Although more women* are represented in leadership roles, gender bias and sexism still plays out in most institutions making it more challenging for women to be bold and effective – even more so for women of colour and Indigenous women.
Judy Rebick, one of Canada’s best-known feminists, understands better than anyone the pressures and pitfalls of defaulting to a more traditional male leadership style. Now in her 70’s, she started her career learning how to lead from men. Being sure of yourself, always having an opinion, exerting dominance are some of the characteristics she learned to ensure her voice was heard. It wasn’t until she was President of Canada’s largest women’s group in the early 1990’s –the National Action Committee on the Status of Women – that she realized that her leadership style was silencing of other voices.
She learned to change her style to increase her impact. In this session she will spill her secrets – her experiences, tips and methods of leading from your heart as well your head to both be yourself and have impact on those around you.
You will learn:
- the history of the women’s movement in Canada and shifts in women’s status over the last century;
- the difference between traditional male defined leadership styles and more diverse ways of speaking, leading and having impact;
- how to exercise your power as a leader in a way that supports and encourages the people you work with giving them voice rather than taking it away;
- how to identify and overcome obstacles to taking leadership including conflict avoidance, social isolation, insecurity, stress and triggers;
- new leadership models and stories that highlight emotional intelligence, diversity and inclusion, listening and support;
- how to overcome feelings of inadequacy and trust your own judgment
*Black, brown, other racialized, Indigenous and trans/ gender non-conforming women all welcome. We recognize and honour the complexity of intersectional identities.
Bonus Coaching: If you would like to continue your learning, Judy is offering a 3-session “Coaching for Impact” package (usually $150/session) to course participants for $395 (including a signed copy of her book, Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution). The coaching comes with a specialization in presenting, speaking and communicating for maximum impact.
Judy Rebick is one of Canada’s best-known feminist activists, journalists and writers. In the early 1990’s she was President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group and helped pave the way for the leadership of Indigenous and women of colour as well as leading campaigns to win a stronger rape law, making domestic abuse grounds for refugee status and stopping the recriminalization of abortion. During the 1980’s, she was a leader of the pro-choice movement using direct action to win the full legalization of abortion in Canada. She was host of CBC debate show Face Off from 1994 to 1998 and Women’s Discussion Show Straight from the Hip until 2000.
She has also been teaching university for 20 years with a focus on feminism and social movements. She was Director of Special Projects for the Canadian Hearing Society where she worked with deaf people to win an Employment Equity Act at the federal level and the teaching of American Sign Language in Schools for the Deaf. In 2002 Judy founded the first independent online news and discussion site in Canada. Before Facebook and Twitter, rabble.ca was a site for debate and discussion that continues until today.
~ Bhutila Karpoche
~ Olivia Chow
~ Michelle Langlois, Union Activist
~ Kikelola Roach, Unifor Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University
Women’s Leadership Institute: Voice, Action, Change
Date: June 10th 2020, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Ground Floor, Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst St.; Toronto, ON; The Garage
Fee: $350 plus HST including snacks and materials.* (20% of our slots are sliding scale. Please enquire) Please note that there are also invoice and payment by cheque options.
Course Leader: Judy Rebick
Contact: Info@AnimaLeadership.com or (416) 516-8728
Anima Cancellation Policy:
- 60 days or more prior to course: we offer a refund, minus a $100 administration fee.
- Less than 60 days prior to course: we offer 50% credit towards next scheduled training, minus a $100 administration fee.
- Day of, or day prior to, course: no refund or credit available. If you are unexpectedly unable to make the course, contact us about potentially sending a colleague in your place.