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Emerging Leaders


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about the program


Emerging Leaders is a part-time development program designed to help new and aspiring managers make the transition from individual contributors to effective leaders. The emphasis on applied learning ensures participants improve their leadership abilities as well as their confidence to manage people and teams.

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92% feel they are more effective leaders


this program is for you


  • Enhance your ability to lead others by understanding your strengths and identifying your leadership style. Develop foundational skills like communicating effectively, giving feedback, and leading diverse teams. Designed specifically for women leaders (including self-identified women and gender-diverse people) this program will set you up for success in your new role.

  • 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.

  • Interact with women leaders from diverse backgrounds and different industries. Through the program, your cohort will grow into a tight-knit community that you can rely on for support and advice. Research shows that women learn their most valuable leadership lessons from other women. This is one of the lasting benefits of the program!

why emerging leaders?


  • 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 professional circle 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

Program overview & impact


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 benefiting from shared experiences and social interaction with peers.

What participants are saying

  • 92% say it helped them lead more effectively

  • 92% say they now have a stronger professional circle

  • 100% say the program was worth the time and effort


upcoming session

Each facilitated group session is delivered from 11am – 1pm PST on the following dates:

  • October 3, 2024

    Welcome and Introduction

  • October 10, 2024

    Chapter 1 – Authentic Leadership

  • October 24, 2024

    Chapter 2 – Setting Yourself Up for Success

  • November 7, 2024

    Chapter 3 – Communication and Feedback

  • November 21, 2024

    Chapter 4 – Leading Teams

  • December 5, 2024

    Chapter 5 – Career and Professional Growth

  • December 12, 2024

    Wrap-up and Next Steps

Open cohorts take place twice annually:
March – June
October – December

In-house program delivery is available for organizations looking to quickly advance women leaders and build a more balanced workforce. In-house programming helps to develop an organization’s leadership pipeline, improve internal networks and communication, and is a clear action to advance women in your workplace.

program structure

self-directed learning

Accessed through a secure online learning portal, you will work through learning materials that include concepts, frameworks, tools, activities, and self-reflection.

Time commitment: 60 minutes before the facilitated group sessions.

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 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

peer learning sessions

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 are to be scheduled by your peer group between facilitated group sessions. Peer learning sessions are participant-driven.

Time commitment: 60 minutes

personal leadership workbook

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.

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fees & support


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 rolling basis.

Program Fees

The regular program fee is $2000 per participant and includes tuition, a personal leadership workbook, and access to Minerva’s online learning portal. It also includes all the formal assessments used in the program.

Tuition Support

We offer a reduced tuition fee of $1,600 for individuals working in the charitable or non-profit sector, and for Indigenous-led organizations. Many of our participants use professional development funds – please contact us if you need help convincing your employer! Minerva also offers discounted rates to organizations that enrol multiple participants or commit to a multi-year partnership with us.

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leadership development

support the leaders on your team

By advocating for women’s participation in leadership training, you’re helping to accelerate their learning, development, and confidence. You are also actively contributing to the pursuit of gender equity in professional settings. Minerva offers leadership programs that go beyond teaching tactical skills and help enable supportive professional circles and the development of authentic leadership styles.



“ I felt I needed some personal and professional guidance because I wasn’t sure about the next steps in my career. I knew I had to figure out what my “inner voice” had to say - but I did not know how to listen to it. Minerva’s programs helped me immensely in that regard. ”

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