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Lessons Learned: Finding Leadership Success by Overcoming Industry Barriers

December, 10th, 2019

C. Esther De Wolde is the Chief Executive Officer at Phantom Screens, North America’s leading provider of retractable screens. Esther is an experienced strategic leader who prides herself on giving back and using personal values as a foundational element for leadership. Esther focuses on Phantom’s corporate commitment and objectives on truly enhancing the lives of […]


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5 minutes with communications expert Jennifer Stewart on building brand awareness

December, 7th, 2019

Jennifer Stewart’s entrepreneurial drive and self-proclaimed “overconfidence” led to her opening her own PR and government relations firm at just 25 years old. Through vision, leadership, and a whole lot of hustle, she’s built Syntax Strategic into an internationally recognized communications and business strategy firm, working with clients in the public and private sectors on […]


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How Debbie Fung, co-founder of Yoga Tree Studios, found success following her passion

November, 28th, 2019

  When Debbie Fung and her partner, Jason Lu, graduated from university, they both landed great jobs in their fields of study — but instead, they chose to follow their passion. Launching Yoga Tree Studios in 2007, they’ve grown the business to six locations, and have plans to open more. Debbie shares how the pair […]


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Good Question: Why Can’t I Get Hired? Islay McGlynn shares her advice.

November, 11th, 2019

Q: “I’ve applied for more jobs than I can count in the past year, but haven’t landed anything. I graduated from university five years ago, have had two employers in that time, and earned one promotion. I’m still considered a junior-level employee so I’m looking for my next move. At first, I was selective, but […]


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A LinkedIn consultant shares the 3 most important features of your profile — and how to optimize them

November, 11th, 2019

  Is your LinkedIn profile the best it can be? If you’ve created a basic profile for yourself, but don’t know what to do next, here are the three features you can focus on now to ensure you stand out.   by Leslie Hughes         With over 630 million members in over […]


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What leading teams has taught me

November, 6th, 2019

  With a breadth of marketing and strategy expertise, Virginia is known for building and scaling high-performing customer-focused teams. A Business Strategist and Marketing Partner at ELIM5, a Toronto-based digital media company, she’s a valued member of the Women of Influence Advisory Board and an American Marketing Association mentor.     by Virginia Brailey   […]


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A new view of boys being boys

November, 6th, 2019

  As Senior Vice President, Global Engagement for Women of Influence, Jan Frolic has the privilege of connecting with people who are doing the work to advance women and are looking to do more. Passionate about inclusion, she’s also the founder of boypro-ject, offering in-school curriculum to encourage youth to be authentic in their unique […]


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The Pressure of Performing

November, 4th, 2019

As CEO of G(irls)20, Heather Barnabe’s career has been built around improving the livelihoods of women and girls, both at home in Canada and around the world. With over a decade of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Heather knows what it means to manage complex, multi-country interventions.   By Heather Barnabe, CEO, G(irls)20     […]


Good Question: I feel like my boss is against me. What should I do? Linda Descano has the answer. graphic

Good Question: I feel like my boss is against me. What should I do? Linda Descano has the answer.

October, 15th, 2019

Q: “When I first started working for her (she didn’t hire me), she took me aside to tell me she didn’t think I would make it at the company and that I didn’t have what it took to be successful in the industry. I took that as a challenge and set out to prove myself […]


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One bad habit you can stop today to greatly reduce stress

October, 15th, 2019

Christine Laperriere is the Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre and author of the bestseller, Too Busy To Be Happy. She’s also experienced burnout first hand — and credits her personal journey for teaching her the importance of growing self-aware of what impacts stress levels, and the importance of finding some useful […]


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The three skill sets you need to excel in a changing business environment

October, 3rd, 2019

No matter what industry you work in, the challenges in today’s business environment are rapidly evolving — and success lies in our ability to keep up. Diana Drury, Director of Team and Executive Coaching for the MBA/Master programs at Smith School of Business, shares how the school is preparing future leaders to excel through teaching […]


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Good Question: How do I know when is the right time to leave my job?

September, 23rd, 2019

Q: “A new position has come up in another area that I would love to pursue — but it doesn’t feel like the right time to leave my department. Should I pursue it anyway? Knowing how much pressure we are under to deliver, I am concerned that my boss will be angry if I leave. […]


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The power of finding — and following — your passion

September, 23rd, 2019

  After four years building and leading Deloitte Canada’s Diversity & Inclusion Consulting practice, Carolyn Lawrence is now Deloitte Global’s first ever Inclusion Leader. Passionate about creating inclusive cultures, Carolyn previously spent ten years at the helm of Women of Influence, growing the organization’s reach, offerings, and impact.     by Carolyn Lawrence     […]


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How a Nonlinear Career Path Can Be An Entrepreneurial Boon

September, 16th, 2019

Marcela Geer made the leap from an ascending career in finance to start up her passion project in hospitality — a Latin catering and food truck company, El Bosco Catering. Marcela shares her story on how a mashup of experience is fertile ground for a self-made career, and the lessons she’s learned so far as […]


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A Plan for Disruption

September, 7th, 2019

Elaine Kunda is the founder and managing partner of Disruption Ventures, Canada’s first private venture fund focused solely on women entrepreneurs. It has been a long — and strategically planned — journey for Elaine; here’s how (and why) she did it.     By Sarah Kelsey     If you were to ask most entrepreneurs […]


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Stephania Varalli: The three things I learned about leadership

September, 5th, 2019

Leadership is a complex ideology, with so many different forms and approaches. It’s common to worry about whether or not you are an effective leader —  however, with an array of tools and resources at our fingertips, we can lay those anxieties to rest, and be the leaders we were born to be. Stephania Varalli […]


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The three traits of successful entrepreneurs

September, 5th, 2019

As a professor of organizational behaviour at Smith School of Business, Jana Raver looks at how people overcome the challenges of starting a business. Jana has identified three factors that predict the likelihood a business owner will excel or fail. She explains why these matter, and what entrepreneurs can do to succeed.   By Hailey Eisen […]


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Good Question: What is the most effective approach to resolving conflict between two employees on a team

August, 26th, 2019

Q: “In my department, I have a manager and her direct report who are really at odds with each other on a project. People have dropped by my office to tell me that their frustration with each other is really causing challenges during larger project review meetings. What is the best way to approach and […]


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How Julie Mitchell built two businesses — and is tapping into technology to run them better

August, 26th, 2019

As the founder and head of both Parcel Design (a brand strategy and communications firm) and Torq Ride (indoor cycling studios), Julie Mitchell isn’t just a serial entrepreneur — she’s a concurrent one. As both businesses expand, she’s looking for ways technology can be used to boost productivity and communication. Here’s how she’s getting it […]


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Three tips for getting clarity in your career when life gets murky after children

August, 26th, 2019

Becoming a working mom can sometimes feel overwhelming. Jennifer Hargreaves, an entrepreneurial mom who is the Founder and CEO of tellent — an online community and resource for professional women to pursue flexible work opportunities — offers three tips to get clarity in the chaos.     By Jennifer Hargreaves     No one can […]


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Five Minutes with Arlene Dickinson, CEO of District Ventures & TELUS Pitch Judge

August, 19th, 2019

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most successful — and recognizable — entrepreneurs. Best known for her role as a Dragon on the multi-award-winning television series Dragons’ Den, she built her fortune with Venture Communications, and just a few years ago, launched District Ventures — an accelerator, venture fund, and communications firm focused on turning […]


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Why your small business needs a cybersecurity strategy — and how to get one

July, 29th, 2019

Over the past 14 years at Cisco, Lisa Richardson has held roles in commercial sales, global account management, and as leader of Cisco Canada’s enterprise networking business. As leader of Cisco’s solutions sales in Canada, she’s also an expert in the simple, comprehensive technology solutions Cisco offers for small business owners — keeping them connected, […]


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Two experts share how to successfully build your online profile

July, 24th, 2019

At a time when the next best option is just a few simple clicks away, building a successful online profile is critical for companies and the entrepreneurs behind them. Jess Hunichen and Emily Ward, co-founders of Shine PR and Shine Influencers, share their proven advice for creating a brand image.       By Jess […]


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One of BMO’s most senior women leaders shares her advice for success

July, 23rd, 2019

As Group Head at BMO Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group, Joanna Rotenberg is one of the bank’s most senior women leaders. She’s on BMO’s Executive Committee, sits on several boards, is active in the community, and is also a mother of three. How did she do it? We asked Joanna to share the key lessons […]


Good Question: My mentor told me that I need to put more effort on critical mandates. Was it a criticism of my work? What am I missing? graphic

Good Question: My mentor told me that I need to put more effort on critical mandates. Was it a criticism of my work? What am I missing?

June, 24th, 2019

Q: “My mentor told me that if I want to move up, I need to start putting more effort on critical mandates. I feel like everything I do is stuff that has to get done — so I’m not sure what to do with this advice. Was it a criticism of my work? What am […]


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How Latha Sukumar turned a small non-profit translation service into a national success — giving people in need a voice

June, 18th, 2019

Latha Sukumar was working as a lawyer when a personal experience led her down a new career path. She’s now the Executive Director of MCIS Language Services, a non-profit social enterprise offering translation, interpretation, and consulting to over 800 organizations across Canada — but it wasn’t always such a success. Latha shares how she came […]


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Lessons Learned: How a senior executive is redefining “having it all” by making peace with compromise

June, 17th, 2019

The topic of “having it all” can quickly spark debate — not only about whether or not it’s possible but also about the unrealistic expectations just discussing this goal can impose on women. But, whether we talk about it or not, many of us are still experiencing the struggle of balancing work and life. Shemina […]



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