Betty Ann Heggie
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Betty-Ann Heggie, a member of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, retired from her position as a Senior VP with PotashCorp 6 years ago. Since then she has devoted her time to getting more women at the decision-making table and has founded a program at her alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan to mentor working women. A popular speaker she also shares her thoughts and ideas through a weekly newspaper column, as a radio talk show guest, blogs and newsletters.

Entries by Betty Ann Heggie

We Need To Be More Discerning About The Truth

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2017 | 2:35 PM

We just passed April 1st a day when we closely examine the stories told to us to be sure there are facts to back up them up. None of us want to be caught off-side as an April Fool. We'd do well to carry this vigilance throughout the year as...

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Give Up Gender Stereotypes And Get Back To Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2017 | 1:36 PM

Recently, while describing a film to a friend I referred to it as a lesbian love story. Sensing that wasn't quite right, I then followed up with the query, "Perhaps I should have said that it is a passionate love story between two women?" To this, she responded, "Why does...

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Get Out Of Your Own Way

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 8:02 AM

To be meaningful and memorable, people must first 'get out of their own way'. This feat was exemplified in the performances of both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the recent hit film La La Land. Although it is likely that neither would have described themselves as singers, dancers or...

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Busting Gender Stereotypes Can Benefit Men In Life And Career

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 1:11 PM

The recently released film Arrival casts Amy Adams as Louise Banks, a linguistics expert who must translate sounds emanating from heptapods (seven-limbed aliens) who have landed on earth. Recruited by the American government, Banks is tasked with finding out what they are doing on Earth.

Unarmed, she bravely removes her...

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Why 'Locker Room Talk' Hurts Both Women And Men

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 7:02 AM

The morning after the U.S. election, on an early bird flight, I chanced upon an acquaintance, a prominent Canadian businessman. He was singing the praises of Donald Trump while I was still smarting at the lost opportunity of having a woman leader of the free world.

When I told him...

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Overusing Your Strengths Can Turn Them Into Weaknesses

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2016 | 2:26 PM

At TIFF 2016, the Irish-German film star Michael Fassbander discussed his acting career with a live audience. Of particular interest was the discourse regarding his role in the 2008 film Hunger. In it he plays the character of Irish republican Bobby Sands, who in 1981, led the inmates of a...

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More Diversity In The Film Industry Is Not An Option

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2016 | 2:52 PM

Since the inception of film, seldom have women, minorities or even nonconformist males held the center of a story, serving instead as the adjunct or love interest. Rarely the subject, most often the object.

Subtly, through the years we have been indoctrinated to view the world through a patriarchal...

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Unlock Your Other Wing And Soar

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 4:25 PM

Without question, having a mentor will enhance the effectiveness of our leadership skills immensely. This is especially true when the methods and management style of the mentor differ and contrast from our own. It is only when we challenge our conditioning by accepting new and different approaches to work and...

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Mentorship Helps Close The Management Gender Gap

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2016 | 1:59 PM

Many successful executives will credit a mentor; an adviser, a teacher, someone who kept them engaged while they advanced their careers. Maybe even someone who opened doors as they learned the ropes. This is especially true for women. Today, forward-thinking companies realize that mentorship helps close the management gender gap....

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Great Leaders Balance Masculine Traits With Feminine Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 3:27 PM

For my male readership, here is a reminder to keep tucked away in your back pocket. Balanced leaders make better leaders. To be more successful you'll stand a better chance if you stop following outdated stereotypes that subscribe to the masculine, tough-guy style of leadership. This does not mean that...

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When The Little Voice In Your Head Isn't Helping

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 11:26 AM

Mostly, your subconscious is an obliging, industrious little helper that has your best interests at heart. It really wants to be of assistance, busily helping with all of those pesky, mundane things that you cannot live without, such as breathing.

However, sometimes it gets carried away, maybe even makes...

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Flip The Script On The Negative Voice In Your Head

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 2:11 PM

If you are a woman in business, you would be well served to reclaim your power from the relentless voice in your head. In fact, this action alone may be the single biggest contributor to the future success of your career. Much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you...

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We Need To Learn To Engage In Difficult Conversations

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:46 PM

A virus is sweeping the free world seemingly without an obvious antidote. Similar to driving by an accident scene, it is both, terrifying and fascinating to watch. Though I am not an American, and therefore, will not be voting in their election this year, like most global citizens I am...

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Why Women Should Ignore Fear And Saddle Up Anyways

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 10:30 AM

Fear is a basic animal instinct experienced by all. It is how we deal with it that decides our success. The antidote to fear, and how courage is developed, is moving forward regardless. Unfortunately, from earliest childhood girls are cautioned about taking risks while boys are encouraged to court danger...

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How To Create A Magnetic Leader

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 12:26 PM

There are magnetic people in every company. Others are attracted to them, want to work with them and naturally follow them. These leaders know it's not enough to have skills and be competent; it is equally important (and maybe more so) to be likeable and form relationships. When these characteristics...

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Embrace Both Sides Of Your Gender Identity To Expand Your Career

(9) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 1:19 PM

Why paint yourself with the either/or, black-or-white binary system of gender, when instead you could be a vibrant mosaic of masculine and feminine attributes? By letting go of stereotypes and celebrating individuals with a mix of traditional gender characteristics, you'll create more opportunities for yourself and others.

Imagine if boys...

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Closing The Gender Apology Gap

(17) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 10:25 AM

For both genders to be seen equally as leaders we need to close the apology gap. Men should say "sorry" more, and women should say it less. This inconsistency comes from the difference in power each holds in society.

While it is true that we have made progress in gender...

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If Hollywood Can Think Outside The Gender Box, So Can You

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 1:23 PM

To expand your opportunities, think outside the gender box by considering yourself more broadly as a human being. The entertainment world is leading this charge by casting men and women in an increasing variety of roles, and we'll all benefit from supporting and reinforcing its initiatives.

‎I first paid attention...

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The Best Female Leaders Seek Constructive Criticism

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 6:08 PM

The best female leaders have very high expectations for themselves and constantly raise the bar by seeking constructive criticism. Then, when told where they made mistakes, rather than berating themselves, they treat the feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement. That constructive narrative enables them to separate criticism from...

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5 Small Steps Male Leaders Can Take to Retain Female Employees

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 12:25 PM

Recently, I had a discussion about the advancement of women with the senior partner of a major law firm. Frustrated with the leaky pipeline of women in his organization, he described hiring equal numbers of men and women but found the turnover rate for female associates to be three to...

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