Main Content

Leadership Development for Early Career Women

Formerly Athena

Leadership Development for Early Career Women addresses fundamental leadership competencies and offers participants effective strategies for performance and career management.

About the program

The Program promotes personal authenticity and self-cultivation as stepping-stones to team leadership and increased accountability. The Program includes a pre-program EQ Emotional Intelligence assessment and a post-program coaching session to enhance learning and establish a strategy for personal and professional growth.

Image of Lauren Della Mora, Group Manager, Oncology Nursing & Symptom Management, Ontario Health, who participated in this professional development program

Program Dates

Two full days at Rotman on October 23 - 24, 2024

Program fee

$3,750* + HST

Application deadline: September 29,, 2024.

Enrol by June 30th, 2024 and save 10% off the program fee!

Participant profile

Project and Team Leads, Managers and aspiring Leaders with 3 to 8 years' experience

Apply now →

A deposit of 50% of the program fee is required at time of application. The balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before the start of the program, whichever is first.

Program Themes:

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Personal assessment of key strengths and growth areas, and understanding of Emotional Intelligence as an essential skill for effective team and individual performance

Effective Leadership

Understanding leadership style, communication strategies and techniques, gender, culture and relationship insights, and leading through change and uncertainty

Professional Effectiveness

Personal branding, self-assertion, negotiating for success, personal and organizational goal alignment and professional networking


Learn to use five negotiation strategies and discover how to harness these approaches and develop your own negotiation strengths.

Program dates and schedule

    The program schedule includes:

  • 2 day in person program from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM* (EST) with meals included
  • Pre-program readings and assigned pre-work
  • One individual coaching session online
  • Networking opportunities with peers

      Dates Sessions


      • Day 1: 

      • Welcome
      • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
      • Effective Leadership
      • *Networking Reception (5 - 7pm)
      • Day 2:

      • Personal Branding
      • Get the Negotiation Edge
      • Managing your Career and Personal Action Planning

Who should attend


Candidates for the Leadership Development for Early Career Women are female Project and Team Leads, Managers and aspiring leaders with 3 to 8 years' experience who aspire to career growth and greater professional influence. Participants are first-line managers, middle managers, and individual contributors

This program will be particularly valuable if you:

  • Have been identified as high-potential
  • Are looking to develop your leadership and influencing skills
  • Are seeking effective strategies and tools for professional success
  • Are a new manager


Each application is reviewed by Rotman's admissions committee to ensure suitability of participants.


If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of their completed application and fee deposit.

Faculty and instructors

Delee FrommDelee Fromm »

Lawyer and Psychologist Specializing in the Arenas of Negotiation, Leadership and Women's Advancement

geoffrey leonardelliGeoffrey Leonardelli »

Professor, Organizational Behaviour and HR Management

Carolyn MeacherCarolyn Meacher »

Leadership Coach & Consultant

Geeta ShekerGeeta Sheker »

Program Director
Director, Initiative for Women in Business

Andrea WojnickiAndrea Wojnicki »


Executive Communication Coach

Program benefits

Organizational Benefits

  • Improve team leadership & performance
  • Equip employees to take on more responsibility and accountability
  • Enhance leadership effectiveness
  • Develop high-potential female talent

Participant Benefits

  • Learn how to assess your leadership style and its impact on a team
  • Understand the power of influence
  • Tap into your Emotional Intelligence to augment your effectiveness
  • Develop your authentic brand
  • Learn a negotiation approach that is sophisticated and effective
  • Gain an external peer network

Fees and payment


$3,750* + HST

  • Class-day meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks)
  • Networking

    Deposits are required at the time of application (refundable only to applicants not accepted to the program). The balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before program start date, whichever is first. 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. One discount may be applied per person


    Please review the full version of our PROGRAM POLICIES » for cancellation information. 


    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.


    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.

    Have a question?

    Contact us.

    Initiative for Women in Business
    Rotman School of Management


    This program has been approved for 13 continuing professional development hours under section A of the continuing Professional Development Log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA™)