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Carleton launches semi-annual Advanced Leadership Program for Women

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Carleton University is launching an advanced leadership program for women in partnership with corporate sponsor Goldcorp Inc. and two of Carleton’s research centres – the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership (CWPPL) and the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW).

The new Advancing Women in Leadership Program, designed for women pursuing careers in traditionally male-dominated industries, focuses on the inner journey of authentic, creative and ethical leadership required by women to succeed in business, government and civil society in a global, diverse and interconnected world. Empirical evidence demonstrates that strong leadership and the distinctive abilities that women bring to any organization contribute to improved business performance.

The first offering of the five-day leadership program, to be held twice a year, will be in Vancouver from Nov. 3-7, 2014 in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. The second offering of the program will take place in Ontario, with details to be announced later.

Said Clare Beckton, executive director of the CWPPL: “If you are a woman who is poised to assume a leadership role in a mining, science and technology, construction, agricultural, heavy equipment, engineering, or an energy-based resource industry, this program has been designed for you. This advanced leadership program will be valuable in any industry where women are significantly under-represented in leadership roles.

“In research conducted in 2013, with private-sector support from Deloitte, we were able to verify that women in non-traditional employment domains need to acquire new forms of knowledge in order to advance in these settings and make a more significant professional contribution to their organizations.”

Leading organizations are embracing gender diversity and the value that women create for their organizations. These workplaces use effective leadership as a strategy to foster greater innovation, high performance and success. They are creating the workplaces of tomorrow. However, most organizations do not have conscious strategies to develop the leadership potential of women.

“This advanced leadership program for women is clearly aligned with Goldcorp’s aim to recruit and retain more women in our business, which is why we were so pleased to partner with Carleton University and two of its key centres,’’ said Anna Tudela, vice-president of regulatory affairs and corporate secretary for Goldcorp Inc.

“Recent studies demonstrate that women face challenges navigating corporate structures that have been designed by men and continue to be traditionally male-dominated.

“Women are often excluded from advancement discussions, and key strengths typically associated with women are not always taken into account. This leadership program aims to give women new insights, depth and skills to navigate the system and to lead change.”

Dr. Merridee Bujaki, director of CREWW, said the program is important for the next generation of women leaders operating in these key industries.

“Participants in the new program will learn how to avoid organizational pitfalls, how to advance their success as creative leaders and how to build lasting professional networks.”

The Leadership Program

Participants in the five-day program will embark on a leadership journey and gain new perspectives on becoming a fully empowered leader by:

Strengthening their view of themselves as leaders and bringing their authentic self to bear in all aspects of life

Identifying the challenges that women face and learning how to navigate the system

Exploring more deeply the leadership skills in authentic leadership and uncovering one’s true voice

Finding harmony and work and family integration

Reflecting on and designing a strategy for career growth over the next two to three years.

Approach to the Program

The program is designed around the introduction of concepts and ideas brought alive by shared stories, discussion and dialogue, action-oriented learning, group exercises and personal reflection. Underlying the program is a process of personal inquiry leading to self-awareness. Small group work and personal exercises lead to the development of a personal career development strategy.

Navigating the Future

Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership, part of the School of Public Policy and Administration, and Carleton University’s Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work, part of the Sprott School of Business, together with key partners for this program, like Goldcorp Inc., are uniquely positioned to deliver this advanced leadership program for women.

Studies by Deloitte, the Conference Board of Canada, McKinsey, Mercer Consulting and top financial institutions, among others, have documented the importance of women’s contributions to the success of corporations across the globe.

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