Insights and wisdom lie within every business decision. Welcome to The Leaders Podcast by Ivey, where we discover hidden narratives and unlock key learnings for your own leadership and career journey.
Rallying a community for the future
Ambitious. Bold. Hopeful. These words encapsulate the mindset of Western University’s President. In this special episode hosted by Ivey’s Dean Sharon Hodgson, Alan Shepard discusses how the university community rallied through the pandemic and pivoted to a blend of online and in-person learning. The conversation touches on the future of teaching, research, lifelong learning, and partnership.
Charitable emergency mindset
This year has created an emergency mindset for charities. Just ask Melanie Thomas, Senior Director, Emerging Opportunities, Community Foundations of Canada about the rapid response required to meet the needs of those hit hardest by COVID-19. In this episode, Melanie talks about implementing a nationwide emergency assistance program in only 9 business days. Anyone who wants to learn more about the relentless pace of the rewarding work in the charitable space should tune in.
Re-writing the code of education
Don’t underestimate the will of an entrepreneur starting a brand new venture during a recession. Forced to be creative, and inspired to hustle, Heather Payne, HBA ’09, found a market need aimed at women learning to code. Payne shares her quest to disrupt the skills development industry and build the educational institution of the future with the Juno College of Technology. Our conversation explores topics such as being personally vulnerable as a leader, brand evolution and the importance of sleep.
Data-diving into the fan experience
There is nothing like the roar of the crowd at the ballpark as the home team scores the game winning run. However, what if fans weren’t allowed in the stands, what does that look like? We spoke with Corinne Peters, MSc ’19, data analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, who explains how the team had to quickly shift towards thinking about a virtual fan experience. In a lively conversation, she talks about her role in creating fan engagement, understanding your customer and small market innovation.
Developing a mission that stands the test of time
Establishing a personal mission is mission critical, according to Trudy Fahie, HBA ’81, President & CEO of Duo Bank. Leaning on decades of business and leadership experience, Fahie talks about the need to be nimble during the pandemic, giving back and the importance of personal authenticity.
Exploring an entrepreneur’s make-up
Breaking down barriers of toxic masculinity, emphasizing self-expression and self-care have driven the development of Faculty, a new men’s grooming company. Through this inspiring conversation, founder Fenton Jagdeo, HBA ’16, talks about changing stigmas, giving back to his community and not being afraid to disrupt the status quo.
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