Empowering Women Leaders Program



Introduction and Background

"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

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

The Empowering Women Leaders 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.

Empowering Women Leaders is a 3-part leadership program for women that provides an opportunity to step away and have a conversation with fellow participants, facilitators, experts, and special speakers. This program is for women, designed and facilitated by women, and provides an environment where women can discuss their experience, leadership challenges, and success.

Program Overview


Pre-work | Begin your Journey to Empowerment

Approximately one month prior to the beginning of the Empowering Women Leaders (EWL) Program, you will be asked to complete:

  • The Leadership Challenges Inventory 360 (LPI) which will include asking for feedback from others
  • VIA Character Strengths Online Self Assessment and Reflection
  • The Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
  • Reflection Questions


Part 1 | Leading Self, Others and Organization – Foundational Workshop 


By using the Adaptive Leadership Framework and results of the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) 360 and the Thomas Killman Inventory (TKI), you will discover your leader identity and engage in the Women in Leadership Today panel discussion. Within 3 days of Part I of the program, you will discover the foundations to leadership success and empowering others, creating an adaptive leadership culture, developing your strategic plan, and establishing your peer coaching circles



  • Welcome and introductions
  • Overview of the Adaptive Leadership Framework
  • Set the context: leadership development and women and leadership
  • Learn from your leadership best experiences
  • Receive and interpret your leadership 360 feedback
  • Explore learning leadership and set up peer coaching circles
  • Clarify and make visible your Leader Identity
  • Plan for your leadership development



  • Become a reflective leader and check-in
  • Focus on mobilizing self and others in Adaptive Leadership Framework
  • Become an emotionally intelligent leader
  • Develop your self-awareness, self-management, stress management and empathy competencies
  • Explore how to build resilience
  • Create your leadership developmental goals
  • Give and receive coaching in your peer coaching circles
  • Learn and interact with the Women’s Wisdom Panel and reception



  • Engage with practices for mobilizing self and others
  • Develop your day to day coaching capacity
  • Become a conflict competent leader
  • Learn more about being a facilitative leader in a team environment
  • Strategize your leadership development and build your network
  • Next steps and wrap up


Part 2 | Ongoing Engagement and Leadership Learning


  • Three 1-Hour Telephone Coaching Sessions With One Of The Facilitators
  • Peer Coaching Circle Meetings (Approx. 1 per month)
  • Timely Leadership Resources
  • Lunch And Learn Session With EWL Alumni And A Guest Speaker
  • Support For Self-Directed Learning And Ongoing Leadership Development


Part 3 | Leading Your Life: Integration, Celebration and Implementation


Focus on your well-being, work-life balance and a meaningful, professional support system.

  • Check-in and take stock of your EWL experience
  • Gather tools and techniques for building adaptive leaders and cultures
  • Experience the potential of an appreciative approach
  • Guest Speaker
  • Share resources and practices
  • Develop your integrated Leadership Development Plan
  • Celebrate your EWL experience

Fees: $3000 plus Taxes

Registration Deadline: To Be Announced

Location: Saskatoon

More Information

Includes course tuition, four-days of programming, three hours of coaching, LPI 360 and TKI assessments, VIA Character Strengths Online Self Assessment, program materials, a framed certificate upon completion, meals and refreshments.

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Rebecca Schweighardt
Learning and Development Specialist
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Key Learning Objectives

"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

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

  • Building leadership identity, voice, presence and confidence to lead adaptively and strategically
  • Building the support of mentors, coaches and sponsors
  • Empowering and mobilizing for self and others
  • Creating a learning environment of trust and safety
  • Strengthening capacity to manage conflict, have courageous conversations
    and initiate new conversations
  • Focusing on self care, resilience and integration of aspects of life
  • Define your vision for your work, home and family, and make it a reality
  • Create a focused action plan to leverage your strength
  • Gain tools and techniques to support ongoing development for yourself and for others
  • Enhance your network of support
  • Just in time learning around leadership issues that arise

Who Should Attend?

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

WOMEN with 5+ years of experience in the workplace 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 the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) 360 and the Thomas Killman Inventory (TKI)
  • 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

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
Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant

Instructor Profiles

Lillas Hatala, M CEd, CPHR, CMC | Linda McCann, MA, CPHR 

Linda and Lillas met in graduate school at the University of Saskatchewan, 35 years ago, and have been friends, colleagues, and collaborators since that time. Their work is guided by years of leadership development experience in all sectors across Canada and abroad, as leaders and leadership development program designers, facilitators, and coaches. In recent years, they have been inspired by the power of many practices that contribute to transformation, such as compassionate communication, feminine power, and adaptive leadership. Lillas and Linda have Masters Degrees in Continuing Education and Applied Social Psychology, respectively, as well as numerous certifications. They share a commitment to helping women leaders thrive and flourish personally, interpersonally, and in their organizations. They are the co-founders of Women in Leadership for Life (WILL). www.womeninleadershipforlife.ca

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University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received at least fifteen (15) business days in advance of the course commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than fifteen (15) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to a $1000 administration fee. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days prior to the course commencement date will be subject to full course tuition cost.

Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost.

Fees subject to change without notice.

Program Transfers

One course transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received more than fifteen (15) business days prior to the course start date. Program transfers within fifteen (15) business days of the course start date will be subject to a $300 administration fee.

Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on course availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase.

Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee.

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