LEANING OUT helps female leaders on the cusp of a significant career transition learn how to stand on the shoulders of their professional selves to envision and purposefully plan their next phase.  



Whether you are approaching post-career — but are not ready to retire — or are in late mid-career and looking to your next professional phase, the LEANING OUT program will help you define and make this time your Primetime. 

Join us for Breakfast Workshops that enable you to engage with subject matter experts on potential next-career paths, such as Getting on a Board led by Deborah Rosati of Women Get on Board; Moving to a Not-for-Profit role led by Cathy Preston of PHC, and featuring some of Canada’s foremost not-for-profit leaders; and Entrepreneurship led by Marge Watters, coach, bestselling author of ‘It’s Your Move’, and founder of KWA Partners.

Our full day Primetime Seminarwill also be led by Marge Watters. Marge is one of North America’s premier executive transition coaches with over 25 years’ experience counselling hundreds of senior professionals in transition. Marge will guide you through an assessment of your experiences, skills, interests, knowledge and closest held values to develop you next-phase plan. The Primetime Seminar package also includes three 90 minute one-on-one coaching sessions with Marge.

Ready to learn more? Explore the LEANING OUT curriculum: 



With this innovative curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Look back at the best of your career

  • Collect the stories of your significant accomplishments

  • Identify key skills that contribute to what’s meaningful for you

  • Identify your Strategic Advantage and where that meets a market need

  • Talk about what it’s been like for you to leave a full career behind and start afresh

  • Think creatively about possibilities for your future

  • Network with like-minded women to help you form your thoughts and plans


View the upcoming dates for the full-day seminar and breakfast workshops




Networking opportunities through a series of small group facilitated salons. Attendees are like-minded, same-stage professional women who will learn how to stand on the shoulders of their professional selves and purposefully plan their next phase.


Career Coaching

One-on-one coaching with premier executive transition coach, Marge Watters, who has over 25 years’ experience counseling senior professional women through this challenging phase of assessment and redirection.



Through live workshops we let you engage with subject matter experts to learn more about next phase options including: working in not-for-profits and charities, board memberships and starting an entrepreneurial endeavour.



Access to thought leadership, role models and mentors providing you with insights and inspiration into a more contemporary version of the next phase.



TRISH WHEATON | Principal and Founder


After leaving the corporate world, Trish realized she was not ready for retirement but was seeking ‘rewirement’ to find success and purpose post-career. Reaching out to top level professional women of her cohort, Trish realized she was not alone but there were few transition resources for women of her career stage to draw upon. Thus the beginnings of LEANING OUT.

Trish is a sought-after speaker and has keynoted conferences and events around the world, including the WARC Conference, the Cannes Festival of Creativity (3x), WPP The Store among others. She routinely speaks at top MBA schools across North America and frequently appears in the consumer and trade press.

Trish holds an M.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College. She is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Prior to her career in advertising, she was head of Direct Marketing at Yale University Press. She has received several honors and marketing awards in three different countries and she has been an Independent Director on several boards including a current role on Susan G. Komen national board.







MARGE WATTERS | Entrepreneur, Consultant, Coach and Author


Marge is a coach, consultant, author and entrepreneur who has spent more than 25 years helping individuals realize their career and leadership potential. She has extensive experience both with those seeking development in their current role and with individuals in career transition. She has worked with clients from a broad spectrum of industries including high tech, health care, finance, manufacturing, retail, non-profit and more. She has helped engineers, accountants, IT specialists, lawyers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and administrators including those from the C-suite to managers working on the factory floor.

In 1995, Marge and her partner, John Knebel, founded and led KWA Partners, now known as Optimum Talent. From start-up, the firm grew to be ranked among the top five organizations in the career management industry. Marge knows what it’s like to take a huge personal risk to start a business, manage every aspect of building it into a respected nationwide organization and sell it successfully.

Working as a career consultant, Marge coached individuals from all levels of the organization to help them move successfully through the challenging process of career transition. As an executive coach, she helped her clients maximize their strengths and understand their development opportunities to advance their leadership potential. Among Marge’s achievements while leading KWA Partners is the authoring of It’s Your Move, a best-selling book about career transition published by HarperCollins in 2001, and now in its fourth edition..

Marge’s early experience includes 19 years in the financial services industry including corporate finance, and investment banking. She was a Vice President of Citibank Canada, and co-founder of Penfund Management Ltd. and Permanent Commercial Corporation. The latter two companies were start-ups where Marge gained her first experiences as an entrepreneur.

Marge holds an M.A. and a Master of Divinity degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University. She is a certified practitioner, qualified to use the Pathfinder Career System, one of the most in-depth personality inventories available in the field of assessment tools.


Learn more at leaningout.com or view the upcoming dates for the full-day seminar and breakfast workshops