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  • Trailblazers Symposium
    March 8th, 2019
    8:00am - 4:30pm
    Chateau Nova - Lynx Room
    Registration: $150.00 + GST
    This is the third Trailblazers event of its kind... bigger and better than ever! This year, the Trailblazers Luncheon has blossomed into a full day conference held on March 8th, International Women's Day.
    Everyone welcome!
    To register, please email Admin@YKChamber.com or phone 867-920-4944
    Breakfast and lunch are included - please let us know of any dietary restrictions.
    Download our program as a .pdf here!
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  • 8:00am - Registration Desk Opens & Breakfast Buffet

    8:45am - Opening Remarks

    9:00am to 10:30am - Drive Better Decisions: Understanding the Impact of Unconscious Bias | Sylvia Apostolidis of The Jasmar Group

    Humans are predictably irrational. We may think we’re objective in our decisions, but we’re mostly not. We all have unconscious biases, but what are they, exactly, and how do they impact our everyday workplace interactions? What, if anything, can we do about them?
    Join Sylvia Apostolidis, President + Chief Consultant at The Jasmar Group and discover how applying insights from behavioural economics and neuroscience can lead to more objective and inclusive decisions. Some questions we will answer include: Which unconscious biases are most prevalent in the workplace? How do biases show up? How do they impact our goals to create equitable workplaces? How can we design our systems and nudge towards stronger business and talent decisions? What can individuals do to mitigate bias and ensure their actions are inclusive? Join us for this fun and engaging session to discover how you can make stronger and more inclusive decisions, create stronger teams and be seen as the leader that you are.

    10:30am to 10:45am - Breaking | Networking Bingo

    10:45am to 11:30am - Building Financial Planning Knowledge | CIBC
    Research shows that there's a growing number of women who are making more financial decisions for themselves and their families. That's why it's so important for women to have the information they need to confidently make financial decisions. We're looking forward to having you join us for an engaging and empowering discussion that will build your financial planning knowledge about the following topics: Investing to achieve your goals; planning for retirement; and having an estate planning conversation

    11:30am to 12:30pm - Women and Negotiation | Fotini Iconomopoulos
    Negotiation is a skill that can bring significant value for everyone, yet women are far less likely to engage in the practice. With good reason. Studies and anecdotes galore tell us that women are often penalized for negotiating. In 2001, only 7% of women negotiated their first salary compared to 57% of men. Labeled aggressive instead of assertive or attracting the dreaded b-word, they fear the process for fear of retaliation. Are women terrible negotiators? No. In fact, the opposite is true. Their superior trust and empathy skills make them ideal negotiators. Often they just need to work on their confidence and employ some subtle communication tricks to get what they want — without that dreaded label. Listen to Fotini tell you her negotiation war stories and how she overcame gender and age discrimination to go on to be the expert that Fortune 500 executives seek out for their high stakes scenarios. You’ll leave with the motivation and confidence and the knowledge to tackle your next negotiation with ease.

    12:30pm to 1:15pm - Networking Lunch

    1:15pm to 2:15pm - Shifting to Create Balanced Leadership in the Workplace | Maureen Van Overliw of Momentum Training

    Women are often overlooked for leadership roles because they do not fit the mould of an "ideal leader".  In order to foster diversity in the workplace, we need to broaden our perception of what makes a good leader.  Traditionally there has been a narrow definition of leadership, which influences who is chosen for these roles, and who aspires to take them on.  By focusing on highlighting opportunities to shift the understanding of leadership towards one of balanced leadership, we move the focus towards removing both structural and cultural barriers to embrace diverse and high performing organizations. This talk is intended for anyone and everyone who has an interest in moving the dial towards greater gender leadership balance. 

    2:15pm to 3:15pm - Business With A Conscience | Mark Brand

    Mark Brand believes that good business doesn’t have to come at the cost of doing good. Discussing the tenants of blending corporate and community leadership, Mark draws on his own decades-long experience of successful social entrepreneurship to guide and encourage audiences in their own endeavours. Fully customizable, Mark can discuss his own experience (and lessons learned); the best practices for employing people who traditionally have had barriers to employment; mentorship; the importance of leverage and partnerships; thinking outside the box; and sticking to your philosophies during tough economic times.

    3:15pm to 3:30pm - Break | Networking Bingo

    3:30pm to 4:30pm - Diversity in Yellowknife | Panel with Local Business-People

    4:30pm - Closing Remarks & Prize Draws

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  • Thank you to our generous partners for their support of the Trailblazers Symposium. Without their support, this event would not be possible:

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