Empowering Women Leaders Program

Empowering Women Leaders (Saskatoon, SK)
Location : K W Nasser Centre (256 - 3rd Avenue South)

3-Day Foundational Workshop, Enrollment Benefit: Choice of Course, Leadership Coaching Bundle, 1-Day Closing Workshop

Stay tuned for 2018-19 dates coming soon!


The global agenda for vitality and sustainable development will be achieved by fully leveraging the leadership potential and economic participation of women.

Introduction & Background:

WomenThe Empowering Women Leaders Program is a new initiative by Executive Education, Edwards School of Business. The program is designed to support your journey to empowerment and promote an inclusive climate that values both feminine and masculine approaches, found within both men and women. Research suggests that “Women indeed Mean Business.” Organizations with women in leadership roles and on boards outperform those not tapping into the diverse strengths typically attributed to women and the feminine leadership strengths such as empathy, insight, and connectivity.

The Empowering Women Leaders 5-Day Program plus coaching provides an opportunity to step away and have a conversation with other women. This program is for women, designed and offered by women, and provides an environment where women can discuss their experiences, leadership challenges and successes.

The program consists of a 3-Day Foundational Workshop on Leading Self, Others & Organization (including a women's leadership panel on Day 1), Day 4 is your choice of one complimentary course (offered through Edwards Executive Education), three 1-hour coaching sessions with either facilitator, and a 1-Day Closing Workshop on Leading your Life: Integration & Implementation, including a guest speaker.

"In comparison to men who dominate the identity group of management in the corporate world, women as members of a minority are at a disadvantage. They have to work harder to gain leadership credibility and fortunately with the aid of programs like this, it can be done." - Betty-Ann Heggie, Founder, The Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program

Program Overview:

3-Day Foundational Workshop

Enrollment Benefit: Choice of Course: One complimentary 0.5 up to a 1 day program offered through Edwards Executive Education

Leadership Coaching Bundle

1-Day Closing Workshop

"Great content, great panel, great participants, and great facilitators. Thank-you for the opportunity!" - Anne Gent, Cameco Corporation

The TIME is now to...

  • Define your vision for your work, home and family, and make it a reality
  • Create a focused action plan to leverage your strengths
  • Gain tools and techniques to support ongoing development for yourself and for others
  • Enhance your network of support

Four Pillars of the Business Case for Women in Leadership1

•    Improve financial performance
•    Leverage talent
•    Reflect the marketplace and build reputation
•    Increase innovation and group performance

1Why Diversity Matters, Catalyst Information Centre

Why should your organization invest in women's leadership training?2

•    Makes sound business sense
•    Increases the talent pool
•    Sharpens the competitive edge
•    Fosters sustainable development
•    Benefits us all

2UN Women and UN Global Compact

Who Should Attend?

ORGANIZATIONS who want to:

  • Leverage the strengths of everyone in their organization
  • Maximize and support the unique abilities women leaders bring to their organization and community
  • Support high-potential women leaders to have more influence within the organization
  • Develop a deep and diverse leadership pipeline of talented women and men
  • Be recognized as an organization that values the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, particularly 1) Leadership, and 4) Training and Professional Development
  • Introduce the empowerwomen.org business hub and developmental resources into your strategy for long-term sustainability

WOMEN who know the importance of:

  • Stepping away and gaining more clarity about the leader you aspire to be, assessing how you are doing as a leader, and the influence you want to have on your organization, community, family, and life
  • Gaining clarity on how others see you, through 360° leadership feedback (Centre for Creative Leadership Benchmarks) and feedback from members of your cohort
  • Aligning behaviours with your values and capabilities
  • Navigating difficult situations, particularly in cultures that may not have the same values as you
  • Building networks that will enhance your authentic leader identity

"This program is a great way to build up your leadership toolbox in 5 days. I am looking forward to going back to be more intentional in the way I lead myself in my personal life, career, and community" - Laura Fahlman, Conexus Credit Union

Key Learnings Objectives:

Topics will address the needs of women-specific leadership development.

  • Building leadership identity, voice, presence and confidence
  • Building the support of mentors, coaches and sponsors
  • Negotiating for self and others
  • Leading adaptively and strategically
  • Integration of career and life
This Program is supported by The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women.
The Edwards School of Business was one of the first signatories for The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women.

Instructor Profiles:


Lillas Hatala, Mc Ed, CHRP, CMC

Lillas Hatala brings over 30 years of experience designing and facilitating leadership development programs in the corporate, government, post secondary and not for profit sectors in North America, and abroad. Lillas is the co-creator, with Linda McCann, of the Women in Leadership for Life (WILL) initiative. In addition to having her Masters Degree in Continuing Education, Lillas is certified in CCL Benchmarks, MBTI, Insights Discovery, EQi assessments; has extensive experience with the LPI 360 tool, and several coaching certifications. Through her own organization, Integrative Leadership International Ltd, Lillas challenges leaders to expand their awareness and bring greater levels of consciousness and significance to their lives, their teams and their organizations.

Linda McCann, MA, CHRP

Linda has worked across Canada as a personal, leadership and organization development consultant for 30 years. She has helped her clients – individuals, teams, organizations – to increase their capacity to lead, live, work and relate to others authentically and effectively. In working with her clients, Linda is valued for her ability to create an environment of trust and respect where deep exploration, discovery and conversation can take place. In addition to holding a graduate degree in psychology, Linda is a qualified Myers-Briggs instructor, is certified for Benchmarks with the Centre for Creative Leadership, and is a Certified Human Resource Professional. In recent years, her passion for learning has led her to expand her knowledge and skills in the areas of compassionate communication, coaching, and adaptive leadership and emotional intelligence.

Program Fees

$3,000 plus GST

  • Program fee includes 5-days of programming plus 3 hours of coaching, assessments, program materials, meals and refreshments, and a framed certificate upon program completion.
  • Applicants must have 5+ years of experience in the workplace.
  • Special Discount to Business and Professional Women (BPW) members.
  • Two scholarships valued at $1,500 each are available.
  • Participants may withdraw from this course at any time, however, a $500 administration fee will be charged for withdrawing from the course up to 21 days prior to course start date. No refunds will be processed after this time. Participants may avoid the $500 admin fee by transferring fees to another course, free of charge, provided there is space available. Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal.
  • Fees subject to change without notice