WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Challenges and opportunities
Hon. Patricia Arab (Keynote Speaker)
Minister of Internal Services
Minister of Communications Nova Scotia
Employee mental health: Why does it matter and what can we do about it?
As leaders, we all understand the importance of having an engaged workforce. Organizational culture and leadership practices have a large impact on the mental and physical wellness of our employees. At any given time, one in five Canadians is suffering from mental illness, which means that it’s more important than ever for us to give priority to our mental health. It is important for us all to begin to look at our Mental health with the same emphasis which is placed on physical health – something that we can all improve upon and need to work at. In this presentation, Patricia Arab will show that, as leaders, we all have a role to play in creating work environments which contribute to employee well-being and support employees in prioritizing their own mental health and well-being.
- • Communicating the importance and impact of mental health and wellness
- • Creating environments where it’s OK to talk about mental health at work and at home
- • Discuss strategies that will provide strong foundations for employee wellness and engagement
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Leading in times of change
Staying competitive amid constant turbulence and disruption puts demands on marketers like never before. Drawing on experiences in the tourism and lottery industries, Martha Stevens will share insights and learnings on the impact of change, evolving customer experiences and the importance of a solid strategy.
- • Disruption leads to opportunities
- • Thriving in a world of constant change
- • Creating a culture of change
Laurel C. Broten
President and CEO
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Developing a culture of innovation
Innovation is critical to business productivity and competitiveness. Laurel Broten leads Nova Scotia Business Inc., an organization that embraces innovation to drive positive outcomes for its clients and for the benefit of all Nova Scotians. Since taking the helm of NSBI almost 3 years ago, Laurel has been driving an innovation agenda within NSBI, the result of which is a more energized team, better focus and improved overall impact. In this presentation, Laurel will discuss:
- • Driving an innovative culture
- • Getting innovation from idea to implementation
- • Why women leaders should embrace innovation
Tourism Nova Scotia
From strategy to action: How effective implementation of strategy can drive change
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates. When the Ivany Commission challenged Nova Scotia’s tourism industry to double annual tourism revenues from $2 billion in 2014 to $4 billion by 2024, it was clear that change was necessary. In this session, you’ll learn how Tourism Nova Scotia is tackling change through the implementation of its strategy. Tourism is a complex, multi-stakeholder environment, however strong leadership and a well-articulated strategic plan is changing the landscape and building a brighter future for Nova Scotians.
- • Have a clearly articulated goal and secure necessary support and buy-in
- • Define roles to maximize resources and reduce redundancy
- • Articulate the pillars of the strategy to all stakeholders
- • Regularly communicate progress toward the goal and continually encourage collaboration and engagement
President & CEO
CPA Nova Scotia
The ability to influence
We all influence others in our lives, and all have influencers, though we’re not always aware of these dynamics. In this session, we’ll look at what conditions lead one to be able to influence in work and other settings. In particular, we’ll look at:
- • The difference between influence, position, and power
- • What makes a person influential?
- • How to be a person of influence at work and in the community
Regional Vice President, Metro Halifax
RBC Royal Bank
Creating an impact through volunteerism
“Helping communities prosper.” It’s right there in RBC’s purpose statement, because they totally get the importance of healthy, sustainable communities to their business. Their employees bring this purpose to life every day by getting involved, individually and in teams, as passionate citizens of the communities where they live and work. But sometimes even the most effective, well-developed and entrenched programs need a jump-start. In this session, you will:
- • Better understand the business case for employee volunteerism through real life examples from Canada’s largest corporation
- • Learn strategies to create and enhance a corporate culture of volunteerism
- • Identify tactics to take your employee engagement from good to great
- • Internalize your role as a leader in a successful employee volunteer program
Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada
Bringing out the best in others
One of the most important and rewarding aspects of leading an organization is bringing out the best in others. It is a fundamental reality that no one achieves anything significant on their own, and it is vital that a leader has the ability to assemble great teams. NATIONAL is a highly collaborative environment and team dynamics are very important.
- • “Best teams” approach: recruiting top talent and giving them room to grow
- • Courage: to trust the people around you, to know when to get out of the way, and when to step in
- • Living lab: creating an environment so people can thrive, innovate, and, sometimes fail
Dr. Arig al Shaibah
Vice Provost, Student Affairs
Promoting leadership in diversity
In Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work, Daryl G. Smith asserts that: “…while the diversity literature emphasizes diversity in leadership, the general research on leadership is rather silent on the role of diverse people and also what kinds of competence it takes to lead in a pluralistic society” (p. 2015). Dr. Arig al Shaibah will discuss competencies that lend more effective leadership in increasingly diverse and global contexts, as well as organizational capacities that facilitate change. Her research and professional experience has shed light on individual and institutional barriers with which leaders grapple when attempting to promote diversity, inclusion and equity. She suggests that moving from rhetorical commitments to real change requires an awareness of and engagement with several crucible concepts, which will be discussed.
- • Intercultural competency for leadership in diversity
- • Organizational capacity to advance diversity, inclusion and equity
- • Crucible concepts for change leadership
Reference: Smith, D.G. (2015). Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work, 2nd edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.
Vice President, People and Organizational Development
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Effective decision-making: The core of effective leadership
Effective decision-making is more important than ever for organization integrity, productivity and success. Regardless of your role in the organization, you can make an impact with your decision-making style. Timely and appropriate communication of the decision will have a direct impact on whether the decision is effective. In this presentation, Carmelle d’Entremont will discuss:
- • Integrity is fundamental
- • Inputs to effective decision-making
- • Sharing your vision
Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Business Planning
Nova Scotia Power Incorporated
Be a leader that people will want to follow
One of the biggest compliments that Judith Ferguson have received over the course of her career is when an employee that she once worked with, but didn’t report to her, told her that they would “like to work for her someday, but until that happens, they were happy to follow her along.” When you think about aspiring to be in a leadership role, at any stage in your career, Judith would encourage you to think beyond the position or title, and to strive to be a leader that people will want to follow. But what does this really mean? One of the most helpful ways to really understand this is to position yourself on the receiving side of your leadership and ask yourself, “would I follow me if I didn’t have to?”
- • The difference between bosses we would jump through hoops for and aspired to be versus bosses that we had to follow because of their position
- • Understanding the connect (or “disconnect”) between what leaders feel they need to improve upon versus what their employees feel they need to focus on
- • What are the characteristics and actions that we can take to achieve this kind of leadership presence
Mary Dable Arab
BARA Management Group
Mary Dable Arab is President and Co-founder of BARA Management Group. She has earned a reputation as a dynamic leader who inspires others to go beyond what they think is possible. She is well known for thoughtfully planning out success roadmaps both in her recent venture as an Entrepreneur and as a former Vice President with Scotiabank. Prior to BARA Management Group, Mary was District Vice President at Scotiabank, overseeing retail banking and small business sales for North East Nova Scotia. This included executing on strategy development and managing overall performance and delivery of Scotiabank’s products and services to clients, and 400+ employees in 26 branches. Mary was recognized as a Trusted Leader and a ‘Woman on the Move’ within Scotiabank, as she held a wide variety of increasingly responsible positions, managing large business units, including National Director Customer Experience, Director Sales & Service for the Atlantic Customer Contact Center and Human Resource Management. She is also an active community volunteer, as a Board Member for Brigadoon Village, a Judge for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, and an active member of the Arthritis Society. She was recently named Outstanding Professional of the Year by the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Honorary Chair of the 2015 Cedar Festival in Halifax. Mary has a relentless curiosity, and is inspired by learning. She has studied ‘The Art & Practice of Leadership’, at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Advanced Executive Communications through Harvard’s Executive Education program. She has an affinity to the University of New Brunswick, where she holds a business degree and remains an active Alumnus as graduating class president. She lives happily in Halifax with her lovely 2 boys Oscar and Lucas and husband Philippe, and never takes her eye off what’s really important in life.
Sandermoen School of Business
University of Fredericton
Sheri McKillop is the Associate Dean of the Sandermoen School of Business, University of Fredericton. Sheri’s passion for online education led her to this role that combines a love of business and a passion for education. University of Fredericton is a fully online university delivering MBA, EMBA, Health and safety Certificates and Diplomas and most recently programming in Psychological Health in the Workplace. Sheri oversees all academic operations of the university. Sheri began her career as an entrepreneur, having started, grown, and sold two successful companies – a custom clothing company and a school for garment construction. Her next role as Chief Operating Officer of Unique Solutions included oversight of product and technology development including the initial body scanner. Following her role as COO, McKillop joined the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) as the Academic Chair of Business Programs. She quickly progressed through the organization, culminating in the role of Dean of the School of Business and the School of Applied Arts and New Media. In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures and business experience, McKillop holds a BHEc from Mount Saint Vincent University, an EMBA from University of Fredericton, and has just achieved candidacy status for her Doctorate of Business Administration at Northcentral University. McKillop has lectured nationally and internationally.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:45 AM - 4:10 PM
1990 Barrington Street, Halifax
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Early Bird deadline: September 22, 2017
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What attendees are saying!
“Helped me review and realize some of my priorities. Many things to think about. Fabulous day of learning and networking”
– Major DARLENE ANDERSON, The Salvation Army
“Loved spending time re-energizing and filling my ‘leadership’ battery with amazing and inspirational female leaders.”
– STEPHANIE CLARK, President, Black Star Wealth Partners
“New ideas for my own career. Built my confidence.”
– CHERYL DAWSON, Regional Vice President, BMO
“Very inspiring to hear from this group of women leaders. I can walk away from today with more confidence and make a difference in my own workplace.”
– RONDA FAULKNER, Senior Private Banker, The Bank of Nova Scotia
“It was inspiring to see genuine accounts of experience and have actionable takeaways.”
– TERRI MANN, Vice-President, Consulting Business Development, Business Development Bank of Canada