Accelerate Your Career

Applications open September 25th, 2019

Setting Careers In Motion

Achieve your career goals and accelerate your career with WCMAspire - newly launched in 2018!

  • Expand your network by building strong professional relationships with other program participants; 
  • Learn and develop relevant professional skills to advance; 
  • Raise your profile and visibility among senior leaders (through panel sessions and recognition); 
  • Access key resources to support your advancement (career coach, experts, educational materials); 
  • Increase your knowledge and awareness of gender diversity and inclusion. 

WCMAspire is designed for entry-level female professionals currently employed in Canadian capital markets. 



  • Participants must have up to 7 years experience; 
  • Participants must be WCM members in good standing; 
  • Spots will be granted to registrants on a first come, first serve basis if they meet the above criteria.

Program Cost: $200 + HST

key dates

Registration is now closed. 

Space is limited. Spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

key information

WCMAspire will consist of 5 sessions over a 9-month period, beginning in November, and ending in July 2019. All 5 sessions have been scheduled, and the dates can be found below. Two of the session topics will be voted on by WCMAspire participants. 

All sessions will be hosted at Scotiabank offices in Toronto. Thank you to our program partner, Scotiabank.

core offerings and session dates

  • + × Developing Your Personal Brand And The Art Of Networking

    Date: November 1, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:00pm 

    Networking and understanding the importance of your personal brand is key to being a successful individual in the workplace and advancing your career. Learn key skills from an expert facilitator on how to best network and promote yourself in the workplace. Participants can expect to gain insights into how to best leave a first impression, how to maintain long-term relationships gained through networking, and how to best brand yourself.


    Anna-Lisa Fratarcangeli, Facilitator, Scotiabank

    Anna-Lisa joined Scotiabank in 1994 and held several progressive positions within the Canadian Retail and Small Business branch network before joining Shared Services, H.R. - Learning Delivery in 2000 and then moved into Global Learning.  As one of the empowering learning practitioners in the Scotiabank learning community for the past seventeen years, Anna-Lisa is passionate about supporting learners in realizing their potential.  

    As a learning professional, she holds a Professional Instructor Certificate from Freisen Kaye and Associates.  She is a certified facilitator with Franklin Covey, Ken Blanchard Group of Companies,(Leading Change, Skills for Situational Leaders, Virtual Teams),  Vital Smarts (Crucial Conversations), Proteus (Social Styles) & Lee Hecht Harrison (Being Strategic Series). She also conducts My360 Coaching and became Facet 5 certified in 2014 and Change Resilience certified in 2017.

    She has completed an Introductory Certificate to Instructional Design and is a Certified Training Practitioner (CTP™) with accreditation through the Canadian Society for Training and Development and currently working towards an Adult Learning Certificate from St. Francis Xavier University. Anna-Lisa became an Adler Trained Coach (ATC) in 2014 through Adler International Learning and the University of Toronto and is now an Associate Certified Coach (ACC®) –a designation through the International Coach Federation (ICF).

    Her clients have come from a number of business lines within Scotiabank including: Canadian Banking, IT&S, Executive Offices, Shared Services, Global Risk Management, International Banking, Scotia Capital and Private Client Group.

    On a personal note, Anna-Lisa is a wife and mother of two sets of twins and   enjoys spending her time with them in the great outdoors.

    “My role is to create an open environment where awareness, growth & learning can take place. The mind is like a parachute – it works best when it is open.”

  • + × Strategic Communication

    Date: January 30, 2019, from 6:00 - 8:00pm 

    Hear about high stakes communication strategies, and how to best communicate your message. Participants can expect to learn how to best solidify their key messaging from a clear, relevant and evidence-backed perspective. This session will focus on communication that is applicable in a day-to-day interaction including presentations, pitches and meetings. These communication strategies will help participants be more confident in their messaging in order to help advance their careers. 

  • + × Advocating And Negotiating For Yourself

    Date: March 27, 2019, from 6:00 - 8:00pm 

    Maximize your professional potential through negotiation skills provided by a panel of senior leaders in the industry. Participants will hear about how to seize everyday opportunities to negotiate and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Learn about what steps will make the largest impact in your negotiation tactics, and how to best sell yourself.

  • + × Mentorship and Sponsorship

    Date: May 8, 2019, from 6:00 - 8:00pm 

  • + × Topic To Be Confirmed

    WCMAspire participants will vote on the session topic. 

    Date: July 17, 2019, from 6:00 - 8:00pm 

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