Leading Women in Law Enforcement: Leadership Coaching Program for Women in Senior Law Enforcement

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Leading Women in Law Enforcement

A Leadership Coaching Program for Women in Senior Law Enforcement

A unique opportunity to gather for leadership development with 24 senior women leaders in law enforcement from across Ontario.

Expand your network. Build skills and strategies to enhance your leadership. Talk through the critical issues facing women in policing with others who know. And create action plans to address the challenges. 

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As a partnership between Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE), Heather Clayton Consulting (HCC), and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), the Leading Women program addresses a gap in leadership development opportunities for women in senior sworn and civilian roles. 

Based on HCC's extensive coaching experience in this sector and consultation with women in law enforcement, this four-month leadership development experience has been designed to align with current police initiatives and to meet your on-the-ground needs. 

  • Learn from other senior leaders what is working in their services to meet the 30x30 Challenge 
  • Identify personal leadership vision, values, and statements to guide your ongoing leadership practice
  • Build on existing and new relationships to further cross-service networks and community
  • Practice the GROW coaching model, linked to improved bench strength, enhanced team performance, increased productivity, and higher retention rates of valued staff
  • Develop and practice leadership and coaching skills to effectively address the challenges of your team

Nishan Duraiappah, Chief of Police, Peel Regional Police Department

"The coaching experience with Heather has been such a critical component of my approach to personal leadership growth, as well as working with my team. In addition to one-on-one coaching with Heather, the use of TypeCoach across my Senior Leadership team was a valuable tool to influence team dynamics."

Shawna Spowart, Chief of Police, Cornwall Police Service

"Working with Heather Clayton has been an incredible experience. As a coach, she knows just how to ask the right questions in order for you to find your own answers. I’ve learned to leverage my strengths in becoming a more authentic leader.  Understanding ourselves and others is key to becoming a more effective leader."

The Leading Women Program

We open and close the 4-month program with residencies at Crieff Hills Centre, 45 minutes southwest of Toronto Airport, getting away from it all to make space for clarity, connection and focused skill-building.

In between, we meet every 2-3 weeks virtually for 5 one-hour Leaders' Coaching Circles. Each LCC is made up of  3-4 women from the cohort, who are guided by their expert coach to explore specific leadership challenges and practice addressing them. 

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Fall Foundation Residency

Tuesday October 8, 4pm to Thursday, October 10, 1pm, 2024

Disconnect to reconnect – Give yourself the time to realign to your leadership values and purpose as we kick off our 4-month program together with a three-day foundation program at Crieff Hills Centre in Puslinch, Ontario.

We will explore ideas, skills, and strategies that empower us to lead from the authentic self. We'll identify and build strengths as leaders, leveraging them to navigate difficult conversations, make hard decisions, work through challenges, and restore deep purpose to your workday.  

Real change is hard work! Between these highly-focused sessions, we'll recharge with incredible fresh food, prepared at the Centre from local ingredients. And there will be time to nourish ourselves in other ways: morning yoga, a quiet walk in the forest, an evening campfire, a guided night hike or a glass of wine by the fire.

We’ll come away from the three-day intensive with a foundation for our leadership development over the next four months: a supportive network of women you've met face-to-face, clarity of intentions and purpose, tools to identify our strengths, and more.

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Leaders' Coaching Circles

Every 2-3 weeks, between the fall and winter residencies

5 x 60 minutes, virtual

Leaders' Circles bring together the collective wisdom of 3-4 leader participants to resolve each other's current challenges. In each group, your coach will support you and your peers as you develop the skills to coach each other, give and receive feedback, and strengthen your support network.

Circles use action learning, which is a cycle of acting, reflecting, learning, and planning. This scientifically proven methodology transforms both individuals and organizations through continuous experiential learning.

Winter Residency: Consolidate & Sustain Your Leadership Development

Wednesday, January 22, 12pm - Thursday, January 23, 2pm, 2025

We will gather as a whole group at Crieff Hills Centre in January to integrate and honour the work we have done together since the fall.

Crieff Hills has a stillness in the winter that creates an ideal space to synthesize the learnings, set new intentions and determine the actions for continued leadership growth and community with long-term impact. Not to mention that lovely lounge with a fireplace for our closing celebration!

Our plans for winter will be customized as we get to know you and the specific challenges and strengths of the women in the cohort.

Cost: $3495

Double Occupancy

$3895 Single Occupancy

Subject to Availability
Fall Foundation Residency

3-day (2-night) residential workshops at Crieff Hills Centre October 8-10, 2024

Leaders' Coaching Circles

5 x one (1) hour virtual small-group coaching sessions between October 2024 and January 2025

Winter Residency

2-day (1-night) workshop residency at Crieff Hills Centre, January 22-23, 2025

All Meals and Accommodations

Fresh, locally sourced gourmet meals and snacks from the esteemed Crief Hill Centre kitchen. Double-occupancy accommodations for the 5 retreat days. (Private rooms subject to a $400 surcharge, dependent on availability.)

Pre-Program Access

Advance login to access the documents & resources that will support a strong start to your professional development experience

Leadership Resources

Lifetime access to your cohort's private portal with materials to support the coaching workshops, Leaders' Coaching Circles, and continued leadership development 

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Shelley Thompson, Superintendant, Peel Regional Police Department

"The (Leadership) Program has not only connected me with a supportive network of peers but also offered valuable insights…I've tackled authentic leadership challenges with a focused approach, developing comprehensive strategies for effective resolution."

Your Coaches

Heather Clayton, founder and lead coach of Heather Clayton Consulting


As Principal of Heather Clayton Consulting, Heather brings many years of coaching executive leaders. Her focus is to be a 'think partner', creating space for learning and strategic movement those keen to grow and leverage their strengths. Heather has been working with Peel Regional Police Services for the past four years, including three Women in Leadership programs. She has also coached with Regional Police Services in Cornwall, Hamilton, Timmins, Surrey (BC), and several school boards.

Zayna Kunic, coach


Through her years of experience in corporate work, Zayna brings a deep understanding of the challenges of change in large organizations. A strategic, sensitive listener and a team player, she can be counted on to go the extra mile. Zayna co-created the curriculum for Leaders’ Coaching Circles, a ground-breaking part of our work and a significant piece of this leadership experience. She has been coaching individuals at Peel Regional Police Services alongside Heather for the past four years.


Crieff Hills Retreat Centre

Where We'll Be

Located 45-minutes southwest from Toronto, Crieff Hills is an historic retreat facility on 250 acres of woods, farmland, and grassy fields. Open year round, this peaceful, venue invites individuals and groups to work and recharge together in an environment that supports reflection and growth. Crieff Hills welcomes you to take a slow reflective walk on the labyrinth, hike the many wooded trails, and relax beside the fireplace in your lounge. Crieff Hills has an important mission in today’s busy world, providing an opportunity for people to connect with nature and find renewal. For accessibility, directions, and other venue questions, please visit the Crieff Hills Centre site

Meals & Accommodations

During the Fall and Winter Residencies, we will enjoy all meals (and snacks!) beautifully prepared by the Crieff Hills Centre chef, with many ingredients sourced from their own gardens. Dietary accommodations can be made with (minimum) one-week advance notice.

Accommodations are in a comfortable modern lodge among Crieff Hills' historic buildings. The entire cohort will be staying in one lodge together in double-occupancy rooms, each with its own ensuite. The building has a cosy lounge area with coffee and tea available. A limited number of private (single-occupancy) rooms are available at additional cost.  

Please see the FAQs at crieffhills.com for the answers to many facility questions.


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