Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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Leadership Development for Mid Career Women

Formerly Emerging Leaders

The program promotes leadership effectiveness and business insight by developing the critical skills that shape your career and better organizational and team performance.

About the program

Participants complete a 360° self-assessment, review and discuss leadership case studies and models. The program is designed to broaden your leadership capacity and better equip you for increased responsibility and accountability through understanding strategic decision-making.

Program Dates

November 3 - 6, 2020

Program fee

$7,400* + HST

Participant profile

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

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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

Understanding and Developing Leadership

360 assessment, female leadership business cases, leadership styles/social presence, resilience and personal action planning, one-on-one executive coaching session post program.

Leading Effective Teams

Learn to assess leadership effectiveness and understand the role of the leader in designing and leading effective teams

Women, Leadership and Networks

Practical tools to build powerful networks and leverage them effectively

Integrative Thinking

Four-step design-making model: salience, causality, architecture, and resolution

Leading in Complex Environments

Learn how to build resilient organizations and prevent failure.

Resilience: Unlocking Strategies for Personal Success

Learn strategies to increase personal energy and remain positive, engaged and focused in high pressure environments.

Faculty and instructors

Tiziana Casciaro Tiziana Casciaro >>

Academic Director, Emerging Leaders
Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management

Jia Lin XieJia Lin Xie >>

Magna Professor in Management
Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management

Julie McCarthyJulie McCarthy >>

Professor of Organizational Behavior & HR Management

Jennifer RielJennifer Riel >>

Academic Director, Rotman's Integrative Thinking Program
Associate Director of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking

AndrasTilcsikAndrás Tilcsik >>

Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society

Who should attend


Candidates for the Emerging Leaders program are high-potential professional female managers with 8+ years experience.  Participants are senior team leads and emerging executives with direct reports who require new skills for greater authority, accountability and influence within their organizations.

This program will be particularly valuable if you:

  • Have been identified as high-potential
  • Are seeking a confidence boost to move ahead
  • Are looking for skills to address current business challenges
  • Are new in your role or organization
  • Wish to quicken your re-entry after a work absence


For application information please contact the program at


Each application is reviewed by an admissions committee to ensure their suitability.


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.

Fees and payment


$7,400* + HST


  • Tuition
  • All Program materials and supplies
  • Completion certificate
  • Class-day meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks)
  • Networking dinner and reception

*Program Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.


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.


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.


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.

Program benefits

Organizational Benefits

  • Improve results by developing high-potential female managers
  • Enrich leadership skills within your organization
  • Equip managers to take on more responsibility and accountability

Participant Benefits

  • Learn and apply a variety of leadership models
  • Understand how to integrate self-awareness and key strengths into your leadership style
  • Identify creative resolutions to tensions without making costly trade-offs
  • Become more effective at influencing at the individual, team and organizational levels
  • Learn how to coach teams to higher levels of performance
  • Gain an external peer network

"I have learned more practical and useful things in the last four days than in any other education program I have ever taken."

—Erica Cih, Senior Compliance Manager, Capital One Canada

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Initiative for Women in Business
Rotman School of Management


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This program has been approved for 25 continuing professional development hours under section A of the continuing Professional Development Log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA™)

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