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Ma Leadership

In December 2017, I began my (long overdue) journey towards achieving my Master of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. This blended program consists of two years of interdisciplinary study. In each year, we students focus on relevant, real world problem-solving projects grounded in a rigorous theoretical understanding of the nature of today’s organizations and the changing role of leadership within them. 

The BIG Push

I am incredibly proud to have joined this diverse, and talented group of women from Toronto as a Founding Member. Through a Service-for-Equity model, TBP supports women-led startups through acceleration planning and domain expertise to help their companies grow from Seed to Series A funding .


Techstars Toronto

Few accelerator programs globally have the reputation that Techstars does. It was an honour to be invited to be a mentor as part of the launch of the Toronto program, and work with startups building in a variety of verticals.

Roundhouse Accelerator

Housed in a beautifully revitalized train roundhouse in London, ON, this program incorporates mentors, programming and networking with investors. As a mentor, I am proud to be part of a program that is focused on building in the 519 and amplifying the success of Southwestern Ontario companies.

Women in Communications and Technology

I am very proud to have been a part of the Board that re-launched the London, ON chapter of WCT, and which reignited and revitalized its local presence.


BLIND EYE STRATFORD

Inspired by TED Fellow Candy Chang, this project was presented at Ignite Waterloo and Ignite Stratford. Working with photographer Elizabeth Davidson, we looked at brown spaces in the city, and engaged in a dialogue with its citizens. The results were entertaining and informative.

IGNITE STRATFORD

Inspired by the idea of “enlighten us, but make it quick,” I curated and produced two Ignite Stratford events in Stratford, Ontario. There’s way more than just the theatre in this beautiful city. Hear these incredible storytellers, and get inspired.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA BREAKFAST

A monthly gathering for small business owners started in 2010 in Stratford and Perth County, that covered subjects such as roadmap development and planning, social platforms, and digital marketing.


Leadership,

Women &

Disruption

Context

In 2016, I planned to return to school and fulfill my life-long goal of achieving my Master’s degree. In December 2017, I was accepted into the Leadership program at Royal Roads University. I chose this school and this program for a number of reasons. The school’s reputation and testimonials from others that had completed the program certainly influenced my decision, but it was the program’s purposeful systems theory approach that was the deciding factor. The school’s later designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus further reinforced that I had chosen the right program at the right school.

Already in this program, I have been challenged, celebrated, informed, and supported. As it states on the homepage of this website, I work to create positive IMPACT, no matter the domain. Whether in my classrooms, with my clients, in the audience at one of my talks, or one-on-one with the women that I mentor, I want to support, empower, and hopefully at times enlighten those I connect with. These are the tenets that drive me in my work, and my life.

Below, you can read details about the Leadership program, my most recent term of work (Self-Directed) and the goals of my program (the ELP). You will also find an outline of my current focus (My Contention), and how I hope to work with local community groups and members to examine this question.

Ultimately, I wish to co-produce programming with like-minded organizations to leave a positive impact on women, their extended networks, and my community. I hope that you’ll join me.


 
 The core competencies of the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Royal Roads University

The core competencies of the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Royal Roads University

Program

The MA in Leadership is an applied, competency-based program offering advanced leadership skills for experienced leaders interested in developing more effective organizations and communities. Focusing on factors that contribute to successful problem solving and innovation, this program provides key skills and insights to professionals working in corporate, academic, public sector, and not-for-profit environments. 

Self-Directed Studies

[Completed October 2018; see My Contention below.] Enables students to design and implement a personal course of study relevant to their specific needs and interests. Students select the topic, draft a course of study agreement, come to an agreement with the faculty member on the course of study, and pursue the agreed-upon course of study. This course includes a learning component in which students work online with a team of self-directed learners, sharing knowledge and receiving and giving peer support and feedback.

the Engaged Leadership Project (ELP)

Requires students to conduct a project in the role of leader-as-inquirer to support positive change within an organization, community, network, or community of practice. The Engaged Leadership Project (ELP) enables a thorough understanding, application, and synthesis of the MA Leadership program competencies. The ELP fulfills two essential criteria in that it requires the student to: (a) meaningfully engage a group of people in a collective effort to create positive change; and (b) make a genuine leadership stretch for the ELP student. The final ELP project report and/or supplemental knowledge products demonstrate the student’s completion of the above tasks.


My Contention

A woman’s leadership trajectory in a company or organization is often fraught with gender-based challenges and pointed disruption. Whether it’s the “glass ceiling”, the “glass cliff”, or outright harassment, stories as to why women leave these toxic environments are plentiful and well documented.

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Through an examination of current literature, this course will seek to explore women’s leadership experience, the barriers they face, and the types of resources or support that may or may not exist for them. This course hopes to identify what happens to women’s leadership trajectory after they are disrupted and ascertain any positive ways they moved forward because of that disruption.

Further, this course will seek to identify local community groups that have identified the development of women’s leadership as a priority. Through networking and outreach, this course will seek to engage in informal interviews to determine the feasibility of collaborating on programming that would support their organizational goals regarding women’s leadership development, based on this research.

 Photo by   Edu Lauton   on   Unsplash

Photo by Edu Lauton on Unsplash

Why You’re Here

If you’re here, it’s likely because we’ve met and started this discussion, or have been introduced by a trusted connection.

Why You Should Work With Me

I am driven by the desire to leave a positive, purposeful, meaningful impact on my community, the women of this community, and their respective communities. #whenweallwinweallwin

Why This Work Matters To Me

This work was originally submitted as part 1 of 3 of my self-directed studies. It has been edited for clarity and relevance. The blogs referenced in this video can be viewed here and here.