Leadership From The Heart:  Being, Becoming, Belonging
7:30 AM07:30

Leadership From The Heart: Being, Becoming, Belonging


 7:15 – 8:15      Guest Registration and Breakfast

8:15 - 8:45       Introduction to Leadership from the Heart

 The event will open with a customized, highly interactive, energetic exploration of leadership.  Participants will explore and share your ideas of leadership as we introduce the main themes of the conference:

Being: Leaders need to begin with an understanding of themselves, the unique qualities they bring to the role and their sense of purpose. This includes the need to be authentic, humble, vulnerable, transparent and above all human.

Becoming: Successful leaders thrive in changing environments. This requires a growth mindset, the ability to accept and learn from failure and resiliency.  They also need to help their people realize their best selves through mentoring and coaching

Belonging:  Leaders recognize the importance of culture and their role in developing a sense of community in their organizations. They create organizations and teams where everyone feels they belong.

John Brewer, Designer, Leadership from the Heart, Principal, Idea Exchange

8:45 – 9:25      Leadership Presentation #1:  Leveraging the Leadership Power of Your Authentic Self 

Perhaps the most overused and misunderstood term in the current leadership lexicon is “authentic”.  But what exactly does it mean?  Well while it might be hard to define, we all know authenticity when we see it and it one of the foundations of leadership from the heart – and Mandy Rennehan personifies authenticity. 

In this candid, high energy opening, Mandy will share her story of beingborn and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, leaving home at the age of 18 with an old hockey bag and a smile. By 19, she founded Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!), Canada’s number one full-service, reconstruction and retail maintenance provider. In doing so the has deployed a unique leadership style based on a take-no-prisoners approach to being unapologetically who you are – indeed celebrating the unique gifts you bring to any team or organization.  This is an important message for all leaders and aspiring leaders.   You’ll enjoy a high impact conversation covering themes that will resonate with anyone wanting to lead with inspiration and purpose. 

Mandy Rennehan, “Bear”, Blue Collar CEO™ & Founder , Freschco

9:25 – 10:05   Leadership Presentation #2: Resilience: Navigating Life, Loss and the Road to Success

With the increasing pace and complexity of change in today’s workplace the issue of resiliency has become a critical quality for leaders anywhere.  The simple fact is that the road to success is full of obstacles and setbacks – some are just part of the daily grind, others can be devastating – dealing heavy blows and shattering dreams.  Lisa has faced and overcome more than most in a life and career that offers an example of how to be resilient in the face of change and channel that resiliency into inspiring leadership.  She will share her story and the importance of the following to help you bounce back and carry on:

·      Connection – having a strong social system of support at work and in life

·      Staying Positive 

·      Compartmentalize – Don’t let events in one area of your life dominate your thinking and cloud decision making

·      Be in the moment

·      Feel gratitude

Lisa Lisson, President, FedEx Canada

 10:05 – 10:45 Leadership Presentation 3:   TBA – Reserved For Sponsor 

10:45 – 11:05  Wellness and Networking Break

 11:05 – 11:50  Breakout Sessions A:

 A1: Leading for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

In today’s workplace diversity is a fact of life. But diverse workplaces will only succeed if organizations achieve effective inclusion.  And that means leaders who understand inclusion, are empathetic and create cultures where everyone feels they belong.

This session will discuss the role of leaders in making D&I work and the skills and qualities they need to be allies and advocates for everyone.

  A2: Absurdity or Opportunity – Leading with Heart in the Digital Age

AI, Machine Learning, Analytics, Big Data, Smartphones, Slack……The list goes on of digital technologies that are transforming workplaces. Some have enabled greater connection, helped expand the use of remote and contingent workforces, others are disrupting traditional jobs or enabling greater employee surveillance.

What does all this mean for leadership and how can leaders maintain the human element in the face of so much change and disruption?

 11:50 – 12:35  Breakout Sessions B:

 B1: Leading a Purpose Based Culture

While no single person owns culture in an organization, leaders play an important role through their actions, words and the decisions they make every day.

And while many organizations are focused on employee engagement others are recognizing that employees are looking for a closer connection to their work and expect their organizations to not just create great experiences but create a sense of purpose.

You’ll hear how as a leader you can tap into the energy and passion of your team and organization through creating a sense of purpose. 

B2: The Leaders Role in Creating Gender Equity in Organizations

 While there has been progress in recent years, women remain woefully underrepresented in leadership positions and within certain professions.  And where they do fill leadership roles, too often they are paid less than their male counterparts.

This event features several women leaders who have forged their own paths and are paving the way for others. This session will explore further the steps organizations and leaders can take to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to lead from the heart. 

 12:35– 1:30     Networking Lunch

 1:30 – 2:15      Leadership Session 4: "Three Vicious Circles, Five Questions, One Leader from the Heart

You want to lead from the heart, do great work and make a difference in the world.  But too often you’re overwhelmed and lose sight of your higher purpose.  The most common reasons for this are leading a team that is over dependent on you, that’s overwhelmed by the amount of work and that’s lost the connection with their Great Work.

How would you like a simple practical guide to break out of these viscous circles, regain your mojo and lead an energized, passionate high performing team?  

In this session coaching expert and best-selling author Michael Bungay Stanier will share five simple questions that will help you be more focussed, courageous and resilient.  In short he'll help you lead more effectively from the heart.”

Michael Bungay Stanier, Founder, Box of Crayons, Author, The Coaching Habit

 2:15 – 2:35      Wellness and Refreshment Break

2:35 – 3:15      Leadership Presentation 5: Leading from the Heart for the Mind – Leadership, Mental Health and Culture

Sandra Hanington has had many senior executive roles including Executive Vice President and a member of the Management Committee of BMO Financial Group and President of the Royal Canadian Mint. A transformational leader she combines strategic insights with operations and technology know-how to drive results in large and complex organizations. She served as a director on the board of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation and currently serves on the board of Extendicare Inc.

After losing her son Jack to suicide in 2010, Sandra became a passionate mental health advocate. She is co-founder and a director of Jack.org, a leading national charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health in Canada. Through Jack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack Summits, thousands of young leaders in every province and territory of Canada are working to make this a country where every young person is comfortable talking about and taking care of their mental health.  

Sandra will share her leadership journey and explore the importance of mental health in organizations and the role leaders play in employee wellbeing.

Sandra Hanington, Co-Founder and Board Member, Jack.org

3:15 – 3:55   Leadership Presentation 6:  Diversity, Respect, Enablement, and Trust - In Conversation with Rola Dagher

"In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, Rola captured her approach to leadership when she said "I was taught that being uncomfortable is a good thing, because comfort and growth don’t co-exist. And in order to survive and thrive in this new, disruptive environment, you need to be challenged continuously and adapt yourself to new ways of thinking.”  This approach fits right in with Cisco’s culture based on diversity, respect, enablement and trust.

In this wide-ranging conversation Rola will share how her early life experiences prepared her for her current leadership role and how the values she lives inform critical organizational issues such as diversity, workplace mental health and belonging as well as the task of running a competitive business in a rapidly changing and disruptive environment.”

Rola Dagher, President, Cisco Canada

3:55 – 4:35      Leadership Presentation 7: Culture, Leadership and the Future of Work

Founded in 2010, WeWork is now in over 100 cities and 27 countries, serving 400,000+ members across 425 locations globally. Originally focused on supporting start-ups, freelancers, and small businesses, today more than a third of the global Fortune 500 are WeWork members and enterprises now comprise almost 35% of WeWork's members. 

WeWork's mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living, and it focuses on shaping the future of work, including making culture a priority - for itself and for its members. Defining culture as "the energy that surrounds us," WeWork developed the "Culture Operating System" or "cultureOS' to help companies focus on the inputs that most profoundly shape the cultures they want and need. 

In this session John Reid-Dodick will share an overview of WeWork's business, describe some of the key trends shaping the future of work, and explore how leaders can take a modern and human approach to the workplace to help evolve their cultures and make their employees more fulfilled. 

John Reid-Dodick, Senior Vice President, Culture, WeWork  

4:35 – 5:00      Wrap up and Thank you!





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