Event Galleries – Women of Influence http://www.womenofinfluence.ca Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:48:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Women of Influence – Janet Zuccarini http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2018/09/17/women-of-influence-janet-zuccarini/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:01:00 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=188143 On September 13th, 2018, we welcomed Janet Zuccarini, Owner of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group, to the podium at the Women of Influence Evening series to discuss how she masterfully expanded her empire in what is considered a notoriously cutthroat industry and has become one of our country’s most powerful female entrepreneurs.


Women of Influence – Katie Telford http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2018/06/22/women-of-influence-katie-telford/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:21:43 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=186260 On June 19th, 2018, we welcomed Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, to the podium at the Women of Influence Evening series to discuss her career progression and how she became the most powerful woman in Canadian Politics.

Women of Influence Luncheon Series – Understanding Intersectionality http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2018/05/30/women-of-influence-luncheon-series-understanding-intersectionality/ Wed, 30 May 2018 17:42:55 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=185424 On May 29, 2018 we hosted the Women of Influence Luncheon Series in downtown Toronto, featuring a panel of diversity and inclusion thought leaders including Karen Craggs-Milne, Rachel Lauren Clark, Dauna Jones-Simmonds and Moderator, Carolyn Lawrence. 


Key takeaways: 

  • Intersectionality is the existence of multiple and overlapping forms of oppression, which intersect in different configurations for each individual, creating unique experiences and sets of social barriers.  
  • People may experience oppression in different areas of their own intersectionality. Those with privilege carry a social responsibility to make room for those who feel disadvantaged and approach them through partnership, not pity – ie. adopt the “I have your back” principle. 
  • As organizations look to the future of their inclusion strategies, a mainstreaming approach puts the entire business framework up for discussion in an effort to create radical change. The less successful alternative is integration, which strives to keep the current business model status quo and layer on diversity initiatives without ‘shaking things up too much’. 


Women of Influence Evening Series – Olivia Nuamah http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2018/05/07/women-of-influence-evening-series-olivia-nuamah/ Mon, 07 May 2018 16:14:27 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=184586 On May 3rd, 2018, we welcomed Olivia Nuamah, Executive Director of Toronto Pride, to the podium at the Women of Influence Evening series to discuss her career progression and what it takes to succeed in a challenging leadership role.


What we learned:

  • Olivia didn’t see herself reflected in the city that she was born and raised in. She didn’t feel proud to be a woman of color in Toronto. She wanted to be in a place that looked like her so she moved to London, England. 
    • While there one of the leadership skills she developed was learning how to talk to people. By this she meant, learning how to ask someone who they were without offending them, and learning what it meant to honor people in a context that built trust.
    • The moment you start to realize that people have different experiences from your own, and the moment you start to empathize with those experiences things change, organizations change, and people change
  • Our favorite quote and biggest take away from Olivia was “Instead of trying really hard to be someone else, what I’m going to do is try even harder to be more of myself”.
  • Olivia states that what makes her a successful leader is, “the combination of the desire to want to be truthful, the desire to want to represent communities of color, and the need to respect every community”.

Congratulations to Alana Clancy!  Concluding the evening events, we announced the winner of our VIP Membership Experience Giveaway. Thanks to the generous contributions from our sponsors, Alana has access to a spot in the short-format executive education program offered by the Smith School of Business, a spa basket courtesy of Captivate, and one month free child care from Kids & Company.


2018 Global Leaders Dinner Series – Toronto http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2018/04/19/global-leaders-dinner-series-toronto/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:31:32 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=183934

The Global Leaders Dinner Series is an exceptional program, bringing together an outstanding group of notable women who are leveraging their influence to grow their impact and create change.

On April 11, 2018, we were thrilled to welcome a dynamic group of change makers to the 9th annual edition of the Toronto dinner, which was held at Brassaii. By invitation only, the dinner hosted 90 notable leaders, senior executives and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated their investment to women’s advancement and play a critical role in advancing our competitiveness in the global economy. 

Around the table, meaningful and spirited conversation focused on revealing the innovative ways female leaders are creating change in real-time and how we can leverage each other’s strengths and connections to move the common agenda forward. 
On behalf of Women of Influence and our feature sponsors ADP and Ricoh, we thank all those who joined us to not only tackle the topic of advancement, but also to celebrate accomplishments and make career-defining connections that will have impact far beyond the evening itself.  


The Art of Leadership for Women 2018 speaker quotes http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2018/04/16/the-art-of-leadership-for-women-2018-speaker-quotes/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:26:55 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=183836 Key insights and memorable quotes from The Art Of Leadership for Women conference 2018, featuring Rona Ambrose and Malala Yousafzai. 


Women of Influence Evening Series – Baroness von Sketch Show http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2018/03/05/women-of-influence-evening-series-baroness-von-sketch-show/ Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:41:46 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=182854 On February 27th,  2018 we hosted the Women of Influence Evening Series in downtown Toronto, featuring Star & Co-Creators, Aurora Browne & Jennifer Whalen. 


The Radical Change Summit http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2018/02/21/the-radical-change-summit/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:17:09 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=182440 On Wednesday, January 24, we co-hosted the first annual Radical Change Summit, welcoming leaders to the stage who had made great strides moving towards gender parity in the workplace. On behalf of our partner, Catalyst Canada, our Luncheon Sponsor, Scotiabank, and our Breakout Sponsors, KPMG and RBC, we thank all those who joined us with the goal of finding radical solutions to women’s advancement.    

Women of Influence Evening Series – Kim Appelt http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2017/12/11/women-of-influence-evening-series-kim-appelt/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:43:02 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=180901 On December 6th, 2017 we hosted the Women of Influence Evening Series in downtown Toronto, featuring one of Canada’s top stylists: Kim Appelt. 

RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala 2017 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/2017/11/27/rbc-canadian-women-entrepreneur-awards-gala-2017/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:41:07 +0000 http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/?p=180129 November 22, 2017 – Women entrepreneurs deserve to be celebrated. We look forward to the gala every year because it provides the opportunity for women entrepreneurs to be honoured for their contribution to our economy. Thank you to our Presenting sponsor RBC, our Award sponsors Staples, Telus, TEC Canada, and to our official Gift sponsor Bulova.