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 Spring Program Dates:

Becoming a Mindful Leader |  March 8, 3 pm – 9 pm

Having Brave Conversations |  April 3, 9 am – 12 pm

Negotiating for Yourself | April 24, 3 pm – 6:45 pm

Leading Change and Building Resilience | May 15, 3 pm – 7:30 pm


2018 Fall Program Dates:

Becoming a Mindful Leader |  September 20, 3 pm – 9 pm

Having Brave Conversations |  October 11, 9 am – 12 pm

Negotiating for Yourself | November 5, 3 pm – 6:45 pm

Leading Change and Building Resilience | November 28, 3 pm – 7:30 pm

Take the Lead

The Leadership Mindset Program

Do you have what it takes to reach your potential as a leader?

Of course, you do!  No matter how experienced, most leaders would admit that they don’t have all the answers and that there are always opportunities to learn and grow.  Successful leaders recognize that becoming your best self is a life-long journey. 

At Scala Network, we are committed to cultivating women’s potential as leaders.  We develop new tools and approaches to help you at every step along your personal path of self-discovery, to refine your vision and goals, and deliver the successful outcomes that will allow you to take the next step in your career.

With this in mind, we are launching a new program in the Take the Lead Series.  The Leadership Mindset Program will introduce new concepts and strategies that will expand and deepen your skillset and increase your effectiveness as a leader.

As with all our leadership programs, we offer interactive learning and inspiration from some of Canada’s most successful businesswomen who participate as Coaches and Mentors in an intimate and supportive environment. We also limit the number of participants in our programs to encourage openness and relationship building.

A unique feature of the Leadership Mindset Program is the addition of three private coaching sessions to be scheduled throughout the duration of the program. Personalized coaching will provide tailored support and feedback while participants put their new learning into practice.

Please join us for The Leadership Mindset program and continue along your journey to becoming a remarkable leader!

Warm 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: Becoming a Mindful Leader

If creating an environment for positive change and meaningful productivity is a priority, you may be surprised to learn that how you listen and pay attention in the present moment will determine your success. Creating a vision and building a plan are important, but being a mindful leader and present for your team on day-to-day issues is equally critical in achieving your goals.  So how does one become a more mindful leader?

In this session participants will:
Participants will take away:

Session 2: Having Brave Conversations

Effectively handling conflict situations is critical to your success as a leader.  And your ability to conduct difficult conversations is an important building block in creating trust and respect with your team. While taking care to be tactful is important, you must also be aware of what’s happening beneath the surface when engaging in these interactions. In fact, there are three different “conversations” taking place, largely unspoken, and how these play out will have significant consequences for everyone involved.

In this session participants will:
Participants will practice what they’ve learned:

Session 3: Negotiating for Yourself

Why do women leaders often fail to get what they need or deserve?  Research shows that the primary reason is that they don’t ask.  Getting past your fears and learning how to effectively negotiate are critical steps along your path to being a becoming a successful leader.  It begins by developing self-awareness and understanding around why we hesitate to assert ourselves, and then practicing the techniques that will build your negotiation muscle.

In this session participants will participate in practical exercises and discussion to:
Participants will take away:

Session 4: Leading Change and Building Resilience

Managing change can be challenging, and in today’s work environment, it’s complicated by the speed and volume of those changes.  As the leader orchestrating continuous change, you’re not immune to the personal impact it can have.  On one hand, you need to motivate and inspire your team.  At the same time, you need to be resilient – maintaining your own energy and managing your own emotions in order to navigate the course.

In this session participants will participate in practical exercises and discussion to:
  • •Understand the underlying impact of change on people.
  • Learn techniques and practices that will help you to build resilience through change.
  • Apply these tools to help others to strengthen their own resilience.
  • Build skills to successfully lead your team and yourself through change.
Participants will take away:
  • A simple model based on proven practices to build resilience.
  • Easy, science-based techniques to help you manage your emotions and build resilience in the face of change.
  • A planning tool for helping your team through change.

Spring 2018 mentors


Barbara Bellissimo

Senior Vice President
Desjardins General Insurance
Andrea Cook

Andrea Cook


Jan Kestle

Environics Analytics

Nina Moritsugu

Senior Legal Counsel

Kerri Dawson

Vice-President, Marketing & Customer Intelligence

Sarah Nixon-Suggitt, CHRL

Executive Director, Human Capital Management

Leadership Mindset Team


Maggie DiStasi

Career Transition & Leadership Coach
Process Based Living

Christina Greenberg

Scala Network

Sandy Johnson

Career Strategist & Coach

Linda Hills

Emergent Assets

Mentors to be confirmed soon!


Program Partner


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: $2895 + HST

Cost includes 3 private coaching sessions.


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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