity for leading from a place of authentic strength.

The goal of this session:
Working with strengths is often a transformative experience. As a leader, getting clear on character strengths is an essential step for building more authentic, centered and confident leadership.

Session 3: Unconscious Bias

with Shanin Lott
Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Elliott


Session Description:

Biases can have a considerable impact on who gets hired, retained and promoted in an organization. Women continue to face unconscious bias in the workplace as a result of ongoing gender expectations and stereotypes. While building awareness goes a long way, and organizations are increasingly focused on doing so in order to create more diverse and inclusive work environments, it’s important for women to be aware of existing biases and how to counter them both individually and as a leader in their organizations.

In this session we will:
The goal of this session:

Gain a greater awareness of how to recognize biases at play and be a force to combat biases as leaders in your own organization.

Session 4: Communications

with Marianne Gobeil
CEO & Chief Communications Counsel, Leading Communicators Inc.


Session Description:

More than ever, communication is a key competency of leadership.  What you say and how you say it, has a direct bearing on your leadership influence and impact.  Research shows that the highest performing leaders are great communicators: they speak so that others listen, understand and respond.  As a leader or aspiring leader, you should know that every time you speak – whether inside your organization to your staff, your peers, or your boss, or outside your organization to your customers or potential customers – you have an opportunity to convey leadership.  In this session, you’ll learn how.

Through discussion and practical exercise to apply the principles??, you’ll learn:
The goal of this session:

Winter 2018 mentors to be announced soon!

Fall 2017 Mentors


Joanne Thomsen

VP, Talent
MaRS Discovery District


Lara Dewar

Chief Marketing & Development Officer
World Vision Canada


Adrian Lang

Head of Small Business Payments
Bank of Montreal


Carolyn Ansley

CEO & Founder
Brand for Benefit


Michele Sexsmith

Senior Vice-President
Environics Analytics


Saeideh Fard

Chief Financial Officer
Worldview Travel

Spring 2017 Mentors


Paula Attfield

Stephen Thomas


Emma Lyndon

Chief Business Intelligence Officer
Ariad Communications/Bluespire Marketing


Amanda Mitchell

Vice-President, Marketing & Communications
Minto Group Inc.


Arleen Karan

Vice-President R&D
Campbell Soup Company


Ellen Dubois Du Bellay

Former SVP, Talent
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts


Maggie DiStasi


Career Transition & Leadership Coach

Program Partner

Scala Network is excited to welcome Environics Analytics 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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