Sami Jo Small grew up on the outdoor hockey rinks of Winnipeg, MB. Her passion for the game was honed in the boys’ minor hockey system. As the only girl she was forced each and every day to prove that she belonged through hard work and determination. She dreamt, like her teammates, of someday playing in the NHL, but also dreamt of someday stepping on to the podium at the Olympic Games.
Victoria Turner is a certified executive coach, entrepreneur and an expert at helping professional women to get out of their own way.
Victoria believes that we are the biggest obstacles standing in our own way of the successes we desire at work and in life. No matter what the outcome may be: drive sales, a promotion, close a deal, lead a new team, increase confidence, self-promote, etc. The details around us will not change; it is how we choose to navigate them that can.
Born in Toronto to Jamaican-Canadian parents, Tracy Moore was raised in quintessential suburbia, where she had the sort of childhood you would expect of a suburban girl in Richmond Hill. Early aspirations of performance had her twirling baton at the young age of four before tackling cheerleading in high school and being crowned Richmond Hill’s Carnival Queen in the ninth grade.
Tracey Ruiz specializes in helping babies, toddlers and children sleep. Working in the trenches with thousands of families over the last nine years, Tracey has seen it all. Co-sleepers, 15-minute nappers, babies who can sleep standing up, parents who don’t like to hear their baby cry… You name it. She’s seen it and helped parents solve it.
Suzy Welch is an author, commentator, and business journalist. The weekly column, The Welch Way, she writes with her husband, Jack Welch, appears in Business Week magazine and is published by The New York Times syndicate in more than 45 major newspapers around the world, reaching more than 8 million readers. The Welches are also the co-authors of Winning, a #1 Wall Street Journal and international bestseller, and its companion volume, Winning: The Answers.
Suze Orman is a bestselling author on personal finance, a financial advisor, and television personality who has given thousands of speeches and talks both on and off television on the subject of credit, investments and banking. She has amassed a large following due to her own investment success and easy-to-follow financial strategies designed for average individuals.
Sharon Hampson is a Member of the Order of Canada, and the recipient of many awards, including the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, and The Alliance for Children and Television Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been an Ambassador for UNICEF and was Founding President of Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada and is the recipient of a Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Sally Armstrong has the gift of touching the emotions of her audience through her stories based on her travel to many remote parts of the globe. Her stories combine humour, and the challenge of a deeper message revealed by an event or a set of circumstances. International audiences know her as one of the most compelling speakers on the platform today. Taking her message from corporations to conventions to classrooms, she is at home with people of all ages and all walks of life.
Rona Maynard was Editor of Chatelaine through a decade of growth and innovation in which she proved to a new generation of readers that “my mother’s magazine” was now their magazine too. In the face of relentless competition from American niche magazines, she met every bottom-line benchmark as she made Chatelaine the meeting place where women could inspire one another, whether they were just starting out in their careers or embarking on mid-life reinventions.