Women in SETT Leadership Program 

5 Workshops Over 5 Months to Become a More Effective Leader 

Professional Development Leadership Workshop Series

These are professional development leadership workshops developed by the WinSETT Centre and tailored to early and mid-career female engineers, scientists, technologists and tradespersons in science and technology based sectors.

What are the Workshops About?

All of the workshops are professionally facilitated, highly interactive and focused on increasing your skills through guided role-play exercises, case studies and practice in a supportive environment of up to 30 women.

In every workshop, participants will:

  • Apply proven leadership tips and strategies for women in SETT
  • Identify gender factors in leadership for women in SETT
  • Recognize the importance of a peer network

Workshop Locations


Susan Hollett

Leadership Program Coordinator

e: winsett@hollettandsons.ca

t: (709) 466-1373

Workshops & Learning Outcomes

Workshop #1

Becoming Leaders: An Introduction to Leadership Skills & Strategies​

What are the core competencies of leadership? What strengths and challenges do women in SETT face as they become leaders?

At the end of the workshop, participants can:

  • Assess individual leadership competencies
  • Describe strengths women bring and challenges they face as SETT Leaders
  • Implement mechanisms to leverage those strengths and address those challenges
  • Create their leadership action plan
  • Compose their leadership values & behaviours
  • Make career and leadership choices with enhanced confidence

Workshop #2

Effective Communication

This workshop will enable participants to discover and tailor their own communication style and strengths to more effectively convey their ideas and solutions, exchange information and gain recognition.

At the end of the workshop, participants can:

  • Classify four different styles of communication
  • Assess personal communication style, strengths and challenges
  • Differentiate communication styles in others
  • Adapt personal style to communicate effectively with other styles
  • Demonstrate strategic self-promotion and constructive feedback

Workshop #3 

Negotiating for Success

Participants will gain awareness of the many workplace situations in which negotiation takes place and learn about the underlying factors that can affect their personal effectiveness and outcomes of those negotiations. They will then practice methods to advance their own skills to negotiate for opportunities, resources to enhance productivity, recognition, financial benefits, promotions, and access to networks. Specifically:

  • Learn about different negotiation models and identify opportunities for negotiation
  • Understand and be able to use the 'win-win' (collaborative) negotiation model
  • Assess your own negotiation strengths and challenges

Workshop #4

Navigating the Politics of the Workplace

This module will help participants recognize the informal organization of the workplace, understand the networks of influence, and develop strategies to neutralize negative behaviours (yours and others’), and positively promote your ideas and career.

  • Better understand what Workplace Politics is relative to their experience
  • Enhance appreciation of the positive and negative role Workplace Politics can play in career advancement
  • Learn from the research on gender factors affecting Workplace Politics
  • Assess your own strengths and challenges in navigating politics in the workplace
  • Understand the informal organizational structures and relationships in the workplace that underpin Workplace Politics
  • Be better prepared to deal with specific political situations at work

Workshop #5

Networks, Mentors and Sponsors - What, Why, How

This module describes the importance of networks, their context, how to develop and strengthen your networking skills, elegant positioning for advancement, and how to leverage your network in support of your career goals. The workshop will also describe the different kinds of mentors, coaches and sponsors and how to mutually benefit from those relationships. Specifically:

  • Appreciate the critical role of relationships to supporting and advancing their career
  • Revisit their leadership & career goals
  • Learn how to develop (and be) sponsors and mentors
  • Strengthen their networking skills
  • Reflect on the professional presence they project