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Take the Lead 2013

Take the Lead Public Speaking Contest

Five Minutes.
Four Rooms.
Three Prizes.
Two Rounds.
One Scholarship.

Choose to lead on November 29 and
you could secure a fall/winter academic scholarship to Canada’s only women’s university.

Choose to be empowered by speaking about inspiring female leaders alongside grade 11 and 12 women from across Ontario.

Choose to be bold and compete in Take the Lead at Brescia University College.


Speaking Topics

Registered participants research and prepare a five minute speech about women who empower others through leadership.

Participants can choose to speak about past or present women who have inspired leadership on a large or small scale – from family member to celebrity. The possibilities are endless!


2013 winner, Abijah Nwakanma

The Prizes

First Place A full one year fall/winter scholarship to Brescia University College

Second Place – A cheque for $250

Third Place – A cheque for $100

Each contestant will also receive a certificate of participation and a gift. Participation in Take the Lead will be added to your co-curricular transcript should you choose to enroll at Brescia for your studies.

The Event

When: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Where: Brescia University College’s Auditorium in the St. James building

8:45-9:00 a.m. Registration (Foyer) Coffee, tea, juice available
9:15 a.m. Welcome (Auditorium) Principal of Brescia, Dr. Colleen Hanycz and Sarah Van Dusen
9:30 a.m. Preliminary round (Approximately 4-6 contestants will be assigned to a classroom. They will then present their speech to a panel of approximately 3-4 judges)
10:45 a.m. Brunch (Mercato)
11:30 a.m.

Finalist Announcement (Mercato)

11:45 a.m. Finalist round (The 6 contestants who received the highest scores in the preliminary rounds will present their speech again to a panel of ‘celebrity judges’ who will determine the winner of the full-year scholarship to Brescia)
12:40 p.m. Judges' Deliberation and Entertainment (Mercato)
1:00 p.m. Winner Announced & Awards Presented (Mercato)
1:30 p.m. Tours of Brescia

*Please note that the timing of the event will depend on the number of speakers who register

How do I sign up?

Registration for the 2014 contest will open in September.

What are the judges looking for from my speech?

If you want to know exactly what criteria your speech will be scored with, view this scorecard PDF.

Need a place to stay the night before?

Rest your head in Brescia's brand new residence.

I still have questions!

If you still have questions, please contact Christine Barnard at


Please note that the fall/winter academic scholarship value is the equivalent to the domestic student amount (approx. $7000).