2018 Women's Leadership Summit

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Register and learn how and why we should empower women

Throughout the world, the advancement of women is proving to be a determining factor in societal progress, global health improvements and increases in national wealth. However, women often face structural barriers to career advancement and to reaching the highest echelons of professional success. While other countries are making great strides, statistics on gender parity in Canada do not reflect similar progress.

Empowering women from all backgrounds

Franklin Templeton Investments is proud to present the 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) in collaboration with the University of Ottawa Alumni Association, The Women's Mentor Initiative, the Centre for Continuing Education, and the faculties of Social Sciences, Arts, Science and Engineering.

The goal of this summit is to learn how and why we should empower women. Each topic will be relevant across a range of fields and will feature exceptional women leaders, many of whom are uOttawa alumni.


Event Information

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Location: The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

12 p.m. - Check-in

Choose from group professional development sessions led by our speakers.

1 p.m.

Session 1: Navigating your career - turning mentors into sponsors (English)
Session 2: Advancing women in the hi-tech sector (bilingual)
Session 3: Indigenous women and leadership (Bilingual)

3 p.m.

Session 4: Investing and financial strategies for women (English)
Session 5: Women's leadership and emotional intelligence (English)
Session 6: Defining your leadership DNA: cracking the confidence code and achieving pay equity (English)

Session(s) include your tickets for the cocktail and keynote with Danièle Henkel

Register for up to two Sessions + Cocktail + Danièle Henkel

5 p.m. - Networking cocktail - Governor General III Room. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

6 p.m. - Keynote: Danièle Henkel - Governor General I & II Room (Bilingual Presentation)

Concerned with women’s place in the workforce, more specifically in male-dominated industries, Danièle Henkel shares her thoughts on what has been accomplished so far and the obstacles that remain. This talk will help raise awareness and provide inspiration to both men and women.

Register for Cocktail + Danièle Henkel

Receive a professional development attestation

Participants qualify for a Non-Credit Professional Development attestation and may be eligible for registration fee reimbursement from their employers.

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Keynote Speaker: Danièle Henkel

Danièle Henkel is a businesswoman who created a strong and unique brand in the province of Quebec. Her eponymous company aims to reconcile health and business with the installation of care facilities within the workplace, thus enforcing the concept of wellness as a new social norm in the business world. Danièle Henkel is at the forefront of the fight for a stronger corporate Quebec and a fierce advocate of the promotion of women entrepreneurship in Quebec; she does not hesitate to finance, support and mentor businesses in which she believes in, as demonstrated during her five seasons on Quebec’s ‘’Dragon’s Den’’. Danièle Henkel is a woman who skilfully uses her voice and expertise on panels across the globe. Through her impactful series of conferences in North America, Europe and Africa, she shares her experiences and strong beliefs in education with future generations of entrepreneurs. Danièle Henkel is a woman who transforms every challenge into an achievement, across professional and personal lines. Resettlement, immigration, emancipation… her best-selling autobiography has empowered several generations of proud and strong women.

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