I have a challenge with these stats:
- 84% of women feel their business has reached a size they are comfortable with and don't want to grow, as compared to 37% for men. Reference credit: thebalance.com
- Yet, "The majority of majority women-owned firms (85 percent) are micro-businesses employing fewer than 5 people (Carrington, 2006)"(p. 15).
- And according to The Financial Post, under 1% of tax-filing Canadians earn more than $250,000 annually.
That doesn't cut it for me. We're playing small. We're settling. And I want to find out why.
Are we ready to be bigger, bolder, braver - to be EPIC? Meet our WOMENBUILT2SCALE webinar special guests below and register to join us on Thursday, January 25, 3-4 pm pst.
Charlene SanJenko - PowHERhouse Founder + CEO
Managing Partner, British Columbia, EY
Fiona Macfarlane is EY’s Managing Partner of the British Columbia practice and the firm’s Chief Inclusiveness Officer. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia and serves on the organization’s Executive Committee. Additionally, Fiona sits on the Executive Board of the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia, and is a Governor of the Board of UBC and Shawnigan Lake School. She is a member of the Ministry of Social Development and Innovations President’s Group.
Fiona has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100. She was awarded the International Women’s Forum 2013 Global Women Who Make a Difference award. She has been recognised as one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women: Power to Disrupt by Business in Vancouver and Top 25 Canadian Women of Influence, Professional Services. She also received the inaugural Luminary Award from Big Sisters in 2015 and received Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award in 2016.
Margot M. Micallef, Q.C.
Founder + CEO at Gabriella's Kitchen
Margot is the President of Oliver Capital Partners, a company she founded in 2003 to invest in private companies looking for expansion capital or an outright sale. Since its inception Oliver Capital Partners has directly and indirectly invested in a number of diverse businesses including: broadcasting, publishing, technology, ranching, real estate, food manufacturing, and food service (as the master franchisor or development agent for a number of quick service restaurants brand such as Dominoes, Subway and Taco del Mar).
Her passion today is a better-for-you food company Margot co-founded with her sister Gabriella to commercialize their non-traditional pasta now marketed as skinnypasta™ along with other foods that alleviate symptoms of chronic illness and aging and aid in health and wellbeing. The company was recently renamed Gabriella’s Kitchen in honour of her late sister, Gabriella, who remains the inspiration behind the company. In late 2015, Margot took over the reigns of Gabriella’s Kitchen and has dramatically grown the company and led its expansion into the United States and across Canada.
Margot has also served as an Adjunct Professor in governance and ethics for the MBA Program at the University of Alberta, was a co-instructor for the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia and is on the Faculty of the Directors College, a joint venture between McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada. Prior to founding Oliver Capital Partners Inc., she was a Senior Vice-President of Shaw Communications Inc., in Calgary, Alberta and prior thereto was a Partner with one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious law firms, then known as Russell and DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The recipient of numerous business awards and recognition, Margot was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2002 (one of the highest honors awarded a lawyer for excellence to the profession). In 2009, she was a recipient of an Excellence in Leadership Award from the Canadian Women in Communications and in 2013 was named as the Woman of the Year by the same organization. In 2011, she was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2016, Margot was named as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist for the Prairie Region, Canada and was one of three finalists for the RBC Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. And most recently in 2017, she was granted the Sherrold Moore Award by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for her support of Calgary and the business community.
Margot serves or has served on a number of public and private company boards including ENMAX Corporation - where she also served as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, Solium Capital Inc, Tecterra Inc., Vista Radio Ltd., and Canwest Global Communications Inc. She is currently the Chair of Subway Developments Inc. In addition, Margot is active in her community through fundraising initiatives which in the past have included: The Alberta Ballet, The Alberta Ballet School of Dance, the HR MacMillan Planetarium, Homes of Hope, the Intensive Care Foundation of Alberta, the Canadian Human Rights Museum, The Lung Cancer Initiative at the University of Calgary, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary Alberta and the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Margot has been featured on numerous media including the Wall Street Journal, The Globe & Mail, The Financial Post, Canadian Business, Alberta Venture, Avenue Magazine, CBC, Huffington Post, CKNW and NBC. Margot lives in Calgary, Alberta and is the proud mother of Christopher. She enjoys the outdoors and a number of diverse sports, including skiing, cycling and boxing. She is the co-author of a Best Selling book called It’s the Landing that Counts which seeks to empower those who have suffered adversity or who need inspiration to move forward towards finding Peace, Happiness and Prosperity. You can connect with her on Twitter at @margotmicallef or at @landingcounts or via Linked in.
Founder, WREN - Women's Real Estate Network | Producer, Victoria Real Estate Expo 2018
Liza Rogers is enthusiastic about small business on Canada's west coast… to put it mildly!
Throughout her career, she has mastered sales and marketing, public speaking, training, and managing in ever-changing environments. Her abundance of energy is derived from working with people. She says her best work is done under pressure with a smile on her face. Every project she takes on involves building community and ensuring commitment to the three pillars of sustainability. In 2018, she is taking it to another level in order to engage and inspire more people. Her mission is to create extraordinary experiences for people on her path.
Liza very much believes in Being Bold and the ASK. She wants to also teach other women how to ASK for what they really need to succeed in business and in life. "So many of us are afraid to ASK, for help, support, money, time, resources and more because of our fear of rejection. Once you get past this fear, you can move to a new level of bold brilliance to define and clearly ASK for what you want and need." There is a universal truth; people love to help if they can. Their first impulse is to give you what you need when you ASK. If they don’t have the interest, resources, or time, they will say no… and that’s OK.
How can people and business help you create what you’re meant to be creating if you haven’t directly ASKED them to? There is no shame in ASKING, there is only one of two outcomes – YES, I will support your ASK or NO, I won’t support your ASK.
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