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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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The first step towards success? Know yourself.

January, 30th, 2017

There’s something very unique about your personal career journey: YOU. So, whether your goal is to get ahead or to find more satisfaction, dedicate some time to learning more about yourself. Kate Rowbotham, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, explains how.   By Hailey Eisen   How well […]





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Women of Influence Partners with Celebrity Stylist

January, 25th, 2017

    Celebrity stylist Kim Appelt will join Women of Influence as Style Expert and Fashion Editor   TORONTO, FEBRUARY 2017 – Women of Influence is excited to welcome celebrity stylist Kim Appelt as their first ever Style Expert and Fashion Editor. In her new role, Kim will be sharing her knowledge on work-meets-fashion topics […]





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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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Meet Jean Blacklock, Founder of Prairie Girl Bakery

December, 13th, 2016

Jean Blacklock grew up in Saskatchewan, where she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Commerce and in Law. She then became a partner at a major law firm in Calgary and later joined BMO Financial Group as an executive in wealth management. Her last role at BMO was managing wealth services for BMO […]





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Project ME: Six Simple Steps that Could Have a Big Impact on Your Career

December, 8th, 2016

When it comes to advancing your career, there are so many possible steps to take it can be paralyzing. Karen Jackson-Cox, Executive Director of the Business Career Centre at Smith School of Business, advises 6 steps to help you look inward and reflect before making any bold moves.  By Hailey Eisen You’ve reached the mid-career […]





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How to Preserve Your Personal Style at Work

December, 6th, 2016

Anastasia-Maria Hountalas is a Toronto-based lawyer and founder of The Bossy One, a style and lifestyle blog for professional women. The Bossy One explores workplace style and discusses the challenges and rewards of being a woman professional. Here, Anastasia gives her best tips on how to strike the fine balance between professional and personal style at […]





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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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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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5 Things Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Know

November, 15th, 2016

  Building a successful venture is no easy task. We asked five of our RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards finalists for their best advice to share with aspiring entrepreneurs. What we learned? A little bit of confidence and a lot of help will take you far.    Meet the Experts: Alyssa Furtado, Ratehub.ca Kate Ross […]





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A new view of “having it all”

November, 14th, 2016

“In the workplace, we need to be asking, ‘How do we get better at helping everyone spend time the way they need to when their loved ones are in need?’ It ought not to be a women’s issue.” By Shelley White When it comes to women’s work-life balance, Mary Ann Turcke wants to change the conversation. […]





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3 Signs That You Should be an Entrepreneur

November, 10th, 2016

Wondering if it’s time to start your own business? If you are at that crossroad in your career, Joanna Track is here to help you get over to the other side. As a serial entrepreneur — she’s the founder of sweetspot.ca, eLuxe.ca, Good Eggs & Co., and The Bullet — Joanna has figured out how […]





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3 Canadian Female-Led Start-ups Share their Keys to Success

November, 3rd, 2016

We asked four remarkable women — all of whom are finalists in our Deloitte Start-up category at the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards — for their best advice for entrepreneurs looking to make their big idea a reality. From “take it slow” to “don’t work so hard!” you may be surprised by how they were […]





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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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Small Practices to Build Powerful Teams

October, 21st, 2016

By Catherine Bell Catherine Bell is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Awakened Company, a thought-provoking read that explores how treating businesses as communities can transform them for the better. With more than a decade of international executive search experience, Catherine speaks around the globe, and offers The Awakened Company’s services to help other […]





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Why Attitude Matters

October, 2nd, 2016

As Vice President, External Communication at Loblaw & Shoppers Drug Mart, Tammy knows a good attitude–coupled with skill, opportunity, and luck–can go a long way toward career success. That’s why we’ve partnered with SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU.—Putting Women’s Health First—to bring you the lessons Tammy has learned through her business experience, plus plenty more tips and advice […]





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From Women of Influence (WOI) Networking Course to Girls’ Career Day

September, 20th, 2016

We have all heard about the importance of networking. And we are always told to try to meet people outside of our fields. As an intellectual property lawyer at a downtown firm, I have found that it is a surprisingly small world in terms of the people that I run into in my day-to-day life. With that in mind, I decided to attend a Women of Influence course which seemed like a great opportunity to branch out and expand my networking circle.





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Facing my fear: how to see challenge as opportunity

September, 18th, 2016

At the age of 29, I had a massive stroke and fell into a coma. After emergency brain surgery, I awoke to discover I could no longer speak or move, and was dependant on machines to perform the most basic human functions.





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Is There a Recipe for Having it All?

September, 15th, 2016

As a female executive I think a lot about the future, the goals I want to achieve in business, in my personal life and the contribution I want to make in the world. I have often been faced with internal conflict when feeling forced to choose one priority at the expense of another.





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Taking the Leap

September, 8th, 2016

Sara is a passionate champion for the rights of women and children, with nearly 20 years of experience as a senior leader in the non-profit sector. She is the founder and President/CEO of Children First Canada, a new national non-profit organization working to make this the best place in the world for kids to grow […]





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Nutrition expert Rose Reisman offers tips to energize your lunch

June, 22nd, 2016

Your brown bag lunch doesn’t need to be boring—and is the key to keeping you fuelled throughout the work day.