The International Centre for Women’s Leadership offers a range of education programs for emerging and established women leaders who are seeking enhanced leadership capacities and a life-changing experience. Like all Coady International Institute’s education programs, they are highly participatory courses designed to deepen the understanding and effectiveness of leaders, and to contribute to the formation of a support network for each participant.

Indigenous Women in Community Leadership

The Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program is a fully-funded education program assisting First Nations, Métis or Inuit women in Canada to create change in their respective communities. The program includes five weeks of on-site educational programming, mentoring support by established community leaders, a three month community placement, and project development and delivery. Participants are chosen from a competitive call for applications. The call for applications for the 2017 IWCL program is now closed.


Global Change Leaders

The Global Change Leaders program is an opportunity for women from developing countries and indigenous communities to deepen their leadership capacities through a contextually relevant and in-depth seven-week residency program. Mentorship, peer exchange and global networking are all built into its design. This program is open to those who have demonstrated leadership in a development sector and community for at least five years. Participants are chosen from a competitive call for applications. The call for applications for the 2018 GCL program is now closed.


Community Development Leadership by Women

This certificate is a unique women-only opportunity to open the minds and hearts of women working in development to ‘be the change’ they want to see in their community or organization. Some partial scholarships are awarded based on availability and need. This annual program is open to all women who are interested in developing as a leader.


Canadian Women's Foundation Leadership Institute

The CWF Leadership Institute builds the leadership capacity of emerging and mid-career women leaders working on economic development issues in the Canadian not-for-profit sector, including those from Indigenous communities in Canada. The intent is that these women leaders will strengthen their organizations and communities, and ultimately create transformational and systemic change in Canada. Participants are chosen by through a competitive call for applications managed by Canadian Women’s Foundation. The call for applications for the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute is now closed.