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Subscribe now to hear this popular and influential show with host Janice McDonald. You’ll hear Inspiring Conversations with Fearless Women trailblazers in business,sports, arts and culture, politics and more. Listen as they share their stories, the challenges and insights into how they’ve been driven to change the world and make it a better place, in whatever arena they are competing in. Practical tips. True Stories. Authentic Leadership. Real People. Big Ideas. Serious Inspiration.

Fearless Women Podcast By Janice McDonald Janice McDonald

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Subscribe now to hear this popular and influential show with host Janice McDonald. You’ll hear Inspiring Conversations with Fearless Women trailblazers in business,sports, arts and culture, politics and more. Listen as they share their stories, the challenges and insights into how they’ve been driven to change the world and make it a better place, in whatever arena they are competing in. Practical tips. True Stories. Authentic Leadership. Real People. Big Ideas. Serious Inspiration.

    Leadership and Listening with Coach Boyd - Gee-Gees Women's Rugby at uOttawa

    Leadership and Listening with Coach Boyd - Gee-Gees Women's Rugby at uOttawa

    My guest today knows how to win! Jen Boyd is an inspiring coach that I wish I had the chance to be coached by in my earlier days - but I’ve never played rugby, only watched it.

    Coach Jen Boyd’s rugby career stretches over three decades during which time she played club, provincial, and Canadian national level rugby. For the 2017 season, Boyd was made a full time coach with the University of Ottawa, making her the first full time female rugby head coach in Canada!

    At 11:13 min in Coach Boyd shares what she wishes she knew earlier

    "The power of empathetic listening - really listening to understand. I didn't do that till probably my 40's -cause I though it was about me, and leadership, mentorship, coaching, teaching - it's not about you. It's about everyone else, and that has been my greatest learning. I wish I knew that sooner. I wish someone would have told me to listen more..."

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    • 29 min
    Catherine Cano - Founder and CEO of CanoVision

    Catherine Cano - Founder and CEO of CanoVision

    My guest today is the fearless leader Catherine Cano - Founder and CEO of Canovision. So much has happened in her career since she joined me on show back in 2019, when she was the CEO of CPAC.

    In this episode Catherine talks about leadership in times of crisis, through her experiences as a fearless COO of a large global organization. We also discuss what the future of work needs to look like, as more people are vaccinated around the world, and slowly some countries are beginning to open up. It's great to think about the lessons learned so far from these challenging times.

    At 6:02 min in, hear Catherine Cano share the experience of Covid 19 becoming a global pandemic.

    "Ya, I'd been actually traveling for three weeks, and landing in Burkina Faso, a little small country in the west of the continent. They took our temperature, and gave us hand sanitizer. And it was funny for me because I had just spoken to the headquarter in Paris, where things were good, ya know, we had one or two cases... there was no sense of emergency. And then suddenly in those countries they were actually careful, preventive. So it told me that their instincts were right, And so, I came back to Paris and decided to create what we call a crisis cell."

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    • 24 min
    Ellie Fields - Chief Product & Engineering Officer at SalesLoft

    Ellie Fields - Chief Product & Engineering Officer at SalesLoft

    This weeks guest joins us from Seattle! It's Ellie Fields, who is the new Chief Product and Engineering Officer at SalesLoft . It's a company that is frequently recognized for its award winning culture, and a company that combines the art of selling, with the science of technology to help sellers build trust and make meaningful connections with buyers - even when the worlds gone digital.

    Ellie has an Undergraduate Degree in Engineering and also holds an MBA from Stanford. As a women in tech she has lots to share from her very impressive career. We'll hear about that and more!

    At 9:53 hear Ellie share what she's learned about the world of work

    "I think that there's just so much variety out there. I really didn't know much about the world of work when I entered it, and I spent a lot of my first few years learning , but I didn't realize how many ways there were to approach problems... how many different companies, how many different paths there are out there. I think I had a much more rigid view of what the world was, and I think today I see... ya know I see kids come out of college... and I think there's a lot more awareness of different paths you can take, and different patterns. I'd encourage people to investigate that and look at that and if a standard career ladder doesn't work for you, just switch it up and see what you can do to do something different."

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    • 28 min
    Kirstine Stewart - Head of Shaping the Future of Media, at the World Economic Forum

    Kirstine Stewart - Head of Shaping the Future of Media, at the World Economic Forum

    This weeks guest has a bio that's so impressive, and she continues to dazzle - it's Kirstine Stewart! If her name sounds familiar it might be because she is a high profile media executive and author of the bestselling book: Our Turn.

    She is currently the Head of Shaping the Future of Media at the World Economic Forum. She was formerly the Head of English language services at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Vice-President of Media at Twitter, and President and Chief Revenue Officer of TribalScale...to name a few.

    Kirstine is married to the Honourable Zaib Shaikh, the former star of Little Mosque on the Prairie, and the current consul general of Canada in Los Angeles.

    At hear 17:35 Kirstine Stewart share a story about the right way to handle a sales deal.
    "One of my earliest sales opportunities was to sell The Raccoons to Saudi Arabian television. They were willing to buy it site unseen, the BBC had just bought it, France 2 had just bought it, it was selling wildly globally, and it's a kids show - so should be relatively safe. But when I warned them that, ya know, given that they're a Muslim country, and that some of the main characters were pigs.... that they shouldn't be buying the same site unseen. That might want to consider that before doing so. I could have in that pitch made that sale immediately, but it was not the right deal to close. They said thank you very much, they did not buy the show, they came back later and bought a whole lotta other content afterwards anyways. So understanding what you client or audience needs is so important, and the authenticity means you're giving them what they need and what they want - and exactly that."

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    • 32 min
    Fatima Zaidi - Founder & CEO of Quill Inc.

    Fatima Zaidi - Founder & CEO of Quill Inc.

    My impressive guest today is Fatima Zaidi. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Quill Inc. - the world’s first one-stop marketplace, where podcasters can find pre-vetted expert freelancers! She is also the owner of the Listen In Conference, held in LA, that supports brands moving into podcasting.

    Fatima is a member of the National Speakers Bureau, a commentator for BNN Bloomberg,. and a contributor to The Globe and Mail. She has won two Top 30 under 30 awards, the Young Professional of the Year by Notable Life, and one of Flare Magazine’s Top 100 Women. See? Impressive!

    At 19:02 hear Fatima share her current thoughts on the pandemic

    "Oh my goodness, everything is bugging me right now, I'd love to ya know, see my family again.... I cannot wait to walk down an isle and hear those magical words this is your captain speaking...lol. I think when all of this is over I'm gonna do a reverse quarantine, which mean, I'm not going home - ever! I think about all the plans that I used to turn down before all of this, and regret it , and I'll longfully... willfully think about those days, summer patio days and days at the cottage, but I would say right now I'm more or less feeling very grateful that this is almost over. I'm glad that all my friends and family are all healthy. That I think is the most important thing."

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    • 28 min
    Claire Haidar - CEO and Founder at WNDYR

    Claire Haidar - CEO and Founder at WNDYR

    I’m excited to welcome this weeks guest, Claire Haidar. Claire is Co-founder and CEO of WNDYR and Pattyrn: two companies focused on shaping the world of work, through AI-driven data analysis of how and where teams work. Pattyrn is transforming organizations to work in ways that were inconceivable a mere few years ago.

    Claire is also a Board member of UNICEF, talkSTEM and AccelerateHer - organizations that are making a monumental impact in working environments around the world, for humanity at large. We have so much to talk about!

    At 8:36 hear Clair Haidar describe the girl that grew into the woman she is today!
    "My little daugher recently called me an "earthotologist" - she literally made the word up in the moment, and she couldn't have been more accurate. Like, if you go back to my 9... 10 year old self, than I am the epitome of an "earthotologist." I hated wearing clothes. I had a fish pond in the back garden, and a huge huge avocado pear tree. And, I used to spend every waking hour, that I could, under this tree and in this fish pond. And I would climb this tree as high as I possible could to see how strong the branches were before they would start cracking."

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

kazzzzzz ,

Very inspiring!

Love listening every week. Great insights from the fascinating careers. Keep up the great work Janice!

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Just Discovered FWP!

So enjoyed listening to the recent episode with Henrietta Southam, I was enthralled by her description of textures it gave me a totally new way of appreciating design and art. Thanks plan to listening to more!

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Review - France🇫🇷

Hello from the fellow Canadian who’s living in France at the moment. It has became part of my daily routine to tune into the Fearless Women podcast. Lots of great, inspiring and much needed conversations took place in this great platform. As a young women who’s about to finish off university, and heading to the professional world. I must say there are many valuable advice that I have took note of myself, and the encouragement of being Fearless. Strongly recommend this podcast!

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