November 2015

What Women Want: A Look at Female Ambition in Canada

11:30am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King St. W. , Toronto

Join The Economic Club of Canada for a discussion exploring What Women Want: A Look at Female Ambition in Canada. Moderated by Carolyn Lawrence of Women of Influence, the panel discussion will feature corporate leaders and notable entrepreneurs, taking an in-depth look into issues including defining success, motivation, confidence, support networks and work-life balance.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- Lunch served at 11:45 a.m., panel discussion to follow -

What Women Want: A Look at Female Ambition in Canada

Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA

President & CEO
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA

Carol Wilding was appointed as President & CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in October 2014. In this role, Ms. Wilding leads CPA Ontario, which protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards for integrity and expertise. CPA Ontario serves and supports its more than 85,000 members and 23,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academe.

For seven years, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Ms. Wilding led Canada’s largest urban chamber of commerce and its 12,000 members. She has also served as President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and President of Plan Canada.
Ms. Wilding holds an Honours Bachelor in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She became a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) in 2009.

Ms. Wilding currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Luminato Festival, and sits on the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

For her leadership, Ms. Wilding was named to the Top 100™ list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2010 and as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence™ in 2014. She is a recipient of the Schulich Business School’s Outstanding Public Contribution Alumni Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Carolyn Lawrence

President & CEO
Women of Influence

Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn is the woman at the helm of Women of Influence, providing strategic solutions for women’s advancement, as well as for companies who want to get better at tapping into women as consumers and employees. Since taking over the leadership role at Women of Influence, Carolyn’s leadership has taken its impact to a new level of success, now with four key focus areas of service: events, media, courses, and consulting. Today, the powerful forums and resources are shaping the information and best practices for women’s advancement in multiple regions including six cities in Canada, as well as New York, Washington, London and Hong Kong.

Carolyn's work has been quoted in Forbes, Yahoo Finance, BNN, CTV, CBC Radio, TVO and more. Carolyn blogs for Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail and has held volunteer leadership roles for many key community fundraising initiatives. She currently sits on the Toronto Executive Committee of the International Women’s Forum. Always active, Carolyn has completed Ironman USA and has competed in the Triathlon World Championships for Team Canada.

Denise Pickett

President of U.S. Consumer Products & Services
American Express

Denise Pickett

Denise Pickett is President of U.S. Consumer Products & Services at American Express, which includes the company’s U.S. Charge Card and Co-Brand portfolios, the industry-leading Membership Rewards program, as well as the Travel & Lifestyle Services group. In this role, Denise is responsible for leading the creation and management of products, benefits and services that empower consumer Card Members along their journeys by providing great value, rich rewards, unmatched service and protections.

Prior to leading U.S. Consumer Products & Services, Denise was President of American Express OPEN, the leading card issuer for small businesses in the U.S. In this role, Denise was responsible for supporting business owners and entrepreneurs with products and services to help them run and grow their businesses. This included business charge and credit cards that deliver purchasing power, flexibility, rewards and savings on business services from a wide variety of partners.

Denise joined American Express in 1992 and has held a series of senior marketing positions in the consumer, small business, commercial card and US Loyalty divisions. Denise was Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Loyalty, where she led the strategy to explore loyalty program opportunities in the U.S. Prior to this position, Denise served as Executive Vice President of Product Management and Acquisition for American Express OPEN. Denise was also Senior Vice President and Country Manager for American Express Canada, leading the consumer and small business divisions and serving as President and CEO of American Express Bank of Canada.
Currently, Denise sits on the board of directors of the Hudson’s Bay Company. She also plays an active role in the community and the marketing industry, serving on the board of directors of the United Way of New York City and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. She is also the former Chair of the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA).

Denise holds an MBA in marketing from the Schulich School of Business at York University and earned her Honours BA in Human Biology and Physiology from the University of Toronto.

Heather Conway

Executive Vice-President, English Services

Heather Conway

Heather Conway joined CBC as Executive Vice-President of English Services in December 2013.

Ms. Conway is responsible for all of CBC/Radio-Canada’s English-language services including CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC.ca, documentary and digital operations.

Prior to joining CBC, Ms. Conway was Chief Business Officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she was in charge of human resources, digital services, marketing, security and membership, among other things. Under her tenure, the Gallery saw its attendance increase by 20% and achieved its highest membership levels.

Previously, Ms. Conway spent six years as Executive Vice-President at Alliance Atlantis Communications. There, she oversaw strategic marketing, publicity and on-air creative for 13 Canadian cable specialty channels, transformed the business model for channel distribution and increased subscription revenue. She later became Chief Executive Officer of Edelman Public Relations Canada. Earlier in her career, Ms. Conway held other senior management and consulting positions with TD Bank Financial Group, Hill & Knowlton and The Neville Group.

Ms. Conway has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick, England.

In 2001, Ms. Conway received a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. In 2014, Heather was on Toronto’s Top 50 Most Influential People. below.

Kristen Wood

CEO & Creator

Kristen Wood

Kristen Wood is the CEO & Creator of THE TEN SPOT, a chain of upscale Beauty Bars established in 2006. As CEO, Kristen's main focus is on brand oversight, development and expansion - she has her hands in everything; from developing new service protocols to designing all visuals and collateral, to wining and dining all our new franchise partners. With a burning desire to start her own business and perceiving a gap in the current spa/salon service offerings in Toronto, specifically the need for services offered in an environment that combines the efficiency of low-end nail salons with the quality standards excellence of high-end spas, she decided to open up Toronto’s niche Beauty Bar and “anti” Spa on the hip strip of Queen West. Kristen was named one of PROFIT/Chatelaine Magazine’s top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada in 2015 and 2014. She also received the special achievement award from PROFIT magazine for being Canada’s Top Young Female Entrepreneur. Kristen was also awarded placement in the Ernst & Young Winning Women program 2014. Since its first opening THE TEN SPOT has grown exponentially across Canada with plans for the US of A! When Kristen is not in the office she is swooning over her young son and enjoying weekly date nights with her Hubby.

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