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In The News: September 2019

October 2, 2019 by Speakers' Spotlight

In the News: The Fortune Summit, Why Retirement is Outdated, and How Crying Can be a Sign of a Healthy Workplace

September was a busy month for our expert speakers. Here’s a round-up of some select media coverage this month that covers a range of topics from leveraging AI to back to school to becoming an infinite leader.

Liane Davey | Expert on Building Effective Teams, Improving Communication, and Increasing Leadership Effectiveness

The “teamwork doctor” Liane Davey spoke with Fast Company on why crying employees can sometimes be a sign of a healthy workplace. She calls tears a potent “form of data” that can offer valuable insights into a company.

“Davey says there are three steps managers should follow when an employee has an emotional outburst: ‘validate, inquire, pivot.’”

Chris Hadfield | Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

United Arab Emirates underwent their first space expedition to the International Space Station. Colonel Chris Hadfield sent a special message to astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori to share tips from his time as the first Canadian commander of the ISS.

1. Be good at your job. Do the work. Be competent. You have to focus and do every single thing as well as any human being can do. You got a background to do all those things. You’re working like crazy and I know. But you have to do that. That’s number one. Your job is to be the best astronaut that’s ever flown in space.

2. Be a good crew member. Support the team members from the all the other countries and organisations, all the people supporting you on the ground. Build a team of people that can cooperatively together do something that nobody else can do, and you’re sort of at the end of the spear for that.”

3. Share the experience with the world. Don’t keep any of it to yourself. Share it now in advance. Share it on the day of launch. Think about how you can let other people in on what’s going through your own mind. What does it feel like? And during the flight, seek every opportunity to not just squander it and make it your own but to let other people in on the magic of this brand-new human experience. And then of course afterwards, your legacy will live for decades right across the UAE, across the Arab world and across the whole planet.”

Chris also shared his love of cars with The Toronto Star, showing off his 1955 Ford Thunderbird.

“Those early T-birds and Corvettes were big favourites — sculpted, gorgeous pieces. They weren’t really race cars, they were more about design and elegance.”

Cheryl Hickey | Host of ET Canada

As the host of ET Canada, Cheryl Hickey is no stranger to the spotlight. She brings her trademark glamour, professionalism, and girl next-door personality to every event, whether it’s hosting on-stage, delivering a personal keynote, or acting as a brand spokesperson. She recently sat down with Celine Dion in a Canadian exclusive interview.

Silken Laumann | Olympic Hero | Mental Health Advocate

Silken Laumann, along with Margaret Trudeau, were invited to speak at Fortune’s MPW International Summit in Toronto about mental health, and the difficulties of living with mental illness while in the public eye.

“I always had to perform at the top of my game,” Laumann said. “And yet inside I was going through hell.”

Neil Pasricha | Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome

Neil Pasricha joined Cityline’s Tracy Moore to talk about retirement and why he believes it’s an outdated concept.

Michele Romanow | “Dragon”, CBC’s Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder and President, Clearbanc

At Fortune’s MPW International Summit, Michele Romanow spoke about how she is leveraging artificial intelligence and data to take gender bias out of the equation when funding entrepreneurs.

Alyson Schafer | Acclaimed Parenting Expert

With back to school season, parenting expert Alyson Schafer shared tips with Global News to help parents stay budget-friendly during this busy time.

Simon Sinek | Renowned Leadership Expert | Author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last

In advance of the release of his new book, The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek spoke to Director, on why choosing to become an infinite-minded leader will shake your world.

“You can’t win in business. You won’t always know who your competitors are – anyone can join the market at any time and they can all do business in whatever way they want. Yet, if you listen to the language of so many leaders, they talk about “‘beating the competition”, which is impossible when the game is infinite. So it turns out that the people who were saying that I was naive are the ones who are naive. It turns out that the world isn’t flat, despite what we’ve been told.”

Margaret Trudeau | Celebrated Canadian | Mental Health Advocate

With her one-woman-show making its Toronto debut this past September as part of JFL42, Margaret Trudeau was busy with a publicity tour. Here’s a round-up of some of the top media clips and reviews:

Sheila Watt Cloutier | Environmental, Cultural, and Human Rights Advocate

Vice spoke with Sheila Watt Cloutier for their new environment justice series called the Tipping Point. Five people have fallen through the ice in Alaska this year alone, something that was unheard of when Sheila was growing up. But around 1990, that started to change.

“In June a scientific expedition found that permafrost in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted.”

Podcasts

Rona Ambrose | Former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons

The Honourable Rona Ambrose spoke with Financial Post for their “Down to Business” weekly podcast on the cloud of uncertainty surrounding Canada’s economy, and the “new normal” in world trade.

Rosie MacLennan | Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Trampoline

Rosie MacLennan joins CBC for their “Player’s Own Voice” podcast to talk about Tokyo 2020 where she’ll go for her third gold medal in a row.