The Women in Leadership Conference brings together professional women to talk about the challenges that they face, exchange views, and learn from peers and leaders.
The event provides an invaluable opportunity to listen to industry leaders as they share best practices and insights to help women in leadership roles become more effective leaders and be on top of their game.
Join us at this in-person event. Learn, connect & reconnect, and have fun!
WENDY LUTHER (Keynote Speaker)
President & Chief Executive Officer
Women supporting women
Women have made great strides over past decades in reaching their career aspirations and attaining positions of leadership in the work place. Despite this progress, there is still much work to be done on areas such as pay equity and female representation in elected office, C-suite roles, and Board positions. In this presentation, Wendy Luther will address:
- • What we can do as women to assist each other in moving the needle on these areas of needed improvement
- • Whether existing leadership research provide insights into what we can do as women leaders to actively support women to reach their personal and career leadership aspirations
Grant Thornton LLP
Are you an authentic leader?
Being authentic simply means being genuine, whether at work or at home. As Michael Jordan said: “Authenticity is being true to who you are.” Authentic leadership is therefore built on one’s character. An authentic leader gains people’s trust. In this session, Jillian Murray will discuss:
- • The characteristics of an authentic leader
- • The role of authenticity in leadership
- • Why authenticity leads to success
ANGELA E. SIMMONDS
Executive Director, Office of Equity and Anti-Racism
Government of Nova Scotia
Equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Conversations about the complexity of diversity and the lived experiences of people are continuously being explored by stories and issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Creating an equitable workplace means evaluating your policies, processes and practices for barriers and putting systems in place to ensure that all employees have the same advantages. For a more diverse and inclusive workplace, equity and cultural competency are important and critical components that companies must consider. We must create opportunities to advance an understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.
- • The principles of cultural competency
- • Cultural competence as a foundation for doing EDI work
- • The living legacy of racism: racial trauma & privilege
- • The language of equity, diversity & inclusion; and tools to communicate in intercultural settings
Nova Scotia Department of Seniors
Women on boards
Current StatsCan data indicates that women occupy less than 20% director positions on corporate boards. Current research and publications, including the Harvard Business Review, indicate that more women on boards provides a stronger candidate pool and broadens deliberation and perspectives when making decisions. We need to take action to inspire greater representation.
- • Why is representation by women important in Board composition?
- • What are the current trends in Board composition and ensuring women (and diverse candidates) are represented?
- • What is our call to action?
Vice President Prevention & Return to Work
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Courageous leadership in times of transformational change and uncertainty
WCB Nova Scotia’s modernization journey was a major transformational change bringing 30-year old legacy systems, processes and thinking into the modern age. It was fraught with risk, challenge, opportunity and uncertainty. Dennita Fitzpatrick will provide her insights on:
- • Inspiring the troops
- • Courage in action
- • Leading through ambiguity
Precision BioLogic Inc
Building your team of engaged leaders
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs. Developing a team of engaged leaders starts with you. Knowing what engages you enables you to engage your leaders, who influence their employees’ performance. Organizations with engaged leaders generally outperform those with disengaged leaders. In this presentation, Paul Empey will address the following questions:
- • Are you committed to the success of your team?
- • Are you willing to put the success of your team and organization ahead of your personal success?
- • How do you define success?
Medavie Blue Cross
Jeff Bezos, Travis Kalanick & Garrett Camp, Mark Zuckerburg are all leaders in an innovative time. They have led organizations into places that we would never have thought were possible 10 years ago. It takes a different type of leadership to be able to drive unique results – and as women in leadership, we may have the upper hand!
- • Embedding creativity and communication back into the business
- • Enhancing our culture to reach new heights for our customers
- • Reshaping the boundaries of popular thinking
Vice-President, University Advancement
Mount Allison University
Taking smart risks
When making difficult decisions, our greatest degree of power comes through effectively assessing and managing risks. In this discussion, Courtney Pringle-Carver will talk about her path navigating both private and public sector environments, including most recently moving from a senior executive role with a $1.2 billion regional corporation to the role of Vice President, University Advancement with Canada’s leading undergraduate university. She will share insights from her experiences speaking difficult truths, seizing unlikely opportunities, and knowing when it’s time to change course. Through the use of personal anecdotes, she will illustrate that effective risk-taking is a three-part process which includes recognizing:
- • The difference between risk and uncertainty
- • Remembering the execution matters as much as the decision
- • Separating outcome from emotion
CATHERINE J. WOODMAN
The art of negotiating
As women we are innate negotiators but too often we lack the confidence, skills and sense of timing to self-advocate in our professional milieu. We can be short-sighted and selfless leaving our own best interests aside. We’ll address this reality and work on the skills and awareness to elevating our influence. Together we will:
- • Unpack concepts of power and political acumen
- • Explore how to speak with a point of view that is heard
- • Discuss setting boundaries and saying no
Vice President, Legal & Corporate Secretary
Clearwater Seafoods L.P.
Juggling the demands at work and at home is an ongoing challenge. In today’s world, never has work-life effectiveness been so important. But is achieving success at work and at home possible at all? In this session, Telaina Kelly will talk about:
- • Why work-life effectiveness is essential
- • What organizations can do
- • Tools to achieve work-life effectiveness
Tourism Nova Scotia
As Director of Communications, Kelli MacDonald leads Tourism Nova Scotia’s corporate communications team and is responsible for managing and directing internal and external strategic communications initiatives. Kelli joined the provincial tourism organization in 2013 where she got her start as the manager of industry partnerships. Prior to this, she spent 10 years as marketing manager with Nova Scotia Business Inc. where much of her work was focused on marketing to support export development initiatives and the attraction of new businesses to Nova Scotia. Early in her career she spent 7 years working in marketing communications roles with Maritime Life Assurance Company, Blue Cross and the Central Regional Health Board. Over the years, Kelli has had the opportunity to hone her strategic communications skills while working in complex stakeholder environments. She feels fortunate to have been part of dynamic communications, marketing, and business development teams, and now she loves getting up every morning to join her talented colleagues in their efforts to grow Nova Scotia’s tourism economy. Kelli holds a Bachelor of Public Relations Degree (1998) from Mount Saint University. She is married to Brennan and they have two girls, Anna (15) and Mary Sarah (13).
Dr. ALICE B. AIKEN
Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Dr. Alice Aiken is the Vice-President Research & Innovation at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She holds the rank of Professor and her research focuses on health systems transformation and evidence-informed policy-making. Dr. Aiken is currently the Vice-Chair of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and chair of the board of Research Nova Scotia. She is elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. She was formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie. She is a co-founder and the former Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, a unique consortium of over 42 Canadian and 8 international universities dedicated to researching the health needs of military personnel, Veterans and their families. She received her PhD and Master from Queen’s University, Canada, her Physical Therapy degree from Dalhousie University, and a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa. She also proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 14 years, first as a ship’s navigator in the Royal Canadian Navy, then as a physiotherapist. She is currently the Honorary Captain (Navy) for Canadian Forces Health Services Atlantic, and a Dame of the Order of St George. For her commitment to the health and well-being of military personnel, Veterans, and their families, she has received the Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion (USA).
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
8:45 AM – 4:10 PM
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax
SAVE 20% Early Bird Rate: Until September 7, 2021
Regular Rate: Starting September 8, 2021
Special Group Rate:
Register 4 people at applicable rate at the same time and get a free registration for a 5th person.
Consult the conference brochure for full details.
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, Founder & Chief Growth Officer, Blue Door Group
“New ideas for my own career. Built my confidence.”
– CHERYL DAWSON, Leadership Coach; former 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, Scotiabank
“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