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. SARAH GUILLEMARD (Keynote Speaker)
Minister of Conservation and Climate
Government of Manitoba
Engaging top male leaders
Research indicates that gender-diverse organizations perform better financially. As today’s business world is male-dominated, it is important to engage top male leaders to be change agents for gender equality and diversity. Male leaders can play a critical role in advancing women at work. In this presentation, Minister Sarah Guillemard will talk about:
- • An inclusive culture with a focus on diversity
- • Providing opportunities for advancing women
- • Supporting women leaders
Vice President, Products, Personal Lines
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Are you an authentic leader?
Have you contemplated why ‘going with your gut instinct’ generally seems to be the right approach? Authenticity in leadership is not about learning a new style or mimicking others. It is about being genuine, self-aware and honest with yourself and with others while achieving personal, corporate and team objectives. In this session, we will discuss:
- • How to develop a style as an authentic leader
- • Why being an authentic leader is difficult to achieve
- • How practicing authenticity can serve as a pathway to personal fulfillment, satisfaction and extraordinary accomplishment
Dr. F. GIGI OSLER
Canadian Medical Association
Practicing and mastering political skills at work
Ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr. Gigi Osler, one of the few women ever to serve as Canadian Medical Association president, will address the challenges of leadership faced by professional women today. At a time when women worldwide still lag behind men in leadership positions and earnings, Dr. Osler will share her perspectives on advancement, responsibility and power. She will draw on her first-hand experience in one of society’s most respected professions to examine the gender-and diversity-related barriers embedded in our culture and institutions. In her presentation, Dr. Osler will discuss:
- • Why it’s important that women get comfortable with power in order to utilize political skills at work
- • How the CMA is addressing equity and diversity in medicine
- • How individual women can support equity and diversity in their own organizations
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
Courageous leadership in times of uncertainty
The pandemic has presented many new challenges for businesses and for their employees. With the best laid out plans, nothing can fully prepare you to lead through a crisis and times of uncertainty. In this session, Nicole Stefaniuk will share some of the successes and lessons learned from leading her team through the organization’s most challenging year on record. Key themes will include:
- • Establishing yourself as a trusted leader before the spotlight is on
- • Taking the time to understand the impact of “big decisions”
- • How to effectively communicate with employees when you don’t have all the answers
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, VP Legal Affairs
Credit Union Central of Manitoba Limited
Embracing change and transformation
The pandemic has brought about significant change overnight. This session will focus on some of the key tools and characteristics that can help us cope in times of great uncertainty and untold stress. By sharing her story and experience, with a focus on resilience and compassion, Susan Ols hopes to inspire her colleagues and friends to be well, stay well, and to help others be well as we navigate our way through this crisis and beyond.
- • Starting again (and again)
- • Understanding resilience
- • Compassion to others and to self
President & CEO
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation
“In the face of uncertainties, planning defines the particular place you want to be and how you intend to get there.” — Peter Drucker. The importance of strategic planning is undeniable, yet many organizations fail to deliver on this vital business function. Many strategic plans are not put into action. In this presentation, Manny Atwal will talk about:
- • Establishing strategic goals
- • Creating a path towards accomplishing strategic objectives
- • Implementing the strategy and overcoming barriers to success
President & CEO
Defining your role as a leader
As women, we strive for perfection in order to achieve success. But what if the secret to success is actually failure rather than perfection? During this session, participants will:
- • Gain insights into the success factors of failure
- • Learn to see leadership opportunity in failure
- • Understand how to create a safe environment for risk-taking
Building and developing high performance teams
In today’s environment, the ability to build and develop high performance teams is critical in maintaining a competitive edge. Building that team means bringing together the right mix of skilled individuals who bring a diversity of backgrounds and experiences together to strengthen the overall team. In this presentation, Kevin Edwards will talk about:
- • Transitioning from a startup culture into a mature organization
- • Shaping emerging process while maintaining the freedom to innovate and create
- • The key factors to success
Former Manitoba Health Minister
Founder, Speak Up with Sharon Blady
Being a goal setter that gets results
Goal setting is a cornerstone of so much we do in organizational environments. How often are our goals motivated and validated by external markers, and how often do we set and achieve goals based on emotional intelligence and intuition? Sharon Blady will share examples of very different goals and how emotional intelligence and “going with my gut”:
- • Shape goal setting
- • Give the advantage in the face of unfavourable odds
- • Give results that are considered unattainable
Vice President, Guest Experience
True North Sports + Entertainment
The demands of planning and executing work-life effectiveness in the sports and entertainment industry can be immensely challenging. Without an effective balance, impacts can be felt at work, home and short and long term personal health. Though there is no one-size-fits-all approach, customization and personalization are key, and requires constant evolution, often understanding a variety of experiences from others can assist with building your own strategy.
- • Through sharing experiences, trial/error, and lasting commitment, finding your personalized strategy for work-life effectiveness
- • Leading and mentoring others, new to the workforce, or those more veteran to create new habits for finding their own work-life effectiveness
- • Tips and techniques for how to stay committed to work-life effectiveness during longer projects, unanticipated changes, or other stressful/anxious times
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Access Credit Union
Myrna Wiebe is the Chief Operating Officer for Access Credit Union Limited, and has worked in the Manitoba Credit Union System for over 20 years. Beginning her credit union career as a Member Service Representative, and progressing through many aspects of supervisory and management positions are what she attributes that success to. Committed to continuing education she completed the Certificate in Management program at the University of Manitoba and then went on to obtain her MBA through Athabasca University. As a member of the executive team at Access, she is heavily involved in the development of corporate strategies and policies; and is responsible for planning operational and business strategy, leading the development of growth of the organization, and developing a common organizational structure throughout the branch network. In her free time, she is involved in various community committees and events and is an avid golfer.
VP of IT, CIO
Western Canada Lottery Corporation
Tedda Sandercock is the VP of Information Technology, CIO at Western Canada Lottery Corporation. WCLC is a non-profit organization that operates lotteries for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Tedda is responsible for establishing and executing the company’s IT strategy which underpins WCLC’s business objectives and goals to remain competitive in a fast and furious changing landscape while ensuring compliance to ever changing regulations. Tedda is a strategic leader with a passion for coaching and mentoring to help people reach their full potential. She has a reputation as a change agent with the ability to shift culture and transform teams. Her career has been almost exclusively in insurance, until she recently took a chance on an industry move to the lottery business!
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
8:45 AM – 4:10 PM
350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg
SAVE 20% Early Bird Rate: Until September 28, 2021
Regular Rate: Starting September 29, 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!
“I always enjoy the selection of speakers, the diversity of perspectives and the opportunity to network with leaders and build and reinforce relationships.”
– SHARON BLADY, Founder, Speak Up with Sharon Blady
“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 & Supply Chain, Manitoba Hydro
“This event was exceptional in terms of inspiration and takeaways.”
– ROBYN HARTLEY, Consultant, Leaders International
“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, Assistant Deputy Minister, Advanced Education and Skills, Government of Manitoba
“The conference speakers have a breath of experience in their roles and it was inspirational to hear their stories.”
– CORRINE SCOTT, former Director, Compliance, Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba