Leadership Days

Targeted for the busy professional in mind, our Core Program brings together individuals from all sectors and geographical areas of our community for a part-time 10-month experiential leadership development program. Through a series of focused and connected workshops (10 full weekdays, 2 half-days & 2 weekend days) and outside of class project work and homework, participants learn more about their own leadership styles and identify the skills areas they wish to hone.

Ignite your leadership potential by learning about these key topics:

    • Active Listening
    • Arts, culture & Innovation
    • Asset Based Community Development
    • Coaching and Mentoring
    • Communications - Storytelling & Public Speaking
    • Community engagement
    • Design thinking
    • Dominant Emotions/Values Based Leadership
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Allyship
    • Followership
    • Indigenous culture & appreciation, Truth & Reconciliation
    • Intelligent Disobedience
    • Leading and participating in teams
    • Managing Conflict
    • Managing growth
    • Personal leadership awareness
    • Planning and Project Management
    • Poverty and homelessness
    • Rainbow Diversity Training
    • Relationship Building/Networking
    • Risk Management
    • Shame and Vulnerability in the Workplace
    • Start with Why
    • Systems Theory
    • Unconscious bias
    • Understanding and Leading Change
    • Understanding Social Profit governance
    • Volunteer Management

It’s important that Core Program participants are dedicated to their learning journey, so we ask that participants commit to attending all sessions, including the opening and closing workshops. Before applying, we ask that you verify that you are able to attend each session. As the Leadership Days are scheduled during the week, it’s imperative that your employer supports your application and will allow you the time away from your workplace to attend.



Note: Unless otherwise indicated,  Leadership Days run 8:30am - 4:30pm. Some will be hosted via Zoom and others will be held in person.

Dates are subject to change, and additional days may be added to the curriculum as we roll out the enhanced project work.

Program Orientation

Thursday, August 18th (3:00pm - 6:00pm)

2-Day Opening Leadership Workshop

Friday, September 16th and Saturday September 17th (8:30am Friday to 5:00pm Saturday)

Note: A dinner will be held for class members on the Friday evening. Location TBD

Leadership Day 1 -  

Thursday, October 20th

Leadership Day 2  

Thursday, November 17th

Leadership Day 3

Thursday, December 15th

Leadership Day 4

Thursday, January 19th (2023!)

Leadership Day 5

Thursday, February 16th

Leadership Day 6

Thursday, March 23rd

Leadership Day 7

Thursday, April 13th

Leadership Day 8

Thursday, May 18th

2-Day Closing Leadership Workshop

Thursday, June 15th and Friday, June 16th (8:00am - 5:00pm)

Note: A dinner will be held for class members on the Friday evening. Location TBD

*New!* World Cafes

To support the Innovation Lab group project work, two World Cafe style sessions will be held outside of regular Leadership Days. These cafes are supported and attended by community members that work in the sector, have lived experience or are passionate about the topic being tackled by the Class. It is imperative that Class members attend and actively participate in these sessions. 

#1 - October 4th, 2022 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

#2 - April 4th, 2023 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm


Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Note: A list of Leadership Day dates and other Leadership Waterloo Region events that class members are expected to attend are available for download below. 

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