Women in Business

Leadership Skills Learned From Cinderella

Jen Lawrence | Posted 03.17.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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.

Tips For Women on How to Handle Their Wealth

Cindy Crean | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Living
Cindy Crean

What should women expect in terms of a financial plan? The plan should include a cash flow projection -- this means how much money you earn and spend in a month, a net worth statement -- which are your assets minus your liabilities, as well as a projection of your net worth throughout their lifetime.

Why Female Experts Are Quoted Less Than Male Experts -- And How To Change That

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

Female experts are quoted less often than their male counterparts in newspapers and on TV. Why? Because many women falsely believe someone else knows their area of expertise better than they do. This prevents them from stepping into the spotlight that they have earned and deserve.

Want to Get Ahead as a Woman? Follow Reese Witherspoon's Movie Lead

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

There are a number of lessons here for women. First, we have the capability to independently take our own journeys (metaphorically and in reality). We don't need a man. Next, we need to adjust our thinking about the events in our lives. Too often we ruminate on what we could have done differently or measure ourselves by an unachievable external bar, set way too high.

Lessons Learned on This Woman's Career Journey

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

For many successful women, their careers are journeys that don't always turn out the way they planned -- often in a good way. If success and learning are your goals, it's your job to leverage what you learn at each stage of your journey. Here's my best advice on how to do that.