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The Role of Men

December, 5th, 2018

Over the last few decades, we’ve made progress towards gender equality in the workplace, and shifted our focus from ‘why’ we should be doing it to ‘how’ it can be done. The path that will most likely lead to success? One that includes men — as leaders, champions, and allies. Here’s why and how we’ll […]


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Four tips for using technology to help your startup succeed

November, 29th, 2018

With the high failure rate of startups, what can entrepreneurs do to drive towards success? Dr. Yolande Chan, professor of information technology management at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, offers four suggestions for using digital innovation to help your company grow.     By Hailey Eisen   When Dr. Yolande Chan began her academic […]


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8 Ways to Transform Your Relationship with Money

November, 24th, 2018

by Merilfor Toneatto    The empowerment of professional women is at the forefront of our cultural conversation, ignited by movements that bring gender pay equity and workplace sexual harassment to the forefront. Women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Closing the gender pay gap can […]


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Three Lessons from Michelle Obama about Finding Your Voice

November, 16th, 2018

Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, is not only a candid look at her journey from a cramped South Side apartment in Chicago to her position on the world stage today, it’s also full of lessons that anyone can learn from — like how to speak powerfully in public and express yourself honestly. Read on for some […]


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Five key steps for startup success

October, 30th, 2018

  We often hear how entrepreneurs made it big — but how did they first get that little idea off the ground? We asked the five recipients of the Ones to Watch Award presented by Freshco.ca, a category added this year to the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. These stellar new business owners have all […]


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8 ways to transform your relationship with money

October, 26th, 2018

  By Merilfor Toneatto   The empowerment of professional women is at the forefront of our cultural conversation, ignited by movements that bring gender pay equity and workplace sexual harassment to the forefront. Women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Closing the gender pay gap can […]


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How She Did It: Mandy Rennehan, founder and Blue-Collar CEO of Freshco.ca

October, 8th, 2018

If Mandy Rennehan’s entrepreneurial success story doesn’t inspire you to get up and get moving towards your goals, we suggest you check your pulse. The Blue-Collar CEO of Freshco.ca, a boutique construction firm that dubs itself “The Fun Company,” Mandy is an award-winning entrepreneur who started with nothing on the East Coast of Canada and […]


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To be Promoted, You Have to Promote Yourself

September, 28th, 2018

There’s a difference between bragging and self-advocacy. Here’s why you need to know how to do the latter, and some tips for getting started.   By Dana Rubin     When I talk to my female clients about the skills of thought leadership, there’s one question I hear over and over: “I don’t like to […]


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The Tallest Poppy: High-performing women pay a steep price for success

September, 24th, 2018

For women, getting ahead can sometimes come with negative consequences. A recent survey points to successful employees being attacked, criticized, and ostracized too often at work. Here’s what organizations can do when their tallest poppies are being cut down.   By Rumeet Billan and Todd Humber     Successful women are being undermined at your […]


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How to succeed in your first year as an entrepreneur

September, 12th, 2018

The first year for any business owner is bound to be full of ups and downs. Co-founders of Eivey, an online marketplace for luxury, pre-worn fashion, share their best tips for surviving year one without losing it all – including your mind.      Entrepreneurs and friends Maryna deLannoy and Laura Sim decided to enter […]


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Five questions to find out if your company is ready for a digital transformation

August, 31st, 2018

Digital transformation impacts all aspects of an organization, from leadership and strategy to marketing, innovation, finance, operations and IT. In the digital age, employees with skills in digital business and strategy execution is essential. Does your organization have what it takes to build a digital business model?       In June, the International Data […]


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Why we need more women in municipal politics

August, 1st, 2018

  Addressing the “women can’t have it all” reality of Toronto’s political arena—and what we can do to change it   By Katie Underwood       No matter what Hillary Clinton tells you, it’s never been a better time to be a woman in the political arena: A mere two-and-a-half years ago, the world […]


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Three Ways Mindfulness Can Support High Performance

July, 4th, 2018

  Your mental, emotional and physical energy is your greatest asset and key to high performance. Being able to manage that asset requires discipline, effort and focus but first and foremost it requires self-awareness. It’s why Billie Jean King said, “self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” The first step towards […]


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No one ever got ahead by being a wallflower

July, 3rd, 2018

  By Rebecca Heaton         Being assertive in a professional setting isn’t always easy, and you’re not alone if you feel like you’re often not being heard. This is especially true for women who may find themselves to be silent observers — in other words, wallflowers. To them, I would ask: Are […]


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How to work successfully as a team of entrepreneurs

June, 18th, 2018

  by Viviana Kohon, Namita Tandon-Walsh, and Caitie Yue     All entrepreneurs enjoy the independence and thrill of working for themselves and creating something new. Having partners or co-founders is an added bonus, giving you the option to consult with each other, and to ensure multiple areas of the business are covered through different […]


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Four ways to make sure your small business can hire and keep the best talent

June, 13th, 2018

  By Stephania Varalli Co-CEO, Women of Influence     Hiring exceptional talent can be one of the toughest tasks as a small business owner. When you only have a few employees — and 54% of private employers in Canada have less than five — there is no room for underperformers. So how do you […]


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Eight simple steps to starting a remote e-commerce business

June, 6th, 2018

  by Robin Behrstock     The flexibility that comes from being self-employed is undeniable. Add to that the freedom to work from wherever you choose (including your bed) and it comes as no surprise that more and more people — especially women — are foregoing the typical office environment for the comfort and adaptability […]


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Six ways to improve your workplace culture today

May, 31st, 2018

  by Sabrina Parsons     In the age of Lean In and #MeToo, office relationships and workplace culture are shifting drastically, often in ways that can affect employees quite negatively. The recent explosion of #MeToo stories and the Lean In movement have surfaced lots of hard questions about equality in the workplace, inclusive office […]


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What are the critical “future skills” for executives?

May, 9th, 2018

  by Jennifer Reynolds   “Skills of the future” is a topic that is starting to dominate talent discussions today. Technology is rapidly shifting the landscape in all industries, and as a result, continuously changing the skill sets that are in high demand. The question professionals today need to ask themselves is: how do I […]


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Four ways young women can prepare for career success

April, 25th, 2018

    Why wait until you land your first job to start preparing for success? Our Women of Influence co-op student, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, is still in high school, however, she’s already begun the work to ensure she’s well-equipped to start her future career on the right foot. Here are her tips — learned through personal […]


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Restarting your career after a break – making the transition easier

April, 23rd, 2018

  by Jeannie Collins-Ardern   There are many instances where a well-trained person takes a career break, and after a period of time wishes to resume their professional life. This is far more frequently a problem for women, typically after child rearing or elder care. To help make the transition smoother, there are a few […]


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Become a bullet journal pro with these three helpful hacks

April, 17th, 2018

  If you have been searching for productivity tools recently, you may have already come across bullet journals. This new system for staying organized is designed to be quick and intuitive — and with these three helpful tips, you can make the process even simpler. Bullet journals are finding popularity with productivity fans — from […]


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How to create a culture of inclusive innovation

April, 16th, 2018

  By Heather Fraser   Innovation is the lifeblood of any organization that aims to create new and distinct value. It is not the job of a few inspired people; it takes an entire enterprise to create and deliver new value. To build a sustainable enterprise-wide capacity to innovate, it’s critical to create a winning […]


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How to find role models

April, 12th, 2018

    In the quest for gender parity, it’s crucial that we as women consider the ways we can truly help, rather than compete with, one another. I believe that one of the key ways to do this is to seek out inspiring role models, women who have ‘been there and done that,’ because, at […]


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Wear it to Work: One Item, Three Ways

April, 10th, 2018

By Stephanie Ray, Founder, Grayes   Building a work wardrobe can be a daunting task. It is easy to lose your own sense of style as you try to conform to an office look and it can be hard to stick to a reasonable budget. Often you end up heavily investing in pieces you will […]


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How to start making more money as an entrepreneur

April, 6th, 2018

    If you’re an entrepreneur, the question of how to make more money is one you probably ask yourself every week. It’s common, and I highly suggest this type of self-talk, because it means that you’re on route to helping more people and growing your business as a result. The problem is, most entrepreneurs […]


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How to go from Good Writer to a Good Communicator

April, 4th, 2018

    When sitting in an interview chair, we often rely on our resumes and glossy portfolios to demonstrate our writing, our expertise and capabilities. But once we land the role, can we be certain that our strong writing skills will translate into an ability to communicate and work effectively with our peers and our […]




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