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PowerUp Leadership

Coach Your People Leaders to Grow

Organizations Who Develop Leaders Attract and Retain Top Talent

PowerUp Leadership was founded with a vision of cultivating more Inspired Leadership in our workplaces. We specialize in coaching Executives to set goals, increase their capabilities in communication, relationship building, conflict resolution, and self care and stress management. When you get leadership right, your organization becomes a talent magnet. Many of our clients are professional services firms and technology firms.

Organizations who develop high-potential talent below senior levels are 4.2 times more likely to outperform those who don’t. Companies which take a full-pipeline view of potential also have higher-quality senior leadership and more diversity at every level, not just high potentials.

Effective leadership has a domino effect. You lead the way you are led. We can help design and launch a program to provide executive coaching across all job levels and train human resources on how to manage your coaching, mentoring, and onboarding programs. Companies are more profitable when they reward Emerging Leaders for consistently demonstrating people-focused, ethical leadership. 

Every interaction is an opportunity to tap into leadership capability.

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Our Values

  • Inspired Leadership. PowerUp Leadership was founded with the vision of creating more inspired leadership in our workplaces. This value is central to everything we do, and the reason why our firm exists. The word "Inspire" means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into. When you inspire someone, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow.
  • Always Keep Our Commitments. We build deep professional relationships through transparent and candid communication and doing what we promise. We are trusted professional advisers to many individuals and organizations. We are selective about what organizations we partner with. PowerUp Leadership takes professionalism very seriously.  This means showing up on time and delivering for our clients
  • Courage to Innovate. We love working with small business owners as they lead the way on the innovation curve. Entrepreneurs are passionate about their businesses, and the key to community prosperity.
  • Act with Velocity As a growing start-up, we are nimble and take pride in our ability to make decisions and execute with velocity. We abide by the Code of Conduct and Ethics required by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and Global International Coaching Federation.
  • Authentic.  Our approach is genuine, candid and direct, and results oriented.  We believe in no bull shit and have our clients best interests at heart in our approach and communication style.  We are bold in our words and actions.
  • Curious.  We are willing to ask the tough questions.  We believe in continuous learning, and injecting some play at work to for more creativity, innovation, and better solutions for our clients.

Susan Power, CEO & Founder

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Susan is the CEO and the Founder of PowerUp Leadership, a boutique leadership coaching advisory company in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The company vision is to multiply leaders to grow your business. Many workplaces struggle with shifting to progressing employees from individual contributors to Emerging Leaders. The skills to build and develop a team rely heavily on communication, empathy,  and inspiring through vision.

Susan built her consulting skills working at a various firms in Toronto including time at Accenture. She founded Higher Talent, a consulting business in Newfoundland and Labrador, and sold it In 2016, to join JD Irving Ltd. as the Executive HR Director, before returning to entrepreneurship.  

As a coach, clients describe Susan’s authentic style as "approachable and warm. Susan is astute in listening and being able to bring out the best in others, enabling them to learn more instinctively."  To learn more about Susan's Coaching style check out her Coaching Bio.  Susan is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation, a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Calgary. Susan can be reached at susan@powerupleadership.ca.  

Alyssa Mersereau, BBA                        Digital Sales & Marketing Specialist

Alyssa Mersereau is our Digital Sales & Marketing Specialist. Alyssa is a recent BBA graduate from Acadia University, she has since worked in recruitment at JD Irving Limited. Alyssa is very excited to start her career where she is able to be creative, learn and add value to PowerUp Leadership through sales and marketing. Alyssa can be reached at amersereau@powerupleadership.ca.

Kyle Armstrong, HR Coordinator

Kyle Armstrong is our HR Coordinator. Kyle completed a work-term with PowerUp Leadership in the Summer of 2021, and stayed part of the team while he wraps up his Bachelor of Commerce degree at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining our team, Kyle held roles with Scotiabank, Swain CPA, and Digital Nova Scotia. Kyle can be reached at karmstrong@powerupleadership.ca.

Ruth Ballard, Administrative Assistant

Ruth Ballard is our Administrative Assistant. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Arts with Combined Honours in Contemporary Studies and Creative Writing from the University of King's College. She has worked previously in communications and client experience at the Stay Connected Mental Health Project and Director's Choice, and she looks forward to assisting with smooth operations and service at PowerUp Leadership. Ruth can be reached at ruth@powerupleadership.ca

Community Focus

Susan volunteers as the President of the Atlantic Chapter of the International Coaching Federation and is a member of the a number of community groups working to drive forward the mandate and objectives of these organizations. PowerUp Leadership aligns with the following organizations.

Susan Power, MBA, PCC, CHRL                Founder & CEO, PowerUp Leadership

Nova Scotia Labour Board
Halifax Chamber of Commerce
SheEO Activator
Centre for Women in Business

Inspired Leadership™ Podcast

Tyler Bayley and Susan Power talk Inspired Leadership™. The podcast celebrates examples of inspired leadership to encourage more of it in our workplaces.

Leadership Effectiveness

The word "Inspire" means to excite, encourage, or breathe life into. Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to inflame or to blow into. When you inspire someone, it is as if you are blowing air over a low flame to make it grow. If you have a leadership story we should feature on a future episode or would like to sign up as a guest, we would love to hear from you. Email susan@powerupleadership.ca or bayleyty@gmail.com.

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"Susan is an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable HR&OD professional who has a keen understanding of policy development and approvals process in a municipal context. She is able to develop options and clear policies based on thorough analysis in an effective and efficient manner that aligns to the needs of the organization and stakeholders."

- Dave Mignault, Manager, Organization Development & HRMS, City of Kingston -