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Leaders as Learners

Learning is at the heart of growth and development – personal, professional, organisational, and leadership – and underpins all coaching and mentoring interventions.

We provide leadership learning opportunities for  individuals and organisations on a variety of topics, including:

  • Women in Leadership
  • Personal and Leadership Brands
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Being Visible at Work
  • Building and Leveraging Your Network
  • Negotiating for Success
  • Communicating with Power and Impact
  • Resilience and Self-Care for Leaders


Palena is a wonderful coach and trainer. I significantly benefited from her leadership and guidance as a coach – a keen listener, she creates reflection, raising insight and self awareness. Very supportive, she motivated me to be a better leader, to increase my visibility despite my discomfort, and to take my career and leadership skills to the next level. I am so grateful for her workshops which are carefully designed to provide practical tips and tools, while also boosting motivation.

Vanessa Coulomb, Director of Country Programs, The Palladium Group

Palena very much lived up to her title as Executive Coach & Facilitator. I was impressed by her diligent approach, alongside her natural warmth. Her program, focus on visibility and networking for women, was really well received and got a positive feedback from our associates.

Palena played a key role in reinvigorating our women in cloud pillar at Ingram Micro by delivering 2 workshops for our global internal audience. What I liked most about her approach was the level of rigor and authenticity she brought.  With considerable emotional intelligence, she encourage the audience to engage, participate and feedback openly which always makes for a more stimulating learning environment. The benefit to attendees was obvious from their comments on the day.

On a personal level, Palena was always highly professional, engaged and helpful. She has a charming personality.

Kelly Cuesta, Global Internal Communications Manager, Ingram Micro Cloud

Each of our the workshops Palena crafted were customized to fit our needs, and were executed with thoughtfulness, interaction, and the data to back it up.

Palena is as good a listener as speaker, which helped make our workshops be so successful. I would highly recommend her, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with her again.

Michael Laffey, Senior Events Planner, Ingram Micro Cloud

I had the fortune of benefiting from Palena’s coaching and leadership training skills through an executive management programme offered by the United Nations System Staff College. Palena is a natural teacher, and she demonstrates an intentional and deliberate learning approach focused on participants. She achieves this by unpacking key leadership skills in a bit-sized fashion without overwhelming and doing so through relatable examples and scenarios paired with humour and humility.

My programme was conducted virtually – a two-hour webinar – and Palena kept us engaged throughout including by way of structured group sessions focused on ensuring all participants could be active. I would highly recommend Palena for anyone seeking coaching and learning that is user-centric, thought-provoking and insightful.

Edward Mishaud, Senior Advisor, SDG Lab at United Nations Office at Geneva

Palena does her workshop magic in a very smooth, confident, and stimulating way, subtly inducing self-reflection and problem-solving, providing tailored exercises into the trainings and providing useful resources, as well as distilling pertinent advice and suggestions. 

I highly recommend her workshops to explore new horizons with Palena!

Natacha Carter, Independent Expert – Conflict Prevention and Governance

upcoming workshops

Women’s Leadership Series

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Being Visible at Work 

This virtual workshop is designed for women who want to increase their visibility at work  – of themselves, their teams, and their work.

Women’s Leadership Series

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Networking for Women: Creating a Value-Based Network 

This virtual workshop is designed for women who want to build mutually beneficial relationships with others as part of increasing their visibility and impact.

previous workshops

Setting Your Year Up For Success: Designing The Year You Want

This workshop is designed for anyone interested in bringing more intention to their personal and professional aspirations. Invest time, attention, and energy into reflecting on how you would like to be and feel, and what you would like to contribute, accomplish, and do – in the year ahead.


Download your ‘Leaders as learners’ resource and develop this master skill. You’ll get 5 practical tips for charting your personal path to continuous leadership learning.