WOMEN BUILT2SCALE September 21 Webinar

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Charlene SanJenko, Founder + CEO, PowHERhouse Media Group
Accelerating the 'Women on Boards' conversation!

On July 23rd, we hosted our first Board PowHER webinar.  View the follow-up notes and check-list here.

On September 21, 8am PDT, we continued to move this conversation forward - video above.

Quick Reference:  Read our follow-up summary of Key Comments & Messages here.

BOARD POWHER:  Let's Get Real!

The three key areas we explored in this important dialogue included:

  1. Educate Yourself:  What are the Roles, Risks & Responsibilities as a Board Member?  Carefully weigh out the opportunities with a deeper level of understanding of the 3 R's, and know your own personal risk appetite.
  2. Start with Substance:  Know why you are a perfect fit for a particular board.  Are you a specialist or a generalist?  What are you bringing to the table, and how will it most be helpful?
  3. Gain Perspective:  Board PowHER goes beyond getting on a Board.  It includes executing your position successfully once you are there - both for yourself and the Board.

Charlene SanJenko - PowHERhouse Founder + CEO

Our September 21 Webinar Guests:

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Marcela Mandeville

CEO, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

Marcela has explored the world of business through a globally-focused business undergraduate degree, designation as a Certified International Trade Professional and more than fifteen years of global experience developing and implementing business strategies.

Marcela’s business experience in Canada and abroad led her to Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in 2008. As Chief Operating Officer, she developed programs to support access to local and international business opportunities for women entrepreneurs. After leaving AWE in August 2013 Marcela resumed her role as CEO of her own business consulting firm, Bright Idea International and completed her MBA studies at the University of Alberta. In July 2015, Marcela returned to AWE to work with an amazing team after time spent leading her own business, volunteering and traveling in Central and South America, and exploring beautiful beaches and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southern California.

Marcela believes strongly in continuous learning and contributing to the community. She serves on the YESS and EEDC Board of Directors, is a member of the AIESEC Edmonton Advisory Board and is a former Director on the Alberta Innovates Board and former Board Chair for Literacy without Borders.


Fiona L. Macdonald

Director, GMP Capital

Fiona is a Director on the Board of GMP Capital, a publicly traded investment dealer and wealth management company. She is Chair of the Management Resources & Compensation Committee, and a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Audit Committee.

Fiona is a Director on the BC Ferry Authority, the shareholder of BC Ferry Services, which operates one of the largest ferry fleets in the world with annual revenue above $900 million.

Fiona is a Director of the Royal Canadian Mint, where she is Chair of the Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Committee. The Mint is responsible for Canadian coin circulation, Foreign Circulation, Bullion Products and Services and Numismatics.

Fiona is the Chair of the BC Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Fiona had a successful career in professional services, building respected and profitable consulting practices in Canada and the US. For the last 20 years as a consultant Fiona was with what is now Willis Towers Watson where she led their Executive Compensation practices for Canada and the Western US. Fiona has been based in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.
Fiona has a BA and MBA, both from the University of British Columbia, and holds the ICD.D designation.
Jay Ann Gilfoy

Jay-Ann Gilfoy

CEO, Vancity Community Investment Bank

Jay-Ann is a recent CEO and Director of a newly created Bank focusing on helping to bring finance to social purpose organizations that are focusing on improving communities, environmental sustainability, economic inclusion in the GTA.

She came to this role through an unconventional career path starting in Human Resources, then in digital and transformation, and then into this role.  She has been in the first “woman” in the Executive team role and understands the need for more women at the top of an organization and on Boards.

Jay-Ann is passionate about finding ways to disrupt the traditional financial services model in service of helping capital flow to need, developing people and fostering a work environment that is inclusive, collaborative and free of discriminatory practices.

Originally from Toronto, Jay-Ann brings more than 15 years’ experience as a senior executive.  She draws on a wealth of transformation and change management expertise from previous roles in Crown, private and municipal organizations including the B.C. Lottery Corporation and Coast Capital Savings where she served as the Chief Transformation Officer.  She has served on non-profit Boards and is the past Board Chair of the BC HR Association.  She is currently completing her ICD designation.

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