2006 Ottawa YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winner To Deliver Convocation Address at Carleton University’s Unique Management Development Program for Women

This year’s winner of the Ottawa YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Learning for Life category), Dawn Brown, will deliver the Convocation address to the graduates of Carleton University’s Management Development Program for Women (MDPW). The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 27 in the Bell Canada Theatre of the Minto Centre at Carleton University at 2:00 p.m.

Ms. Brown, an MDPW alumna, has over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, teacher, author, and coach specializing in relationship and life transitions. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Canadian Counselling Association, and the International Federation of Professional Speakers. Previously the Director of Student Life Services and head of Career Services at Carleton University, Ms. Brown now devotes her energies to Perception Shift, a company she created to share her healthy approach to living. Her message is simple yet effective: “We can’t always change the people or events in our lives but we can choose to change our perceptions of them.”

The MDPW is designed for highly motivated working women who wish to develop management skills they can use immediately in a practical work environment. Over the 10-month program, participants have the opportunity to gain formal management education, network with other women, address the issues women face in management, and, enhance their self-confidence.

The MDPW began in 1992 in the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW), Carleton University. At that time, what is now known as the Sprott School of Business had the highest percentage of female faculty of any business school in Canada. With the help of this supportive group of women, Dr. Lorraine Dyke, current and founding Director of CREWW, created the only MDPW program in Ontario. Since then, over 425 women have graduated from the program.

Feedback on the program has been consistently positive. As Jo Anne Denis, Director, Policy Coordination Division at Foreign Affairs Canada and current graduate of the program stated: “The MDPW is different from any other part-time program of study I have undertaken. This was about learning the theories behind management and actually putting them into immediate practice at work… I have met the goals I set for myself at the start of the program, have become more willing to take risks and I have expanded my network of professional women.”

For more information:
Dr. Lorraine Dyke
Director, CREWW, Carleton University
613-762-3119 or 613-520-2650

Ms. Dawn Brown
Perception Shift
819-770-3739