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Communitech Academy: Leadership WTF (Where to Focus) – Spring 2022

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New to people management? We can help get you on track because becoming an effective leader is more than just telling people what to do.

About this event

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 1 direct report.

*If you are unsure if Leadership WTF is right for you, please reach out to us at academy@communitech.ca 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).

What you’ll learn:

By the end of these sessions, you’ll be able to:

  • 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.
  • Craft a professional development plan to help guide your development as a leader.

Program Details:

Each of the four sessions that make up this program take place on the following days:

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022

All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom* from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET.

*You’ll receive calendar invites for each session from academy@communitech.ca once your registration has been reviewed, which will include virtual meeting details.

An Emotional Intelligence coaching session is 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, May 24, 2022
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022

The coaching sessions will be held virtually via Google Hangouts, Zoom or similar.

How big is the program?

Maximum of 15 participants and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To encourage diversity of thought, we limit the number of participants from any one organization to three.

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.

Registration* fees:

  • Communitech member: employees of startup and scale-up companies: $975
  • Communitech member: employees of enterprise and associate companies: $1,220
  • Non-members: $1,475

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


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For more information contact the Communitech Academy: academy@communitech.ca.

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 (Tuesday, April 19, 2022, by 5:00 pm ET).


Please be advised that our Communitech virtual sessions will be recorded for:

  • Use by the Communitech Academy team to review virtual delivery procedures in support of our commitment to provide an outstanding program experience.
  • Limited-time review by program participants when extenuating circumstances prevent a participant from attending a session.

Virtual recordings of instructor-led sessions are not a substitute for attending the session. By attending this program, you consent to be recorded.

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Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a movement of more than 1,400 companies – from startups to scale-ups to large global players. 

Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.
1. Communitech is a place – the center of gravity for entrepreneurs and innovators. A clubhouse for building cool shit and great companies.
2. Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow and innovate.
3. Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to go from a small startup to a global giant.  

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