Women in Business

A Gender-Equal Workplace Is A Healthy Workplace

Charles Benayon | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Business
Charles Benayon

A large part of wellness is equality. When an organization develops feelings of pride, trustworthiness and respect, as well as welcoming ideas and building good fellowship, it will encourage women to move past the glass ceiling and create a foundation that can reduce stress and mental-health issues in the workplace.

International Women's Day: A Commitment To Being Bold For Change

Abdullah Snobar | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Business
Abdullah Snobar

On International Women's Day, when countless statistics will be cited and discussed to highlight how far we've come towards gender equality, there's one number that keeps me awake at night. Twenty-one. Despite our best efforts as an incubator for tech startups in Canada, only 21 per cent of our founders are women.

Equality Starts With Giving Women The Confidence To Compete – And Win

Christy Clark | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Christy Clark

I'm often asked what we can do to reach true equality - a world where women and men were equally represented in everything from government to business. If I had to pick one single thing we could address, I'd say confidence. Simply put - men have it. Too often, women don't. On this International Women's Day it's important to celebrate and recognize successful women. Young women, girls need to see others succeeding in fields that traditionally have been dominated by men. It's important for young women to see other women in politics and government.

Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity In 2017 And Beyond

Jennifer Tory | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Business
Jennifer Tory

International Women's Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and contributions of women and how they continue to shape the future of women in leadership. There are two key areas that stand out in my mind that are crucial to moving the needle for women in leadership in the future.

Give Up Gender Stereotypes And Get Back To Business

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Current gender theory has shaped two distinct types of leaders. On one hand are women leaders who are expected to be collaborative, empathetic relationship builders, and on the other men who are expected to be assertive, action-oriented and focused on the bottom line.

Get Out Of Your Own Way

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Magnetism is not reserved for stars of the silver screen alone. It can be found amongst the people that we live and work with as well. So, what are some of the traits of those with presence? And what is that 'it' characteristic that makes people stand out in a crowded room?

4 Canadian Values That Have Guided My Success

Joanna Track | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Business
Joanna Track

I know I'm stating the obvious to my fellow Canucks, but there are a few tried-and-true Canadianisms that have served me well, both professionally and personally (and perhaps that Internet troll of a U.S. president-elect might consider trying them).

5 No-Nos For Business Networking

Sue Nador | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada
Sue Nador

This week I was on a panel at a professional association to talk about business networking. In my mind business networking is really no different than...

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.