Speaker Series - halifax

Empathetic Leadership

How to Lead with Both Strength and Compassion

Event Details:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 – 8:40 am – Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:40 am – 10:00 am – Panel discussion

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Extended Networking


Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia
President & CEO, Digital Nova Scotia
Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame Inductee

Bahr-Gedalia, Ulrike portraitWith 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”.

Beverley Hammond
Founder & CEO, Republic

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In her 25+ year career in politics and marketing, Beverley Hammond has been involved in some of the country’s biggest campaigns and has served a roster of global clients.

Before founding empathy marketing agency, Republic, Beverley spent 12 years as President & CEO then Chair of Veritas Communications.  She has also been president of think.ink – Communique PR and Director at Grey Worldwide Toronto.  Her political experience spans both federal and provincial governments working for the Minister of International Trade and the Ontario Minister of Finance, among others.  She has written five Ontario budget speeches and a provincial Throne Speech.

Beverley served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Canada; one of the founders of G(irls)20 and now a member of its Global Advisory Board. She has been a Director of the LCBO, the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Women in Leadership and Leadership Sinai at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Sara Napier
President & CEO of United Way Halifax

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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

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Andreas Robinson is a graduate of the exclusive Phillips Exeter Academy, an Elite Preparatory School in the US, a former Boston Globe All Scholastic Athletic Award Winner, a Team Canada Gold medal winner in Football, as well as a competitor at the CIS East West All Star Game.

Andreas was the recipient of the Student Leadership Recognition Award, and the Order of Entrepreneurship Award from Saint Mary’s University and recently returned from a 3 month Entrepreneurship + ICT internship in Jamaica, as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar.

With a background in experiential learning and marketing, Andreas 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 through programming within the public and private schools from elementary through to post-secondary, along with provincial prisons, community, nonprofit and industry organizations.

Over the past 5 years, Andreas has engaged 2,500+ people through this work and continues to build his personal portfolio with facilitation, consulting, public speaking and coaching.

This Spring, Andreas will graduate with a Double Major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, from the Sobey School of Business and is focused on refining operations to broaden the outreach and impact.


Jennifer Gillivan
President and CEO, IWK Health Centre Foundation

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Jennifer Gillivan is President and CEO of the IWK Health Centre Foundation. Before joining the IWK Foundation, Jennifer worked for fourteen years at the CBC at the regional and national level.

Jennifer was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to serve as a member of The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments in Nova Scotia. Jennifer is the Honorary Lieutenant colonel 3 Intelligence Company, Canadian Armed Forces.  Jennifer is the Vice Chair of Children’s Hospital Foundations Board and a Board member Save the Children International. Jennifer is the Atlantic Ambassador for Women Get On Board.

Jennifer was awarded by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce – Halifax Business Person of the Year 2017. Jennifer was awarded by Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018. Jennifer was awarded as one of the Top 25 Immigrants in Canada and one of the Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes in 2017. Jennifer was featured in “Canada 150 Women” in November 2017. Distinctive Women National Conference awarded Jennifer with Professional of The Year 2016-17. Jennifer was recognized nationally by RBC Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award. Jennifer was awarded by BMO Community & Charitable Giving Award and has received two CBC English Television Awards, The Halifax Ambassador Award and a Progress Halifax Women of Excellence Award.


Casino Nova Scotia
Compass Room
1983 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3Y5

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April 9, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Halifax, NS