Close Your Leadership Gap with ambiSHEous™

ambiSHEous™ Founder and Chief Facilitator Katharine Cornfield is focused on closing the gender gap by nurturing ambition in girls and young women. However, ambiSHEous' unique approach is premised on the idea that girls are inherently programmed to create an impact and more than capable of navigating their own way intelligently towards independence. They just need the right skills, knowledge and opportunities to experiment.  Rather than flag the problems and pressures girls and women face, ambiSHEous™ promotes a more practical path that builds experience, resilience, and a genuine growth mindset. 

Whether you're coaching or educating girls, developing specialized curriculum, or designing best-in class talent management programs for emerging female leaders within your organization, ambiSHEous™ can help.  We offer training, coaching, and consulting services in the following areas:



  • Nurturing Ambition Early

  • Career Development for Girls

  • Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship



  • Change-Making & Political Engagement

  • Economic Inclusion

  • Social Venture Development


workforce DIVERSITY & pipeline development

  • Runway & Pipeline Development

  • Supporting Emerging Female Leaders

  • Navigating Career Reinvention

Let’s be clear. Inspirational content campaigns and high-profile role models can only take a girl so far. Instead, girls need practical skills, real world knowledge, and face-to-face encouragement in order to explore a more powerful future. And, they need to act on their own terms. In my experience, adult imposed agendas simply don’t resonate.
— Katharine Cornfield, Founder of ambiSHEous™

About Katharine

Katharine Cornfield is an independent management consultant focused on strategic organizational development. She works with forward looking executives to align people behind strategy, shift culture, and improve organizational performance. Katharine is also founder of ambiSHEous™, a leadership training and career development company focused on girls and young women. Through targeted training, coaching, and talent development consulting, ambiSHEous is empowering a new generation of young female leaders to become whoever and whatever they want to be.

Previously, Katharine was co-owner of Purpose Real Estate, a boutique brokerage serving non-profits, social enterprises, and community-based organizations seeking to align their space and mission, as well s residential buyers and sellers. Before her shift towards the private sector, Katharine served in various positions at the department of Citizenship and Immigration including Director of Integration Promotion at Citizenship and Immigration Canada; as Political Advisor to the Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration, Revenue, and Secretary of State Asia-Pacific; and as Program Manager at the Canada US Fulbright Foundation.  

An active community member, Katharine has volunteered in various capacities with the YMCA-YWCA, Junior Achievement, and Women’s Leadership Foundation. She currently serves as Past President of the Board at Ottawa’s Causeway Work Centre, an innovative community development agency nationally recognized for its multiple social enterprises. 

Katharine holds a BA in Canadian Studies from Trent University and a professional certificate in Public Sector and Non-Profit Marketing from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. A lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) through the University of the People.

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Recent Speaking & Consulting

Independence, Influence & Impact: Leveraging Girls’ Ambition Early, Cannexus2018, Ottawa

Starting a Social Purpose Venture, Women’s Economic Council, Toronto

Cracking the Code: Positioning & Messaging for Your Organization, Breakfast StartUp, Ottawa

Mentorship is For You, Impact Hub, Ottawa

Founder, Program Advisor, & Mentor, Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) MentorSTEM Leaders Program, Ottawa

Research & Program Design, International Experience Canada, Ottawa

Program Advisor, UP4 A Challenge, Ottawa

Design & Facilitation, International Women’s Day Workshop, DND, Ottawa