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Communitech Academy: Leadership WTF (Where to Focus) - Spring 2020

May 27, 2020 · Kitchener, Canada

Leadership WTF will introduce you to key leadership principles that work in the tech world. You'll build confidence and competence, find your leadership style and begin to craft your own personal development plan. Stop asking "WTF?" and join us for four awesome sessions.

Leadership WTF is best for*

  • New managers with less than 12​ months experience.
  • Individuals new to people leadership: "I’ve just become a people leader and I need support in Where to Focus."
  • Leaders with at least one direct report.

*If you are unsure if Leadership WTF is right for you, please reach out to us and we'll help guide your decision prior to registration. We reserve the right to assess program fit and refund your registration fee if required (less Eventbrite's fee, as it is nonrefundable and won't be included in refunds).

Learning outcomes

  • Develop your understanding of leadership and ​strategies to transition into a leadership role.
  • Act with emotional intelligence at work.
  • Harness your understanding of motivation and empathy to lead others.
  • Display authority in an authentic way.
  • Utilize effective models to provide feedback.
  • ​Begin a professional development plan to help guide your development as a leader.

How big is the class?
The class will be capped at 20 and filled on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of three participants per company.

Session Details:
All four of the three-hour workshops that make up this program are offered in an open session format, and are on the following days:

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020

All sessions will be held at the Communitech Hub from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Coffee will be provided to help you kick-start your day.

An Emotional Intelligence coaching session is also included and you will be prompted closer to the start of the program to select a half-hour time slot to complete this on one of the following days:

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020

Registration fees**:

  • Employees of startup and mid-size Communitech Member companies: $975
  • Employees of enterprise Communitech Member companies and Communitech associate member companies: $1,220
  • Non-members: $1,475

Please register with your business email address, as this is used to validate Communitech membership.

**Note: To encourage diversity of thought in the classroom, we cap participant enrolment at a maximum of three employees per company. If you would like more people from your organization to benefit from this program, let us know and we can talk about a potential team session

Facilitated by:
Jennifer Porritt - Linkedin


For more information contact the Communitech Academy.

Cancellation policy: 14 days notice is required to obtain a partial refund of the registration fee as Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable and won't be included in refunds (Wednesday, May 13, 2020, by 5:00 pm).


We have an awesome community. And we like to show it off.
Please be advised that photographs and video may be taken at Communitech events for use on Communitech web, print, and social properties. We won’t sell your photo, but we may share it with media and/or partner organizations. By attending this and any Communitech event, you consent to being photographed and/or filmed, and to your image or likeness being used at the discretion of Communitech.

Construction in the Region
As you may know, there is some construction happening in Downtown Kitchener, so you may hit some traffic getting here. Please check the latest updates from RideION.ca to help plan your best route.

Getting to Communitech
The parking lot at 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, is limited and is a shared visitor lot for all tenants in the Tannery building. It is for short term use only, up to two hours. For alternative parking lot info, check out this map to find out how to get downtown and where to park. Or, skip the need to park altogether. Use the GRT EasyGo trip planner to find your best route on the ION light rail or bus services, which conveniently make regular, nearby stops.

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