Fall cohort begins September 28, 2022 - Spots still available

FIRST STEPS | A 10-Week Cohort Program

A 90-day Relational Leadership path for management teams and individuals who are ready to adventure into a deeper, richer, clearer, more meaningful experience of who they are and how they lead.

Our Facilitators:


Vanessa Lesperance is committed to decolonizing business through workplace spirituality which looks like: developing and maintaining a meaningful connection to self, others, nature and a higher being/consciousness. She is the  facilitator and founder of Vancity Labyrinth who works with heart-centred organizations and leaders and her mission is to create the best work environments possible by leveraging her Metis (Anishinaabe-French) ancestor's Indigenous worldviews and  inviting people to bring their whole selves to work: mind, body, emotion and spirit. She offers ‘The Medicine Wheel teaches us that in order to be well we need to seek holistic balance. This applies in all areas of our life - including work.’ Her masters research examines spirituality in the workplace and how it impacts our well-being. Workplace spirituality helps to decolonize business; enhances diversity and inclusion; creates deeper relationships at work; increases productivity and the bottom line; aids in well-being and helps employees find purpose, fulfillment and meaningful connections.

Christina Benty inspires and activates possibility in relational leadership development. She is passionate about organizational culture, community engagement, asset management and relational ways of leading for future generations . She is the former Mayor of Golden, retired after having served 12 years’ in local government. She has over 16 years’ experience on numerous policy governance boards spanning from health care, government, information technology, and community planning. She was a director on the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and President of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments. In addition to her lived experience in the political arena, she studied political science for her undergrad and recently completed her Masters of Leadership at Royal Roads University.

Your First Steps Experience Includes:

  • Six Facilitated Sessions 
  • Six self-directed weekly conversations
  • Three invitations to GATHER 
  • Three invitations to GATHER Wisdom Circles 
  • *Includes a full year of The Leader Path (value $1200)
  • *Includes a free ticket to The FireCircle

Fall Cohort Dates: Wednesdays

  • Sept. 28th - WELCOME (time tba)
  • Oct. 12th 11:45am - 1pm (pdt)
  • Oct. 26th 11:45am - 1pm (pdt)
  • Nov. 9th 11:45am - 1pm (pdt)
  • Nov. 30th 11:45am - 1pm (pdt)
  • Dec. 7th 11:45am - 1pm CLOSING


Leading with your whole self

Embracing the wisdom of the natural world

Learning how to be with all that is happening, and 'stay in the room'

Being in the practice of leading with intention

Listening so as to lead

First Steps is a co-created experience with like-minded leaders and changemakers.

  • What if we aren't meant to 'get there' alone?
  • What if leaning on and learning from each other is?
  • What if we are the leaders we've been waiting for?

Preparing for impact.

We are so much more than who we think we are.

Take your first steps to relational leadership here.


Listen to what Hillary Bergshoeff has to say about her experience in First Steps as part of the NWDLC Co-hort.

First Steps is a grounding yet stimulating and responsive 10-week offering by PowHERhouse.

✔ Intentional conversation, support, cross-sector connections with like-minded women, utilizing GATHER FOR HER, an open online gathering, weekly

✔ Three monthly modules providing a simple, effective and proven framework of best practices, collective wisdom + tools for tangible faith

✔ Special invitation to The Leader Path!


What might it feel like to lead more bravely?

What might you be able to tap into that you don't yet realize is even a possibility?


Find Your Feet

Know where you stand and what you stand for, your values, beliefs, hopes, and dreams all make for a strong foundation. Right in the centre, the fulcrum or balance point in the middle, lies clarity in all that we have forgotten. As we regain our balance point, we can be there for others as they regain their own.


Stand In The Gap

As you stand in the gap of uncertainty, it is your time to call in who and what you need. You can’t do this alone, and you’re not meant to. In order to unlock the next level of living in unity and interconnectedness, we must be willing to stand in the gap between the known and the unknown.


Build Your Faith Muscle

Absolute FAITH lies dormant until it is ignited. It’s like a muscle we forgot we had. Building tangible faith requires exercise, trust in action, tools, and a tribe that you know has your back.

First Steps Testimonial - Janice V2



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$1299 + GST - includes The LEADER Path during your cohort program

4 monthly payments of $449 + GST - includes First Steps plus one full year on  The LEADER Path