Dates: Course has been postponed.

Registration Deadline: TBD

Although more women* are represented in leadership roles, gender bias and sexism still plays out in most institutions making it more challenging for women to be bold and effective – even more so for women of colour and Indigenous women.

Judy on the Line

Judy Rebick, one of Canada’s best-known feminists, understands better than anyone the pressures and pitfalls of defaulting to a more traditional male leadership style.  Now in her 70’s, she started her career learning how to lead from men.  Being sure of yourself, always having an opinion, exerting dominance are some of the characteristics she learned to ensure her voice was heard.  It wasn’t until she was President of Canada’s largest women’s group in the early 1990’s –the National Action Committee on the Status of Women – that she realized that her leadership style was silencing of other voices.

She learned to change her style to increase her impact.  In this session she will spill her secrets – her experiences, tips and methods of leading from your heart as well your head to both be yourself and have impact on those around you.

You will learn:

  • the history of the women’s movement in Canada and shifts in women’s status over the last century;
  • the difference between traditional male defined leadership styles and more diverse ways of speaking, leading and having impact;
  • how to exercise your power as a leader in a way that supports and encourages the people you work with giving them voice rather than taking it away;
  • how to identify and overcome obstacles to taking leadership including conflict avoidance, social isolation, insecurity, stress and triggers;
  • new leadership models and stories that highlight emotional intelligence, diversity and inclusion, listening and support;
  • how to overcome feelings of inadequacy and trust your own judgment

Webinar 1:  The History of the Women’s Movement in Canada, Wed. June 2nd, 1:00-3:00pm EST
We will explore the shifts in women’s status over the last century and the strategy and tactics used to fight for change.

Webinar 2:  Overcoming internal and external obstacles to leadership, Wed. June 9th, 1:00-3:00pm EST
Most women face obstacles rooted in their socialization and in sexism and racism in the workplace.  This session will discuss how to overcome these problems based in real life experiences.

Webinar 3:  How to exercise your power as a leader, Wed. June 16th, 1:00-3:00pm EST
How do we exercise power in a way that encourages the people we work with to use their voice rather than taking it away.  How do we remain true to ourselves and our values while providing leadership.

*Black, brown, other racialized, Indigenous and trans/ gender non-conforming women all welcome. We recognize and honour the complexity of intersectional identities.

Bonus Coaching: If you would like to continue your learning, you can book an individual coaching session with Judy for $150. The coaching comes with a specialization in presenting, speaking and communicating for maximum impact.

We recommend Judy’s book Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution as accompanied reading for this course content.


Judy Rebick is one of Canada’s best-known feminist activists, journalists and writers.  In the early 1990’s she was President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group and helped pave the way for the leadership of Indigenous and women of colour as well as leading campaigns to win a stronger rape law, making domestic abuse grounds for refugee status and stopping the recriminalization of abortion.  During the 1980’s, she was a leader of the pro-choice movement using direct action to win the full legalization of abortion in Canada.  She was host of CBC debate show Face Off  from 1994 to 1998 and Women’s Discussion Show Straight from the Hip until 2000.

She has also been teaching university for 20 years with a focus on feminism and social movements.  She was Director of Special Projects for the Canadian Hearing Society where she worked with deaf people to win an Employment Equity Act at the federal level and the teaching of American Sign Language in Schools for the Deaf.  In 2002 Judy founded the first independent online  news and discussion site in Canada. Before Facebook and Twitter, was a site for debate and discussion that continues until today.


Dates: Course has been postponed.

Registration Deadline: TBD

Location:  Online Course hosted through the Anima LMS (you will be sent a link after registration to get into the site).

Fee: $250 USD (optional $150 add-on for a bonus coaching session)

Course Leader: Judy Rebick, Author, Journalist and Feminist Activist

Contact: or (416) 516-8728

Anima Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for online courses, however we will offer 50% credit toward any other online courses.


“In my campaign to seek the nomination for the NDP in Parkdale — High Park, I sought coaching from Judy. Her expertise and skills helped me communicate effectively while staying authentic by sharing my story using my own voice and style.”

Bhutila Karpoche

“Judy knows how to win the hearts and minds of people. I’ve seen her do it creatively, courageously and compassionately. I can’t think of a better person than Judy to challenge, to push and to coach you so you can achieve purpose and agency as an effective leader.”

Olivia Chow

“Judy is one of those rare strong leaders who works collaboratively, makes space for others to lead, and breaks down the insularity you so often see in groups, workplaces and movements to welcome everyone in.”

Michelle Langlois, Union Activist

“I’ve been lucky to both learn from Judy and work alongside her in teaching others. I’ve watched her inspire students, leading them to new awareness about the connections between theory and action, strategy and courage. Her personal stories are rich lessons in solidarity building, overcoming adversity and the importance of self-reflection for leaders navigating in challenging times.”

Kikelola Roach, Unifor Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University