WCMAspire

Excel in each stage of your career.

A customized workshop-style program for the entry to mid-level finance professional.

A virtual* workshop style program designed for female professionals with up to 5 years of experience in finance.


  • Build your professional expertise and continuing education through customized sessions and workshops
  • Learn and develop professional skills for career advancement
  • Access to resources for career development such as professional coaching, insights from industry experts and educational materials
  • Expand your network by building strong professional relationships
  • Raise your profile and visibility among senior leaders

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

Program Criteria

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Individuals who have been in the capital markets industry for up to 5 years
  • Participants must be currently employed in capital markets (buy side or sell side)
  • Participants must be a WCM member in good standing and submit a complete application

NOTES:

  • 70% of spots going to front-office employees
  • Program Cost | $200 + HST


Key Dates

  • August 2021: Applications Open
  • October 4 2021: Applications Closes
  • October: All successful applicants notified
  • November 2021: Session 1
  • January 2022: Session 2 
  • February 2022: Session 3 
  • April 2022: Session 4 
  • May 2022: Session 5 


Key Information

What is Aspire?

Aspire is a virtual 7 month program with 5 workshop sessions. Workshop sessions feature high calibre speakers and professional development experts, presenting on topics that support entry to mid-level women by providing you tools to achieve your career goals and accelerate your career.

Peer to Peer Mentoring is a new component, 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 career 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. 

More information on tentative offerings are below. 

Session Dates

  • + × Personal Branding: December 1, 2021 | 5- 6 pm ET

    This workshop will focus on:

    ● Understanding the impact of personal brand on career decisions and leadership
    presence
    ● Understanding the applications of brand and how to apply it in your current career
    ● How to begin crafting a clear and concise elevator speech to be able to introduce yourself
    confidently
    ● Understanding how you talk about the value you bring to your team, organization or
    volunteer engagements
    ● Understanding the importance of strategic networking in building your career

    Speaker: Susan Richardson, Felix Global

    Learn More

  • + × Communication- Managing Up: January 20th, 2022 | 12-1 pm ET

    This interactive and engaging session will focus on:

    • Deepen your understanding of why communicating “up” feels hard
    • Reframe your thinking… about the source of confidence.
    •  Start playing the game your way

    Speaker: Kanina Blanchard, Ivey

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  • + × Negotiations: Thursday, February 17th | 5-6 pm ET

    Through this session you will understand the importance of taking the perspective of others, of asking good questions.  The importance of planning and understanding tactical issues in distributive bargaining.

    This workshop will focus on:

    • Sharing of data from Women Don’t Ask about women and the propensity to avoid negotiation and why that is a bad idea.
    • Sharing of illustrative story about the power of actually doing the asking – and how we should support one another in doing this (by encouraging stepping up and by sharing salary data)
    • An overview of some negotiation first principles – target, resistance point, BATNA, the other side

    Speaker: Ann Frost, Ivey

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  • + × The myth of Imposter Syndrome

    More information coming soon.

  • + × What I Wish I Knew Early In My Career: Thursday May 19 |5-6pm ET

    This session will feature a panel of industry leaders as they share successes and lessons learned throughout their career. You will walk away with insights to help navigate the next steps in your career.

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