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Presented by Smith School of Business


Are you ready to take your career to new heights?

At Smith School of Business, we recognize the need for more women to ascend to the senior ranks of management. An MBA can help break down the barriers that exist for women looking to advance their careers.

On October 24 th , Executive MBA Program Director, Gloria Saccon, will lead an inspiring panel discussion with successful MBA alumni. Each will share her unique MBA journey — from barriers faced before taking the leap to the career progression experienced since graduation. Following the panel, we hope you enjoy the opportunity to network with other women who are considering an MBA. Smith program alumni and advisors from our program team will also be available to answer any questions you have about our program options.

Meet the panelists:

Rola Amer: As founder and CEO of Choulala Box and co-founder of Project We Draw, Rola is a results- driven entrepreneur and senior executive with more than 17 years of success in the healthcare, consumer and technology sectors. Based in Montreal, she is an insightful marketer whose greatest asset is her agility to adapt to changing market dynamics while implementing strategies that generate sales revenue and profitability. Her work to date includes branding, with a focus on digital, content and email marketing.

Natasha Akter: As a tech-savvy strategist with a passion for the digital economy, the latest tech disruptions and the role of ethics in technology, Natasha has built a career solving “big hairy audacious” problems while traversing a wide variety of business domains and industries. In her current role as senior director of data center strategy, she is accountable for setting the strategic direction for RBC’s Data Centers globally for the very disrupted cloud-hybrid, AI- and big data-driven future.  

Sarah Mainprize: Sarah currently serves as VP of wireless digital and commerce for Rogers Communications. She has been working in the industry for 15 years across North America and is recognized as a ‘fixer’, delivering a number of large, complex, cross-functional programs in the telecommunications space. After moving from Canada to the U.S., Sarah got involved in her local community and continued her passion for education by acting as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University and serving on the board of CASA Philadelphia.

Hero Landry Hero is VP, Business Development for Walker Emulsions. Walker Emulsions formulates and supplies a wide range of emulsions to a variety of industries and municipalities across Canada, the United States and Mexico. They develop custom green and sustainable options for customers through investment in research and development. Hero holds a Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Hero has worked in remote Northern and Arctic environments in leadership roles within both corporate and healthcare fields; often alongside First Nations and Inuit populations. Hero is a passionate supporter of the vital work of Ernestine Women’s Shelter, and sits on their Board of Directors. She has a young family, and takes every opportunity to travel internationally with them.

Please join us for this motivational evening of storytelling with some of Smith’s most inspirational alumni.Limited seats are available, so we encourage you to secure your spot today.


October 24, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


111d Queen St E, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1S2 Canada
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(416) 368-6006