Women Leading the Way™ is a part-time leadership and career accelerator that stretches existing leaders and moves them towards their next challenge. Curated for mid-level managers, Women Leading the Way™ is designed to amplify their leadership styles and leverage their strengths in order to increase their impact, inspire and develop their team members, and foster greater innovation in their work. The emphasis on applied learning ensures participants improve their leadership abilities as well as their confidence to take on increased responsibilities and to grow a trusted network. This program is inclusive of self-identified women and gender-diverse people.
This program is for you if you want to:
Gain New Perspective
This program will challenge you to look at your leadership abilities with fresh eyes and redefine what it means to be a successful leader. You will learn to leverage your unique strengths and amplify your leadership style by grounding it in your core values.
Build a Trusted Network
Your cohort will grow into a tight-knit group, enabling you to establish meaningful connections with leaders across different sectors. The women in your cohort will become your peers and your champions. This is one of the lasting benefits of the program!
Drive Career Development
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.
Benefits to You
- Know your purpose as a leader and feel confident in your leadership style
- Grow your impact with the people and teams you lead
- Expand your professional 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
This program creates direct career impact. Within six months of program completion, participants have:
- Gained more responsibility at work 48%
- Received a new job title 29%
- Secured a promotion 23%
Women Leading the Way™ 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.
Women Leading the Way™ is divided into an introductory week and six complementary learning modules delivered over the course of three months. Cohorts run annually beginning in January and September of each year.
Cohort 16 – SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2021
Each facilitated group session is delivered from 12-3pm PST on the following dates:
- September 22, 2021: Introduction – Creating Connection
- October 6, 2021: Module 1 – Leadership & Authenticity
- October 20, 2021: Module 2 – Building Effective Teams
- November 3, 2021: Module 3 – Communicating with Impact
- November 17, 2021: Module 4 – Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- December 1, 2021: Module 5 – Leading in Complexity
- December 15, 2021: Module 6 – Career & Professional Growth
Register for an Info Session
Register here for our last info session for this season. Session includes an overview of both our Emerging Leaders and Women Leading the Way™ program.
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. To register for our September 2021 cohort, please complete the application form below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There are limited seats available per cohort. As part of the application process you will be asked to upload a current resume or brief biography.
Each module is delivered over a period of two weeks and includes:
Accessed through a secure online learning portal, you will work through learning materials which include concepts, frameworks, and tools, activities and self-reflection. Time commitment: 60-90 minutes prior to the facilitated group sessions.
Facilitated Group Sessions
Engage in a series of 7 high-impact Zoom sessions featuring expert facilitation, group discussion and activities. You will gain insight from guest speakers and panelists – accomplished leaders who share 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.
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. You will be invited to share your learning at the end of the program.
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.
The regular program fee is $3200 per participant and includes tuition, coaching and access to Minerva’s online learning portal. It also includes the formal assessments used in the program (MBTI and Standout 2.0).
We offer a reduced tuition fee of $2600 for individuals working in the charitable or non-profit sector, including Indigenous-led organizations and governments.
Based on available funding, Minerva offers up to 50% tuition support to Indigenous women who are partially or fully self 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.
To apply, please complete the appropriate section on the application form.
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