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Delivering an  Award-Winning Program that Grounds Emerging Leaders in Purpose and Prosperity since 2019

Take the Leap! Program is ready for a Summer 2022 pilot at Queen's.



Spring 2020

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Let's help students DISCOVER their UNIQUe LIVINg LEGACy

About the Program

Sonia Di Maulo, award-winning author and scholar, Certified Reinvention Practitioner, and Part-Time Professor at Concordia University in Montreal and her team bring you Take the Leap! Make an Impact, a program specially designed with the student in mind. More about Sonia.

This program is currently in its third multiple-funded cohort at Concordia University as part of a research project to explore an increase of clarity, well-being, community and resilience using the Growth Framework. The program was also accepted into the District 3 business accelerator program as a social enterprise. In 2020 the program was received the Award of Excellence (AOE) for Outstanding Human Performance Intervention from the International Society for Performance Improvement.

This experiential program combines story-telling, a systems-thinking community-based approach, positive education and inclusive online learning techniques.

Your students will experience a vibrant online community of like-minded individuals led by a dedicated dynamic team. Sonia Di Maulo along with alumni of Take the Leap! are committed to guiding and supporting students across departments and faculties who want to ground themselves in purpose and prosperity as they pursue their studies and beyond. A series of reflective, thought-provoking activities will propel them to discover, create, embrace, and breathe life into their living legacies. An important first step to completing their studies and graduating deeply rooted in their personal cause that will impact their communities and the world.

This first-of-its-kind curriculum supplements any program of study for students at every level. Take the Leap! brings balance: mix of academics, well-being and character development.

Our goal is to engage students to complete the program with a living legacy plan that reflects a deep vision grounded in meaning and purpose. 


By the end of the program, students will be able to use the growth framework to:

  • Acquire self-assessment skills which lead to purpose-focused decisions

  • Enhance clarity, engagement, and resilience in navigating life choices

  • Apply purpose-grounded choices in 75% of decisions when uncertainty occurs. 


The program is based on a Growth Framework. Download the white paper behind the Model of Growth which is based on

Sonia Di Maulo's book, endorsed by Ken Blanchard: The Apple in the Orchard, a story about finding the courage to emerge as a leader.

Once the program launches, accepted students are invited to acquire the Take the Leap! Starter Kit, which includes The Apple in the Orchard and the Workbook for the program. They can purchase the Starter Kit here for $40 taxes included. View a sample student application page.

Access more information on why this program was developed and a Questions Answered Section for Post-Secondary Institutions.

Program Experience
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The Take the Leap! Program has been designed to engage and create community as emerging leaders ground themselves in their why. The elements of the experience are carefully selected to create an open, inclusive and welcoming experience. This approach permeates through all the learning techniques, activities, and technologies.

THE CORE of the program is available through the Harvest Performance central Learning Management System. Within this core, we add new elements:

  • Visual elements and graphics 

  • Consistent weekly activities to complete

  • Links to live Zoom events (eMentoring for PODS and large group events)

  • Access to Peer Mentors, alumni of the program who guide small group discussions, answer questions and maintain engagement

  • Friendly weekly check-in to students who have not logged in within the past 2 weeks, to offer support and encouragement 

At the start of the program, participants are invited to join a private dedicated Facebook group, Take the Leap! Community (TLC), where we continue to support participant growth and learning in a casual friendly peer-mentoring environment. The group includes Take the Leap! alumni and the engagement is very high, with questions, posts and support. This group is meant to support the ongoing development of students and continue to create community and peer connection during and after the program.



The program runs for 7 weeks.


Students will have activities to complete every week.

See FLOW for more...


Individual Activities

  • Check in activity

  • Read/watch video

  • Do activity (this program is action-based)

  • Start Journal

  • Share insights


Group Activities

  • Attend Peer Mentoring Live Zoom events

  • Engage with the large group to share insights and assignments

  • Join a Live Zoom event


  • Diverse areas of study

  • Mix of diverse students

  • Desire to be purpose-driven

  • Desire to positively impact our world

  • Desire to discover, create, embrace, and breathe life into your unique living legacy

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What Graduates Say


I am very grateful for this program and all it has taught me. The program is excellent.

I was able to put into one statement my intention for the year and larger purpose of my why.

I think it's a great, simple, straight-forward program. I've recommended and shown some of these exercises and methods to friends and it has been fruitful for them.

I found that some things made more sense once I used them and applied them regularly in my daily practice/routine. The writing and creative aspects were most helpful/useful to me.