Elevate Women Launch

Thank you #Elevate and to Solange Tuyishime and the Elevate team who put together this initiative, yesterday’s launch event was fantastic . I’m proud to be an Elevate Leader and look forward to future events. Thank you to the wonderful speakers, who took the time  to share their experiences and answer questions. It was fantastic to see and hear:

  • MP Stephanie Kusie
  • MP Karen McCrimmon
  • MP Julie Dzerowicz
  • MP Celina Caesar -Chavannes
  • MP Yvonne Jones
  • MP Elizabeth May
  • MP Anita Vandenbeld
  • Kimberley Sabourin

Some of my favourite take-aways from the event were MP Celina-Caesar-Chavannes 10 lessons learned over the course of her career to date:

  1. Work hard, play a little harder ( make sure to take time for self-care)
  2. If you don’t ask, you don’t get
  3. To whom much is given, much is expected
  4. Never take the first offer, know your worth
  5. Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to
  6. If you think about something twice, you’ve thought one to many times
  7. If it doesn’t want to make you vomit, it’s not worth doing
  8. The rolling stone gathers no doubt – keep moving and stop talking yourself out of things
  9. Nothing meant for you can pass you by
  10. Go big, or go home

and MP Karen McCrimmon’s thoughts on leadership:

  • To be a leader, you need to be authentically yourself, you can’t gain people’s trust without being authentic
  • Leaders exist to serve the team, not the other way around
  • Management is about what gets done, leadership is about how it get’s done, it’s about inspiring others without rank or coercion
  • Trust is like a bank account, you have to make deposits every day by being thoughtful, available, predictable.., some day  you’ll need to make a withdrawal
  • Don’t let not knowing hold you back, ask questions and engage with people

She also made reference to a fantastic quote by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Last night after the event, I was watching a show and heard someone say Real Queens adjust eachother’s crowns, and I thought it perfectly embodied the spirit of what Elevate Women stands for, women supporting women.




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