WIFT Leadership Development Series Sponsored by Blue Ant Media

What do we mean by “leadership”? What are the experiences and attributes that make a person a good leader? These “lunch & learn” sessions are designed to introduce participants to the basic ideals and elements of moving into a leadership role. If you’ve been thinking about applying to our Media Leadership Program, this series will be an appropriate introduction for that.

Benefits include answers to these questions:

  • What does leadership mean to me? How do my skills and drive fit into the leadership picture?
  • What is my management style, and how can I make it work for me?
  • How can I learn how to more effectively, efficiently, and powerfully communicate up and down the "chain of command"?
  • What exactly is my area of expertise? How can I manage my reputation so everyone knows I am a subject matter expert?

And much more ...

This series of four "lunch & learn" sessions will introduce participants to the ideals of leadership. In conversation with subject matter experts as well as guest speakers, these sessions will help participants to set goals towards becoming a leader in their chosen career path.

This career-building program focuses on developing leadership skills as opposed to focusing on "business". It is intended as an introduction to prepare participants to transition from a non-management position into an effective leadership role.




WIFT Toronto Members: $100 + hst

Non Members: $150.00 + hst

*this fee pays for ALL four sessions

One (1) bursary will be available to cover program fees for one individual for this program and is made available through the Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto.

Bursary application deadline: Friday October 8, 2021 (11:59pm)


The Leadership Development Series is comprised of four sessions (your fee pays for all sessions):

Tuesday October 19, 2021 (Session One)

Thursday October 21, 2021 (Session Two)

Tuesay October 26, 2021 (Session Three)

Thursday October 28, 2021 (Session Four)

All sessions are from 12:00pm - 2:00pm (approx) and will be held via Zoom.

Deadline to register: Wednesday October 13, 2021 (11:59pm EDT)

Click here to register.

This program is geared toward mid-level media professionals as well as those re-entering the work force or looking to transition within the industry into management.

Target participants: Junior Series Producer, Line Producer, Story Editor, Showrunner, and those looking to move into Executive Producer or Broadcast Executive.

Those looking to apply for our Media Leadership Program (see this link for details about this intensive program) will find this series a terrific introduction.

Questions about whether or not this Series is for you? Email Laurie Januska, Director of Programming.

Session One: Introduction/Personal Skills

  • Value-driven leadership, assessing your skills , explore your core values and traits to become an effective leader
  • Learning the value of self-awareness and how to practice self-mastery
  • How to communicate with Integrity while being assertive & confident
  • How to build trust (above and below the teams, inside and outside the organization)

Session Two: Discovering your Brand & Building Your Reputation Management

  • The ability to leverage relationships, connections, and interpersonal interactions to help drive business/company growth and innovation
  • How to negotiate & make decisions
  • How to deliver actionable feedback

Session Three: Management Skills

  • How to be an effective manager especially during difficult times
  • How to communicate with conviction and integrity (in person, online and in writing)
  • How to support and coach direct reports to build engagement
  • How to be an active listener

Session Four: The Essentials of Executive Leadership (or Engage, Empower, Educate)

  • Engage, Empower, Educate – how to enable teams to drive innovation and inspire creativity
  • Becoming a strategic, positive Leader
  • From colleague to Boss – how to transition with a shift of power

Instructors and Guest Speakers to be announced as confirmed.

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