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Leadership Development for Mid Career Women

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

*Formerly Emerging Leaders

About the program

The program is designed to broaden your leadership capacity, learn how to leverage your unique strengths to lead inclusively, and better equip you for increased responsibility and accountability through understanding strategic decision-making and creating a sustained impact as a leader. Participants complete a change management simulation, as well as review and discuss leadership case studies and models. 

Image of Clodagh Scannell, Senior Enterprise Account Executive, Strategic and Global Accounts, Ten Thousand Coffees, who participated in this professional development program

Program dates

November 18-21, 2024
In-person at the Rotman School of Management

Program fee

$7,950* + HST

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

Application deadline: October 13, 2024.

Participant profile

High potential women with 8+ years experience who require new skills for greater authority, accountability and influence within their organizations e.g. assistant vice-presidents, directors and senior managers.

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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 & schedule

Understanding and developing leadership

Female leadership business cases, leadership styles, resilience, personal action planning, and a one-on-one executive coaching session post program.

Inclusive leadership

Uncover how unfolding subtle and manifested changes on perceived women leadership gives them unique strengths in leading inclusively and creating a sustained impact.

Leading effective teams

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

Building your professional network

Discover practical tools to build powerful networks and leverage them effectively.

Change Management

Learn how to exercise social influence to implement change in complex organizational environments through a hands-on, realistic computer-based learning tool.

Integrative thinking

Explore the concept of integrative thinking, through a four-step decision-making model: salience, causality, architecture, and resolution. Discuss some of the key leadership tensions and formulate ideas to create new, integrative solutions.

Resilience: unlocking strategies for personal success

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

Program dates and schedule

    The program schedule includes:

  • 4 day in-person program from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM* with meals included
  • Pre-program readings and assigned pre-work (approximately 5 hours)
  • One individual executive coaching session online
  • Networking opportunities with peers
  • Celebration dinner to begin at 5:30 PM

      Dates Sessions


      • Day 1:

      • Welcome and inclusive leadership
      • Understanding and developing leadership
      • Day 2:

      • Building your professional network
      • Change Management
      • *Dinner for Extraordinary Women
      • Day 3:

      • Integrative thinking
      • Day 4:
      • The science of resilience: unlocking strategies for personal success
      • Personal action planning
      • Peer coaching 

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
  • Develop your female talent pipeline

Participant Benefits

  • Learn and apply a variety of leadership models
  • Understand how to integrate self-awareness and key strengths into your leadership style
  • 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

Faculty and instructors

Jia Lin XieJia Lin Xie >>

Academic Director, Emerging Leaders
Magna Professor in Management
Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management

Tiziana Casciaro Tiziana Casciaro >>

Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management

Julie McCarthyJulie McCarthy >>

Professor of Organizational Behavior & HR Management

Jennifer RielJennifer Riel >>

Partner and Global Head, Strategy, IDEO
Adjunct Professor & Executive-in-Residence, Rotman School of Management

Who should attend


Candidates for the Mid-Career 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 Women.Initiatives@Rotman.Utoronto.Ca.


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


$7,950* + HST

Early bird fee available until June 30, 2024 - receive 10% off (before HST)


  • Tuition
  • All Program materials
  • Completion certificate
  • 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.

"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


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™)