Profiles


Meet Maddy Falle: Producer behind the viral short film turned web series Gay Mean Girls graphic

Meet Maddy Falle: Producer behind the viral short film turned web series Gay Mean Girls

July, 13th, 2019

Pride month might be over but LGBT+ visibility is needed all year round. Meet LGBT Ally Maddy Falle, producer and the Development Manager at Gearshift Films, before taking on this role she worked on television shows like Hockey Wives, NHL Revealed, and Workin’ Moms. In 2015 she was a producer on the viral short film Gay […]


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 […]


Meet Daphne De Groot: a woman on a mission to revolutionize the real estate market graphic

Meet Daphne De Groot: a woman on a mission to revolutionize the real estate market

July, 8th, 2019

An entrepreneur at heart, Daphne De Groot was driven to create an alternative to Toronto’s outdated real estate model. Today, Daphne is the CEO of Justo — a new type of real estate brokerage. She is responsible for bringing this client-centric real estate brokerage to fruition and providing strategic oversight across the organization. Determined to […]


Meet Caroline Drees: Global Editor, Editorial Learning and Culture at Reuters graphic

Meet Caroline Drees: Global Editor, Editorial Learning and Culture at Reuters

June, 24th, 2019

Caroline Drees is a passionate proponent of diversity and inclusion, and has spent much of her career working to support underrepresented groups, close gender gaps and promote equality in the workplace. The Global Editor, Editorial Learning and Culture, at the global news organization Reuters, her remit includes diversity and inclusion, training, talent and career development […]


How Latha Sukumar turned a small non-profit translation service into a national success — giving people in need a voice graphic

How Latha Sukumar turned a small non-profit translation service into a national success — giving people in need a voice

June, 18th, 2019

Latha Sukumar was working as a lawyer when a personal experience led her down a new career path. She’s now the Executive Director of MCIS Language Services, a non-profit social enterprise offering translation, interpretation, and consulting to over 800 organizations across Canada — but it wasn’t always such a success. Latha shares how she came […]


Lessons Learned: How a senior executive is redefining “having it all” by making peace with compromise graphic

Lessons Learned: How a senior executive is redefining “having it all” by making peace with compromise

June, 17th, 2019

The topic of “having it all” can quickly spark debate — not only about whether or not it’s possible but also about the unrealistic expectations just discussing this goal can impose on women. But, whether we talk about it or not, many of us are still experiencing the struggle of balancing work and life. Shemina […]


Meet Rumana Monzur: Lawyer, Human Rights Activist & Domestic Violence Survivor graphic

Meet Rumana Monzur: Lawyer, Human Rights Activist & Domestic Violence Survivor

June, 16th, 2019

After Rumana Monzur was viciously attacked and blinded by her husband in her hometown of Dhaka, Bangladesh, she refused to give up. She started her career as a Lecturer in International Relations but after becoming blind, she decided to take her career in a new direction. In May 2017, Rumana obtained a law degree and […]


Giving time to a charitable partner can be great for your business — here’s how to do it well graphic

Giving time to a charitable partner can be great for your business — here’s how to do it well

June, 14th, 2019

Do you see the value of charitable giving as a tax receipt? Businesses that give back through community involvement rather than just signing a cheque greatly benefit their charitable partners — and themselves. Here’s how to pick the right one, and make a positive impact.   By Monica Gomez     Charitable contributions aren’t a […]


Meet Annalie Bonda: From Fashion Entrepreneur to Executive Director of non-profit organization, The Remix Project graphic

Meet Annalie Bonda: From Fashion Entrepreneur to Executive Director of non-profit organization, The Remix Project

June, 8th, 2019

After going to fashion school, Annalie Bonda followed the usual path of working in the fashion industry, and then went on to own and run a successful wholesale fashion sales agency. However, shortly after giving birth to her second child, she decided to take her career in a new and more fulfilling direction — the non-profit sector. Annalie […]


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 […]


Meet Hana James: Co-founder & Director of Community at Greenhouse Juice Co. graphic

Meet Hana James: Co-founder & Director of Community at Greenhouse Juice Co.

June, 6th, 2019

After completing a BSc at McGill University, Hana James was en route to medical school when she decided to explore another passion: helping people improve their health through food. In 2011, she founded Café Shu, a juice bar and healthy café with two locations in Toronto. Fast forward to today and Hana is now a […]


Meet Sara Cabrera – Aragon and Idalina Leandro: Co-founders of Her Film Company graphic

Meet Sara Cabrera – Aragon and Idalina Leandro: Co-founders of Her Film Company

June, 2nd, 2019

Sara Cabrera – Aragon (right) and Idalina Leandro (left) are the co-founders of a majority-women film production company, Her Film Company, based in Toronto, Ontario. Their objective is to empower female filmmakers and to create a company were women take priority in key creative roles. Their films are made for everyone, with a focus on […]


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 […]


Meet Lauryn Vaughn: Founder of Canada’s largest online luxury consignment retailer graphic

Meet Lauryn Vaughn: Founder of Canada’s largest online luxury consignment retailer

May, 26th, 2019

With a career in fashion that has taken her to Paris and back, Lauryn Vaughn has an impeccable eye for detail and a passion for the transformative impact of premium apparel. She founded The Upside in 2015 after discovering a niche in the country’s e-commerce market for luxury resale fashion minus the prohibitive costs of […]


Meet Bailey Parnell: Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp graphic

Meet Bailey Parnell: Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp

May, 19th, 2019

Bailey Parnell is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp — an award-winning digital marketer, TEDx speaker, and businesswoman with a talent for helping people and brands tell better stories.  Bailey frequently speaks publicly about social media, personal branding, and media and mental health. She is currently working towards an MA in Communications and Culture, part-time at Ryerson […]


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 […]


How Marjorie Dixon is redefining the journey of fertility graphic

How Marjorie Dixon is redefining the journey of fertility

May, 13th, 2019

Marjorie Dixon knew from a young age that she wanted to get into reproductive medicine. It was her experience running a cycle monitoring centre — and going through three rounds of IVF herself — that led her to open her own holistic clinic, Anova Fertility and Reproductive Health. A recent winner of the RBC Momentum […]


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 […]


Meet Dr. Sarah Mickeler: Founder of West End Mamas graphic

Meet Dr. Sarah Mickeler: Founder of West End Mamas

May, 12th, 2019

Dr. Sarah Mickeler is the founder of West End Mamas. She is Canada’s leading expert on prenatal and postpartum chiropractic care as well as non-invasive approaches to encourage optimal fetal positioning. In addition to being passionate about normalizing the prenatal and birth experience, she is also deeply passionate about postpartum wellness and normalizing what it […]


Tina : A life in Glossy graphic

Tina : A life in Glossy

May, 7th, 2019

Tina Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and event producer. She turned around Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker as Editor-in-Chief. She wrote a bestselling biography of Princess Diana. She launched The Daily Beast news site and Women in the World summits. And she’s our Women of Influence Luncheon speaker.     By […]


Meet Robin Swicord : Oscar Nominated Screenwriter graphic

Meet Robin Swicord : Oscar Nominated Screenwriter

May, 6th, 2019

Robin Swicord was born in South Carolina and raised in rural Florida and Georgia. She is a screenwriter and director known for her screenplay adaptations of Little Women (94), Matilda (96), and Memoirs of a Geisha(05). She was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (07). Her debut directorial feature, […]


Meet Nathalie Pambrun: the first ever Indigenous woman to serve as President of the Canadian Association of Midwives graphic

Meet Nathalie Pambrun: the first ever Indigenous woman to serve as President of the Canadian Association of Midwives

May, 5th, 2019

Nathalie Pambrun is a Franco-Manitoban Métis midwife who has practiced in urban, rural and remote communities across Canada and the world. Bridging environmental and reproductive justice movements at the community level she embraces a human rights approach that effectively respects the coming generations. She is committed to midwifery care that is accessible, equitable, and culturally safe. She was […]


Meet Josette Landry: Founder of Streamline Genomics graphic

Meet Josette Landry: Founder of Streamline Genomics

April, 30th, 2019

Josette is the CEO and founder of Streamline Genomics and visiting scholar at the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal. Prior to launching Streamline, she was VP, Business Development for Mitacs, a research organization where she helped facilitate partnerships between university researchers and industry. During her graduate studies, Josette co-founded a consulting firm providing bioinformatics […]


Meet Dr. Soodeh Farokhi: Tech Entrepreneur Founder and CTO of C2RO Cloud Robotics Inc. graphic

Meet Dr. Soodeh Farokhi: Tech Entrepreneur Founder and CTO of C2RO Cloud Robotics Inc.

April, 29th, 2019

Soodeh is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of C2RO Cloud Robotics, an award-winning software startup in Montreal, Canada. C2RO offers real-time cognitive AI solutions via an enterprise SaaS platform for smart devices. She is a visionary technology entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in computer science (cloud specialist), who was selected among the top 750 digital IT innovators […]


Meet Cindy Fagen: COO SAP Labs Canada graphic

Meet Cindy Fagen: COO SAP Labs Canada

April, 26th, 2019

Cindy Fagen is chief operating officer for SAP Labs Canada. Her role is focused on growing and executing the strategic vision and mission of SAP’s product development and innovation hubs in four locations in and around Canada’s major cities.  Working alongside field organizations in Canada and globally, Cindy connects the technology innovations coming out of […]


Meet Devery Jacobs: Award-Winning Actress & Indigenous Rights Activist graphic

Meet Devery Jacobs: Award-Winning Actress & Indigenous Rights Activist

April, 21st, 2019

Devery found her passion for the arts from a young age. While pursuing her acting career, she also studied to be a counsellor and worked at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. Her first big break came when she was cast as the lead role in the award-winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), […]




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