Career : Articles + Columns from Leading Role Models


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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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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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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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Meet Linda Hung, Senior Director of Theme Parks

November, 22nd, 2016

Linda Hung is the Senior Director of Theme Parks at FORREC, a global entertainment design company based in Toronto. Her project experience includes the design and development of large-scale destination resorts such as Resorts World in Singapore, regional parks including LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Malaysia and Universal Studios Singapore and a local children’s playground in the […]


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Lessons from big brands to apply to your personal brand

December, 10th, 2015

Most of us watch with curiosity when big brands face controversy or initiate change. We wonder what it will do to the brand’s reputation and how it will impact public opinion. But, there are also great lessons we can garner from these brands — as well as those who seem to retain a leadership position over time — in terms of how we conduct ourselves and shape our personal brands. In the age of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, the personal brand is more important than ever.


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Meet the woman instrumental in passing the Violence Against Women Act

October, 29th, 2015

Dr. Ludy Green has shaped her 25-year career around abolishing violence against women and children. Currently president and founder of Second Chance Employment Services, Dr. Ludy started her company to help victims of domestic violence reach financial autonomy. In honour of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we asked this incredible woman to share some of her journey.


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What Marissa Mayer’s Maternity Leave Means for Working Mothers

September, 21st, 2015

The topic of maternity leave is something that continually rears its head in our world, and we are always astounded by the additional scrutiny women in leadership face when making personal decisions. Read Carolyn Lawrence’s insights on Marissa Mayer’s most recent announcement.


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Stepping off the sandbar and into the spotlight: Women, it’s your turn

August, 10th, 2015

How can you ‘super charge’ your image, raise your profile and make a noticeable impact on your career, company or whatever personal mission drives you? Andrea Lekushoff, a leader in the Canadian public relations industry, weighs in to provide you with seven helpful pointers to step into the spotlight.


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Fives Minutes With the Newest Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

August, 6th, 2015

Currently Head of Marketing at Snap by Groupon, Michele is a serial entrepreneur with four successful businesses under her belt—and she just turned 29. She is the co-founder of Buytopia.ca and Snapsaves (recently acquired by America’s couponing giant, Groupon). You can see her in action as the newest (and youngest) dragon in CBC’s hit TV show, Dragon’s Den.


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How professional coach Christine Laperriere became an eLearning convert

July, 20th, 2015

When the eLearning craze began, I was not a fan. I found the idea of sitting at my computer for hours on end a sad replacement for spending a day with like-minded individuals and learning from an engaging facilitator. So it’s with great humility that I admit I was too quick to judge.


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Top 10 Quotes From Our Spring Event Season

June, 26th, 2015

“Business is not personal. What kind of leader you need to be is how you process it and move forward. Keep growing, try to be brave in your beliefs, push yourself to strive and push yourself to view change as a new chapter. You can only be good at something you are passionate about. Go write a great story!” – Carrie Kirkman


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Five Ways Champions Changed My Life (And How They Can Change Yours!)

May, 26th, 2015

Deborah Gillis never expected she’d make it from a gravel road to a corner office. We asked the president of Catalyst to share her strategies for getting ahead.


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3 Practical Skills That Companies Are Always Looking For

May, 13th, 2015

Christine Laperriere is the Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre, and a professional coach and certified expert in helping people and organizations identify talent and opportunities. We ask Christine to list the practical skills women need to stay employable and how these skills can be strengthened in a corporate environment.


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Life as an Entrepreneur: 3 Valuable Lessons

April, 30th, 2015

Online virtuoso Joanna Track is a proven entrepreneur with three successful start-ups to her name. Here she is sharing the most valuable lessons she’s learned in the life of an entrepreneur.


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3 Ways to Build Trust With Your Team

April, 27th, 2015

Worried that your teammates don’t trust you? It’s a pretty common concern. Team Solutions Expert Dr. Liane Davey is a favourite speaker of the Women of Influence community and she’s sharing three ways you can build trust to help you collaborate, instead of compete, with your teammates.


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Good Question: Why can’t I get hired?

April, 20th, 2015

Frustrated with the job hunt? Our experts share how to position yourself as an ideal candidate and stand out amongst the competition. If you’re in Calgary on June 3rd, join us and get insights to What Employers Really Want: Learn How To Get Hired From a Leading Recruiter.


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Encouraging an entrepreneurial culture in your company

February, 27th, 2015

An entrepreneurial culture emphasizes accountability and ownership. It values the end game, not the process. It encourages measured risk. It certainly embraces change. These are a few of the reasons President of Jones Group Canada Carrie Kirkman encourages leaders to instill entrepreneurial culture and values in their employees.


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22 lessons from successful female entrepreneurs

February, 27th, 2015

These 22 women were selected from over 4,000 nominees to become finalists for the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. From construction to retail, communications to industrial services, they manage more than 2,300 employees and over $190 million in gross profit. Here they are with their biggest lessons learned.


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Good Question: My Team Is Toxic, But Do I Have To Fire Someone?

December, 15th, 2014

This manager has a 14-person team who is not getting along. How can she fix her team? Should someone be fired? If so, who? The high-producing bully of the team? Or the “victim” who has potential? Our experts share their advice.


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Clearing The Path To Personal Excellence

November, 17th, 2014

Excellence is often defined as a talent or quality that is so good, it surpasses ordinary standards. It’s about what people call, “being at the top of your game.” In order to get there, excellence demands you reach for more than what others — often even you — expect to achieve or accomplish.


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The Rise of Social Enterprise

November, 3rd, 2014

When it comes to work, we don’t have to choose between making a living and making a difference – women are creating work that propels their principles and will leave a lasting impact not just on them, but on the world around them.


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7 Ways to Step into the Spotlight

October, 29th, 2014

Female experts are quoted less often than their male counterparts in newspapers and on TV. Why? Because many women falsely believe someone else knows their area of expertise better than they do. This prevents them from stepping into the spotlight.


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The Story of My Unconventional Career Path

October, 16th, 2014

For many successful women, their careers are journeys that don’t always turn out the way they planned—often in a good way.
If success and learning are your goals, it’s your job to leverage what you learn at each stage of your journey.



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