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Tammy Towill

Workshop Facilitator:
Tammy Towill, MBA, FCPA, FCMA,
Partner, Cordura Group, and Chair, School of Business, Capilano University

Tanis Frame

Reflection Session Facilitator:
Tanis Frame, MSc, long time facilitator and sought after leadership coach
Click on Facilitators for the full list and biographies of scheduled presenters.

Begins April 8 with sessions every Monday until June 24 
Live Virtual via Zoom

Take the next step in your leadership journey

Any journey is best shared. This program is designed to give you resources to thrive in your career, while building connections with other awesome women in the profession. Learn and practice new skills, get to know yourself better, and share stories and experiences with women in the accounting profession.

Begin with a Career Navigation for Women Workshop where you will explore common career success factors for women and create a personal career navigation roadmap, then continue your learning journey through a series of 90-minute seminars on topics of importance to your career path and leadership development. In this cohort-based program, you will develop relationships and provide support and peer mentorship throughout your personal journeys.

To ensure the best learning experience, we have established the following program commitments and guides.


Additional Resource

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Eligible CPD Hours: 19.25
Program Fee: $850 or 24 PD Passport Credits

To qualify for the certificate, registrants should attend and complete all sessions. Some sessions will be recorded – those who miss a live seminar can only claim attendance if they watch the recording and complete the accompanying quiz. The opening workshop and reflection sessions will not be recorded.

Date & Time


April 8, 2024
8:30 am - 12 pm

Career Navigation for Women Workshop

Facilitator: Tammy Towill, MBA, FCPA, FCMA
Partner, Cordura Group and Chair, School of Business, Capilano University

For women in the accounting profession who want to be more purposeful about the navigation of their career journey, this interactive virtual session 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. The session aims 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

April 15, 2024
11:45 am - 1 pm

Reflection & Connection Session 1

Facilitator: Tanis Frame, MSc
Facilitator and Leadership Coach

April 22, 2024
8:30 am - 10 am

Session to be recorded

Am I Good Enough?

Facilitator: Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, BSc, DMD
CEO of SKYL Group, award-winning international speaker, and best-selling author

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 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 recognize it for what it is
  • Take a turn around the impostor cycle (or what I like to call the high-achiever with a loud inner critic cycle) and learn the 6 checkpoints to get you out of the cycle
  • Navigate your inner voice and the difference between tearing yourself down and owning your success

April 29, 2024
11:45 am - 1 pm

Reflection & Connection Session 2

Facilitator: Tanis Frame, MSc
Facilitator and Leadership Coach

May 6, 2024
8:30 am - 10 am

Session to be recorded

Define and Refine Your Professional Presence for 2024

Facilitator: Katherine Lazaruk, B.Ed, AICI CIP, PCC, CLC
Founder and President, Lazaruk Consulting Inc.

In this 90-minute session, you’ll learn why executive presence is dead and what you want to be doing now to define, strengthen and leverage your professional presence. Hint – it’s not about fitting in to get ahead!

By attending this session, you will obtain:

  • Three ways to deepen and focus your professional presence so it fits you and fits your world
  • Tips and tricks for both your virtual and irl presence via live coaching demonstrations (if you’re in a volunteering mood, bring your speediest hand-up, as up to two participants will be chosen in real time)
  • Personalized Q&A
May 13, 2024
11:45 am - 1 pm

Reflection & Connection Session 3

Facilitator: Tanis Frame, MSc
Facilitator and Leadership Coach 

May 27, 2024
8:30 am - 10 am

Session to be recorded

Programming note: No session May 20 due to Victoria Day statutory holiday.

Develop your Voice and Acumen in Negotiation

Facilitator: Carrie Gallant, JD
Executive Leadership Coach, Negotiation Strategist and Positive Intelligence® Coach

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

June 3, 2024
11:45 am - 1 pm

Reflection & Connection Session 4

Facilitator: Tanis Frame, MSc
Facilitator and Leadership Coach 

June 10, 2024
8:30 am - 10 pm

Session to be recorded
Session title to be announced

Facilitator: TBA
Description to come.

June 17, 2024
11:45 am - 1 pm

Reflection & Connection Session 5

Facilitator: Tanis Frame, MSc
Facilitator and leadership coach 

June 24, 2024
8:30 am - 12 pm

Session to be recorded

Beyond Burnout: Resilience, Grit, and a Fulfilling Life

Facilitator: Tammy Robertson, MA
Leadership coach, trainer and consultant

In this final session of the Women in Leadership program, 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 be able 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

Tanis Frame

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

Carrie Gallant, JD, is a women's empowerment and executive 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.

Carrie 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®. She is also a Licensed Associate with the Impostor Syndrome Institute™. 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.

Katherine Lazaruk

Katherine Lazaruk, B.Ed, AICI CIP, PCC, CLC, holds a second level international designation of Certified Image Professional (CIP) with the Association of Image Consultants International, her Certified Leadership Coach (CLC) certificate, and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation with the International Coach Federation.

She helps women rapidly accelerate their progress towards senior leadership and in senior leadership. When she’s not acting as a fire starter for ambitious women, she can be found singing in various genres, writing and publishing poetry, drinking the occasional interesting cocktail, or watching too many movies with her film editor husband. She’s sometimes slightly irreverent and is always delightfully uncontained. Her first business book on what's beyond executive presence is due out this year.

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, BSc, DMD, is a strategic leadership and workplace culture consultant with a focus on self-intelligence and relationship intelligence. She is an award-winning international speaker and best-selling author who is on a mission to empower high-stressed high-achieving leaders.

Dr. Jessica’s first book Speak Kindly, You’re Listening has been flying off the shelves! As a former Dental Oncologist and Education Director at one of the top 5 cancer centres in the world, Dr. Jessica knows first-hand the challenges that come with high-stressed careers. She started out by teaching the medical and dental community how to improve a patient's quality of life post-cancer therapy and now teaches high achievers and teams how to improve their quality of life through confidence, collaboration, culture and communication. In 2023, she was award WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award.

Tammy Robertson

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 coaching, training and consulting.

She works with leaders both in industry and public practice, to build robust work cultures that attract and retain bright people who want to make their time count. Tammy will give you fresh insight, along with the tools you need to “SHOW UP” and lead and keep your “Heart in the game!” even as the rules and positions change.

Tammy Towill

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.