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In This Issue
Upcoming programs

Back to Work

Begins Sept. 24, 2014


This specialized program is for women who are returning to the labour market after an extended period of absence. It offers the professional advantage you need to re-enter the workplace with confidence.

Athena Program

November 5-6, 2014


The Athena Program will help you develop your leadership skills and self-awareness, which are critical to professional success.

Emerging Leaders

November 17-20, 2014


Emerging Leaders addresses the challenges you face as you transition to higher levels of management. The program will help you develop leadership and business skills without losing sight of your professional and personal goals.


Community corner
May 29 - June 7 
The InspiraTO Festival is Canada's largest ten-minute play festival. By volunteering at the festival, not only will you have access to the performances, you are also eligible for free business coaching by a start-up expert.
September 5 - 7 
The Weekend to End Women's Cancers, benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, is an epic journey where participants will walk 60km over 2 days through the streets of Toronto in a bold display of courage and commitment. 
Volunteers are needed at the Start Line, Camp and the Finish Line. 
Newsletter archives
January 2014 - New Year. New Look. New Connections.
February 2014 - Resilience
March 2014 - Community
April 2104 - Plans and Projects

"Taking a risk - you've got to put yourself out on the line a little bit. Don't be scared. The more you do it, the more comfortable you'll feel and the more you'll love it". 
- Margaret Wente, Writer at The Globe and Mail
The quote above is from our recent event: A Quota for Quoting: Addressing the Absence of Women Sources in the Media. In addition to Wente's inspiring words about taking risks in the media, this issue also looks at taking career risks. Most notably, our Member Spotlight interviewee, Melanie Philip, talks about the risks and rewards of changing business lines mid-career. 


Initiative for Women in Business Team
Rotman School of Management

In the news
I'm Not the Right Person: Closing the Confidence Gap for Women in the Media

On May 14, in partnership with Edelman Toronto, the Rotman Initiative hosted a debate and panel discussion on the absence of women sources in the media.  The discussion was facilitated by Edelman Toronto's General Manager, Lisa Kimmel, and the hard-hitting panelists were (as pictured above from left to right): 

  • Margaret Wente, Writer at The Globe and Mail and one of Canada's leading columnists
  • Elena Cherney, Canada Bureau Chief and Global Resources Editor at the Wall Street Journal 
  • Tracie Crook, Chief Operating Officer and President of MT Services at McCarthy T�trault; and,
  • Shari Graydon, Founder and Catalyst of Informed Opinions  


Edelman Toronto captured the highlights and key takeaways from the discussion. To view the event summary, click here

The Financial Times has named Rotman Executive Programs, which includes the Initiative for Women in Business programming, Canada's leading provider of executive education. This prestigious ranking of global institutions has ranked the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management 25th in the world for executive education based on a survey of participants and organizations who enrolled in executive programs this past year. To see the rankings, click here
Coffee's Always on at Rotman's Morning Program

Excerpt from May 6 Globe and Mail Article, "Mornings can be rough. Between fighting a losing battle with the snooze button, getting the kids ready for school and trying to rediscover your lust for life in the bottom of a coffee cup, just getting to work on time can be considered a personal victory.

But most of us don't attend Rotman School of Management's morning MBA program. While regular joes are trying to scarf down Corn Flakes before they turn soggy, a group of hardy souls is busy soaking up two hours of intensive business education before they even get to the office for their day jobs."

To read the full article about the Morning MBA program: click here

Member spotlight


Melanie Philip

Business Transformation Manager, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Xerox Canada Ltd. 

Melanie is a risk-taker, a mentor and an avid supporter of women's leadership. She is an active participant in our Best Practices Network and will be joining us this fall as a participant in the Emerging Leader's program.     


One of her key pieces of advice is "recognize that betting on yourself is a calculated risk, as long as you are determined to work hard to ensure success and seek out the required support." To read more, click here

Leadership Experts Speakers Series
Series sponsored by:
May 27, 2014 

5:00 - 7:00 PM 

Margaret Heffernan, Visiting Professor at the Simmons School of Management and at the University of Bath; Executive in Residence at Babson College; Author, A Bigger Prize (Doubleday Canada, April 8, 2014), Willful Blindness, Women On Top, and The Naked Truth.  
June 18, 2014

5:00 - 7:00 PM 

Debora Spar, President, Barnard College, Author, Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Invention, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet and The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception.


Rotman event
June 23, 2014
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario; Co-Author, Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World (1997) (with Don Tapscott) and The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust (2002) (with Tyler Hamilton)

Best Practices Network

The Best Practices Network (BPN) brings together senior HR and Diversity & Inclusion representatives from more than 130 organizations for quarterly events with subject-matter experts. 


The next event, taking place on June 19, will feature Rehana Ciriani, Director of RBC's Career Launch™ Program. This Program is gaining recognition from the media and government for its unique approach to addressing the 'no experience-no job' cycle facing many recent college and university graduates in Canada.


If you are a senior HR or Diversity & Inclusion professional, or if you lead a Corporate Women's Network, and would like to join the BPN, please email us

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