WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Successful leadership in today’s business environment
Janet Wood (Keynote Speaker)
Global HR Leader, Office of the CEO
Lessons learned on the path to leadership
All of us want to be the best we can be every day. We want to make an impact and have a career that is purposeful, interesting and rewarding. How can you make sure you get the opportunity to achieve such a career? The ‘hard skills’ are important but what about the ‘soft skills’? How can they help set you apart and accelerate your path to leadership? In this session we will discuss:
- • How to be perceived as a leader before you have the title
- • Key behaviours that can make the difference between having a job and having an amazing career
- • Why trust is a foundation to a successful career and how to make it part of your brand
Chief Information Officer
University of British Columbia
Communicating in times of change
Technology change is impacting business models, structures, and relationships, creating new opportunities but also profound changes in the work we do, our social interaction, and almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives. The pace of change in our work environment can feel dizzying. Our role as leaders is to help the people in our organizations successfully navigate the changes ahead. Communication and engagement is critical to connecting and supporting people through these changes. This session will provide insights into some of the challenges and successes based on the speaker’s experience communicating to a diverse audience, and approaches to engage stakeholders during times of significant change.
- • What are some of the barriers to hearing the message and how to overcome them?
- • How do you authentically communicate to people about change if you don’t know what the outcome may be?
- • What techniques work best?
Vice President Regulatory and Corporate Affairs
Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA)
Knowing when to listen
We are drawn to others not just by what they say, but also by what they don’t say and by the feeling of being “heard”. Effective, engaging leaders intuitively apply strategic thinking, good time management, and self-awareness for knowing when to listen, and they make the conscious effort to:
- • Select what or who needs to be listened to
- • Schedule time to listen
- • Willingly adjust natural behaviour to encourage others to speak; be it by stilling chatter or appearing more “present”
- • Honestly being open to learning about a new perspectives or new information
Assistant Auditor General
Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia
Managing yourself through change
Change is a constant. It can be positive or negative, anticipated or unexpected, but regardless of the change, individuals respond predictably. Emotions move from denying that the change will affect them, to resisting the change and feeling frustrated, to accepting exploring and engaging in new ways of working. In this session, Sheila Dodds will share her personal experiences managing through three different types of organizational changes:
- • A change in government offices: from a ministry to an Independent Office of the Auditor General
- • A change in leaders: from John Doyle to Carol Bellringer
- • A change in government: from Liberal to NDP
Radha D. Curpen
Vancouver Managing Partner, Co-Head of Aboriginal Law
Bennett Jones LLP
Bringing out the best in others
Bringing out the best in others can be a leader’s most rewarding accomplishment. Helping to make people better than they thought they were – at the individual and team level – is powerful and incredibly meaningful. To achieve this, it takes understanding, work, patience and trust. Leaders need to:
- • Sense what peoples’ needs are, both in business and on a personal level
- • Have people genuinely feel like they are a part of a bigger cause
- • Also bring out the best in our communities and our country
Vice President / Managing Partner, Saskatchewan & British Columbia
David Aplin Group
Leading diverse teams
Awareness of diversity issues in the workplace is no longer a choice for leaders. We are challenged with leading groups of people from various backgrounds, and with wide-ranging experiences and aspirations. Our teams are made up of various genders, cultures, races, and are ranging in age (noting, more generations than ever before are coming together in the workplace). Add in the complication of location and our role as leaders is a seriously tough job. We’ll look to:
- • Gain a greater understanding of the importance of diversity and its relationship with inclusion and why they have merged as critical business issues
- • Explore better methods of engaging our Millennial Leaders and support their growth in our organizations
- • Understand how as leaders we can leverage diversity and inclusion and explore the key competencies required for leading a diverse team
President and CEO
Coast Capital Savings
Leading a leadership team for the times
Today’s workplace is diverse – comprised of employees aged 18 to 60+ with a wide range of skills, interests, and values. How does a CEO build a leadership team to inspire the entire organization? What do today’s leaders need to say and do in order achieve an organization’s Purpose? Don Coulter’s session will share insight on the following:
- • What role does your organization’s Purpose play in guiding the leadership team?
- • How do you promote a culture where all employees feel empowered to be leaders?
- • How do CEOs tackle the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities to build a leadership team that is right for the organization?
Partner, Financial Services Leader-BC Region
The role of confidence in success and achieving results
Hard work, effort, goal setting and of course competence are critical to achieving results. However, these are simply not enough! Confidence is often the secret ingredient that truly drives success. Jessica Macht will share her personal and professional experiences from a 17-year career in professional services, which includes coaching both men and women for career success.
- • The role of confidence in success
- • Balancing feedback and reflection to learn from our mistakes rather than second guessing
- • The importance of risk and failure
- • Giving up perfectionism and fostering confidence
Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver Community
Vancouver Coastal Health
Taking smart risks
Playing safe is not an option in today’s business environment. As Eleanor Roosevelt said: “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” In this session, we will look at a variety of aspects of taking smart risks.
- • What is risk and what is smart risk?
- • How do you evaluate what is a smart risk vs. one that is not worth pursuing?
- • Why take smart risks – what are the rewards?
- • How do you create a culture within your organization of taking smart risks?
President and CEO
Transportation Investment Corporation
Irene Kerr has an accomplished track record. She has over 20 years of experience in the Transportation industry, and has held executive positions within the international multi-sport event industry. Irene is currently President and CEO of Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp), a B.C. Crown corporation dedicated to providing an innovative, customer-centric tolling solution and to investing and financing large transportation infrastructure projects. TI Corp operates and maintains the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, and is the authority for the new George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. Irene is leading the strategic direction for TI Corp as the organization takes on major transportation projects in B.C. She also heads a small but engaged workforce, and under her leadership, TI Corp has been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers in 2017. Before joining TI Corp, Irene was the Vice President of Games Services for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. In this position, Irene led the strategic and operational planning for five service functions, including the design of an integrated regional transportation plan. As part of the executive team, Irene oversaw the planning and delivery of venue logistics and client services. Previously, as part the Organizing Committee for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (VANOC), Irene served as Vice President, Services. In this position, Irene led the Olympic and Paralympic Transportation Team comprised of regional transportation agencies dedicated to planning and executing the Games-time transportation plan. In these roles, Irene demonstrated her skills in managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects, while also developing strong relations with all level of government and stakeholders.
Vice President, Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety
As Vice President of Human Resources (HR) and Environment Health and Safety (EH&S), Jody Drope oversees a team of more than 80 employees with an annual operating budget of $14.3 million. Under Jody’s stewardship, the HR and EH&S teams are accelerating FortisBC’s transformational efforts by developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and workplace safety. Delivering energy to FortisBC’s 1.1 million customers requires stringent safety and environmental practices compliant with all federal, provincial and municipal regulatory bodies. Jody leads FortisBC’s team of occupational health, safety and environmental professionals who provide field support for the company’s gas and electric operations as well as their major capital projects. In addition, Jody is developing FortisBC’s Sustainability Plan outlining the organization’s vision and measurable objectives with respect to sustainable business practices. Jody career has been predominantly in Human Resources where her experience leading organizational transformations has been a theme. Prior to her current role she was responsible for all human resource management functions, labour relations operations and talent management initiatives at FortisBC (electric utility). Earlier in her career, Jody held management roles in municipal governments for the City of Kelowna and City of Vernon. Jody earned her Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and holds a BC CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Thursday, November 23, 2017
8:55 AM – 4:30 PM
The Vancouver Club
915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
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What attendees are saying!
“Content was relevant. A day to pause, reflect and listen. A spa day for the brain!”
– NORAH ALEXANDRE, Director Regional Operations, Western Division, Intact Insurance
“I appreciated the opportunity to participate is such a well-executed program; the speakers were outstanding.”
– SANDRA L. CASE, Vice President, People & Business Performance, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
“I found this conference inspiring. The speakers were diverse and all had important messages; all were authentic and engaging. Very worthwhile.”
– AMANDA HOBSON, CFO & Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services, BCLC
“The quality of presenters was just so impressive. What a great day!”
– JESSICA MACHT, Partner, BC Region Financial Services Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
“I was inspired by the careers of the women I was surrounded by and learned I can be myself at the top. Authentic.”
– CHRISTY RIDOUT, Director, Corporate & Strategic Planning, BC Transit