We’re Leaders Supporting Leaders At Work

We’re on a mission to build the next generation of confident, diverse leaders.

We’re Making Professional Development Personal

To us, communication is about more than public speaking and ladder climbing (although those things do matter). It’s about developing the confidence and skills you need to grow into the leader you know you can be —both professionally and personally.

What We Care About Most

Learning & Development

We help our students grow both professionally and personally by providing an effective, supportive, and high-quality learning experience that they love—and that actually works.

Diversity & Inclusion

We care about equal opportunity and making communications skills training accessible to every professional. No matter your background, gender, or position on the corporate ladder.

Mental Health

We care about how our students feel at work. We’re here to equip them with the tools, techniques and mindset they need to feel more confident and manage feelings of nervousness, anxiety and self-doubt.

Speak for Success is on mission to help young professionals become the confident, assertive leaders we know they were meant to be.

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to help young professionals become the confident, assertive leaders we know they were meant to be.

We work really hard to make our training fun, accessible, and convenient, so that no matter where you live or where you are on the corporate ladder, professional growth is available to you.

We believe communications and public speaking training shouldn’t be boring, stuffy, woo-woo or cheesy. Because what you need are learnable, corporate skills—communications skills—and plenty of real opportunities to practice. (Ones where your career isn’t on the line!)

And, we take an expert-led, psychologically safe approach to training. Because we know public speaking-induced anxiety and nerves are real and can’t always be muscled through.

Speak for Success is on mission to help young professionals become the confident, assertive leaders we know they were meant to be.

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to help young professionals become the confident, assertive leaders we know they were meant to be.

We work really hard to make our training fun, accessible, and convenient, so that no matter where you live or where you are on the corporate ladder, professional growth is available to you.

We believe communications and public speaking training shouldn’t be boring, stuffy, woo-woo or cheesy. Because what you need are learnable, corporate skills—communications skills—and plenty of real opportunities to practice. (Ones where your career isn’t on the line!)

And, we take an expert-led, psychologically safe approach to training. Because we know public speaking-induced anxiety and nerves are real and can’t always be muscled through.

SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE

Here’s What We Know For Sure

  • ​Communication skills significantly impact professional success
  • Feelings of nervousness, anxiety and self-doubt are common challenges young professionals face in the workplace. (Especially women) [1] [2]
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques can help speakers build confidence and actually manage their anxiety and nervousness
  • Communication is a skill that can be learned and honed over time
  • Practice is crucial when it comes to confidence-building and skill development
  • The best speaking practice is convenient, fun, safe, and supportive
  • Expert-led training is essential because it makes everything more effective and enjoyable

Training ideally should be started as soon as, or even before, an employee begins managing others. But that doesn’t happen often. According to a study by HBR, most first-time managers have an average age of 30 and the average age managers first receive any leadership training is age 42. Yikes!

A NEW APPROACH TO PUBLIC SPEAKING

We See Communication Through A Leadership Lens

Speak for Success teaches the everyday communication skills you need to succeed in the workplace, helping you to build confidence, reduce anxiety, and say “yes” to every opportunity that comes your way. Here’s what makes us different…

Relevant, Expert-Led Topics

We teach the day-to-day skills that matter most at work—because most of us never deliver TEDx talks, but we all present, answer questions and need to deliver feedback.

Ongoing Practice

Practice builds confidence. So instead of delivering one-off lectures like other programs, we include tons of opportunities to practice all year round.

Fun, Safe &
Supportive

Speaking programs have a reputation of being stuffy, boring, and intimidating. We’re changing that by delivering a learning experience that’s fun, safe and supportive.

Grounded in
Research

Our program methodology is grounded in the principles of CBT, which has been proven to build confidence and address feelings of nervousness, anxiety, and self-doubt.

We’re Our Students’ Biggest Fans

Emma Green

HR Assistant, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

“It was a perfect opportunity to further develop my public speaking skills, in a fun, safe, and motivating environment! I would highly recommend Speak for Success to anyone who is wishing to overcome their fear of presenting.”

Diana Luong

Co-founder of Craftedvan

“As someone who has struggled with public speaking my entire life, taking this program was very eye-opening in many ways. To learn public speaking is a skill that can be learned and improved rather than something we are born with gives me the hope, momentum, and courage to try and get better! Speak for Success was great because it created a very safe judgement-free environment to improve while also teaching many tips, tricks and learnings to help build that confidence!”

Sarah Rushton

Director of Community at Mountain Equipment Co-Op

“It was a perfect opportunity to further develop my public speaking skills, in a fun, safe, and motivating environment! I would highly recommI discovered more about my speaking and presentation style in these sessions than I have in my entire career!"

Meet Your New EducatorsSupport SystemChampionsMentors

Meet Your New

EducatorsSupport SystemChampionsMentors

Melanie Badali

Dr. Melanie Badali, RPsych

Registered Psychologist, Workplace Stress & Anxiety Consultant, VP Anxiety Canada

Dr. Melanie Badali is a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years of experience helping clients achieve personal change. She consults with executives and professionals who want to proactively increase resilience, maximize productivity, and improve well-being. She is certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies and is the Vice-President at Anxiety Canada. Dr. Badali obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia and she holds a B.A. (Honours Psychology) degree from McGill University. Dr. Badali is also a mental health advocate and shares her expertise through public speaking, media communication, and writing. She has been interviewed or quoted in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets, including CBC, Global News, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine Magazine, and Today’s Parent.
Libby McCready

Libby McCready, MA CCC

Executive Communications Coach, Training & Development Executive

Libby is an Entrepreneur, Adventurer and Training & Development Executive. Most recently, she was head of sales training for three of Canada’s largest asset managers and most recently Vice President of Training & Development at Mackenzie Investments. Libby has a Master of Arts in Organizational Learning & Leadership, Royal Roads University and has snowshoed 100km across the Arctic Circle. At 58, Libby was oldest of the all-women’s expedition that raised over $1million for the True Patriot Love Foundation that supports Canada's service members, veterans and their families, promoting re-integration into communities following service and rehabilitation and recovery from injury.
Fenella Bruce

Fenella Bruce

Media Training Coach,
Media Producer & Consultant

Fennella is a veteran News Producer who has worked in the field of journalism for more than 20 years as a producer and senior writer at several major market television stations including: CTV News Channel, CityNews, Breakfast Television, CityOnline, CTV Your Morning, Toronto 1, CTV National News, BET News, CTV Canada AM and CP24. She is also the 2020 recipient of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women Award. Fenella is an expert communicator who works closely with her students, helping them to craft their message and help them prepare for an interview or Q&A, so they can get their key message out to their wider audience.
Vivian Chan

Vivian Chan

Entrepreneur, Senior Technology Executive & Speaker

As an entrepreneur and senior technology executive leader who has been involved in the launch monetization, sales, and marketing management for three different waves of disruptive technologies — Analytics, Cloud, and AR/VR. Vivian has been named one of Globe & Mail's 2021 Best Executives and is a YWCA Women of Distinction Nominee. She brings more than 20 years of experience scaling companies from zero to billion. At SAP, she launched a customer experience strategy, SAP’s first Big Data initiative HANA and doubled the size and growth of the North American Indirect Channel ecosystem. At VMware, she served on the mergers and acquisitions committee, and was responsible for strategy, governance for the office of the CMO Throughout Vivian's career community has played an integral role. Vivian has been involved with Ashoka, SIGGRAPH, AR/VR Association, All Raise Visionary Voices and advised on women's entrepreneurship programming for Canada's Digital Supercluster Capacity project. To support intergenerational learning and bridge communities during the pandemic, Vivian co-founded with 9 youth leaders “The Impact Coalition” to amplify the voices of young change-makers.
Dorothea Hendriks

Dorothea Hendriks

Public Speaking & Communications Coach

Dorothea has 25 years of coaching experience. She’s a Toastmaster, a former provincial champion speaker, and the recipient of the prestigious Toastmasters Presidential Citation presented to only a select few people worldwide. Her passion lies in working with professionals and entrepreneurs, helping them master their public speaking and presentation skills. A former instructor at Vancouver Community College and alumni of the University of British Columbia, Dorothea is an educator, speaking coach, and consultant with an approach to training that’s light-hearted, fun, supportive, and intense. She has traveled across Canada delivering communication and presentation skills workshops, helping over 5000 people become more confident and engaging communicators along the way.
Talli Koren

Talli Koren

Global Communications Coach & Facilitator 

Talli is a global communication expert who has been working with executives and next generation leaders from the hi-tech industry over the past decade. She empowers her trainees with the tools they need to build and deliver impactful messages that get people to listen and drive them to action. Talli received a certificate in Corporate Communications from Stanford University.
Meet Monica, owner of Speak for Success

Monica M. Vucko, MSc.

Speak for Success Founder
& Program Director

After spending years searching for a communication skills program that was both accessible and affordable for young professionals, Monica decided to create her own. She founded Speak for Success in 2019, putting her nine years of experience working in operations, entrepreneurship and innovation—and her passion for communications skills training—to work. Monica holds an MSc. in Social Innovation & Sustainability with a specialization in Impact Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris, a BA(H) from Queen's University, and she completed a Fellowship at Yale.
Alyssa Goulart

Alyssa Goulart

Speak for Success Marketing & Communications Assistant

Alyssa has over five years of experience in Media and Communications. She's worked as a content creator for companies like Narcity Media and Valnet Inc., and while studying at the University of Toronto, she was self-employed as a YouTube host, producing videos for an audience of thousands. She's currently working towards a post-grad diploma in Media Communications at Humber College. A born creative, Alyssa is passionate about intermingling marketing and art to create content that inspires and educates her audiences.

Contact the Speak for Success Team

Have a question, a comment, or some feedback for us? We’d love to hear from you! Simply send us a message and let us know how we can help.