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Athena Varmazis, Senior Vice President, Cards, RBC
Simona Salter, Vice President, Payments Strategy - Payments, Cards, and Banking, RBC
Shannon Kot, Partner, Deloitte


As corporate culture shifts and adapts to radically changing times, the journey to executive advancement is no longer a linear approach. Heading into 2020, success in rising the ranks depends on multiple factors: a unique, value-add skill set; personal advocacy; being championed by a sponsor; and strategically aligning with an organization that is invested in creating opportunities for you to succeed - or knowing when it's time to leave and how to identify one that does.

On December 11, CTV’s Marcia MacMillan will pull back the curtain as she sits down with three high-profile executives for a riveting discussion on how high potential talent can navigate the modern corporate landscape in 2020 and beyond. All at different points in their careers, our panelists will share their diverse journeys to the executive ranks and give a crash course on the tactics and tips others can leverage to do the same.

  • Athena Varmazishas over 25 years of experience in consumer and commercial cards payments that spans everything from product development to sales - but her career started on a completely different path in the field of mental health. Athena has taken many twists and turns in her career, some driven by opportunities, some driven by sponsors and mentors, but all rooted in growth mindset and learning from those around her.

  • Named one of Canada's Top 50 Women in FinTech earlier this year, Simona Salter is currently the Vice President of Payments Strategy at RBC, leading a diverse portfolio. Her 20 year career has been anything but linear, spending time in the publishing industry, consulting, and financial services, across multiple leadership roles. An advocate - and recipient herself - of the benefits of sponsorship, Simona is passionately focused on developing the next generation of talent.

  • Shannon Kot’s career path has taken her from an undergraduate degree in computer science, in 2008, to an MBA at Smith School of Business, to becoming a partner at Deloitte this past summer. Looking back, Shannon attributes much of her fast-track success to the mentors who championed her along the way.

    In a candid and revelatory discussion, our panelists will share their proven strategies for success and accessible insights on how to:

  • Cultivate an authentic voice of leadership - Be seen, heard, and tapped as high-potential
  • Create a development plan - Map out a strategic approach for your goals
  • Find a mentor / Earn a sponsor – The difference in roles and how to gain champions
  • Navigate roadblocks - How to work with challenging leadership
  • Evaluate Opportunity - Understanding when and how to change organizations
  • Identify a culture of growth – Aligning with an organization that shares your values

    Join us for the Season Finale of the Women of Influence Spotlight Series for the opportunity to be inspired, motivated, and empowered to take the next step on your journey to career advancement.

    Exclusive Opportunity for Guests!


    Are you ready to take the next step in your career but not sure where to begin? This is your opportunity to reserve a personal 15-minute consultation with Smith MBA recruitment specialist, Teresa Pires. Teresa will help you determine if an MBA at Smith is the key to your next career move.

    Teresa travels around the country advancing women at all stages in their careers. On December 11th, it's your turn - click here to reserve your personal consultation.

    *Please note that there are onlyfour sessions, and they are in high demand. We encourage you to book yours now!

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  • Details

    Date:
    December 11, 2019
    Time:
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Cost:
    $55

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    Our Women of Influence Spotlight Series is designed to motivate and inspire the next generation of emerging leaders and provide a platform for them to meet their peers and role models who have had early success and high-profile careers. Keynote speakers share tactical advice on negotiation, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication and personal branding and a structured “Connecting Activity” enables our guests to make career-defining connections. 

    Event Agenda

    6:30 – 7:00 pm        Registration and Cocktail Reception

    7:00 – 7:50pm         Panelist Discussion

    7:50 – 8:20pm         Connecting Activity

    8:20 – 8:30pm         VIP Membership Experience

    ** Your ticket includes complimentary Wine and Hors d’Ouevres.

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    Athena is the Senior Vice President, Cards for RBC. She is responsible for the overall strategy for RBC’s retail, small business, commercial and prepaid cards, including acquisition, digital strategy, co-brand credit cards, value added services, and sales and client engagement strategies.  Prior to her current role, Athena was the Vice President, Global Loyalty Programs & Rewards for RBC, and was responsible for the strategic direction of the RBC Rewards program, including creating roadmaps for future digital and platform infrastructure, and partnering with other areas of Digital, Payments & Cards to continue to drive market leadership.

    Athena joined RBC in March 2015 from AMEX Bank of Canada, where she was Vice President and General Manager of Small Business Services. In that role, she was responsible for strategy and experience, business and product development, acquisition and sales and delivery. Prior to that, Athena held a number of senior leadership roles within different divisions of American Express, including
    acquisitions, strategy, online and mobile, customer engagement and strategic partnerships.

    Athena is dedicated to giving back to the community, and has acted as the Canadian Banking co-chair for the annual RBC Employee Giving and United Way Campaigns for several years. She serves on the board of directors of RBC Ampli Inc. and Pine River Institute.

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    Named one of Canada’s Top 50 Women in FinTech earlier this year, Simona Salter is currently the Vice President of Payments Strategy at RBC, leading a diverse portfolio. Her 20 year career has been anything but linear, spending time in the publishing industry, consulting, and financial services, across multiple leadership roles. An advocate – and recipient herself – of the benefits of sponsorship, Simona is passionately focused on developing the next generation of talent.

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    [woitab title=”Shannon Kot Biography”]

    Shannon is a Partner in Deloitte’s Consulting practice, focusing on supporting Public Sector clients through complex, technology-enabled transformation initiatives.  With a background in Math, Computer Science, and Business, she is a passionate coach and leader who loves working along clients and team members to see them achieve their full potential and “paying forward” the sponsorship and investment that she’s been fortunate enough to receive from other amazing mentors and leaders. 

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