Supporting the next generation of communications leaders


One of the most pressing issues facing the communications industry is talent development and preparing a next generation of leaders. It’s a priority that’s been identified by everyone from the Government of Canada’s Communications Community Office, to the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and many of my executive-level clients. 

On an individual level, many communicators I’ve worked with over the last 25 years have shared that they feel depleted and disillusioned by their work which often feels like being on a hamster wheel in a race to nowhere. Too often, career advancement just feels like switching to a bigger wheel. 

What’s needed is targeted support to step off the hamster wheel, to redefine and reimagine what it means to be a communications leader and command the space you occupy.

Interestingly, while there’s an explosion in online and in-person conferences, courses and webinars available, there isn’t a specialized program specifically designed to build the skillsets and mindsets necessary to thrive in leading a world-class communications function. 

Until now.

I am delighted to have teamed up with the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute to establish the Leadership Development Program for Communicators. This one-of-a-kind cohort program is a mix of in-person learning and community building, individual coaching and asynchronous learning. The first delivery starts this November and leads to a Certificate in Leadership Development for Communicators.

If you’re a mid-career communications professional looking to leapfrog into a leadership or executive role, this program might just be for you. To find out more, you can check out this  video, view the application requirements or book a quick call to chat about the program further.


Check out the new IABC Shared Interest Group for Heads of Communications. 

Registration is free for an inaugural webinar featuring Gustavo Razzetti.

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