It's time to radically reimagine how you work.

As Grace Lee Boggs has taught us, "In order to change the world, we must change ourselves." This course is about leadership from the inside out. Surrounded by like-minded (and like-hearted) peers and facilitators, you'll dig deep into your lived experience, unlearn harmful systemic narratives on work, and relearn to express yourself through your values, strengths, and what matters to you.

We invite you to step into the gap between where you are and where you want to be. You'll uncover alternative ways of leading, relating, managing, and creating value through practical tools and exercises. You'll also learn to compassionately work with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours as you navigate this transition. Most importantly, we'll help you to see that everything you have lived has value.

This course is for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour that identify as women, trans women, and non-binary or gender non conforming folks who prefer to learn in spaces that centre their intersectional identities and experiences.

We believe that we are all experts of our own experience and that we are stronger together. When we share similar experiences in how we move in the world and how we are affected by the systems around us, we can start to brainstorm and share ways of applying our values and lived experiences to challenge the status quo. As women and non binary facilitators of color we are very excited to co-create a shared learning space with you in a way that empowers us to collectively create the change we want to see.

Cultivate alternative ways of working, for yourself and your community.

This is a fully-facilitated, immersive online course where we come together for weekly evening sessions on Thursdays (6-9:30pm PT) for 12 weeks (April 7  - June 23, 2022). Optional Tuesday evening office hours will be available where you can drop in and receive additional support with the course content. You'll be guided through an intentional sequence of interactive workshops, personal reflections, and small group discussions, each part building upon the previous ones. We also incorporate mindfulness and energizer breaks to keep the screen fatigue at bay and support you in feeling present.

Each cohort is made up of 12 - 16 participants to cultivate a supportive small group experience. You can enroll below to save your spot and you'll get access to the online course platform one week before the course starts. In addition to each session's content, reflection prompts and homework activities will be shared between sessions on this platform. You'll have access to the content for one year.

  • MODULE 1 : Leadership from the Inside Out

    Ground into the work of leadership from the inside-out based on our shared principles and non-linear approaches to learning, while getting to know your peers and what brings you here.

  • MODULE 2: Cultivating Emotional Resilience

    Growth can look many different ways. Tap into the wisdom your body holds and reflect on your relationship with yourself, others, and your environment to reframe what resilience really is.

  • MODULE 3: Your Livelihood and Course of Life

    Uncover the depth and wealth of lived experience behind the question “where do you come from” through a unique mapping exercise that expands your definition of ‘livelihood’.

  • MODULE 4: Unpacking Your Relationship with Work

    What does it truly mean to do the work of social change? Unlearn the dominant narratives about work that perpetuate oppression and inequity and relearn how to lead from your values.

  • MODULE 5: Alternative Ways of Working

    We are richer than we know when we honour the ways we create and exchange value beyond capitalism. Cultivate alternative ways of working rooted in reciprocity and collective power.

  • MODULE 6: Integrating our Learning

    Gather with your peers and facilitators for a virtual dinner party where we pause on learning new content and collectively integrate our unlearnings in a multi-sensory conversation.

  • MODULE 7: Synthesizing your Strengths

    Debrief your personal 360 feedback and learn a practical strengths-based framework to communicate where you shine in your work and advocate for the conditions you need to thrive.

  • MODULE 8: Reimagining How We Show Up

    Hear from folks in the Groundswell ecosystem who are radically reimagining how they work and the diverse ways they show up as leaders. We’ll also form solidarity groups for further dialogue.

  • MODULE 9: Mapping Our Roles in the Collective

    Explore how to position yourself in the social change ecosystem through the roles that feel most aligned with your values and strengths, and the accountabilities you hold.

  • MODULE 10: Personal Leadership Narratives I

    Share your leadership narrative with the group in your choice of medium, and witness others share how their past, present, values, passions and strengths help to inform their futures.

  • MODULE 11: Personal Leadership Narratives II

    Share your leadership narrative with the group in your choice of medium, and witness others share how their past, present, values, passions and strengths help to inform their futures.

  • MODULE 12: Co-Creating Ways Forward

    What could alternative futures of work look like when rooted in solidarity, relationships, and collective care? How can we support each other in creating the conditions we need to thrive?

  • Personalized and Peer Support

    You'll be invited to a private group chat with your cohort peers and also have access to a Groundswell facilitator if you need support between sessions.

Meet Your Facilitators

Our team of facilitators is here to help you put your values to work. Collectively we have decades of experience in facilitating inclusive programs for leadership, social entrepreneurship, and local economic development. We ground our teachings in personal practice and lived experience, with proven tools and approaches for creating personal and systemic change.

The BIPOC cohort will be facilitated by Daniela, Samita and Vidya.

Vidya Crawley (right) is our CEO and Lead Educator. They create thoughtful experiences, practices, and cultures to make business and work more human. Samita Manhas (centre) is our Director of Programs. She advocates for collective care and space for folks to show up as they are. Daniela Guerrero-Rodriguez (left) is our Director of Education. She reimagines how we  practice coming together to create change.

We look forward to welcoming you into our shared (virtual) space. You can read more about us and our approach at

Full bursaries are available for all participants!

This cohort is for Black, Indigenous and People of Color who identify as women, trans women, non binary and gender non conforming. Add your email to join the waitlist and hear when enrollment opens.

Join our next cohort launching April 7, 2022 and radically reimagine how you work.

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Here's What Our Alumni Are Saying

Beginning the Journey Towards Purpose


“Groundswell provides an inclusive, intensive and supportive container for beginning the journey towards purpose with proven structures to guide what is often a difficult and confusing process.”

Realign With Why You Do What You Do


“Groundswell is an opportunity to step out of the hustle of work and realign yourself to the heart of why you do what you do. It gives you a safe space to explore the alternatives, wonder and imagine yourself stepping towards a path that feels more congruent with your being.”

Living True To Your Values


“Groundswell does a fantastic job of creating an environment that prompted me to dig deep into my self and my leadership. I love that the Groundswell team practices what they preach. Living true to your values doesn't have to be a detriment in life or work, and Groundswell is proof of that.”

The Course You Didn't Know You Needed


“This is the type of course you didn't know you needed until you've done it. I have already spoken about this program to so many people, and feel that many (like-minded) women in my life also yearn to widen their perspective on work and how we value it.”

Supportive and Insightful


“An incredible experience! Supportive, insightful, highly recommended method to delve deep into personal development and mapping future directions. I’m overwhelmed by just how well the course proceeded via Zoom.”

Radically Changed How I Work


“I appreciate the call to radically change how I work -- not because I need to improve my "work-life balance" but because our inequitable systems are harmful, are intolerable, and cannot continue to be supported through our banal day-to-day occupations. Take this course."

An Asset to the World


"Groundswell makes you look at yourself as an asset to the world. This is empowering. Be prepared to find that you are closer to being an entrepreneur than you think.”

More Possibilities Than I Had Imagined


“I grew up with a lot of the standard expectations - you go to school, get a job and that’s what you now do. Groundswell broke down those expectations of what life is and what it could be. There are more possibilities than I had imagined.”

Impressed with the Online Format


“The Groundswell experience was incredible and I feel way more confident about my journey than before the course. I'm particularly impressed with the online format, the facilitators did an incredible job at keeping the group focused, relaxed and socially connected.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Who is the course for? Who can apply for the BIPOC cohort?

    This cohort is specifically for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour that identify as women, trans women, and non-binary or gender non conforming folks who prefer to learn in spaces that centre intersectional identities and experiences. Leadership for Social Change brings together folks from many different backgrounds, lived experiences, and stages of life and career. This includes those working in the non-profit and social sector, community organizers and activists, social entrepreneurs, recent graduates, and those in mid or late career wanting to shift their work towards social change. Established leaders who want to create more inclusive and values-aligned cultures for their teams and organizations are also welcome. Many of our alumni are from racialized, gender-diverse, and LGBTQIA2S+ communities, ranging in age from 22 to 60!

  • What happens in a typical session?

    There are two type of sessions, core sessions as a group and drop in office hours. Core sessions as a group are on Thursdays. You'll be supported by Groundswell's team of facilitators and your cohort of peers through an intentional sequence of interactive workshops, guided personal reflection, and small group discussions, each one building upon the previous ones. We’ll incorporate mindfulness and energizer breaks to keep the screen fatigue at bay and support you in feeling present. You can come as you are and we'll often remind you to do what you need to be comfortable, including the option to have video off for some parts of the sessions. Drop in office hours will be held on Tuesdays and are a time to drop in and discuss any questions you may have about the course content, homework and for additional support.

  • How many hours is the course?

    The 12-week course includes about 40 instructional hours. The format is facilitated weekly evening sessions from 6-9:30pm PT (including short breaks). OPTIONAL drop in office hours will also be offered in addition to these sessions.

  • How much time should I expect to spend on the course outside of class?

    You can expect to spend 1-2 hours a week outside of class time on course-related activities, including spending time with reflection prompts that we provide, some assignments, resources, and your own self-directed learning and unlearning. There are no grades or marks here!

  • How many people will be in the course?

    We limit each cohort to 16 participants to cultivate a supportive small group experience. You'll get to know each other while sharing, discussing, and reflecting on what comes up in the course. We'll also create a private chat group so you can support and encourage each other during and after the course.

  • What if I have to miss a session?

    Sessions are not normally recorded, though if you let us know in advance that you'll miss a session, in most cases we can record it for you to watch later. You can also schedule a one-on-one call with a facilitator if you have any questions. Note that a significant part of the course experience is interacting with your peers in small group discussions, which aren't recorded.

  • What do you mean by 'unlearning'?

    Doing the work of social change requires us to be open to change ourselves. This involves not only learning more concepts and skills, but also unlearning the systemic narratives that we have internalized. We'll meet you where you're at in doing this work, and invite you to our community agreements which include honouring your own and each other's lived experience. Then we can start to collectively relearn ways of working and relating that shift the status quo.

  • This course sounds really much am I expected to share?

    We approach leadership from the inside-out. Our curriculum and sessions are rooted in social emotional learning (more on that in the course!) and acknowledging that we learn more about ourselves in the presence of others. We'll support you in digging deep though you'll have choice in how much of that you share. On the occasions where you don't feel like sharing as much, you'll benefit from witnessing your peers in a shared learning environment. Our community agreements include mutual confidentiality when sharing personal experiences.

  • What is the registration process? Do I have to apply?

    While Leadership for Social Change is usually open for enrollment, the BIPOC cohort will have full bursaries and if you feel like this course is right for you, please join the waitlist above. Email us at [email protected] if you want to know more.

  • Are there bursaries available to cover tuition fees?

    This program has full bursaries for all of its students, if you are accepted, there is no cost to you.

  • What kind of organization is Groundswell?

    Groundswell provides alternative education that centers its students' lived experience, challenges harmful systems, and builds collective power to change the status quo. We have a dual structure of registered charity (Groundswell Education Society) and non-profit organization (that delivers this course). This structure allows us to access funding that keeps our programming accessible to folks who are underrepresented in business and leadership, while enabling us be responsive to our students' needs with our program design and delivery. You can learn more about us and our approach at

Full bursaries are available for all participants!

This cohort is for Black, Indigenous and People of Color who identify as women, trans women, non binary and gender non conforming. Add your email to join the waitlist and hear when enrollment opens.