Ignite the Leader in You

Over the last year, more than half a million Canadian women left the workforce during the pandemic. It is no surprise that progress in increasing women’s representation in management has been slow, with women making up only 1 in 4 managers. Women re-entering the workforce will be critical in rebuilding the economy and has the potential of contributing billions of dollars to the Canadian GDP. 

Because we don’t want to see the events of the past year roll back time on women’s efforts in closing the leadership gender gap, 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 empowering them with the skills and mindset to enter the leadership arena.

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. 

Program Review

We think our program is great, but don't take our word for it...

Johanna is dedicated to her students

Abigail DiMartino

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.


  • 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 participants, 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.

  • 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 15 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 November 30, 2021 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.

Designed to change the odds for women working in male-dominated industries

Program Brochure

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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.

  • Participant Network

    Fellow course members are professionals and experts in their own industries and can be a great resource to use along the learning journey. This program was designed to support participants in applying their new skills with the support of their network.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • A Message from Your Instructor

    • Vision and Outcomes

    • A Walkthrough of the Online Platform

    • How to Navigate Through the Online Modules

    • Program Structure

    • Pre-Engagement

  • 2

    Program Orientation

    • Orientation Live Virtual Session

    • Orientation PowerPoint

    • Orientation Recording

  • 3

    The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

    • Online Course #1

  • 4

    Peer Coaching Circle #1

    • Getting Ready

    • Peer Coaching Circle #1

  • 5

    Leading wit Resiliency and Agility

    • Online Course #2

  • 6

    Peer Coaching Circle #2

    • Getting Ready

    • Peer Coaching Circle #2

  • 7

    Mid-Point Evaluation

    • Mid-Program Survey

    • Mid-Program Evaluation

  • 8

    Embracing Your Female Power

    • Getting Ready

    • Live Virtual Workshop

  • 9

    My Success Circle

    • Getting Ready

    • Live Virtual Workshop

  • 10

    Peer Coaching Circle #3

    • Getting Ready

    • Peer Coaching Circle #3

  • 11

    Next Steps...

    • End of Program Evaluation

    • End of Program Evaluation

    • Your Woman Up! Community