Excel in each stage of your career

Apply by October 4th

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 20, 2022 - Session 4

June 2, 2022 - Session 5

Apply by October 4th

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. 

Tentative Offerings

  • + × Communication for Senior Executives

    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.

  • + × Psychological Safety in the Workplace

    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. 

  • + × Conflict Management and Resolution

    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. 

  • + × Diversity and Inclusion in Leadership

    Leaders play a critical role in fostering diverse and inclusive work environments. Many leaders want to be proactive in this regard, but aren’t sure where to start or how to approach the topic. This session delves into how leaders can foster inclusion through recruitment, performance evaluations, working conditions, and corporate culture by removing unconscious bias and actively reflecting on and reviewing how their organization is set up. 

  • + × Building a Trusted Professional Network

    The importance of a strong professional network is well understood by most leaders, however the best way to create, grow, and leverage such a network is less well known. This session will cover the importance of creating a trusted professional network, how to build one, and how to continually grow and cultivate the relationships that will be critical to your growth and leadership.

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