Women and Leadership Program

CAAWS’ Women and Leadership Program consists of a series of five professional development sessions that blend theory with practical applications, and provide an opportunity for women working or volunteering in the sport or physical activity sector to share experiences, reflect on ideas and apply specific techniques. The sessions also allow for networking opportunities among participants.

In 2013/2014, the Women and Leadership Workshops were redeveloped, featuring new content relevant for today’s young professionals.

Call for Interest – June 2014

Deadline for Applications – July 18, 2014

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is seeking strategic partnerships within the Canadian sport and physical activity system to support the roll-out of our newly revised Women and Leadership workshops across the country.  Experienced facilitators with the support of a provincial/territorial or national sport or multi-sport organization are encouraged to apply. Involvement should be part of applicant organizations’ efforts to actively engage women as leaders (senior administrators, coaches, officials, board members, etc).

Collaboration through the Women and Leadership Program is intended to:

  • Increase provincial/territorial and national sport and multi-sport commitment to taking action to engage women and girls as participants and leaders;
  • Increase capacity to address the barriers limiting women’s leadership throughout the system; and
  • Integrate the workshops into ongoing professional development and support services delivered by partner organizations during the project period, and into the future.

Training Event Dates

National Training Event – Ottawa, Ontario
September 19-21, 2014
*For applicants from BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, YT, NWT and NU

Atlantic Training Event – Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 24-26, 2014
*For applicants from NS, NB, PEI and NL

Application Process
Interested facilitators and organizations must complete the application package and submit electronically to Sydney Millar, National Program Director (snmillar@caaws.ca) on or before July 18, 2014.

Download the application (.docx)

For more information about the application process, other opportunities to become involved with CAAWS’ Women and Leadership Program, or about how your can actively engage women and girls as participants and leaders, contact:

Sydney Millar, National Program Director
613.562.5667  snmillar@caaws.ca

Women and Leadership Workshop Descriptions

Effective Communication
In the workplace, effective communication is the foundation for better job performance and relationship building. During this workshop participants will:

  • Consider the importance of their personal brand
  • Learn about four distinct communication styles, and identify your preferred style
  • Discuss electronic communication and social media etiquette, and how to avoid common pitfalls

Conflict Resolution
Conflict, in its many forms, is an inevitable part of our personal and professional lives. This workshop will ensure participants can understand and resolve conflict professionally.

  • Consider sources of conflict and the cost of leaving conflict unresolved
  • Consider five styles for dealing with conflict, identify your preferred style, and discuss situations when each style should be employed
  • Review tips for effective conflict management

Influencing Change
Whether influencing change in your organization, across the sport and physical activity system, or more broadly in society, this workshop will provide participants with theory and practical tools for success.

  • Identify elements of effective change movements
  • Discuss the (under)representation of women in society
  • Review tips for being heard and improving your listening skills
  • Discuss approaches on how to influence others

Creating Work Life Balance
For many women, balancing the demands of work, family, friends, and personal time is a challenge. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore a variety of strategies to add more balance to their lives.

  • Explore the need for balance in your life
  • Examine 10 key solutions to help you find and maintain balance
  • Share tips and success stories

Effective Networking
Strong networking skills can be a valuable tool, both personally and professionally. From building organizational partnerships to knowing about upcoming events, building your network is a long-term investment with great payoffs.

  • Explore the value of personal and professional networks
  • Identify strategies to build and maintain your network
  • Rehearse networking scenarios