Empowering Women Leaders Program


November 26 - 28, 2018 & May 3, 2019

Introduction & 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 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.

Program Overview

"In taking this program, I have reconnected with myself and been reminded of my strengths. I have been given new tools and perspectives to move forward in an intentional way to continue to grow as a leader." - Lynn Gow, PotashCorp

3-Day Foundational Workshop: November 26 - 28, 2018

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: May 3, 2019

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

  • 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
    • Building the support of mentors, coaches and sponsors
    • Negotiating for self and others
    • Leading adaptively and strategically
    • Integration of career and life
  • Who Should Attend?
    "Great content, great panel, great participants, and great facilitators. Thank-you for the opportunity!" - Anne Gent, Cameco Corporation 

    Individuals with 5+ years of experience in the workplace.

    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

November 26, 2018 to May 3, 2019


Program Fees

$3000 plus GST

Includes 4 days of programming, one additional half-day ($325 value) to one-day ($595 value) course, 3 hours of coaching ($450 value), assessments, program materials, meals and refreshments, and a framed certificate upon completion. Two scholarships valued at $1500 each are available.

Registration Deadline

November 19, 2018

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Golsa Kafili

Program Coordinator


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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, CPHR 

Has worked as a leadership and team development consultant with Linda McCann Consulting for over 30 years. Linda is committed to contributing to the well being of others by helping them connect deeply to themselves and coaching them in moving through difficult challenges. Linda has most recently been training and teaching in the areas of compassionate communication, adaptive leadership and emotional intelligence.

National Support
First Signatories
The Edwards School of Business was one of the first signatories for The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women.


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

Cancellations received in writing at least 21 days in advance of the course start date will receive a full refund. Written cancellations received less than 21 days prior to the course will be subject to a $500 administration fee. Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost. Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal.

Fees subject to change without notice.

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