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5 ways to know if your website is good enough graphic

5 ways to know if your website is good enough

June, 17th, 2019

You’ve accomplished the first step: you have a website for your business. But is it good enough? Answering these five simple questions can help you determine if your online presence is building your business — or holding it back.          How important is your website? It’s a key part of the relationship […]


How Catherine Bell created The Awakened Company — and three tips for ‘awakening’ your own business graphic

How Catherine Bell created The Awakened Company — and three tips for ‘awakening’ your own business

June, 6th, 2019

After completing an Executive MBA from Smith School of Business, while working full time and making partner at an executive search firm, Catherine Bell knew she had the capacity for a big undertaking. It would take a few more years of experience, but she eventually launched The Awakened Company — a management consulting firm that […]


A deeper look at the design of everyday men — and what it means for women’s equality graphic

A deeper look at the design of everyday men — and what it means for women’s equality

June, 2nd, 2019

Deloitte recently released a report — The design of everyday men — that investigates men’s experiences with work, family, and masculinity. Co-author Eric Arthrell explains how his personal experience of becoming a father inspired the study, and why taking a closer look at men’s success is an opportunity for gender equality.     By Hailey Eisen […]


How Scotiabank supported Tamara Hansen’s gender transition — and she became a role model for others on the same journey graphic

How Scotiabank supported Tamara Hansen’s gender transition — and she became a role model for others on the same journey

May, 26th, 2019

Tamara Hansen had been working at Scotiabank for over 30 years when she made the choice to come out as transgender and publicly transition. She wasn’t sure what to expect from the process — and was pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming support she received from the bank and her coworkers. Now, she’s speaking out about […]


The CFO of Cambridge Group of Clubs immigrated to Canada with a high school education — here’s how she built a career graphic

The CFO of Cambridge Group of Clubs immigrated to Canada with a high school education — here’s how she built a career

May, 26th, 2019

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma. But the CFO of Cambridge Group of Clubs also had grit, determination, and a desire to learn. She continued adding to her education and experience (and her exercise routine) to get her to where she is today. Here’s what […]


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How to Get Hired in an Age of Disruption

May, 21st, 2019

An executive search professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Lisa Knight, Managing Partner at Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, has made a career of knowing what organizations are looking for in a candidate. Today, your ability to excel in a changing environment will be what sets you apart.   By Lisa Knight   […]


Eight entrepreneurs reveal the tech challenges they are tackling now — and how it will make their business better graphic

Eight entrepreneurs reveal the tech challenges they are tackling now — and how it will make their business better

May, 13th, 2019

Technology can have an impact on an organization’s success — and these eight entrepreneurs know it. As participants in the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle, they’ve been paired with engineering interns with the goal of using technology to better their businesses. They’re sharing the challenges they’re solving with technology this year — could it help your […]


Why the CEO of YWCA Greater Metro Vancouver is Mobilizing for Gender Equality graphic

Why the CEO of YWCA Greater Metro Vancouver is Mobilizing for Gender Equality

May, 13th, 2019

As CEO of YWCA Metro Vancouver, Deb Bryant is working to bring economic independence and wellness to vulnerable women. She’s also dreaming big about a better future through a global vision for change. That’s why Deb and the YWCA are taking part in the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada campaign — joining their voices with […]


How a physics professor is helping to get more women’s voices into Canadian media graphic

How a physics professor is helping to get more women’s voices into Canadian media

May, 5th, 2019

Having spent 16 years as a physics professor at Simon Fraser University, Dugan O’Neil was well aware of the underrepresentation of women in academia — and was working to change it. His recent involvement with Informed Opinions, an organization committed to amplifying women’s voices in the media, is helping to end underrepresentation on an even […]


Here’s how Tiffany James landed her dream job at L’Oréal headquarters in Paris graphic

Here’s how Tiffany James landed her dream job at L’Oréal headquarters in Paris

May, 5th, 2019

Tiffany James became interested in the beauty industry while doing her undergraduate degree. Not long after, she set her sights on a goal: working at L’Oréal. She planned a direct path, starting with Smith’s Master of International Business program, and didn’t let any challenge stop her. Now, she’s a Global Project Manager in the L’Oréal […]


How Gillian Riley became the head of Canada’s leading digital bank — and is using her influence to help women entrepreneurs graphic

How Gillian Riley became the head of Canada’s leading digital bank — and is using her influence to help women entrepreneurs

April, 14th, 2019

Gillian Riley was named President and CEO of Tangerine, a subsidiary of Scotiabank, in December, 2018. In just a few months she’s already made her mark, focusing not only on customer growth but also spearheading an initiative to help women-led businesses in Canada thrive. Gillian shares how she rose through the ranks, what has made […]


Why the founder of the Canadian Women of Colour Leadership Network is mobilizing for gender equality graphic

Why the founder of the Canadian Women of Colour Leadership Network is mobilizing for gender equality

April, 14th, 2019

Sophia Jacob, an award-winning event planner and founder of three networking organizations, is working to see more women of colour in leadership positions, on boards, and in the C-suite across Canada. That’s why Sophia and her organization, the Canadian Women of Colour Leadership Network, are taking part in the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada campaign […]


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Reframing the Conversation: A New Path to Success for Women in Leadership

April, 8th, 2019

Are you being held back because of how you “frame” the situations you encounter at work? It’s easy to get caught up in how we “should” think and act as a leader. Caroline Pfeiffer Marinho, Executive Vice President, EMEA, Lee Hecht Harrison, explains how her own experience has taught her that success comes from focusing […]


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G(IRLS)20: How to build a future leader

March, 31st, 2019

If you’ve ever purchased a ticket to a Women of Influence event, you may have noticed the option to add a donation to G(irls)20, our official Charity of Choice. Every year, with the help of our generous WOI community, we are honoured to make a donation to their cause. We want to share with you […]


Building and championing Canada’s diversity story in tech: a viewpoint from the President, Venture Services, at MaRS graphic

Building and championing Canada’s diversity story in tech: a viewpoint from the President, Venture Services, at MaRS

March, 31st, 2019

Salim Teja’s long career in tech has touched every part of the ecosystem, from entrepreneur, to investor, to corporate innovator. In his current role of President, Venture Services, at MaRS, he’s not only championing Canada’s tech ecosystem, he’s helping to guide it towards greater diversity — with initiatives in research, representation, and funding.     […]


How Kimberly Fulton orchestrated her own six-month secondment to focus on her passion graphic

How Kimberly Fulton orchestrated her own six-month secondment to focus on her passion

March, 29th, 2019

Kimberly Fulton was navigating her career as a management consultant and looking to incorporate her passion for women’s advancement into her work. Inspired by an article about the director of Catalyst Canada in her alma mater’s alumni magazine, she pursued and secured herself a six-month secondment with the global not-for-profit focused on women’s advancement in […]


We have come a long way, (maybe) but still have a long way to go? graphic

We have come a long way, (maybe) but still have a long way to go?

March, 15th, 2019

Whether full-time or side-hustles, women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise and more and more women leaders and public figures have raised their voices to spark social and economic change in their industries — yet they still face roadblocks. Wendy Cukier, founder, Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute, shares her insights. .     By […]


Why Olympian Jennifer Heil is mobilizing for gender equality graphic

Why Olympian Jennifer Heil is mobilizing for gender equality

March, 10th, 2019

As the most successful freestyle skier in Canadian history, Jennifer Heil understands the positive impact that sports can have — and not just measured by Olympic medals. Girls who play sports have been shown to have higher confidence, greater academic performance, and more career success later in life. That’s why Jennifer and viaSport, where she […]


The Way Forward for Female Leaders: Cultivating Your Authentic Self graphic

The Way Forward for Female Leaders: Cultivating Your Authentic Self

March, 7th, 2019

When Veronica Draleau, VP, Global Talent Development Projects at Lee Hecht Harrison, found herself feeling overworked, she toyed with the idea of walking away from her career. Until she realized she wasn’t trapped in a high-stress job — she was trapped in a high-stress mentality.   By Veronica Draleau     At a point of feeling overwhelmed […]


Building towards better: How a male-dominated organization is creating a culture of inclusion and moving towards a more diverse workforce graphic

Building towards better: How a male-dominated organization is creating a culture of inclusion and moving towards a more diverse workforce

March, 4th, 2019

The journey towards a diverse and inclusive workplace can be long and difficult — especially in an industry that’s overwhelmingly male-dominated — but David Pathe, President and CEO of Canadian resource company Sherritt International, knows that the benefits still outweigh the challenges. Here’s how his organization is making change.     By Hailey Eisen   […]


New study underscores need for more work to make Canada’s workplaces diverse and inclusive graphic

New study underscores need for more work to make Canada’s workplaces diverse and inclusive

March, 1st, 2019

The majority of Canadians have positive attitudes towards diversity and inclusion programs, but a new study reveals there is more work to be done to achieve truly inclusive workplaces. Smith School of Business and Catalyst Canada offer tips to help your organization increase the effectiveness of its D&I initiatives.   By Kristen Sears     […]


How Joanna Griffiths took Knixwear from an idea to a million dollar company in just five years graphic

How Joanna Griffiths took Knixwear from an idea to a million dollar company in just five years

February, 25th, 2019

Joanna Griffiths launched Knixwear when she became aware of a need in the market for underwear that could handle “little leaks.” She solved that problem, and for the next five years focused on building a brand that helped women get over their insecurities and facilitate conversations. The strategy paid off. Not only is Knix a […]


Meet the women making the mining industry more inclusive graphic

Meet the women making the mining industry more inclusive

February, 24th, 2019

Women Who Rock President and CEO, Elena Mayer, and Deborah Breckels, Chief Operations Officer lead their organization with the goal of igniting curiosity amongst women about mining and its importance for the Canadian economy, helping those in the industry forge successful careers, collaborating with stakeholders who share common challenges, and communicating success stories to help make the mining industry […]


Why hotel general manager Kimberley Hughes wants her team to love work — and have a life outside of it graphic

Why hotel general manager Kimberley Hughes wants her team to love work — and have a life outside of it

February, 24th, 2019

Under the watch of general manager Kimberley Hughes, the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort consistently ranks high in both guest satisfaction and employee satisfaction. How does she lead her team so successfully? By not only making sure they love the job that they do, but also encouraging them to make time for their life outside […]


Why I’m drafting an athlete graphic

Why I’m drafting an athlete

February, 18th, 2019

I’m supporting Trinity Earl in her participation in the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games. Why? Because inclusion should be the lesson we teach, and guide the opportunities we give, well before we enter the workforce. Women of Influence is on board — and now we need your help.   By Jan Frolic, Vice […]


Why Canadian Feed The Children is mobilizing for gender equality graphic

Why Canadian Feed The Children is mobilizing for gender equality

February, 11th, 2019

Jacquelyn Wright, President and CEO of Canadian Feed The Children, believes gender equality can have the biggest impact when it comes to eradicating child poverty, unlocking children’s potential, and changing the world. That’s why CFTC is taking part in the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada campaign — joining their voice with those of other Canadian […]


How Maria Freites Hernandez rebuilt her career as an immigrant to Canada graphic

How Maria Freites Hernandez rebuilt her career as an immigrant to Canada

February, 8th, 2019

Moving to Toronto from Venezuela, Maria Freites Hernandez expected to take a few steps back in her analytics career as she settled into her new country. But now she’s back in a senior position at a bank, and taking her career to the next level as a student in the first Master of Management in […]