Emerging Muslim Women Leadership Training Program aimed to provide women with an opportunity to further develop leadership skills with a goal of taking on more active and established leadership roles within the Kitchener-Waterloo community, as well as within CMW. Nineteen women completed the leadership training program consisting of four full-day sessions at the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre. Professional trainers and facilitators delivered the workshops covering topics like personality type and leadership, public speaking, leadership styles and leveraging personal strengths, conflict resolution, project management, and emotional intelligence in leadership. Training participants also observed “Leadership in Action” by attending two local council meetings and reflecting on their experience. A group of women attended a City of Waterloo Council meeting as a delegation and addressed Council with a brief presentation.
The last component of the program involved mentorship. The women were each paired with a mentor – an established female leader in the community – for one-to- one leadership mentorship over a period of six months. This training program was made possible by a grant from the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation and United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo, with support from KW Counselling Services and the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre.