Program is Tailored for Highly Motivated Professional Women
Carleton University has launched the Management Certificate for Women (MCW), a unique seven-month program that delivers personal skills management training tailored for highly motivated women who wish to enhance their leadership skills and elevate their influence.
The certificate program is an evolution of the Management Development Program for Women (MDPW), a long-running program that helped nearly 600 women enhance their careers, their organizations, their families and their communities.
The MDPW, which held its final convocation in May 2014, can claim many achievements. Ninety-two per cent of all graduates reported significant improvements in communication effectiveness and 83 per cent experienced at least one promotion after they completed the program. To date, five books that deal with business skills have been published by graduates. Graduates operate their own alumni chapter.
The new certificate program will be shorter than the MDPW and will focus on key skills, says Merridee Bujaki, director of the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work in Carleton’s Sprott School of Business. The new format will make the program more affordable and more feasible for busy professional women. Classes will take place two days a month.
“Women’s lives are incredibly busy,” says Bujaki. “We’re trying to make sure that we still convey the heart of the program material, but we’re doing it in a way that acknowledges that most of the women that enter the program already have some post-secondary education.”
The program focuses less on individual assignments and more on interactive experiences, offering an executive style opportunity where students learn in the classroom and less on their own time.
“The program recognizes that women have different learning and management styles than do their male colleagues and builds on their particular strengths,” says Bujaki. “Learning is tailored for women in management and responds to their learning styles by addressing personal management skills development. Throughout the program, there is a continuous focus on collaboration, teamwork and clear communication.”
Bujaki says the program offers four clear benefits:
- The opportunity to network with other professional women
- The opportunity to be exposed to leading-edge theories and practices from a management perspective
- The opportunity to explore some of the unique aspects of being a woman in management, from differences in communication styles to leadership and negotiation styles
- The opportunity to build personal confidence and a sense of strategic direction on approaching careers
A bursary from the Leacross Foundation will benefit select women with a focus on those coming from non-profit organizations, women entrepreneurs who are looking to enhance their management skills and women in the information technology sector. The KPMG Foundation is also providing bursaries to students in the program.
Applications for the 2014-2015 MCW are now being accepted.
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