WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Succeeding in an ever-changing world
Myrna Wiebe (Keynote Speaker)
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Access Credit Union Limited
Leading at any level of the organization
Leading at any level is about every person showing leadership in the work they do. As author Noel Tichy said: “Winning companies win because they have good leaders who nurture the development of other leaders at all levels of the organization.” Meeting this challenge requires team members to be engaged and invested.
- • From “doing” to “leading”
- • Fostering leadership opportunities at all levels of the organization
- • Leadership excellence
Dr. Christine E. Watson
Red River College
Creative leadership: Engagement beyond words
As leaders, we are often asked to express or “vision,” which assumes an act of creation. How creative do you feel as a leader? When are you most creative? How can you use creativity to generate ideas and build teams in new ways? This session will provide a variety of tools that will engage your senses and enhance your creativity toolbox through the following exercises:
- • Opening possibilities
- • Changing winds
- • Limiting opportunities
- • Reversing spaces
- • Drawing conclusions
Dr. Laura Saward
Senior Vice President, Antibody Therapeutics Business Unit Lead
Effective implementation of strategy
The strategic planning process is a valuable investment that provides companies of all sizes a clear path to grow their business. What comes after the plan is finalized is often where the effectiveness of the strategy planning process starts to diverge. Defining the strategic plan requires considerable investment of senior management time to define the vision, scan the external environment and outline the critical goals for the organization; however, the success of the final strategy can hinge on the effectiveness of the roll-out plan for communication, alignment and engagement of employees at all levels of the organization. This presentation will highlight:
- • Common pitfalls
- • Key opportunities to add to the success of the strategic planning
Film producer, President
Buffalo Gal Pictures
The dictionary defines conflict as an active disagreement between people with opposing opinions or principles. Situations that involve conflict can test our abilities and as a result are often avoided. Leaders who can successfully manage conflict will benefit the individuals and the organization.
- • Addressing disagreements
- • Setting a process to deal with differences
- • Finding win-win solutions
Consultant, Former CEO
Building a mentally healthy workplace
The Canadian Standards Association released the “Canadian Standards on Psychological Safety in the Workplace” some years ago. The task looked daunting at the beginning but they have since managed to simplify the task. As we learn more about Mental Health and it’s impact on the workplace, it is important for moral and business reasons for leaders to provide a safe and healthy work environment that is respectful and addresses employees mental health. This presentation will provide an overview of the necessary components in building such a workplace, by covering topics such as:
- • Training and education
- • Leaders responsibilities
- • Workplace accommodation
Vice President, Finance and Operations
The Forks North Portage Partnership
Employment engagement: A critical leadership challenge
This presentation will explore leadership strategies for creating inspiring workplaces that engage employees to give their best to our organizations. As we recognise the values-driven work ethos of millennials, we must pay attention to what employee engagement means today and how it leads to inspired employees. Studies have shown that inspired employees are nearly three times as productive as dissatisfied employees – imagine increasing your current workforce with inspiration, rather than through hiring!
- • Factors that contribute to an employee’s level of engagement
- • The vital role leadership plays in influencing levels of employee engagement
- • Steps in building a committed and engaged workforce
- • How to measure employee engagement
President & Chief Operating Officer, Canada
Great-West Lifeco Inc.
Building and leading senior executive teams
Any great organization needs a strong executive team that can lead the organization forward and achieve success. Building that executive team means developing the right mix of skilled individuals who bring a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to be effective as a team. Once in place, that team needs a leader to provide them with direction, inspiration, and ultimately empowerment. Stefan Kristjanson will talk about these principles and how after over 125 years in business, Great-West Life is still finding new ways to achieve these goals, including:
- • Recruiting and retaining top talent with a strong employee value proposition
- • Building a culture of diversity and inclusiveness
- • Identifying and developing leaders within the organization
Senior Vice President
People First HR Services
Be a leader that people will want to follow
If you lost your formal leadership title tomorrow, would people still follow you? Today, we often see people who want leadership positions; they want to be a leader, but they haven’t yet embraced what that really means. To be a leader who people will want to follow, leadership needs to be woven into who you are at the core. It’s not about a title or a position but rather the way you approach life – both professionally and personally. Sue looks forward to sharing her thoughts and perspectives on:
- • Demonstrating leadership at all stages of your career
- • Leadership as a member of your community
- • What traits are critical in a leader who people will want to follow
Former Minister of Health
Province of Manitoba
A woman’s place is in government: Electing more women to public office
If women are 51% of the population, why is it that women are only 22% of national elected bodies globally? And why after hitting critical mass (+33%) in 2007 did Manitoba’s Legislature revert to 24% a decade later? As a woman in elected life, Sharon Blady faced the challenges, and saw the barriers, as well as the alternative paths, to get more women into elected office. As a feminist academic, Sharon has taught about the subject and the need for feminism in leadership roles. The intersection of these two parts of her life have helped her untangle some of the many threads that are part of increasing women’s voices in shaping policy and legislation.
- • What happens when more women get elected and why it matters to everyone
- • What barriers exist and how other jurisdictions have overcome them
- • What can we do to improve the political prospects of women in Canada
- • What will it take to get leaders, like yourselves
President & Founder
PEG Beer Co.
Nicole Barry is a professional accountant that has started two separate craft breweries, growing each one from concept to success. She is currently the Founder and President of PEG Beer Co., and co-founded and acted as the CEO of Half Pints Brewing Company. She brings over 12 years of senior management and leadership experience with her within the craft beer industry. Nicole is an active Chartered Professional Accountant, and an active community member, sitting on various boards, committees and a member of a variety of non-profit membership organizations. Her background prior entering the craft beer industry was in senior accounting and management within the insurance industry. Nicole has been nominated for many business awards and recognized by CPA and CGA Canada, including Top 40 under 40 in 2014, and the 2016 CPA Manitoba Career Achievement Award Recipient. Nicole has been featured in various business and craft beer publications as a leader in the craft beer industry, such as Globe and Mail, TAPS Magazine, Macleans and Canadian Business.
Vice President, Human Resources
Sharon Harrald is the Vice President of Human Resources at Investors Group. A gifted coach and speaker, Sharon has over 25 years experience in the Financial Services Industry. Sharon’s strong belief and commitment to the power of employee engagement is evident in all her work. Sharon has been with Investors Group since 1984 and has held a variety of key positions within several areas of the company including; Client Services, Career Development, Sales force Development and Corporate Training and Development (IG Institute). In her role as Vice President of Human Resources, Sharon oversees and manages the HR strategy and operations for Investors Group employees and also responsible for oversight of benefits and payroll operations for IGM Financial and for CSOX controls spanning stock options for IGM and bonus and salaries. Her mandate is to create and manage strategies and operations encompassing all areas of HR including; HR Consulting, Compensation and Recognition programs, Payroll and Benefits, yearend administration, Job evaluation, business reporting and employee training & development. Her formal education background includes Business Administration, Sales Management and Human Resource Management. Sharon is an active member in her chosen professional field of Human Resources serving the HRMAM for more than 15 years.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
8:55 AM – 4:30 PM
350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg
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Early Bird deadline: September 22, 2017
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What attendees are saying!
“Great tips for women to grow as leaders.”
– CAROLINE ANGUS, Special Investigator, Manitoba Public Insurance
“Opportunity to hear from engaging passionate women. I’ve made some wonderful contacts that I can reach out to.”
– SHARON HARRALD, Vice President, Human Resources, Investors Group
“This event was exceptional in terms of inspiration and takeaways.”
– ROBYN HARTLEY, Senior Principal, Harris Leadership Strategies
“The opportunity to hear from successful and influential women on the do’s and don'ts of leadership was a wonderful chance to reflect and assess on personal performance and take their calls to action away to continue to grow and be an influencer in my own right.”
– COLLLEEN KACHULAK, Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Divisional Services, Manitoba Education and Training
“The conference speakers have a breath of experience in their roles and it was inspirational to hear their stories.”
– CORRINE SCOTT, Director, Compliance, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba