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women leading the way™


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about the program


Women Leading the Way™ is a part-time career accelerator that stretches existing leaders and moves them towards their next challenge. Designed for mid-level managers and directors, this program is designed to help participants develop the skills, behaviours, and mindsets needed to increase their leadership impact and move into more senior roles.

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94% of participants have changed their leadership practice


this program is for you


  • Fostering values-based, authentic leadership, Women Leading the Way is a uniquely personal learning experience providing participants the opportunity to look at their leadership approach with fresh perspectives. We create space for you to enhance your strengths while learning alongside women leaders across a range of industries.

  • We foster communities within our programs, where participants facilitators, guest speakers, and mentors come together to share their knowledge and experiences. Your cohort will grow into a tight-knit group, enabling you to establish meaningful connections with other inspired leaders. The members of your cohort will become your peers and your champions. This is one of the lasting benefits of this program!

  • Throughout the program, you will explore your leadership goals, identify opportunities to expand your influence and get ready to take on new challenges and opportunities.

why women leading the way?


  • benefits to you

    • Be authentic in your leadership and know your value and purpose

    • Grow your impact with the people and teams you lead

    • Expand 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

program overview

Women Leading the Way™ 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 learning while benefiting from learning in community with other women leaders.


  • 85% of participants maintain meaningful connections with their cohort

  • 30% of participants increased their salary

  • 23% of participants received a promotion

Cohort 22: October 2024 | apply now

upcoming session

Each facilitated group session is delivered from 12pm -3pm PST on the following dates:

  • October 2, 2024

    Introduction – Creating Connection

  • October 16, 2024

    Chapter 1 – Leadership and Authenticity

  • October 30, 2024

    Chapter 2 – Strengths and Self-Awareness

  • November 13, 2024

    Chapter 3 – Communicating with Impact

  • November 27, 2024

    Chapter 4 – Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • December 11, 2024

    Chapter 5 – Leading in Complexity

  • January 8, 2024

    Chapter 6 – Career and Professional Growth

  • January 22, 2024

    Wrap-up and Next Steps

Open cohorts take place twice annually:
February – June
October – February

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

Each chapter is delivered over a period of 3 weeks and includes:

Self-directed Learning

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

Facilitated Group Sessions

Engage in a series of 8 high-impact Zoom sessions featuring expert facilitation, group discussion, and activities. You will gain insight from guest speakers and panelists who are accomplished leaders sharing their candid perspectives.

Time commitment: 3 hours with breaks

Peer Learning Sessions

Following the facilitated group sessions, you will work with a small group of peers. These sessions are an opportunity to apply your learning, get coaching and support, and share your successes in a more intimate setting. Peer learning sessions are participant-driven.

Time commitment: 60 minutes

Leadership Project

During the program you will engage in a leadership project. This is an opportunity for you to apply and integrate your learning. This can be a work-related project or a personal project. The majority of your project work will take place after the wrap of the facilitated group sessions, and you will be invited to present your learning at the end of the program to your peers.

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


Women Leading the Way™ 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 $3200 per participant and includes tuition, coaching and access to Minerva’s online learning portal. It also includes a formal assessment (Myers Briggs Type Indicator)that is used in the program.

Tuition Support

We offer a reduced tuition fee of $2600 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 enroll 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 and development, and are building 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.



“ Women Leading the Way is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my career. Through this program, I gained a greater understanding of my priorities as a leader, developed my skills, and established a new and diverse professional network. ”

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