Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada Inc.
As the first female appointed Chief Operating Officer and Vice President at Kia Canada, Maria Soklis is a trailblazer in her industry. The company’s annual sales and market share have increased exponentially since her recent appointment and she is a champion of many charitable commitments, currently Kia Canada’s ‘Drive Change’ campaign. Ms. Soklis is an award winning leader and a force to be reckoned with in a male dominated industry.
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
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.
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.
What Employers Really Want: Learn How To Get Hired From a Leading Recruiter
Shahauna Siddiqui, Managing Partner and Co-founder of BluEra
TOPIC: Career Management
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
This year, over 4000 women were nominated for a 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award. On November 26th, we celebrate the achievements of the Finalists and Award Winners at our signature Red-Carpet Gala at the prestigious Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Join us, alongside other high profile Canadians, business leaders, Dignitaries and media personalities for a rewarding evening including unique live entertainment, a female vocalist performance and special guest and speaker Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Board, Royal Bank of Canada.
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.
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.