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Establish long-term relationships with like-minded women, encouraging one another; Gain the tools necessary to speak confidently about and act on contemporary social issues in corporate and social settings; Benefit from an increase in economic and career opportunities as you gain additional skills, indirectly enhancing influence within your personal sphere of influence.

Applications are now closed for the 2024-2025 cohort of the Catholic Women Leadership Program.  Applicants for the following year will open in Fall 2024.

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Created to support a just, merciful, and compassionate world nurtured by the genius of women, the Catholic Women's Leadership Foundation, in partnership with the Providence Institute for Transformative Leadership at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, offer a yearlong leadership certificate program to help Catholic women strengthen their leadership skills in an environment which integrates faith and spirituality.


Program Impact

The impact of the Leadership Program is far-reaching for both the community and the Catholic Church. In the quest for Catholic social justice in society:

  • Women will gain valuable leadership skills

  • Program graduates will lead and be an important influence as workplaces explore their social purpose and meet their ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) mandates

  • Program graduates will become a pool of trained laywomen providing succession in Catholic social justice work currently championed by a diminishing number of religious women

  • Women with specialized skill sets and knowledge will be important resources for charities in the more effective promotion of their missions to create a just and compassionate society

  • Local parishes, committees, and dioceses will be strengthened by the feminine genius as women take on more leadership roles

  • Governments at all levels will be encouraged by a constituency of women not afraid to advocate on behalf of those without a voice

Program Highlights

The Leadership Program is developed to accommodate women who may be working full time. It is based on adult learning principles and is be women-centered. The program features numerous networking opportunities and a mentorship plan designed to strengthen each woman’s ability to grow.

After completing the Program, women will have the skills they need, whether they are speaking on behalf of an organization, fundraising for a local community group, making decisions that affect the health and well-being of people or serving as a director of a major organization or a government agency.

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