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Business Leadership for Women Lawyers

Business Leadership for Women Lawyers is a Program designed in collaboration with female lawyers and sponsoring law firms who are committed to advancing female legal talent and increasing organizational performance.

This unique U of T program addresses the challenges women lawyers face in leadership

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Photo of Professor Tiziana Casciaro writing on a white board 

About the program

Participants learn critical business skills necessary to develop a balanced, satisfying and authentic career – visibility, strategic networking, strong client relationships and leadership strategies.

Program Dates

April 9 - 10, 2024

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Please contact to be notified when applications for the next offering open.

Program fee

$3,500* + HST (for 2024 offering)

Participant profile

Income Partners, Senior Associates and Patent Agents

Program Themes:

Elevating Your Professional Network: A Workshop

Participants will review the strengths and weaknesses of their current networks in relation to their professional goals. Practice skills critical to effective relationship building and devise a plan of action to enhance networks and support your advancement as a legal professional.

Women, Achievement & Leadership

Women have unique strengths to build powerful pathways and reach the top rungs of their organizations and to have sustained impact once there. Develop practical tools that women professionals can rely on to maximise their success.

Mastering Work-Life Balance:  Building and Maintaining Resiliency

Workplace stress is at an all-time high, particularly in fast-paced, high-pressure work environments such as Law. Learning how to build and maintain resiliency is critical to both personal and professional success. Participants will benefit from research in the areas of stress, work recovery and work-life balance to discover effective and specific techniques and strategies.

Motivating Professionals

The knowledge-based and project-oriented nature of law requires a distinctive motivational profile and a unique approach to motivating and retaining high-performers. Participants gain a better understanding of the motivators that drive legal professionals and explore necessary leadership approaches to retain and develop top talent.

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
  • Networking opportunities with peers

      Dates Themes


      • Day 1:

      • Welcome
      • Women, Achievement & Leadership
      • Elevating Your Professional Network: A Workshop
      • *Cocktail Reception
      • Day 2:

      • The Science of Resilience: Unlocking Strategies for Personal Success
      • Motivating Professionals
      • Action Planning/Wrap-up

Faculty and instructors

Tiziana Casciaro Tiziana Casciaro >>

Academic Director, Business Leadership for Women Lawyers
Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management

Julie McCarthyJulie McCarthy >>

Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management

Fees and payment

Program fee

$3,500 + HST

Included in the program fee:

  • Tuition
  • All program materials and supplies
  • Completion certificate
  • Class-day meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks)
  • Networking Event


Payment in full is required upon acceptance to the Program. The Program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before the start of the program, whichever is first. Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form.

Alumni discount

Rotman Initiative for Women in Business participants or Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a discount equivalent to 10% of the Program Fee.

Cancellation policy

Please review the full version of our program 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.

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 information

How to apply

Applications for 2024 are now closed. Please email us at Women.Initiatives@Rotman.Utoronto.Ca to get informed for the next offering.

How we select applicants

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

When will you hear?

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. Applications will close once the Program is full.


Partners and Sponsors

The Rotman School of Management and the University of Toronto are grateful to Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and Osler LLP who have contributed generously to the development of this Program, and for their commitment to the career success of Program participants.

Have a question?

Contact us.

Initiative for Women in Business
Rotman School of Management


This program is eligible for 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development. Business Leadership for Women Lawyers is approved for continuing education accreditation with:

arrowLaw Society of Ontario
arrowBarreau du Québec
arrowLaw Society of British Columbia