Unique Careers


Meet Maya Chivi, an author, speaker and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality graphic

Meet Maya Chivi, an author, speaker and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality

July, 6th, 2018

Maya Chivi is an author, a two-time TEDx speaker, and an advocate for mental health, gender equality and children’s rights. Her 2017 book “What Nobody Knows” is an illustrated story on leadership, mindfulness and the power of believing in yourself. In 2014, Maya was invited to deliver a keynote speech to the Council of Europe’s […]


Five Minutes With Amy Cross, Founder of Gender Fair graphic

Five Minutes With Amy Cross, Founder of Gender Fair

June, 18th, 2018

by Rebecca Heaton     Amy is a journalist, an entrepreneur, and a long-time cultural worker with a powerful ability to see the next big trend. She founded Gender Fair in 2016 to showcase companies that serve women well and promote gender equality through market-based solutions. Through one purchase at a time, Amy believes you […]


Meet NJ Goldston, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and fashion queen graphic

Meet NJ Goldston, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and fashion queen

June, 8th, 2018

NJ Goldston is an LA based venture capitalist in emerging fashion and technology brands. She is also the Founder and Editor in Chief of the Webby award-winning fashion blog The Blonde and The Brunette and the Managing Partner of leading activewear line, Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL). She has been named a “Style Icon” by Louis […]


Meet Claudia and Flavia Giardinella, Founders of artTECA graphic

Meet Claudia and Flavia Giardinella, Founders of artTECA

June, 6th, 2018

With a unique heritage from both Latin America and Europe, Claudia and Flavia Giardinella were exposed to international art and culture at an early age. Art museums, art galleries and the theater played an important role in their lives growing up, carrying an influence into their career choices in arts management and fundraising. As two […]


Five Minutes with Maya Elisabeth, Founder of Om Edibles and CEO of Whoopi & Maya graphic

Five Minutes with Maya Elisabeth, Founder of Om Edibles and CEO of Whoopi & Maya

June, 6th, 2018

by Rebecca Heaton     Maya is a cannabis industry veteran and self-proclaimed “ganjapreneur” (an entrepreneur in the business of selling marijuana in regions where it has been legalized). She founded Om Edibles, an all-female run collective dedicated to providing the highest quality of Medical Cannabis products to legal patients in California, in 2008 after working in […]


Peak interest: How Megan McDonald’s career decisions led her to Mount Everest graphic

Peak interest: How Megan McDonald’s career decisions led her to Mount Everest

May, 18th, 2018

    As manager of expedition fundraising with the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), Megan McDonald’s job takes her to some unusual places – like 17,598 feet up the world’s highest mountain. Back in Toronto following her most recent expedition, she shares details from the exhilarating experience, and the path that led her there.   By […]


The Business of Uncoupling: A conversation with divorce financial consultant, Eva Sachs graphic

The Business of Uncoupling: A conversation with divorce financial consultant, Eva Sachs

April, 9th, 2018

  As the co-owners of Earth Inc., a successful landscape design firm in Toronto, Kennedy McRae and James Dale have the opportunity to meet (and create beautiful backyards for) some powerhouse women of influence. In this Q&A, they’re introducing the WOI community to their client, Eva Sachs, a certified financial planner who specializes in separation […]


Meet Tosin Adeniji, an on-the-rise tech innovator from East London graphic

Meet Tosin Adeniji, an on-the-rise tech innovator from East London

March, 9th, 2018

Tosin Adeniji began her career in the heart of London, first as an intern for Vision PR and progressing to EMI/Universal Records, where she worked with the likes of Coldplay, Katy Perry, and more. Never one to rest on her laurels and following her life mantra of “thinking randomly big,” Tosin applied to study for […]


Meet Rhonda Vetere, Chief Technology Officer at Estée Lauder graphic

Meet Rhonda Vetere, Chief Technology Officer at Estée Lauder

February, 19th, 2018

After 25 years succeeding in male-dominated industries, competing in Ironman competitions and being a global traveler, Rhonda Vetere is the current President of Data and Analytics at nThrive, and the former chief technology officer at famed cosmetics giant Estée Lauder. Yet despite her corporate success — she spearheaded the transformation of Estée Lauder’s IT capabilities […]


Meet Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, creators and stars of the Baroness von Sketch Show graphic

Meet Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, creators and stars of the Baroness von Sketch Show

February, 12th, 2018

In the last year and a half, the Baroness Von Sketch Show has been called the “funniest Canadian sketch show since Kids In The Hall.” Yet Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen — known as the Baronesses, along with their other co-creators and stars, Meredith MacNeill and Carolyn Taylor — have created something wholly their own, […]


Meet Helen Papagiannis, author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality” graphic

Meet Helen Papagiannis, author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality”

February, 9th, 2018

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is internationally recognized as a leading expert in Augmented Reality (AR) and is the author of Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality. She is the former Chief Innovation Officer at Infinity Augmented Reality Inc. (New York and Tel Aviv), and was a Senior Research Associate at York University’s Augmented […]


Meet Carol Lee, Director at BMO Capital Markets graphic

Meet Carol Lee, Director at BMO Capital Markets

February, 8th, 2018

    Carol Lee is a Director with BMO Capital Markets in their Investment & Corporate Banking group. She recently returned to investment banking, following a sabbatical, through Women in Capital Markets’ Return to Bay Street program. Now in its seventh consecutive year, Return to Bay Street so far has helped 42 senior professional women […]


The New Queens of Comedy: Meet the Baronesses von Sketch graphic

The New Queens of Comedy: Meet the Baronesses von Sketch

February, 6th, 2018

      By Hailey Eisen     If you’re a fan of comedy, you’ve likely heard of The Baroness Von Sketch Show. If you haven’t, you really ought to Google it. Airing to critical acclaim in Canada and the US on CBC and IFC, the show is written, performed, and executive produced by four […]


The business of creativity: A conversation with design firm owner, Susan McIntee graphic

The business of creativity: A conversation with design firm owner, Susan McIntee

February, 5th, 2018

As the co-owners of Earth Inc., a successful landscape design firm in Toronto, Kennedy McRae and James Dale have the opportunity to meet (and create beautiful backyards for) some powerhouse women of influence. In this Q&A, they’re introducing the WOI community to their client, Susan McIntee, Principal and Creative Director of Toronto design firm 52 […]


Meet Laila Biali, Award-Winning Pianist and Vocalist graphic

Meet Laila Biali, Award-Winning Pianist and Vocalist

February, 3rd, 2018

Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali has garnered international recognition for her music which she’s performed at prestigious venues spanning five continents, including Carnegie Hall in New York. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting. Most recently, she was selected by CBC Radio to host the […]


Meet Tanya Lee, founder of a book club that is inspiring young women to dream bigger graphic

Meet Tanya Lee, founder of a book club that is inspiring young women to dream bigger

February, 2nd, 2018

After intimately observing and studying the world of teens, Tanya Lee realized that the choices one makes at a young age affect the rest of one’s life. A survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, to this day she still experiences the after effects of a tough upbringing, and the choices that she made because […]


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

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 […]


Meet Jacqueline Thorpe, Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News Toronto graphic

Meet Jacqueline Thorpe, Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News Toronto

January, 9th, 2018

Jacqueline Thorpe is Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News in Toronto, where she wrangles a team of journalists covering markets, financial services, mining, telecom and technology, real estate and the First Word service of breaking news and insights. Prior to that, she worked at Canada’s Financial Post newspaper as deputy managing editor, as well as the […]


Meet Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, Canada Research Chairholder in Astrophysics graphic

Meet Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, Canada Research Chairholder in Astrophysics

December, 16th, 2017

Dr. Samar Safi-Harb grew up in Lebanon during the civil war. Yet despite the difficult conditions of her upbringing and the obstacles associated with working in the male-dominated field of physics, Dr. Safi-Harb had a swift career development and excelled in her role as a Professor of Physics & Astronomy. Driven to share her knowledge, […]


How Dr. Paula Harvey is looking at women’s heart disease through a holistic lens graphic

How Dr. Paula Harvey is looking at women’s heart disease through a holistic lens

December, 3rd, 2017

    Heart disease remains the number one killer of women in Canada. As both the director of cardiology and physician-in-chief of medicine at Women’s College Hospital, Dr. Paula Harvey is dedicated to changing that, including through groundbreaking interdisciplinary work and a focus on the unique needs of women.   By Sarah Treleaven     […]


Meet Kim Appelt, a top celebrity stylist and self-made social media star graphic

Meet Kim Appelt, a top celebrity stylist and self-made social media star

November, 28th, 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 red carpet events, from the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards to the Daytime Emmy’s. Her social media following of over 100,000 fans (check out @StylebyKimxo on […]


How Lisa Milburn reinvented her career — and is helping BMO reinvent how they communicate with women graphic

How Lisa Milburn reinvented her career — and is helping BMO reinvent how they communicate with women

November, 17th, 2017

    Lisa Milburn is the chief operating officer at BMO Insurance, a role she took on after pivoting out of a career in communications. She’s also the executive sponsor of the BMO for Women program, an initiative that’s changing the way the financial institution interacts with their female clients.   By Hailey Eisen   […]


Too busy to do your absolute best? Done is better than perfect, advises Raman Gakhal graphic

Too busy to do your absolute best? Done is better than perfect, advises Raman Gakhal

November, 17th, 2017

    While Raman Gakhal was completing the Executive MBA-Americas program presented jointly by Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, she was also handling some major changes at home — caring for a young infant, and preparing for a second on the way. […]


How Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is creating better care for women with diabetes graphic

How Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is creating better care for women with diabetes

November, 1st, 2017

  As the director of endocrinology at Women’s College Hospital and a physician-scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe dedicates her time to studying diabetes in women — from identifying risk factors to improving access to care.   By Sarah Treleaven     Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe has long been part of a tradition […]