Smith School of Business


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 […]


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 Kimberly Fulton orchestrated her own six-month secondment to focus on her passion graphic

How Kimberly Fulton orchestrated her own six-month secondment to focus on her passion

March, 29th, 2019

Kimberly Fulton was navigating her career as a management consultant and looking to incorporate her passion for women’s advancement into her work. Inspired by an article about the director of Catalyst Canada in her alma mater’s alumni magazine, she pursued and secured herself a six-month secondment with the global not-for-profit focused on women’s advancement in […]


New study underscores need for more work to make Canada’s workplaces diverse and inclusive graphic

New study underscores need for more work to make Canada’s workplaces diverse and inclusive

March, 1st, 2019

The majority of Canadians have positive attitudes towards diversity and inclusion programs, but a new study reveals there is more work to be done to achieve truly inclusive workplaces. Smith School of Business and Catalyst Canada offer tips to help your organization increase the effectiveness of its D&I initiatives.   By Kristen Sears     […]


How Maria Freites Hernandez rebuilt her career as an immigrant to Canada graphic

How Maria Freites Hernandez rebuilt her career as an immigrant to Canada

February, 8th, 2019

Moving to Toronto from Venezuela, Maria Freites Hernandez expected to take a few steps back in her analytics career as she settled into her new country. But now she’s back in a senior position at a bank, and taking her career to the next level as a student in the first Master of Management in […]


Thinking inside the box: Emily Lowe’s approach to innovating for the future graphic

Thinking inside the box: Emily Lowe’s approach to innovating for the future

December, 21st, 2018

Founder of Lowegistics International, Emily Lowe, developed a love for shipping containers at a young age. At 17, she turned that passion into a business, launching a global supply chain data analysis company that leverages innovative solutions to transform the economics of construction, material and equipment logistics.   By Kristen Sears     Travel was […]


Four tips for using technology to help your startup succeed graphic

Four tips for using technology to help your startup succeed

November, 29th, 2018

With the high failure rate of startups, what can entrepreneurs do to drive towards success? Dr. Yolande Chan, professor of information technology management at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, offers four suggestions for using digital innovation to help your company grow.     By Hailey Eisen   When Dr. Yolande Chan began her academic […]


How Eva Wong is helping Canadians borrow ‘well’ graphic

How Eva Wong is helping Canadians borrow ‘well’

November, 2nd, 2018

Prior to 2014, Eva Wong had never started a business. Today, she is the leading lady of one of Canada’s largest fintech companies.     By Kristen Sears   Eva Wong doesn’t have the technical background or entrepreneurial experience that one might expect of a fintech startup founder. Before she launched the Toronto-based credit education […]


How Emily Chambers turned a passion for statistics into a dream job at Disney graphic

How Emily Chambers turned a passion for statistics into a dream job at Disney

September, 27th, 2018

As an Integration Consultant for Disney in Orlando, Emily Chambers helps develop forecasting models and algorithms to keep the magic running smoothly — like her latest gig, ensuring Frozen on Broadway is a success. How did she get her dream job, bringing her passion for statistics to the happiest place on earth? Taking advantage of […]


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Five questions to find out if your company is ready for a digital transformation

August, 31st, 2018

Digital transformation impacts all aspects of an organization, from leadership and strategy to marketing, innovation, finance, operations and IT. In the digital age, employees with skills in digital business and strategy execution is essential. Does your organization have what it takes to build a digital business model?       In June, the International Data […]


Kalsang Tanzin: How the global president of Women at LinkedIn creates opportunities for herself and others graphic

Kalsang Tanzin: How the global president of Women at LinkedIn creates opportunities for herself and others

August, 8th, 2018

Raised in India by refugees, Kalsang Tanzin has had a long journey to where she is today: living in Toronto, working in her dream job at LinkedIn, and pursuing an Executive MBA at Smith School of Business.   By Hailey Eisen     Kalsang Tanzin recalls watching The Lion King as a child and her […]


Leaps of Faith: How Neeraja Ramjee went from coding to consulting — and acting — in New York City graphic

Leaps of Faith: How Neeraja Ramjee went from coding to consulting — and acting — in New York City

June, 27th, 2018

  Neeraja Ramjee had never left her home country of India before she saved up enough money to take an MBA program at Smith School of Business. It’s one of the many “leaps of faith” she’s taken on a career that has led her to a management consulting gig in New York City, and pursuing […]


Where are all the corporate innovators? graphic

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 […]


Peak interest: How Megan McDonald’s career decisions led her to Mount Everest graphic

Peak interest: How Megan McDonald’s career decisions led her to Mount Everest

May, 18th, 2018

    As manager of expedition fundraising with the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), Megan McDonald’s job takes her to some unusual places – like 17,598 feet up the world’s highest mountain. Back in Toronto following her most recent expedition, she shares details from the exhilarating experience, and the path that led her there.   By […]


The gut-check moment for AI: When you have imperfect information, perfection is your enemy graphic

The gut-check moment for AI: When you have imperfect information, perfection is your enemy

April, 27th, 2018

    A professor of strategy and entrepreneurship specializing in the management of change and technology and innovation, Elspeth Murray, Associate Dean of MBA and Masters Programs at Smith School of Business, played a leading role in launching the school’s new Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence. The program, which is accepting applications for the […]


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

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 […]


Leading in Luxury: The director of marketing for Toronto’s Bisha Hotel shares her career journey graphic

Leading in Luxury: The director of marketing for Toronto’s Bisha Hotel shares her career journey

March, 2nd, 2018

    Christal Agostino knew that marketing for the luxury segment was a highly competitive field — so she gave herself an edge by including international luxury brand management studies in her MBA. She’s been climbing in her career ever since.   By Hailey Eisen     Bisha Hotel & Residences, a luxury and lifestyle […]


Building workplaces that work for women: How to make your organization more inclusive graphic

Building workplaces that work for women: How to make your organization more inclusive

February, 2nd, 2018

    Tanya van Biesen left her 21-year career in the corporate world of executive search to take on a leading role with a global non-profit supporting one of her passions: advancing inclusive workplaces.   By Kristen Sears     For Tanya van Biesen, it was kinda, sorta déjà vu. Two summers ago, she left […]


Too busy to do your absolute best? Done is better than perfect, advises Raman Gakhal graphic

Too busy to do your absolute best? Done is better than perfect, advises Raman Gakhal

November, 17th, 2017

    While Raman Gakhal was completing the Executive MBA-Americas program presented jointly by Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, she was also handling some major changes at home — caring for a young infant, and preparing for a second on the way. […]


Strategic Moves: How Canadian Kate Murphy became the CEO of a gaming startup in Norway graphic

Strategic Moves: How Canadian Kate Murphy became the CEO of a gaming startup in Norway

October, 4th, 2017

  Kate Murphy is the CEO of Play Magnus, a startup based in Norway that offers apps and events for practicing and playing chess. How did she get picked to head the company, considering she doesn’t speak Norwegian or play the game? Kate discusses the leadership tactics she’s learned through her entrepreneurial experience combined with […]


The confidence gap — Three tools to level the playing field graphic

The confidence gap — Three tools to level the playing field

August, 23rd, 2017

As an advocate for young, career-seeking women, Lora Sprigings, Career Coach at Smith School of Business, founded the WIL Do initiative. This is a unique opportunity for young women at Smith to candidly discuss leadership and empowerment in a small group setting while creating space for females to build confidence by supporting and encouraging one […]


To Close the Gender Gap, It’s a Matter Of Degrees graphic

To Close the Gender Gap, It’s a Matter Of Degrees

July, 25th, 2017

In Canada, less than a quarter of senior management positions are held by women, and that figure drops significantly looking up to the board level. The MBA has long been seen as a key enabler to improve these numbers, both for early- and mid-career women, but “age and stage” issues often drive decisions for women considering […]


Seeking Challenge and Adventure: Advice on Nurturing a Diverse Career Here and Abroad graphic

Seeking Challenge and Adventure: Advice on Nurturing a Diverse Career Here and Abroad

June, 2nd, 2017

Despite a 15 year tenure with the same company, Kelly Graham’s career has presented enough challenge and adventure to go around — in her case, around the world. The Vancouver, British Columbia native has leveraged her MBA to build a global career, from launching new products in India to leading a team on disruptive innovation in London, England. Here’s how […]


When Deviance Works to Your Advantage graphic

When Deviance Works to Your Advantage

April, 21st, 2017

Tired of mediocrity and negativity at work? Jana Raver, Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business, offers five strategies to give you the power to inspire organizational change.   By Alan Morantz     When we think of deviance, we typically think of social outcasts who behave in some abhorrent way outside the […]


Stay Put to Move More: How a long career at one organization can lead to unique opportunities graphic

Stay Put to Move More: How a long career at one organization can lead to unique opportunities

March, 10th, 2017

It’s no longer the norm to spend twenty years at the same company, but Allison Hakomaki has done just that — and it’s enabled her to live in cities across Canada, better her education, and climb to a role in senior management.   By Hailey Eisen     Changing jobs every two to three years […]


The first step towards success? Know yourself. graphic

The first step towards success? Know yourself.

January, 30th, 2017

There’s something very unique about your personal career journey: YOU. So, whether your goal is to get ahead or to find more satisfaction, dedicate some time to learning more about yourself. Kate Rowbotham, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, explains how.   By Hailey Eisen   How well […]


Project ME: Six Simple Steps that Could Have a Big Impact on Your Career graphic

Project ME: Six Simple Steps that Could Have a Big Impact on Your Career

December, 8th, 2016

When it comes to advancing your career, there are so many possible steps to take it can be paralyzing. Karen Jackson-Cox, Executive Director of the Business Career Centre at Smith School of Business, advises 6 steps to help you look inward and reflect before making any bold moves.  By Hailey Eisen You’ve reached the mid-career […]




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