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The Management Certificate for Women (MCW) is a unique seven-month professional program designed for highly motivated women who wish to enhance their management, leadership skills and elevate their influence.

This program recognizes that women have different learning and management styles than do their male colleagues, and builds on their particular strengths. This learning is tailored for women in management and responds to their learning styles by addressing personal management skills development. Throughout the program, there is a continuous focus on collaboration, team work and clear communication.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Management Certificate for Women (MCW) are now being accepted.

Bursaries are available to eligible candidates.

Program Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will be equipped with management skills and have the confidence needed to effectively address the challenges in today’s organizations.

The learning objectives are to:

  •  Envision and implement strategic initiatives
  • Apply integrative approaches to analysis and implementation of complex business decisions
  • Recognize and model effective interpersonal management skills
  • Practice confident leadership
  • Develop strategies to overcome the unique challenges faced by women in management positions
  • Build a valuable network of diverse professionals

Key Benefits for the Participant:

  • Opportunities  to develop specific management skills
  • A foundation for career development and further growth
  • A network of interaction and communication with women who share similar career goals
  • An opportunity to address issues women face as managers

Key Benefits for the Organization:

  • A structured and integrated program for developing women’s management skills
  • Builds skills which are immediately applicable in the workplace
  • Facilitates the transfer of learning from the classroom to the workplace

Important components of the MCW are more effective communication skills, a more strategic approach to management, and a stronger understanding of financial management.

The program is offered by the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW)  in the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.


The Management Certificate for Women (MCW) is an integrated instructional series of two days sessions over 7 months from September-March. Classes are held in the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.


The program provides instruction in subjects (Accounting, Business Strategy, Communications,  Marketing, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, Managing Your Career, and Networking) required to build a sound base of management skills and knowledge. The sessions listed below are designed to increase understanding and skills in:

  • Managing Communications
  • Managing Others
  • Managing Strategy
  • Managing Relationships
  • Managing Results
  • Managing Change
  • Managing Your Career

The MCW is designed for participants to transfer learning from the classroom to the workplace, to complete both individual and group research assignments and projects while developing a network over 7 months.

Program Schedule 2017-2018

Sessions are held two consecutive days, once per month from September to March. Class times are 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • September 7, 2017 – Mandatory Orientation
  • September 15-16, 2017
  • October 13-14, 2017
  • November 3-4, 2017
  • December 1-2, 2017
  • January 12-13, 2018
  • February 2-3, 2018
  • March 2-3, 2018

Instructional Methods

The program is a balance between formal instruction and experiential learning through lectures, case studies, role-playing and group work. Modules are linked so that class members gain an understanding of how the pieces fit together in the broader view.


Vinita P. Ambwani teaches Business Strategy and Marketing. Her research interests include minority and immigrant populations as workers and consumers in the host countries. Dr. Ambwani also works for the Government of Canada and, prior to joining Sprott School of Business, taught Marketing, Strategy and International Business at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. Dr. Ambwani brings several years of academic, industry and public service experience to her classrooms.

Merridee Bujaki, MBA, CA, CPA, Ph.D. (Queen’s), is the Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW), and the Management Certificate for Women (MCW). She is also an associate professor of accounting at the Sprott School of Business. Her research focus is on Gender Issues in Management; Mentoring, and the Depiction of Gender and Race in Accounting Firm Recruitment Documents; and on voluntary disclosure in corporate annual reports, Historical Accounting, Governance and Accountability Practices on the Rideau Canal along with other research projects address: Corporate Governance; Accounting Policy Choice. Professor has widely published in academic journals and professional magazines, including: Journal of Accounting Literature; Women in Management Review; Canadian Journal of Administrative Studies; Gender in Management: An International Journal

Lorraine Dyke, M.B.A., Ph.D. (Queen’s), is the founder of the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work, and the Management Development Program for Women. She is the Associate Dean of MBA programs at the Sprott School of Business and teaches Organizational Behaviour, Interpersonal Skills, Women in Management and Workforce Diversity courses. Her areas of research interest, for which she has received extensive funding, include entrepreneurship, careers, and women in management. Current research topics include career management, women’s careers and workforce diversity.

Linda Schweitzer, PhD (Carleton) teaches Communications within the MCW, in addition to Organizational Behaviour, Strategy, Organizational Learning, and Managing Teams at the Sprott School of Business.  Her research interests include technology in the workplace, generation and careers, and women in business and society.  Linda is currently the Associate Dean, Research and External at the Sprott School of Business.

Rebecca Leaver, Ph.D. integrates a background in depth psychology and adult learning. She combines a career in clinical practice, teaching and organizational interventions. Currently she is co-director of the Management Skills Certificate Program at Sprott School of Business. She also teaches in the Executive MBA program at University of Ottawa. Rebecca has a Ph.D. in psychology, with post doctoral work at the C.G. Jung Institute in Chicago and the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She is currently working on a manuscript of poems about saints.

For further information please contact the CREWW office.


Application Procedure

Participants should have worked 3 or more years in either:

  • A first line or higher level of management;
  • A management or professional position; or
  • A position which provides management preparation skills.

All applicants will be considered and should submit a completed application package (including application form, resumé, a statement of career objectives and a personal information consent form) to the address indicated on the application.


Tuition for the 2017-2018 Management Certificate for Women (MCW) is $6,500 + HST.

A deposit of $500 must be submitted with the application. This will be returned if the applicant is not admitted.


The Leacross Foundation and KPMG bursaries will be awarded to applicants meeting bursary criteria. Bursaries are valued at $5 000 each.

Leacross Foundation Bursary Criteria

Bursaries are open to women from a diversity of backgrounds working in one of the following sectors: Not-For-Profit, Under-Represented or Entrepreneurship. 

To apply, please complete the Leacross bursary application form.

KPMG Bursary Criteria

The KPMG bursary is available for Ontario residents only. 

To apply, complete the KPMG bursary application form.