Women Lead YYC

What is Women Lead YYC?
Women Lead YYC is a program designed to support women who want to lead, influence or participate in collective action in order to improve their community. This program explores mindsets, leadership approaches and communication strategies that boost the chances of successfully influencing change. We launched this program in January 2018 and were overwhelmed by the number of women who expressed interest in taking part.

Women Lead YYC, cohort four launches May 2nd, 2019.










Participants of Women Lead YYC will:

  • Build their own capacity as leaders, learning about practical skills like community organizing, connecting with others, and strategies for addressing complex issues.
  • Learn from local female change-makers in Calgary about the work they do, and the strategies they use to do it
  • Connect with female leaders to build a network of women taking action in Calgary

Who should apply?
We recognize that leadership takes on many different forms. Whether you have years of experience working to influence change, or are interested in connecting with a group of inspiring women, Women Lead YYC is for you. We’re looking for women who want to build community, connect with others, and hone their skills. 

We’re building a network of women working for change.

More details
Women Lead YYC will meet six times on Thursday evenings, between May 2 and June 6. Sessions will run from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, and will cover topics like community organizing, strategic communications, movement building, connecting with allies, and addressing systemic barriers and root causes of community problems.

We’re assembling a group of 15 – 20 motivated women who are interested in building a network, and working for change at a local level. Sessions will take place at the Women’s Centre of Calgary, and child-minding is available for participants by request.  This program is open to anyone who identifies as a woman.

The Curriculum

The Women’s Centre of Calgary was involved in the development of the curriculum with the Community Development Learning Initiative, since then we have extensively adapted the curriculum with a focus on Women in Leadership in response to the needs of women in our community.

This curriculum serves as a framework — not a script — for community development learning.  It is provided under a Creative Commons license in the spirit of making it accessible and encouraging innovative use.

Download the Participant Handbook (PDF, 68 pages)
Download the Facilitator Handbook (PDF, 24 pages)

To apply

Applications for the Summer 2019 Women Lead YYC are now closed.

If you would like to be notified when the next round of applications opens, please contact Linda at linda@womenscentrecalgary.org.