Emerging Management Leaders Program

This program is for women who have been in the workforce at least 5 years and/or have supervised or managed a small team. Prior to being enrolled in the program, potential participants will be required to complete a competency assessment to evaluate their skill levels. Based on the results of this assessment, Acacia will prescribe the appropriate program. [Note: Women who have already completed the Acacia Institute’s Aspiring Leaders program, and have responsibility for managing a small team, may advance to this level without completing further competency assessments.]

Like the Aspiring Leaders program, this next level of learning is delivered primarily on-line through self-directed e-learning and webinars. Participants in the Emerging Leaders program will also meet at live sessions. There will be interactive sessions where participants can exchange ideas and discuss challenges with their fellow  Acacians, as well as with their coach.

There are twelve modules in the Emerging Management Leaders Program covering communication, personal power, business fundamentals and of course leadership. The program builds on the learning from the Aspiring Leaders level. Prior to commencing each module, participants will complete a competency assessment; as each module is completed, an assessment will be required to establish the participant's new level of competency. A follow-up schedule will be developed to provide the participant with on-going mentoring support.

Bonnie Powers, Founder of the Acacia Institute, is the Ambassador for the Emerging Leaders Program.

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CommunicationPersonal PowerBusiness FundamentalsLeadership

Advanced Writing Skills

This course is for those who are already good writers. Our time will be devoted to writing effective letters of recommendation, of persuasion, of refusal, and of action, that reflect current word usage and up-to-date formats. You will also learn the basics of writing business cases, proposals, and reports.

Managing Pressure

This course will help you  understand the causes and costs of workplace pressure, how to identify pressure points and the benefits of creating balance. You will also learn how to apply emotional intelligence, increase your optimism and resilience, and develop strategies for advancing as a leader.

Unique Business Case

Candidates will solve a business case in teams.  The solution will be presented by the assigned teams at a one day conference for candidates.  This case will integrate learning from all modules and will develop team building and leadership skills.

Team Leadership

Success as a manager is heavily influenced by how well your team operates and what kind of results they achieve. Is your team able to solve problems? Can they resolve conflict? Are they enthusiastic and motivated to do their best? Do they work well together? This course is designed for you to develop your team leadership skills and unleash the talent of your individual team members.

Conflict Resolution

Learn to turn difficult situations into opportunities for growth;  have more meaningful and significant conversations when you understand how your behavior impacts others around you and the role you can play in resolving differences.


Intrapreneurship has been described as a great way to make beneficial changes to your organization. People can choose to continue with the status quo, or they can work to make a difference in the lives of themselves and others within the company.  Who wants to feel empowered and recognized for their innovative and creative ideas? Who wants to make a difference? If you answered yes to these questions, then this course will help you become energized and ready to push your ideas forward. After you complete this workshop, you will have ways to get started and implement your plans.

Business Case counts extends over 3 modules

Coaching & Mentoring

Coach, Mentor, Role Model, Supporter, Guide... do these words ring a bell? Being a coach involves being able to draw from several disciplines. Coaching is based on a partnership that involves giving both support and challenging opportunities to employees. Mentorship is a related skill that is often a part of coaching. It’s about being a guide, offering wisdom and advice when it is needed.


Public Speaking 

This course is aimed at improving your skills and learning new techniques which will give you the persuasive edge when you are making a presentation, fielding questions, or presenting complex information. You will learn how to 'think on your feet', quickly organize your thoughts and ideas, and  convey them in a meaningful way to your audience.

Personal Branding

During this course, you will consider and define the influence you have on your own life, on those around you and in the workplace. You will identify your own personal brand and begin the process of implementing whatever changes are required for you to "show up" as your most authentic, optimistic, resilient  and powerful self.

Business Case counts extends over 3 modules

Dealing With Diversity

More than ever, a workplace is a diverse collection of individuals proud of who they are: their gender, their sexual orientation, their religion, their ethnic background, and all the other components that make an individual unique. One of the challenges for workplace leaders is how to help these diverse individuals work as a team. We all know what happens to organizations that don’t have effective teamwork: they fail. And, failing to embrace diversity can also have serious legal costs for corporations. This course will give you ways to celebrate diversity in the workplace while bringing individuals together.

Once enrolled, participants will have access to a forum for their specific cohort and all other Acacians who are sharing the leadership journey at the same level.

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