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Excellerate your leadership talent pool

The effective way to grow your leadership talent pool and nurture leadership behavior at all levels of the organization.

Individuals need the intellectual freedom and confidence to shine in their own unique ways. Creating equitable and inclusive opportunities for middle managers (sometimes hidden gems) increases engagement, reduces talent drain and enables more future leaders to emerge ready to fill the leadership gaps most companies will face in the next few years.

When employees feel energized and valued, the quality of their contribution skyrockets — and so does their leadership potential.

The 5 Ws

Who: ​

​8020 Excellerate is for companies who are looking for a better, more cost-effective leadership development and executive readiness solution. The program is suitable for established employees at the manager, director, or executive level.


8020 Excellerate is a 6-month comprehensive leadership development and executive readiness program. This timeframe is ample for the depth and breadth of material, on-the-job application of new skills, and achieving real and lasting change with minimal disruption to regular job function.


The program is self-paced, which means employees can work on it whenever it suits them, even with a busy schedule! One-on-one assessment debriefs are scheduled by participants with the appropriate coach at mutually agreeable times, and there is one scheduled 60+ minute weekly group Q&A coaching session.


8020 Excellerate is delivered via the MyQuest online learning platform. Join the program any time — no set start dates.


 So many reasons, but here are a few:

  • 8020 Excellerate is designed to focus on what each participant needs to do to level up and lead. It’s not a one-size-fits-all program.
  • 8020 Excellerate increases employee engagement and uncovers untapped leadership potential in your organization.
  • 8020 Excellerate is a smart way to elevate the perspective and performance of more employees and promote leadership behaviors throughout the organization.
  • 8020 Excellerate leverages the power of coaching to inspire and challenge participants and hold them accountable to their goals.
  • 8020 Excellerate can be customized to incorporate interviews with your company’s executives, and any additional information pertinent to your company’s leadership and executive readiness programs.
  • 8020 Excellerate helps you avoid the risk of betting it all on the wrong HiPos by uncovering untapped leadership potential in more of your employees.

8020 Excellerate™ is a career game-changer.

How and why do some people rise to leadership, and some stagnate?  This question is not only important to individual success but has implications for how well organizations function today, and how well they are able to prepare for the future.

The traditional High Potential (HiPo) approach to leadership development does not yield the results leaders have come to expect. It also has significant negative consequences, magnified by COVID-19 and driving the Great Resignation. It is clear that employee priorities and expectations have changed. The world of work, particularly talent development, must be reimagined to attract and retain the talent organizations need.

At 8020 Excellerate we know there’s a better way to approach leadership development that elevates more of your employees, creates a culture of equity, and nurtures leadership at all levels.  Employees feel valued, and are better equipped to embrace change, drive innovation, and contribute to organizational excellence.

8020 Excellerate Coaches

Ardi Ghorashy
Founder, Program Lead, Excellerate Coach

Ardi has worked for 30+ years with executives, managers, teams, and organizations to pinpoint sources of drag, smooth out rough edges, optimize performance, and accelerate progress toward ambitious goals. He has worked with more than 25,000 managers and executives in 35+ major companies around the world spanning technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, food, power, oil & gas, finance, banking, insurance, and more. As an executive, consultant, coach, and mentor his focus has been on developing the management and interpersonal skills, and leadership capabilities crucial to the success of individuals and organizations.

Ardi has a Master’s degree in engineering from Manchester UK, holds PMP, PgMP, CSM, SAFe 4.0 Agilist, Six Sigma Green Belt, Prosci & APMG Change Management practitioner, ICF Coaching credentials, and is certified in MBTI, EQi-2.0, Leadership Challenge, GlobeSmart. P3O assessments.

Ardi developed the Excellerate program because he has seen how the right insight, feedback and mentoring can transform people, careers, and companies. In the past this kind of development was limited to an elite few chosen by their organizations to be groomed for future leadership opportunities. But what about the employee whose potential has not yet been recognized? What opportunities for development were open to them?

Jane Morgan
Program Contributor, Excellerate Coach

Jane is founder and CEO of the UK-based Plan.Coach.Succeed Ltd. serving clients all over the world since 2003. With 25+ years in project management, Jane brings a powerful combination of LOGIC and INTUITION to her unique Plan.Coach.Succeed (PCS) coaching approach, enabling established and aspiring leaders to achieve stellar results.

A certified Co-Active & ICF Accredited PCC® Coach, Jane has over 2,500 1-2-1 coaching hours and 15 years of experience designing, developing, and delivering high-impact leadership development programs that positively change behavior. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and provides consulting and training in this discipline to major corporations globally.

Jane brings a wealth of experience and a record of exceptional client results to her role as an Excellerate Coach.

Teresa Veenstra
Program Contributor, Excellerate Coach

Teresa is an executive coach, consultant and facilitator who partners with individuals and teams offering the tools and inspiration that enable people to realize and step into their full potential and capacity for advancement. Her approach combines leading-edge best practices in the areas of executive coaching and leadership development to boost performance, effectiveness, and growth.

Teresa has delivered C-suite and senior leadership development and team development programs for organizations of all sizes; from small companies to multi-national organizations. Teresa is an International Coach Federation’s Associate Certified Coach (ACC), holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree, Adult Education certification. She is a certified practitioner of several personality and behavioral assessments and is a CanFit Pro fitness Instructor.

Teresa’s approach to coaching and leadership development are a perfect fit with the Excellerate mission, and her success in helping clients to achieve their career goals is a tremendous asset to the program.

Anil Gupta
Program Contributor, Excellerate Coach

Anil has been helping individuals and organizations improve performance for over 20 years. He works with executive teams to build the strategic plan and cultural orientation for their organization, and helps mid-level leaders translate those strategic plans into execution plans. He leads cross-functional transformational process improvement and enables organizations through Lean and Six Sigma training.

Anil’s consulting practice has taken him to 5 continents, and spans a wide range of industries including aerospace, software, healthcare, government, not-for-profit, retail, manufacturing, finance, construction, airlines, and service, among others. He also teaches Lean Six Sigma at the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.

Anil has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Ontario; M.Sc. in Business Research from University of Reading; Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certification from the Six Sigma Academy, , and is a certified administrator of the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicators. He is currently a research scholar at the Rotman School, University of Toronto.

Anil brings a rigorous, analytical approach to performance improvement that enhances the Excellerate program and complements the behavioral aspects of each mission along the way.