The New Leader
Breakfast SeriesToronto, Ontario
July 19, 2012 7:30 AM,EST
What does it take to lead in the 21st century? According to a recent IBM survey of more than 1,700 CEOs from 64 countries, the traditional command and control style is fading, making way to openness and employee empowerment. Companies that outperform the competition are also the most likely to have executives who are cultivating the collective intelligence of their workforce while championing the use of social media. Harvard Business Review (HBR) has written several articles on the New Leader, including such topics as moving from specialists to generalists or using mathematical algorithms to guide leadership decision making and training modules.
Clearly the game has changed. The old model of leader as manager is long gone. Today's leaders are players, coaches and cheerleaders for their people. Equal parts hands-on doers and inspiring motivators who understand the power of relationship building and collaborating to motivate and drive results. HBR outlines how New Leaders manage communication: "Traditional corporate communication must give way to a process that is more dynamic and more sophisticated. Most important, (the dialogue) must be conversational." It's a big shift and we're all still finding our way.
Join WXN and hear directly from three incredible leaders. Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan Canada, is the driving force behind their Because I am a Girl campaign, which has delivered its message worldwide, from Parliament Hill to the UN, and in more than 50 countries. This former Wall Street corporate lawyer believes in taking risks and stepping out of her comfort zone in order to create a vision for her work. In life and in leadership, she believes that, "Change is powerful and two-sided; that's why you expect the unexpected. Whether the world changes on you or you change the world, it's all possible."
Accompanying her on WXN's stage is Sabrina Geremia of Google Canada.Ã‚ Sabrina is a global media, marketing & sales veteran with more than 17 years in leadership roles spanning blue chip companies (Procter & Gamble Italy, Reckitt Benckiser Global) to new media (Ask Jeeves UK & Google UK/Canada). At Google, Sabrina leads the largest sales team in Canada, driving integrated solutions for Finance, Automotive & Travel companies. Sabrina is an advocate for girls and women globally and believes that a diverse workforce leads to increased productivity and innovation. She started Women@Google in Canada to help build connections among women across Google's four offices and promote personal & career development. She sits on the advisory board for G(irls)20 Summit (www.girls20summit.com) and is the mother of toddler twins.Ã‚
Leading the discussion will be Prof. Beatrix Dart, Associate Dean and the Executive Director of the Women in Business Initiative at Rotman’s, where her passion is advancing females in management positions. Her deep involvement in developing programs that teach professional women innovative skills and new ways of thinking provides them with the guidance they need to take the next step. She focuses on aspects like strategic leadership, overcoming obstacles, and network building. These women are creating a new leadership paradigm. In essence, they’re defining what it means to be a “New Leader” every day. Hear their stories on JulyÃ‚ 19.
Breakfast SeriesToronto, Ontario
July 19, 2012 7:30 AM,EST
7:15 - 7:30 - Registration & Networking
7:30 - 8:45 - Breakfast & Discussion
8:45 - 9:00 - Networking
9:00 - Breakfast Concludes
President & CEO
Rosemary McCarney is President and CEO of Plan International Canada Inc. (Plan Canada), an international, humanitarian, child-centred development organization. Founded in 1937, Plan now works in 69 countries around the world helping children, their families and communities to achieve lasting improvements in their lives.
Rosemary has had an extensive international career in law, business and the not-for-profit sector, having worked in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining Plan Canada she was the Executive Director of Street Kids International.
Rosemary received her law degree from the University of Western Ontario and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has taught both international and constitutional law. Rosemary has worked in international economic development with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, USAID and CIDA, as well as other governments and UN bodies focused on institution building, gender issues and microfinance.
Rosemary has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous private sector, not-for-profit and community organizations. She is currently a Board Member of The Humanitarian Coalition and the Advisory Board of The Canada-United States Law Institute as well as the Public Policy Committee of Imagine Canada.
Integrated Solutions Sales Leader
Sabrina Geremia is an international marketer, sales leader, and integrated communications specialist. She began her career in marketing in 1995 in brand management at Procter & Gamble Italy, working on laundry and cosmetic brands. In 2001, Sabrina entered the interactive world as Marketing Manager at the search engine Ask Jeeves UK & Ireland. She then combined her Internet & CPG Marketing skills as Global Internet and Integrated Communications Director at Reckitt Benckiser, a leading global consumer goods and healthcare company based in London.
Sabrina joined Google in 2006 to set up the UK Consumer Products and Healthcare sales team and to extend best practice across Europe. She returned to Canada in 2007 to work with a wider range of customers spanning CPG to Finance to Media and Entertainment. In 2009 Sabrina built the agency and industry relations team, transforming Googleâ€™s interface with agencies and industry bodies in Canada. Her current role is leading one of Googleâ€™s largest sales teams in Canada, driving integrated solutions for Finance, Travel & Automotive clients. Follow Sabrina on Twitter @sabrinageremia.
Executive Associate Dean of Rotmanâ€™s Executive Degree Programs
Director of the Rotman Schoolâ€™s Women in Business Initiative
Dr. Beatrix Dart is the architect of Rotmanâ€™s groundbreaking One-Year Executive MBA. She currently serves as the Associate Dean, Executive Degree Programs. Beatrix teaches Management Consulting and Strategy, in particular the development of growth strategies for international companies. She joined the Rotman School of Management in 2000 following a successful career with McKinsey & Company in London, Zurich and Toronto where she focused on serving international Fortune 500 companies in Europe and North America. As an accomplished consultant, her strategic advice is sought after by many companies she counseled over the last years. Beatrix is also the Executive Director for Rotman's Initiative for Women in Business, advancing women in management and working with groups like the Women Entrepreneurs of Canada to understand and remove barriers for women to business education. She has been invited to present her insights to conferences and panels, and is frequently quoted in press, radio and television.
Beatrix has been the only Canadian elected to the influential, eight-member Board of the Executive MBA Council, an association representing EMBA programs worldwide. She also chaired the annual international EMBA Council Conference for 2007. Further accomplishments include being a current board member of EllisDon, one of Canadaâ€™s largest construction companies, as well as for the Advisory Board for the Diversity Center at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She also joined the board of Branksome Hall, an independent school in Toronto. A Swiss-German native and graduate of Germanyâ€™s University of Konstanz, Beatrix completed a Ph.D. in Economics. She received a Masterâ€™s in Economics as well as a second Masterâ€™s in Information Science from the University of Konstanz.
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