Someone once said: “To become a leader one must first be led.”
Leadership Winnipeg is about shaping tomorrow’s leaders today – bringing together participants from a wide variety of sectors and providing experiences that will inspire and help them develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of themselves, their community and their role in it.
Leadership Winnipeg is about making introductions and connecting with today’s leaders, those who are already guiding our city’s future. And it is about being given a “backstage pass” to our city, providing a unique first-hand perspective on what’s happening in our community and why.
Since 2004, Volunteer Manitoba Inc. and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce have partnered in offering a 10-session leadership program, which runs annually from October through June.
To foster community leadership in Winnipeg, and to nurture an ever-growing community of informed, visionary and future-oriented leaders of all ages, who are empowered with knowledge, commitment, skills and respect for diversity.
To provide a diverse learning experience for existing and emerging leaders in all sectors of the community, helping to create leadership capacity, which will sustain the future of the city by:
- Emphasizing individual reflection and teamwork as key parts of the learning experience
- Involving class participants with community leaders from a wide array of sectors and organizations within the community
- Focusing on learning through experiences and viewing our community from different points of view
- To nurture and instill a sense of community trusteeship in potential leaders
- To expand the number of individuals in Winnipeg who accept leadership roles in business, labour, voluntary and non-profit organizations, government and community
- To provide the next generation of potential decision-makers with a broader outlook on their community through practical experiences that heighten their appreciation and understanding of Winnipeg’s history, unique issues, strengths, challenges and potential
- To develop networks of people who can work together to strengthen the community and help address existing and future community challenges and opportunities
The Leadership Winnipeg program consists of 10 sessions or Learning Days, plus a class project. The day-long sessions, held once a month, are hosted in the community.
Prior to the first session, each participant completes an Insights Discovery profile, used to assign participants to project teams. The current project is to research, write and publish a book, profiling Winnipeg’s community leaders. Project objectives are to:
- Learn to work as a team with new people, who bring different skills and styles to the table
- Develop and strengthen personal comfort levels and communication skills in approaching, meeting with and interviewing high-profile people in the community
- Develop project and time management, organizational and leadership skill
- Learn first-hand from community leaders what makes a good leader and what skills are required
- Network with and develop contacts in the community
Each Learning Day focuses on a theme (i.e. - a City with a Rich Heritage, a City that Cares) and includes tours and guest speakers, plus an opportunity to interact with those speakers. In addition, a portion of the day is devoted to leadership development – providing the tools that will enhance the participant’s communication, facilitation, collaboration and time management skills.
The program is primarily learning by experiencing as opposed to textbook-based learning.
The program is directed by Doneta Brotchie, a former corporate executive (CIBC senior vice-president and regional leader for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario and downtown store manager for The Hudson’s Bay Company), who now sits on the boards of Winnipeg Airports Authority, The Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Innovation Council, University of Manitoba President’s Council, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Millennium Centre, Military Forces Liaison Council and Grace General Hospital Foundation.
Leadership Winnipeg recruits for each year's class, beginning in June, and looks for individuals with the drive to learn and lead, to work together and to be visionary.
Class size is limited to 30 people.
A conscious effort is made to ensure that participants reflect a cultural, life experience, age and general balance between business, labour, government, non-profits, the volunteer sector and individuals in the community.
Cost: $1,000 (subsidy available)
For additional information, contact:
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
A program such as Leadership Winnipeg would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. We would like to acknowledge:
OUR VISION PARTNERS:
OUR BRONZE SPONSOR:
Asper School of Business, Boston Pizza, Honest Agency, Janzen Photography, Winnipeg Foundation