Women in Business

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.

Flip The Script On The Negative Voice In Your Head

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

The voice in your head so badly wants to be the all-knowing wizard that it labels, judges, exaggerates and takes things personally, all in an effort to control. Labeling and judging people and circumstances makes us feel as though we have a handle on them and so the voice obliges, evaluating, slotting and categorizing.

My Family And Culture Helped Shape The Leader I Am Today

Jeet Dhillon | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
Jeet Dhillon

My mother's experiences encouraged me to get my MBA and my CFA and to then pursue a career within the financial industry. Throughout my life she reinforced the importance of education at all stages in life. But what's more is that her knowledge and personal experiences that inspired my drive to create a legacy that I wanted for myself and for my own children.

Challenging Assumptions About Female Entrepreneurs

Clare Beckton | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
Clare Beckton

Women Entrepreneurs are ambitious and want to grow their businesses according to a new study released on Tuesday. Current and past Literature and reports have resulted in a general assumption that women entrepreneurs are risk averse, thereby impacting their ability to obtain necessary capital for startup and growth.

It's Time We Valued Motherhood In The Workplace

Rachel Schipper | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Schipper

Motherhood is often treated as something we can do on the side, while we keep charging ahead with our preconceived plans about what other parts of our lives will look like. The thing is, none of us actually know what we're getting into. We are out of our minds to think that caregiving and child rearing are invisible, background and secondary.

Tech Companies Are Well Positioned To Advance Gender Equality

Andrea Stairs | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Business
Andrea Stairs

Clearly, a STEM education is not the only way to work in or lead a technology company. So while we work to get more women enrolled in STEM programs, we can also work to increasing gender diversity in the tech sector by attracting women with a variety of backgrounds at all levels. It all comes down to a change in culture.

What Happens When We Pass The Point Of Gender Parity?

Bob Ramsay | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living
Bob Ramsay

The stereotypical argument against gender parity for women is that there just aren't enough of them who are qualified to do X. The stereotypical argument against gender parity for men is the opposite: that "women's work" isn't as attractive or well-paying. But the prejudices and economics that propped up both those arguments are falling fast.

How To Build A Quality Professional Network

Kelly Lovell | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

Many professionals emphasize networking and strategies to build networks, however, there is little focus on network maintenance. The best networks are the ones we can call on for support when needed. For example, are we comfortable asking for a favour from someone we spoke to once at a party a year ago? In this case, the quality of the relationship is more important than the number of contacts in the address book.

5 Ways Women In Tech Can Advance Their Career Trajectory

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

When it comes to women in tech, we know there needs to be a shift in attitude. Especially for females first entering and aiming to follow a progressive career path. While many emerging into the industry from technology programs worldwide, once in their field, there is still little advancement into upper management positions.

Why Women Should Ignore Fear And Saddle Up Anyways

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

From earliest childhood girls are cautioned about taking risks while boys are encouraged to court danger and seek new experiences. It is a socialization pattern women need to overcome to reach their true potential. Only by ignoring fear and taking action, will women find leadership courage.

4 Ways We Can Close The Gender Gap In Our Lifetime

Jim Lightbody | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Business
Jim Lightbody

2133 is when the World Economic Forum is predicting global gender parity. And it's back to the future on wages. Only now in 2016 are women earning the amount men did in 2006. Despite the gloomy prediction and statistic, I believe the gender gap can and will be closed within my lifetime.

How To Coach Women To Build Their Self-Confidence

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

The key to building self-confidence is repeated practice coupled with persistence. Help women on your team overcome self-doubt by inviting them to contribute to the conversation, whether they are in classroom or the boardroom.

This Is Why We Are Still Talking About The Gender Wage Gap

Hank Beekhuis | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Business
Hank Beekhuis

Gendered pay inequality is more than just an injustice. It negatively impacts the health and welfare of Canadian families. It undermines the potential for growth and competitiveness in Ontario's economy by withholding financial resources from the very people who manage their household finances.

How To Create A Magnetic Leader

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Whether you are a man or a woman, you have both masculine and feminine energy in you. Your job is to coax these energies out, embrace them and express yourself through them. Both men and women have been socialized to believe that it is all about proficiency, but as we've seen, the results of competent individuals, who are not considered likeable, can be viewed as subpar.