The Institute – An Integrated and Holistic Response to Leadership

The Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute is a multi-year pilot project undertaken in partnership with the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

The Leadership Institute is now recruiting for the 2014/15 cohort, the second of three cohorts that will participate in the program.First cohort of emerging leaders at the launch of the inaugural Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute in June 2012
The Leadership Institute builds the leadership capacity of emerging and mid-career women leaders working on community economic development (CED) issues in the women’s charitable and non-profit sectors across the country.
The program is delivered using the Coady Institute’s innovative and blended approach to asset-based leadership development. Educational methods incorporate a participant-focused, flexible learning agenda underpinned by strong adult education principles, technical expertise, and technological support. The program draws on personal insight, theory, and practical application.
This intense one-year program focuses on women-centered leadership and addresses:
  • personal leadership skills development
  • organizational development to strengthen and lead effective organizations and
  • community development and policy/advocacy skills to create or contribute to social change.
The program is being designed and tested in English before a strategy is undertaken to create a bilingual leadership program for both Francophone and English-speaking female leaders that extends beyond the women’s economic development sector to other women’s issues.