The Judy Project is one of Canada’s leading executive forums, uniquely designed to support and prepare women who are ascending into executive leadership and C-suite positions. Employing a variety of learning approaches, the Program integrates leading academic research by Rotman Faculty with expertise from an impressive roster of distinguished CEO and Executive guest speakers from Canadian and global organizations.
Intensely experiential, this highly acclaimed and exclusive forum enables women to embrace their own ambition, cultivate personal and team leadership from within their organizations and form a critical peer advisory board to support their evolving leadership priorities.
- Excellence and Influential Women Leaders
Senior guest executives share their experiences of navigating the upper reaches of organizations
- Becoming an Exceptional Leader
Through case studies, mindfulness and intensive self-reflection, participants hone their leadership strengths and focus on their best-functioning talents
- Leadership and Networks
Understanding stereotypes and biases related to female leadership, and the productive strategies to overcome them
- The Art of Personal Branding
Exploring the role that public relations and social media play in developing a professional personal brand
- Leadership in Organizational Crisis
Through case studies and self-assessments, participants explore their leadership strengths under organizational crisis and stress-coping capacity
- Global Leadership
Understanding the challenges inherent in cross-cultural communication and management, and developing strategies for effective global leadership
- Leader as Architect: Designing Your Future
Participants are invited to join a Personal Advisory Board (PAB), to provide ongoing professional and personal support that sustains the Forum’s impact on leadership
The Judy Project is inspired by the late Judy Elder, a Microsoft Canada executive who was a dynamic visionary and a respected Canadian business leader. She urged women to be proud of their ambition, to reject barriers, and to simply "make stuff happen".
Whatever challenges she faced – either in business or in her equally important roles of wife and of mother to two sons – Judy met them head on while inspiring others to do the same. Through her intelligence, tenacity and ambition, Judy reached the top ranks in several organizations, including IBM Canada, Ogilvy One, the Canadian Marketing Association and Microsoft Canada.
In her own words:
"If you acknowledge the importance and power of your ambition, recognize that it is there to drive you to greater achievements and sustain you through the challenges. And if you couple it with competence, hard work and the morality you learned at your mother’s knee, you can defeat the insidious erosion of feeling inadequate, the fear of being in charge, the doubts that we all have about our capacity to lead."
- Judy Elder, as delivered at the WTN Gift of Wisdom Series, Toronto Board of Trade, March 7, 2002
"Without question, The Judy Project was the most significant personal and professional experience of my life. I feel not only invigorated but also transformed. The variety and quality of course material and instruction was unparalleled. I was able to build my personal brand, reflect on my strengths and opportunities for development, write a personal vision and develop an action plan for executing on the enormous and varied learnings offered over the week. I was privileged and honoured to participate in The Judy Project with twenty four fabulous, wise, funny and brilliant women and our shared learning was remarkable."
- Kim Armstrong, Deputy Attorney General and Associate Deputy Minister for Justice and Solicitor General, Government of Alberta
“…The forum combined lecturers, working team sessions, coaching and executive stories so very well. I found myself extremely engaged each day. I was present and inspired. Tiziana [Casciaro] was and is spectacular… I found consistent messages and learnings from both the lecturers and the speakers: have a voice; network internally and externally; know your industry; engage your team; earn it and own it; be ambitious; be aware, be mindful, be present. The Judy Project for me is a life changing experience. I met so many wonderful and smart women, I can’t wait to continue building on [my] experience.”
- Sharon Lansing, Vice President, Market Division Merchandising, Grocery, Health & Beauty, Loblaw Companies
Academic Director, The Judy Project
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management
Business Director, The Judy Project
Chief Client Officer, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Geeta Sheker >>
Director, Initiative for Women in Business
Jia Lin Xie >>
Magna Professor in Management
Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management
Mia Pearson >>
Co-Founder, North Strategic
DISTINGUISHED CEO AND EXECUTIVE GUEST SPEAKERS
2016 CEO and Executive Discussion Leaders:
Frank Clegg, CEO, Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST)
Janet Kennedy, President, Microsoft Canada
Kathleen Taylor, Chairwoman, Royal Bank of Canada
Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc.
Bill Thomas, CEO and Senior Partner, Canada Chair, KPMG’s Americas Region
Past Executive Discussion Leaders:
Elaine Campbell, President, AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada
Isabelle Courville, President, Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie
Margot Franssen, Founder and Former President, The Body Shop Canada
Moya Greene, Former President and CEO, Canada Post Corporation,
current CEO, Royal Mail Plc.
Janet Holder, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Shelly Lazarus, Chairman and CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
Rebecca MacDonald, Former CEO, Energy Savings Income Fund, current
Executive Chairman, Just Energy Group Inc.
Loretta Marcoccia, COO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Stacey Maubray, Former CEO and President, Second Cup Coffee Ltd.
Dale Ponder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Osler, Hoskin
& Harcourt LLP
Heather Reisman, Founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music
Michael Sabia, Former President and Chairman, BCE Inc., current
President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Mandy Shapansky, President and CEO, Xerox Canada
Barbara Stymiest, Former Group Head of Strategy, Treasury &
Corporate Services of Royal Bank of Canada, current Chairwoman, BlackBerry Ltd.
John Thompson, Chairman of the Board, The Toronto-Dominion Bank
Annette Verschuren, Former President, Home Depot Canada, current
Chair and CEO, NRStor, Inc.
Sherron Watkins, Former Vice President of Corporate Development,
Enron Corporation and Time Magazine's 2002 Person of the Year
Beth Wilson, Managing Partner, Toronto and Canadian Managing Partner,
Community Leadership, KPMG
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Candidates for The Judy Project possess the following attributes:
- Senior executive women with a proven track record of accomplishments;
- Clear ambition for themselves, their colleagues and their organizations;
- A passion for leadership and the business they are in;
- Equal passion and commitment to family, friends and community; and,
- Positioned to lead a large organization within five to eight years.
The 2017 Judy Project class is full. To be notified when applications are accepted to The 2018 Judy Project class, click here
$8,500* plus HST
- All program materials and supplies
*Please note that program participants will be responsible for their own travel costs, Kingbridge Centre accommodation, incidentals and meals. To book, contact The Kingbridge Centre toll free at 1-800-827-7221, or locally at 905-833-3086. Participants of The Judy Project may obtain a special nightly room rate of $307.09 plus applicable taxes. Reservations must be made by February 26, 2017. Reservations received after this date will only be granted the special room rate if availability allows.
Payment in full is required upon acceptance to the Program. Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form.
Rotman Initiative for Women in Business participants or Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a discount equivalent to 10% of the Program Fee.
Please review the full version of our APPLICATION POLICIES >> for cancellation information.
TAX INFORMATION – EMPLOYMENT-RELATED TRAINING
If the Program is employment-related training, Rotman must receive a letter from the employer confirming that the Program constitutes such training within the meaning of Canada Revenue Agency Interpretation Bulletin IT-470R. Generally, the Bulletin states that where the training is taken for the benefit of the employer, there is no taxable benefit to the employee.
If the tuition fee is paid for by the employer, it is the employer’s responsibility to determine whether or not the fees paid on behalf of the individual is a taxable benefit and should be included on his/her T4 slip.
TAX INFORMATION – NON-EMPLOYMENT-RELATED TRAINING
If an employer has not sanctioned that the Program is being taken for employment reasons, any discounts are taxable benefits to the individual participant and should be included on the individual’s tax return.
Application Deadline: February 7, 2017
1. Complete the participant application form:
PARTICIPANT APPLICATION FORM
2. Have your CEO (or CEO designate) complete the online nomination form:
CEO NOMINATION FORM
NOTE: Before completing this application form, please prepare your resume in Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) format. You will need to attach it to the application.
Applicants from sponsor organizations will be given first priority for seats in the program. Thereafter, applications from non-sponsor organizations will be reviewed in the order they were received.
The members of the Judy Project Steering Committee, the Rotman School of Management and the University of Toronto are grateful to the donors and sponsors who have contributed generously to this exceptional program, and for their commitment to the leadership development of program participants.
FOUNDING SPONSOR: Microsoft Canada
AMEX Canada Inc.
Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Canada Post Corporation
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Canadian Marketing Association
Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
CIBC Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Corus Entertainment Inc.
Cossette Communication Group
Deloitte & Touche
eBay Canada Limited
Hewlett Packard (Canada) Co.
Hudson's Bay Company
Institute of Communications and Advertising
Loblaw Companies Limited
Maple Leaf Foods
Medtronic of Canada Limited
Ontario Power Generation
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
RBC Financial Group
S.C. Johnson and Son Limited
Tangerine (ING Direct)
TAXI Advertising & Design
TD Bank Financial Group
TELUS Communications Inc.
Women in Capital Markets
Cisco Systems Canada Co.
London Drugs Limited
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
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