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Rising Stars: supporting the next generation of leaders

from the July 11, 2011 issue of Connect

Women’s College Hospital is committed to teaching and encouraging its staff to be the leaders of tomorrow. That’s why, for the second time, Women’s College teamed up with Saint Elizabeth Health Care and Toronto Public Health to form a steering committee, including WCH clinical project leader Ingrid Coort, to produce the Rising Stars program.

The program, which supports and facilitates professional development through leadership succession planning, was open to all full-time Women’s College employees. Following a selection process chaired by Jane Mosley, those participating in the program choose a professional mentor, who meets with the participant throughout the program and assists in the process of setting and reaching goals.

“When I applied to the Rising Stars program I was looking for a chance to gain leadership experience to help me further my career,” explains Courtney McLean, clinical secretary, MSK Osteoporosis Program. “What I got was much more than that. Rising Stars has contributed to my development, both personally and professionally and as the program draws to a close I feel confident in my newfound leadership abilities.”

The program consists of several workshops held throughout the year, including a three-day leadership training program at the Schulich School of Business and a public speaking and presentation skills workshop. It also involves stretch opportunities that encourage participants to step outside of their comfort zones into areas where they may not have a lot of experience. For example, the participants attended meetings and organized projects and events.

To celebrate the commencement of this year’s Rising Stars program, the participants and their mentors and managers gathered at Metro Hall on June 22 for a formal graduation ceremony. The celebration included a keynote address by Dr. Sheldon Levy, president and vice-chancellor, Ryerson University, who offered words of wisdom and stories of his leadership experience followed by a formal graduation ceremony.

“The Rising Stars program has made me realize that you don’t need to be in a formal leadership role in order to stand out as a leader,” explained Daphne Antonopoulos, customer service representative, medical imaging. “The program has given me a new appreciation and respect for Women’s College Hospital and has helped me to feel confident and empowered as an employee.”

Congratulations to all of the graduates:

Daphne Antonopoulos (mentored by Barbara Persaud)
Marlene Duarte Giles (mentored by Catharine McManamon)
Mireille Landry (mentored by Heather McPherson)
Jennifer MacLellan (mentored by Nancy Groff)
Courtney McLean (mentored by Mary Gavel)
Dara Smiljanic (mentored by Pat DiRaimo)
Sandra Walsh (mentored by Cris Barrett)

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