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

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 […]


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 […]


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

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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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 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 […]


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 […]


Good Question: My boss shared with me some difficult feedback, and it has really thrown me off my game. How can I deal with this? graphic

Good Question: My boss shared with me some difficult feedback, and it has really thrown me off my game. How can I deal with this?

May, 22nd, 2019

Q: “Recently, my boss shared with me some difficult feedback, and it has really thrown me off my game. I feel like I work really hard and am overall doing a pretty good job, and she’s not acknowledging that. How can I deal with this? “   OUR EXPERT:  Christine Laperriere Executive Director, Women of […]


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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 […]


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

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

April, 8th, 2019

Generation Y has a reputation of being impatient and unwilling to “pay their dues.” So if you’re a millenial, ready to advance, and eager to prove you deserve it, how can you ask for a promotion without appearing “entitled” or “pushy”? Our three experts weigh in.


Good Question: How can I get an opportunity to showcase my capabilities? Christine Laperriere has the answer. graphic

Good Question: How can I get an opportunity to showcase my capabilities? Christine Laperriere has the answer.

March, 7th, 2019

Generation Y has a reputation of being impatient and unwilling to “pay their dues.” So if you’re a millenial, ready to advance, and eager to prove you deserve it, how can you ask for a promotion without appearing “entitled” or “pushy”? Our three experts weigh in.


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Four lessons for success and contentment

March, 5th, 2019

Currently Head, Business Deposits and Pricing at RBC, Rajini McRae’s varied experience ranges across multiple industries and she has expertise in financial transformation, M&A, and business strategy. She’s also a valued member of the Women of Influence Advisory Board. .     By Rajini McRae     As I sit here listening to my sons laugh, […]


Good Question: My team is toxic, but do I have to fire someone? Liane Davey has the answer. graphic

Good Question: My team is toxic, but do I have to fire someone? Liane Davey has the answer.

February, 11th, 2019

Generation Y has a reputation of being impatient and unwilling to “pay their dues.” So if you’re a millenial, ready to advance, and eager to prove you deserve it, how can you ask for a promotion without appearing “entitled” or “pushy”? Our three experts weigh in.


Good Question: How can I ask for a promotion without appearing entitled? Michele Romanow has the answer. graphic

Good Question: How can I ask for a promotion without appearing entitled? Michele Romanow has the answer.

January, 11th, 2019

Generation Y has a reputation of being impatient and unwilling to “pay their dues.” So if you’re a millenial, ready to advance, and eager to prove you deserve it, how can you ask for a promotion without appearing “entitled” or “pushy”? Our three experts weigh in.


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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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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 […]


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

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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Five Ways to Attract Younger Customers to Your Business

July, 12th, 2018

  Today’s younger consumers shop differently than previous generations. Strategic in the way they purchase, they’re digitally savvy, socially conscious and increasingly affluent.   By Diane Amato       As a business owner, long-term success may depend upon your ability to attract a diverse customer base who will be around for years to come. […]


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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 […]


Leading by example: How Laura Didyk, VP at BDC, is supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs graphic

Leading by example: How Laura Didyk, VP at BDC, is supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs

June, 24th, 2018

  Laura Didyk has spent more than two decades at The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The supportive environment has allowed her to achieve success — and now she’s paying it forward, acting as National Lead for BDC’s Women Entrepreneur Strategy, helping the next generation of women leaders excel.   by Shelley White   […]


How to work successfully as a team of entrepreneurs graphic

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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Where are all the corporate innovators?

June, 8th, 2018

  As the Director of the Queen’s Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Smith School of Business, Shari Hughson interviews hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded candidates each year. About half intend to pursue careers in corporate innovation.   by Shari Hughson     CEOs seem to lack the confidence in their organizations’ ability to innovate. In […]


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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 […]


Twelve Entrepreneurs Confess: How will technology be changing their business for the better? graphic

Twelve Entrepreneurs Confess: How will technology be changing their business for the better?

May, 31st, 2018

These 12 women entrepreneurs agree: technology has the power to change a business. As participants in the Cisco Circle of Innovation program, they’ve been paired with engineering interns to help build their organization’s digital strategy, scale, and impact in the marketplace. They’re sharing how their business will be getting better through technology this year — […]


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A changed outlook: Life without regrets

May, 14th, 2018

  by Marcia MacMillan   On the first day back after the holidays, a fellow anchor asked me on air if I had made any New Year’s resolutions. Much to her surprise, I said I had not. Turns out the majority of Canadians resolve to shed a few pounds or pay off their debt. What […]



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