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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.
  • Truth. We build deep professional relationships through transparent and candid communication. We are trusted professional advisers to many individuals and organizations. We are selective about what organizations we partner with.
  • Community ProsperityWe love working with small business owners. Entrepreneurs are passionate about their businesses, and the key to community prosperity.
  • Diversity and Inclusion All employees should be treated with deep respect at all times. Diversity and inclusion are key pillars of a respectful workplace, and we are proud to be 100% woman owned.
  • Professionalism. PowerUp Leadership takes professionalism very seriously.  This means showing up on time and delivering for our clients. Our team abides by the Code of Conduct and Ethics required by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations.
  • FunEngaged employees have fun at work.  We believe that injecting some play at work results in more creativity, innovation, and happier, more engaged teams.

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.  

Riyah Hadi is our Social Media & Marketing Coordinator As a third year of Honours Arts and Business student at the University of Waterloo, Riyah is in the Liberal Studies program, minoring in Human Resource Management and Psychology. Having had the opportunity to work in social media and marketing roles in the past, Riyah is excited to continue on that trajectory and gain more knowledge by working for a small business such as PowerUp Leadership. Through her volunteer experiences in Kenya and co-op experiences here in Canada, Riyah has developed leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Riyah believes that inspired leadership means being able to energize the people around you and be an effective positive influence as you motivate each other towards accomplishing goals.

Kyle Armstrong, HR Coordinator

Joining us as our HR Coordinator for four months, Kyle Armstrong is completing his final co-op placement as part of his Bachelor of Commerce at Dalhousie University. Kyle is a proud Haligonian and has completed his two previous co-op work placements in the city, with Swain Chartered Professional Accounts and Digital Nova Scotia. Kyle has also worked part-time at Scotiabank and lululemon during his studies. Kyle is very excited to contribute his theoretical knowledge of leadership and Human Resources in a practical setting.

Janice MacPherson, ACC, Associate         

Janice MacPherson is a coach, a leader, and an HR professional. She has spent her career working in small to medium size businesses and the non-profit field. She is an ICF-certified coach (ACC) and a designated HR professional (CPHR). She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island and an HR Management Certificate from Mount Royal College.

Janice became interested in the coaching profession when she saw first-hand how valuable coaching can be for leaders and individual contributors. She completed her coaching certification with Erickson Coaching International in 2018. She is certified in the EQi 2.0 assessment tool and finds great value in coaching people to greater self-awareness for success and growth. Janice volunteers her time as a mentor for young HR professionals. She also teaches yoga and leads retreats and workshops for women.

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

Riyah Hadi, Social Media Lead

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 -