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April 2015

Janet Kestin & Nancy Vonk
Best-Selling Authors and Co-Founders of Swim

How to Break the Rules and Win

The two masterminds behind the DOVE Campaign for Real Beauty and former co-chief creative officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto will join us to unveil the behind-the-scenes story of how they unwittingly shattered the glass ceiling by challenging convention in the cut-throat advertising industry, and as a result became two of the most prolific forces in the field. Backed by a collective wealth of experience that includes major industry accolades [Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends; 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising, etc.] and best-selling books [“Pick Me”, a staple in ad schools from Texas to Turkey; “Darling You Can’t Do Both”, a recent 2014 release], Janet and Nancy will inspire you to learn from their instinct to challenge the status quo and apply the same tactics to fuel your own career. Their honesty, humour and no holds-barred insights into overcoming common challenges women face while navigating the workforce will have you laughing, crying, and most importantly, ready to take on a new professional year with a fresh perspective.

Cathie Borrie
Author of "The Long Hello"

Turning a Personal Challenge into a Professional Triumph

Vancouver native Cathie Borrie enjoyed a successful career as a nurse, lawyer, and board member until she was unexpectedly faced with a universal struggle – an ailing parent who needs dedicated care. In this case, her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and Cathie was ultimately led to make the difficult decision to relinquish her professional pursuits and nurse her mother full-time.

In the face of adversity, Cathie seized the opportunity to identify a new professional calling that would soon lead her on a national tour for her first memoir. “The Long Hello” is a fascinating and emotionally-charged narrative that documents Cathie’s last years with her mother through poetry and prose, and has been endorsed by the likes of Maya Angelou and Lisa Genova, the author of “Still Alice”. Using “The Long Hello” to provide a unique lens into the fight against Alzheimer’s, Cathie has also since become a tireless advocate for both those who suffer from the disease and their caretakers.

Join us to learn how one woman transformed her personal challenge into a fulfilling professional journey and how her lessons in adversity can make a positive impact on you.

Shelley Martin
CEO, Nestlé Canada

Journey To The Top: The 25 Year Growth Plan

Shelley Martin sits at the helm of the Canadian division of Nestlé, one of the world’s largest consumer products organizations next to Pepsi and Coke.

After joining the company 25 years ago, she progressively worked her way up through managing several divisions and eventually creating her own – Frozen Food – of which she was named President. After earning recognition as a talented leader with a knack for growth innovation, Shelley was appointed CEO in 2012 and now leads over 3,600 people and 23 facilities.

Join us on April 16 to discover how Shelley positioned herself for the top seat, the key milestones along her journey, and the most critical tools she leverages in leading a global brand.

Lise Watier
Fondatrice de Cosmétiques Lise Watier

Lise Watier, fondatrice de Cosmétiques Lise Watier

Devenir une figure marquante: ou « Comment bâtir une entreprise à force de convictions et de passion »

Soyez parmi nous en cette rare occasion où la grande femme d'affaires québécoise Lise Watier parlera de sa carrière fascinante.

Lise Watier expliquera en détail comment :

  • elle a fait un phénomène mondial de la marque qui porte son nom et bâti une entreprise unique en son genre qui traverse les générations
  • elle a su se façonner une carrière particulièrement exceptionnelle dans le monde des cosmétiques, misant sur son sens des affaires et la justesse de sa vision du marché pour créer une marque maintenant notoire
  • elle est parvenue à abattre un nombre incalculable de barrières, notamment en devenant la première femme nommée « Homme du mois » par le magazine Commerce, en 1983.

Lise Watier a reçu de nombreux prix, et c'est en outre une véritable « visionnaire », selon l'équipe 2014 du Marketing Hall of Legends. Mais au-delà de son succès commercial, c'est probablement son engagement sans faille à conférer leur autonomie aux femmes qui la définit le mieux. Grâce à l'Institut Lise Watier et à la fondation qui porte son nom, un nombre incalculable de femmes ont trouvé l'inspiration les incitant à vivre sans s'imposer aucune contrainte.

« J'ai consacré ma vie aux femmes, entourée de femmes et pensant aux femmes. Il m'apparaît tout à fait normal que la Fondation Lise Watier redonne aux femmes. »

Le nombre de places étant limité, réservez aujourd'hui le billet qui vous permettra d'entendre le passionnant récit de madame Watier!

Jessica Houssian
Go Big, Be Bold: Learn How Women Are Moving Millions
At the intersection of women and philanthropy, Jessica Houssian has found her purpose: to lead the charge on gender equality by raising the bar on women’s giving.

Through her work with Women Moving Millions, Jessica supports a community of committed, purposeful women making unprecedented individual gifts of $1 million or more to organizations and initiatives globally that support the advancement of women and girls. The results of their efforts are astonishing. Since 2007, Women Moving Millions has inspired bold levels of giving, creating a new culture in breakthrough philanthropy. To date, 220 donors have pledged over $500 million dollars – plus their voice, time and commitment – to create change and progress in the lives of women globally.

Jessica will join us on April 29th to share her deep insights on the major issues facing women and girls around the world and the work being done to combat them.

It is one thing to be inspired by a CEO success story, but this afternoon will leave us motivated to collectively unite, be empowered, and catalyze us into action so that we are all doing our part to evolve women’s culture.

Space is limited — book your individual or group tickets today!
May 2015

The Highs & Lows of Leadership at a Global Fashion Brand: Lessons from the President of Jones Group Canada
Carrie Kirkman, President of Jones Group Canada
Topic: Career Management

For over 25 years Carrie Kirkman climbed the ranks of the fashion industry in various sales, merchandising and management positions at iconic fashion houses including Alfred Sung, Liz Claiborne, DKNY and Kenneth Cole. Her passion and strong vision for rebuilding brands continually propelled her forward until she was ultimately recognized with the prestige position of President of Jones Group Canada in 2010.

During her tenure, Carrie grew the business line to exceptional heights, including record-breaking sales performance and a high-energy team who thrived under her leadership. By all accounts, Jones Group Canada was destined for unprecedented future growth.

But in January 2015, that vision changed when it was announced that the Jones Group would be dismantled and the Canadian division would be closed. Overnight, Carrie’s career trajectory shifted beyond her control and she now sits at the pinnacle of change.

Join us on May 06 for one of our most intimate and exclusive events to date and hear first-hand how this powerful role model and style maven has grown through her successes, her challenges, and how she plans to rebound into the next phase of her professional career.

June 2015

What Employers Really Want:
Learn How To Get Hired From a Leading Recruiter
Shahauna Siddiqui, Managing Partner and Co-founder of BluEra
Join us for an unprecedented opportunity to tap into one of Calgary’s top recruiters and get the leading edge on outperforming your competition and positioning yourself as the most desirable candidate in the eyes of an employer.

The path to advancement has many curves. One of the most common roadblocks is learning how to position yourself to be the winning candidate for your dream job. Learning how to sell your achievements on paper and then present yourself in person can be challenging. We’re going to help you change that.

Shahauna Siddiqui, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of BluEra, has over a decade of recruitment practice and has helped position hundreds of successful candidates in top-tier positions. She’s worked with Calgary’s leading organizations and knows exactly what clients are really looking for in high potential employees. Now she’s joining us to share her insider perspective on how to gain that elusive competitive edge and take the next step in your career.

During this transformative evening you will learn:
• How to position yourself for advancement
• How to sell your strengths and accomplishments
• How to avoid and overcome common pitfalls in the hiring process

Dr. Liane Davey
New York Times Best-Selling Author
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 June 4th, 2015, for an honest, insightful, and transformative keynote that will quite literally change the way you work within your team.
November 2015

RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala
Dinner and Awards Gala

Join us on November 18th, as we celebrate the achievements of the Finalists and Award Winners at our signature Red-Carpet Gala at the prestigious Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale!

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