Expert Advice


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Three Ways Mindfulness Can Support High Performance

July, 4th, 2018

  Your mental, emotional and physical energy is your greatest asset and key to high performance. Being able to manage that asset requires discipline, effort and focus but first and foremost it requires self-awareness. It’s why Billie Jean King said, “self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” The first step towards […]


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No one ever got ahead by being a wallflower

July, 3rd, 2018

  By Rebecca Heaton         Being assertive in a professional setting isn’t always easy, and you’re not alone if you feel like you’re often not being heard. This is especially true for women who may find themselves to be silent observers — in other words, wallflowers. To them, I would ask: Are […]


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How to work successfully as a team of entrepreneurs

June, 18th, 2018

  by Viviana Kohon, Namita Tandon-Walsh, and Caitie Yue     All entrepreneurs enjoy the independence and thrill of working for themselves and creating something new. Having partners or co-founders is an added bonus, giving you the option to consult with each other, and to ensure multiple areas of the business are covered through different […]


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Four ways to make sure your small business can hire and keep the best talent

June, 13th, 2018

  By Stephania Varalli Co-CEO, Women of Influence     Hiring exceptional talent can be one of the toughest tasks as a small business owner. When you only have a few employees — and 54% of private employers in Canada have less than five — there is no room for underperformers. So how do you […]


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Eight simple steps to starting a remote e-commerce business

June, 6th, 2018

  by Robin Behrstock     The flexibility that comes from being self-employed is undeniable. Add to that the freedom to work from wherever you choose (including your bed) and it comes as no surprise that more and more people — especially women — are foregoing the typical office environment for the comfort and adaptability […]


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Six ways to improve your workplace culture today

May, 31st, 2018

  by Sabrina Parsons     In the age of Lean In and #MeToo, office relationships and workplace culture are shifting drastically, often in ways that can affect employees quite negatively. The recent explosion of #MeToo stories and the Lean In movement have surfaced lots of hard questions about equality in the workplace, inclusive office […]


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What are the critical “future skills” for executives?

May, 9th, 2018

  by Jennifer Reynolds   “Skills of the future” is a topic that is starting to dominate talent discussions today. Technology is rapidly shifting the landscape in all industries, and as a result, continuously changing the skill sets that are in high demand. The question professionals today need to ask themselves is: how do I […]


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Four 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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Become a bullet journal pro with these three helpful hacks

April, 17th, 2018

  If you have been searching for productivity tools recently, you may have already come across bullet journals. This new system for staying organized is designed to be quick and intuitive — and with these three helpful tips, you can make the process even simpler. Bullet journals are finding popularity with productivity fans — from […]


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How to create a culture of inclusive innovation

April, 16th, 2018

  By Heather Fraser   Innovation is the lifeblood of any organization that aims to create new and distinct value. It is not the job of a few inspired people; it takes an entire enterprise to create and deliver new value. To build a sustainable enterprise-wide capacity to innovate, it’s critical to create a winning […]


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How to find role models

April, 12th, 2018

    In the quest for gender parity, it’s crucial that we as women consider the ways we can truly help, rather than compete with, one another. I believe that one of the key ways to do this is to seek out inspiring role models, women who have ‘been there and done that,’ because, at […]


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Wear it to Work: One Item, Three Ways

April, 10th, 2018

By Stephanie Ray, Founder, Grayes   Building a work wardrobe can be a daunting task. It is easy to lose your own sense of style as you try to conform to an office look and it can be hard to stick to a reasonable budget. Often you end up heavily investing in pieces you will […]


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How to start making more money as an entrepreneur

April, 6th, 2018

    If you’re an entrepreneur, the question of how to make more money is one you probably ask yourself every week. It’s common, and I highly suggest this type of self-talk, because it means that you’re on route to helping more people and growing your business as a result. The problem is, most entrepreneurs […]


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How to go from Good Writer to a Good Communicator

April, 4th, 2018

    When sitting in an interview chair, we often rely on our resumes and glossy portfolios to demonstrate our writing, our expertise and capabilities. But once we land the role, can we be certain that our strong writing skills will translate into an ability to communicate and work effectively with our peers and our […]


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Building workplaces that work for women: How to make your organization more inclusive

February, 2nd, 2018

    Tanya van Biesen left her 21-year career in the corporate world of executive search to take on a leading role with a global non-profit supporting one of her passions: advancing inclusive workplaces.   By Kristen Sears     For Tanya van Biesen, it was kinda, sorta déjà vu. Two summers ago, she left […]


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My True North: Authentic Leadership

January, 29th, 2018

  by Andrea Lekushoff   Andrea Lekushoff is the Founder and President of Broad Reach Communications. She’s not only a leader in the Canadian public relations industry, she also committed to supporting the efforts of women in business.     Earlier this year, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a leadership program at […]


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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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WOI Style – Fall/Winter 2017

December, 5th, 2017

    Kim Appelt is one of Canada’s top personal and celebrity stylists and a go-to expert on all things fashion. She dresses local television personalities, musicians and A-list celebrities for the red carpet, from the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards to the Daytime Emmy’s. Her social media following of over 100,000 fans (check out […]


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Five significant (and possibly surprising) ways that technology can help your business

November, 27th, 2017

    Technology is already the heart of your business — and of all businesses. Its infrastructure houses your data and provides access to email, the Internet, and applications. Are you taking advantage of all that it can do for your company?   By Marie Moore     In a BDC study of Canadian entrepreneurs’ […]


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Advice from emerging leaders: Discover what you truly love

October, 23rd, 2017

What does it take to move up in the ranks of a multinational corporation? We’ve partnered with PepsiCo to bring you career advancement tips from some of their top emerging leaders. Anshika Jaipuriar, District Sales Leader at PepsiCo Canada, has learned to ask the question “What about my job gets me out of bed each […]


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Ready for a Promotion? A recruiting expert explains how to know you’re ready – and can prove it

October, 22nd, 2017

  As the ‎Managing Partner, Recruitment Solutions at Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, Samantha Wood has an insider’s perspective on how to move up in your career. She’s sharing her expert knowledge, not only on how to know when you’re ready for a step up, but also what you need to do to prove it.   […]


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Advice from emerging leaders: The power of a positive attitude

October, 16th, 2017

What does it take to move up in the ranks of a multinational corporation? We’ve partnered with PepsiCo to bring you career advancement tips from some of their top emerging leaders. Rupika Sharma, Zone Sales Leader at PepsiCo, has discovered the influence a positive attitude can have on making or breaking your career journey.   […]