Ignite the Leader in You

Increasing women’s representation in management has been slow, with women making up only 1 in 4 managers. Women being active in the workforce has the potential of contributing billions of dollars to the Canadian GDP. 

We developed Woman Up! to support women in becoming confident and capable leaders who achieve excellence for themselves, others, and their organization. 

Our goal through Woman Up! Ignite the Leader in You is to change the odds for women working in male-dominated industries by equipping women with skills and strategies to lead self and others in an empowering way and educating male allies about what they can do to increase gender parity within their organizations.

As a participant in Woman Up! Ignite the Leader in You, you will uncover your core purpose for being a leader through activities that will help you develop self-awareness of what your strengths and areas of growth are. You will graduate from the eight-session program with a suite of leadership tools that will help you in becoming your vision of an authentic leader. 

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Joan MacMillan | Director Cammac Learning Evolution Inc.

I just completed the Woman Up! Ignite the Leader in You Program. Exceptionally valuable, not just for the learning and engagement provided, but also for those who are looking to build a network of supportive peers who are navigating similar waters! Johanna is incredibly knowledgeable and creates an ideal environment and space for personal growth and development!

Absolutely affirming and empowering!

Kellie Morgan | A/Superintendent Edmonton Police Service

This course has been extremely beneficial for me given my current work life and the many challenges I am faced with, completely and absolutely affirming and empowering for me. In fact I don't think I could have possibly taken the course at a better time for my own resilience, my mental fortitude and my overall emotional well-being, and I thank you for all of that!

Johanna is dedicated to her students

Abigail DiMartino | Owner Abby Marie Beauty Salon

This program has helped me start up my new business and become a leader for my employee’s. I catch myself referring back to some of the lessons almost 6 months later. I get compliments day to day from clients and my fellow coworkers of how proud they are of me and my leadership skills. This course really leaves an imprint in your mind and you will see yourself continuing to grow and develop those leadership skills you need to be the best version of yourself.

Stronger advocate for myself and fellow females in the workplace

Leila Andrews | Training Manager at ALERT

I had the privilege of being in the first cohort of the Woman Up! Program. This program exceeded my expectations in every way – the quality of the content, the authenticity of the instruction and the peer connections were more than I had imagined. During the program I saw myself grow, move out of my comfort zone and take steps to better understand my authentic leadership style and associated goals for my career. Since the program, I have found myself more confident in my job and a stronger advocate for myself and fellow females in the workplace. I strongly recommend this program to any woman, whether you are in a position of formal or informal leadership. The personal and professional growth as a result is outstanding!

Why Invest in Woman Up?

We conducted an evaluation to assess the impact of the Woman Up! program. Through the evaluation we discovered that the program was truly meaningful and empowering for its participants. We encourage you to download our infographic that provides evidence regarding the ROI for participants and organizations who make the intentional choice to invest in women.


  • What is included in the program?

    You will get access to two workbooks that will guide your learning through the e-learning portion of the course. You will complete a 360-degree survey to assess your strengths and areas of growth. In addition, your instructor - Dr. Pagonis - will provide guided support as you apply your new skills over the course of three months. Each participant will also receive a copy of Dr. Pagonis' book, Choose to be a Leader Others Would Follow: How to Lead with Heart and Purpose.

  • What makes this program different from other leadership workshops?

    Our method provides opportunities for you to move between the program and your workplace, to work collaboratively on assignments with other women, and use the program as an opportunity to reflect on your everyday workplace practices. This method is vastly different than what most individuals receive through training, which is why most people forget 90% of what they have learned. You will also become part of a community in which similarly positioned women can discuss their feedback, compare notes, and emotionally support one another’s learning.

  • Program Outcomes

    You will discover your unique purpose for leading others and you will uncover the competencies required in developing your own authentic leadership style. Most importantly, you will develop a resilient mindset to lead yourself and others through any circumstance life throws at you. By the end of this course, you will develop into a leader who engages, empowers, and inspires others in developing an inner sense of well-being and resilience.

  • Who is my instructor?

    Dr. Johanna Pagonis will be guiding you through the program. She has over 20 years' progressive experience as a formal leader, working in male dominated industries. Dr. Pagonis is a master instructional designer and facilitator. She is also an author, host of a business management podcast, and an international speaker.

  • Are you offering a discount if I register early?

    We encourage you to take advantage of our individual early bird registration. Use code Womanup20 before August 1, 2022 to receive a 20% discount.

  • How can I register as an organization?

    If you are interested in registering a group from your organization, please contact us at info@sinogapsolutions.com to discuss pricing.

Program Resources

Participants will gain access to course modules and materials through an online learning platform.

  • Learner Assessment

    You will complete a 360-degree assessment that will uncover your strengths and blind spots. As you progress through the program you will create a learning and development plan that will help you achieve your ideal vision of an authentic leader.

  • Written Materials

    You will receive a copy of Dr. Johanna Pagonis’ book, Choose to be a Leader Others Would Want to Follow: How to Lead with Heart and Purpose, along with two workbooks that will guide your learning through the online modules.

  • Community of Empowerment

    The women in the program are professionals and experts in their own industries and can be a great resource to use along your learning journey. This program was designed to support you in applying you new skills with the support of your success circle.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • A Walkthrough of the Thinkific Learning Management System

    • Vision and Outcomes

    • A Message from Dr. Pagonis

    • Meet Your Facilitators

    • How to Navigate Through Your Online Courses

    • Program Structure

    • Pre-Engagement

  • 2

    Individual Coaching Session

    • Getting Ready for Your Coaching Session

  • 3

    Program Orientation

    • Orientation Workshop #1

    • SMARTER Goals

    • Orientation Workshop #1

    • Orientation Recording

  • 4

    The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

    • Online Course #1

  • 5

    Peer Coaching Circle #1

    • Getting Ready

    • Peer Coaching Circle #1 Live Session

  • 6

    October Check-In

    • October Touch Base and Connect

  • 7

    Leading with Resiliency and Agility

    • Online Course #2

  • 8

    Peer Coaching Circle #2

    • Getting Ready

    • Peer Coaching Circle #2 Live Session

  • 9

    Individual Coaching Session Part 2

    • Getting Ready for Your Coaching Session

  • 10

    Embracing Your Female Power

    • Getting Ready

    • Embracing My Female Power Workshop #2

  • 11

    My Success Circle

    • Getting Ready

    • My Success Circle Workshop #3

  • 12

    November Check-In

    • November Touch Base and Connect

  • 13

    Peer Coaching Circle #3 | Invite a Male Ally

    • Getting Ready

    • Peer Coaching Circle #3 Live Session

  • 14

    December Check-In

    • December Touch Base and Connect

  • 15

    Next Steps...

    • End of Program Evaluation

    • Share Your Feedback

    • Your Woman Up! Community