ELASTIC Workshop Series

People have become used to feeling stretched. Where are you right now? On the verge of snapping? Being asked to snap back into a shape that doesn’t fit you anymore?

This eight-part workshop series explores and applies the metaphor of elasticity, with an in-depth focus on the seven dimensions of ELASTIC leadership: energy, likeability, adaptability, strategy, trust, imagination and curiosity. We’ll discuss where you’ve seen it, why it matters, what we know about it and how to grow it. You’ll also set a plan for practicing it.

The ELASTIC workshop series will run publicly from January through June 2023 (see dates and details below). It can also be run in-house with options for 60-minute or 90-minute sessions that include all eight parts or focus on selected ELASTIC elements.


The full workshop series includes eight ELASTIC workshops, free access to the Spring 2023 session of my leadership book club Wiser by Choice (the one where you don’t have to read the books!), thirty minutes of one-on-one coaching, an Adaptability Quotient assessment, a book chosen just for you, and some other surprises. Purchased separately, these elements would cost over $1,500, and I’m offering it to you for just $749. You are more than worth it. You can also register for individual sessions throughout the ELASTIC series at a cost of $129 each.

The eight sessions take place Fridays at 12 p.m. ET on the dates below. The Metaphor workshop is 60-minutes, the workshop for each element of ELASTIC is 90-minutes.

  • The Metaphor: January 20
  • Energy: February 17
  • Likeability: March 3
  • Adaptability: March 24
  • Strategy: April 14
  • Trust: May 5
  • Imagination: May 26
  • Curiosity: June 23


Friday, February 17
12-1:30 p.m. ET

Energy is a highly valuable currency. Let’s talk about how to use it as a gauge of wellbeing and how to be someone who recharges rather than depletes people’s batteries.

Full payment is due with your registration (online via PayPal) and is non-refundable. Each session will be recorded and made available to subscribers if they are unable to join a session they registered for.

Registration for individual sessions will open after the previous workshop has taken place. You can register for the full package at any time and receive access to the recordings and resources for the sessions that have already taken place.


Rebecca is such a great facilitator and runs thought provoking, insightful and fun sessions!! ELASTIC highlights some leadership attributes that don’t come to mind when you first think about leadership but quickly realize they are an important part of what makes a great leader. Would recommend participating to anyone who is looking to broaden their views of leadership and engaging in thought provoking discussions with a diverse group of professionals!

ELASTIC helped me re-frame my leadership objectives and understand where I should focus my professional development. It was a pleasure to have this insight and I am a better leader today then when I started because of this heightened awareness.


Catherine Wassmansdorf

Catherine Wassmansdorf is the Education Program Manager at The Riverwood Conservancy.

Pivoting work in experiential outdoor education during the pandemic was a lesson in adaptability for Catherine, who adjusted her personal practices, relied on the support and confidence of her organization’s leadership and colleagues, and leaned on their shared mission. She discovered new ways of delivering dynamic and effective programs digitally—including unexpectedly popular online Turtle Time—some of which allowed new participants to join in the fun. She also learned about the limits of adaptability, when constraints did not allow programs to translate well to online environments. “We now have a new capacity,” Catherine says. “We have a sense that we have forged multiple pathways that will help us if and when we have to adapt again.”

Jay Reid and Hayley Kellett

Jay Reid and Hayley Kellett are co-founders of the improv-based corporate training organization The Making-Box.

From roots in theatre, Hayley and Jay use improv principles and skills to help their clients experience change as energizing rather than depleting. The principle of letting go equips teams for uncertainty, while the skill of noticing distinguishes between faux adaptability and factors needed for real change. “’Yes-and’ helps us work together in polarized situations,” says Hayley while Jay says, “There are deeper outcomes in the notion of practicing playfulness together,” pointing to studies demonstrating the practical value of humour in creating psychological safety for teams. The Making-Box itself draws on these principles and over the last few years has itself been a case study in adaptability as it shifted its model and service delivery methods.

Terry Cooke and Annette Aquin

Terry Cooke is the President and CEO, and Annette Aquin is Executive Vice President Finance and Operations of the Hamilton Community Foundation

Rather than likeability being a goal, Annette says it’s an outcome of the work they do—and how they do it. Because community foundations engage in potentially divisive issues, Terry and Annette say decisions must be firmly rooted in research and their organization’s values. Relationships past, present and future drive their work as they acknowledge their debt to those before them. They work hard at building trust, inclusivity, and true collaboration with their community and look to a solid future by hiring well, mentoring, responding to emerging opportunities, and, as Terry says, “creating space for the next person to do what is best.”

John Neufeld 

John Neufeld is the Executive Director of the House of Friendship. 

Building strong rapport is important to John because of his personal story as an immigrant. “I just didn’t fit in. That’s why I’m passionate about House of Friendship—because we make sure everyone belongs.” Investing in relationships and culture, connecting at a human level and tapping into the strengths of his team are key elements of likeability. But John recognizes that rather than seeking to be liked, leaders need to harness courage and passion to make tough decisions, work hard and deliver on their promises. Likeability is a proxy for that kind of integrity. He says, “One of the best pieces of leadership advice I was ever given was to look for ways to add value to other people’s lives.”

Jim Moss and Dave Whiteside

Jim Moss and Dave Whiteside are longtime colleagues, first at Plasticity Labs and now at YMCA of Three Rivers's YMCA WorkWell where Jim is the Leader of Community Development and Dave is the Director of Insights. 

YMCA WorkWell has a mandate to build healthier, thriving organizations and their work offers relevant, evidence-based, recent Canadian data on how organizations can help their people find the right stretch. In their work, Jim and Dave engage in practical and fresh thinking on depletion, burnout, managing your own and your employees' energy. "An elastic needs to be engaged to be useful," says Jim while Dave adds that the last few years have been "a natural experiment that's allowed us to know where we could stretch and where it's not optimal." 

Emma Rogers 

Emma Rogers is the CEO of the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington and the co-founder of the community philanthropy charity Guelph Gives. 

In a social good sector devoted to making every dollar have impact and where everyone is working harder than ever, Emma has a new appreciation of the currency of energy. "It's the most valuable thing I can give someone, and vice versa." Her own energy is admirable and is fueled by her passion for innovation and by the stories of impact from her work, but she leads her team with more than inspiring stories. Instead, Emma implements innovative practices and knows that enabling team members to show up as their best selves is an excellent investment in accomplishing their mission.