WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Leading successfully in today’s environment
Hon. Sandra Jansen (Keynote Speaker)
Minister of Infrastructure
Government of Alberta
Using power effectively
Women in leadership roles can empower themselves and others. By using power effectively, women leaders can both manage their own lives and serve the greater public good. In this presentation, the Honourable Sandra Jansen will talk about the challenges and opportunities faced by women in politics.
- • Connecting with others
- • Building networks of support
- • Serving the public interest
Women empowering other women
We live – and work – in a world, in professions, where notwithstanding the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, sexism and gender bias are alive and well. Now, more than ever, empowerment of women – and ownership by women – matter. While weighing in on where we are and have been, Sharon Roberts will discuss the roles of resilience and mindfulness in professional success and personal well-being.
- • Where are we and how did we get here?
- • Resiliency: Yes, it can be learned!
- • Mindfulness: The critical path to staying whole and moving forward
Donna-Joy (DJ) Tuplin
Vice President, Infrastructure Advisory Services
Ernst & Young – Edmonton
Setting and achieving goals
Goals – why do we need to set them and how do we achieve them? To have success, a goal needs to be specific, realistic and relevant with an obtainable target date to not invite procrastination, or be discouraging. Long-term goals will need short-term goals to define the steps to large-scale achievements. In this session, DJ Tuplin will discuss:
- • The value of a goal
- • The journey
- • The reward
Vice President, Acquisitions
Leading through change
After an acquisition, employee engagement can drop as much as 50% and take up to three years to recover to pre-acquisition engagement levels. Change can feel uncertain, unstable and unnerving. Since 1994, Stantec has completed 124 acquisitions and has grown from 800 employees to 22,000. With growth comes an immense amount of change – in systems, processes, organizational design, and leadership. Kenna Houncaren will share her experiences in leading through change and offer her observations on how to best position:
- • Your organization
- • Your teams
- • Yourself
For success is not only preparing for change, but leading through the journey.
Director of Enforcement and Permits
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
Creating impact through volunteerism
Professional Development is founded in continual learning and development of a person’s skills, attributes and knowledge. These can be learned both on the job and within everyday life. Volunteering is a way to not only give back and be part of a different community, but also a way to practice and learn skill sets that will help you in the workplace.
- • Hear how Jessica went from a very shy introverted person into a strong female leader in a male dominated industry and how volunteering was a part of that journey
- • Understand the value proposition around volunteering, not only to your current employer, but for your own self development
- • Learn about how volunteering fits into the traits that lead to happiness in your life
Dr. Neil Fassina
While one of the most commonly employed tools we use everyday, negotiation is also one of the most underdeveloped and at times poorly utilized skills we have. Like any successful strategy, negotiating requires focused preparation, assessment and practice. This presentation will address the following elements:
- • Finding your personal negotiating style
- • Developing and implementing a negotiation strategy
- • Dealing with difficult situations
Vice President, Quality, People and Regulatory Affairs
Employee engagement: A critical leadership challenge
It’s not hard to sell the point that employee engagement is critical in today’s competitive and fast moving environment. Many organizations describe their employees as their most valuable asset and yet surveys, Gallup polls and other research continue to report dismal statistics on employee engagement. The concept of employee engagement is not new; there are stacks of literature to provide guidance on how to create the perfect program/strategy. Why do we struggle to get it right? Have we made this too complicated? As leaders, are we focused on the right things? This presentation will explore creating employee engagement through alignment of:
- • Communication
- • Decision-making
- • Accountability
Dr. Deborah Saucier
Diversity and inclusion strategies: How to measure success
Diversity (the blend of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives people bring to our organizations) and inclusion (how we make that blend work) are not buzzwords. They are not about metrics and quotas. And they are not boxes to check. Cultivating and embracing diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do – for all of us. Doing it well means digging into the core of our organizations, and the values that guide us. It’s about making sure those values acknowledge the importance of different points of view and perspectives, appreciate openness and encourage respectful dialogue. But how? In this session, we’ll take a deeper look at diversity and inclusion in terms of:
- • Setting the groundwork
- • Potential pitfalls
- • Measuring success
Vice-President, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness
Edmonton International Airport
The art of self-care
As women, and as women-leaders, basic self-care is one of those essentials that gets set aside because we often put others’ needs ahead of our own. We may even perceive it as a luxury rather than an essential need. But what if our mindset could shift? What if we started to view self-care, just as we view brushing our teeth, or washing our hands? In this presentation, Kirstan Jewell will address:
- • Being mindful of our needs
- • Meeting our needs
- • Ensuring we can do the same for others
Nothing runs on an empty tank!
Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Development
Alberta Pensions Services Corporation
Tamara Janzen has over 20 years of progressive management experience and has worked in various Human Resources (HR) roles since 2005. As the Chief People Officer at APS, Tamara Janzen has responsibility for the organization’s human resources strategy and activities, including organizational development, succession planning, employee engagement, benefits and compensation, staffing, and promoting a values based culture. During her tenure at Alberta Pensions Services, Tamara has been the champion of the organizational values, has introduced Appreciative Inquiry as a means of strategic planning and program development and has worked with a team to introduce a leadership development program. Tamara holds an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University, is certified in ProSci (ADKAR) change management and is a certified True Colors Facilitator. Tamara enjoys various volunteer activities such as one on one mentorship, small group leadership, speaking engagements and has served as a board member for several charitable organizations over the last 20 years.
Chief Financial and Administration Officer
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
Sharilee Fossum is an organization builder and change agent. A versatile C-suite executive, she has been privileged to lead in profit and non-profit organizations and participate in establishing new crown corporations in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Following several years as CFO and Interim CEO at Northlands, Sharilee has continued to contribute in senior financial and operational leadership roles within key organizations in Edmonton. Sharilee has a Business Diploma from Red Deer College, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Regina. She is a designated accountant (CPA), and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is a member of Financial Executives International (Edmonton) and the MacEwan University Accounting and Finance Advisory Committee. A sought after volunteer, Sharilee uses her skills and experience to serve as a board member of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Telus World of Science Edmonton, Alberta’s Jubilee Auditoria, and the Red Deer College Foundation.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:55 AM – 4:30 PM
Union Bank Inn
10053 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
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Early Bird deadline: March 6, 2018
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What attendees are saying!
“I took a lot of notes and will take the advice of many of the speakers and lead differently (better!) as a result.”
– KAREN ADAMS, former CEO, Alberta Pensions Services Corporation
“I have many great ideas to bring back to work. I feel inspired as a woman in leadership.”
– KIMBERLY BENEDICT, ESP Focal Point – Production Leadership Team, Shell Canada
“Practical things that I can apply back at the office, as well as personal learning on my own effectiveness as an employee and as a leader.”
– EDREA COX, Director, Enterprise People & Leadership Development, ATB Financial
“Reflection. Shared learning for my team.”
– PATTI HERGOTT, Dean, Faculty of Foundational, Career & Intercultural Studies, NorQuest College
“The choice of speakers and topics was timely, relevant and inspiring. My best day for a long time.”
– SHERI WRIGHT, VP Stakeholders Relations & Communications, Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan Corp.