OTTAWA: Women at Work Circle - Session 4 - Lean in Canada

Session 4: How to make assertiveness work for you

Assertiveness is an essential leadership trait. But bias makes this challenging for women to navigate, as a majority of women receive negative feedback when they are assertive. During this session, we provide advice on how you can strategically assert yourself to show strong leadership skills without being penalized for it. By focusing on shared goals and demonstrating empathy, you can lead in a way that inspires and brings out the best in everyone.

Women at Work Collection – Support, learn and grow.

The Women at Work Lean In Circle invites women professionals aged 21-45 to connect, share, listen, and support each other.

This Circle is a space for like-minded women to cultivate new leadership skills and learn research-backed strategies to advance their careers—all while providing peer mentorship and support.


Are you feeling stuck in your current job? Are you back at work from maternity leave? Are you dealing with burnout? Do you want to develop the skills to be an empathetic and motivating leader?

We understand the unique challenges and opportunities women face in the workplace, and this Circle aims to develop a safe, simple, nonjudgmental space for women to connect, learn from each other, grow, and transform together.

Based on decades of extensive academic research and insights from the global community, Lean-In provides tools that address the topics most important to women at work. It’s a program designed specifically for women, by women.


The group will meet every month at a designated time and location. Each meeting will focus on driving leadership and mentorship and on topics most important to women at work right now.

Each participant has the responsibility to acknowledge that :

  • When anyone shares, we all listen and don’t judge.
  • When we all listen, we do so patiently and respectfully.
  • When anyone asks for support, we all provide balanced perspectives and value everyone’s input.
  • We all care, and we do without any bias-racial or emotional.
  • We respect everyone’s privacy.
  • We are open to friendships beyond the group, and these relationships should not impact the group decorum.

Please note that the event will be organized at a local cafe or restaurant. It would be great if you could buy a meal and support the local business, but this is just a request and is not mandatory.

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