The WinSETT Centre develops and delivers professional development for up and coming leaders tailored to early and mid-career female engineers, scientists, tradespersons and technologists in science and technology-based sectors and the men who work with them.

There are two components to the WinSETT Centre Leadership Program – full day Workshops and 1-2 hour Skill Builders.

The Leadership Program components are all highly interactive, engaging, based on Canadian research and best practices, focused on the reality of women in SETT and professionally facilitated (WinSETT has ten facilitators across the country, all of whom are from the SETT world. They are engineers, scientists, educators, coaches, and technologists and all are and are passionate about providing opportunities to women in SETT.

Skill Builders

Skill Builders focus on important professional development areas for early career Women in SETT. Each Special Topic is interactive and includes the gender aspect of the topic as well as research, tips and strategies. For mixed gender audiences, there will be a discussion about why it is important to have mixed gender discussions on these topics.

Skill Builder topics:

  • Unconscious Bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Introduction to Negotiation
  • Communication Styles
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Leading Change
  • Mentors vs. Sponsors
  • Navigating Politics
  • Working with Challenging People
  • Introduction to Allyship
  • Self-promotion your Way


The WinSETT Centre delivers a series of professional development workshops tailored primarily to early to mid-career female engineers, scientists and technologists in science and technology based sectors. Graduate students and senior undergraduates have also benefited. The program has been developed by professionals based on the experiences of women in SETT and grounded in research and practices that work.

Workshop Topics:

  • Becoming Leaders: An Introduction to Leadership Skills and Strategies
  • Effective Communication for Women in SETT
  • Negotiating for Success
  • Navigating the Politics of the Workplace
  • Networks, Mentors and Sponsors
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Towards a Gender Inclusive Workplace