The Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW), is an organized research unit housed within the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. The Centre’s mission is “to facilitate and disseminate research on women and work to both academics and the broader community.” Over the last 25 years, CREWW’s programs have provided significant leadership development education for more than 600 women.
In 1992, Founding Director Dr. Lorraine Dyke established the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW) as a vehicle for delivering a new management development program for women at work.
Dr. Luciara Nardon, Associate Professor of International Business at the Sprott School of Business, is CREWW’s new director, having taken over from Dr. Merridee Bujaki (CREWW Director from 2013-2018).
Dr. Nardon’s research in multicultural environments and her extensive international experience, informs her directorship. As of September 2018, she released a new series of online videos to complement the existing distance education initiative. Dr. Nardon is also the author of Working in a Multicultural World: A Guide to Developing Intercultural Competence (2017). You can read her author interview with the Globe and Mail here.
Over the next five years, Dr. Nardon will continue to study and support women in areas related to gender diversity and work, to build new international networks, to grow CREWW’s digital presence for research dissemination, and establish a new focus on workforce integration for women who have recently immigrated.
Over the past 25 years, CREWW has conducted a number of major research projects with findings made accessible to the public. These studies have looked at career issues faced by women in the federal public service, career issues in the high-tech sector, work values, and retention of/compensation for female employees.
Outreach is conducted through events like the Women in Management Speaker Series, an annual spring and fall workshop on topics pertinent to the Centre and its mission and research. In 2017, RBC partnered with CREWW to support the creation of a Distance Education initiative.
The 2017 merger with Carleton’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership (CWPPL) allowed the two centres to share resources and more effectively advance female leadership. Clare Beckton, Executive in Residence at CREWW and Founder of the former CWPPL, leads the continuation of the Advancing Women in Leadership Program (AWLP) beyond the merger.
The program helps women at the mid-point in their careers to acquire new insights, organizational knowledge, and skills. Launched in 2014, in partnership with Goldcorp Inc., the AWLP focuses on the inner journey of authentic, creative and ethical leadership for women in business, government, and civil society. As of 2018, in light of the increased support from Goldcorp Inc., the program is now more accessible to Indigenous women leaders.
In partnership with The Bank of Montreal and The Beacon Agency, Beckton and co-author Janice McDonaldin, produced the report “Everywhere, Every Day Innovating: Women Entrepreneurs and Innovation”. The 2018 report outlines the implications for business and the Canadian economy resulting from gender differences in approaches to innovation. Learn more by downloading the report in English or French.
The chart below highlights CREWW’s core activities and stakeholders: