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The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business graphic

The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business

April, 17th, 2018

    By Karen van Kampen     As a five-year-old girl growing up in a farming community on the West Coast of Newfoundland, Dr. Trina Bailey knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Surrounded by a “menagerie of pets” that included a bunny, dog, cat and gerbils, the veterinary surgeon says, “I don’t […]


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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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Meet Nichelle Laus, Personal Trainer

April, 12th, 2018

Nichelle Laus boldly left a 15-year career as a police officer to pursue her passion for health and fitness. She is now a professional transformational coach and fitness expert for women. As a mother of four Nichelle has managed to build her own brand and open her own personal training centre, Optimum Training Centre.    […]


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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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Four books that changed the Women of Influence team’s careers

April, 10th, 2018

  Our team at Women of Influence all share a passion for inspiring and empowering women to succeed. These are the books that made a profound impact on our own careers, and helped us thrive on the path to success.     Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance […]


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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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When technology imitates life: The rise of discriminatory artificial intelligence

April, 9th, 2018

  By Teresa Harris     Early last year, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down after several employees were ousted for their behaviour towards women, and the company was accused of fostering a toxic culture of sexism and harassment. In August 2017, James Damore, an engineer at Google, released a 10-page memo asserting women […]


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The Business of Uncoupling: A conversation with divorce financial consultant, Eva Sachs

April, 9th, 2018

  As the co-owners of Earth Inc., a successful landscape design firm in Toronto, Kennedy McRae and James Dale have the opportunity to meet (and create beautiful backyards for) some powerhouse women of influence. In this Q&A, they’re introducing the WOI community to their client, Eva Sachs, a certified financial planner who specializes in separation […]


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Meet Ali de Bold, co-founder of ChickAdvisor

April, 6th, 2018

Ali de Bold co-founded ChickAdvisor with her husband Alex in 2006. The digital platform was created after the couple realized that there were no review websites specifically dedicated to women and the products they use. Ali is the main spokesperson for ChickAdvisor and a brand advocate for the variety of top-tier brands that the platform […]


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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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Learning and Leaning In: How an EMBA gave Darielle Corsaro the confidence to take her career to new heights

April, 5th, 2018

    Darielle Corsaro was looking for a new challenge. On the advice of a mentor, she enrolled in an MBA program — and returned to work not only with added knowledge, but also a newfound confidence. The former controller is now VP of finance and operations, and embracing big-picture thinking.   By Kristen Sears […]


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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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Meet Kimberly Khoury, a Chief Commercial Officer on top of the snow removal industry

April, 3rd, 2018

Kimberly Khoury is the Chief Commercial Officer at TruServe/Clintar Franchise. While the industry is primarily male-dominated, Kimberly excels, overseeing customer service, operations, sales, marketing, and human resources — and sometimes, even plowing snow in -30 degree temperatures. With a Master’s degree from Penn State University and over 23 years of international work experience, Kimberly’s passion […]


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What’s Needed: how one talented tech innovator — turned bank VP — sees female founders getting ahead

April, 2nd, 2018

    As a veteran of the tech start-up world, Nicole German understands what’s needed to help female founders get ahead. Now, as vice-president, enterprise digital marketing, at Scotiabank, she’s helping to get those resources into the right hands.   By Shelley White     Every day, talented female entrepreneurs across Canada are innovating — […]


Meet Isabelle Fish, founder of private fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle graphic

Meet Isabelle Fish, founder of private fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle

April, 2nd, 2018

Born and raised in France, Isabelle Fish practiced law in in the US, UK and South Africa before moving to Calgary in 2002 — and changing to a career in fashion retail. Another move to Toronto a few years later led to the opening of her by-appointment fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle, where she styles clients […]


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Meet Jessica Hung, CEO of an Innovative Diaper Brand

April, 2nd, 2018

Jessica Hung is CEO of Parasol Co., a global diaper brand that is committed to making the world’s softest diapers with an artful and creative approach. An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, Jessica has years of experience in finance, marketing, strategic planning, and launching new companies — however, this is her first professional foray into the […]


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How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Being a Female Entrepreneur

March, 27th, 2018

    Being an entrepreneur means jumping on the scariest, most exciting roller coaster ride of your life. For women, hanging on during those drops and not-so-gradual descents means you absolutely must have confidence, even when you really don’t; balance, even when it doesn’t exist; and enough self-awareness to send yourself to the corner for […]


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Dressed for Success: How Stephanie Ray is redefining the work wardrobe for women

March, 26th, 2018

    As a law student, Stephanie Ray couldn’t find work-appropriate clothing that was comfortable, affordable, and stylish enough to carry her from day to night. So she started her own fashion line, Grayes, to fill the gap.   By Sarah Kelsey     Stephanie Ray, the founder of Grayes clothing, had an inkling she […]


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Meet Gabrielle Nydam, President of Contiki Canada

March, 22nd, 2018

    Gabrielle Nydam is President at Contiki Canada. With over a decade in the industry, Gabrielle has worked in various roles within the tourism industry and has travelled extensively across the globe. Most recently with ME to WE, a social enterprise focused on culturally immersive volunteer travel, she oversaw the creation and growth of […]


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Meet Carolyn Ansley, Founder of Brand for Benefit

March, 21st, 2018

In 2017, Carolyn Ansley founded Brand for Benefit, a consultancy dedicated to helping companies transform their business through socially responsible and sustainable business practices. She is an accomplished, award-winning executive leader known for exceptional strategic vision and execution, proven from leadership roles at Nestle Canada to co-founding and leading KABRITA USA, a North American baby […]


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Study Reveals: Canada Country with 5th Highest % of Women in Tech

March, 21st, 2018

    With gender disparity a topic at the forefront of modern discourse, leading technology career platform Honeypot, has released the 2018 Women in Tech Index. The results offer a view on gender-based employment inequalities both at large and in the technology sector. In an effort to position themselves as industry experts, the developer-focused career […]


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Mission Possible: Sitting down with globally renowned cybersecurity expert, Diana Burley

March, 20th, 2018

    Cybersecurity is critical to how our society functions. It is also evolving as quickly as it’s growing, and in this industry dominated by white men, Diana Burley is making sure her unique voice is helping to shape the future.   By Stephania Varalli     Diana Burley is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert. She […]


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“I want to be CEO” — How Heather Kernahan voiced her dream to make it happen

March, 15th, 2018

    Heather Kernahan ended up in Silicon Valley when the Toronto tech company she was working for was acquired by its largest competitor. Her next steps — which eventually led her to becoming President of North America for Hotwire PR — were entirely under her control.   By Joanne Fedeyko      Heather Kernahan […]