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Dina Vardouniotis

Accidental Banker | Data-Driven and Creative Marketer | Mom (not in that order)

Started my career in advertising, which led me to working in a MARCOM function at one of Canada's largest banks. From product management to marketing management to business development to relationship management, I've navigated an interested career path, including being self employed. Most recently, I worked for the Canadian division of one of the world's largest financial institutions that was acquired by a Canadian bank. My point of view comes from my unique career and personal experiences and my passion for supporting others in finding meaning in their work.
Are You Career Hacking Or Job

Are You Career Hacking Or Job Slacking?

Your time is the biggest resource that you have. How you manage it, is the value you offer your organization. Being productive is important and this is often measured by management in the output you document in performance reviews. What doesn't get documented however is the way you achieved those results.
10/26/2016 12:13 EDT
Are You Hiring Square Pegs To Fill Round

Are You Hiring Square Pegs To Fill Round Holes?

It takes more than change in dress code to make people believe that things will be different. It's about recognizing what the organization currently values, what people believe is to right and wrong, as well as the behaviours that have been ratified over time.
09/27/2016 05:10 EDT
The Yin And Yang Of Managing Your Life And

The Yin And Yang Of Managing Your Life And Work

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.
05/09/2016 11:47 EDT
Here's What Great Business Leaders Have In

Here's What Great Business Leaders Have In Common

Post the industrial revolution, the complexity of larger organizations brought about a plethora of skills that business person needed to have -- finance, people leadership, sales, marketing, relationship management, just to name a few. The concept of business leadership evolved.
04/12/2016 01:27 EDT
3 Ways To Build Yoga Principles Into Your Work

3 Ways To Build Yoga Principles Into Your Work Life

Yoga practice is as much about the mind, as it is about the body. The ritual of opening your practice with a dedication, moving through poses with intention and finally, finishing with gratitude is familiar to most who practice but here's we how could bring these concepts to the workplace.
03/15/2016 11:25 EDT
How to Pursue Professional

How to Pursue Professional Happiness

Nobody would argue that each of us are deserving of happiness. Most parents, despite layering on other expectations including self-sufficiency, want their children to be happy. But does happiness just happen or is it, indeed a pursuit?
07/28/2015 05:31 EDT
5 Ways to Have a Happy Work Life and be a Happy

5 Ways to Have a Happy Work Life and be a Happy Wife

It was Valentine's Day and no doubt that you were bombarded with tips on how to make the day perfectly romantic, how to convey your love or even how to get over the fact that you might be single. Instead, let's focus on the things that will enable you to have a happy work life and be happy wife at the same time.
02/16/2015 01:56 EST
Freedom of Speech Versus Freedom of Religion? Je Ne Suis Pas

Freedom of Speech Versus Freedom of Religion? Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

Through a western lens of the world, a cartoon is meant to amuse, mask an message or comment or provoke a discussion. Nothing should be off the table, right? However, an illustration of depicting child pornography, or homophobic message or antisemitic views are not innocuous, as they should not be.
02/06/2015 12:36 EST
3 Ways to Make Sure Your New Year's Resolutions

3 Ways to Make Sure Your New Year's Resolutions Succeed

So why do these resolutions fail every year? The reality is that an epic shift in life requires a bunch of changes in underlying behaviours. So instead of focusing on those small or incremental things, we attempt to undertake a big goal. Here are 3 ways to make sure you don't fail this year.
12/30/2014 07:02 EST
Would Your Daughter Want Your

Would Your Daughter Want Your Job?

If you ask your daughter (or son for that matter), if they would want your job or your life and they pause, maybe you should too. Just because you can do the impossible, doesn't mean you need to. A wise woman said, "I wasn't there all the time but I was there when it mattered most."
11/12/2014 05:56 EST
Anita Sarkeesian Proves We Still Need

Anita Sarkeesian Proves We Still Need Feminism

Somewhere along the way, we lost track of what the feminist movement stands for and what it doesn't. Just this week, a prominent feminist media critic, Anita Sarkeesian, cancelled a speaking engagement at the University of Utah to talk about the portrayal of women in video games, under threat of a "Montreal Massacre style attack." Really ladies...are we out of the woods yet?
10/17/2014 05:31 EDT
What Successful Working Moms Really Talk

What Successful Working Moms Really Talk About

The point is that working moms need a village to be successful. They need short-cuts and tips that make life easier. With precious little time at home, it's things like swifters and crockpots make a difference. If you don't have a support system that can help you find the things that can help you feel like a better mom, build one. It's worth it.
09/19/2014 11:19 EDT
Your Boss Has a Posse and You're Not In

Your Boss Has a Posse and You're Not In It!

Consistently, one of the top reasons that people leave their organizations is cited as their boss. Don't leave your relationship with your boss to chance. This is the most critical relationship you have in your workplace so spend time to think about the best strategies to build a productive working relationship that benefits you and most importantly your organization.
09/05/2014 03:59 EDT
What Labour Day Really Means to the Modern Day

What Labour Day Really Means to the Modern Day Worker

Arguably industrialization revolutionized the workplace, but so has digitization. Working smarter and faster does not always mean easier however. Expectations have increased. I remember working in advertising and spending countless hours faxing creative proofs to clients for approval.
08/29/2014 12:50 EDT
Stop Complaining About Self-Entitled Millennials in the

Stop Complaining About Self-Entitled Millennials in the Workplace

So who are these self-entitled and demanding employees? They're your kids! As you struggle to keep up-to-date on the latest technological innovation and manage the relentless stream of news sound bites by the second, you also busy playing the role of your millennial kids' career coaches and life counsellors for fear that they might move back home. So where did you go wrong?
07/31/2014 09:51 EDT
Why You'll Be Happier If You Stop Striving For 'Work-Life

Why You'll Be Happier If You Stop Striving For 'Work-Life Balance'

"Balance" suggests that women's role is to straddle both carefully ensuring that each side stays perfectly equal to one another. Am I the only one that pictures a teter totor (never, thought I'd have to put that word in print, let along look up the spelling), with a laptop and note book on one end and screaming children on the other?
03/20/2014 05:20 EDT