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!
Hon. LISA DEMPSTER (Keynote Speaker)
Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs
Deputy Government House Leader
Member for Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair
Encouraging creative thinking
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” — Edward de Bono. In today’s environment, never has creative thinking been so essential in contributing to the performance of an organization. It is a skill that helps look at situations from a fresh perspective. In this presentation, Minister Lisa Dempster will address:
- • Creative thinking skills
- • Environments that stimulate creative thinking
- • How a leader can foster creativity
Chief Financial Officer
St. John’s International Airport Authority
Be a leader that strives for excellence
As Laurence Oliver said: “Don’t waste your time striving for perfection; instead, strive for excellence.” Excellence is getting the most of our talents and abilities while inspiring others to do so. An important part of professionalism, leaders must strive for excellence by doing things right.
- • Excellence versus perfection
- • Tapping the potential of people around you
- • Celebrating success
Vice President, Corporate Services
The importance of continuous education in the workplace
Continuous education is the lifeblood of innovation: investing in employee education yields dividends in productivity, performance, staff retention and workplace morale. Employee diversity ensures a broad range of experiences, skills and perspectives is brought to bear on workplace challenges. C-CORE, a unique Newfoundland and Labrador company dedicated wholly and solely to research and development, has for 45 years stayed at the leading edge of knowledge and practice by investing in employee development and diversity. In this presentation, Susan Kennedy will share some of the strategies that drive:
- • Corporate creativity
- • Innovation
- • Satisfaction and success
Chief Financial Officer
Influencing gender equity
Gender equity is intrinsically linked to sustainable development and is vital to the realization of human rights for all. The overall objective of gender equity is a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, rights and obligations in all spheres of life. We are now at a tipping point to disrupt the status quo to drive gender parity and rid the workplace of gender inequities. As leaders, it is up to each one of us to:
- • Understand the relevance of gender equity and the driving factors behind gender inequity
- • Become agents of change to initiate and build workplaces that are safe and equitable for all employees
- • Correct for gender biases so that economic outcomes improve for all
Faculty member, Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Memorial University
Past Chair, Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador
Promoting reverse mentoring
Traditional mentoring normally involves a more senior, experienced person guiding and advising someone younger and more junior in an organization. In reverse mentoring, the opposite relationship is established, with the less experienced person providing the guidance, often to a member of the senior management team. In many cases, this role reversal technique is used to help the senior person acquire more advanced technical skills, such as proficiency in social media platforms and computing technologies. However, the benefits to both the participants and the organization can go much further and may include:
- • Breaking down generational stereotypes
- • Empowering junior employees & increasing employee retention (especially among millennials)
- • Improving organizational diversity and inclusion
Companies are using reverse mentoring to help bridge the generation gap, support inclusivity, develop leaders and build rapport within their organizations.
Nurse, Eastern Health
Founder, International Women of Hope
Giving back to the community
What led Fatima Mansaray to become a community activist/advocate? In this session, Fatima will discuss how to recognize and empower women in the community, how to navigate the ups and downs of integration, and how to bring an awareness of what is happening in the community. Being a part of a culturally diverse inclusive community is Fatima’s dream and passion.
- • Issues that people from other cultures face in the community
- • The importance of understanding cultural diversity and inclusivity in building a stronger, better community for all
- • Things that can be done to build a better, healthier community
- • The benefits of having a healthy diverse inclusive community
Vice President, Clinical Information Programs and Change Leadership
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information
Taking smart risks
In order to stand out as a leader in today’s rapidly changing environment, leaders must be prepared to take risks for themselves as well as their organizations. Risk often has a negative connotation, but taking risk can actually lead to opportunities. This talk will examine strategic risk taking and consider:
- • Personality impacts and barriers to risk taking
- • Assessing risk and developing plan to manage risk
- • Understanding there is risk inherent in not taking risk
Vice President, Atlantic Canada
Engaging top male leaders – It isn’t a secret code after all!
Men are more than 50% of the leadership in organizations. Every issue needs advocates and supporters. Effectively engaging men is key to moving your work, your position and your career. Key to engaging men?
- • Know your audience – do your research
- • Be prepared – build your case
- • Be credible – consistently deliver on your commitments
Associate Vice-President (Facilities)
Leading a team is essential to ensure the success of any program. This is especially important in the facilities management world. Facilities teams are required to respond to work to ensure the operations continue, even when many get to stay at home. For the Memorial FM team in 2020 alone, this included response in extreme conditions, such as Stormagdeddon and a global pandemic. In the session, Ms. Browne will discuss:
- • The key aspects to ensuring the safe and efficient management of a team
- • Motivation of staff during adverse events
- • How to ensure teamwork amongst staff of varying backgrounds and roles
Chief Financial Officer
We’re not superheroes, but women in particular are vulnerable to feeling anover whelming burden of expectation and holding themselves to an impossible standard of perfection. We’re trying to be the perfect leader, mother, daughter, friend, mentor and partner all while looking great, staying fit, reading books, sleeping soundly and being fulfilled.Instead, it’s a perfect recipe for stress, burnout and disaster.Let’s talk about overcoming these idealisms and finding success, contentment and growth in our lives – both personal and professional.
- • Forget balance, how about work-life blend?
- • Fixed versus growth mindset?
- • Five most critical factors for success, fulfillment and growth
Director of Business & Resource Evolution
Heather Conway has more than 25 years of senior and executive level experience building results driven team environments and leading the talent strategies for companies in the fire and life safety, oil and gas, wholesale and retail industries. As the Director of Business & Resource Evolution with the abell Group of Companies, Heather uses her extensive experience to foster a diverse, people centric work environment focused on safety leadership, operational excellence and growth. Heather holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) degree and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland where she was named to the Dean’s list and as a Fellow to the School of Graduate Studies. Heather has also earned her International Personnel Management certification as an Executive Professional, Canadian designation of Chartered Professional in Human Resources and the U.S. Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional designation. She also holds certifications in Change Management and Post Merger Integration. In 2008, Heather was recognized by Hewitt and Associates with the national award for Excellence in Human Resources Management. Heather is an active member within the community offering her time and talent to various not-for- profit organization, including roles as Chair of the BGC St. John’s and member of the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador board. She is past chair and board member of the CPHR-NL of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations and former secretary of the Avalon Minor Hockey Association.
Vice President, Commercial Programs
Ashlynn Burry joined the PAL Group in 2015 as a Manager of Corporate Business. Ashlynn previously served PAL as both an auditor and in an advisory role with Deloitte from 2010 to 2015. She was responsible for leading acquisitions and mergers for PAL as well as project management for corporate initiatives. In her current role of Vice President, Commercial Programs of PAL Airlines, she is responsible for commercial contracts and bids, partnerships and evaluation of expansion opportunities. Ashlynn’s formal education most recently includes completing an Executive Leadership program from Harvard Business School. Ashlynn holds a Chartered Accountant designation as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
8:45 AM – 4:10 PM
Murray’s Pond Country Club
1464 Portugal Cove Road, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s
SAVE 20% Early Bird Rate: Until August 31, 2021
Regular Rate: Starting September 1, 2021
Special Group Rate:
Register 4 people at applicable rate at the same time and get a free registration for a 5th person.
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What attendees are saying!
“Sharing stories and providing encouragement to women in an intimate setting is priceless. This conference provides all of this and more.”
– KAREN M. McCARTHY, Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Fortis Inc.
“Inspired! The calibre of speakers and their “real life” stories were inspiring. I highly recommend this conference.”
– SHELLEY ORGAN, CEO, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador
“Great speakers with a variety of experiences. I’ve learned new things that I will use in my workplace and that will broaden my horizon.”
– CLAUDIA SARBU, Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia Health Authority; former Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
“The conference allowed me invaluable time to listen, learn and network with some fabulous women leaders.”
– BRENDA TOBIN, Dean, Academics, Applied Arts & Tourism, College of the North Atlantic
“Inspirational! Good messages to bring back to work and apply to my work relationships.”
– JENNIFER WILLIAMS, President & CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro