PRESS RELEASE: White Paper on the Solutions to Women’s Advancement

Renowned Gender Intelligence Expert Calls for Pioneering Move
Towards Co-Gender Leadership

New research reveals women are primed for the C-suite; is the corporate world ready?

TORONTO – APRIL 28, 2014 – There is a new and positive mindset among executive women in business today and in their approach to their careers. Heavily steeped in authenticity and self-confidence, these unprecedented attitudes and convictions in their leadership style and capabilities are paving the way for a renewed look at the constitution of the C-suite. This has also convinced a leading expert on gender intelligence to make a historic call for a move towards co-gender leadership. But is the corporate world ready?

Conducted in partnership between Women of Influence Inc. and Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, the in-depth survey, Women Leaders Breaking Through in Their Careers, examines how senior executive women from across North America define their leadership skills and maturity, their level of satisfaction in their careers, the challenges they experience in their careers and the actions they are taking to progress. Ultimately, the aim of the research is to accelerate the advancement of women by exposing potential remedies and establishing a course of action.

“We’ve been conducting Gender Intelligence surveys for over 27 years and never before have we witnessed such assurance among executive women,” said Barbara Annis, gender intelligence expert and founder and CEO, Barbara Annis & Associates. “What we are seeing today demonstrates why we need to re-think our outdated views on C-suite leadership and consider the benefits of moving towards a platform that would alter the future of business by combining the talent and skills innate to both genders; that being the appointment of co-gender leaders.”

Executive women are more confident than ever, out-rank men in critical leadership skills
In today’s corporate world, little to no consideration is given to how to use the inherent qualities and skillsets of both genders in a complementary manner. In many areas, women’s leadership skills actually rank higher than men’s. For instance, research has shown that women executives outshine their male counterparts when it comes to building solid relationships and fostering a collaborative work environment.

Add to that a new sense of authenticity to leadership, where women say they no longer feel they need to act like men to succeed (84 per cent), and the results are women who are poised to take on leadership at the C-suite. In fact, 84 per cent of women surveyed in senior executive roles scored high in self-confidence, having high self-respect, and confidently expressing what they think and feel, a positive feat considering they continue to have to steer through the unwritten rules of a culture that favours the “old boys club.”

“With their ambition and proven passion for their work, it’s inevitable that the presence of women in the C-suite will increase over the next five to ten years,” said Patsy Doerr, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility at Thomson Reuters. “Companies that foster a culture of inclusion and invite diversity of thinking will, ultimately, reap the benefits, have a competitive advantage and will be best prepared for the future of business.”

Thomson Reuters is an example of an organization that understands this equation and is deeply committed to promoting a culture of diversity. Its business success depends largely on the talents of its people, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace is a competitive advantage that helps Thomson Reuters drive innovation and bolsters the company’s reputation as an employer of choice.

When it comes to networking and self-promotion, men are still doing it better
Despite the progression, there are certain skills from men that women can adopt to help them secure that corner office – particularly as it pertains to the art of networking and advocating for oneself. Women, for instance, are known for making connections in a way that men don’t, with the goal of establishing long-lasting relationships. Whereas men network with the mindset, “who can help me get what I want.” A significant block for women seeking advancement is that they often forget this essential part of networking.

Of the five themes examined in the survey – career advancement, self-initiation, leadership maturity, big picture, and leadership responsibility – women executives scored their ability to advance their careers the lowest (74 per cent). According to those surveyed, the greatest challenge lies in finding new opportunities to navigate the system (77 per cent) and effectively negotiating the chain of command (80 per cent).

Three in 10 senior executive women also scored themselves low in the areas of self-initiation while three-quarters of those surveyed claimed poor negotiation skills. A major challenge for women, and an issue that has been raised repeatedly as a barrier to moving up the ladder, is their inability to self-promote and draw attention to their accomplishments (76 per cent).

“If women want to move up in the workplace they need to stop downplaying their abilities,” explained Carolyn Lawrence, president and CEO, Women of Influence Inc. “To illustrate, look at how men approach job interviews with an offensive strategy, ready to make their achievements known, while women tend to focus more on their experiences, crediting team collaboration for successes. Who would you hire at a senior level; someone who has shown they have the qualities, skills and proven results needed for the role, or someone who can tackle the job, but only with the help of others?”

Despite struggling within male-dominated cultures, women do not see themselves as victims
While more than half of those surveyed reported having struggled with male-influenced cultures and business practices, particularly when seeking to be recognized and valued for their difference-thinking, none of the women viewed themselves as victims of the system. Rather, they remain focused on devising solutions to help them successfully navigate the male-dominated culture.

“Rather than making excuses, women executives are taking their future into their own hands and seeking solutions to eliminate the barriers on their path to the top of the corporate ladder,” said Lawrence, “They know who they are and are more committed than ever to making valuable contributions in the corporate world.”

Contrary to popular belief, women are not opting out for work-life balance
Another popular misconception is that women are abandoning the pursuit of senior roles – or opting out – to attain an ideal work-life balance, in particular executive women with young families. Yet when surveyed, very few cited work-life balance as their greatest barrier to moving up the ladder (20 per cent). Those that did refer to this as a barrier were also very solution-oriented in their responses, revealing that they are much more empowered to take control over their own lives.

Other key findings:
• Executive women are driven by the big picture: These women leaders are determined to achieve their vision and guide their actions by that vision (84 per cent)
• Cultivating relationships is essential to achieve their vision: To realize their vision, women build trusting relationships, and are aware of their impact on others and seek to understand before making conclusions (85 per cent)
• Diversity is the top ranking leadership responsibility for women: When asked to rank leadership responsibilities, those surveyed scored diversity the most important factor of this category (89 per cent). This includes valuing diversity initiatives, hiring diverse people, and promoting on ability. The second most important responsibility is being performance focused (88 per cent), setting high standards, holding people accountable and motivating performance and finally, cultivating change (85 per cent) by encouraging people to embrace change and by linking change to purpose
• Hard work makes women invisible: When women get noticed for how hard they work, one of two things usually occurs; they become indispensable (reducing their chances to be transitioned into a bigger role) or they become invisible. The key is to know the difference between managerial and mid-level responsibilities and to showcase successes.

To review the full findings of the survey, a copy of Women Leaders Breaking Through in Their Careers can be downloaded at womenofinfluence.ca/advancementwhitepaper, including a video that features Carolyn Lawrence, Barbara Annis and Patsy Doerr discussing new solutions to promote gender equality in the C-suite.

ABOUT THE SURVEY
The Gender Intelligence Diagnostic, developed by Infotool, Inc., is a powerful, custom-designed diagnostic survey instrument used by Barbara Annis & Associates that depicts the candid attitudes of women and men at work. On behalf of Women of Influence and Thomson Reuters in November 2013, an in-depth survey of 326 senior executive women across North America was conducted. Using a 100-point scale, the women in the survey were asked to rate the degree to which they agree or disagree with 84 statements along the five themes of Career Advancement, Self-Initiation, Leadership Maturity, Big Picture, and Leadership Responsibility. They were then asked three open-ended questions to understand, in their own words, their perception of self and success, the challenges to their career, and the tools they feel they need to succeed.

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For interview requests or further information please contact:

Elizabeth Heggie
Women of Influence
416-803-7811
media@womenofinfluence.ca
Sonia Prashar
Broad Reach Communications
416-560-6753
sprashar@broadreachcommunications.com

ABOUT WOMEN OF INFLUENCE
Women of Influence is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, executive leadership courses, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in eight cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca.

ABOUT BARBARA ANNIS AND ASSOCIATES
For twenty-seven years, Barbara Annis & Associates Inc. has advocated the value and practice of Gender Intelligence in Fortune 500 companies and numerous organizations worldwide. Their insights and achievements have pioneered a transformational shift in cultural attitudes across the globe on the importance of gender unity to organizational success. See more at www.baainc.com.

ABOUT THOMSON REUTERS
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI). For more information, go to thomsonreuters.com.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Kathleen Taylor to Headline Women of Influence Luncheon

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Kathleen Taylor to Headline Women of Influence Luncheon

Topics to include Breaking Gender Barriers by becoming the first woman to Chair RBC, and the story of her global career

TORONTO, April 24, 2014— Kathleen Taylor will be headlining the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series on April 30, 2014. The first woman to Chair the Board of one of Canada’s big banks will discuss a wide range of topics including breaking gender barriers and her inspiring global career.

Women of Influence’s prestigious Luncheon Series celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary professional women along their journey to success. Over the last two decades the series has showcased over 300 notable female leaders from all walks of life, including Ariana Huffington (co-founder of The Huffington Post), Heather Reisman (Founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music), Margaret Atwood (Author), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (captain of the Olympic gold medal–winning Canadian women’s ice hockey team), Roberta Bondar (physician, scientist, and astronaut), and Venus Williams (professional tennis player).

Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is chair of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and chair of its corporate governance and public policy committee. She has served on the RBC board since 2001, and has been a member of the audit, risk and human resources committees (having also served as chair of the human resources committee for four years). She is also a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and a member of its audit committee.

Katie is the former president and chief executive officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, where she served for almost 25 years – playing an instrumental role in establishing the company’s global portfolio of luxury properties and ensuring the brand’s international success. In that period, Four Seasons quadrupled in size – growing to 90 locations operating in almost 40 countries – while at the same time earning more consumer and industry awards than any other luxury hospitality brand in history.

With welcome remarks from Carolyn Lawrence (president & CEO of Women of Influence) and Ms. Taylor’s introduction by Jane Kinney (Managing Partner, Quality and Risk, Deloitte) the event will last two hours (see details below.) During her keynote address, Taylor will cover a wide range of topics, including:

• Lessons learned during her global career, including doing business internationally in Europe, Asia, the   Middle East, and Central and South America

• Hallmarks of successful in today’s changing business environment

• Executive and board diversity dynamics

• Personal recipes for work-life integration

Luncheon guests are welcome to participate in an open Q&A with Ms. Taylor after her keynote address.

Who:                Kathleen Taylor, Chair, Royal Bank of Canada

What:               Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series

When:             Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Where:            Hilton Toronto – 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, OntarioM5H 2L2

Registration:       11:15am – 12:00pm

Lunch:                 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Keynote:             12:25pm – 1:00pm

Q&A:                   1:40pm – 1:50pm

 

Registration:    To register to attend this event, please visit womenofinfluence.ca or call 416.923.1688

 

ABOUT WOMEN OF INFLUENCE:

Women of Influence Inc. is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca.

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For more information or Media inquiries, please contact:

Elizabeth Heggie

Women of Influence

Mobile: 416-803-7811

media@womenofinfluence.ca

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Women of Influence hires Jan Frolic

Women of Influence

PRESS RELEASE

Women of Influence hires Jan Frolic as Associate Publisher & VP Corporate Partnerships

TORONTO, April 14, 2014— Women of Influence Inc. has hired Jan Frolic as Associate Publisher & VP Corporate Partnerships.  Jan Frolic has spent the last 16 years as President of Magazine Network Inc, a national advertising sales and consulting company for several publications across the country.

Women of Influence is celebrating 20 years of connecting, advancing and preparing women to lead in the workplace. With the growth of Women of Influence into Global markets, Jan will be solidifying cross platform national corporate sponsorships for their flagship events, integrated with continuing to grow media sales in print and digital formats.

“I am excited to be involved in the growth of Women of Influence as it is an integrated, multi-platform powerhouse that offers fabulous opportunities for national advertisers to get into the hands, quite literally, of so many influential decision makers in our country and beyond. I look forward to taking these opportunities both corporate and agency side to create fun and impactful experiences for both advertisers and our audience.” says Frolic.

“Our company has grown from a renowned event business, to offering a unique integrated opportunity for corporations to reach influential and affluent women as consumers and employees.  As Harvard Business Review states, “it would be foolish to ignore this market, but some companies do just that”.  With Jan’s help we will be able to make our strategic growth of value to the corporations who hire and market to the women we inspire every year.” says Carolyn Lawrence President & CEO of Women of Influence

 

ABOUT WOMEN OF INFLUENCE

Women of Influence is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca

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For more information, please contact:

Jan Frolic

647 203 5171

jfrolic@womenofinfluence.ca

In Celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Influence Launches the Call for Nominations for the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

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In Celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Influence Launches the Call for Nominations for the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

 TORONTO – MARCH 7TH – In celebration of today, International Women’s Day, RBC and Women of Influence are announcing the call for nominations for the 2014 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards (CWEA). These awards provide national recognition to Canada’s most accomplished and impactful women entrepreneurs, whose successful businesses and influence contribute so much to the local, national and global economy.

“RBC has a long standing commitment to supporting and advancing women entrepreneurs across Canada” said Kim Ulmer, vice president, Small Business, RBC. “These awards enable us to profile women entrepreneurs who are raising the bar, leading the charge and succeeding in business.”

To date, over 15,000 women from their early 20s to their mid-eighties, from every sector of the economy, have been nominated for these awards. Over 120 Awards have been presented for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement. The following awards are presented; Deloitte Start-Up Award, RBC Momentum Award, TPH Charitable Giving Award, TELUS Trailblazer Award and PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and new this year we have added the Micro-Business Award. http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/rbc-cwea-2014

The potential boost to economic activity by tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of women is significant and could sustain women as a source of economic growth in Canada for decades to come.

“Women desire to have value, so when they become entrepreneurs this translates directly to improving quality of life for those around them, challenging the status quo, and making our Country better. The purpose of these Awards is to provide recognition for these hardworking women that serves to propel their success and impact,” said Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women of Influence Inc. “It’s a win-win”.

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For interview requests or further information please contact:

Elizabeth Heggie
416-923-1688 | media@womenofinfluence.ca

Suzanne Willers
416-974-2727| suzanne.willers@rbc.com

Women of Influence is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca.

Dévoilement du nom des lauréats des Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC 2013

L’élite de l’entrepreneuriat féminin au Canada honorée lors d’un gala annuel

TORONTO – 27 novembre 2013 – L’organisme Femmes d’influence a honoré les lauréates des Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC 2013 lors d’un gala tenu ce soir à l’hôtel Fairmont Royal York de Toronto. Les six lauréates, qui représentent l’élite entrepreneuriale du pays, se sont distinguées par leur contribution aux économies locale, canadienne et mondiale. Diane Francis, éditorialiste au National Post, a animé la cérémonie, qui en est maintenant à sa vingt et unième année.

« La RBC est ravie de soutenir et encourager ces entrepreneures qui ont puisé dans leur passion pour élaborer une vision qu’elles ont concrétisée en entreprise, du démarrage jusqu’à l’obtention du succès, a déclaré Andrea Bolger, vice-présidente directrice, Services financiers à l’entreprise, RBC. Ces prix nous permettent d’applaudir chaque année ce genre d’esprit d’entreprise ‑ une vision et une détermination extraordinaires ainsi que les réalisations d’entrepreneures de partout au Canada. »

Voici les lauréates des Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC 2013:
Des lauréats des Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC 2013. De gauche à droite: Jennifer Tory, RBC; Diane Francis, National Post; Suzanne West, Black Shire Energy; Judith Bobbitt, Oceans Ltd; Victoria Sopik et Jennifer Nashmi, Kids & Company; Lisa Tuningly, T-Rail Products; Tamara Barker Watson, Whitestone Developments; Carolyn Lawrence, Femmes d’influence.

Les prix repèrent les finalistes de trois grandes régions canadiennes (Ouest, Centre et Est), et les lauréates de 2013 proviennent d’endroits aussi diversifiés que Vancouver et Halifax. Les finalistes ont en commun leur formidable vision entrepreneuriale et une passion sans bornes face à leurs rêves et dans le désir d’améliorer les choses, tant dans leur domaine qu’au sein de leur collectivité ou pays.

« Au nom de toute l’équipe des Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC 2013, je tiens à dire que nous sommes très fières de mettre en lumière les réussites de ces lauréates, a affirmé Carolyn Lawrence, présidente et directrice générale de Femmes d’influence inc. On ne saurait trop répéter à quel point chaque lauréate mérite chacun des applaudissements qu’elle suscite et le coup de pouce que ceux-ci donneront à la croissance de son entreprise. Ces femmes constituent des modèles incroyables pour les générations à venir. »

Voici les lauréates des Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC 2013 :

Prix Nouvelle entreprise Deloitte
Lisa Tuningley, présidente, T-RAIL Products Inc.

Prix Impact HUB HKMB
Judith Bobbitt, présidente, Oceans Ltd.

Prix Dynamisme RBC
Victoria Sopik et Jennifer Nashmi, cofondatrices et respectivement chef de la direction et chef des finances, Kids & Company

Prix Développement durable TPH
Tamara Barker Watson, chef de la direction, Whitestone Developments Ltd.

Prix Pionnière Telus
Shannon Rogers, présidente et directrice juridique, Global Relay

Prix PROFIT d’excellence entrepreneuriale
Suzanne Lee West, présidente et chef de la direction, Black Shire Energy Inc.

 

À propos des Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC


Les Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC sont les prix les plus importants du monde des affaires canadien à mettre en valeur l’élite de nos entrepreneures. Le processus s’amorce en mars par un appel de candidatures. Les candidates doivent préparer un dossier étoffé comprenant notamment un plan d’affaires et une vidéo où elles répondent à diverses questions. Les candidatures sont évaluées par un comité de sélection national soumis à un contrôle diligent effectué par Deloitte. Une lauréate est ensuite choisie dans chacune des six catégories de prix, soit : Nouvelle entreprise, Impact, Dynamisme, Développement durable, Pionnière et Excellence entrepreneuriale. Pour obtenir plus d’information, veuillez consulter www.womenofinfluence.ca/theawards.

À propos de Femmes d’influence
Femmes d’influence inc. est le chef de file en Amérique du Nord des organisations qui se consacrent à l’avancement professionnel des femmes. L’organisation propose aux femmes diverses solutions passant notamment par la consultation en entreprise sur la compréhension des différences entre le comportement des hommes et des femmes, ainsi que des ateliers sur le leadership, des activités d’envergure nationale et des interventions dans les médias. Elle produit et organise les réputées Midi-conférences Femmes d’influence Deloitte, les Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC et le palmarès des 25 Femmes d’influence, en plus de publier le magazine trimestriel Women of Influence. Femmes d’influence inc. a créé une véritable communauté autour d’elle et joint 120 000 personnes dans 9 villes réparties d’un bout à l’autre de l’Amérique du Nord, soit Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Halifax, New York et Washington (D.C.). Pour avoir plus d’information, veuillez consulter www.womenofinfluence.ca.

 

Pour obtenir une entrevue ou davantage d’information, veuillez communiquer avec :

Carolyn Lawrence
Présidente
Femmes d’influence
416-567-1201
clawrence@womenofinfluenceinc.ca

Tonight a Nation Wide Launch Party “Champions” the Top 25 Women of Influence

Topics to include: The vital role of mentors and champions in women’s career advancement

TORONTO, November 20, 2013 – The Top 25 Women of Influence are being celebrated tonight at the 3rd annual Women of Influence Magazine Launch Party. This ranking of the most influential women in Canada covers 5 categories; business, health, non-government organizations, professional services, and the public sector, for their measurable influence in their field. The 50 invitation-only guests in Toronto will be joined virtually by their peers in Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver via Cisco’s video-conference platform, Telepresence.

WHO: Women of Influence Inc.
WHAT: Top 25 Women of Influence – Magazine Launch Party
WHERE: Cisco Canada Toronto Office, 35th Floor, 181 Bay Street, Toronto
WHEN: Wednesday, November 20th 2013 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
WHY: Moderated discussion from 5:30–6:30pm, incl. Q&A, on how to find a mentor

THE 2013 TOP 25 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE ARE:

NGO
Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO, Plan Canada
Annette Bergeron, P.Eng. President, Professional Engineers Ontario
Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough—Guildwood
Claudia Hepburn, Executive Director, The Next 36
Janice O’Born, Chairman, The Printing House Charitable Office

BUSINESS
Karen Sheriff, President and CEO, Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc.
Kimberley Mason, Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC Royal Bank
Tracy Redies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
Sue Paish, President and CEO, LifeLabs Medical Laboratories Inc.
Amiee Chan, President & CEO, Norsat International Inc.

PUBLIC SECTOR
Wendy Cukier, Vice President Research and Innovation and Founder and Director, Diversity
Institute, Ryerson University
Ann Buller, President and CEO, Centennial College
Janice MacKinnon, Professor/Doctor, University of Saskatchewan
Beatrix Dart, Associate Dean, Executive Degree Programs, Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
Deb Matthews, Member of Provincial Parliament for London North Centre, Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care, Deputy Premier of Ontario, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Cheryl Reicin, Partner, Torys LLP
Sharon Geraghty, Partner, Torys LLP
Beth Wilson, Managing Partner, GTA and Canadian Managing Partner, Community
Leadership KPMG LLP
Jane Allen, Partner, Chief Diversity Officer, Global Renewable Energy Leader, Deloitte
Evelyn Jacks, President, Knowledge Bureau

HEALTH
Janet Rossant, Chief of Research & Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children
Christine Power, President and CEO, Capital District Health Authority
Daniela Crivianu-Gaita, VP IMT & CIO, The Hospital for Sick Children
Marla Shapiro, Associate Professor, Medical Consultant CTV News, Medical Contributor
Canada AM, Marla Shapiro Inc.
Connie Clerici, President & Chief Executive Officer, Closing the Gap Healthcare Group

Moderated Discussion by Women of Influence president, Carolyn Lawrence to cover:

  • How do you find a mentor?
  • How greatly do champions influence success?
  • Based on our findings that 51% of the women respondents in a recent LinkedIn poll reported never having a mentor. And that “women with mentors are SIX times more likely to be promoted to a bigger job”, according to a study quoted on money.cnn.com.

Select Top 25 panelists and their champions and mentees include:

  • Kim Mason Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC Royal Bank and her champion, Deputy Chairman of RBC Royal Bank,
  • Claudia Hepburn Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Next 36 and her mentee, Jane Wu, founder of DonorIQ.

The Top 25 Special Issue Magazine will be released on November 21st. One-on-one interviews with the Top 25 and their mentors and mentees can be arranged at or following the event on the topic of mentorship and women’s advancement.

Registration

To attend this event, please contact Carolyn Lawrence at 416-567-1201 or by email at clawrence@womenofinfluenceinc.ca

The Top 25 Women of Influence are celebrated at nation-wide launch party among Champions & Mentees

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

The Top 25 Women of Influence are celebrated at nation-wide launch party among Champions & Mentees

Topics to include: The vital role of champions and mentors in women’s career advancement

TORONTO, November 13, 2013 – The Top 25 Women of Influence will be celebrated at the 3rd annual Women of Influence Magazine Launch Party, on Tuesday November 20, 2013.  This annual ranking of the most influential women in Canada recognizes women from 5 categories; business, health, non-government organizations, professional services, and the public sector, for their measurable influence in their field.

 

The 50 invitation-only guests in Toronto will be joined virtually by their peers in Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver via Cisco’s video-conference platform, Telepresence, to discuss the important role mentorship played in their success.

WHO:              Women of Influence Inc.


WHAT:           
Top 25 Women of Influence – Special Issue Magazine Launch Party

 

WHERE:         Cisco Canada Toronto Office, 35th Floor, 181 Bay Street, Toronto

 

WHEN:           Wednesday, November 20th 2013

 

EVENT:           5:00pm – 7:00pm (moderated discussion from 5:30 – 6:30pm, incl. Q&A)

 

In a recent LinkedIn poll conducted by Women & Co. 51% of the women respondents reported never having a mentor.  And it is also reported that “women with mentors are SIX times more likely to be promoted to a bigger job”, according to a study quoted on money.cnn.com.  The question most asked by young women is “how do you find a mentor?”

 

The launch party celebrates the Top 25 Women of Influence by exploring how these women got there – with mentors and champions – and how they are paying it forward to their own mentees.   A thought provoking conversation with a selection of the Top 25 and their mentors and mentees will be moderated by Carolyn Lawrence (president & CEO of Women of Influence) to draw out the best practises, and how they found each other.

 

A much talked about phenomena, mentorship is a key element to women’s advancement to the top of corporations, impacting the talent shortage and bottom line health of businesses around the world.  The discussion will draw out answers to the questions many emerging female leaders have on finding and nurturing these vital relationships.

 

The Top 25 Special Issue Magazine will be released the following day on November 21st.  One-on-one interviews with the Top 25 and their mentors and mentees can be arranged at or following the event on the topic of mentorship and women’s advancement.

 

Registration:          To attend this event, please contact Carolyn Lawrence at 416-567-1201 or by email at clawrence@womenofinfluenceinc.ca

 

 

About Women of Influence

Women of Influence Inc. is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. It offers solutions including Gender diversity consulting, Executive Leadership Development, events, and media.  It produces and hosts the renowned Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards in addition to publishing the Women of Influence quarterly magazine which has featured some of the most notable leaders in North America including Arianna Huffington (Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post), Arlene Dickinson (CEO of Venture Communications and Dragon’s Den panellist), Bonnie Brooks (President and CEO of Hudson’s Bay Co.) and Venus Williams (professional tennis player). Women of Influence has a community and reach of 120,000 in nine cities across North American including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.womenofinfluence.ca.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Carolyn Lawrence

Women of Influence

416-567-1201

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2013 Ranking of Top 25 Women of Influence Revealed

Prestigious annual ranking showcases the most influential Canadian women by sector

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2013 /CNW/ – Women of Influence today announced the 2013 ranking of its Top 25 Women of Influence. Now in its third year, the ranking is designed to celebrate and showcase the achievements of the most influential Canadian women in business, health, non-government organizations, professional services, and the public sector over the course of the last year.

These women have not only made a significant difference in their chosen fields but they are exceptionally influential. This is an important criterion because such women also serve as important role models for Canadian women and girls. The Top 25 includes women from many backgrounds, educational levels, skill sets, personality types, sectors, professions, regions and interests. Some extend influence across Canada, across a sector or internationally. Some have been celebrated leaders for many years and are already well known.

The women who made this year’s ranking are not judged or selected based on accomplishment alone, but on the sheer size of their reach and influence over the last 12 months. Candidates are selected based on previous award recognitions and asked to complete a questionnaire about their work including: presence on boards, number of employees managed, funds raised, business deals initiated/led, and published work.

“Women of Influence is driving an important cultural shift in the workplace by celebrating these exceptional 25 women. Women of Influence is dedicated to the advancement of professional women across North America,” explainedCarolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women of Influence. “This includes celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s Top 25 Women of Influence who are driving an important culture shift in the workplace by acting as role models for women in every sector and at every stage of their careers.”

All 25 women will be profiled in the winter issue of Women of Influence magazine, with the public selecting the five women who will appear on its cover via online voting at http://www.womenofinfluence.ca/top-25-cover-contest/ fromSeptember 12th – September 18th. In honor and celebration of the Top25 WOI, we will be shining the light and giving them the profile they deserve at the following events:

  • Release of the social media campaign on September 12th
  • Cisco magazine launch party: To unite the Top25 women of Influence, their mentees, their champions and the media on November 20, 2013
  • Special winter issue Women of Influence magazine profiling the Top25 winners: On sale November 21st
  • Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon: The December 3 luncheon to celebrate the Top25 winners and speakerKirstine Stewart, President of Twitter Canada who was a past Top25 winner.

Below is a summary of this year’s Top 25 Women of Influence by category:

NGO

  1. Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO, Plan Canada
  2. Annette Bergeron, P.Eng. President, Professional Engineers Ontario
  3. Mitzie Hunter,  MPP for Scarborough—Guildwood
  4. Claudia Hepburn, Executive Director, The Next 36
  5. Janice O’Born, Chairman, The Printing House Charitable Office

BUSINESS

  1. Karen Sheriff, President and CEO, Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc.
  2. Kimberley Mason, Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC Royal Bank
  3. Tracy Redies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
  4. Sue Paish, President and CEO, LifeLabs Medical Laboratories Inc.
  5. Amiee Chan, President & CEO, Norsat International Inc.

PUBLIC SECTOR

  1. Wendy Cukier, Vice President Research and Innovation and Founder and Director, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
  2. Ann Buller, President and CEO, Centennial College
  3. Janice MacKinnon, Professor/Doctor, University of Saskatchewan
  4. Beatrix Dart, Associate Dean, Executive Degree Programs, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  5. Deb Matthews, Member of Provincial Parliament for London North Centre, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deputy Premier of Ontario, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

  1. Cheryl Reicin, Partner, Torys LLP
  2. Sharon Geraghty, Partner, Torys LLP
  3. Beth Wilson, Managing Partner, GTA and Canadian Managing Partner, Community Leadership KPMG LLP
  4. Jane Allen, Partner, Chief Diversity Officer, Global Renewable Energy Leader, Deloitte
  5. Evelyn Jacks, President, Knowledge Bureau

HEALTH

  1. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research & Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children
  2. Christine Power, President and CEO, Capital District Health Authority
  3. Daniela Crivianu-Gaita, VP IMT & CIO, The Hospital for Sick Children
  4. Marla Shapiro, Associate Professor, Medical Consultant CTV News, Medical Contributor Canada AM, Marla Shapiro Inc.
  5. Connie Clerici, President & Chief Executive Officer, Closing the Gap Healthcare Group

About Women of Influence
Women of Influence Inc. is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. It offers solutions to women through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and media.  It produces and hosts the renowned Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series, RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and the Top 25 Women of Influence, in addition to the publishing the Women of Influence quarterly magazine. Women of Influence has a community and reach of 120,000 in nine cities across North American including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, andWashington, DC. For more information, please visit www.womenofinfluence.ca.

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Arianna Huffington to Headline Women of Influence Luncheon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Arianna Huffington to Headline Women of Influence Luncheon

Topics to include fearless leadership, redefining success, and launch of four new Huffington Post editions

TORONTO, September 9, 2013—Arianna Huffington will be headlining the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series on September 11, 2013. The chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group and co-founder of The Huffington Post will discuss a wide range of topics including the importance of women’s advancement, redefining success, and the launch of four new editions of the Huffington Post.

Women of Influence is dedicated to the advancement of professional women across North America. Its prestigious Luncheon Series celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary professional women along their journey to success. Over the last two decades the series has showcased over 200 notable female leaders from all walks of life, including Heather Reisman (Founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music), Maureen Sabia (Chairman of the Board for Canadian Tire Corporation), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (captain of the Olympic gold medal–winning Canadian women’s ice hockey team), Roberta Bondar (physician, scientist, and astronaut), and Venus Williams (professional tennis player.)

Twice named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, one of Newsweek’s “Ten Top thought Leaders of the Decade”, one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” according to Forbes, Huffington is an entrepreneur, nationally syndicated columnist, author of 13 books, and business leader with a unique perspective into the issues that shape our world today: politics, the economy, the media and public policy.

In May 2005, Huffington launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In just eight years, it has become one of the most important and influential news sites on the Internet and in 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.  Much of the credit is due to Huffington who is at the forefront of the new media revolution.

With welcome remarks from Carolyn Lawrence (president & CEO of Women of Influence) and Huffington’s introduction by Jane Allen (chief diversity officer of Deloitte Canada) the event will last two hours (see details below.) During her keynote address, Huffington will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Fearless leadership: from politics to the boardroom
  • Redefining success beyond money and power (The Third Metric)
  • Launch of four new global editions of the Huffington Post

Luncheon guests are welcome to participate in an open Q&A with Huffington after her keynote address.

Who: Arianna Huffington, Chair, President and Editor-In-Chief Huffington Post Media Group

What: Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series

When: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Constitution Hall 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Registration: 11:15am – 12:00pm

Lunch:               12:00pm – 2:00pm

Keynote:            12:25pm – 1:00pm

Q&A:                     1:30pm – 1:50pm

Registration: To attend this event, please contact Sonia Prashar at Broad Reach Communications directly at 416-560-6753 or sprashar@broadreachcommunications.com.

About Women of Influence

Women of Influence Inc. is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. It offers solutions to women through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and media.  It produces and hosts the renowned Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series, RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and the Top 25 Women of Influence, in addition to the publishing the Women of Influence quarterly magazine. Women of Influence has a community and reach of 120,000 in nine cities across North American including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York City, and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.womenofinfluence.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Sonia Prashar

Broad Reach Communications

416-560-6753

sprashar@broadreachcommunications.com