Learning to Lead

posted on August 22, 2012

Learning to Lead™ BC

Learning to Lead

"Winning the Welch Leadership Challenge Award has taught me to create opportunities for myself that promote learning and growth." - Zoya Jiwa

Learning to Lead™ BC

The Learning to Lead™ BC Program is an annual weekend program held at the University of British Columbia. It provides young girls, emerging leaders and graduate students with the opportunity to be mentored by accomplished women leaders in business, government and the community.

The program brings together 24 grade 11 Students, 24 emerging leaders – young and transitioning professionals and 24 business and community leaders from around the province to interact and learn from one another through a series of workshops and activities. A special effort is extended to ensure inclusion of the Aboriginal women’s community.

*Our 2014 Learning to Lead™ BC program will take place on May 23-25. Please see the Selection Process below on how to apply.

Who We Help

Grade 11 Students

Emerging Leaders
Women who have at least 3 years of professional and some leadership experience and are looking for mentoring and leadership development opportunities

Business/Community leaders 
Accomplished women leaders from the business, government, academic and community sectors who are willing to share their time, expertise and experiences and who are seeking the opportunity to deepen their leadership learning and goals.

How do We Do It?

Workshop activities augment the leadership skills of the participants. Areas of concentration include self-awareness, values, community, personality type consciousness, team-building, creativity and communication.  Participants make leadership commitments to themselves about their community as an outcome of the program.  Tools are provided to help participants achieve their personal, educational, and career goals.

Nothing could have prepared me for the transformational experience I was about to have. Being in a room full of highly engaged female leaders each at a different stage of career/life was completely inspiring and instilled in me a call to action in my own life.”
- J. Hassel-Gren, Learning to Lead

Selection Process

Gr.11 Students: We invite all high schools in BC to recommend one outstanding female Grade 11 student leader from their school to apply. Each school may submit one application or two if one applicant is First Nations. Twenty-four Grade 11 students from British Columbia are selected to attend.
Contact your school principal or counselor to apply

Emerging Leaders: We work with business partners, professional and community organizations, universities and colleges to invite young leaders who seek mentoring and development opportunities to apply. Twenty-four Emerging Leaders from British Columbia are selected to attend.

Click here to download the application form.

Community Leaders: We invite established women leaders from the business, government, academic and community sectors who are willing to mentor younger leaders to send us an expression of interest for the program. Diversity in age, background, ethnicity and discipline are sought.

Since it’s inception in 2002, the Learning to Lead™ BC Program has touched hundreds of lives:

  • 1272 Program Participants
  • 75 Program Facilitators
  • 35 Feature Speakers
  • 200 Organizing Committee Volunteers


For more information about Learning to Lead please contact:

Zheni Gazdova, Learning to Lead™ BC Program Manager
Tel: 604 683 7635 ext 226


The Minerva Foundation thanks Lis and Bruce Welch for sponsoring awards for young women who participate in our Learning to Lead™  BC program. These awards encourage Grade 11 Students and Emerging Leaders to take what they have learned in the program and apply  it to initiate a leadership project in their community.