Speaker Series - vancouver

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 – Registration & Networking

8:30 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast, Networking & Discussion

10:00 am – Breakfast Concludes

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Optional Networking


Zhenya Beck – Co-founder, Freightera Logistics Inc.

Zhenya Beck is a Co-Founder of freight digitization startup Freightera and a marketing and communications expert with over 20 years of experience. Originally trained as a journalist, and after a successful career in the field, she switched to web development where she saw the future was heading. She founded a web design company that helped customers to expand their brands online. Giving small business the high-end quality not accessible on small budgets became her mission that was possible through efficiency, creativity, and collaboration. Zhenya directed the design process that won the “Best Transportation Website” Web Award, 2016 Technology Impact Award and she received BCTIA Women in Technology 2016 honorable mention. She is responsible for marketing strategy and communications at Freightera. She has an MA in Journalism and UBC/DAA Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics.

Eric Beckwitt – CEO, Freightera Logistics Inc.

Eric Beckwitt is a Founder and CEO of Freightera, rapidly growing Vancouver freight digitization startup on a mission to make freight easy, accessible and green. Eric is the chief architect and system developer. His passion is to work at the intersection of multiple disciplines and technologies, bringing sharp people together to solve complex problems and create win-win solutions that are highly efficient, profitable, and sustainable. He has successfully found funding for, designed, engineered, and managed diverse IT projects, ranging from multimillion-acre reports to Congress and the President of the US to global websites for international organizations and businesses for 25 years. He is well known in the environmental planning community and his work has been featured in CNN International, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Today Show, among others and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. He is a recipient of the 2019 Clean50 Award.

Laurie Schultz – CEO, ACL Services Ltd.

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Laurie Schultz is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL’s global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double-digit growth.

With over 25 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multimillion-dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, business intelligence, and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG, and TELUS, Laurie has both doubled revenues and doubled profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few.”

Since being appointed CEO of ACL in 2011, Laurie has successfully pivoted the company from hard sales of software to a software-as-a-service model with over 300 employees and to accolades as one of Canada’s top employers.

Laurie is a strong advocate for technology and serves as the board chair of the BC Tech Association.

Laurie holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from University of Alberta.

Ted Seraphim – CEO, West Fraser

Ted has been the Chief Executive Officer of West Fraser Timber Company Limited since 2013. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, he held the roles of President and Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, Pulp & Paper and Vice President of Pulp and Paper Sales. Prior to joining West Fraser, he worked for another BC based forest products company from 1985 to 1997, primarily in sales and marketing roles.  He spent the first 3 years of his career articling at Ernst and Young. Ted is the Chairman of the Council of Forest Industries, a board member of the  Softwood Lumber Board, British Columbia Lumber Trade Council and the Forest Products Association of Canada.

Mr. Seraphim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Accountant.


Narges Nirumvala – CEO, ExecutiveSpeak Coaching International

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Called ‘The Secret Weapon’ by one journalist, Narges Nirumvala is a world renowned leadership communication expert. She is the CEO of ExecutiveSpeak Coaching International a much sought after keynote speaker and author of the Amazon Best Selling book “Capture the Spotlight”. Narges is often called upon by the media as an expert in her field. Her writing on the subject has been published in 106 countries worldwide. Narges is also a passionate advocate for women and children. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Board for Dixon Transition Society and is the Ambassador for Western Canada for the global gender equality organization Female Wave of Change. Narges has won numerous awards and accolades; most recently she was nominated for the 2018 RBC Women of Influence Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and won the 2018 Shakti Award for Entrepreneurship. She lives in Vancouver with her family.


Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 W Georgia Street
Bowden Room
Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7

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February 26, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Vancouver, BC