At Minerva BC, we aim to take the myth out of leadership to inspire more girls to be leaders.
Gender stereotypes influence how girls see themselves. Many believe that leaders must have “command and control powers” – which they equate with being bossy. They also believe that they need to measure up to an impossible standard before taking the lead.
To break down these perceptions, Minerva BC created Executive Days.
In its fifth year, Executive Days invites CEOs, presidents, business leaders and members of senior leadership to host a young leader in their organization. For one day, young women get a seat at the table, and experience what it’s really like to be a leader.
Executive Days provides opportunity to:
- Meet senior leaders and learn about their work
- Learn about different career paths and leadership styles
- Understand the skills leaders need to meet future challenges
- Challenge assumptions about leadership
- Build a network of role models and future mentors
- Recognize their own leadership potential
“By far, the most valuable thing that I learned during my Executive Day was that it is important to keep an open mind in everything you do, and the future is what you make of it. It is usually in your best interest to take up every opportunity that comes your way, because even if it does not end well, it is a learning opportunity.”
“Being able to meet with all these amazing leaders has really left me with the impression that if they can do it, then so can I.”
We match a Minerva youth alumnae from our Learning to Lead™ and Indigenous Roots programs with a host company for a half or full-day visit. We help coordinate the day and ensure that each student is prepared for their visit.
Host companies are responsible for developing the itinerary for the Executive Day. We have resources to make this as easy as possible!
We welcome company hosts in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Prince George.
If you are interested in hosting a young leader for an Executive Day, please contact Katie Baker, Director of Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.