Women in Business

Canadian Women Are Storming The Ivory Towers

Bob Ramsay | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Bob Ramsay

Women are breaking through in the very place where their numbers will not only make gender parity a reality in the next 10 years, but where the breeding grounds of gender dominance are all pointing in the same direction. I mean, of course, Canada's universities.

Why 'Locker Room Talk' Hurts Both Women And Men

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

From the time we enter high school we are told that this type of talk is harmless, good-natured joking and if we react negatively, we must lack a sense of humour. What we fail to mention is that locker room talk leads to groping and unwanted sexual advances because when you dehumanize people in conversation, their needs no longer count. Once you have obscenely torn a woman apart with bro-talk, an insidious web of disrespect is woven. It becomes difficult to promote her and even more difficult to work for her. In short, it limits her opportunities.

Women In Leadership Share Thoughts On The IT World

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Business
Christine E. Laprade

The information technology industry is one of America's most thriving sectors, according to a plethora of industry experts. It's actually one of the m...

Mila Kunis And Wonder Woman Demand To Be Heard

Kristen Wood | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kristen Wood

It felt like a lovely bit of serendipity that Mila Kunis released an inspiring piece about pushing back against misogyny in the entertainment business, and shortly afterwards, inspiring new visuals for the Wonder Woman movie were released. Women are taking a stand, on the screen and in real life.

Overusing Your Strengths Can Turn Them Into Weaknesses

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

We need to be selective about which situations to give our full power to, in order to prevent our strengths from becoming weaknesses. To calibrate where and how much to expend. This necessitates knowing our self, knowing our audience, evaluating each circumstance, and ultimately... exercising judgement.

You're Not A Mess, So Stop Saying It

Lauren Ross | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Ross

Confidence is intimidating, but it shouldn't be. Why should I feel guilty about being happy with myself? I have flaws, sure, but I am not a mess. So why do I participate in mess culture? Why, at brunch, do I feel obligated to chime in with a self-disparaging comment? There is no reason to participate in something that downplays what I have to offer.

What I Know 10 Years In As A Woman Entrepreneur

Kristen Wood | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business
Kristen Wood

That night I wrote my business plan, signed a lease in Toronto's up-and-coming Queen West neighbourhood without financing (!), and went to the bank for a Canadian small business loan. A few short months later The Ten Spot Beauty Bar was born.

These 20 Powerful Companies Were Founded By Women

Deepi Harish | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business
Deepi Harish

A few weeks ago, I was invited to fancy gala and immediately dismissed the invite because I'm not fancy. However, a dear friend convinced me to attend and take her as my plus one. The event celebrated Canada's leading female entrepreneurs with a cocktail evening where the winner of the Business Women Award (BWA) and New Generation Award (NGA) were to be selected and announced.

Anxiety Comes From Trying To Present A Perfect Image

Kristen Marano | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Living
Kristen Marano

We have generations of women in our lives to thank for creating the strength of a women's movement; but until now, it hasn't always included conversations about emotional wellness.

More Diversity In The Film Industry Is Not An Option

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Subtly, through the years we have been indoctrinated to view the world through a patriarchal lens. In virtually every sector those who select the protagonist, choose the narrative, act as distributor and pen the review, have endorsed or subscribed to a traditional masculine value system.

Boosting Women's Entrepreneurship In Mexico And Latin America

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

In México, extraordinary wealth and heart-breaking poverty exist side by side. It is a land of harsh contradictions -- skyscrapers and wood houses, modern-day Internet and illiteracy. Years ago, when I used to think about this, I always asked myself; with all our diverse natural resources and hard-working labor force, why are we in this situation?

Unlock Your Other Wing And Soar

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

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 life that we truly grow.

Mentorship Helps Close The Management Gender Gap

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

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.

5 Traits Of Successful Business Women

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

I've had the privilege of working with motivational women for years and being included in this category is truly humbling. Being a career woman myself I often am asked the secrets to success.

Why The Word "Failure" Is Not In My Vocabulary

Dina Pestonji | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

The opposite of "success" is NOT failure. If you don't succeed -- you have GAINED a learning opportunity.

How I Went From Snowy Slopes To The Corporate Ladder

Emily Brydon | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Business
Emily Brydon

One of the hard realities of retiring so young from such a competitive industry is that your personal identity is often so intertwined with your professional personality that it's hard to separate the two. I found myself asking "who am I, if not the skier?" It was like starting from scratch.

How To Break Architecture's Glass Ceiling: Start At Home

Lisa Bate | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Business
Lisa Bate

Many traditionally male-dominated industries in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are implementing new policies and actively trying to attract women to the field. Finding a sustainable work-life balance as a professional woman is a struggle many face, regardless of industry. But the attitude towards women in architecture needs to shift to remove barriers to success, increase diversity in leadership and motivate the industry to design for a better future.

Do Women Use Their Looks To Get Ahead In Business?

Deepi Harish | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Business
Deepi Harish

My female entrepreneur friends and I have discussed this in the past. This topic seems to somehow seep into our conversations from time to time. What does it mean to use your looks in business? How does that work? In general, we know humans respond well to good looking people. That's a fact. Being pretty can bring out opportunities and get people's attention.

Practicing Inclusion In Our Daily Lives Will Help End The Hate

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

What makes us hate has been theorized since the beginning of time. Shakespeare wrote about hate and violence. But what is rarely discussed is what we need to do beyond the wailing and the gnashing of teeth. It all starts with how we run our business, our schools and our governments.

When The Little Voice In Your Head Isn't Helping

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada
Betty Ann Heggie

Mostly, your subconscious is an obliging, industrious little helper that has your best interests at heart. It really wants to be of assistance, busily...

Why The World Of Employment Will Never Be The Same

Sonia Desrosiers | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Business
Sonia Desrosiers

In recent years, the world of employment has evolved to such an extent that it will never be the same. The workforce is aging, new technologies are changing the way we do things, globalization reduces the effects of borders and the availability of information promotes competitiveness. These conditions have triggered several significant changes that are transforming the employment industry.

Boomers: Rewire Yourselves Or Die

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Nancy A. Shenker

Other people my age seem to have "missed the memo" about technology, entrepreneurship, and active aging. They spend hours complaining about how the world has changed, how tough millennials are to work with, and how much their muscles and bones hurt. I try to either inspire or avoid those people.

4 Business Benefits Of Being Unapologetically Yourself

Cheryl Muir | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Business
Cheryl Muir

It's tough to brand your business when you're constantly thinking about how you "have to" sound. What about if your brand was just who you are? What a radical concept. Making decisions on photography, logos and messaging becomes immensely easier when all you have to do is choose what best represents you as a human being.

Do Single Women Have The Upper Hand In Business?

Cheryl Muir | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

I find it damn easier to build my empire when I don't have to think about anyone but myself. Selfish? Maybe. Productive? You bet your last joint account dollar it is.

The Yin And Yang Of Managing Your Life And Work

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

The duality of the roles we play in our lives, as professionals and as moms, wives and daughters is something that most women accept. What we've rejected thankfully, is that we notion that we need to adopt masculine archetypes at the office and feminine personas at home to be successful in each respective domain.