June 28, 2017: Women Leading the Way


Women Leading the Way is Minerva Foundation’s part-time leadership training program for high potential women. Grounded in the principles of values-based leadership, the program has transformed the careers of hundreds of women with its unique approach.

The next cohort starts in September 2017!

Here are some more details about the program:

Women Leading the Way™ focuses on:

  • Self-Knowledge: define your core values, identify your strengths and explore y our personal leadership style
  • Leading Others: learn how to inspire, engage and lead diverse teams
  • Increasing Impact: enhance your communication, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Transforming Work: embrace change and drive innovation
  • Being Authentic: align your leadership actions with your core values and strengths
  • Women Leaders: explore the unique challenges faced by women leaders and how to overcome them

Benefits to You

  • Understand your purpose and motivation as a leader
  • Grow your impact with the people and teams you lead
  • Feel confident in your ability to take on new challenges and opportunities
  • Expand your leadership network for support, advice and inspiration

Benefits to Your Organization

  • Nurture high-potential talent to take on more responsibility
  • Enhance leadership capacity and performance
  • Immediate impact on organization culture and business results
  • Increase employee engagement and retention

Program Format

We offer two days of training per month, for six months – plus a four-month leadership project to integrate learning.

Interactive Learning

The classroom component of the program includes 12 full day sessions. Each session features expert facilitation, group-based discussion, individual reflection, and hands-on activities. In addition, you will gain insight from guest speakers and panelists who share their candid perspectives on a variety of leadership topics.

Cohort Model

The strong group dynamic which exists within the Women Leading the Way™ program greatly enhances the learning process. Over the six months duration, your cohort will grow into a tightly knit network, enabling you to establish meaningful connections with leaders across different sectors. The women in your cohort will become your peers and your champions. Past participants regularly cite this as a significant benefit of the program.

Leadership Project

After you complete the 12 classroom sessions, you will engage in an independent leadership project. This is an opportunity for you to apply and integrate your learning. You may choose to focus on a challenge you are facing at work, or consider a personal project. After four months, we invite you to return and present your project to a panel made up of Minerva staff and business leaders.


We welcome applicants at all stages of leadership and career. Most participants enter the program with a combination of post-secondary education, 5+ years of work experience (including community and volunteer work), and some leadership experience.

Although the program generates exceptional outcomes across a range of leaders, Women Leading the Way™ has optimal impact at two levels: emerging and high potential women who want to accelerate their leadership development, and established leaders who want deeper understanding of their capacity and how to maximize their impact and satisfaction.

Upcoming Sessions

Minerva runs two cohorts each year, starting in January and September. The in-class sessions are held in Vancouver once a month on a Friday/Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Women Leading the Way™ Cohort 9 Starting September 2017

September 22+23

October 20+21

November 17+18

December 15+16

January 19+20

February 23+24

Program Fees

  • Regular program fee: $3500 per participant
  • Non-profit rate: $3200 per participant
  • Group rate: $3200 per participant if you register with a friend or colleague, or if you register two or more employees for the same Cohort

To Apply

To apply, please click on this link:

Note that a resume and a professional reference letter are required as part of the application process.

Books Available at the CMC

The Confidence Code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

 Grit by Angela Duckworth

Her Place at the Table by Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams & Carol Frohlinger

How Remarkable Women Lead  by Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston

Leading from the Front by Angie Morgan & Courtney Lynch

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg

Quiet by Susan Cain

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Through the Labyrinth by Alice H. Eagly & Linda L. Carli

The Well-Spoken Woman by Christine K. Jahnke

Books to Check Out

Lean In
by: Sheryl Sandberg
In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, common sense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Women Don’t Ask: The High Costs of Avoiding Negotiation –and Positive Strategies for Change
by: Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
Combining fascinating research with revealing commentary from hundreds of women, this groundbreaking book explores the personal and societal reasons women seldom ask for what they need, want, and deserve at home and at work-and shows how they can develop this crucial skill.

The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?
by: Leslie Bennetts
Women are constantly being told that it”s simply too difficult to balance work and family, so if they don”t really “have to” work, it”s better for their families if they stay home. Not only is this untrue, Leslie Bennetts says, but the arguments in favor of stay-at-home motherhood fail to consider the surprising benefits of work and the unexpected toll of giving it up. It”s time, she says, to get the message across–combining work and family really is the best choice for most women, and it”s eminently doable.