Women in Business

It's Time to Embrace Our Individuality and Love the Woman in the Mirror

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

We women face unnecessary scrutiny regarding our bodies. Those who weight-shame will often use the excuse that they are just concerned about our health; but rather, it stems from paternal, controlling judgement. We need to love the woman in the mirror, to embrace our individuality and celebrate our unique selves.

Business Is No Longer a Man's World

Bea Rhodes | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Business
Bea Rhodes

Back in the 1970s, there were few positive female role models as business leaders. We live in an information age, we need leaders who are great communicators, understand the need for team work, and can bring a nurturing spirit to the workplace. Women are naturally effective in these areas. Although women have not yet achieved quite the salary equity of men, nor rule the majority of Fortune 500 companies, this is all changing as women step into their natural leadership capacities. Good leadership does not require a particular gender, but an individual who has developed good character, integrity and wisdom.

5 Ways to Preserve Good Habits During a Transition

Jen Lawrence | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Whenever I talk to someone who is making a big career change such as going back to work after staying home with kids, or leaving the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, one of the key stressors is the loss of routine. Habit disruption adds to the stress of an already stressful time.

When Women Take Risks in Business

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Even though not every risk delivers the results we desire, one thing is certain: the biggest risk for a woman is to hold back and try to be one of the crowd. If we hide what makes us special and unique, our companies will suffer and so will our careers. It is a lost opportunity.

Leadership Skills Learned From Cinderella

Jen Lawrence | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

In an era where women are still struggling to be recognized and paid for their leadership skills, it is a frustrating message that one's best shot at elevating her status is to wait patiently for opportunity to appear. Rather than sitting around waiting for a Fairy Godmother to magically deliver your next promotion, here are five movie-inspired steps you can take to prove you are a capable leader and elevate your status at work.

A Letter to Our Daughters About Their Future Careers

Jenny Fagg | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Business
Jenny Fagg

As I sit and write this letter to our daughters -- our future leaders -- I recognize that women are increasingly visible in leadership roles. However we have a long way to go to achieve equality, particularly at the most senior levels of leadership.

How To Create a Standout Resume After Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

Jen Lawrence | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Going back to work after taking time off to stay at home with your kids can be a daunting experience. By following these six tips, you can fill the resume gap with the unique skills you developed while staying at home and be on the way to landing your dream career.

It's Time to Increase Opportunities For Women in Engineering Schools

Janusz A. Kozinski | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada
Janusz A. Kozinski

Canada has an opportunity to take the lead just as we have in so many other issues of equality and fairness. The time for excuses has long elapsed. Engineers, and schools in particular, need to be prepared to take a long hard look inwards to the often unconscious prejudices and biases that have remained untouched for too long.

Sex & Work: Why The Two Should Never Mix

Sarah Julien | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Julien

Anyone who has dealt with unwanted advances at work knows the feeling of shame that ensues. The truth is, I had no idea what to do. I had never talked about it, even with my most trusted female mentors. It is not the kind you can prepare for, it is all consuming.

6 Ways to Own Going Back to Work After an Absence

Jen Lawrence | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Once upon a time, you decided to take a few months away from your career to spend time with your new baby, or tend to a sick relative, or start your own business. Perhaps those months turned into years and you now find yourself wanting to return to the workforce. Don't despair. By following the six steps below, you can take control of the back-to-work process and will restart your career in no time.

A Former Dancer's Lesson in Finding Balance

Sandra Tisiot | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Business
Sandra Tisiot

My first career was as a dancer. Then, suddenly, that dream was over. About 10 years ago, the first incarnation of a more specific dream-within-a-dream began creeping tentatively from my mind. Spurred by that voice, my dream today takes the form of Ottawa's seventh annual Women in Business conference.

Female Leaders Do Make a Difference in the Public Service

Clare Beckton | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Clare Beckton

Over the years that I spent in various roles, I saw evidence of the impact in changing culture. Transformation of human resource policies made the path for women's advancement less fraught with pitfalls and unconscious bias. Images of women's role and abilities became more positive. I remember being told that I was very "ambitious" as if it was something to be ashamed of as a woman.

No Oscar Yet For Canada in Gender Equality at the Top

Jay Rosenzweig | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jay Rosenzweig

By coincidence, just as the Academy Awards were being handed out, our executive recruitment firm, Rosenzweig & Company, was getting ready to release its 10th annual Report on Women at the Top Levels of Corporate Canada. The findings show that wage equality, while important, is just part of the issue. The reality is that even if women in Canada achieve complete wage equality at every level, there are far too few women in the highest paid corporate executive positions positioned to reap that reward.

Being on Reality TV Taught Me that Your Story Can Limit You

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Each of us has a story about who we are, the work we do, the people we love, or even why we arrive late to the office. We live each day according to these stories, seeing and believing the information that reinforces them and ignoring the rest. My participation in the reality TV show, "Who Lives Here?," precipitated this a-ha moment for me.

Stop Referring to Female Entrepreneurs as "Risk-Averse"

Clare Beckton | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Business
Clare Beckton

It's time to challenge the label that women are risk averse. Why do we assume that risk taking as defined by male approaches is always a positive approach in business or anywhere else for that matter? It is time that we really looked at the whole question of how women see risk and the impact of the differing perspectives and stop simply judging them against male standards.

The #1 Question Entrepreneurs Should Ask

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

"What should I do?" This is the # 1 question I get as a coach. It's the question that leaves hordes of smart people stuck in a limbo of analysis p...

How To Use Mentoring As a Business Development Tool

Mary Donohue | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Mentoring is seen as the heated steering wheel in your next car. Nice to have but you could live without it. It's not airbags or anti-lock brakes of the business world. But it can be standard equipment, just as formerly high-end safety features are standard on the cheapest of cars.

This Year, Let Go of Perfectionism

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

On my desk is a glass paperweight with an important question carved on one side. "What would you do if you had no fear?" it says. Seeing the inquiry, a friend asked for my response, and without hesitation I answered, "Give up perfectionism." She casually suggested that that would be a good New Year's resolution, and I felt the fear rise in my chest. Could I be successful in the world without trying to attain perfection?

How to Have What you Want or Want What You Have

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

A story never told... I have not told this story to anyone, even my closest friends, so this is a bit of a stretch into the vulnerability matrix, ev...

How To Sail Though This Holiday Season

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

To make the most of your energy you need to know yourself. What people, places and situations give you energy and which ones take it away? In the same way that the successful sailor stops to feel the wind, you must feel your energy. What energizes each of us it is different and there are no right or wrong answers. What catches my sail might leave you stranded at the dock.

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Zeppieri

With the help of Kumpf, UNDP and the UN Foundation, I have compiled a list of some easy ways that you can take action today to help "paint the world orange" and promote gender equality in your workplace.

Canadian Women Aren't Striving For Top Positions In Business Anymore

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living

Women in Canada are increasingly finding senior positions in companies unattractive, and in some cases, have stopped vying for them altogether. In ...

Break Down That Workplace Gender Bias With These Simple Tips

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

The guys I worked with teased me. They saw me as a hospitable female underling, lucky to be included at a sales meeting. I continued to disarm them with copious levels of service and their unconscious bias prevented them from seeing me as competition. By 1989, I was promoted to be a Vice President in head office and had leap frogged over most all of the guys in that meeting!

Raise Your Voice: How Lunch With Arlene Dickinson Changed The Conversation On Sexual Harassment

Carolyn Lawrence | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Business
Carolyn Lawrence

Arlene is one of the most successful women in our country, a celebrity entrepreneur, a voice for women and a voice for entrepreneurs. She picked our forum to use that voice: Not only to address a topic that is top of mind for our nation, but also to share her own personal experiences of being sexually harassed.

The 10 Money Fears that Block Women From Wealth

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As a therapist I have worked with many successful women who have the "fraud syndrome," where they think they do not deserve the success they are experiencing and that somebody somehow will find out that they are faking it. There are also those who are suspicious of success and power. Here are some of the common blocks and defeating thoughts that women commonly experience.