WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Succeeding in today’s complex environment
Hon. Karen Casey (Keynote Speaker)
Minister of Finance and Treasury Board
Government of Nova Scotia
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 Karen Casey will talk about the challenges and opportunities faced by women, especially those in politics.
- • Connecting with others
- • Building networks of support
- • Serving the public interest
Chief Operating Officer
Dockside Investco Inc.
Diversity and inclusiveness as a cultural value
“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.” – Catherine Pulsifer, Author. The differences may be visible or invisible and can include those related to gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion and beliefs, but might also include differences in working patterns, aspirations, personal style, culture and background. Diversity is what we do about it and why. In this presentation, Alexandra McCann will discuss diversity and inclusiveness in language, innovation and leadership.
- • Different communication styles and use of language impact the way we see each other and how we work together
- • The value of diverse and inclusive populations in innovation and problem solving
- • The benefits and value of supporting diversity at the top, women and minorities
Vice President, Practice Services and Indigenous Relations
Women empowering women: A case study of Women@Stantec
One of the most rewarding parts of Denise Pothier’s job as a female leader at Stantec is to promote leadership in diversity and see support systems and initiatives grow within the company. During her time working with Stantec, Denise has watched the Employee Resource Group (ERG), Women@Stantec, develop into the successful, dynamic, and powerful initiative that it is today. As a company, Stantec strives to design with community and creativity in mind. A commitment to this purpose and promise is enhanced by encouraging the formation of programs and services that foster and promote growth in diversity and inclusion.
- • The importance of having female mentors and support systems (particularly, working in STEM)
- • The value of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and other ‘grassroots’ initiatives within large companies/organizations
- • Strengthening the cultures of quality and innovation through empowering and promoting a diverse employee base
Vice President, Finance and Strategy
Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation
Choosing your attitude
Attitude gets projected on to those around us. It is a reflection of who we are and how others interpret us. In a world increasingly focused on immediacy for decision-making, the way we start our day and the attitude we choose at its outset, sets the stage for how we approach the events that await us. Learning to monitor your attitude allows you to positively impact your work performance, your relationships and those around you. The moments you take to define your attitude act as stepping-stones to fulfilling your goals. In this presentation, we will explore:
- • How attitude affects your performance
- • Using attitude to define your experiences
- • Understanding the role attitude plays in reaching your goals
Nancy G. Rubin, Q.C.
Body language and leadership effectiveness
“You shake hands like a lawyer,” said Nancy Rubin’s brother-in-law recently after a cribbage game. Was that a compliment or an insult? We are both consciously and unconsciously affected by the body language of people we deal with. We gravitate toward and respond to people whose body language reveals them to be leaders.
- • What your body language signals about you
- • Habits to eliminate from your professional demeanor
- • How to establish an effective leadership presence through body language
Building a leadership team for the times
Organizational success is attributed to our people. When leaders challenge their team by setting high but attainable standards and expectations, and provide them with the support, tools, training, and latitude to pursue those objectives, employees become great performers. In times of multigenerational teams, how do we maintain an engaged and talented workforce? This session will touch on:
- • One vision
- • Culture
- • Attraction and retention
Grant Thornton LLP
Community leadership in today’s business world
In helping out your community, you make the choice to make a difference. By donating your time, energy, and skills, you not only contribute to your community, you also improve yourself. In this presentation, Katrina Beach will share her diverse experience as a volunteer in several organizations.
- • Choosing the causes
- • How you can make a difference
- • What’s in it for your organization
President and CEO
Demonstrating transparent leadership
Organizations are experiencing one of the most innovative and critical periods of unprecedented technological change. Innovation ushers in new business opportunities for organizations to enhance their customers’ experience, offer new products and services, and improve operations. But change creates challenges and risks. What values guide your organizations’ decisions? How prepared is your organization for the pending risks ahead? This session will focus on how leaders can be more transparent by demonstrating:
- • Confidence
- • Authenticity
- • Values based leadership
Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources Consulting
Women in succession and development of high potential talent
Participants in this session will learn strategies to bring fresh, innovative and diverse perspectives to the leadership of their organizations by tapping into existing talent within the business. Succession planning is often overlooked or not fully evaluated as part of the talent management strategy. By adopting a proactive and deliberate approach to identification and cultivation of emerging leaders within an organization, you gain access to a pipeline of talent, people who know and support the organization’s mission, values and strategy, and are committed to making a long-term and often transformational impact. Succession planning is a key retention strategy for top employees. Done well, it aligns employees’ ambitions with the organization’s success. This session is important for women leaders in:
- • Family-owned businesses
- • Private and publicly traded companies
- • Public institutions
- • Non-for-profit sector
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
A senior marketing and communications professional, Martha Stevens joined Atlantic Lottery in September 2016 as Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Previous to joining Atlantic Lottery, Martha was the interim CEO with Tourism Nova Scotia, while also fulfilling the role Director of Marketing. Over the course of 18 years, she held Marketing and Customer Care leadership roles with NBTel, Prexar LLC (a Bell Aliant startup Internet service provider) and Bell Aliant in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Maine. Martha holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, is certified bilingual, and is an active community volunteer with various organizations such as Destination Halifax, TASA Minor Hockey Association, Halifax County United Soccer, and various cancer fund-raising organizations. Martha resides in Halifax with her husband Robert, three children Hannah (20), Jane (18), Jake (13) and golden retriever Bella.
Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada
Sarah Young is happiest when she’s navigating challenging issues and complex opportunities, and working on projects that have the potential to engage and improve her community. As the Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada for NATIONAL Public Relations, Sarah provides insight and counsel to regional, national and international CEOs, organizations, and teams. She believes in an integrated approach to communications – applying a seamless blend of traditional public relations, creative strategy and tactics, and digital tools for her clients. Her expertise in stakeholder and community relations, public engagement and coalition building has earned the trust of clients from coast to coast. Many clients have received national and international awards as a result of their collaboration with NATIONAL. Sarah currently serves as a director on the boards of the Nova Scotia Community College, Phoenix Youth, Waterfront Development Corporation, the Mount Allison University Board of Regents, and she sits on the YMCA for Greater Halifax/Dartmouth Board of Honorary Trustees. She has previously served on the boards of the Halifax Partnership, the YMCA for Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, and NovaKnowledge. Sarah was on the founding committees of the inaugural Blue Nose International Marathon and the Not Since Moses, a run on the Bay of Fundy ocean floor. Recently Sarah was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs. She was a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™, which annually honours 40 Canadians under the age of 40 for vision, leadership, innovation, achievement and community involvement. She is also an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference (involving 200 Canadians, chosen from diverse backgrounds in business, labour and the public sector to contribute perspectives on the future of Canada). Sarah is certified by the U.S.-based Institute for Crisis Management and by IAP2 for Public Participation. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) from Mount Allison University, and a Master of Arts degree from Concordia University.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Thursday, May 24, 2018
8:55 AM – 4:30 PM
1990 Barrington Street, Halifax
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Early Bird deadline: March 31, 2018
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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
“The conference was a day full of inspiring messages from women leaders that had me critically thinking about my leadership landscape and a new strategic pathway to best leverage my strengths.”
– ADRIENNE POWER, Olympian