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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.

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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.

    Diversity and Women in Tech, With Laura McGee - Founder and CEO of Diversio

    Diversity and Women in Tech, With Laura McGee - Founder and CEO of Diversio

    I have a very exciting Fearless guest for you today! If you look up impressive in the dictionary, you’re going to find her name. I'm talking about Laura McGee. She's the founder and CEO of Diversio, a tech startup that uses AI to help organizations become more inclusive. Diversio works with clients in 30 countries around the world, and has been featured at global events like the G20 and Davos.

    Prior to Diversio, Laura was a consultant at McKinsey & Company - with a focus on economic growth. She was named a Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017, and currently serves as Co-Chair of Canada’s Expert Panel on Women Entrepreneurs. Her board positions include ArcTern Ventures, Global Citizen, University of Waterloo, Ted Rogers School of Management, and, she is a David Rockefeller Fellow with the Trilateral Commission!

    At 22:24 hear Laura's #1 advice for people thinking of becoming a tech entrepreneur
    "Number one, don't listen to any of the conventional wisdom. So... anyone can become an entrepreneur, that's not something that you're born with or without - in my opinion. So if you think you have an idea, and you think you wanna take the leap, just do it, commit. Try it out for six months, if it doesn't work the world is not over. Everyone has a backup plan, and I know that's said from a place of privilege and not everyone has the same backup plan as others. But I really do believe if you're passionate and crafty you'll work it out."

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    • 28 min
    Laxmi Parthasarathy - Chief Operating Officer of Global Press

    Laxmi Parthasarathy - Chief Operating Officer of Global Press

    My guest today joins us from Washington DC! She has many accolades in her very impressive career. She wears tons of hats, including: COO, author, mentor, founder, speaker, and passionate advocate. It's Laxmi Parthasarathy, Chief Operating Officer of Global Press.

    She leads global operations across each Global Press brand, spearheads the global expansion strategy to build new bureaus, and develops new partnership strategies to bolster the organization's reach and long-term sustainability. Over her career, she has led initiatives at the intersection of media and development in Canada, India, Rwanda, Mexico, Spain, Argentina and the UK. And that’s just a small sampling of her many achievements!

    At 17:59 Laxmi shares a story about her humble beginnings into the business world
    "Ya know, when I was 10 I was doing all sorts of strange things. I started a leaf raking crew - is what we called it. I would gather everybody on our street and we'd start racking leaves and be so excited when we got five dollars. I'm not sure I knew what I was doing back then, but it was a fun way to be with friends and try to gather people together. and do something productive"

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    • 32 min
    Ending Energy Poverty With President of Growing Greener Innovations, Connie Stacey

    Ending Energy Poverty With President of Growing Greener Innovations, Connie Stacey

    I have an incredible guest to share with you today! She is on a mission to end energy poverty globally. She's designed a modular battery powered generator. It is her response to the loud, noxious, combustion engine generators that currently dominate the market.

    I'm talking about Growing Greener Innovations President, Connie Stacey. And her job just got a little easier. She is the 2021 winner of the Pitch For The Purse program from The Forum - which included a $50,000 dollar prize. We'll talk about that and much more.

    At 10:30min in, Connie recounts her Pitch For The Purse!
    Janice "You pitched in front of an audience of almost 2 thousand viewers, and ultimately won the 50 thousand dollar purse. Tell us about that experience?"
    Connie "Ya know I think the very last thing I ended up saying, was on a questions, they asked me... why you, why now? And I said, well, I believe what we have built is truly the cell phone of power. And like the cell phone brought communication to every corner of the world, we're gonna bring energy" - mic drop

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    • 36 min
    Jaime Leverton - CEO at Hut 8 Mining Corp.

    Jaime Leverton - CEO at Hut 8 Mining Corp.

    I have an exciting Fearless guest for you today! I’ve been a fan girl since I first met her - years ago - when I was Board Chair of Women in Communications and Technology in Canada, and she had already stacked up a ton of well deserved accolades. I’m talking about Jaime Leverton.

    Jamie is the CEO of the publicly listed bitcoin mining company HUT 8. She's been a driving force behind the operational re-imagining of some of Canada’s most important tech companies, with senior executive roles at; eStruxture, Cogeco Peer 1, National Bank, BlackBerry, Bell Canada, and IBM Canada. She’s an avid runner, a mom, and a volunteer serving on boards including: Stratford Festival, Technation and more!

    Hear some wisdom from Jaime Leverton at 15:54
    "What I realized was, I had never done any networking. I didn't have relationships outside of that IBM bubble. And really, I felt alone a bit. And I had to think of myself and my career in a whole new way, and in a very self centered way. And so, rather than thinking about how I'm going to get the next promotion, and having that world view be how other people look at me, I flipped it, and all of the ownership became my own, and how was I going to drive myself to the new opportunity, and have people want me on their team and want me in a leadership role."

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    • 31 min
    Lauren Kelly - Chief Marketing Officer at ThoughtExchange

    Lauren Kelly - Chief Marketing Officer at ThoughtExchange

    I have an exciting Fearless guest for you today. Let me tell you all about this inspiring leader. Lauren Kelly is Chief Marketing Officer at ThoughtExchange. Prior to her current role, she held senior executive positions at PepsiCo, Dell, and Irvine Company. She's been recognized as a rising leader by numerous organizations including: the California Diversity Council, Internet Marketing Association - and that's just some of her accolades.

    She has a passion for disruptive tech, global branding and go-to-market innovation. And, Lauren's attended the prestigious Harvard University - where I was on the Women’s Leadership Board - Harvard Kennedy School WAPPP . We'll talk about that and so much more!

    At 22:23 hear Lauren talk about what she wishes she'd known earlier

    "I wish I had known earlier that , there wasn't a single prescribed career path. I would say, I sent a few years trying to mold my own career moves and plan around the backgrounds of others. And that's not a bad approach at the beginning, but it has it's pitfalls... If you're looking at someone who's already made it to maybe, a place more senior and more advanced than you, their information is ten, to fifteen, to twenty years old - in terms of how they got there. So, you're modeling yourself after an older model, and presuming that what you're destined to do is entirely similar to what they're destined to do, and that what the world needs in the future , is what it needed in the past."

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    • 27 min
    Lisa LaFlamme - Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV News

    Lisa LaFlamme - Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV News

    Welcome to the Fearless Women Podcast. Season Three!

    My guest today is Lisa LaFlamme, an important and trusted voice in Canada. She’s the Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV National News.
    She has an impressive career, and has covered many international events and conflicts, such as: the September 11th attacks , the War in Iraq, the Arab Spring in Cairo, and Hurricane Katrina.

    She has also covered every Canadian Federal election since 1997, and every Olympic Games since 2006. She covered the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, and the royal weddings of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and Prince Harry and Meaghan Markle.

    Hear Lisa talk about why she covers these important events at 23:45min
    "On the ground, when you're doing these things, and you're driving through these cities...and check points.. and there's insurgents behind every cover in your brain, but you think, I am on my way to a school right now to interview a bunch of girls who are brave enough to go to school under these circumstances, so I am brave enough to go to their school and talk to them, so that Canadians can see... there is hope, even in Afghanistan at it's darkest Taliban days - there is hope."

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    • 37 min

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