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Arts of Management

In May of 1961 the Toronto BPW Club developed a programme which brought it fame and praise from many quarters. A Special Projects Committee was formed by Margaret Hyndman, Q.C., Mary MacAulay, Margaret Ashdown, Evelyn Ashley, Jane Blackburn, Nazla Dane, Margaret Smith and Jeanette Watson. It was felt that:

WHEREAS: Business and Professional women are achieving for themselves opportunities hereto unknown;

WHEREAS: It is necessary for women to continue to improve their education and equip themselves for positions of greater responsibility;

WHEREAS: There is a generally recognized need for qualified women to assume positions of responsibility requiring training in administration and human roles;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Toronto BPW Club initiate and operate a course of suitable training aimed at meeting the following objectives:

  1. To broaden the individual
  2. To stimulate the individual in her work and her desire for further study
  3. To make such individual more articulate
  4. To stimulate reading on a wide range of subjects
  5. To provide training in the principles of administration.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Committee be empowered to proceed with the development of this programme and that the Club underwrite the project to a sum not to exceed $5,000.

This project was to be called “The Arts of Management” and was based on an idea from the Henley Administrative Staff College in England.

The most auspicious event to take place was the first conference of The Arts of Management. It was held at The Guild Inn from March 12 to 18, 1962.

The registrants were from all over Ontario and held a wide variety of occupations. A display had been set up in the window of the Chartered Trust Company on King Street West, and from seeing it a young man applied to attend.

1963 Arts of Management nine-day Conference at the Guild Inn

Dr. Lillian Gilbreth gave the keynote speech. She amused the audience by saying that although she and her husband were well known for their engineering abilities and their introduction to the work force of new time study programmes, she was invariably introduced as the heroine of 'Cheaper by the Dozen'.

The Toronto BPW Club made history in sponsoring and underwriting the only course of its kind designed for women. Enquiries were received from as far away as Australia.

Nine conferences in all were held, after which it was felt they had served their purpose as seminars were then being given for women in various fields. The last conference of “The Arts of Management” was held at the Valhalla Inn, May 4-10, 1970.

A group of Arts of Management graduates