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September 2014

Dress For Success and Land The Jobs You Want
Lisa Tant, Vice President of Exclusive Services, Holt Renfrew

Topic: Personal Branding

Learn from a nationally recognized fashion and publishing icon, whose career trajectory started as a Beauty columnist for the Vancouver Sun, and skyrocketed through the fashion ranks to become the longest standing Editor-in-Chief of FLARE Magazine and eventually Publisher of Hello! Canada. Lisa has now moved to the retail side of the industry inside the coveted walls of Holt Renfrew.

After spending her entire career helping women present their best selves, Lisa has become a leading expert on how to dress for success. She knows exactly what it takes to leave a good impression – and more importantly, how not to leave a bad one. Join us on September 23rd for an exclusive presentation and fashion show with insider tips on Fall trends, classic staples every woman should have in her wardrobe, and what investment pieces will carry you through your career.

Building Your Brand’s Legacy and Growth Strategy
Lori Bacon, President and Owner, Swimco
Topic: Entrepreneurship

Whether building your own brand or developing a growth strategy, you need to tap in to Lori Bacon. With over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Lori has built one of Western Canada’s greatest retail success stories and is joining us to share her deep insights on growing a legacy business.

Learn key insider secrets from one of Calgary’s most successful entrepreneurs, including:
• How to pinpoint stages of growth, build the framework to achieve it, and implement flawlessly
• How to identify and capitalize on niche markets
• How to keep up with trends and create a brand that is relevant for decades

Join us for this exciting evening full of inspiring insights and connecting with like-minded women!

Annette Verschuren
Chair & CEO of NRStor Inc.
Join Women of Influence for our first Luncheon event of our 20th Anniversary Season, showcasing one of Canada’s most trusted business leaders and visionaries, Annette Verschuren. Discover her personal story and formula for growing business to unprecedented heights. An Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canada’s retail industry and as a champion of corporate social responsibility, she co-founded Michaels the Arts and Crafts store, opening 17 stores in 26 months, before becoming President of The Home Depot Canada, overseeing expansion from 19 to 180 stores in under 5 years and ushering the brand into China. Annette is currently planning and developing global energy storage parks for innovative commercial energy company NRStor Inc. and sits on the boards of Air Canada, Liberty Mutual, The North West Company, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH), and the Conference Board of Canada.

Legacy Panel: Jeanne Beker, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Annette Verschuren
Triple Threat: What it Takes to Become a Canadian Icon
For the last two decades, Women of Influence has documented and celebrated the inspiring success stories of female leaders across North America. Our flagship 20th Anniversary event showcases three Canadian trailblazers who have conquered formidable boundaries to reach the top of their respective industries. Journalist Jeanne Beker knocked down doors to gain access to the elusive echelon of fashion’s elite. Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar literally escaped the atmosphere to become the first Canadian female to enter space. Business tycoon Annette Verschuren has crossed borders to lead global expansions of corporate giants. At this exclusive event, our stellar panel will share their personal stories of success and what each woman sees as their key ingredient to reaching the unprecedented height of their career. Join us for an intimate and unforgettable experience that will motivate you to be fearless, assertive, and able to determine what your legacy will be. Space is limited — book your individual or group tickets today!
October 2014

Liane Davey
Vice President Team Solutions, Knightsbridge
Teams are the way work gets done in our increasingly complex, fast-paced, and global world. They are the basic unit of our organizations and a critical piece of the productivity puzzle. But for many people today, the reality of working on a team is sub-optimal. Instead of collaboration, we’re in competition with our colleagues. Instead of friendship and camaraderie, there’s gossip and backstabbing. It doesn’t have to be this way.

For the last 17 years, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Dr. Liane Davey, has been studying dysfunctional teams and has become the go-to resource at top organizations across North America who seek her expertise for deep insights on how to rehabilitate toxic teams and create healthy dynamics.

A favourite speaker of the Women of Influence community, Liane has the keen ability to help "lead people into and through the discomfort" in order to come out on top. Join her on October 2nd, 2014, for an honest, insightful, and transformative keynote that will quite literally change the way you work within your team.

How To Lead With The Team You’ve Got
Liane Davey, Vice President Team Solutions, Knightsbridge

Topic: Leadership

Teams are the way work gets done in our increasingly complex, fast-paced, and global world. They are the basic unit of our organizations and a critical piece of the productivity puzzle. But for many people today, the reality of working on a team is sub-optimal. Teams can feel pretty crappy. Instead of collaboration, we’re in competition with our colleagues. Instead of friendship and camaraderie, there’s gossip and backstabbing.

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Liane Davey understands that a successful team begins with personal accountability. It’s not enough to point to everyone else to explain the dysfunctional behavior – you have a role in stopping it and leading by example. Take this opportunity to learn from this amazing expert on how to confront and excel beyond negative group dynamics in your organization. The results will be truly transformative.

Maria Soklis
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada Inc.
Maria Soklis is the driving force behind Kia Canada’s ‘Drive Change’ campaign. Maria exhibits this winning mantra both in and out of the office. Chair of the Global Automakers of Canada and Board Director for the Luminato Festival, Maria has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Zenith Club Award, in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution and Excellence of the Highest Degree.
November 2014

Brigid Pelino
Executive Vice-President, People and Culture at WestJet
A company is only as good as the people who work for it, but recruiting and retaining the right talent can be a massive challenge. Brigid Pelino has a knack for doing just that. Recognized as a prolific leader in the field of Human Resources, over the last 25 years Brigid has been sought out by multiple iconic brands to help build and evolve company culture. Prior to her 13 years as Executive Vice-President of Human Resources and Continuous Improvement at Tim Hortons, Brigid held senior management positions at Canadian Tire, General Electric and Honeywell Aerospace. Her insights into the inner workings of a company are truly unparalleled.

Brigid will help you to:
- Gain a new outlook on your internal hiring process and capitalize on key core values you should look for in candidates
- Identify if a candidate is the right fit for your company by using effective, customized interview practices to shed light on their authentic behaviors
- Differentiate between what is truly imperative to your company and what processes you can be flexible with, both operationally and culturally

Arlene Dickinson
CEO of Venture Communications and YouInc.com
We all know her as an indomitable force in Canadian business: best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, television personality [the lone female ‘Dragon’], CEO and venture capitalist. But what many do not know is the background story of how this long-time Calgary resident turned a vision for entrepreneurial success into reality. Now a mother of four and grandmother of five, Arlene still manages to top every major power list running, including the PROFIT/Chatelaine Top 100 Women Business Owners. Join us for an inspiring afternoon as Arlene shares personal stories from her journey to success and how she continues to stay at the top by never being afraid to fail.

Senior Executive Dinner – Calgary
Senior Executive Dinner
This elegant and intimate dinner provides not only an opportunity for Senior Executives to share invaluable insights, best practices and survival tools with their peers but also to impart their solutions to women’s professional advancement with each other.

RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards
Dinner and Awards Gala
The Awards Gala is the grand finale that you do not want to miss! Find out who your Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award winners are on November 26, 2014.
December 2014

Top 25 Women of Influence featuring Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario
Celebrating the Top 25 Women of Influence, with a leading candidate herself, Kathleen Wynne joins us to share how she has made history as not only the first female Premier in Ontario politics, but also the first openly LGBT Premier in Canada. Winning public acceptance was only the beginning – Kathleen has no small feat ahead of her in order to keep in good standing. Find out how this fiercely passionate wife, mother and politician is handling the pressures of the public eye, as the first woman to ever lead the province.

Now in its fourth year, the Top 25 Women of Influence is designed to celebrate the most influential women in business, health, non-government organizations, professional services, and the public sector over the course of the last year. These women have not only made a significant difference in their chosen fields, but they are important role models for future women leaders across Canada.

Take Me To The Top: An Insider’s Approach
Jane Francisco, Editor in Chief, Good Housekeeping

Topic: Career Management

She wasn’t the first young woman to dream of moving to New York to become a Magazine Editor - a very select few actually get the opportunity - but Jane Francisco made it happen. As Editor-In-Chief for Good Housekeeping magazine, Jane now overlooks Central Park from her Hearst Tower office. She didn’t find herself there by any stroke of luck, but rather by determinedly building her career to position herself as the first in line for the job. After proving her work ethic, talent and ambition at one of Canada’s leading publications, Fashion Magazine, Jane was steadily recruited year after year to lead and launch a roster of well-known publications including Glow, Wish, Canadian Family, Style at Home and eventually to revive and rebrand Chatelaine to hold its place as the largest paid-circulation magazine in Canada. New York took notice. Now faced with perhaps her most daunting task yet, Jane is charged with modernizing the 130 year old legacy Good Housekeeping brand to appeal to a new generation of readers while keeping the 25 million current monthly readers happy. Join us on December 11th for an inspiring evening where you will hear first hand from Jane how she positioned herself for this extraordinary role and how you too can set yourself up for success to land your dream job.
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