Speaker Series - halifax
How to Lead with Both Strength and Compassion
Regardless of job title, we are all human beings and we are emotional creatures. Your ability to understand the emotions of your team members allows you not only to become a more effective communicator and problem solver, but also to build the rapport, trust, and relationships that fuel team and business success. Leaders need to increase human connection and bring more compassion to the workplace. Learn from top Canadian companies who are leading with compassion and discover simple tools and tips to integrate empathy and compassion to your people and culture programs.
- Manage and adapt emotional behaviors that impact leadership in a variety of workplace situations
- Integrate empathy to promote strong relationships
- Apply collaborative, inclusive, and creative communication practices
- Gain emotional insights to understand and implement change
- Implement emotionally intelligent motivational skills to achieve team results
8:00 am – Registration & Networking
8:30 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast, Networking & Discussion
10:00 am – Breakfast Concludes
10:00 am – 10:30 am – Optional Networking
Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia – President & CEO, Digital Nova Scotia
Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame Inductee
With a career spanning five geographic regions, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia is a multilingual, award-winning innovator, entrepreneur and TEDx speaker with over 20 years of global experience in the private, public, non-profit and academic sectors. Originally from Germany, she has held senior executive roles at prominent multinational high-tech corporations, SMEs, and start-ups and is currently the President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia (DNS).
In recognition of her unprecedented leadership with DNS and lifelong advocacy for equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, Ulrike has received numerous awards and features, including the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, highlighting her as an inspiring role model for youth, women, immigrants, and under-represented groups in STEAM. Ulrike volunteers with multiple academic, non-profit and industry organizations on a local and national level, speaks six languages and moved from Israel to Nova Scotia in 2002. Ulrike is married with a son and daughter. Her mantra is “The biggest risk is not taking any risk”.
Sara Napier – President & CEO of United Way Halifax
Sara is President & CEO of United Way Halifax – a role she has held for over three years; one she loves and cares about deeply. Previous positions include Vice-President of Strategy and Marketing at the IWK Health Centre Foundation, media and external relations for Nova Scotia Community College, and community economic development for the Region of Queens Municipality. A dedicated volunteer, Sara has always been connected to youth organizations within HRM, most recently as a volunteer and supporter of HomeBridge Youth Society. She has also served on the National Brand Task Force for Children’s Hospital Foundations of Canada, the Board of the Sobey Executive MBA Alumni Association, and as a LORAN Scholar mentor and selection committee member. In addition to these commitments, Sara is presently a Board member of 211 Nova Scotia and Engage Nova Scotia. In the past few years, Sara has received the Halifax Progress Women of Excellence Award, an Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the International Community College Network, and an Alumni Impact Excellence Award from the Sobey School of Business. Sara holds a Masters of Business from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Community Economic Development Certificate from Nova Scotia Community College. While studying at Saint Mary’s University, Sara’s research project focused on values-based leadership including the manifestation of kindness, authenticity and forgiveness within corporate settings. Her most recent, rewarding volunteer work is serving as a mentor to younger, passionate professionals, dedicated to doing all they can to make our community the best it can be.
Andreas Robinson – Founder and President, Infinitus Academy
Andreas Robinson is a Social Entrepreneur on a mission to Empower Youth, Individuals and Communities to Embrace their Limitless Potential. He is the Founder and CEO of Infinitus Academy, a social enterprise- which fosters emotional intelligence via integrating our pillars; Identity, Resiliency, Leadership, Mental Health into our experiential events, programming, curriculum, training and development. Since launching, our services have grown to include programming within the public and private schools from elementary through to post-secondary, along with provincial prisons, community, nonprofit and industry organizations, most recently completing the on-boarding to the government’s service provider system.
With a background in experiential learning and marketing, over the past 5 years Andreas has engaged 2,500+ persons through this work and continues to build his personal portfolio with facilitation, consulting, public speaking and coaching. A member of the board of directors for Digital Nova Scotia, and serving on other steering committees – finally, Andreas will be graduating with a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing from the Sobey School of Business in 2019 and is focused on refining operations to strengthen their province-wide reach.
President & CEO, WXN and CBDC, members of the PhaseNyne network of companies
Sherri Stevens, President and CEO of WXN and CBDC and founder and President of SRG, is an award-winning entrepreneur, visionary and lifelong advocate, dedicated to the advancement of diversity and inclusivity in management, executive and professional board roles. Sherri takes great pride in the crusade to support and inspire others to lead and use their collective impact to break barriers and shatter ceilings.
As an expert on business strategy, change management, and workforce development, Sherri has been recognized by numerous professional organizations, most notably as the recipient of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Momentum, as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in the category of Entrepreneur and has been named to the Profit W100 list 9 years running. Beyond her business accolades, Sherri’s positive impact over the years has provided meaningful work for thousands of people, helped companies sustain productive workforces and supported communities across North America!
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