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Q&A With Erin Davis

Erin Davis, co-host of 98.1 CHFI’s morning show,Women of Influence emcee and supporter.

Who are your favourite business people?
The ones who make their mark not only in business but within the community. Having power is one thing; using it for the betterment of people without it is what really matters.

Who were your role models?
As a teen, I’d listen to CBC’s As It Happens on my transistor radio at night. I’d hear Barbara Frum and Mary Lou Findlay asking tough questions of prominent people — usually men — and it truly excited me.

Who was your favourite woman of influence this past year?
That’s tough — each has been so informative and inspirational in her own right. The panels “Women on Boards” and “Women in Finance” both offered cornucopias of wisdom, perspective and advice.

When are you most happy?
When I’m standing at a podium, sitting in front of a microphone or at the keyboard and I know that I’ve made people laugh or think about something in a way they hadn’t necessarily considered before. WHAT IS YOUR STRENGTH? An ability to think on my feet.

What skill or trait are you still working on?
Patience, patience, patience! Even as a teen working at Dairy Queen, once I thought I’d mastered the cone process, I wanted to move on to banana splits. Then to the grill. I have always had my eye on the next challenge.

What is the trait you least favour in other professional women?
In women (and men), the trait I cannot stand is a lack of authenticity and an inability or refusal to be truthful.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Sense of humour. And I’m never afraid to laugh at myself before anyone else does!

What do you wish you knew 15 years ago?
The 6/49 numbers for one major draw. Seriously? The words of Don Miguel Ruiz in The Four Agreements: “Don’t Take It Personally.”

How do you get inspired?
I feed on the heartfelt e-mails and comments I receive from listeners and those whose opinions I value.

What is the most incredible journey you’ve experienced?
From being fired in 2003 from a job I loved, to returning to it two years later. Public response (including the 4,000 emails that I received and responded to during my first summer off the air) brought me back to the morning show at CHFI but with a new position of strength and confidence that I’d never enjoyed before.

What did you want to be when you were 5 years old?
A professional show-off. And I am!

What is your happiest work-related moment?
It was 2005 and I had just finished my first few months back at CHFI, after having been gone for two years. When I returned CHFI’s ratings were sitting at about 4.8. That December day, our boss, Julie Adam, e-mailed “We’re a freaking NINE!” I screamed, called her, and we screamed together.