Ambition Challenge

Training Ambition Challenge

The Ambition Challenge is a unique international training program designed for professional women who wish to embrace their ambition and better communicate it. Our innovative approach empowers women to maximize their potential and boost their careers through contact with inspiring female leaders.

Description A Transformative Journey

Reflection, group workshops, challenges: during their professional development program, participants acquire solid self-reflection habits to take action more effectively. With awareness of themselves and of their objectives, they are better equipped to position themselves with impact in their career and their company.

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The 100-day training program allows for the acquisition of three key behaviours: boosting self-confidence, learning risk-taking, developing influence. It is for all women who wish to make their ambition known within their organization. The only requirement is a minimum of 5 years of professional experience.

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Objective

Own Your Ambition and Better Communicate It

The Ambition Challenge helps women pinpoint what is holding them back, adopt a better mindset, and develop the right reflexes to achieve their goals. A perfect blend of self-knowledge and professional development to benefit female ambition!

Leaders Learn from Seasoned Leaders

Isabelle Hudon

Isabelle Hudon

Ambassador of Canada to France and Monaco

A powerful personality with an inspiring journey, Cofounder of The A Effect Isabelle Hudon shares, with candor, authenticity and transparency, her tips for battling imposter syndrome and confidently taking your place.

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Nadia Theodore

Nadia Theodore

Senior Vice-President, Global Government and Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Nadia Theodore’s impressive professional journey has taken her from Ottawa to the World Trade Organization (WTO), from the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta to Maple Leaf Foods. She is the leader of the future: hard-working, open-minded, transparent.

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Mary Powell

Mary Powell

Ex-CEO, Green Mountain Power

In business, Mary Powell’s approach is fast, fun, and effective, all qualities she is known for as a corporate leader in the energy sector. Her genuine love of people causes her to place the Person at the heart of her decisions.

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Benaaz Irani

Benaaz Irani

Vice-President, Desjardins Agent Network, Desjardins

In her 21 years with Desjardins, Benaaz Irani has always been keenly aware of her surroundings, open to the advice of others, and able to assert her unique strategic vision. A sought-after leader, she continues to make her mark across Canada.

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Mara Harvey

Mara Harvey

Founder, CEO and Author of SmartWayToStart.com

Finance expert Dr. Mara Harvey never takes existing barriers at face value. One of the original leaders at The A Effect in Switzerland, she is generous in sharing her knowledge.

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Olga Farman

Olga Farman

Managing Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Olga Farman is a gifted manager whose reputation as an excellent communicator and negotiator is well-established. In 2019, she was named one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.

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Program Schedule 100 Days of Activities and Discussions

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    3 themed workshops
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    2 interactive web conferences
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    1 technological learning platform
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Equality Partners Companies Who Trust Us

Our partners care about the position of women within their companies. Nearly 50 organizations have chosen The A Effect to support the professional development of their female employees and to create an equal work environment.

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Monique Bakam

Financial Analyst, CPA, CAE - Canada

This is a rich experience that leads us to seek out what is buried deep inside us. Before, I had my routine that I followed with my eyes half-closed. Now, I have the courage to get out of my comfort zone!

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Hanan Faska

Recruitment Manager, Crédit Agricole d’Île-de-France - France

This is a rich experience that leads us to seek out what is buried deep inside us. Before, I had my routine that I followed with my eyes half-closed. Now, I have the courage to get out of my comfort zone!

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Lydia Veilleux

Senior Advisor, Strategic Communications and Collaborations, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec - Canada

The more I progressed in the Ambition Challenge, the more I realized how beneficial it was. I really needed to create this space to ask myself the right questions.

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Noëmie Leroux

Advisor, Talent Management, PSP Investments

I stopped making excuses for myself. Now, I’m not afraid to dare and to take risks!

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Sophie Allard

Senior Manager, Business Partner and Human Resources, McKesson Canada

I am naturally introverted, but I learned to position myself with confidence. I finished my Ambition Challenge with a whole new mindset!

FAQ Answers to Your Questions

Who is the Ambition Challenge program for?
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The Ambition Challenge, the English equivalent of the Défi 100 jours, is open to all women who wish to make their ambition known within their company. The first cohort took place in the fall of 2020 and brought together women of all ages, all backgrounds, and from nearly every continent.
The only requirement: a minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
The Ambition Challenge is available in English, in the spring and fall.

In which languages are The A Effect training programs available?
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The Défi 100 jours, the Défi Leadership, and the Masterclass are offered in French only. The Ambition Challenge is available only in English.

How much time will I need to devote to my program?
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All the programs at The A Effect require a time investment of about one to two hours per week. The time can also vary based on events planned for the week. Workshops are an average of three hours each, while web conferences last an hour. These events are recorded, so if participants can’t attend, they can view them later.

In short, the training programs can be adapted to each participant’s circumstances!

Are the programs recognized by a professional order?
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For Quebec-based participants, the Ambition Challenge is recognized by the CRHA [Chartered Professional in Human Resources] for a total of 24.5 hours of continuing education. The program cost can also be an eligible training expense in accordance with the Loi sur les compétences (commonly known in English as the 1% Training Law). For participants outside Quebec: information forthcoming.

Do participants receive a certificate of training?
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Participants will receive a Certificate of Training from The A Effect no more than eight weeks after the program ends. They will also receive an individual report summarizing their experience. This document will allow them to reflect on their journey, and become aware of their growth and the behaviours they have integrated to their daily routine.
As a participating organization, you will receive a statement that summarizes the overall progress of your employees [note: data are anonymized to preserve participants’ confidentiality] according to the full range of behaviours (25 for the Ambition Challenge) that are evaluated at the beginning and end of the journey.

Do I need to travel to participate in the program?
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All our programs are virtual and online*. This approach allows you to take advantage of our programs no matter where you live. Be sure to have access to a computer with a microphone and camera (recommended), and a high-speed internet connection. You won’t be able use a tablet or phone to join planned L’effet A events.
*Except the Défi 100 jours offered in France and Switzerland. Consult the Program Guide (to come) for more information.

In what time zones are the events held?
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Please look carefully at your program’s detailed schedule. If you can’t be present, know that the events are recorded so that you can view them later on the L’effet A learning platform. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

I can’t make it to one of the events. How do I make up a missed event?
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Events are key moments for reinforcing content seen on the L’effet A learning platform. Events are also opportunities for you to discuss with other participants and leaders, thanks to dynamic activities and question and answer sessions. However, if you can’t attend, know that the events are recorded so that you can view them later on the learning platform.

Can I meet participants in person?
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In accordance with public health directives where you live, you can, if you wish, organize some in-person meetings with other participants. This relates to meetings outside planned events, or any other meeting you would like to organize in parallel with the program. For the Défi 100 jours offered in France and Switzerland, one in-person event is planned. Consult the Program Guide (to come) to learn more.

What type of contact will I have with the program leaders?
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You’ll be able to ask questions directly to your L’effet A program leaders and discuss with them during workshops and web conferences. If you’re taking part in the Ambition Challenge, you’ll also benefit from group coaching sessions led by a professional coach.

What payment methods are accepted?
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Depending on the program you select and your place of residence, fees can be paid by credit card (online) or by bank transfer (in one or three installments).

What is the cancellation policy?
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Unfinished activities and/or absences at events during the program do not exempt you from the program fees and do not entitle you to a full or partial refund.
We will refund you in full if registration is cancelled at the latest six (6) business days before the official launch of the program.
We will refund you in full minus a fixed non-refundable administrative fee of $500 CAD* if registration is cancelled within five (5) business days or less of the official launch of the program.
No refund or partial refund, cohort transfer or credit note will be possible after the official program launch.
For more information, please consult our General Sales Conditions.
*€500 EUR for the Défi 100 jours France and CHF500 CHF for the Défi 100 jours Switzerland.

Is the program tax deductible?
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For self-employed workers that live in Quebec, the program fees are tax deductible. For participants that live outside Quebec, please refer to the income tax regulations that are in effect in your place of residence.

Ambition Challenge

September 17 2021 - December 17 2021

Ambition Challenge : Ready for a Transformative Experience?

 

3.200 $ *Taxes not included