Academic Leadership Program

In Fall 2024, we will be offering TWO versions of our HALE (HigherEd Academic Leadership Exchange) experience:

For academic / faculty leaders, such as new chairs or associate deans, or faculty members thinking of stepping into a new academic role. (DOWNLOAD our info sheet here for Faculty. )

For administrative / staff leaders, such as front-line staff supervisors and managers, or staff individual contributors who aspire to leadership roles. (DOWNLOAD our Staff information sheet here.)

We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with leading in higher education.

This is your transformative opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers across Canadian Universities going through a similar leadership journey. Join us in the HigherEd Academic Leadership Exchange.

HALE is a group coaching/just-in time, tailored Leadership development program for Faculty or Staff currently in or aspiring to leadership positions. Might that be you?

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Why Choose HALE?

“Quantity of leaders is not the issue. What we need to change is the quality of leaders.” – Dr Jane Philpott.

Connect Across Institutions

Break the barriers of isolation by connecting with peers across different universities.

Expertise at Your Fingertips

Benefit from the insights and knowledge of seasoned coaches who understand the intricacies of academia.

Cost-Effective Solutions

In the face of economic pressures on universities, our group coaching model offers an affordable and resourceful alternative that doesn’t require a huge time commitment.

Discover a supportive community, gain valuable skills, and navigate the complexities of higher education leadership with confidence. In this program, we provide dedicated support, foster connections, and offer just-in-time group coaching to faculty / staff members navigating the dynamic landscape of higher education.

Our instructional team consists of three professionals with extensive experience in higher education. We are Organizational Development Professionals, Executive Coaches and University Instructors with 30+ years of combined post-secondary experience, coaching and developing leaders in academia.

Be part of a community of academic leadership peers. Learn how to be a stellar leader. Make positive change at your school. Get started here.

Our Flagship Programs

Join us for one of two upcoming HALE programs – Fall 2024

Participate in five connection calls, each with a dedicated topic, to grow as a leader and learn from colleagues across Canadian Universities.

All sessions are delivered live and online. We are offering this program TWICE in Fall 2024 for both Faculty and Staff.

Sessions for Faculty:


  • Tuesday September 24 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday October 1 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday October 8 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday October 15 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday October 22 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday November 7 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday November 14 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday November 21 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday November 28 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday December 5 – 1:30-3:00ET


  • Thursday September 26 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday October 3 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday October 10 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday October 17 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Thursday October 24 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday November 5 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday November 12 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday November 19 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday November 26 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Tuesday December 3 – 1:30-3:00ET
  • Session 1 – Welcome and introduction. We will be discussing complexity, leadership models, and emotional agility.
  • Session 2 – How to manage difficult conversations, including conflict, performance discussions, and managing up.
  • Session 3 – Learn how to effectively influence others and build consensus, all while keeping relationships intact.
  • Session 4 – Leading change – whether global or local – relies on a set of skills and tools that we will share here.
  • Session 5 – Closing session – recap, reflections, action planning, next steps.

Each real-time session will provide you with practical tools as well as models and theories behind the tools. You will also have the opportunity to connect directly with colleagues, and time is built in for Q&A so that this program is tailored to your needs and context.

Pricing for these programs is $499 Early Bird Canadian (plus applicable taxes). Pricing goes up to $599 (plus applicable taxes) after August 15, 2024. Use the discount code HALEFall2024EB to access Early Bird rates on all Fall 2024 programs.

Classes are limited to 20 participants each.

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From a Recent Participant

“I highly recommend HALE. This program provided new insights into academic leadership and tangible skills that have been useful to me on a daily basis.”

– Brie Oaks, Associate Professor and Faculty Advancement Coach, Basebridge Coaching (Winter 2024 participant)

From a Recent Participant

“HALE is an exceptional small cohort program, thoughtfully designed by a select group of coaches and organizational development consultants, that provides a combination of curated supports, resources, and empathy as fuel for grappling with the unique challenges of academic leadership. I would recommend it to faculty or staff who are actively seeking to build their skills in service to the academy, gain a network of collaborative partners along the way, and challenge themselves to grow, both personally and professionally.“

– Laura Kinderman, Dean, Faculty of Business and Professional Studies, Capilano University (Winter 2024 participant)

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About Us

At HigherEd Academic Leadership Exchange (HALE), we specialize in empowering academic faculty and staff to excel in administrative leadership roles. With a team of seasoned professionals, we provide comprehensive instructional, facilitation, and coaching services designed to help you navigate the transition more easily and with greater positive impact.

Your Instructional Team for this program

Andrea Swanson

Andrea Swanson (MA, PPCC) is a certified coach and Organizational Development Consultant with many years of experience in higher education. Andrea has worked with executives and leaders in large complex organizations for more than 10 years. Andrea has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development and a Certificate in Personal and Professional Coaching (PPCC) both from Concordia University. She grounds her coaching and consulting practice on leading in complexity, leadership presence, human-centered design and the foundations of adult development theory. Learn more about Andrea on her website.

Lisa Sansom

Lisa Sansom (MBA, MAPP, PCC) is a PCC-certified coach and Organizational Development Consultant with expertise in change management, positive psychology, and leadership development. Lisa has worked in higher education since 2006 in many different roles and capacities. She brings her positive psychology research and practitioner background into all of her coaching and consulting work. She is also an experienced speaker, trainer, and facilitator on a number of different topics. Learn more about Lisa on her website.

Christine Costa

Christine Costa (MBA) is a seasoned Human Resources professional and facilitator with almost 25 years of experience in various HR roles and industries (including financial services, technology, and higher education). She is passionate about learning and inclusion and has spent her career coaching and developing individuals and teams to improve their performance. Christine has designed and facilitated various university leadership programs and has been a part-time faculty member in higher education since 2010. Learn more about Christine on her website. 

Our Story: Founded on the belief that faculty members play a pivotal role in the vitality of universities, HALE (HigherEd Academic Leadership Exchange) emerged from our extensive experience in higher education. As Organizational Development Professionals, Executive Coaches, and University Instructors, we have 30+ years of combined post-secondary experience, coaching and developing leaders in academia. We have coached and supported leaders to navigate the complexities of academia, and we recognize the transformative impact of support, collaboration, and continuous learning.

Our Purpose: At the heart of our business and this program is a deep commitment to support and connect faculty members during their academic journeys and support staff through their leadership aspirations and career paths. We believe that through shared experiences, timely coaching, and a collaborative community, we can transform the often-isolated role of academic leadership into a fulfilling and empowering experience.

What Sets Us Apart: HALE stands out through a unique blend of group coaching, just-in-time training, and the power of connection. We bridge the gap across institutions, providing a space for faculty members to reflect, grow, and learn collaboratively. Our experienced instructional team brings both organizational expertise and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by educators and their teams. We have seen it ourselves in many different universities. 

Why Choose Us

  • Meaningful Community: Connect with peers and colleagues who learn and grow alongside you, sharing experiences.
  • Experienced Coaches: Our team comprises experts with years of experience supporting and growing leaders.
  • Tailored Programs: Customized programs to meet your unique needs and goals.
  • Proven Track Record: Our clients have achieved remarkable success in their leadership roles.
  • Ongoing Support: We’re with you every step of the way for your continued growth.
  • Upcoming webinars are for both Staff and Faculty to attend together, as we will be sharing information about both programs.
    Can’t attend? Register and we’ll send you the recording and information that we share.
    We’re ready to answer any and all questions about both programs.

    Coaching Programs

    • Leadership Development: Build the skills and confidence required for administrative roles.
    • Career Strategy: Personalized plans to achieve your career objectives.
    • Networking: Connect with a supportive community of academic leaders.

    Workshops & Webinars

    • Interactive workshops and webinars on relevant academic leadership topics.


    • Access valuable resources, articles, and templates to enhance your leadership skills.

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