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Program Cost is: $3,200 - WIL Employer Partner Employees cost is $1,800
NOTE: Your employer may be eligible for a grant to pay all or part of your fees.
Women in Leadership Foundation - Leadership Development Program
Become a More Confident, Effective Leader

Registration for September 2022 is now closed.  Watch for details for the 2023 program.

If you are about to take on a leadership role or are in the first five years of your leadership journey, this program is for you. 

During this 3-month program you will:

  • Enhance your self-awareness and build your Emotional Intelligence to drive business results

  • Gain confidence as a leader, tackling self-doubt and imposter syndrome

  • Learn how to engage your employees through trusting relationships, effective communication, and coaching

  • Work effectively within your organization to influence change and deliver results

  • Reflect on what it means to be woman in the workplace and champion diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Build your authentic leadership brand and walk away with a personal leadership manifesto 

  • Network, learn and grow with like-minded women from various industries


Info Session Recording

On June 7th, we held a webinar to share our upcoming Leadership Development program. This session provides an overview of the program and information about grants you may be able to access to cover the cost of registration. Watch the recording HERE.


Program Overview


Introductions & Leadership

Week 1: 

  • Types of leadership

  • The leadership model

  • Your Leadership Manifesto

Week 2: 

  • There will be groups of up to 10 people – schedule to be determined once registrations are complete

Focus on Self

Week 3: 

  • Values

  • Purpose

  • Self-Awareness

  • Wellness

Week 4:

Leading Others


Week 5:  

  • Building relationships

  • Effective communication

  • Providing feedforward

  • Coaching your employees 

Week 6:  

Leading in the Context of your Organization

Week 7:  

  • Looking at organizations as systems 

  • Getting things done and delivering results

  • Leading change

  • Influencing Corporate culture

Week 8: 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Week 9:  

  • Work & the female experience

  • Special guest speaker

Week 10:  


Continuous Growth

Week 11:

  • The importance of personal development

  • Asking for feedback

  • Mentors & Coaching 

Week 12: 


Included over the three-month program

  • 12 instructional Hours

  • 9.5 Workshop Hours (10 people max)

  • EQi 2.0 Assessment

  • 1, 90 min EQi debrief

  • 2, 30 min 1-on-1 strategy sessions

  • Copy of Mind the Gap

  • Copy of Strengths Based Leadership


Heather Thomson







Heather’s passion to support new and aspiring leaders has always guided her in her work to help others become the leaders they

strive to be.

Heather is the founder of Bold and Brave Coaching, author of Lead By Design: A 30-Day Leadership Journey, and co-author of Mind the Gap: Navigating Your Leadership Journey. Before becoming a Certified Executive Coach with her Associate Certified Coaching (ACC) designation from the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Positive Intelligence Coaching designation (CPQC), she worked in education for over 28 years and held several leadership roles during that time.

She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration and a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Heather is co-chair of the Alberta chapter of the Women in Leadership Foundation. To learn more visit Heather’s website: www.boldandbravecoaching. com


What clients say about Heather:

“Heather has a wonderfully warm way of hearing who I am and supporting my journey towards work/life balance. As a busy mom of three with a demanding full-time career, life can be scattered and hectic; Heather has helped me find balance, calm, joy, and productivity. Her empowering approach brought me immediate benefits. She helped me tap into my strengths, set goals, and get things done.”  L.M. - Assistant Principal

“The coaching sessions with Heather have provided me an opportunity to discuss my issues regarding my work expectations as a new leader to my organization. She also provided me with a greater sense of oversight and feedback regarding my leadership styles. I felt our sessions were always positive. Heather was a great coach and I truly appreciate her for her wisdom and strategic coaching techniques. I highly recommend Heather, to anyone needing clarity for career path direction. Spend time with Heather.

Heather will listen and provide you great feedback. Feedback you can use to make yourself and those around you better at what you do.” G.K. Director


"My time with Heather can be described as transformational. I experienced breakthrough after breakthrough with her guidance. I grew both professionally and personally, and I'm so grateful for the time I was coached by Heather. Together, we created short-term goals to finish out the year, and also created long-term big picture goals for my future. After coaching with Heather, I can confidently say I know where I am headed, and I couldn't be more excited for my future. Heather is warm and friendly, a

great attentive listener, and a wonderful coach. She is able to really understand what is being said, and asks very intentional thought-provoking questions that lead to great moments of self discovery. If you want to experience powerful breakthroughs, Heather is the coach for you!" J.F., Business Owner

Keri Schwebius

Keri has a genuine desire to make a positive change in the world, as leader and by supporting others to become more confident, effective leaders.

Keri is an executive coach, speaker, leadership junkie and the founder and president of Ellevate Executive Coaching. Before becoming a Certified Executive Coach accredited with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Keri completed two undergraduate degrees in French and Communications and spent more than 20 years in Public Relations helping executive teams communicate with stakeholders. During this time, she was a messenger and advisor for leaders. This led her to the field of

leadership—as a leader herself, then empowering others to become leaders.

Keri’s passion for leadership led her to complete a Masters of Arts in Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She also holds accreditations in emotional intelligence, change management, communications and team building.

Today Keri helps leaders become more confident and effective resulting in increased personal performance, better employee engagement and effectiveness, and stronger business results.

Keri is co-chair of the Saskatchewan chapter of Women in Leadership Foundation, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of CityKidz Regina.


Learn more at www.ellevatecoaching.com

What clients say about Keri

“Keri has a passion for leadership and a commitment to making those around her better leaders. I have always admired her ability to connect with people, ask the right questions and to help people understand the opportunity to leverage their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses. She has certainly helped me become a better leader and I have witnessed her positive impact on organizations.” I.M., Chief People Officer ‘

“My work with Keri Schwebius has positively impacted my confidence and helped me build on my strengths and weaknesses. During our conversations, I work through the ‘hairball’ that is leadership to clearly identify root cause and defined actions I can take to hone my leadership skill. Since working with Keri, I have improved my own coaching skills which has empowered my team to improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Keri has also improved my ability to manage stress and to focus on

the things I can control and change. She has helped me assess situations and develop an approach to difficult conversations. Keri is someone you can confide in and learn from about yourself, your professional skills, your career ambitions, and your potential. She is genuine and real; someone I trust can help me continue to grow as a leader and a person.” J.C., Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer


“I started leadership coaching with Keri in January 2021 and it was a transformative experience for me and my working career. Keri was kind, thoughtful, and challenged me to look at myself differently in my role as a leader. While working with Keri, I gained a deeper understanding of myself, while learning to appreciate my inherent leadership strengths, as well as identify the areas I needed to improve using the skills I already had at my disposal. I would recommend Keri to anyone in a leadership position, whether they need assistance from ground up or just a boost to hone their skills. During this coaching process, not only did I gain a trusted advisor, I also was fortunate enough to gain a wonderful friendship in Keri, which greatly speaks to her unique ability to connect and build trust with her clients. Keri will be a part of my leadership journey for many years to come.” JJ, Municipal Administrator



Please note, the following is for information purposes only. We are not able to apply for any training grants on behalf of registrants. However, we would be happy to answer any questions related to how this program may meet the grant requirements.

BC Canada

British Columbia Job Grant


BC Employer Training Grant

AB Canada 

Alberta Job Grant

* Up to $10,000 per employee ( $100,000 per business )

SK Canada

Saskatchewan Job Grant (CSJG)

* Up to $10,000 per employee (Application deadline June 30, 2021)


Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy Grant

MB Canada

Manitoba Job Grant

* Up to $ 10,000 per employee ( $100,000 per business)

Retrain Manitoba Grant 

* Up to $ 2,500 per employee ( $75,000 per business)

ON Canada

Ontario Job Grant

Up to $10,000 per employee 

QU Canada
Mesure de formation de la main-d'œuvre

NB Canada

Labour Force Training Grant

NS Canada 

Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive

PEI Canada 

Workplace Skills Training

YK Canada
Building UP program

NT Canada
Canada-Northwest Territories Job Grant


NU Canada