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WHAT: FORTitude Forum is a full-day, high energy, interactive leadership forum for women looking to improve their leadership skills through strategic and tactical sessions, and an inspiring keynote speaker.
WHO: Women who want to take charge of their careers or businesses.
WHEN: June 24th, 2021
WHERE: To purchase your tickets for the online event, Click HERE
WHY: To amplify the growth and development of women in the Heartland.
June 24, 2021 | Virtual Event
The Agile Leader
At this event, we want to recognize the challenges presented in 2020 and 2021 and the agility that it takes to overcome and succeed in an ever-changing world.
The Agile Leader will build our guests’ confidence, speak to the new tools we are using to connect today, and how to utilize them while being true to our brands. The presentations will provide guidance on how to advocate and promote yourself, and how to communicate effectively so others will listen – there is a lot going on out there, how do we cut through the noise and be heard?
Schedule of Events
9:00 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 am -10:45 am: Keynote Speaker
Michelle Cederberg: Author, Speaker, Coach
11:00 am -12:00 pm: Breakout Session #1
The Art of Difficult Conversations
Dr. Wanda Costen: MacEwan University
The Art of Self-Advocacy: Getting Ahead By Finding Your Voice...And Using It!
Lynette Tremblay: Edmonton Global
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Breakout Session #2
Shine Your Light: Facing Your Video Fears
Jesse Szymanski: Modern Muse Media
Networking for Success
Kathryn Hotte: Hotte Training
1:50 pm -2:50 pm: Breakout Session #3
Holding Space For Life: How To Thrive When The World Doesn't Make Sense
Katherine Loranger: Katalyst Coaching
Leading Remotely: Mental Health Check-In
Ruthann Weeks: Harmony In The Workplace
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Panel Discussion ~ Forging Forward with Fortitude & Closing Remarks
Meet the Speakers
Michelle Cederberg, Author, Speaker, Coach
The Success-Energy Equation
How to Regain Focus, Recharge Your Life, and Really Get Sh!t Done
In an age of disengagement, distraction and fatigue further exacerbated by the on-going pandemic, how we work and live has been tested. We’re busy, stretched and stressed, and as we navigate the constant change and uncertainty of it all, it can feel difficult to stay positive, and do our best work.
By using the wisdom of science and your own innate common sense, you can combat what Health and Productivity Expert Michelle Cederberg calls 21st-and-a-quarter-century stress, and tap into a well of energy that will reduce overwhelm and stress in every area of your life.
Dr. Wanda Costen, Dean, MacEwan School of Business
Dr. Wanda Costen is an academic leader who champions inclusive excellence. Leading with integrity, Costen eliminates barriers to sustainable change by reimaging how to prepare students for the 21st-century life of work and purpose.
To accomplish goals, Costen strategizes with civic and business leaders, and campus stakeholders—faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Her collaborative approach synthesizes experiences from the military, private industry, and higher education in the United States and Canada.
Costen earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Washington State University, an EMBA from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy.
Lynette Tremblay, Edmonton Global
Lynette Tremblay is Vice President, Strategy and Innovation for Edmonton Global where she leads the Strategy and Innovation Division, responsible for improving the region’s global value proposition and competitiveness through research, advocacy, innovation and partnerships. She has an innate ability to see the opportunity in every situation. Bringing groups together around a common goal and leading them to achieve what they thought to be impossible is what drives her. In fact, she’s made a career of it.
She has a proven track record of helping build organizations from the ground up and transforming cultures and brands in established organizations and ecosystems across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario in multiple sectors. Lynette serves on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office, established to help lead Edmonton in becoming a national and international centre for media production excellence.
Jesse Szymanski, Modern Muse Media
With over two decades of experience as a multi-award winning Producer in the television industry, Jesse is now focused on empowering industry professionals to build their brand meaningfully through video. She is the CEO and Founder of an all-female media company, Modern Muse Media, that produces impactful, cinematic videos AND teaches businesses how to produce their own professional video for social media, how to confidently be the face of their own businesses, and how to take their social media marketing to the next level. Her company is also a vessel that creates opportunities for women in industry.
Her achievements led to a cover feature in Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40,”, Best Dramatic Series nominee at the Canadian Screen Awards, three times nominated for an Alberta Women Entrepreneur Award, twice nominated for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award for Excellence in Artistic Management and is a 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Award nominee for Business From The Heart.
Kathryn Hotte, Hotte Training
Kathryn brings 30+ years of experience in sales & corporate executive management as well as developing/facilitating training programs in over 16 countries. She has received many accolades over the years, including national & international awards for sales achievement and, most notably, a Training Excellence award from the Canadian Society for Training & Development. Kathryn is the President & Chief Learning Officer for her company Hotte Consulting Inc.
Formerly the President of the Durham Home & Small Business Association in Ontario Kathryn received a Business of the Year Award through that association. Kathryn moved to Cold Lake Alberta in 2013 and took on the role of Small Business Advisor where she received two awards from the Economic Developers of Alberta; one for a Business Incubator, the second for ‘Raising the Roof in Rural Alberta’. Kathryn was also awarded with the 2017 Women of Influence Award in the Business & Professional category.
Now residing in Beaumont, Alberta Kathryn continues to operate her training business, is a business advisor with Prospect Human Services, the President of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and is the Entrepreneur in Residence, Western Canada for The Princes Trust. Kathryn is also an actress starring in her first feature film, Moments in Spacetime, and is about to publish her book Txting 2 Talking; Disconnect to Reconnect.
Katherine Loranger, Katalyst Coaching
Katalyst Coaching Founder and Transformational Life Coach Katherine Loranger asserts to the bold and determined that life is theirs for the taking.
For over 25 years, Katherine has been driven to spark lasting, heartfelt transformation for fearless and fierce souls in process… working to research, study and implement results-oriented principles and programs to incredible success. Through her evocative and expertly-guided series of vision building and life mastery classes and workshops, heart-centred entrepreneurs, organizational leaders and dreamers learn to realign their efforts and energies with their soul’s purpose to design, build and realize their wildest fantasies… igniting a world of limitless possibilities and changing the trajectory of their lives, their businesses and their relationships for the better. Firmly grounded in the belief that anything conceivable is indeed achievable, Katherine’s personal leadership journey includes establishment of the first university-based sexual assault centre in Canada, selection to and participation in the Leadership Victoria community leadership program, various Curriculum Development and Alumni Committees, and the Minerva Foundation Women’s Learning to Lead program; and development and facilitation of a provincial-wide community-based leadership program (Leadership BC). She has also served on a variety of Boards of Directors in positions including Chair of the Victoria Young Entrepreneurs Association, President and Past President of the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, and as Chair of the Fort Saskatchewan Women in Business Committee
Ruthann Weeks, Harmony in the Workplace
Ruthann Weeks is a Cultural Change Strategist and Principal Consultant at Harmony In The Workplace. She is a change agent whose efforts have helped to bring the importance of an abuse-free work environment to the forefront of public awareness. She is a best-selling author and gifted speaker who delivers a powerful message about today’s workplace challenges.
Working as a Certified Resource Specialist in the human service sector, Ruthann went on to graduate as a Human Resource Manager. She is a Certified Psychological Safety Advisor and specializes in diversity and inclusion, workplace bullying, sexual harassment, domestic violence and mental health in the workplace.
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November 16, 2021 | Dow Centennial Centre
The Future Leader
In this Forum, we want to highlight Innovation, Automation, Communication and Transformation.
Being prepared for growth opportunities, how do you capitalize on these possibilities. How do you communicate for success? How are you getting noticed? What is all this fuss about innovation and how do you do it?
FORTitude Committee Members:
Sneda Vargas- Alberta Labour
Monica Golab- TD
Stacey Lozinski- Catalyst Communications
Cathy Goulet- Killick Leadership/ Lamont Chamber
Roxanne Carr- Women Rising
Connie Shears- Staples
Glenda Smith- Sun Life Financial
Rob Arnold- GoldenWest Broadcasting
Tracey Hill- Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association
Sherry Cote- Town of Bruderheim
Tamara Dabels- Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce