SHEDAY 2015

Share. Hear. Empower.

Those three words represented an uplifting, sold out event for 600 attendees on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

A lovely room filled with diverse leaders from all walks of life attended this inaugural event which inspired, empowered and urged us to take action and be smart about it too.

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Ten speakers including Keynote Beth Bell, Partner & Executive, IBM Global Business Services to Clare McKay, Vice President, Corporate & Community Initiatives, The Forks North Portage took to the stage and shared their stories. From personal stories, lessons in life and in the workplace, advice on how to approach failure, what makes leaders and how to create value were discussed.

Key points included never taking no for answer because it simply means “not yet”, getting uncomfortable and taking risks because it leads to greater opportunities, sharing more with others, learning from them and asking yourself “what makes me eminent?”

The all day event connected guests in attendance, and had us examining our own lives and steps we can make today to achieve our goals.

Surrounding yourself with like minded people, building strong relationships and making sure we are continually evolving and pushing boundaries are tips we can bring into our lives to take us to the next level.

Marina James, President and CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. spoke about living our purpose in life and encouraging all to tell our story, because we all have one and it needs to be heard. These thought provoking talks got ideas flowing and the wheels turning. Having a vision and intention and committing to it, can only lead to success no matter what your goals are.

It’s important to remember that we may not be where we want to be, but we are getting closer everyday.

Start thinking big.

Knowing that we all have something unique to share highlighted the points made by David Baker, CEO and Chief Storyteller, Think Shift on authenticity and individuality.

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
― Judy Garland

No matter what you’re doing, its important to include passion and plenty of it! Anita Wortzman, President & CEO, Acumen Corporate Development spoke about passion and shared her insights on how extraordinary things can happen. Sharing just how passionate you are about what you’re doing encourages enthusiasm from others and attracts positivity.

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Remember to not only be your own cheerleader, but a cheerleader and support system for others.

If you’re fortunate enough to get somewhere, take others with you.

Ask yourself, “how can I learn from others?” and this shift in perspective will take you further than any negative thought can.

I look forward to the next SHEDay 2015 as it brought forward leadership strategies,  positivity, empowerment and confidence which we can all integrate into our lives and take action to bring us to our fullest potential.

Words: Kathleen Cerrer

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