WIL Empowered: The story of the women in leadership community

Let me share with you what WIL Empowered is, how it came about and why I’m so passionate about helping women get the skills and confidence they need to be their authentic selves in their many leadership roles in life.

WIL Empowered: The origin story

Let me back up a few decades. I spent 30+ years as a senior executive, including roles as VP at Holt Renfrew, SVP at Marks and Spencer, President at the Bombay Furniture Company and board member of the Retail Council of Canada. During that time, I mentored a lot of people—men and women—generally focused on becoming better leaders. I always asked myself, “Why don’t they know this stuff?” But my growth experience was the same. My leadership experience—often as the lone woman in the board room—was best described as trial by fire, though I also had excellent mentors.

Fast forward to recent times. After three decades in leadership roles, I got sick, literally. It was a sign to slow down and reevaluate how I wanted to spend my time and best use the skills and talents I gained in the C-Suite and the boardroom. That question, “Why don’t they know this stuff?” resurfaced. I knew then, I wanted to help other people—women especially—BUILD the confidence and skills they need to succeed in leadership roles—without letting the stress get them to where I got to be. I do this through executive coaching, and I love it!

My executive coaching programs led me to work with Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions and Luc Villeneuve, Country Manager at Red Hat. They wanted to support their leadership pipeline through a coaching program for women in leadership roles and for women pursuing those roles. It was a great success at Red Hat and when I talked about my work with these women, people kept telling me they wished they had the support of a program like this.

And so, Women in Leadership Empowered was born. Because women must have a place where they can learn the skills to be successful in their many leadership roles while being surrounded by a community that supports their goals and aspirations. As I’ve seen so many times throughout my life and career: women in leadership empower other women. That’s what WIL Empowered is about (and how the name came to be).

Who is the WIL Empowered program for?

This community, is for women of all ages and stages looking to optimize their fullest potential. It’s for women who don’t want to go it alone but instead want to build supportive relationships in a psychologically safe space while improving their own skills and confidence.

Are you ready to:

· Master the tools and soft skills you need to achieve lasting results?

· Build better and more meaningful relationships professionally and personally?

· Communicate more effectively at work and home?

· Believe in the power of choice and discover your core belief system?

· Become the amazing leader you’re destined to be?

· Present yourself so that you’re heard the first time?

· Have the confidence to handle any situation you face?

· Exude confidence as your authentic self?

· Remove the internal barriers to your success?

If you didn’t wake up this morning to be mediocre, you’re not alone. And you’re just who we created the WIL Empowered community for!

The WIL Empowered community

WIL Empowered is a community designed to help women learn, grow and connect without judgment. Our mission is to help women develop the skills, motivation and accountability required to succeed in all aspects of their lives, professionally and personally.

The women in our community learn how to communicate effectively while showing up authentically, resolve conflict appropriately and shift their mindset to support their own success and the success of others.

Choose to join us in a variety of ways:

Sign up for our in-depth courses covering

  • Conscious Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Purposeful Conversations
  • Leadership Presence

Join our Virtual Socials

Each month we host engaging conversations, network with women of all ages and stages of life while building long lasting relationships

Listen to our WIL Talk Podcasts

Twice monthly we share stories of women on the move and on a mission to make change in the world. You will hear from a variety of speakers, from authors to eco-conscious disruptors, to financial advice, etc.

Subscribe to our mailing list

Receive our monthly newsletter filled with insights, get to know others in the community, what books we are reading and what’s happening at WIL Empowered.

If you think WIL Empowered might be for you, I encourage you to read more about it us or reach out and book a call at info@wilempowered.com

“You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in life to change.”

Zig Ziggler

Hi, I’m Vicki Bradley, an executive coach in Toronto and the Founder and CEO of Women in Leadership Empowered.

I work with women pursuing success in executive leadership roles and the presidents and CEOs who understand that strong businesses are built with strong, diverse leadership.

WIL Empowered is a year-long program where we use all four aspects of leadership development: Coaching, Networking, Peer to peer mentorship and skills development. Our mission is to help women develop the skills, motivation and accountability required to succeed in their business and personal lives.

Take our five-minute leadership quiz to discover where your leadership skills are now and where you’d like them to be this time next year.

To discover more about the WIL Empowered community, visit the website.