Sonia delivers + facilitate fun and raw training experiences to leaders and teams. She creates spaces that are honest, real and engaging and provide practical skills and tools to increase productivity and performance. Sonia gets to the root of the problem and offers insights and solutions to reach a common ground as a team.
I began my professional journey as an HR professional straight out of University. I had the pleasure of supporting the HR department with 300 employees, on-site and virtually. I delivered my very first corporate training program, Diversity, and Culture workshop to 100 team members and realized I had a gift.
My gift is to hold a space for people to feel safe and explore the depths of their inner knowing and express who they are without judgement.
I accepted multiple positions at various organizations both public, private, and not for profit. I met a ton of people, learned how organizational cultures affected their people, internalized what I knew about leadership and became very aware of the challenges that were front row and centre.
I saw people who weren’t recognized for the leaders they are, the strengths and gifts they had to offer, and the passion they held close to their hearts. I realized that it would take a lot of work to change structures and systems that have been in place for years and I didn’t have the resources to be able to do so on my own at that stage in my career.
I had the awareness of what I felt was my calling. I wanted to be able to have an impact on a larger scale, and wasn’t okay with settling for, “Just do as much as you can do in a short amount of time.”
I began to upgrade my education and skills upgrading my skills and broadening my knowledge. I completed an Instructing Adults Certificate, completed intermediate coach + leadership courses at Coaches Training Institute, pursued the CPCC designation to be a certified professional co-active coach, and signed up for a leadership retreat program to discover my leadership and impact.
I challenge the status quo. I show up and take a stand for people who are ready to experience something different and new. I listen to people on a deeper level to reveal what’s needed.
I create programs that make sense and offer practical tools and skills to use in our day to day lives. I offer an experience that’s fun, playful, guided, supportive and exploratory.
As a coach and facilitator, this is my zone of genius. My safe haven where I feel most alive. It’s my playground to be my most authentic self while giving permission to others to discover who they are and what they bring to the table. My determination to grow and lean in is what has supported me to be a masterful facilitator and coach because I know that the world is craving a new kind of leadership.
We want to be seen and heard and people are waking up to that. We are seeing that we are a whole person that comes with a vocation, life purpose, value system, feelings, dreams, friendships, relationships, goals, and strengths. It’s hard to shut that off and ignore it for too long.
My vision is to humanize the workplace and create leaders who take personal responsibility for their careers and lives. I create an experience for learners to dive deep, connect to themselves and with each other when it’s been lost, and reflect on the learning to inspire true transformation and growth. My style is facilitating leaderless experiences for each person to show up as they are with their unique strengths.
I grow the leader within.
I specialize in delivering workshops centered around Meet Your Inner Leader, Empowered Communications, The Drama-Free Triangle, Emotionally Decoupling, Navigating Toxic Players, Bold Conversations, Powerful Communications, Professional Fundamentals, Carefree Resilience, How to Accept Feedback Like a #BOSS, Exploring Your Skills, Service Excellence, Vision Board Gatherings, and Superhero Guest Experience as a few examples. I am also available for 1:1 Executive Leadership Coaching.
What people are saying about Sonia
“Sonia is an insightful and dedicated executive trainer, coach, facilitator, and a leadership consultant. Her expertise in adult learning along with her human resources experience position her ideally for personal and organizational training. Sonia has helped our team develop a more effective way of communication, be more resourceful and strengthen our decision-making process. Her passion, her keen sense for human connections and psychological insight is what sets her apart.” Olga Rozin Proger – Principle, The Palette Project Inc.
“Sonia is passionate and humble. She invests a lot of time into her workshops regarding valuable content and especially her audience as she wants to be able to truly understand their thought process. I attended her workshop, Meet Your Inner Leader at CGI, and I am aware that we all have an inner leader within us regardless of the position we hold professionally, we just have to practice to tap into that inner leader when faced with difficult/unknown situations in a professional or personal setting. She is very open to understanding people who come from different walks of life who need advice in terms of professional or personal growth. She truly gets the best out of an individual by recognizing their strengths and at the same time giving them advice on how to work on other skills that may need developing to become the leader they are meant to be. What I love about her coaching style is that her workshops leave you more than what you came in with. I always feel I become more confident than before and a bit more balanced.”
Naazia Pardhan – Project Control Officer at CGI
“My top takeaways from Sonia’s workshop on Employers Want Leadership is how different approaches to leadership can help you make connections, how there can be many different leadership roles and varies person to person and turning personal experiences into lessons that can help you take the next step in a career pathway. Sonia’s strengths as a facilitator are her ability to connect with students and expand on their experiences and turn that into a conversation/ point of interest. Personal connection and ability to mingle with class. Since the workshop, I am more self-aware of what skills and qualities I possess, as well as have the confidence to talk about them in a way that does not come off as bragging yet makes an impact on the opposite person. I’ve also learned that one can take on a leadership role in many ways, just needs to identify them at the right time and take action. We had great communication and rapport right from the very beginning, friendly, good teamwork, encouraging attitude.”
Recent Speaking and Workshop Engagements
- Creating Balance – Humber
- Getting Organized with Outlook – Humber
- Empowered Communications – National Shunt Services
- Meet Your Inner Leader – National Shunt Services
- Meet Your Inner Leader – CGI
- Facilitated Business Plan & Objectives Meeting – Electronics Product Stewardship Canada
- Mind Mapping for Business – The City of Kitchener
- Creating Balance – Humber College
- Coaching for Performance – Humber College
- Meet Your Inner Leader – Index Exchange
- Bossy Grossi Public Speaker – PechaKucha at the Markham Village Library
- Mastermind Leader at InFounders Women’s Business Mastermind
- Mind Mapping and Making Tough Decisions at Humber College
- Service Excellence Program at North York General Hospital
- The Drama-Free Triangle at North York General Hospital
- Meet Your Inner Leader at Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)
- Leadership and Employ your Skills University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance Program
- Professional Fundamentals New Graduates Program at CGI
- Play a Bigger Game Kid Coaches at Future Possibilities for Kids
- Bold Conversations at Howard Park Children’s Centre
- Powerful Communications at Howard Park Children’s Centre
- Bossy Pants at Detroit International Academy Girls School
- Leadership Essentials at The Toronto Blue Jays