DeGroote Women’s Spotlight Series

Executive Education is very excited to be launching the DeGroote Women’s Spotlight Series.

Woman in a Meeting

These half day leadership development programs are designed to support women’s professional growth, and will give participants the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the most popular topics covered by the DeGroote Women’s Professional Network.

These practical sessions will not only provide you with applicable tools and skills, but also provide an opportunity to participate in discussions around topics that are critical to women in leadership roles.

By supporting women in leadership, we believe that we are helping to create a brighter business world.

Take control of your career and leverage untapped leadership potential!

October 9, 2019

“Supporting Women – Building corporate cultures for women to thrive”

Presented By: Rumeet Billan

What prevents us from creating workplaces for unique, bold and talented women to grow, flourish and thrive?

A harmful constellation of beliefs (both unconscious and conscious), behaviours, cultural messaging, and micro-aggressions is undermining women’s success, growth and achievement in workplaces across Canada.  A 2018 study points to a significant set of challenges facing women, with an overwhelming 87% of respondents indicating that they have felt their achievements at work undermined. This phenomenon, known as ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ (TPS), affects mental health, self-confidence, teams and organizational success. This silent systemic syndrome needs to be acknowledged and challenged. Organizations can be transformed by strengthening equitable, inclusive, and productive workplace behaviours and building cultures of trust that genuinely encourage high achievers to grow, flourish and lead.

In this transformative program, participants will:

• Gain an ability to identify and recognize the indicators and patterns of TPS
• Develop clear insights into our culturally imprinted beliefs that form bias (such as resistance to women’s authority)
• Learn to recognize harmful microaggressions (such as withholding praise)
• Identify the underlying feelings (such as envy, scarcity, insecurity, and mistrust) that fuel TPS
• Learn how to best create and shape professional interactions, cultures and communities that embrace successful and high-achieving women
• Consider the critical importance of leadership in transforming cultures where TPS exists
• Identify and prepare actionable steps and strategies that target TPS


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  • Dates and Fees

    October 9, 2019

    1:00pm – 4:30pm

    $250.00 + HST

    ***Early Bird Pricing in effect until September 3rd***
    (Regular Price $300.00 + HST)


    • All course materials, tools and personal assessments
    • Parking
    • Light refreshments

    Cancellation Policy

    Contact us for information about funding options.
  • Who Should Attend?

    This program is designed for women who:

    • want to leverage their leadership capabilities to take the next step in their career
    • are interested in developing their network
    • have limited time and resources for leadership development
    • want quick and applicable tools to make the greatest impact
  • The Setting

    Classes are held at the:

    DeGroote School of Business
    Ron Joyce Centre
    4350 South Service Road
    Burlington, ON
    L7L 5R8

    The Ron Joyce Centre is easily accessible from the QEW and Go train service.

  • Learn More

    For more information, please contact Lynn Petruzzella at or by telephone at 905-525-9140 Ext. 20509.