About Us

“The world will be saved by the western woman”

Dalai Lama,
Vancouver Peace Summit

2009

The Acacia Institute - born to create exceptional women leaders for 21st century organizations -   delivers customized programs to support the development of exceptional women leaders from aspiring high potential through emerging managers to advancing executive level leaders.

Our programs are specifically designed for women who have both the potential and the desire to accelerate their readiness for senior leadership roles.

The Acacia Institute curriculums are competency-based, which serves to ensure that our graduates have absorbed the learning. Our on-going follow-up and peer mentoring resources support our graduates in assimilating and applying these skills within a variety of industries and organizations.

The Acacia tree, represented in our logo, symbolizes our core values.

We are Authentic. The Acacia tree is a familiar image, which cannot be mistaken for any other tree.

We are Compassionate. It is said that the edible fruit of the Acacia tree was the manna that saved the Israelites as they faced starvation in the wilderness.

We are Accountable. A species of stinging ants occupy the Acacia tree and defend it by attacking giraffes when they come to devour the tree’s foliage; in return, the Acacia provides the ants with both food and shelter.

We are Collaborative. When the Acacia tree senses its leaves are being torn away - most likely by giraffes - it emits a particular gas that alerts other Acacia trees in the vicinity to the danger. The other trees react by increasing the amount of tannin in their leaves, making them unappealing to the giraffe’s palate.

We are Innovative. In addition to the Acacia tree’s chemical response to danger, it is fire resistant. In areas where other plants had been completely destroyed by fire, the Acacia trees stood barely singed.

We are Ambitious. The Acacia tree produces a sap that provides a waterproofing quality; Noahs’ Ark, the ship that is said to have saved the human race during the great flood, is believed to have been built of Acacia wood.

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