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International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

On this International Women’s Day, we wanted to highlight just a few of the many amazing women on our roster of speakers. Among the diverse group below you’ll find leaders in business, technology, science, mental health, and more. We always strive to celebrate and honour the incredible stories and insights women share, and the work they do.


Sinead Bovell
Futurist | AI & Future of Work Expert

On a mission to bridge the gap between young entrepreneurs and the digital future, Sinead Bovell strives to create conversations that will lead towards a progressive, informed, and thriving new era. She is a futurist and the founder of WAYE, an organization that helps prepare the next generation of business leaders for a world radically transformed by technology, focusing on non-traditional and minority markets. In her presentations, Sinead discusses how a new world of work is on the horizon. She shows audiences that there are skill sets that we can build, policies we can implement, infrastructures we can redesign, and new societal contracts we can implement to empower individuals, companies, and countries alike to reap the benefits of a smarter world.

Erica Dhawan
Leading Expert on Digital Teamwork, Collaboration & Innovation | Bestselling Author

Erica Dhawan says we all have the power to drive innovation, but first we need to get past the roadblocks we create for ourselves. A bestselling author and in-demand speaker, she is also the CEO of Cotential, a firm that helps modern leaders develop so they can drive disruptive thinking while removing bureaucracies and inefficient communication patterns. In 2020, Global Gurus named Erica as one of the “30 Top Thought Leaders in Management and Organizational Culture” across the world, while Thinkers50 has named her as the “Oprah of Management Ideas”, and Real Leaders named her #1 among their “Top 20 Women Keynote Speakers of 2020.”

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies, grounded in global research and case studies, that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others. Her highly-anticipated debut book, Calm Within the Storm: A Pathway to Everyday Resiliency, will be published later this month.

Fotini Iconomopoulos
Negotiation and Communication Expert

Nicknamed “the negotiator” since childhood, Fotini Iconomopoulos is an expert communicator with a passion for helping organizations and individuals get what they want. For the last decade, she has been working with Fortune 500 clients to achieve their business goals, increase profitability, and create a competitive advantage. When she’s not strategizing with clients, Fotini is a sought-after speaker on negotiation, communication, leadership and conflict management, and is passionate about helping people, particularly women and disadvantaged groups, develop the confidence to take on whatever challenges come their way. Her debut book, Say Less, Get More: Unconventional Negotiation Techniques to Get What You Want, is due out in April.

Dr. Shimi Kang
Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Shimi provides practical tools to cultivate the key 21st century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, and more.

Amber Mac
Innovation Speaker | Co-host of Marketing Disrupted and The AI Effect

Considered by many to be the go-to expert on anything to do with technology, Amber Mac helps companies and audiences to stay ahead of the curve. She is an industry veteran, renowned as a journalist, moderator, entrepreneur, consultant, and bestselling author. Whatever the setting, Amber offers clarity of understanding and a passion for digital innovation in all forms. In her dynamic presentations, Mac takes audiences on a visual journey to demonstrate how our world is changing during today’s pandemic and why that’s fuelling an acceleration of technology that will change the future forever.

Jennifer Moss
Workplace Expert | Author of Unlocking Happiness at Work

Jennifer Moss is an award-winning journalist, author and international public speaker specializing in happiness and wellness at work. She collaborates with a wide range of organizations on how to develop and measure their happiness strategies for improved performance. Jennifer is also a Harvard Business Review contributor and nationally syndicated radio columnist. She sits on the Global Happiness Council—a small group of leading scientists and economists that support the UN’s sustainable goals related to global well-being and the Annual Global Happiness Policy Report. Jennifer’s next book, The Burnout Epidemic, will be published by Harvard Business Press in September 2021.

Dr. Hadiya Roderique
Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, Dr. Hadiya Roderique delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe and Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street.” Shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, with the accompanying video watched more than 250,000 times, Roderique’s think piece sparked discussion in boardrooms across Canada. In her thought-provoking talks, she discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, and counters those common arguments to show the power behind a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Barb Stegemann
CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues | Social Entrepreneur

Barb Stegemann has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN; won the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in the emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada; and Real Leaders magazine ranked her among their “Top 40 Women Keynote Speakers of 2020.” She is the founder and CEO of The 7 Virtues, an award-winning social enterprise and international success story. As a speaker, she shares powerful messages of triumphing over adversity and challenging the status quo, and empowers audiences to embrace their inner disruptor.

If you’re interested in booking any of the women above or learning more about any of the fantastic speakers on our roster, please email us at [email protected].

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