I fully credit your workshop and subsequent support and encouragement with giving me the knowledge and confidence I need to participate in public dialogue. One of the most surprising and rewarding outcomes has been hearing my op eds and media comments read or mentioned in the Ontario Legislature. One of my op eds was read nearly in its entirety during the critical autism debate and the Leader of the Opposition thanked me for my powerful words. So, getting your voice into the public debate really can make a difference. It is very empowering, just as you said it would be! – Janet McLaughlin, Professor of Health Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University

WRITING COMPELLING COMMENTARY
Friday, March 24
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
340 Albert St., Suite 1900, Ottawa

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WRITING COMPELLING COMMENTARY
Thursday, April 27
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Verity Club, 111 Queen St. East, Toronto (Sherbourne Room)

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This interactive workshop builds women’s leadership capacity and enhances their credibility and influence by providing participants with the confidence and tools to contribute their expertise to the public discourse. Hundreds of participants who have embraced the approach to writing compelling, short-form written commentary for newspaper op ed pages and online sites have subsequently earned industry-wide or national profile for themselves and their ideas as a result. Participants will learn to:

  • Own, articulate and position themselves as reliable authorities
  • Build a concise, persuasive and accessible argument in a publishable format
  • Link their expertise to the news to enhance the relevancy of their knowledge
  • Correspond and work with editors and journalists in general
As a non-profit, our programs are dependent on workshop and speaking revenues. We make the workshop available on a sliding scale: the $400 (+hst) registration fee is dropped to $300 for women working in the non-profit sector at an organization with 10 people or more, and $200 if employed by an NGO with fewer than 10 people/self-employed. We also reserve one or two pro bono spots in each workshop. Contact us for more information.

 

PRESENTING WITH AUTHENTICITY AND IMPACT
Tuesday, May 30
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Verity Club, 111 Queen St. East, Toronto (Sand Room)

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This highly experiential presentation skills workshop allows women to gain confidence in expressing themselves authentically and effectively in formal and informal meetings and presentations. It offers a safe and supportive environment in which participants can adapt and apply proven tools and strategies to their own communication contexts. The course includes video-recording and customized feedback to cement learning, and the group size is limited to optimize individual feedback aimed at helping participants to:

  • Identify both internal and external barriers to effective communication
  • Recognize and build on existing strengths
  • Tailor messages to audiences, and engage from the first word
  • Organize material to enhance clarity and delivery
  • Integrate stories and leverage concrete language
  • Re-frame and manage presentation anxiety
  • Overcome dependence on written text and improve visual aids
  • Manage interactions with confidence

As a non-profit, our programs are dependent on workshop and speaking revenues. We make the workshop available on a sliding scale: the $879 (+hst) registration fee is dropped to $649 for women working in the non-profit sector at an organization with 10 people or more, and $549 if employed by an NGO with fewer than 10 people/self-employed. We also reserve one or two pro bono spots in each workshop. Contact us for more information.

If you’re interested in being notified when our next open workshop becomes available, please let us know.