Advancing Women in Leadership Program (AWLP)

Advancing Women in Leadership Program was launched by Carleton University in partnership with corporate sponsor, Goldcorp Inc. in 2014.

The program focus is on the inner journey of authentic, creative and ethical leadership for women in business, government, and civil society. Research shows that strong leadership and the distinctive abilities that women bring to organizations contribute to improved business performance.This  education provides women with insights and skills to prepare for a variety of business systems.

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April 20 – 24, 2020

The Rideau Club
99 Bank St.
Ottawa, ON K1P 1H4


Regular tuition $6,780 ($6,000 +HST). Preferred rates available for three or more participants from the same organization. For more information please contact 

Newmont Goldcorp Sponsorship

Newmont Goldcorp Inc. understands the importance of collaborating and working in partnership with Indigenous communities. In 2018, they announced their commitment to making the AWLP more accessible to Indigenous women leaders from Canada, Argentina, Chile and Mexico, with a five year agreement. The Newmont Goldcorp Inc sponsorship provides tuition and limited travel and accommodation expenses for selected Indigenous candidates. For more information about for this funding, please contact

CUSTOM Programs

A customized version of this program is available to organizations wanting to provide in-house training and development for their employees. For more information, please contact

Overview of the Program

Many candidates are working in industries and organizations where women in leadership roles are under-represented. This program has been designed to meet these specific leadership needs and help women at the mid-point in their career. Participants will acquire new insights, organizational knowledge, and the skills to navigate key decision-making structures to lead change.

Graduates of the AWLP will have an enhanced:

  • understanding of organizational dynamics;
  • leadership abilities to contribute to executive decision-making;
  • awareness of future business prospects and client relations; and
  • knowledge to stand firmly in the business arena.

Welcome to this innovative leadership program!


Authentic, creative and ethical leadership is recognized as a key ingredient for the success of a business, government and civil society in a global, diverse and interconnected world. Strong leadership and the distinctive abilities that women bring to any organization contribute to improved business performance and enhanced revenues.

Leading organizations are embracing gender diversity and the value that women create for their own 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. Women face challenges in navigating the system of corporate structures that are, and have been, designed by men and have been traditionally male-dominated. Women’s strengths are not always taken into account and women are often excluded from advancement discussions.

This leadership program aims to give women new insights, depth, and skills to navigate the system and to lead change.

Target Audience

If you are a woman poised to assume a leadership role in your organization, this program is designed for you. If you are a woman working in an industry or organization where women are under-represented, you will benefit from the advanced leadership program.

If you are a woman at a mid-career point, and; a next-generation leader in your organization, you will learn how to avoid organizational pitfalls and how to advance your success as a creative leader. Working with fellow leaders, and, experienced facilitators and coaches, you will learn how organizations work, how you can construct paths to succeed in leadership roles, and, how to build lasting professional networks.


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.

The inquiry and exchanges between participants and guest speakers add richness to the presentations of concepts and ideas. The themes flow from self-awareness as a leader and define the organizational requirements of leadership. Small group work and personal exercises lead to the specification of a personal career development strategy.

Participants in the five-day, the residential 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: 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 2-3 years

Program Goals

  • Provide insight, knowledge, and skills essential to lead effectively
  • Strengthen women’s confidence to lead in traditionally male-led organizations
  • Develop awareness of, and insights into, how men and women behave in leadership roles
  • Inspire women to achieve their full potential for advancing in their organizations and to discover their personal power
Themes  Overview

Introduction to a new kind of leadership

Navigating the system

Owning your Success

Stepping up to the plate

Leading from your own strengths

Leadership & Gender Intelligence

  • A broad look at the challenges women face in the workplace
  • New ideas and approaches for leading with authenticity.
  • Remove barriers to professional and personal development.
  • The first step in understanding your own leadership strengths and style.
  • Leverage your own unique strengths and skills.
  • Align your skills and the job requirements, create a success matrix.
  • A journey through recent scientific findings.
  • How women & men can work together.

Understanding Culture

Understanding Culture

Leadership & Women

Attributes & Skill Sets

Leading with Vision

Trust & Strategy

  • A look into your own organization’s culture.
  • How expectations can align with your own values.
  • Explore principles that guide you: conviction, courage, inclusiveness.
  • Personal power & positional power: how to leverage both.
  • Leadership principles, traits, skills & attributes.
  • Juxtaposing your strengths against key leadership attributes.
  • Lead change with integrity.
  • Build trust, inspire, generate ideas and invite ideas.
  • Bridge the different values of teams.
  • Develop critical thinking & the art of the long view.
  • Build credibilityEngage people through situation analysis and strategy.

Leadership is Engaging & Communicating

Leadership is Negotiating, Dealing with Conflict & Mediating

  • Become an enabling voice.
  • Engage and empower by applying strong communication skills.
  • Explore social intelligence to strengthen relationships.
  • Practice deep listening, without filters.
  • Framing conversations for the best effect.
  • Different styles of communication.
  • Understand how women negotiate to create win-win results.
  • Explore dealing with others through empathetic negotiations.
  • Approach conflict resolution by engaging others to support you.

Leadership is Making Decisions

Leadership is Intelligent Risk-Taking

Leadership is Building & Leading Teams – Collaborative Leadership

  • Understand how you approach decisions.
  • Appreciate how women bring different perspectives to decision-making.
  • Develop the ability to make course corrections.
  • Define your tolerance for personal risk and understand fear.
  • Appreciate the unintended consequences of risk taking.
  • Take risks that advance your career and work.
  • Build relationships that support collaboration.
  • Draw on the team’s various and complementary talents.
  • Discover effective coaching and performance feedback.
  • Develop the art of building team relationships & dynamics.

Leadership and The Importance of

Relationships & Networks: The Juggling Act

Work-Life Integration

My Own Strategic Career Plan

  • Understand the power of networks, mentors, and sponsors.
  • Show you can make them work for you.
  • Map out your network & relationships.
  • Revisit and understand stress in a new light.
  • Explore your work-life balance with a view to making changes.
  • Explore how to build harmony between work and personal life.
  • Develop your plan for work-life integration.
  • Make a personal commitment to yourself.
  • Create your personal career & strategic plan.

Navigating your Future

Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership, part of the School of Public Policy and Administration, together with key partners and sponsoring organizations for this program, is uniquely positioned to deliver this 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 organizations all over the globe.

In industries where women are currently under-represented, this leadership program will help you to create the conditions for your success as you navigate the pathways to your future.

Join us for this leadership program and create a business advantage for your organization as you help to lead your organization’s success!

Program Seats

Organizations serving as sponsors for the program will receive seats in the program at a preferred rate. Individual seats are also available. Travel, accommodations and living expenses are paid for by the participants in the program.

Sponsorship Options

Gold Level

Your organization makes a donation of $40,000 to the Advancing Women in Leadership Program (Program). Your organization receives related publicity, including the use of your business logo on the websites of the two research centres and your company name and logo are featured in the program documents for the duration of your sponsorship. A joint press release is issued. You receive 8 seats in the program, seats that can be used for program participants in this and in subsequent years.

Silver Level

Your organization makes a donation of $25,000 to the Program. Your organization receives related publicity, including the use of your business logo on the websites of the two research centres and your company name and logo are featured in the program documents for the duration of your sponsorship. You receive 5 seats in the program, seats that can be used for program participants in this and in subsequent years.

Bronze Level

Your organization makes a donation of $15,000 to the Program. Your organization receives related publicity, including the use of your business logo on the websites of the two research centres and your company name and logo are featured in the program documents for the duration of your sponsorship. You receive 3 seats in the program, seats that can be used for program participants in this and in subsequent years.


You choose to register as an individual and do not become a corporate sponsor. Please see the registration form located on this website. The cost to the individual for the one-week program is $6,780 (HST included) for the course. Travel costs, accommodations, and meals outside of the training hours are the responsibility of the individual participant and are not included in the program fees.


Goldcorp is one of the fastest-growing, lowest-cost senior gold producers, with operations and development projects in politically stable jurisdictions throughout the Americas. Goldcorp’s strong project pipeline is positioned to drive long-term, sustainable growth. The company is an industry leader in responsible mining and is committed to delivering social and economic benefits to the communities in which it operates.

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