2021: Apr 20 | May 4 | Jun 3 | Jun 22 | Sept 14 | Oct 12 | Oct 26

Take the Lead

The Leadership Mindset Program Online

An in-depth and intimate executive leadership program designed for emerging female leaders just like you.

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 four 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.

Spring 2021 Dates:

Session 1

April 20

3:30 pm – 5 pm EST

Program Introduction

Session 2

May 4

2 pm – 5:30 pm EST

Leading Mindfully: Shifting from Reactive to Creative Responses for Greater Impact

Session 3

June 3

2 pm – 5 pm EST

Followership: The Ying to Leadership’s Yang

Session 4

June 22

2 pm – 5:30 pm EST

Storytelling: Creating a Deeper Connection with Your Audience

Summer Sessions

July & August

Coaching Sessions

Session 5

September 14

2 pm – 5:30 pm EST

Resilience: Building the Stamina to Lead Through Change

Session 6

October 12

2 pm – 5:30 pm EST

Building Your Leadership Toolkit

Session 7

October 26

3 pm – 5 pm EST

Setting Intentions for your Leadership Journey

Download PDF – 2021 Program

Take the Lead

The Leadership Mindset Program

Are you ready to take your leadership to the next level?

Of course, you are! No matter how experienced, most leaders will admit that they don’t have all the answers and that there are always new opportunities to learn and grow. As we adapt to the challenges of a new work environment, there is no better time to explore ways to improve your leadership effectiveness. 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.

As part of the Take the Lead Series, The Leadership Mindset program has been developed for senior leaders with over 10 years of experience. As you begin this next stage in your career, we will introduce you to new concepts and strategies to expand and deepen your skillset and increase your effectiveness as a leader:

  • Mindfulness and self-leadership practices to achieve greater impact.
  • Embracing followership for stronger organizational results and improved leadership.
  • Storytelling to accelerate authentic connection and engagement with your audience.
  • Building resilience for you and your team to manage continuous change.
  • Leading mindfully to achieve personal growth and drive positive change in your organization.

As we move to an online format for our programs, we will continue to experiment with new ways to create interactive and collaborative experiences in an intimate and supportive environment. We encourage participants to share and network with other leaders and to learn from and be inspired by the expert facilitators and experienced women business leaders who participate as Coaches and Mentors in our programs.

In addition to the workshop sessions, we offer three private one-hour coaching sessions, a unique and very well received feature of The Leadership Mindset Program. Personalized coaching provides support and feedback during and after the program to help senior leaders put their learning into practice in the context of their own work environment.

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

Warm regards,


Scala Network

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.

1Session 1: Program introduction

In this session, you will meet and network with other participants and our mentors who will be facilitating discussions and sharing personal experience and insights during the program. We will also provide an overview and roadmap for the program, and set the expectations for participating and getting the most of this hands-on learning experience together.

2Session 2: Leading Mindfully: Shifting from Reactive to Creative Responses for Greater Impact

In an always-on world with ever increasing demands on our attention, we struggle to stay focused, we often react to situations without careful thought, and we are experiencing higher stress than ever before. By learning more creative ways to respond to challenges at work and in your life, you will improve your effectiveness as a senior leader and achieve greater personal fulfillment. Enhancing mindfulness and self-leadership practices will help you to better manage your own thoughts, emotions and behaviors so you can respond in ways that truly serve yourself and others.

In this session participants will:
  • Practice mindful leadership in a highly interactive learning environment.
  • Discover the latest research from mindfulness experts including known pitfalls and recommended approaches.
  • Explore the connection between mindfulness and self-leadership with practical applications.
Participants will take away:
  • Essential qualities of mindfulness and how to adapt and respond in the moment to have greater impact as a leader.
  • Best practices to become more intentional and improve personal presence – for yourself, in your team, with your managers and across your organization.
  • A customized plan for leadership development in the year ahead with focus on everyday opportunities to improve mindfulness.

3Session 3: Followership: The Ying to Leadership’s Yang

Are you a good follower? Chances are that you haven’t given this concept much thought. And, if you have, you might question if being a good follower is necessary given your track record and focus as a leader. Followership is an emerging field of study that is proving to be an important driver of organizational results, and also a key indicator of a person’s potential for senior leadership.

In this session participants will:
  • Explore the difference between followership and following.
  • Discover how, as a leader, you can nurture great followers.
  • Learn new concepts and practice reflective exercises that will transform your relationship with your team and your peers.
Participants will take away:
  • Opportunities to experiment with the concept of followership in your organization.
  • How to adopt the necessary mindset and behaviours required to become an effective follower.
  • Put into action the key leadership behaviours to support great followership from your team.

4Session 4: Storytelling: Creating a Deeper Connection with Your Audience

Storytelling, at its core, is how humans communicate in all aspects of their life. In business, sharing a story of your personal experience and learning can be the most compelling way to deliver your message and inspire your audience. Stories shape how your audience thinks and feels and helps them to make the connection with their own challenges and opportunities. Research shows that messages delivered as stories can be up to 22 times more memorable than just providing the facts. Emotion is truly the fast lane to the brain.

In this session participants will:
  • Take part in a high energy, hands-on workshop to learn and apply storytelling skills.
  • Discover how being memorable is all about being real and vulnerable.
  • Learn how to offer insights about yourself to be both authentic and engaging and observe how storytelling allows your personal brand to shine through.
Participants will take away:
  • Best practices on the fine art and science of story structure.
  • When and how to use stories effectively.
  • Methods to engage and connect with the audience through well told stories.

5Session 5: Resilience: Building the Stamina to Lead Through Change

Managing change can be challenging, and in today’s work environment, it’s complicated by the speed and volume of those changes. As a senior 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.
  • 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.

6Session 6: Building your Leadership Toolkit

Over the course of this program, you will put into practice and experiment with new approaches and ideas from the workshops. You will also have the opportunity to deepen your learning through your personal coaching sessions and your journal reflections. This session is an excellent opportunity to explore new questions and ideas that arise throughout the program that you wish to discuss with your fellow participants and our mentors.

Prior to the session, we will give participants an opportunity to identify topics that they would like to explore further, both individually and as a group. Topics could include further discussion on topics such as mindfulness and resilience, but it might extend to other leadership challenges such as navigating change and influencing senior management. Our mentors will lead the discussion to ensure everyone gets the most out of the conversation.

7Session 7: Setting Intentions for your Leadership Journey

Participants will complete a final reflection exercise prior to the session. As we meet online for our last session, each person will share their insights and goals. This is also a great opportunity to tap into additional insights and learning from our Coaches and Mentors and provide any feedback on the program experience. We encourage our participants to continue to network with each other and with the mentors after the program has ended, in order to share learning and seek support in their personal development as a leader.

Spring 2021 mentors to be announced soon!

Spring 2020 mentors


Deborah Adams

Harbinger Communications

Susan Oliver

SVP Human Resources
Environics Analytics

Caroline Papadatos

Formerly SVP

Julie Sutherland

VP & Commercial Head
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc

Fall 2018 Mentors


Deborah Adams

SVP Managing Director
Harbinger Communications

Elizabeth Clarke

AVP Business Strategy & Planning, BDRM

Chantelle Courtney

Assistant Dean
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Catherine Ince

SVP Finance and Admin
Environics Analytics

Nicky Mezo

Vice President, Customer Strategy, Channels and Targeted Marketing 

Leadership Mindset Team


Maggie DiStasi

Career Transition & Leadership Coach
Process Based Living

Christina Greenberg

Scala Network
Marilyn Barefoot

Marilyn Barefoot

Barefoot Brainstorming

Linda Hills

Emergent Assets

Program Partner



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Program rate: $3250 + sales tax

Cost includes 3 private coaching sessions.

Participant Registration

+ Registration includes access to senior leaders for group mentoring

+ Invitation to join Scala’s Take the Lead LinkedIn group to stay in touch with program peers, mentors, and receive links to great articles and leadership resources

+ Emotional Intelligence assessment & personal debrief coaching session

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

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.

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.

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