Excel in each stage of your career

Take flight with WCM’s Soar

A virtual* workshop-style program, paired with peer mentoring that aims to:

  • Expand your professional network and foster empowering professional relationships
  • Enhance your skills in team and executive management 
  • Access resources and experts on topics designed to enhance
  • Expand your understanding of diversity and inclusion and how to incorporate ED&I principles into your leadership

*pending restrictions, we will explore doing an in-person networking event in Toronto toward the end of the program.

Program Criteria

Program Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Individuals who have been in the finance industry for at least 10 years;
  • Demonstrated commitment to career development as exemplified from the attainment of progressively senior roles;
  • Proven ability to assume leadership roles and overcome obstacles in the workplace, and exhibit the characteristics of business leadership. 
  • Applicants must be willing to take part in Peer to Peer Mentorship

  • Program Cost | $400 + HST

Key Dates

August 9, 2021 - Applications open 

October 4, 2021 - Applications close 

October - All successful applicants notified 

November 23, 2021 -  Session 1

December 14, 2021 -  Networking Session

January 26, 2022 - Session 2

March 3, 2022 - Session 3

March 31, 2022 - Networking Session

April 21, 2022 - Session 4

June 2, 2022 - Session 5

Key Information

What is Soar?

Soar is a virtual 8 month program with 5 workshop sessions and 2 networking sessions. Workshop sessions feature high calibre speakers and professional development experts, presenting on topics that support senior women in leadership roles move their careers forward and grow their professional network. 

This program is designed for women with 10+ years in capital markets who are in or aspire to leadership positions. Workshop topics are from the perspective of a leader overseeing a team and working with other high level team members. 

Part of the Soar program, Peer to Peer Mentoring is where applicants will be matched with 2 peers throughout the cycle of the program. Through this non-structured component, applicants will share stories from their leadership journey and gain valuable learning opportunities from their peers.

To get the most out of this program you will be expected to get involved with networking opportunities, complete pre-work before sessions & show up to all sessions prepared to fully engage. 

Program Sessions

  • + × Conflict Management and Resolution: November 23 |5-6 pm ET

    Conflict is an unavoidable aspect of professional life throughout a person’s career. However, at the senior level professionals must be able to navigate conflict with a higher degree of expertise and across a wide range of situations. From managing internal conflict with a team, to conflict with fellow executives, to managing external conflict with stakeholders, this session will provide tangible advice for navigating conflict and getting more comfortable with the opportunities that conflict can present. 

    Speaker: Maja Dijikic

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  • + × Facilitated Networking Session: December 14 |12-1 pm

    Join us for an hour of speed networking. This is your chance to meet other senior women from across Canada.

  • + × Communication for Senior Executives: January 26 | 5- 6pm ET

    This session will focus on the forms of communication that are critical for leaders to master. This includes communicating with a team, C-suite executives, and external stakeholders. The session will feature actionable insights into crafting and honing your message, presenting, and public speaking.

    Speaker: Fotini Iconomopoulos

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  • + × Psychological Safety in the Workplace: March 3 | 12- 1:30 pm ET

    Psychological safety is necessary for high performing teams, as it helps build a culture of trust,  collaboration, and purpose. This workshop will provide tools to create a culture of inclusion and learning,  where people feel safe to speak up, take moderate risks, and work creatively together. The workshop will offer  ways to measure psychological safety and exercises to open up discussion and gather feedback. It will guide you on how to become a psychologically safe leader, and offer ways to increase safety within your teams by creating conditions for optimal creativity, authenticity, and collaboration.

    Speaker: Milena Braticevic

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  • + × Allyship in Leadership: April 21 |12-1 pm ET

    This workshop will focus on understanding how women can be better allies to other women, and how more men can become allies in order to involve more in the conversations around changing the systemic barriers. 

    By taking this workshop you will learn:

    • What allyship is
    • What allyship behavior looks like
    • How to bring others into conversations that take down systemic barriers

    Speaker: Sonia Kang 

  • + × Defining Your Decision Making Style: June 2 |5-6 pm ET

    This workshop will focus on understanding the dynamics of decision making, along with one's own decision making style.  Participants will learn how to modify one's decision approach to be more influential and provide guidance to enhance situation-sensitive leadership and communication skills.  

    Speaker: Susan Richardson, Felix Global

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