TBLP061 | Bianca Lopes: Identity Leader

Bianca Lopes is the former CIO at BioConnect. She is also a public and keynote speaker. Born and raised in Brazil, Bianca spent most of her entrepreneurial life in Canada. She moved to Canada and was able to establish two businesses before the age of 27.

Bianca is a curious, proud geek person. She had a dream of being a diplomat but turned entrepreneur. She is obsessed with human beings which is why she is now living a bit of a nomad lifestyle right now.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What is the future of identity and data in technology
  • The significance of showing vulnerability as a leader to your team
  • The biggest challenge of being a woman leader
  • What are the traits of a leader in the future
  •  A massive accomplishment of a business leader

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Reading List

  • The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway
  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors


Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP058 | Melissa Nightingale: Modern Leadership

Melissa Nightingale is the Co-Founder and Partner of Raw Signal Group. She is editor of The Co-pour and bestselling author of “How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership.”

Melissa has held senior leadership roles in Marketing, and PR, at several fast-paced startups, including Wattpad, Edmodo, and Mozilla. She moved to Toronto after more than a decade of working in senior tech roles in Silicon Valley.

Melissa and her husband left their technology executive roles at the beginning of last year to go found Raw Signal Group. They based on the idea that they had seen technology companies making the same mistakes over and over again when it came to management and leadership. They built Raw Signal Group to build better bosses, put structure around how to lead in a fast-paced organization and lead in a way that’s both authentic to you and the organization.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What made Melissa and her husband build Raw Signal Group
  • The difficult decisions she had to do to grow as a business leader
  • How to separate personal and professional relationship
  • Backstory of writing Melissa’s book
  • Is there a difference between leadership and management
  • Different Levels of Listening

Links

Reading List

  • How F*cked Up Is Your Management?: An uncomfortable conversation about modern leadership

  • Co-Active Coaching,  Changing Business, Transforming Lives

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP057 | Ami Shah: Youth Education Leader

Ami Shah is the Co-Founder & CEO of Peekapak, an edtech startup that teaches social-emotional learning skills like self-regulation, empathy and teamwork in the class and home.

Ami earned her MBA from INSEAD and received great marketing experience from Procter and Gamble. She spent a lot of time abroad. Ami lived, volunteered, studied in about five or six countries. Now, she loves practicing yoga, photography and felt fortunate to have a great set of friends not only in Toronto but also international.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How Peekapak can help your child with emotional intelligence, empathy, and perseverance
  • What she learned from Procter and Gamble that prepared her to know the fundamentals of developing a business
  • Ami’s tipping point to make a turnaround and work on herself
  • How Ami find her mentor?
  • The biggest challenges emerging leaders face today

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP053 | Lauren Haw: Done is Better than Perfect

Lauren at the age of 18, while attending Queen’s School of Business, ran the most successful College Pro enterprise in Ontario. After graduation, she launched and ran an Oxford Learning Centre in Toronto. Then she moved into the real estate industry with an early stage investment in True North Mortgage, a national brokerage with offices across Canada. Lauren is an Active Director at RateHub.ca

In 2015, Lauren purchased Zoocasa.com from Rogers, a modern real estate project that has a highly skilled team of agents to represent homes in quick Internet searches.

Right now, Lauren is carrying her baby number two while raising a 14-month old daughter.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What is Zoocasa and what to expect from them in the next 12 months
  • How to train and manage realtors to provide an amazing consumer experience
  • The most important decision Lauren has to make as a leader of her company
  • Teaching a new member understand the organizations’ culture
  • How do you pick who to hire when they seem equal on paper
  • How do you adjust and continually grow as an effective leader throughout your career

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP047 | Heather Shantora: Composure Under Pressure

As the CEO of PT Healthcare and InnoCare, Heather oversees a $50+ million national healthcare company and under her leadership, both organizations have solidified their position as Canadian health care leaders focused on the development of innovative healthcare technology and patient-centered care. She credits this success to her team and her commitment to creative thinking; a willingness to challenge the status quo; authentically caring for and empowering teams; and an entrepreneurial skill set firmly focused on value creation.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why it doesn’t matter what industry you work in, it’s what you uniquely bring
  • How living in Paris as an “immigrant” opened her eyes
  • What it means to take on more responsibility
  • Why she enjoys reading business articles like Harvard Business Review

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Reading List

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP045 | Diane Kazarian: Leadership Is About Others

Diane Kazarian is the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area and National Financial Services Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) which includes Banking and Capital Markets, Asset Management, Insurance, Real Estate and Private Equity sectors in all lines of business (audit, tax and advisory). She is also PwC’s Global Financial Services Brand Leader.

With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Diane specializes in the banking sector in the development and monitoring of legal and reputational risk policies, procedures and processes, regulatory compliance and credit risk management processes. She has extensive experience of IFRS, US GAAP and SEC rules and regulations.

In 2013, she was a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.

Diane has a BSc (Business Administration) from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island (Summa Cum Laude). She is a CA and CPA, and is fluent in Armenian. She speaks at a variety of client events, and teaches courses aimed at the directors’ community at the Rotman School of Management and frequently interacts with the press on emerging issues in Financial Services. Diane often speaks and is an active participant and advocate of Women in Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion. She is also on the Board of Bryant University and Kingsway College School.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Diane believes you have to focus for 3-5 years before moving on
  • How she supports the growth of women leaders in the organization
  • What it takes to learn about new opportunities in the company
  • What she does when moving onto new roles and opportunities

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP043 | Dalia Asterbadi: Learn to Conquer Challenges

Dalia Asterbadi hails from a family of technology entrepreneurs. Dalia is the CTO of Verve.ai, Chief Data Scientist at JONES and Chair of CriticalStateLabs, focused in machine learning and augmented intelligence since 2012.

As a respected marketing technologist and inventor of a patented augmented intelligence platform, she believes in pioneering the democratization of data science.

Based in Toronto, she is committed to enabling Canadian startups to make a dent in the technology and business ecosystem through collaboration and value creation.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why real insight needs to come in the form as a surprise
  • The challenges growing an agency
  • Why he believes in multiple revenue streams
  • What he learned from an acquisition

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP040 | Alyssa Furtado: Diversity of Thought

Alyssa Furtado is a passionate entrepreneur, financial expert, digital marketer and educator and is the CEO of RateHub.ca, the leading Canadian financial comparison site for mortgage rates, credit card deals, deposit rates and insurance. She has been regularly featured as a financial expert on CTV News, BNN, Global News, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Alyssa graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in business and math. She worked for two years for a US-based consulting firm where she realized a need in Canada for transparent online resources in the personal finance space and a platform to compare products; there were already three companies in the United States fulfilling this market. Alyssa thus co-founded RateHub in 2010 and has spent the last seven years building products that help Canadians make smart financial choices.

She has grown RateHub.ca from 1 to over 50 full-time employees.  She and her co-founder, James Laird, also launched its own in-house mortgage brokerage, CanWise Financial. Alyssa’s expertise in search engine optimization and digital marketing has been a key factor in RateHub.ca’s success, driving hundreds of thousands of users to the site each month.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why she left a management consulting job to start Ratehub.ca
  • Why she focused on SEO for the first 6 years
  • What are the key actions Alyssa takes to help her grow the business
  • How she is learning to overcome “imposter’s syndrome”

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TBLP037 | Melody Adhami: Growth through Quality Assurance

Melody Adhami started her career working at the billion-dollar company, Unilever, on brands like Dove, Hellmann’s and Lipton. Then, she reached a fork in the road. Deep inside the row of cubicles at Unilever, she watched the first signs of a new mobile age appear. Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, unleashing a world where mobile phones can do more than make calls. Melody made up her mind. She quit her steady job to launch a company that would focus on the emerging world of mobile apps, Plastic Mobile.

Today, Plastic is a top player in the world of mobile. Its clients are some of the biggest names in the business. The work was recognized by Forrester Research as being the “poster child” for apps. The Globe and Mail even dubbed Melody as the “Queen of Apps.” And in 2015, Plastic was acquired by the 6th largest global communications company, Havas.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why she left a perfect job at a billion dollar job company
  • How they took the leap as a couple after being married
  • What she learned after being acquired by the 5th largest communications company
  • How she was able to overcome the doubt in prospective customers in the mobile space

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TBLP029 | Kirstine Stewart: Be Ready to Learn

Kirstine Stewart will be speaking at TribalScale’s inaugural TakeOver Innovation Conference on October 2. TakeOver will bring together leaders from all communities to openly share how technology is inspiring innovation. You can purchase tickets to hear Kirstine and other digital leaders speak here

Kirstine is the Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, a content platform with over 1 billion monthly Video views and 34 million monthly unique US visitors and is ranked (Alexa) #16 US website by traffic one below Instagram.

Until Fall 2016, Kirstine was the Vice-President of Media at Twitter, overseeing North American partnerships across all verticals, including television, sports, gaming, news and music. She previously served as Managing Director for Twitter Canada, leading Canadian operations as well as advertising business and partnerships.

Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the Executive Vice-President of CBC’s English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw the network’s English-language radio, television and digital programming and operations. Earlier, she was Senior Vice-President of programming for Alliance Atlantis, overseeing HGTV, Food Network, National Geographic, BBC Canada and others.

Kirstine earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as the Transition to Leadership Program Young Global Voices at the Oxford Saïd Business School. She is also an alumna of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an integral part of the World Economic Forum.

Most recently, Kirstine was named to Maclean’s list of the most powerful Canadians (just two places behind Justin Trudeau), to Toronto Life’s list of the most influential Torontonians and to Canadian Business’s 2015 list of the top 50 most powerful business people in Canada. She sits on the board of theScore.com and WOW Entertainment and is a member of the DMZ Advisory Council at Ryerson University. She is also

She is also author of the national bestseller Our Turn (Random House) – a business book that looks at opportunities for leadership today.Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How she started from the bottom as a “Girl Friday” to leading national and global organizations
  • What keeps her moving from great opportunities to other great opportunities
  • Why she wrote “Our Turn” at the time and how it has made an impact on others
  • What she does when she switches from one large organization to another

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