Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Program

Empower – Accelerate – Disrupt

Overview

In North America and throughout the world, the glass ceiling persists. Despite a rise in women entrepreneurs and leaders, a significant gap exists. The Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Program is a unique Innovation and Leadership program for seasoned women professionals worldwide. The program combines the expertise and complementary cultures of three globally renowned institutions, the McGill Executive Institute (McGill University), the CentraleSupélec Exed, a subsidiary of the European Engineering School CentraleSupélec (CS) as well as The Women Initiative Foundation (WIF), with its international experience in promoting women in business.

This program offers an immersive experience, aimed at developing your leadership competencies and accelerating you and your business. The six-day program connects women to a community and establishes a foundation for lifelong learning, growth and engagement. The program offers experiential learning opportunities, a wealth of knowledge from top faculty and researchers, personal development as well as networking opportunities. You will benefit from a small cohort of international leaders and entrepreneurs in an intimate setting on Montreal’s iconic McGill campus. You will spend a week engaged in lectures, fireside chats and cultural events where emerging skills are continually developed and applied.

Women will leave equipped with tools to manage complex projects in any industry or function. The program aims to propel women in business, help them develop long-lasting relationships and create a network of women who will continue to learn and support each other.

Key Benefits and Takeaways

  • Develop the necessary mindsets for future business growth
  • Break down the structural barriers women face
  • Challenge institutional and individual mindsets regarding women entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Enhance your strategic agility and hone your entrepreneurial spirit
  • Discover processes and frameworks for solving complex problems and managing projects
  • Become empowered to mobilize the people around you
  • Become an innovator and disruptor
  • Become part of a greater ecosystem of women leaders and entrepreneurs

This program is for seasoned women professionals from various industries and locations. It is equally applicable for high potential leaders with at least ten years of professional experience.

The cost includes program tuition, all instructional materials, accommodations (5 nights), daily continental breakfasts, lunches and refreshments. There are several evening events planned, please see detailed schedule for more information

Course Leaders

Marie Josée Lamothe

Marie-Josée Lamothe

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Marie-Josée Lamothe

Ms. Lamothe has over 25 years of experience in the competitive digital and consumer products world (Google, L’Oréal, Procter&Gamble, Clairol). She is best noted for her expertise in Global Product Management and Omni-Channel Branding. Ms. Lamothe is a Professor of Practice at McGill University (Desautels Business Faculty) and is the President of Tandem International, an advisory firm specialized in omnichannel retailing and branding. Ms Lamothe has been awarded the Desautels Achievement award by McGill University, which recognizes individuals who serve as role models for students in their education, career, and philanthropic contributions. She was recognized among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Financial Post and Canada’s Marketers of the Year by Strategy magazine. Forbes Magazine and Social Media Magazine (US) recognized her among Top Marketing Minds to Follow on social media in North America and Canadian Business magazine nominated her among Canada’s 40 Global Leaders.

Julie Le Cardinal

Julie Le Cardinal

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Julie Le Cardinal

Julie Le Cardinal is a researcher and an associate professor in the Industrial Engineering Laboratory at the Ecole Centrale Paris, France. Her research focuses on the discovery of new design and management methodologies in an industrial context. Julie’s expertise is in team diversity and project management. She coaches project managers in companies concerning the management of their project and the choice of decision-makers in teams. After earning her degree in Mechanical Engineering (UTC, France), she completed a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering Systems at ECP, followed by a PhD Thesis delivering a study of Dysfunctions within the Decision-Making Process.

 

Carola Weil

Carola Weil

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Carola Weil

Dr. Weil brings a wealth of experience and expertise in management, administration and leadership. She currently serves as Dean of the School of Continuing Studies here at McGill University. Dr. Weil earned a PhD in political science an MA and an MPM, from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BA in history from Bryn Mawr College. Prior to joining American University, she served as Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She has held teaching and research appointments in international relations and public diplomacy at George Washington University, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the University of Southern California. She has also served in senior positions at the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace, both in Washington, D.C.

Sema Burney

Sema Burney

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Sema Burney

Sema Burney is a faculty member of the McGill Executive Institute specializing in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership Development, and Talent Acquisition. She is a sought-after executive educator and consultant for organizations seeking to better leverage a diverse workforce and create a competitive advantage. As a Chartered Professional Accountant and holder of a Masters in Business Administration from McGill University, Sema brings a refreshing vision to the HR world with her keen business sense and her solid understanding of the bottom line. She has worked with both private and public sector clients spanning several industries including government, transportation, financial services and retail.

 

Estelle Metayer

Estelle Metayer

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Estelle Metayer

Estelle Métayer is an expert in Competitive and Strategic Intelligence. Her research focuses on how managers, CEOs, and board members build and improve their strategic planning and/or competitive intelligence function to avoid strategic blind spots. She is a reputed public speaker in international conferences (such as Davos in 2012) and facilitates strategic workshops around the world. She also introduced Competitive Intelligence into the McGill-Rotman School of Business’s certification program for Canadian board directors, and into the new HEC-McGill Executive MBA. Estelle is also a guest lecturer in programs led or co-led by IMD (Lausanne), the IMB (India), INSEAD (France) or MIT (United States).

Dror Etzion

Dror Etzion

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Dror Etzion

Dror Etzion is an associate professor of strategy and organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management and joined McGill in 2008 after completing his Ph.D. studies at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He is a widely published researcher and thought leader in the area of managing for sustainability to yield impactful outcomes, recruit diverse stakeholders, and foster creativity. Previously, Dror worked for 5 years in the Israeli software industry, and also spent a year at The Natural Step, an international non-profit research and consultancy organization focused on sustainable development.

 

 

Applications

This residential program is for seasoned women professionals from various industries and locations. It is equally applicable for high-potential women leaders with at least ten years of professional experience. The McGill Executive Institute seeks to build strong positive-learning environments within which participants can flourish. Eligibility for acceptance into the program requires the following qualifications:

  1. Participants have upper- to senior-level management responsibilities;
  2. Show high interest in engaging positively with peers in a unique executive learning environment.

Candidates are encouraged to register online and supply a current resume that shows both your academic and professional experience via email to:

executive.mgmt@mcgill.ca