DeGroote Women’s Professional Network

The DeGroote Women’s Professional Network (DWPN) is committed to the advancement of women in business and society through continuing learning and professional development, networking opportunities, mentorship platforms, and philanthropic initiatives.

The Network brings together current and emerging female leaders from across the DeGroote community in support of the mission of the DeGroote School of Business. This collective of passionate and collaborative women openly welcomes students, alumni, academics, community members, and corporate partners from a diverse set of backgrounds.

We invite you to join us by participating in one or more of the following activities. We also warmly welcome your ideas on how the network can expand its impact.

Ready to get involved? Contact Leah Fleet at

Events and Education

The Network’s dynamic events and education program includes:

  • Breakfast and cocktail events, hosted at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington and at a variety of venues in Toronto.┬áThese events feature an impressive female speaker lineup.
  • Invitations to DeGroote events, such as the Knowledge @ DeGroote series, which offers ongoing learning opportunities in Burlington and Toronto by presenting DeGroote academic experts in conversation with industry leaders.
  • A close relationship with DeGroote Executive Education, which facilitates targeted and impactful professional development programs.


Mentorship is a key objective of the Network. We support peer-to-peer mentoring among our participants, and encourage established female professionals to reach out and give back by becoming mentors to DeGroote’s female students through the McMaster Alumni and Partners Advisor Network.


The DeGroote Women’s Professional Network is proud to make an impact on DeGroote’s academic mission by supporting the DeGroote Experience Fund. 100% of your financial support to the Fund goes towards providing experiential learning opportunities for students; helping DeGroote to develop tomorrow’s well-rounded and career-ready leaders. We are also happy to help facilitate conversations about scholarships, awards and bursaries, and other forms of support.

Student Engagement

DeGroote’s student associations provide meaningful leadership roles for students to drive change and enhance DeGroote’s student outcomes. The Network provides a channel for members to connect with and support the DeGroote MBA Association, Women in Management (MBA), and the DeGroote Commerce Society and DeGroote Women in Business Association (undergraduate).

If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Leah Fleet at