Top 10 Must-Follow Women’s Leadership and Networking Organizations that can Help you Reach your Goals
At Splash Strategy, we believe that being intentional about your network and aligning it to your goals and ambitions is essential in becoming the person you want to be and getting to where you want to go. Whether you are a looking to connect with like-minded professionals across industries, build your network or receive quality business or personal development advice, there are a number of Women’s Leadership and Networking Organizations established across Canada that are supporting and inspiring professional women on the rise.
To make your search for networking organizations and events a little easier, we have listed our top 10 must-follow Women’s Leadership and Networking Organizations that we strongly believe can help you broaden your knowledge, build your tribe and reach your goals. In no specific order, the list includes a mix of paid membership and free membership/pay per event.
1. WNORTH Connect:
WNORTH Connect is a global community of women on the rise with the mission to develop more women to leading positions in business. WNORTH hosts conferences, local chapter dinner events (Vancouver, Seattle, San Fran, London, NYC, Toronto) and an online members club involving a series of webinars and resources. WNORTH works to support the network of talented and influential women to accelerate their career journey, evolve their leadership skills and deepen their impact.
Locations: Online members club; Chapters in Vancouver, Seattle, San Fran, London, NYC and Toronto
2. Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL):
Founded in 2001, the Women in Leadership Foundation is dedicated to advancing women in leadership and empowering the next generation. WIL develops the female leader within through award winning mentorship and professional development programs.
Locations: Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/women-in-leadership/
3. Lean In Canada:
Lean In Canada is a community of professional women empowering each other to build purposeful and fulfilling careers. Meeting monthly, Lean In Canada focuses on hot career topics with actionable information and inspiring stories, and provides networking opportunities with like-minded people. Lean In Canada recognizes that women face unique challenges in their professional lives, and seek to bring women together to learn from and champion each other in a positive, enriching environment.
Locations: Online programs/events and chapters in Vancouver and Toronto
4. The Ladies Community (TLC):
The Ladies Community (TLC) was created to bring together like-minded women in an uplifting and supportive environment. The Ladies Community serves its members, in various cities, through online discussion forums, live workshops & events, webinars and summits. Events are fun, informative, collaborative and allow the women to connect on a deeper level.
Locations: Online programs; chapters in Toronto, Halifax, Barrie, LA, New York City
5. Women of Influence:
Women of Influence produces inspiring, progressive, and celebratory events. The Women of Influence programs serve to fill the gap for women looking for mentors, looking to connect with like minded individuals on their path to success, or looking for unique corporate entertainment.
Locations: Online, Toronto, Calgary
6. Canadian Women Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC):
Founded in 2017, the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) is a national not-for-profit organization that closes the gap left by existing provincial and national Chambers of Commerce in education, services, and advocacy for women-owned businesses. CanWCC provides supports to its members through skills development, resources, and community in order to strengthen the role of women in Canada’s business ecosystem.
Locations: Toronto and GTA
7. Ellevate Network:
The Ellevate Network is a global community of professional women who care about investing in themselves and in other women. The mission is to help women advance in the workplace, both for themselves and the greater good. Ellevate Network strives to change the culture of business from the inside out - by investing in women.
Locations: Online member network; Chapter in Toronto (plus numerous international chapter locations)
8. Healthy Happy Women:
A community of 15,000+ women, passionate about leading happier, healthier and more successful lives. All of the Healthy Happy Women events reflect health in mind, body and soul as the basis for a beautiful and successful life. The network is made up of Dreamers, Doers and Achievers who want to continue growing into the best version of themselves. Healthy Happy Women runs social events, workshops, networking opportunities and retreats.
Locations: Coquitlum, Canmore, Toronto, GTA (Brampton, Pickering, Etobicoke, Burlington, New Market, Mimico, Kitchener, Guelph, Oakville, Whitby, Orillia), Kamloops, Kingston, Fraser Valley, Vancouver
9. Women’s Executive Network (WXN):
Women’s Executive Network (WXN), a member-based organization, exists for the advancement, development and recognition of professional women in Canada. Supporting women professionals, and the businesses they are committed to, WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and award and recognition programs. WXN believes equity, inclusion and the advancement of professional women make industry stronger and society better.
10. Young Women in Business (YWIB):
Young Women in Business (YWIB) is a community for emerging female leaders and young professionals who want to create their own success. YWIB believes every women and young professional stepping into the workforce or growing in their career should be well equipped with the proper set of tools and knowledge to reach their fullest personal and professional potential. YWIB provides young women and professionals with events, programs and an engaged network of ambitious women, to help them become successful in their careers, take on new challenges and develop skills.
Locations: Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary
Know of others? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will continue to grow our list.
About the Author:
Kate is a Toronto-based business strategy and leadership development consultant, that help companies turn high-potential professionals into high-performing talent. Kate recently left a successful international corporate career with a Fortune 500 company to launch a purpose driven consultancy, Splash Strategy, focused on implementing a holistic bottom-up approach to developing leaders of tomorrow. Kate brings 15+ years of in-depth international experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors within the health, pharmaceutical and leadership development industries providing strategic planning, business strategy, project management and leadership expertise. Leveraging her corporate experience and her proven ability to identify and develop unique talent, Kate is pursuing her passion to help high-potential professionals build and accelerate their careers in alignment with their core purpose, values, passions and goals to live their best life and leave a lasting legacy.