Career Advancement


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4 ways young women can prepare for career success

April, 25th, 2018

    Why wait until you land your first job to start preparing for success? Our Women of Influence co-op student, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, is still in high school, however, she’s already begun the work to ensure she’s well-equipped to start her future career on the right foot. Here are her tips — learned through personal […]


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Restarting your career after a break – making the transition easier

April, 23rd, 2018

  by Jeannie Collins-Ardern   There are many instances where a well-trained person takes a career break, and after a period of time wishes to resume their professional life. This is far more frequently a problem for women, typically after child rearing or elder care. To help make the transition smoother, there are a few […]


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Good Question: How can I create a strong relationship with a potential sponsor?

January, 13th, 2018

Christine Laperriere is a seasoned expert on helping leaders and teams reduce internal conflict, improve employee engagement, and more effectively engage with customers and prospects. Working with the Women of Influence Advancement Centre and through her own consultancy, Leader in Motion, she has spent the past ten years teaching hundreds of leaders how to be […]


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Good Question: Is it worth it to pursue a lateral career move?

December, 14th, 2017

Christine Laperriere is a seasoned expert on helping leaders and teams reduce internal conflict, improve employee engagement, and more effectively engage with customers and prospects. Working with the Women of Influence Advancement Centre and through her own consultancy, Leader in Motion, she has spent the past ten years teaching hundreds of leaders how to be […]


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Was That Coaching or Criticism?

June, 1st, 2017

  We all rely on healthy constructive criticism in order to learn and grow as professionals. But what happens when coaching becomes straight up criticism? Christine Laperriere of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre is here to remind us all how heavy-handed coaching can backfire ― and how we can prevent our confidence from crumbling under the pressure.   by […]


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Why I’m Finished with Leadership Buzzwords

May, 25th, 2017

  Recognizing when our unconscious personal bias is influencing how we perceive our leaders is crucial. Leah Parkhill Reilly of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre urges us to base judgment on facts rather than feelings, and stay on high alert for meaningless buzzwords.   by Leah Parkhill Reilly     When I was in corporate HR, we […]


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Women’s Top Obstacle to Career Advancement

May, 2nd, 2017

Earlier this year, we conducted a survey to get a better sense of our WOI community — who you are, what you’re interested in, and what challenges you face as professional women. We were ecstatic to receive so much candid feedback from our intelligent, successful, and engaged community of women. Thank you to all who […]


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Overcoming the Imposter

April, 27th, 2017

  You probably don’t have to think too far back to recall the last time you diminished yourself and your work, brushing off moments of success as simply “good luck”. It’s called the Imposter Syndrome, and it is real, and it is rampant — an estimated 70% of people will experience it at least once […]


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Your responsibility in navigating a bad boss

April, 11th, 2017

The quality of your relationship to your superiors is critical to your professional success ― yet, it’s not always easy to overlook your boss’s shortcomings. Christine Laperriere, executive director of our Advancement Centre is here to help.   by Christine Laperriere   In my work as Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre, I get invited […]


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The Old Boy’s Club

April, 3rd, 2017

Many of the men in power today grew up in a time when a woman’s only place was in the home. Research shows we’re still carrying around those gender stereotypes. Could the highest of glass ceilings be propped up by antiquated perceptions?   By Teresa Harris     Over 3,000 world leaders descended upon the […]


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Changing Quickly Takes Time

March, 23rd, 2017

    Any way you slice it, change can be hard, either as the leader trying to move a team through to the new beginning or as an individual who is managing their own transition. Leah Reilly, human resources consultant, explains a different way to look at change that can help make the process smoother. […]


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Ask Debbie Travis: Where do you look for inspiration?

March, 6th, 2017

We sit down with entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis as she shares what inspires her the most.         See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


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Ask Debbie Travis: What do you wish you knew in the beginning?

March, 1st, 2017

We sit down with entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis as she reflects on what she wishes she knew at the beginning of her career.         See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


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Questions to build the relationships you need for an amazing year

February, 28th, 2017

Are you looking to add some goals to your plate? Christine Laperriere, executive director of our Advancement Centre, suggests you start with a baggage removal plan: clean house of your toxic relationships, and you’ll have more energy to focus on success.   by Christine Laperriere   As many of us look to add goals to our […]


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Ask Debbie Travis: To what do you attribute your success?

February, 27th, 2017

We sat down with our Luncheon keynote speaker, entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis to learn what she views as the key factor in her success. Hint: it’s probably not what you think…       See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


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Are you coasting or are you creating?

February, 16th, 2017

Human resources consultant, Leah Reilly, warns about getting trapped in sentimental feelings about your past roles and accomplishments. Instead, seek out new experiences and push yourself creatively and positively career-wise, and it can result in gains in other aspects of life.   by Leah Reilly   At one point, I accepted a role with a […]


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The Missing Step in Tackling Lofty Goals

February, 7th, 2017

If you’re having trouble sticking to your plans for positive change, you might need to rethink your approach. Christine Laperriere, executive director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre, explains how small steps can lead to big wins.   by Christine Laperriere   Quick check: how is everyone doing with their New Year’s Resolutions? If […]


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5 Resolutions to Boost Your Career in 2017

January, 6th, 2017

  This time of year, we are inundated with ideas on how to improve our lives. From drinking more water to unplugging more often, there’s no doubt that starting the New Year on a new path to wellness is a good idea. But what about starting the year on a new path to success, one that’s […]


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Good Question: After taking time off to raise my family, I’m looking for my next position. Where do I begin?

December, 23rd, 2016

Christine Laperriere is the Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre. She is also an executive coach and seasoned expert focused on helping female leaders and teams reduce internal conflict, improve employee engagement, and more effectively engage with customers and prospects. Over the past eight years, she has taught hundreds of leaders through […]


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Living, working, and having it all — Lessons from a life in progress

December, 5th, 2016

“At this point, “having it all” is a balance of being reflective about the past and looking ahead at what’s possible with clear focus, determination and resilience.” By Roberta Hague Can we “have it all” in terms work and family? The answer to that question has changed throughout life as I’ve reconsidered what “all” means for […]


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Put your hand up, take a leap: career advice from Suzanne Morel, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Mastercard

November, 30th, 2016

From Parliament Hill to New York City, Suzanne Morel has a multifaceted career that has made her an advocate for women putting their hands up, jumping at every learning opportunity, and never underestimating the power of a good team. By Hailey Eisen Suzanne Morel’s career has taken her on a unique journey from her very first job […]


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Lift as you Climb and Learn as you Soar

November, 21st, 2016

Virginia Brailey, Vice-President, Marketing and Strategy at ADP Canada believes fully in reaching beyond your career comfort zone, and bringing others along for the climb. Her advice? You should too. By Hailey Eisen “It’s not the act of jumping out of an airplane; it’s what’s you learn before the chute opens that really matters,” Virginia Brailey says. […]


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Learn from every moment

October, 31st, 2016

Whether dealing with the daily demands of your job or looking to make a big move up the ladder, you’ll be better equipped to meet any challenge that comes your way when you’re at your optimal health. That’s why we’ve partnered with SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU.—Putting Women’s Health First—to provide tips and advice that will help […]


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What’s Keeping Women Out of the C-Suite?

January, 20th, 2016

Are women ambitious? How do they define success? What propels them to the top? We partnered with American Express Canada to answer these questions and more, in a study that explores what is holding women back from advancing into top leadership positions. One of the problems? Few corporate women find the c-suite achievable. While 51% […]