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Women in Academic Leadership

Prepare to take the next step in your higher education career with this NEW, unique and innovative five-day residential program of workshops and mentorship from the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD), to enhance your executive leadership potential in Canada.

Oct. 1 to 5, 2018 at the Inn at The Forks, Winnipeg

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Academic leadership

Women in Academic Leadership was designed for the women who will become our next academic leaders, women like you. Build your leadership skills and learn how to address the unique issues you may face in the higher education environment in this program. Sessions will address important topics like changing perceptions related to women in academic leadership, communication and negotiation, issues like sexism and the glass ceiling, workplace politics and challenges.

CHERD realizes that although we have made progress, women are still significantly under-represented in senior academic positions, as vice-presidents academic and research, on university boards, and in top appointments and subsequent reappointments. In fact, many Canadian universities have yet to appoint a female president.

If you have achieved an early to mid-level of academic leadership and now have your sights on reaching higher levels of academic leadership, join us. Let’s work together, to make a difference in the world of higher education and in your career.

Meet your leaders

Women in Academic Leadership - Mentorship

There’s nothing like learning from someone who has been there. The unique mentorship component of this program connects you with experienced women leaders to inspire and guide you. Learn about the rewards and challenges of academic leadership from these knowledgeable and accomplished women in higher education. Stay tuned. More mentors will be announced soon.

Meet your leaders

Building community and networking

Building community and networking

Together, in this program, we will build a community of women in academic leadership, with inspiring and successful instructional facilitators and mentors to guide us. Build your professional network and become a part of this important community. It’s an excellent networking opportunity.

Join the discussion. Share ideas. Be a part of the evolution in academic leadership.

What to expect

Women in Academic Leadership is a five-day leadership retreat. Benefit from relevant, applied learning through interesting interactive activities and discussion led by experienced women leaders sharing real-world experience. Set goals, get feedback on your leadership qualities, and make personal, professional connections in this interactive program.

Before you come

Before you arrive, you will be introduced to the mentors, facilitators, and participants. You will also be provided with reading materials to review in advance, and encouraged to reflect on them, and set your goals.

Day 1
On the first day, you will meet everyone in-person, share your goals and interests, and participate in round-table discussion in order to get to know each other. You will continue to build on your goals and connect with people from this point on.

Days 2 to 4
From day two to four, the facilitator will introduce the program themes, and you will break into smaller groups to work with mentors who will lead the discussion and offer their own insights.

Day 4
On day four, you will meet one-on-one with a mentor to review your leadership qualities.

Day 5
On day five, as the program wraps up, you’ll prepare to take the next steps in your professional goal setting, networking, and creating a community of leadership.

Themes you’ll explore

  • An introduction to women’s leadership in higher education
  • Changing current perceptions of women in academic leadership
  • Communication and negotiation: what makes an effective woman leader?
  • Issues women leaders face: sexism, implicit bias, and the glass ceiling
  • Organizational dynamics in higher education including navigating the politics of the workplace
  • Rewards and challenges of leadership, with input from high profile female guest speakers
  • Networking and creating communities of leadership practice
  • Professional goal setting

What you get

  • Applied learning
  • Case-based learning
  • Informative activities and discussions
  • Opportunity for group and individual feedback from mentors
  • Insights on leadership and your own leadership qualities from mentors
  • Opportunity for self-reflection and goal setting
  • Community building


Program Fee
$4,500 CDN (includes GST, tuition, course materials, refreshments, and some meals)

Hotel booking information
Our hotel and event venue is the Inn at The Forks in Winnipeg.

Book your room before August 31, 2018 and get the special rate of $182 to $189 plus GST.

Tell them you’re with University of Manitoba (CHERD) under group reservation number 350307.

Inn at The Forks
Inn at The Forks
75 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0A2

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