The Extraordinary Women


Intensive Leadership Development Workshops

Intensive Leadership Development Program Workshops —our next series will be coming soon. Watch for details/dates TBA.

Day One-

  • 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Gerlinde Van Driel –
    Legalities, Duties, and Liabilities—This workshop outlines risks, responsibilities, and the statutory obligations imposed upon directors/companies.

  • Coffee & Tech Break
  • 11:15 – 1.00 p.m.  Caron Hawco –
    Collaboration with Confidence—connecting and fostering partnerships and collaborations across departments, disciplines, or the globe to enhance business and career growth.

  • 1:00  – 1:30 p.m.  Buffet Lunch

  • 1:30 – 4:15 p.m.
    Brenda Kelleher-Flight-
    Presence: From Front Lines to the Boardroom—
    essentials for informed decision-making and critical thinking, the procedures and expectations

  •   Coffee & Tech Break

  • 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.   Susan Sparkes  Networking Master Class
    Enhance networking/people skills and advance your career. How to showcase strengths and project a leadership brand.

Day Two-

  • 8:30 – 11:15 a.m.   Brenda Kelleher-Flight –
    Essentials of Board Governance
    —the principles and functions of governance and what you need to know.

  • Coffee & Tech Break

  • 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.   Jennifer Clement –
    Finance—Statements and Analysis—Learn what you need to know to meet the expectations (and your job description) as you move up.

  • 1:00  – 2:30 p.m. Networking Lunch

  • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.   Ronalda Walsh –
    Media Relations 101— the fundamentals of effective media relations with an emphasis on understanding the current media environment, building relationships, preparation, managing tough questions, and performance.

  • 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.    Summary of Leadership Development Workshops with Susan Sparkes

  • Presentation of Leadership Certificates


You’ll collaborate and connect with a select group in small workshop sessions, with facilitators who are leaders and experts in their fields. Whether you’re in transition to middle or upper management, or thinking you’d like to be, this unique program is designed to boost your professional and career development. Take the steps to build your confidence and your ability to meet expectations at the top in the Intensive Leadership Development Program.






Facilitators of the Leadership Development Program are Ronalda Walsh of Revel Events & Communications, Susan Sparkes, founder of The EXTRAordinary Women, Caron Hawco of the Caron Hawco Group, Brenda Kelleher-Flight of GDP Consulting, Gerlinde Van Driel, Rose Van Driel Scott, and Jennifer Clement of KPMG.

About the facilitators of the Leadership Development ProgramLeadership St Johns

Ronalda Walsh
Ronalda Walsh is a partner in Revel Events & Communications, specialists in communications strategy development, training, television/video production, and event planning and management, and has an extensive communications background working for government, agencies, and business. Ronalda began her career in the media as a news director, anchor, and reporter and has worked for the CBC in a number of capacities including as a senior producer/host on CBC Radio. She is an award-winning journalist with expertise in radio, television and online, with a strong marketing background.

Susan Sparkes
Susan Sparkes is the founder of The EXTRAordinary Women, which provides a forum, training programs, and a speaker-based mentorship series to assist women to develop their careers and to connect and support each other to achieve professional goals.. Susan also offers business workshops and seminars for individuals and organizations in Business Protocol/Customer Service-Ability/Executive I.Q. and created the Leadership Development Program, now offered as workshops with The EXTRAordinary Women.
Caron Hawco
Caron Hawco is an accomplished, high-performing business executive and public/regulatory affairs strategist, offering global, private and public sector experience. Specializing in offshore oil and gas and natural resources, Caron operates the Caron Hawco Group, a consultancy supporting local, national, and international companies interested in pursuing and managing business opportunities in Atlantic Canada.

Brenda Kelleher-Flight
Brenda Kelleher-Flight is the President of GDP Consulting Inc. and an expert in corporate governance, dispute resolution, strategic and business planning, policy development and facilitation. A published author, Brenda trains trainers, offers resources that professionals can use themselves, and customized workshops on all aspects of governance for boards, team building, and personal development.

Gerlinde Van Driel, QC
Gerlinde Van Driel, QC, is a partner at Rose Van Driel Scott and has been involved in Atlantic Canada’s offshore oil and gas developments since the mid-80’s. She was on the team retained to advise the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador in its negotiations relating to the Terra Nova Oil Project and previously advised Husky Oil and was associated with the White Rose Project. Experienced as an intermediary, she dealt with local and international subcontractors, as well as suppliers serving the offshore industry. Amongst other distinctions, Ms. van Driel served on the selection board of the Genesis Centre at Memorial University and functioned as honourary director and legal counsel to the Geological Association of Canada and chairs the Board of Fabcon Canada Inc.

Jennifer Clement
Jennifer Clement is Office Managing Partner for KPMG’s St. John’s, NL practice. She is an Audit Partner with over 24 years of professional experience with a focus on providing audit and related services to not-for-profit organizations and charities, as well as public companies and privately owned commercial clients.

Book your space now for Intensive Leadership Development Workshops and benefit from the guidance of these EXTRAordinary Women:

Intensive Leadership Development Program

Two Days: $975 +HST
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Member Price: $930 + HST
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Contact The EXTRAordinary Women or call 709 754 3409 for more information or for answers to your questions.