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How Jeff Perera is using support — rather than shame — to guide men towards a new idea of manhood graphic

How Jeff Perera is using support — rather than shame — to guide men towards a new idea of manhood

October, 7th, 2019

Jeff Perera credits his upbringing — and the negative male role models in it — for leading him towards his current career: as a speaker, writer, and facilitator focused on a modern view of manhood. His approach avoids shaming men for their learned biases, and instead encourages them to support each other as they build […]


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

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 […]


Mandy’s Salads grew from a counter in a clothing store to seven Montreal locations — here’s how they’re keeping the growth going graphic

Mandy’s Salads grew from a counter in a clothing store to seven Montreal locations — here’s how they’re keeping the growth going

September, 22nd, 2019

  When Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe first opened Mandy’s Salads at the back of a Westmount boutique, they didn’t have culinary or business degrees — but they did have passion and positivity. Fifteen years later, they’re working on their eighth store in Quebec, scouting for their first Toronto location, and finding new ways to use […]


How the CTO of Sun Life is using technology to create a more inclusive workplace graphic

How the CTO of Sun Life is using technology to create a more inclusive workplace

September, 5th, 2019

The job title of Chief Technology Officer isn’t usually associated with diversity and inclusion initiatives — but Rahul Sekhon, CTO at Sun Life, sees things differently. A passionate advocate and ally for women, people of colour, indigenous people, and individuals with disabilities (among others), Rahul is using tech to contribute to a broader strategy of […]


Stephania Varalli: The three things I learned about leadership graphic

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 […]


The three traits of successful entrepreneurs graphic

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 […]


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

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 […]


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

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 […]


How working for Scotiabank has enabled Jessica McKenzie to have a deeper connection to her First Nations heritage graphic

How working for Scotiabank has enabled Jessica McKenzie to have a deeper connection to her First Nations heritage

August, 19th, 2019

Self-identity has an important role in shaping each of our lives, it’s a process that develops over a lifetime. For Scotiabank Program Manager, Jessica McKenzie, an instrumental moment in her journey to self-discovery was finding out about her First Nations heritage. After becoming aware, Jessica took many steps to understand and celebrate Indigenous culture from […]


How Kristi Soomer went from management consultant to fashion entrepreneur graphic

How Kristi Soomer went from management consultant to fashion entrepreneur

August, 9th, 2019

As a woman constantly travelling for work, Kristi Soomer struggled to find versatile clothing that would allow her to pack less on trips. So she launched Encircled. The clothing line began with just one product — a cardigan that can be worn eight different ways. Now, Kristi’s company offers over 40 different designs, employs more […]


How Matthew Jefferson and Jordan Hart are lending their privilege to help others graphic

How Matthew Jefferson and Jordan Hart are lending their privilege to help others

August, 5th, 2019

Coined by Anjuan Simmons, the term ‘lending privilege’ describes using your own position or power to help underrepresented or disadvantaged groups. What does it look like in action? We spoke to Matthew Jefferson, who walked from BC to Newfoundland to raise awareness on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, and Jordan Hart, who […]


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

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, […]


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

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 […]


How Maryann Turcke went from civil engineer to a top job in the NFL graphic

How Maryann Turcke went from civil engineer to a top job in the NFL

July, 9th, 2019

Maryann Turcke knows that her collection of career job titles seems out of the ordinary. But in the details, her path becomes clear. During her career, Maryann has moved up, down, sideways and even made a right turn, with an MBA from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, to get to her current job […]


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 […]


How to Get Hired in an Age of Disruption graphic

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 […]


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

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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