Have you ever heard of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada? I hadn't until about two years ago, when I stopped living under a rock and started a concerted effort to surround myself with both women and men who had something I wanted – success, expansive networks, happiness, their own sense of balance, you know “everything”. I wouldn't say I was unhappy at the time, but I would say I was feeling somewhat stagnant in my career and a little unmotivated.
I started researching in particular, women who in my mind were “at the top”. They had reached a high level in their career, were mentoring and supporting young women coming up the ranks, giving back in the community, raising a family…and lo and behold I found out about the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. And powerful they are. In 2011, at the last WXN Summit (recognizing 2010 Winners), I met the likes of: Debra Hewson, President & CEO of Odlum Brown, Sue Paish, CEO of Pharmasave, Tracy Redies, President & CEO of Coast Capital Savings and Patricia Graham, Vice-President Digital, The Vancouver Sun and The Province. To say it was inspiring to sit in a room full of these women and hear from them directly about how they had made it there would be an understatement.
In fact, I was so excited and re-energized after attending, that I then signed up for WXN's Top 100 Mentorship Program. 100 Protege's are picked in Canada to be matched with a Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada mentor. The program includes classroom work and leadership training through the SFU Beedie School of Business and four one-on-one sessions with your assigned mentor. I was lucky enough to be matched with Patricia Graham, and can say the last year has been one of much personal and professional growth. In fact, I attribute it to my latest career move as Executive Director of the CKNW Orphans' Fund. Just so you know, they are looking for applicants for the 2012 program. Apply now!
The Women's Executive Network Top 100 Summit is back! On February 1st, the Vancouver winners will run breakout sessions at the Four Seasons Hotel and teach us about topics such as: Women breaking ground, influential leadership and leveraging the world of technology. 2011 Winners I am most interested to hear from include Cybele Negris, Co-Founder & President, Webnames.ca and Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO, Vancity.
Be prepared for a morning of inspiration, motivation, and awe as to how they women have made it on the way up to the top of the chain. I recommend it as one of the top events to attend in Vancouver in 2012.