Keifer MacInnes, Sales at National Shunt Services Limited
Sonia is warm, kind, compassionate, empathetic, flexible & diverse. She has the amazing ability to build a level of comfort in a room, allowing individuals to be more free & true. Her ability to engage people of all different roles, ethnicity, genders, and backgrounds leads to amazing sessions of openness and self discovery. She is a very professional and formal coach, but at the same time she brings a lot of soul and creativity to her work. Many times her framework promotes rigidity when needed, but softer tones if the exercise calls for it. Her ability to help others self reflect in a more diverse, positive and constructive manner is what really brings out the best in people, and helps them grow session after session. In her workshops, I immediately noticed the energy and vulnerability. She is not afraid to be herself, in her truest form – in hopes that it inspires others to bring that same energy. It almost works like a domino effect – when one person feels strong enough to share their thoughts and feelings, it promotes the rest to as well. And she does a great job at involving everyone equally throughout this process. I would say, “You NEED to try this.” It brings a different dynamic, to many relatively unchanged environments. Especially in our case, when self reflection and openness may come across as a weakness or be frowned upon – it helps teams come to the realization that opening up these vital communication channels and providing a less judgmental zone will only keep things more efficient and consistent.
Elliot Ng, Founder and Coach at Making Things Happen
“Sonia a fearless and inspiring leader who is also a client’s champion! She listens, and she cares deeply about people. She leads people in front, whilst encourages the whole team come along with her and ensures a diversity of voices are heard. Sonia is trusted, certified coach that motivates me to improve on my facilitating skills over videos and video conferencing. She taught me about vulnerability, about using different metaphors to create resonance.”
Gladys Bamba, HR Professional
Sonia is an insightful, empowering, and an exemplary professional coach. She challenged my thinking, helped me realized the potential I needed to see for myself and to top it all, a sense of clarity. I have a solid feeling of where I should be. My coaching sessions with her are extremely valuable as I continue to learn and grow personally and professionally. I am privileged to have Sonia as my coach. I can’t hide my excitement to work with a professional coach. It was a dream come true. I learned that true learning happens through experiences. Sonia listens to me like I am the center of her universe. She was never judgmental; she took me in with curiosity and love. She made me tap into my feelings and intuition. Her authenticity, enthusiasm and genuine interest in helping me reach my goals made me realized that our relationship is exactly what I needed. I am truly grateful as a result of the coaching with Sonia, I was able to gain confidence and trust myself big time. I learned to unlearn and relearn certain things in my life. I was able to be kind to myself and forgave myself for all the times I forget my worth. Sonia is one of my wingless angels! Her wisdom, sense of humor and commitment to help support me reaching my maximum potential are just a few reasons why I love working with her. Believe me, there is so much more. I was ready to be challenged and moved forward if you are, Sonia is perfect for you!
Carrie Skeels, Coach + Founder at Rustic Farmhouse
Sonia is compassionate, determined and a strong leader. Sonia made coaching feel so comfortable, it was like we had known each other for years. It was so easy to talk to her and open up. I was able to look at things from a different lens. What’s shifted for me is that I am more aware of my needs. I feel stronger and confident. Sonia has an amazing way of getting you to think about a situation or challenge that takes you into a deeper discovery mode to help your true self and to help you be true to you. I feel a deep connection to Sonia. I open up to her unlike anyone in my personal circles. She makes me feel empowered and anything is possible.
Kate Whalen, Senior Manager at McMaster University
Sonia is innovative, passionate and observant. I have been in two of Sonia’s workshops and loved how she developed an environment that supported the specific workshop. The first one was fun and creative and the second one was deep and emotional. Sonia started the first one with mimosas and had a packed room. The second one was a small intimate group, a slower pace, and calming atmosphere. Additionally, Sonia herself embodied a seasoned facilitator who can adapt to any situation. What I learned from Sonia was envisioning what I want in a creative and tangible way is now something I seek and enjoy doing. The concept of boundaries was new to me, and it opened up a whole new world of empowerment and choice that I didn’t fully understand I could have before. Take part in one of her workshops or group sessions. Get to know her and her style and see if you think she would be a good fit, and then take her up on a discovery session. But be ready to put in the work to make the most of what the relationship can provide. Thanks for making your workshops so fun and accessible, Sonia. They were the perfect, light-touch introduction I needed.
Donya Khandan, Business, Financial Educator and Advisor
“Sonia is enthusiastic, kind, and friendly. She asks clear, simple questions which guides you to the answers that are hidden within you. She knows how to guide you to find those answers without giving you the actual answers and I think that’s amazing and fascinating. she makes you feel so comfortable that you would open up to her easily and learn how you can deal with those obstacles you have in your life. Sonia helped me a lot in my self development journey. She helped me to become clear about what I want in my life and who do I wanna become as a person. I’m now stronger, more resilient and confidence than ever. Also I know now where I can find those characters within me when I feel lost or not at my best. she definitely helped me to get to know myself better and taught me how I could think differently about some certain things. I would say Sonia can definitely guide you to become the person you really want and achieve the goals you have in terms of self development, career, relationship or even family”.
Elsie Silva Kniff, Business Strategist at Biz 2 Biz Links
“Sonia is and has depth, she is nonjudgmental, and no-bullshit. She always seems to know how to ask the right questions or add the right amount of insight to bring out the true inner self and both its challenges and accomplishments. My self awareness has increased tremendously. I am able to catch habits before they become harmful to myself and the success of my relationships and personal development and leadership. If you are truly ready to deal with shit, and I mean truly, Sonia is a perfect blend of compassion, understanding and accountability. She will call you out when you need and be compassionate when you need it. It was absolutely a great experience in having Sonia assist me in further developing my leadership skills.”
Danika Zoe, Organizational Change Manager + Coach, Canadian Tire Corporation
Sonia is powerful, brave, creative, and strategic. She is a powerhouse of a facilitator, engaging her attendees in a warm and authoritative way. She is able to draw out the humanity in every participant, helping to foster a fun, fast-paced learning environment. Sonia always models what true unabridged action looks like – she has a drive to succeed that is a sight to behold. Hire Sonia if you need to get shit done and you know you need a friendly, firm push and powerful ally in your corner!
Lisa Blanchet, Change Management and Coach, Director at Manulife
Sonia is a passionate, insightful and caring coach who asks fabulous questions and offers new perspectives that helped foster my self awareness and personal growth. What I love about Sonia is her passion for life and for living and her ability to connect with her clients at the level they need in each session. As a result of coaching with Sonia, I have grown as a person, understanding what leadership means to be and how I want to show up as a leader both in the corporate world and in my life. Sonia has helped me connect to what really matters to me. I recommend Sonia as a coach for anyone who is looking to better understand who they are and where they want to focus their energy to make an impact on the world.
Stacy Pollack, Senior Learning Specialist at Tucows
I attended Sonia’s Meet Your Inner Leader Workshop and one thing that really stuck with me is how important it is to understand and embrace your own unique leadership style. It takes courage to be who you really are, and it is no different for leadership. This workshop really helped me understand that. I would describe the workshop as motivational, authentic, unique. I felt like I had gained some tangible next steps for how to create my own vision. Sonia’s facilitation is very approachable, relatable and hands-on.
Sonia is passionate, determined, and hardworking. She is organized, and each step leads me to see things in a new light. Sonia’s passion for seeing the best of us and allowing us to become better. If you are in need of shaking your life up, “Sonia the Disruptor” is the coach for you, either one on one, live workshops or check out her YouTube videos for encouragement.Cheryl Piccattoli, Owner of Live Your Dreams/ Female Solo Travel Agent
Sonia is intuitive, positive and highly intelligent. Her coaching style is direct and offers compassion and empathy for where I am at. She is emotionally intelligent and able to see the truth in what I am saying and draw it out. What’s shifted for me since our coaching sessions, is that I have more clarity and peace of mind. I feel at ease with my decisions and empowered to take action. Hire Sonia if you need support in creating a new path for yourself and leaving comfort zones behind in the dust!Reena Mistry, Commercial Account Manager, TransCanada Pipelines
Sonia is compassionate, thoughtful, happy and I found Sonia really listened to me when I would talk to her and was able to ask questions that got me really thinking and into the moment. I was able to come to some impactful insights with Sonia. A new insight after Sonia coached me was to be more present in my life. Sonia is a really great listener and will give them her full attention. She will be 100% in that moment with them and guide them to drive deeper insights. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Sonia!Erica Gocht, Director, Global Accounts at Reinsurance Group of America
Sonia is empathic, intuitive, respectful and I noticed a caring approach supported by empathic and effective listening skills through her coaching. I had an opportunity to witness her ability to leverage her intuition to help guide a meaningful discussion with clients. A safe and trusting coaching environment can be anticipated.Vania Sakelaris, Principal, VAS & Associates
Sonia is insightful, intuitive, and confident. What I noticed about her coaching style is that she is very open, calm and honest. Sonia is focused and pragmatic. I really enjoyed working with her and her approach. She truly was there with me through our coaching sessions together.Daphne Kao, Director of People and Culture, Knixwear
“Sonia was the epitome of grace under pressure. She was consistently a cheery presence, source of encouragement and a ‘go-to’ resource for learning and solutions. As a facilitator, Sonia imparted her knowledge and reasoning clearly and competently, utilizing humour and methods of teaching that accommodated various learning styles. Her calm demeanor drew people in, made the tasks appear less daunting and put people at ease. She created an environment that was engaging and safe for new and sometimes complex learning, and this assuredly assisted in the retention of volunteers throughout the Games. Sonia made clear expectations, goals and timelines, and provided the means and training necessary to successfully fulfill the volunteer role. I am grateful for the leadership of Sonia Grossi who immeasurably contributed to this remarkable and extraordinary experience at Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games.”Judith Duguid, MSW, RSW, Life & Wellness Coach: Volunteer at TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
“Sonia has a learning mindset that enables her to continue to grow and learn from every situation – this is a true asset as an instructional designer. As far as instructional design, Sonia goes above and beyond to provide learning solutions on time and with quality. She contributed to our project by proactively meeting with the SME stakeholders which resulted in a better understanding of the content for the team and a better project overall. Sonia is great to work with and goes above and beyond to provide learning solutions on time and with quality.”Danielle Wallace, Learning Director & Senior Instructional Designer: Beyond the Sky: Custom Learning Solutions
“Sonia’s knowledge of coaching was easily translated into a group environment where she was able to create a safe place for people to speak about their organizational needs. She appeared friendly and appeared to quickly engage the group. She exuded great enthusiasm and easily answered our questions regarding experience and understanding our needs. Able to quickly engage the participants. Very approachable and curious as demonstrated by the deeper dive questions asked. She scribed all of the input well which made the post-workshop transcription phase a lot easier. She worked well with the rest of the team and provided insights in to improving the process.”Michael Goldman: President at Facilitation First Inc.
“Sonia is quick, creative and has an eye for detail. She is an expert in adult learning and has the ability to apply the models and concepts to create high-impact instructional design work. Sonia has excellent time management and produced high-quality work within a short time frame. Sonia kept in touch throughout the process, giving me confidence that we were on track with the project. During our project, she created detailed instructor manuals for two workshops and updated participant manuals. I have since used these manuals to train instructors and to deliver workshops to clients with great results.”Susan Gregory, Founder of Best Work Yet
Sonia is entrepreneurial, emotionally intelligent, and a skilled versatile trainer. I think the combination of these 3 strengths makes Sonia’s unique in her field of Learning and Development. Sonia is a problem solver and an out of the box thinker. She will think of new and innovative ways to complete a project effectively and efficiently, and she will be able to sell her idea through being aware of her audience. Sonia versatility in training means that her training can adapt to the way people learn. Everyone learns differently and Sonia understands and is able to cater to that need, making her a successful trainer. Confident, skilled, resilient, dedicated, and driven are qualities that Sonia posses that make me want to work with Sonia. During our time working at Toronto 2015 Pan Am Parapan Am Games, Sonia has showcased her skills in training adults and managing volunteers. She was able to manage 200+ volunteers on top of the other deliverables and duties. Sonia was able to complete the tasks of a 3 person job, and she delivered with excellence. Without Sonia’s drive, passion, and dedication the UDAC Accreditation team wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did. I think that Sonia is able to capture and engage the audience. Sonia knows how to break down the curriculum of learning so her audience is able to absorb and understand in a reasonable pace. She is also able to adjust and look at learning from a learners perspective and facilitate and transfer knowledge in a different angle. My team’s deliverables were dependent on the performance of Sonia’s volunteers. Without a smooth, professional, and efficient accreditation team, our guests would not be able to receive their uniform package, thus preventing them from participating in the games and ultimately effecting the operations of the game.Vanessa Bano, HR Associate and Process Specialist at TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games