Emerging Leaders Program

Step into your leadership potential with Minerva BC’s Emerging Leaders Program, a 10-week development program for new managers and early-career leaders. Applications open for March 2023!


The Emerging Leaders program is a part-time development program designed to help new managers make the transition from individual contributor to effective leader. Designed for early-career leaders, this program equips participants with the mindset and tools they need to inspire others and achieve measurable results. The emphasis on applied learning ensures participants improve their leadership abilities as well as their confidence to manage people and teams, all while growing their professional networks and power base. This program is inclusive of self-identified women and gender-diverse people.

To learn more about the program, register for a free, interactive information session here.

This program is for you if you want to:


Establish a leadership foundation

Enhance your ability to lead yourself and others by understanding your leadership style, leveraging your strengths, and grounding your leadership in your core values. Designed specifically for women leaders (including self-identified women and gender diverse people), this program starts by exploring your unique leadership identity.


Lead others effectively

Shift your mindset from individual contributor to team leader. Learn to inspire and motivate your team to accomplish common goals. Improve your communication skills, and your ability to give feedback, coach and develop others.


Grow your professional network

Interact with women leaders from diverse backgrounds and different industries. Through the program your cohort will grow into a leadership community that you can rely on for support and advice. Research shows that women’s careers benefit from having a diverse network and a close circle of peers. This is one of the lasting benefits of the program!


Benefits to you:
  • Be authentic in your leadership and feel confident in your strengths
  • Learn how to effectively manage other people’s performance
  • Grow your network for support, advice, and inspiration


Benefits to your organization:
  • Advance women leaders faster by investing in their development
  • Enhance leadership capacity and performance
  • Make progress on gender equality

The Emerging Leaders program is offered in a blended online format. The program combines the flexibility and convenience of online learning, with the benefit of real-time interaction with the facilitator and other participants. We have designed the program to provide a high-touch experience, with community and connection at the heart of the design. This approach allows participants to self-manage their experience while benefitting from shared experiences and social interaction with peers.


  • March 29, 2023: Welcome and Introduction
  • April 5, 2023: Chapter 1 - Authentic Leadership
  • April 19, 2023: Chapter 2 - Setting Yourself Up for Success
  • May 3, 2023: Chapter 3 - Communication and Feedback
  • May 17, 2023: Chapter 4 - Leading Teams
  • May 31, 2023: Chapter 5 - Career and Professional Growth
  • June 14, 2023: Wrap-up and Next Steps



Each facilitated group session is delivered from 11 AM-1 PM PST on the following

  • October 5, 2023: Welcome and Introduction
  • October 19, 2023: Chapter 1 - Authentic Leadership
  • November 2, 2023: Chapter 2 - Setting Yourself Up for Success
  • November 16, 2023: Chapter 3 - Communication and Feedback
  • November 30, 2023: Chapter 4 - Leading Teams
  • December 7, 2023: Chapter 5 - Career and Professional Growth
  • December 14, 2023: Wrap-up and Next Steps

During the weeks with no facilitated group session, Peer Groups will meet for one hour, at a time determined by the group.


We hold free information sessions for those interested with overviews of both our Women Leading the Way™ and Emerging Leaders programs.


Upcoming information session dates:
* March 24, 2023



The Emerging Leaders program is open to self-identified women and gender-diverse people who are interested in participating in a positive, women-led leadership program. Applications are accepted on a continual basis.



Accessed through a secure online learning portal, you will work through learning materials which include concepts, frameworks, tools, activities and self-reflection. Time commitment: 60-90 minutes prior to the facilitated group sessions.



Engage in 7 high-impact Zoom sessions featuring expert facilitation, group discussion, and activities. You will gain insight from your peers, as well as guest speakers who share their candid perspectives. If able and comfortable, participants will be encouraged to turn on their video during the sessions to foster a greater sense of connection. Time commitment: 2 hours per session.



You will work with a small group of cohort members to apply your learning, get coaching and support, and share your successes in a more intimate setting. These sessions will take place in the weeks there are no facilitated sessions. Peer learning sessions are participant-driven. Time commitment: 60 minutes.



To help you make the most of your experience in the program, you will receive a personal leadership workbook that includes resources and activities. The activities are designed to help you reflect and learn from your experiences as a leader.


The regular program fee is $1800 per participant and includes tuition, a personal leadership workbook, and access to Minerva’s online learning portal. It also includes the formal assessments used in the program.



We offer a reduced tuition fee of $1500 for individuals working in the charitable or non-profit sector, including Indigenous-led organizations.


For Indigenous women who are fully self-funding, Minerva offers up to 50% tuition support to Indigenous women based on available funding. We offer this in honour of Filomena ‘Fil’ Nalewajek and Russ Cook – two former Minerva board members who had a significant impact on the organization.

You can also have a conversation with your employer about professional development funding for tuition support from your organization. Here's a brochure designed specifically for employers.





Phone: 604-683-7635


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