Mandy Gilbert

Mandy Gilbert

Entrepreneur, CEO, and Investor

A bestselling author, entrepreneur, CEO, and tech investor, Mandy Gilbert has been recognized as a United Nations Global Accelerator and ranked as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on Canadian Business’ Profit 500 list and Chatelaine’s W100 list. Speaking on entrepreneurship, leadership, talent attraction and retention, mentorship, and scaling a business, Gilbert’s keynotes are engaging and approachable with actionable take-aways that can be put to use right away.

As the Founder and CEO of Creative Niche, a specialized marketing, creative, tech, and digital recruitment agency, Gilbert has organically grown her company from its initial $8K start up capital into eight-figures in annual sales. Ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Recruiters – Executive Search”, Creative Niche has placed over 14,000 professionals in award-winning creative and media agencies, high-growth tech companies, and Fortune 500’s across North America.

Gilbert is a columnist for Inc. magazine and a contributor to Rolling Stone. Her book, Just Go With It: How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship, became an Amazon bestseller in its debut week and was recommended by Forbes, Entrepreneur, and many other business publications and podcasts. Gilbert also sits on the board of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT.

Talent Attraction and Retention

In the last 15 years, Mandy and her team have interviewed over 10,000 people and successfully worked with hundreds of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Mandy will share valuable insights on what top talent want today, what leaders are doing to win top talent, and retention strategies you can implement in your business to keep your top performers engaged and productive.

Leading High Performance Teams

As leaders, we will only be successful if we can effectively delegate and lead high performance teams; yet, time and time again, we get in our own way. From micromanaging to burning out, our habits become a form of self-sabotage. Mandy’s presentation speaks to the evolution of her leadership style, including significant challenges she faced, how she overcame them, and her path to effective leadership. It’s these attributes that led to her co-founding a second business while still maintaining a personal life.

This presentation is suited for new and experienced business leaders and managers. Audience members will walk away with practical tips and ideas they can apply to all facets of their lives, both personally and professionally.

An Entrepreneurial Journey

Many entrepreneurs start businesses because they have been successful at a particular skill; however, as they start to grow, they get into trouble. Scaling their companies becomes a huge problem. With growth comes scrutiny, and all eyes are on them while they attempt to figure it out. Hiring and firing, opening international offices, navigating a personal life, and all of challenges that come in between, Mandy shares her journey and key learnings from her experiences along the way.

Building Your Personal Brand

Young professionals usually think of social media when evaluating their personal brand. This session is about the importance of alignment between goals, values, and desired outcomes and an individual’s reputation. In this presentation, Mandy touches on topics and tips that range from having the confidence and courage to ask for increased responsibility and compensation to understanding the importance and value of self-awareness and going over and beyond as you develop and build your career.

Leading as a Woman

Women are better represented in business now than ever before, but still have a long way to go in navigating roles in leadership and entrepreneurship. Mandy will speak about ways to overcome insecurities and step-up to the plate in order to become a greater force in the business world. This includes never apologizing for your success, embracing your mistakes, taking risks, and managing the pressures of work-life balance.