Smith School of Business


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Where are all the corporate innovators?

June, 8th, 2018

  As the Director of the Queen’s Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Smith School of Business, Shari Hughson interviews hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded candidates each year. About half intend to pursue careers in corporate innovation.   by Shari Hughson     CEOs seem to lack the confidence in their organizations’ ability to innovate. In […]


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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 […]


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The gut-check moment for AI: When you have imperfect information, perfection is your enemy

April, 27th, 2018

    A professor of strategy and entrepreneurship specializing in the management of change and technology and innovation, Elspeth Murray, Associate Dean of MBA and Masters Programs at Smith School of Business, played a leading role in launching the school’s new Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence. The program, which is accepting applications for the […]


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Learning and Leaning In: How an EMBA gave Darielle Corsaro the confidence to take her career to new heights

April, 5th, 2018

    Darielle Corsaro was looking for a new challenge. On the advice of a mentor, she enrolled in an MBA program — and returned to work not only with added knowledge, but also a newfound confidence. The former controller is now VP of finance and operations, and embracing big-picture thinking.   By Kristen Sears […]


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Leading in Luxury: The director of marketing for Toronto’s Bisha Hotel shares her career journey

March, 2nd, 2018

    Christal Agostino knew that marketing for the luxury segment was a highly competitive field — so she gave herself an edge by including international luxury brand management studies in her MBA. She’s been climbing in her career ever since.   By Hailey Eisen     Bisha Hotel & Residences, a luxury and lifestyle […]


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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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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. […]


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Strategic Moves: How Canadian Kate Murphy became the CEO of a gaming startup in Norway

October, 4th, 2017

  Kate Murphy is the CEO of Play Magnus, a startup based in Norway that offers apps and events for practicing and playing chess. How did she get picked to head the company, considering she doesn’t speak Norwegian or play the game? Kate discusses the leadership tactics she’s learned through her entrepreneurial experience combined with […]


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The confidence gap— 3 tools to level the playing field

August, 23rd, 2017

As an advocate for young, career-seeking women, Lora Sprigings, Career Coach at Smith School of Business, founded the WIL Do initiative. This is a unique opportunity for young women at Smith to candidly discuss leadership and empowerment in a small group setting while creating space for females to build confidence by supporting and encouraging one […]


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To Close the Gender Gap, It’s a Matter Of Degrees

July, 25th, 2017

In Canada, less than a quarter of senior management positions are held by women, and that figure drops significantly looking up to the board level. The MBA has long been seen as a key enabler to improve these numbers, both for early- and mid-career women, but “age and stage” issues often drive decisions for women considering […]


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Seeking Challenge and Adventure: Advice on Nurturing a Diverse Career Here and Abroad

June, 2nd, 2017

Despite a 15 year tenure with the same company, Kelly Graham’s career has presented enough challenge and adventure to go around — in her case, around the world. The Vancouver, British Columbia native has leveraged her MBA to build a global career, from launching new products in India to leading a team on disruptive innovation in London, England. Here’s how […]


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When Deviance Works to Your Advantage

April, 21st, 2017

Tired of mediocrity and negativity at work? Jana Raver, Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business, offers five strategies to give you the power to inspire organizational change.   By Alan Morantz     When we think of deviance, we typically think of social outcasts who behave in some abhorrent way outside the […]


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Stay Put to Move More: How a long career at one organization can lead to unique opportunities

March, 10th, 2017

It’s no longer the norm to spend twenty years at the same company, but Allison Hakomaki has done just that — and it’s enabled her to live in cities across Canada, better her education, and climb to a role in senior management.   By Hailey Eisen     Changing jobs every two to three years […]


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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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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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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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INFOGRAPHIC: FACTS VS. FEELINGS?

October, 6th, 2016

Read more about the survey findings on Smith Insight.


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Five steps for building bounce-back teams

September, 21st, 2016

Shawna O’Grady, associate professor of management at Smith School of Business, knows that strong teams start with a strong foundation. She offers five steps to help your team develop a resilient streak. By Shawna O’Grady   When I’ve been asked to identify the most important area to focus on in order to build a resilient team, the […]


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Good strategy, bad strategy, and learning to tell the difference

September, 20th, 2016

As Co-Owner and Co-CEO of Women of Influence, Stephania plays an integral role in defining the strategic direction of the business. In March, she attended the Queen’s Executive Education Strategy Program at Queen’s University, and came away with the tools needed to do a better job of guiding the organization ahead. By Stephania Varalli   Bad strategy […]


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A Model Global Citizen: Brenda Trenowden

September, 20th, 2016

Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of the 30% Club, passionately advocates for gender diversity in business, and greater representation of women on boards.