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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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Meet Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO at Toronto Financial Services Alliance

May, 8th, 2018

Jennifer’s 20 year career in the financial services industry has included senior roles in investment banking, venture capital, and global risk management. In 2017, she was named the new CEO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA). Prior to joining TFSA, Jennifer was the President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), Canada’s largest industry […]


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Meet Sue MacKay, Vice President of Marketing at Empire Communities

May, 8th, 2018

Sue has been a key partner in the development and execution of the real estate sales and marketing strategies across North America for over 17 years. Since joining Empire Communities in 2015, her team’s work has been recognized both locally and internationally through numerous marketing awards of excellence. As a passionate marketer, Sue has held […]


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Maximizing Potential: How Cisco and BDC are opening doors for women entrepreneurs

May, 4th, 2018

    Women entrepreneurs represent just a small segment of business owners in Canada, but their numbers and impact are growing — and their potential is even greater. Cisco and the Business Development Bank of Canada have partnered to unlock it, using a unique internship program that’s now in its third successful year.   By […]


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Wear it to Work: How four of Toronto’s top business leaders define their personal style

May, 4th, 2018

  by Stephanie Ray, founder and designer, Grayes         I started Grayes because I believe you should feel like “you” in your work clothes, and love your 9-to-5 looks as much as your favourite pair of jeans. You shouldn’t have to invest in two separate wardrobes — one for work and one […]


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Meet Karen Lamont, Founder of Citrus Silver

May, 3rd, 2018

By the time Karen Lamont reached 30, she had climbed the ladder in a Toronto-based direct marketing firm, working on accounts like RBC, Reader’s Digest, AMEX, and Time Inc. She was a VP running a division of the company, but she lacked passion for the work she did. After having two children she became inspired […]


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Meet Roz Tamblyn, Designer and Owner of Roz + Loki

May, 3rd, 2018

Roz Tamblyn spent most of her adult life in a corporate environment, where she struggled with finding the perfect dress shirt — one that was perspiration-proof, didn’t gape at the bust, and allowed enough range of motion — all while still being chic and professional. Unable to find an alternative, in 2016 she launched her […]


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Meet Chanèle McFarlane, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Do Well Dress Well

April, 30th, 2018

Chanèle McFarlane is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Do Well Dress Well, a platform dedicated to bridging the gap between competence and confidence for millennial women. Through content, community and opportunities centered around personal branding, networking, style and professional development, her goal is for every woman to live confidently and remarkably. Chanèle also founded “Confidence […]


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Meet Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction

April, 30th, 2018

Sevaun Palvetzian is one of Canada’s leading experts on civic engagement and is a voice for influence and advocacy on many urban issues. Since 2014, Sevaun has focused on building inclusive cities and levelling the playing field of opportunity at CivicAction. She is also a member of Mayor John Tory’s Advisory Panel for International Hosting […]


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Meet Beverley Cheng, Founder of Born to Sweat

April, 30th, 2018

After leaving her secure, full-time job in insurance, Beverley Cheng took the plunge into entrepreneurship, focusing her time and energy on building her brand, Born to Sweat. Now, she’s a self-employed fitness trainer, sports-model, and blogger in Toronto. Her blog, Born to Sweat, published its first post in January 2014, and since then has continued […]


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Meet Stephanie Ciccarelli, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Voices.com

April, 27th, 2018

 Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Chief Brand Officer and one of the founders of Voices.com, the industry-leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talent. A respected mentor and speaker, Stephanie is considered one of the most connected people in the industry and has been listed on the PROFIT Magazine 2013, 2015, and 2016 W100 lists, […]


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Meet Jess Tomlin, the President and CEO of Canada’s only global fund for women

April, 26th, 2018

Awarded 2017’s Most Innovative Woman of the Year by the Stevie Awards, Jess Tomlin is the President and CEO of The MATCH International Women’s Fund, Canada’s only global fund for women, providing resources to organizations around the world working to dismantle the status quo through innovation and disruption. Jess herself has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, […]


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Meet Sarah Power, Founder of curated shopping event, INLAND

April, 25th, 2018

Sarah is the founder of INLAND, a Canadian fashion and apparel shopping event featuring 70 curated brands each spring and fall edition. An emerging influencer in the Canadian fashion landscape, Sarah has brought together over 400 labels and brands from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax to showcase and sell their collections directly to […]


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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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Meet Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer at Metrolinx

April, 25th, 2018

 Leslie Woo is Chief Planning Officer at Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. In 2015 she was named the Outstanding Leader by Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network for her work leading the strategic planning for Metrolinx. A key partner with the Chief Capital Officer in the delivery of the $35 […]


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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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Meet Tahani Aburaneh, a child immigrant turned multi-millionaire real estate mogul

April, 20th, 2018

Tahani Aburaneh was born in a refugee camp and at age 15, was arranged to marry to a man living in Canada whom she had never met. Overcoming many adversities, today, she is the author of the bestselling book, Real Estate Riches and is one of Canada’s top real estate moguls and the founder of […]


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The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business

April, 17th, 2018

    By Karen van Kampen     As a five-year-old girl growing up in a farming community on the West Coast of Newfoundland, Dr. Trina Bailey knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Surrounded by a “menagerie of pets” that included a bunny, dog, cat and gerbils, the veterinary surgeon says, “I don’t […]


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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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Meet Nichelle Laus, a former police officer turned transformational coach

April, 12th, 2018

Nichelle Laus boldly left a 15-year career as a police officer to pursue her passion for health and fitness. She is now a professional transformational coach and fitness expert for women. As a mother of four Nichelle has managed to build her own brand and open her own personal training centre, Optimum Training Centre.    […]


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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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Four books that changed the Women of Influence team’s careers

April, 10th, 2018

  Our team at Women of Influence all share a passion for inspiring and empowering women to succeed. These are the books that made a profound impact on our own careers, and helped us thrive on the path to success.     Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance […]


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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 […]