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Women Leadership Nation Breaking Barriers

WomenLeadershipNation

In today’s world, everyone can use a little inspiration! Navigating your career isn't easy and many people at different points in their lives feel lost and unsure of the path they have taken, we have all experienced this at one point in our lives. Navigating your career is not a destination, but a journey. This podcast was created as a passion project to showcase women leaders' journey's and during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no better time to gain inspiration and insight from amazing women across a wide range of industries and sectors. Our podcast is for anyone who is passionate about making a difference in their lives. The podcast is for those who are just starting their career, those who are striving to get to the next level, and those who have achieved all their goals and are wondering what is next! It is by sharing our stories that we can help one another navigate our careers and lives even during these challenging times. We are stronger together and have an incredible opportunity to learn from one another. Women Leadership Nation’s™ Breaking Barriers Podcast was created to provide a place where women can share inspiring stories, real-life experiences, and new ideas for how to break barriers, overcome challenges and grow your career while remaining authentic to who you are. Hosted by Jennifer Ladouceur, President of Women Leadership Nation™ Inc., each episode offers an open and honest conversation with inspiring women who are forward-thinking, accomplished professionals in their respective fields. Women Leadership Nation™, Breaking Barriers Podcast www.womenleadershipnation.com We are so grateful for our listeners, our fans, and our guests! You mean the world to us! By becoming a member you will allow us to dedicate additional time to Breaking Barriers so we can bring you even more amazing guests and resources and continue to build our community of kick-ass women! We hope you enjoyed these episodes and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community! Together we can break barriers!

30: Oleksandra Zubal - Telling her story of balancing life and war in Ukraine28: Sue Pitchforth of Owner and Principal Designer of Decor Therapy Plus
Sue Pitchforth of Owner and Principal Designer of Decor Therapy Plus is an International Award-Winning Designer, a TV personality, and a professional speaker. Sue’s approach to design is refreshing, unique and inexpensive, yet yields luxurious results.  Believing the home is an expression of your life and personality, Sue says most people usually have a lot of what they need, they just don’t know it. “You would be surprised, how every home has the best stories and items in their basements or closets”, according to Sue. She is passionate about creating spaces where homeowners surround themselves with things they love and that reflect who they are. Her workshops and seminars are extremely popular, inspiring thousands of homeowners around Ontario. Sue is a leader in the industry and is forging new directions with her unique “Staging & Design from a Distance” virtual services. She is excited to be based out of the Nation’s Capital and recently has been appointed as “Ottawa Ambassador” for the Canadian Association of Property Stylists. A proud Rotarian, Sue gives back to her community by volunteering on various Boards and is passionate about mentoring new entrepreneurs. The Women Leadership Nation, Breaking Barriers Podcast is committed to helping women break barriers through the power of storytelling, self-awareness, and knowledge sharing. We started this podcast as a platform for women to share their journeys, experiences, and insights so that we can learn and grow from one another. We hope you enjoyed this episode and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community!  Together we can break barriers! www.WomenLeadershipNation.com
14-05-2021
50 mins
27: Helen Ashton, Vice President of Human Resources at Campbells Company of Canada26: Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, of CAMH Foundation
Deborah Gillis, President and CEO of the CAMH Foundation Deborah Gillis is President and CEO of CAMH Foundation. As a recognized thought leader on gender equality, diversity, and inclusion, Deborah has dedicated her career to driving social change. Deborah’s unique blend of passion, strategic vision, and entrepreneurial spirit is helping her lead CAMH Foundation in transforming how Canadians understand and address mental illness, in the workplace and in society. Deborah put her ideals into practice in her previous role as President & CEO of Catalyst, a global non-profit that helps build workplaces that work for women. She advised some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies on how to accelerate and advance women into leadership. Deborah has received national and international accolades for her advocacy efforts and business achievements. In 2016, she was named as one of Canadian Business magazine’s 10 Most Powerful Business People and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal. In 2017, she was appointed to the Canada-United States Council for   Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders and also accepted an honorary Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Cape Breton University for dedicating her life’s work to advocating for women’s rights and equality. She serves on the Board of Governors of St. Francis Xavier University.   The Women Leadership Nation, Breaking Barriers Podcast is committed to helping women break barriers through the power of storytelling, self-awareness, and knowledge sharing. We started this podcast as a platform for women to share their journeys, experiences, and insights so that we can learn and grow from one another. We hope you enjoyed this episode and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community!  Together we can break barriers! www.WomenLeadershipNation.com
05-05-2021
52 mins
25: Erin Bagwell, Documentary Filmmaker, Blogger, and Creative24: Courtney Symons, Editor in Chief at Shopify
Courtney Symons is the Editor in Chief at Shopify. Courtney Symons is the Editor in Chief at Shopify, a Canadian multinational e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It is also the name of its proprietary e-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems Courtney made her dreams come true by writing my first novel on the coastline of eastern Australia in 2010. She explains how she was supposed to be working, but instead, she made the decision to sit in the sand with her new Macbook and write. When she returned home from Australia had a draft manuscript of her first book called “Once, We Were Stolen”, which was successfully published.  Courtney was also a technology reporter for the Ottawa Business Journal, which publishes a bi-weekly newspaper and daily web content. Courtney was also a finalist in the Hot Mommas Project, a global case study competition based out of Washington, D.C., which collects success stories from women across the globe. http://about.me/courtneysymons http://www.courtneysymons.com @CourtneySymons    The Women Leadership Nation, Breaking Barriers Podcast is committed to helping women break barriers through the power of storytelling, self-awareness, and knowledge sharing. We started this podcast as a platform for women to share their journeys, experiences, and insights so that we can learn and grow from one another. We hope you enjoyed this episode and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community!  Together we can break barriers! www.WomenLeadershipNation.com
22-04-2021
44 mins
23: Nicole McKinney, Founder and President of WAKING THE unCONSIOUS
Nicole McKinney, Founder, and President of WAKING THE unCONSIOUS In, 2019 Nicole founded and launched the Not for Profit WtC WAKING the unCONSCIOUS that has a core premise to focus a lens on both the systemic and relational dynamics of elements like Anti-Black/POC Racism and Unconscious Bias, specifically the Unpacking of Privilege and Marginalisation, allowing for critical examination and an understanding of intersectionality. Nicole’s work is inspired by the legacy of her father, Dr. David McKinney Jr: a renowned Academic in the US and Canada, who ended his career at the University of Guelph With a career-long focus on anti-black racism, he worked with organizations such as the Black United Front in Nova Scotia and pioneered research into police brutality. The Women Leadership Nation, Breaking Barriers Podcast is committed to helping women break barriers through the power of storytelling, self-awareness, and knowledge sharing. We started this podcast as a platform for women to share their journeys, experiences, and insights so that we can learn and grow from one another. We hope you enjoyed this episode and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community!  Together we can break barriers! www.WomenLeadershipNation.com     He also advocated for human rights in conjunction with Daniel G Hill and took on several major court cases including the famed 1990 Supreme Court case, McKinney vs the University of Guelph.
15-04-2021
1 hr 2 mins
22: Fatima Zaidi, CEO and Co-Founder of Quill Inc.21: Kim Smiley, Artist, Fashion Designer, and Social Entrepreneur
Kim Smiley is an artist, fashion designer, and social entrepreneur.  Kim pursued advanced degrees at McGill and Harvard University, where she graduated first in her class. She later conducted a post-graduate fellowship in Japan. In Tokyo, Kim discovered the metallic lace that would become her eternal canvas.  As women, Kim believes we apologize too much. So she unapologetically leaves you with this: Kim Smiley is building an Empathy Empire, marrying fashion and philanthropy, empathy and activism. She is employing newcomers in Toronto for a living wage and has bold plans to expand to India and Israel, where she envisions Arab and Jewish women working shoulder to shoulder to create pathways for peace. Born in Montreal, Kim lives with her family in Toronto.  She loves making people feel beautiful and believes the most gorgeous human beings radiate beauty from the inside out.  In this podcast, Kim shares her life journey, along with inspiring insights that will benefit everyone who believes in the power of empathy. The Women Leadership Nation, Breaking Barriers Podcast is committed to helping women break barriers through the power of storytelling, self-awareness, and knowledge sharing. We started this podcast as a platform for women to share their journeys, experiences, and insights so that we can learn and grow from one another. We hope you enjoyed this episode and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community!  Together we can break barriers! www.WomenLeadershipNation.com
01-04-2021
44 mins
20: Zibby Owens, Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Podcast, Creator and Host
Zibby Owens is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Zibby, named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York Magazine’s Vulture, conducts warm, inquisitive conversations with authors, making her show a top literary podcast as selected by Oprah.com in 2019 and 2020. She also created the Moms Don’t Have Time to Lose Weight community and hosts the accompanying podcast. Zibby is the Editor-in-Chief of Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, a Medium.com publication. Most recently, she released an anthology, Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology (Skyhorse Publishing, 2/16/21). Zibby is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and has recommended books in the Washington Post, Real Simple, and other outlets. She has also contributed to Parents, Marie Claire, Redbook, the New York Times online, and many other publications. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, the BBC, and many local news outlets. She currently has a two-book deal for children’s books with Flamingo, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and another upcoming anthology with Skyhorse Publishing: Moms Don’t Have Time To Have Kids: A Second Anthology (11/1/21). Zibby serves on the boards of the Mount Sinai Health System, the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, the Child Mind Institute, and co-chairs the Library Council of the New York Public Library. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, Zibby currently lives in New York with her husband, Kyle Owens of Morning Moon Productions, and her four children ages 6 - 13. She always has a book nearby.   The Women Leadership Nation, Breaking Barriers Podcast is committed to helping women break barriers through the power of storytelling, self-awareness, and knowledge sharing. We started this podcast as a platform for women to share their journeys, experiences, and insights so that we can learn and grow from one another. We hope you enjoyed this episode and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community!  Together we can break barriers! www.WomenLeadershipNation.com
25-03-2021
31 mins
19: Beth Milliard, Staff Sergeant at York Regional Police18: Amanda Goreski, Producer, Supre Incorporated & Manager Legal Services at Slate Asset Management17: Mallika Chopra - Guided Four Minute Meditation16: Abigail Posner, Head of Strategic Planning at Google15: The Honourable Mary Ng, Member of Parliament, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
The Honourable Mary Ng was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham—Thornhill in April 2017 and was appointed Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion in July 2018. She was then re-elected in October 2019, and was appointed Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade in November 2019. Mary is a devoted community leader who has always believed in the power of public service, with 20 years of experience in the areas of education, women’s leadership, job creation, and entrepreneurship. Mary immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong with her family when she was very young, and grew up in her family’s small business – she knows first-hand the challenges and opportunities that many new Canadians face. Mary is committed to working with Justin Trudeau to grow and strengthen our middle class, and she understands what it takes to ensure well-paying jobs for the hard-working people in Markham—Thornhill.   The Women Leadership Nation, Breaking Barriers Podcast is committed to helping women break barriers through the power of storytelling, self-awareness, and knowledge sharing. We started this podcast as a platform for women to share their journeys, experiences, and insights so that we can learn and grow from one another. We hope you enjoyed this episode and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community!  Together we can break barriers! www.WomenLeadershipNation.com
17-01-2021
22 mins
14: Pooja Handa, Anchor, CP24 & Co-Host CP24 Breakfast
Pooja Handa is an award-winning broadcaster who most people recognize as the co-host of Toronto’s #1 morning show, CP24 Breakfast. Torontonians have come to know Pooja as one of the familiar faces greeting them every morning helping them start their day with a smile. She started in 2008 at CP24 as a News Anchor and Reporter and has covered everything from politics to entertainment. She is a born storyteller, who uses her wit and humour to engage viewers.  Pooja has hosted many prominent Toronto events including the annual Toronto International Film Festival, Pride Parade, Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, Toronto Raptors Championship Parade, Canada’s Walk of Fame, and many more. She also makes regular appearances on CTV’s The Social and The Marilyn Dennis Show. Before joining CP24, Pooja worked as a traffic reporter and entertainment host for Global Morning News in Toronto, where she created and hosted a unique entertainment segment called the PH FACTOR (Pooja Handa Factor). In total, Pooja has been in the business for almost 20 years. The Women Leadership Nation, Breaking Barriers Podcast is committed to helping women break barriers through the power of storytelling, self-awareness, and knowledge sharing. We started this podcast as a platform for women to share their journeys, experiences, and insights so that we can learn and grow from one another. We hope you enjoyed this episode and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community!  Together we can break barriers! www.WomenLeadershipNation.com
14-01-2021
36 mins
13: Vicki Saunders, Founder of SheEO12: Zahra Al-harazi, Co-founder of Skillit and Author of What it Takes Interview11: Rhonda Klosler, Office Market Leader, Toronto, Chief Operating Officer, at RSM Interview10: Jodi Kovitz, Author of Go Out of Your Way & Founder of Move The Dial Interview