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Eligible CPD Hours: 13.5
Course Fee: $595
PD Passport Valid: 20 credits 


Any journey is best shared. Women and men both need to develop skills to be successful in their careers. However, the manner in which many women experience their career journey is different from their male counterparts.

Tammy Towill

Focus on developing the skills, knowledge and connection you need as a woman in the accounting profession to move forward in your career and leadership journey.

This powerful series comprises of monthly PD seminars, and reflection & connection sessions, all delivered virtually. Some sessions will be recorded and made available for a short time following each session to registrants who are unable to attend, but participants are asked to do their best to commit to attending all sessions.

Join Tammy Towill at the opening workshop on Career Navigation for Women on October 21 to kick off this series.

This is the initial launch workshop for a cohort based multi-course program to support women in the profession helping determine career success that is unique to them today and for their future. 

To make sure all participants have the opportunity to connect and share their experiences, ideas and opinions in a respectful and safe place, we have established the following program commitments/guidelines:

  • Take space and make space for everyone
  • Commit to the whole program and prioritize participation in each session
  • Respect everyone’s right to privacy and confidentiality
  • Contribute thoughtfully and treat everyone with respect 
  • Promote an open dialogue about diversity, inclusion and equality
  • Encourage the appreciation of other’s strengths and unique characteristics 
  • Show interest and demonstrate genuine curiosity to get to know others
  • Be open to new ideas and people
  • Listen to and value everyone’s experience, ideas and opinions

Make sure you review the series Agenda and Speaker biographies by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page. This is a series you don’t want to miss!

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Oct 21, 2022
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Career Navigation for Women Workshop

Facilitator: Tammy Towill, MBA, FCPA, FCMA

This course is for women in the accounting profession who want to know how to be more purposeful about the navigation of their career journey.

The interactive virtual course will reveal the 7 common career success factors for women, provide peer-to-peer sharing of ideas, allow time for reflection exercises, and offer live role modelling and coaching throughout the session. This is the initial workshop in a cohort based, multi-course program to support women in the profession, helping define and pursue career success that is unique to them today and for their future.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Assess and create personal career goals and roadmap
  • Apply new leadership perspectives and skillsets
  • Develop strong inter-personal relationships with others in the program
  • Support your own – and each other’s – growth as leaders and financial professionals

Nov 8, 2022
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Career Navigation for Women Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

Nov 18, 2022
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Becoming a Mindful Leader: Build Resilience and Focus through Self-Awareness

Facilitator: Nicola Bentley, IMTA, CMT-P

Resiliency, moving forward through adversity, is a key leadership quality. Being resilient and self-aware are more important now than ever as we’re called to lead during these times of change in all aspects of our lives.

In this interactive session, we dive into the basics of awareness and resilience building practices. You will leave with an understanding of attention and distraction, what resilience is, the neuroscience of how it works and how we can tap into our own wisdom to step into our most aware, resilient selves. Mindful awareness is a key component of resilience building - we’ll dive into experiential practices during the session to bolster attention and focus and foster resiliency right away.

By the end of this session, you will walk away with:

  • An understanding of the basics of mindfulness and resilience building
  • Basics of neuroscience re: distraction, stress, and resilience
  • Examples of mindful resilience for everyday life
  • Intention setting discussion for the Women’s Leadership PD Series
  • Take-away tools and tips to support ongoing resiliency

Note: This session will be recorded

Dec 6, 2022
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Becoming a Mindful Leader: Build Resilience and Focus through Self-Awareness Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

Dec 16, 2022
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Am I Good Enough? 

Facilitator: Dr. Jessica Metcalfe

Have you ever had that feeling if you just took one more course, or had that specific degree or the right clients, then, you would feel that much more confident? Do you question your abilities and think that it's only a matter of time before someone finds you out?

If you answered 'yes', you're not alone. You're a high-achieving woman, yet, you underestimate your abilities, explain away your successes and overwork until you're exhausted. For years, your inner gremlin, that inner voice, has made you believe that you need to prove yourself and measure your worth by your accomplishments. Not anymore! It's time to break down the barriers associated with imposter syndrome and begin exuding executive presence so you can finally step into your strength, power and confidence. It's time you start believing it.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Target and break through imposter syndrome and the imposter cycle with key check points
  • Navigate your inner voice and the difference between tearing yourself down and owning your success
  • Own your executive presence without minimizing who you are and asking, “Am I really good enough?”

Note: This session will be recorded

Jan 10, 2023
11:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Am I Good Enough? Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

Jan 20, 2023
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Develop Your Voice and Acumen in Negotiation

Facilitator: Carrie Gallant, JD

Among the most critical skills today is the ability to negotiate everyday workplace situations with increased acumen, to advance your career and to navigate transitions, shifts in the market and the way business gets done.

Getting your voice heard at the executive table, in compensation or promotion reviews, negotiating resource allocation for your team or making deals with vendors for your company, are all achievable with increased negotiation acumen. In this interactive session, you will learn practical tips and strategies that you can implement right away, and a 5-step blueprint to apply in all your negotiations.

By the end of this session, you will learn:

  • How negotiation acumen builds better relationships
  • Key mindsets that dispel anxiety and increase your success in negotiation
  • How to Amplify Your A.S.K.™ and pitch your ideas confidently
  • How to discern a good deal from a “bad” deal

Note: This session will be recorded

Feb 7, 2023
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Develop Your Voice and Acumen in Negotiation Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

Feb 17, 2023
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Communication Strategies

Facilitator: Lesley-Ann Marriott, PCC, CEC (Professional Coach)

Mastering how we communicate transforms our leadership more than anything else. We must have self-confidence and presence, and the way we express ourselves as leaders matters most.

Leading requires us to react in the moment to difficult situations, guide others to keep them on track and model behaviour with every word that leaves our mouths. Learning how to quickly convey our messages can happen if we have a few ‘back pocket tools’ that succinctly describes our statement and maintains the tone and culture of our workplace.

By the end of this session, you will learn:

  • Simple feedback tool – how to provide critical messages while ensuring the listener feels respected and valued
  • How to deliver a corrective feedback model so that others will ‘thank you!’
  • Scripts – practice sentence starters to help initiate difficult conversations with a positive intent
  • Managing micro-aggressions – What are they? How to avoid it? How to recover? How to defend yourself and others?

Note: This session will be recorded

Mar 7, 2023
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Communication Strategies Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

Mar 17, 2023
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Beyond Burnout: Resilience, Grit, and a Fulfilling Life & Final Reflection & Connection Session

Facilitator: Tammy Robertson, MA

In this final session of the Women’s Leadership PD Series, we will look at the habits that make us more likely to burnout and how to develop deep resilience and greater confidence in our leadership. While the root causes of burnout lie in deeper workplaces issues like work overload, poor communication and unsupportive relationships, there is much you as a leader can do to support yourself and your team’s wellbeing.

We’ll explore the role of values, beliefs, and mindset and how the way we think determines our actions, responses, and habits. You will learn how to set boundaries, become more present and find more joy and lightness in a day. You will discover where your inspiration comes from and how to fuel it. Ultimately the biggest threat to your leadership is losing the excitement, energy, and enthusiasm to care about who you are and the difference you are making.

This is an opportunity to build your resilience practice personally and encourage others to do the same, while contributing to a more robust work culture. Daily practices matter. We will focus on what you can do, where you are, with what you have. It’s time!

By the end of this session, you will learn:

  • To carve a new path from Burn Out to Resilience
  • To gain insight into burnout as a leadership and cultural issue and what a leader can do to address the systemic issues.
  • To identify personal patterns that are not sustainable and replace them with habits that build energy.
  • To reduce stress of overwhelm and build presence, focus and daily productivity.
  • To find moments of joy, laughter, and lightness even in times of adversity
  • To build out your leadership practice and hold yourself accountable to what matters most.

Note: This seminar portion will be recorded

Only the seminars indicated as being recorded will be made available for those registered but unable to attend a particular session.

Nicola Bentley, IMTA, CMT-P is a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s, Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre (MARC), Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, where she currently works part-time as a mentor and workshop facilitator.

She is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level, with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Nicola brings twenty years of experience as a marketing strategist, insight facilitator and story crafter, with a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, to her engaging Mindful Leader and Resilience Building workshops and presentations. Nicola is also a Leadership Mastermind facilitator with WNorth Connect, an organization that provides mentorship for women leaders through chapters across North America and Europe. She also serves as an Ambassador Program Mentor for Dress for Success, a global network that helps women fulfil their potential in leadership and life with career coaching and professional development training.

Tanis Frame, MSc is a long time facilitator and sought after leadership coach who helps passionate people create the impact they are called to make in the world while thriving deeply in all aspects of their lives.

Tanis is relentlessly curious about what cultivates thriving and what gets in the way. She is known for her ability to create powerful space for learning, and for making growth and connection fun. When she’s not helping everyday humans live deeply aligned lives of meaning, impact and joy, you’ll find her playing in the mountains with her husband, teen girls, dog or her horses.

Carrie Gallant, JD is a women’s empowerment and leadership coach, and coauthor of “Conversation Secrets for Tomorrow’s Leaders: 21 Obvious Secrets Leaders Do Not Use Enough”.

As a former lawyer and executive, she truly understands the minefield many ambitious women navigate on their way to the top. She helps women business leaders to communicate and negotiate with confidence, earn their full worth and influence change with impact.

She is founder of The Gallant Leader™ Institute and the EARN Your Worth™ Leaders Lab, an accredited Negotiation Consultant with ENS International and certified in Conversational Intelligence® and Authentic Leadership for Teams®.

Carrie's Art of Negotiation for Women model and training is featured in Tara Mohr's acclaimed women's leadership program, Playing Big; WNORTH’s 360 Leadership Program; and the Women's Enterprise Centre of British Columbia.

Lesley-Ann Marriott PCC, CEC is a Professional Executive Coach and former executive. At the senior leadership table, she developed her skills in the competitive world of the big box retail business.

She has invested thousands of hours coaching senior leaders and teams, many of whom are professional accountants. She brings a unique perspective ‘through the coaching lens’ to all her sessions. Described as “edgy and fun,” her sessions are highly interactive and entertaining. She inspires her audience to explore their experiences and provokes them to dig deeper by connecting them to their strengths and talents. Lesley-Ann is Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University – Executive Coaching Program, Faculty for CPA’s Executive Leadership Program and Master Facilitator of Core Strengths.

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, BSc, DMD is a self-intelligence coach. She teaches high-achieving, high-stressed women to navigate their inner voice by understanding self-doubt, imposter syndrome, perfectionism and burnout.

Dr. Jessica’s experience working with cancer patients, her own mental health journey, her impact as an education director and certified life coach has shifted hundreds of women away from imposter syndrome, burnout, and dark mental chatter to a new, healthy, inspiring, supportive, and cooperative relationship with themselves.

Tammy Robertson, MA, is an unapologetic optimist who believes in grit and gutsiness and that we are all wired for resilience. With over 25 years of experience Tammy works with CPA’s from BC to NL, providing resilient leadership and personal development seminars and keynotes at conferences and training days.

As a life and leadership coach to leaders both in industry and public practice, Tammy will give you the tools to play your best game, even as the rules and positions change. Is your “Heart in the Game”? It’s more important than ever!

Tammy Towill, MBA, FCPA, FCMA is a partner in the Cordura Group and Chair of the School of Business with Capilano University, providing business advisory services and related education and training programs to organizations and communities seeking growth or change.

For over 25 years, Tammy has worked with private and public sector companies throughout North America and Europe, providing education, training and facilitating in the areas of leadership, strategy, business planning and curriculum development and implementation. She has served on and worked with several boards in Canada and the US.

Need to convince your employer that this series is crucial leadership training for you? We’ve prepared a suggested communication that you can consider using!

Hello [Manager’s name],

I would like to attend a new Women’s Leadership PD program offered by CPABC. It will provide great value to my personal and professional development, as well as to our organization. The program focuses on enhancing the skills, knowledge and connection for women in the accounting profession to move forward in their career and leadership journey.

By attending this program, I will:

  • Develop strong inter-personal relationships to support my own and other’s growth as leaders and financial professionals
  • Grow my professional network
  • Develop practical skills like negotiation skills, communication and presentation strategies
  • Learn how to be a more effective and resilient leader  
  • Obtain 13.5 CPD hours

CPABC Women’s Leadership PD Series is a 6-month program, with monthly events from October 2022 – March 2023:

  • One 1.5hr PD seminar monthly from October 2022 – March 2023 (6 total)
  • One 1.25hr reflection and connection session per month, to build relationships and apply the learning from the PD seminars

These monthly seminars will be offered in a virtual live format and the cost of the program is $595 for the whole series.

[Alternate sentence if you have a PD Passport: These monthly seminars will be offered in a virtual live format and the cost of the program and I can use my CPABC PD Passport for this program, which will reduce the cost.] 

Thank you in advance for considering this request and please let me know if you have any questions or need additional info.

I look forward to connecting with you on this topic.

Thank you,

[Participant’s name]