Professional Development Resources
Professional Development Scholarships
WCT has partnered with University of British Columbia you offer WCT Members several scholarship opportunities for continuing education certificates. If you work in digital media, content creation or digital strategy, these certificates are great additions to your resume. Learn more about our professional development scholarships and the application process.
Mentorship and Sponsorship
A key strategy in advancing women in Canada is mentorship and career sponsorship. WCT offers a number of programs designed to address the needs of women in different stages of their careers.
Mentorship Circles connects a group of mentees with a leader in the community for a series of in person group meetings. Mentees can use these meetings to connect with women and leaders in their region, share challenges and successes in their careers, and work with the mentors and peers to identify objectives and future goals. Learn more about mentorship circles and find one near you.
The WCT Mentorship Program strategically matches mentees with a mentors for a year-long informal mentorship relationship. Mentees are hand-matched based on their experiences, objectives and goals with WCT mentors. Running for over 20 years, participants walk away from the program with life-long mentors, clarity in their career path, and newfound goals and inspiration to drive their careers forward. Find out more about the WCT Mentorship Program.
Protégé Project is the first formal career sponsorship program in existence. Women who are on the cusp of breaking into the C-Suite are matched with executive champions from across North America for a true sponsorship relationship. Acting as all-out champions, the executives not only help guide protégés careers but promote their protégés to their networks and beyond. Learn more about career sponsorship and the Protégé Project.
Research and Advocacy
WCT pioneers diversity research in Canadian information, communication and technology (ICT) industries, with a number of initiatives to measure, benchmark, and ultimately improve diversity in the digital economy.
Included in WCT's advocacy efforts are Up the Numbers, a campaign which tracks and reports on women's representation in Canadian ICT industries. The Blueprint for Women's Leadership, funded by Status of Women Canada, outlines a framework for women's advancement. Based off consultation of leaders across the country, the Blueprint provides real strategies for the advancement of women in Canada.
WCT offers members regular professional develop webinars covering topics such as authentic leadership, culture of innovation, and personal branding, as well as webinars on diversity, inclusion and career advancement.
Recordings of WCT webinars are available for all WCT Members upon signing in.
Past Webinar topics inlcude:
- Building a Magnetic Culture with Heather Arthur
- Authentic Leadership with Dee-Ann Lama
- How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Presence
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