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Diversity at Work

47 EpisodesProduced by Andrea JanzenWebsite

Welcome to the Diversity at Work Podcast. Where we unpack what it's really going to take to close the gender gap in the workplace.

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47. Discussing diversity in the African-Nova Scotian community with Sylvia Parris-Drumond, CEO of Delmore "Buddy Daye" Learning Institute

February 27th, 2020


In this episode I sat down and chatted with Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO of Delmore "Buddy Daye" Learning Institute. In this conversation we discussed how to best facilitate diversity and learning both in the workplace …

46. Flexible work increases productivity and bridges the talent gap with Jennifer Hargreaves

February 20th, 2020


In this episode I sit down to chat with Jenifer Hargreaves, CEO and founder of Tellent, an organization that brings together experienced female …

45. Championing diversity in the pre-fabrication industry with CEO Amy Marks

February 13th, 2020


In this episode I sit down and chat with Amy Marks, CEO of XSite Modular, one of the leading companies in prefabricated modular building and …

44. Leveraging relationships and embracing sponsorship was the strategy that got my company big corporate clients.

February 6th, 2020


On this episode we're pulling back the curtain and sharing how the concept of sponsorship is showing up in our company. I'm sharing the reasons why …

43. Gender diversity from a masculine perspective with Jake Stika Executive Director of Next Gen Men

February 2nd, 2020


There are a lot of women who talk about gender and diversity in the workplace, but not a lot of men. Here's the truth about gender equality: it isn't about men vs. women. It's actually about creating workplaces where …

42. How to begin implementing sponsorship at your company

January 23rd, 2020


Sponsorship sounds amazing, but how do you actually implement it? How do you take this concept that nobody really talks about and use it as a tool to …

41. Why women love working in the trades with Lorien Barlow, director Hard Hatted Woman.

January 16th, 2020


Lorien Barlow began developing the documentary Hard Hatted Woman in 2013 and has since then interviewed dozens of tradeswomen from all over the US. The film is currently in post production and will be making it’s debut …

40. Shifting your mindset from surviving to thriving makes the workplace better for everybody with Steve Foran

January 9th, 2020


Steve Foran is the grateful CEO of Gratitude at Work, a happiness company he founded in 2006. Steve has been on the leading edge of gratitude based …

39. Do this before you set your 2020 goals.

January 3rd, 2020


Happy New Year! It's the start of a new decade, and everyone is talking about goals .The sad thing about this, is that most people won't actually achieve the goals the set for themselves this January. 

Did you know that …

38. Diversity and Inclusion in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry with Danielle Civitillo

December 20th, 2019


Danielle shares how she started a Diversity and Inclusion initiative at VHB. Danielle works in the AEC industry which stands for Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Danielle and I talk about what it takes to get …

37. Curiosity is the Secret Weapon for Closing the Gender Gap

December 12th, 2019


The gender gap can be overwhelming. It's hard to know even where to get started. In this episode I'm reading my latest Forbes article explaining why not knowing the answer might be the best approach. The article was …

36. Asking different questions and redefining your strengths with Don Bureaux President and CEO of Nova Scotia Community College

December 6th, 2019


Don Bureaux is the President and CEO of Nova Scotia Community College. He successfully created a diverse leadership team by reframing one simple …

35. Authentic Leadership with Jenn Wicks

November 28th, 2019


On today's podcast, I chat with Jenn Wicks of Jenn WIcks Coaching about her work overseas and her path to becoming an authentic leader, and how she shares her knowledge with others. Jenn works closely with senior …

34. Being more creative with Melissa Lloyd of Doodle Lovely

November 21st, 2019


Did you know doodling could help you retain information while on a phone call, or jog your memory for important tasks? In this episode I chat with …

33. Why women don’t support other women

November 14th, 2019


It’s unfortunate but true. Women don’t always support other women. In this episode I’m unpacking what the evidence says about this. I’m also sharing a story of when I fell into the trap of not supporting another woman’s …

32. How to be a better ally with Karen Catlin

November 7th, 2019


We know that in order to create a workplace that truly supports diversity, women and minorities can’t take this on alone. Karen Catlin is a former …

31. EY’s women’s leadership training mistakes

October 31st, 2019


The curriculum from EY’s women’s leadership training has been all over the news this week. A training program called Power Presence Purpose, pretty …

30. How to create opportunities for yourself with Gail Banack, Chief Kids Officer at Indigo

October 25th, 2019


Gail Banack is the Vice President Kids AKA Chief Kids Officer at Indigo. I had the pleasure of working with Gail many years ago at Canadian Tire. The thing I admire about Gail the most is her ability to create …

29. Women: Stop Asking For Career Advice And Do This Instead

October 18th, 2019


The article mentioned in this episode was originally published on on September 9, 2019. You can read the full article here

Asking for …

28. How the City of Toronto is using procurement to support diversity with Mike Pacholok

October 11th, 2019


Toronto is the most diverse city in Canada, but the city’s supply chain didn’t reflect this. In this conversation with Mike Pacholok we talk about …

27. Why it's time for men to stand up with Jeffery Tobias Halter

October 1st, 2019


Jeffery Tobias Halter is a sought after speaker, author, and consultant. He is the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on …

26. Accountability with Matt Wheaton from the Greatness Everyday Podcast

September 23rd, 2019


This interview originally appeared on the Greatness Everyday Podcast. I'm being interviewed by my friend Matt Wheaton on the topic of accountability. We talk about what it's like to have an accountability partner who …

25. What the clean energy sector is doing to close the gender gap with Natalie Irwin

September 15th, 2019


Natalie is the Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Efficiency Canada and a champion for equality. Natalie's career has been accelerating rapidly …

Having goals makes you more strategic, increases your influence and helps you attract the right sponsor.

September 5th, 2019


In this episode I unpack why setting clear goals is the key to being more influential in your organization. It's also the best way that you can do …

23. How to set goals

August 29th, 2019


Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down? Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to actually do this? I'm going to show you how you can figure out what your goals are …

22. How I made journaling a habit and how you can too!

August 22nd, 2019


I'd be inspired at a book store and pick up a cute little journal, or I'd read an article about the benefits of journaling and order a gorgeous one …

21. How to reset your mindset and build resilience with Raiyan Abu.

August 16th, 2019


Raiyan Abu is one of the most positive people I've ever met. She recently moved to Halifax from Nigeria, started a seafood exporting business and is a mindset reset coach. Her focus is helping women become leaders in …

20. What it feels like to get professional coaching with Elyse MacDonald

August 8th, 2019


On this episode you get a taste of what it's like to work with a professional coach. Elyse MacDonald was one of my clients in the Re-ignite Your Ambition coaching program. She shares what the experience was like to work …

19. Building Radical Conviction to scale your business with Eleanor Beaton

July 31st, 2019


The gender gap is big deal in the corporate world, women make less money and rise to leadership at a lesser rate than men. For entrepreneurs it isn't much different. The amount of women starting businesses each year is …

18. How to negotiate and get what you want with Fotini Iconomopoulos

July 18th, 2019


Fotini Iconomopoulos shares negotiation strategies that you can implement right away to get what you want at work. Fotini is an MBA professor, a …

17. Unpacking unconscious bias with Brian Duggan

July 10th, 2019


Brian Duggan is an executive coach who is passionate about diversity in the workplace. He is on a mission to start conversations about how unconscious bias shows up. In this episode I asked Brian some pretty loaded …

16. Why we need to set targets and track diversity initiatives

June 30th, 2019


When it comes to gender diversity initiatives, the idea of setting goals or targets makes everybody really uncomfortable. We get images in our heads of people getting put into positions that they aren’t ready for, or of …

15. Building resilience in the next generation with Love Powered Co.

June 21st, 2019


In this episode I interviewed Lindy Sood and Anna Lozano, the founders of Love Powered Co. We talk about self-confidence, self care and most importantly how to model these practices for the next generation. We all want …

14. The Power of the pack: Leveraging other peoples motivation to help you achieve your goals.

June 11th, 2019


Have you ever heard the quote "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with"? I recently ran a 10km road race, and I really felt the impact of this. During the race, I was in a pack of people all …

Opening doors for women in trades with Reva Bond Ramsden

June 4th, 2019


Reva Bond Ramsden is the Dean of Construction for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). After learning that females represented only …

12. How apologies kill confidence with Professor Maja

May 24th, 2019


Professor Maja Jovanovic is an author, TEDx speaker sociologist and apology-hater. Apologies are confidence killers. So, why are women apologizing …

Social capital: Why hard work alone won't get you ahead

May 16th, 2019


One reason why women rise to leadership at a slower rate than men, is their lack of social capital. In this episode I explain why putting your head down and working hard just isn't enough to get ahead. What you really …

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with Mary Bicknell

May 10th, 2019


Mary Bicknell helps women to regret proof their lives. She helps women to take chances and create opportunities for themselves. What she really wants is for women to be able to enjoy their success. She is sick and tired …

The more you pay, the more you pay attention. Why I spent big bucks to gain access to a role model.

May 2nd, 2019


One reason why there are fewer women in leadership positions is a lack of available role models. If you don't see someone like you already doing the …

Embracing an abundance mindset with Debra Kasowski

April 25th, 2019


Debra Kasowski is an Executive Coach, Consultant, 3x Bestselling author and host of the Millionaire Woman Show Podcast. In this episode we talk about …

Embracing your personal brand

April 15th, 2019


Just be yourself. That's what everyone tells you to do, so why is it so hard? When you look around and see that people are different than you, is it your instinct to try to become more like them? When your path is …

When Lori took action, she got a trip to Costa Rica.

April 8th, 2019


It's nice to dream about opportunities to take your career to the next level. The thing is, so many people get stuck in the dreaming phase. People get frustrated because things just don't seem to happen. Lori Cadelli …

Finding your Genius Zone with Margo Jay. Part 2

April 2nd, 2019


Margo Jay had an amazing career as a marketer in the consumer packaged goods industry. She held Vice President level positions and later went on to …

What sponsorship really looks like with Margo Jay. Part 1

March 26th, 2019


In my very first job, I was very fortunate to have a sponsor. Margo Jay advocated for me, she saw my potential and got me my first promotion. In this episode Margo Jay and I talk about the importance of building and …

What’s in it for you: Why men should be on board with gender diversity.

March 22nd, 2019


I’ve read a lot of studies on gender and the workplace recently and they all seem to have one thing in common. In order for things to truly get …

Why are most companies buying their women's leadership initiatives from men?

March 4th, 2019


Last week I was reading the 2018 World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report. If we continue to make progress at the same pace, the gap for economic opportunity (i.e. gender parity in the workplace) will close in 167 years …

Women’s leadership programs aren’t actually making the workplace better for women.

March 3rd, 2019


In the summer of 2017, I read an article about women's ambition and it wasn't pretty. It said that 83% of women were somewhat or not really ambitious …

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