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How To Successfully Implement Impactful Change Strategies For A Gender Diverse And Inclusive Workforce
Corporate leaders, policy makers and individuals are expressing a desire for a more diverse workplace. And while many are calling for change, some are advancing the agenda faster than others. Their action is inspiring ― and at times, even radical.
The Radical Change Summit will highlight those leaders that have exerted their influence to promote women’s advancement in a bold and meaningful way, taking a leap forward rather than a small step. From swiftly eradicating the pay gap, to redefining a brand and an organizational culture ― as keynote speaker, Blake Irving, accomplished as CEO of GoDaddy, and keynote speaker Dr. Sarah Kaplan advocates for as Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman School of Management.
All of us should be challenging ourselves to do more. Co-hosted by Catalyst Canada and Women of Influence, this groundbreaking event can open the door to radical change in your own organization, and connect you with like-minded leaders in the GTA. Join us on Wednesday, January 24 to:
- Hear from organizational leaders who have implemented a major inclusion initiative, including the impact generated, the challenges encountered along the way, and the factors that led to success
- Discover new thinking on recruiting, retention, and compensation strategies to build a diverse and inclusive workplace
- Gain best practices for implementing radical change across an organization, even in the face of resistance
This half-day event includes a luncheon, two keynotes, two breakout panel sessions, and a cocktail reception. See additional details below or visit the event website for more information. Tables of 8 available for purchase at a discounted rate of $2500 - over 10% savings! Email [email protected] with any questions.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Jacqueline Thorpe, Toronto Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News
A REDEFINING JOURNEY — USING TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO CREATE ALL-ENCOMPASSING CHANGE
When Blake Irving joined GoDaddy as CEO in January of 2013, the organization had already achieved an impressive 80% brand awareness — but it was largely in thanks to an advertising strategy that was widely seen as sexist. From a diversity and inclusion perspective, he also encountered a company culture in need of change. Over five years, Irving used his transformational leadership style and an all-in commitment to redefine GoDaddy’s brand truths — internally and externally — creating one of the most inclusive organizations in tech.
With highlights on specific initiatives, learn about the challenges and successes of GoDaddy’s cultural and brand shift, and how to start the journey at your own organization.
REFRAMING THE ISSUE — GENDER EQUALITY AS AN INNOVATION CHALLENGE
The lack of diversity in leadership of corporate America is not only a persistent problem — it has now become a front page issue. What are the causes of this issue, and what price are we paying for it? At a time where talent is our most valuable resource, hear Dr. Sarah Kaplan, Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy, and Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management discuss how to recast this problem, and its potential solutions, through the lens of innovation.
BREAKOUT 1A: TACKLING GENDER BIAS IN RECRUITMENT
Unconscious bias in the recruitment process can too-often hinder a company’s ability to hire the best talent. Studies show that even when men and women have the same education, the same level of experience and the same skills, gender discrimination can have a subtle and yet complex way of impacting who gets the job. Join this panel of experts as they discuss proven strategies to to eliminate gender discrimination from the recruitment process — to attract and retain the very best of the best.
- Bill Morris, Senior Managing Director and Canada President, Accenture
- Lisa Heidman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arlington Partners International
- Catherine Staveley, Managing Director, Global Structured Products, Trading Products, BMO Capital Markets
Moderator: Rania Llewellyn, Senior Vice President, Global Transaction Banking Products & Services, Scotiabank
BREAKOUT 1B: HOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Sponsorship has a proven impact on career success, and studies have shown that men are far more likely to have a sponsor than women. So the question is not whether your organization needs a sponsorship program, but rather how to build one. Should it be formalized and public, or happening behind the scenes? What are the benefits of each approach, and the downsides? Panelists will be discussing how to get senior leaders engaged, overcome roadblocks such as the “male/female inappropriate relationship” stigma, and strategies for creating a culture of sponsorship.
- Kerri-Ann Santaguida, Vice President and General Manager, Merchant Services, American Express Canada
- Dave Moncur, Vice President Human Resources, PepsiCo Foods Canada
- Megan Anderson, Co-founder, #GoSponsorHer
BREAKOUT 2A: BEYOND COMPENSATION — PROGRAMS FOR RETAINING TOP FEMALE TALENT
We often look to pay when discussing gender inequalities in the workplace, but fair compensation is just one of the key avenues for retaining top female talent. Panelists will be discussing proven strategies, including providing on-ramp programs for employees returning from maternity leave, enabling flexible work schedules — and removing any stigma around taking advantage of them — as well as empowering employees to negotiate bids for more satisfying and challenging roles.
- Anna Beninger, Director and Corporate Engagement Partner, Catalyst US
- Krista Pell, Vice President, People & Performance, Ausenco
- Jennifer Hargreaves, Founder, Tellent
Moderator: Pamela Jeffery, Partner and National Lead, Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, Group KPMG Canada
BREAKOUT 2B: HOW IS YOUR ORGANIZATION ADDRESSING THE PAY GAP?
The gender wage gap is a persistent problem in Canada and presents significant long-term challenges for our economy. When talented women are paid less than men for doing the same job, they not only feel devalued, but may even drop out of an economy desperate for talent. Contemporary economies need all talent at the table to drive GDP. Join this panel of experts as they discuss strategies to remedy the inequities.
- Emanuela Heyninck, Commissioner, Ontario Pay Equity Commission
- Charlotte Yates, Provost and Vice President (academic), Guelph University
Moderator: Tamara Vrooman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Vancity