Designed for mid-level leaders, this four-month program generates exceptional outcomes for high-potential women who want to expand their impact, and for experienced leaders who want to advance towards senior or executive leadership.

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. 

The ongoing process of truth and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is an integral part of all of Minerva BC’s work. Opportunities for conversation about this process as well as the complex nature of the intersectionality of diversity is an integral part of Women Leading the Way. All participants are asked to enter these conversations with an open heart and mind.

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.


develop your leadership skills with Minerva BC

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  

Program Impact

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%

Program Overview

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. 

Upcoming Sessions

Cohort 16 – SEPTEMBER 2021 | SESSION FULL!


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

  • January 26, 2022: Introduction – Creating Connection
  • February 16, 2022:  Module 1 – Leadership & Authenticity
  • March 9, 2022:  Module 2 – Building Effective Teams
  • March 30, 2022: Module 3 – Communicating with Impact
  • April 20, 2022: Module 4 – Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • May 11, 2022: Module 5 – Leading in Complexity
  • June 1, 2022: Module 6 – Career & Professional Growth
  • June 8, 2022: Wrap-up and Next Steps

Attend an Information Session

We are holding free info sessions for those interested, with overviews of both our Women Leading the Way™ and the Emerging Leaders programs. Register for a session that works for your schedule.

Friday, November 26, 2021 | 12:30pm PT
Friday, December 3, 2021 | 12:00pm PT
Friday, December 10, 2021 | 12:30pm PT
Friday, January 14, 2022 | 12:30pm PT


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 January 2022 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. 

Program Structure

Each module is delivered over a period of three weeks and includes: 

Self-Directed Learning

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. 

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. 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.

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 the formal assessments used in the program (MBTI and Standout 2.0). 

Tuition Support

We offer a reduced tuition fee of $2600 for individuals working in the charitable or non-profit sector, including Indigenous-led organizations. 

Based on available funding, Minerva offers up to 50% tuition support to Indigenous women who are 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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