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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 January 26, 2023 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, and the first offering was a sell out! So register as soon as possible to ensure your spot.

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January 26, 2023
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

February 9, 2023
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Career Navigation for Women Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

February 23, 2023
8:30 am - 10:00 am

The “I” in the Storm - How to use Emotional Literacy to Regain a Sense of Self Amidst the Chaos

Facilitator: Dr. Shahana Alibhai

Challenging times require adaptable, resilient and inspiring leaders who are able to keep an open mind, a sense of self and curiosity amidst the chaos. Find out how you can develop these skills and achieve the right mindset and tools to move forward in your career and leadership journey.

During this interactive session, Dr. Shahana Alibhai, physician and TEDx speaker on emotional literacy, will break down the often missing piece neglected when taking care of our mental health - emotional health.

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

  • Understand the connection between emotional and mental health
  • Understand the importance of self-acknowledgement
  • Distinguish between one’s values and identity
  • Break down common myths relating to emotions
  • Build a frame work for improving self-awareness

Note: This session will be recorded

March 9, 2023
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of The “I” in the Storm Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

March 30, 2023
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Imposter Syndrome and Executive Presence

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

As we climb the ladder of success, we find ourselves against the edge of our comfort zone. While the challenges frequently come from pressure put upon us, the real culprit is what we say to ourselves. Questions like: ‘I am so out of depth here; I feel like I don’t match up to the talent in the room.’ Or ‘I don’t want to speak up, for fear that I will betray my secret, that I don’t belong here.’

Imposter syndrome manifests itself when we doubt our value and feel like a fraud. In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the messages we give ourselves that undermine our value and block access to our strengths and talents (the ones hired for in the first place)
  • Re-frame our ‘self-talk’ to acknowledge our discomfort and embrace the courage (that we already have)
  • Claim our outstanding achievements and accomplishments in a way that empowers our leadership style and builds our executive presence

Note: This session will be recorded

April 13, 2023
11:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Imposter Syndrome and Executive Presence Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

April 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

May 11, 2023
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Develop Your Voice and Acumen in Negotiation Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

May 18, 2023
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Effective Feedback

Facilitator: Laura Villacrusis

Feedback (when delivered well) can help build a culture of ongoing improvement and shared ownership. People are genuinely invested in getting better at their job, and yet research (from Gallup) shows that it doesn’t happen nearly as often and as well it should to support employees in their work.

This interactive session focuses on practical tools and practices that can be employed to provide impactful feedback. During the session, theory is kept at a minimum, practical techniques are emphasized, while actual participant case studies are used in order to ensure relevance, and prepare you for critical conversations back on-the-job.

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

  • Have tough conversations
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Praise and recognize employees weekly
  • Ask for “feedforward” to build your own self-awareness

Note: This session will be recorded

June 8, 2023
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Reflection & Connection Session

Debrief of Effective Feedback Workshop

Moderator: Tanis Frame, MSc

June 15, 2023
8:30 am - 12:00 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 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
  • Gain insight into burnout as a leadership and cultural issue and what a leader can do to address the systemic issues.
  • Identify personal patterns that are not sustainable and replace them with habits that build energy.
  • Reduce stress of overwhelm and build presence, focus and daily productivity.
  • Find moments of joy, laughter, and lightness even in times of adversity
  • 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.

Dr. Shahana Alibhai is a professional speaker, family physician and mental health expert. She has worked with a multitude of organizations to help people gain more clarity into their own mental health.

Her insights are highly sought after and she has been featured in multiple major media including CTV and Global. She is best known for her “Emotional Literacy for Better Mental Health” TEDx talk and as a panelist at International Women’s Day. She has served on the UBC Faculty of Medicine Residency training program and is currently a National accreditor for the College of Canadian Family Physicians.

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.

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.

Laura Villacrusis has over 25 years of experience working with organizations to support individual and organizational performance.

Laura has partnered with leaders at all levels to design and facilitate processes in the areas of organization development (OD), leadership development, change and transition, executive coaching, succession planning, talent management, employee engagement, strategic planning, and diversity & inclusion. Her passion is in helping organizations create leadership development and OD strategies and facilitating learning sessions for leaders. She has worked in various industries including entertainment, health care, technology, finance, utilities, mining, and manufacturing.

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 January to June 2023:

  • One 1.5hr PD seminar monthly from January – June 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]