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SHEday Sells Out; Featuring Inspirational Women Leading Business

A packed RBC Convention Centre launches the New Year for women business pros.

Authors: Marney Stapley & Erica Schmidt, MTS 


We started 2016 with a compelling experience of sharing, listening and being empowered by peers, leaders and women in business.

Economic Development Winnipeg and the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba presented SHEday 2016 — an inspiring leadership event for women. The event sold out in just four days, and it was well worth the hype.

We heard from ten incredible women who shared their thoughts on the importance of teamwork, financial wellness and building your personal brand.

With so many great speakers, we narrowed the list down to our highlights.

Dr. Moira Somers

Dr. Moira Somers is a financial psychologist; however, her talk focussed on becoming more resilient.

Transformation is needed since the old way of doing things hasn’t worked for a lot of people – especially not for women. There’s been too much emphasis on the vague promise of the ‘good life’ and too little on what it takes to create and sustain a ‘rich life.’

When we find ourselves faced with difficult times we are faced with either feeling broken and defeated – or hardy and resolute.

There are actions and mindsets vital to creating a more resilient you. A few transformative questions to ask yourself are:

  • What is going right?
  • What meaning can I find in this?
  • How do I want to start showing up differently?

Taking the time to reflect upon your questions and answers may help you uncover what you didn’t even realize you were looking for. It turns out there is a recipe for resilience.

Panel interview—with Dahlia Kurtz from CBC Radio

Dahlia interviews a panel of four dynamic women:

  • Cathryne Johannesson, Assistant Branch Manager, RBC Dominion Securities
  • Grace Palombo, Executive Vice-President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Great-West Life
  • Heather Tulk, Chief Customer Officer, MTS
  • MaryAnn Kempe, Chief Human Resources Officer, Birchwood Automotive Group

Dahlia, who has an interesting background and a tremendously witty sense of humor, presented a number of work and life questions to the panel. A lot of great takeaways came from these four women’s knowledgeable responses.

When asked about how they would handle certain situations, they often referred to simply always using good ethics. When you stray from good ethics and morals, even momentarily, it will take you off the right path.

There were many references to finding a mentor and really taking all you can get from their wisdom. And likewise, there were mentions of becoming a mentor and sharing your knowledge to help guide others.

Heather Tulk, MTS Chief Customer Officer, spoke about the importance of ensuring that your head is always where your feet are. Meaning, when she’s at work she makes sure her mind is focused on work, and when she’s at home she is focused on her family and the personal side of life. I’m sure many of us can attest to this challenge as we’ve all experienced being at work, but our minds were consumed with demands at home, and vice versa.

Heather also spoke about dealing with change. She and her husband have experienced a long journey through organizational changes, major career shifts and living in three different provinces. She spoke of how change can shake your confidence, but the importance of not letting that happen.

In times of change, Heather’s advice is to choose your defining moments; don’t let someone else choose them. Then decide what you are going to draw out of that change. Take control of it and decide for yourself what you want to do or where you are going to go next.

The MTS Headshot Lounge

As Diamond Sponsor of SHEday2016, MTS held a special all-day session inviting every woman in attendance to have their headshot taken.

With two photographers from Cory Aronec Photography and a makeup crew on hand, all participants could have their photograph taken in a large room adjacent to the main convention area.

The Twitterverse was also buzzing with activity around #SHEday2016.

SHEday2016 was a hit, and next year’s event is bound to be just as amazing. If you want to attend in 2017, you’ll no doubt need to act quickly so stay tuned to the Women’s Enterprise Centre site for details.

Did you attend SHEday this year? Let us know your favourite speakers and highlights from the day in our comments section below.

Marney Stapley

Marney is the Vice President, North Forge Technology Exchange. The North Forge Technology Exchange provides access to advanced digital fabrication and prototyping equipment with support from entrepreneurial and innovation communities. In her spare time, she helps to shape one of the world's most respected blogs dedicated entirely to Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing. She is also a volunteer for TEDx Winnipeg as a team member who selects and works with engaging speakers.

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