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May, 2019

The ultimate event for celebrating and empowering female leaders in insurance

Toronto, Canada

Agenda

Women in Insurance Toronto 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Elevating Leadership

8:15 AM

NETWORKING BREAKFAST


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8:55 AM

OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIRPERSON


Fiona Brown, Lawyer, Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP
9:00 AM

KEYNOTE | HOW TO DEVELOP A PERSONAL LEADERSHIP STYLE: THE PERFECT LEADER IS IMPERFECT


In this empowering keynote, financial expert and notable author, Shannon Lee Simmons, will share unique insight into how she achieved personal and business success, along with some key lessons learned on the way. Hint: the perfect leader is imperfect.
  • How to be a resilient and authentic leader in a male-dominated industry
  • Knowing yourself: unique skills and characteristics that will help drive success
  • What is the mindset required to rise to the top of your industry?
Shannon Lee Simmons, CFP and Founder of the New School of Finance
9:50 AM

LESSONS LEARNED: THE IMPOSTER SYNDROME & THE VALUE OF MENTORSHIP


In an honest panel conversation, some of the industry’s top executives will share advice for navigating self-doubt as a rising leader and the value in supporting others through mentorship. Whether you are a current leader or a manager in training, we can always learn from one another.
  • Identifying imposter syndrome and how to overcome it
  • Tools to quiet self-doubt
  • How to approach difficult conversations with confidence
  • How to create a support network at work: mentoring, reverse mentoring and sponsorship
Moderator:
Jo-Anne M. MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, ARAG Services Corporation

Panelists:
Heather Matthews, Senior Vice President, Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
Lynn Oldfield, President and CEO, AIG Canada
Anushree Prakash, Director of Operations, Economical Insurance
Kelly MacDonald, Senior Vice President – Sales Leader Toronto Branch, Aon
11:00 AM

MINDFULNESS 101: YOUR GUIDE TO IMPROVING FOCUS AND MANAGING STRESS


What if you could fall asleep the moment your head touches the pillow? What if you didn’t need that afternoon coffee to stay focused? What if you could catch yourself before reacting emotionally to unpleasant situations at work and with your loved ones? Maybe it’s time to try mindfulness.

Join us for GentleMind’s Mindfulness 101 as Jonathan La Greca, Founder and Mindfulness Facilitator at GentleMind, shares an introduction to the mindfulness experiential workshop. If this is your first introduction to mindfulness, rest assured that it will be a fun and stress-free session that will provide you with a variety of different mindfulness exercises that you can explore on your own to help you build focus and stress resiliency. If you already practice mindfulness, this session should spark some new ideas and exercises for you.
Jonathan La Greca, Founder and Mindfulness Facilitator, GentleMind
11:35 PM

BODY LANGUAGE FOR LEADERS


As a leader, the way you interact with others and present yourself can demonstrate your ability to confidently lead and effectively work on a team. Join us for this important session that will help you examine your own body language and make minor tweaks to be more successful leading meetings, conversing in the boardroom or even when interacting with colleagues.
  • Assess how your body language signals are perceived
  • Discover how to align your body language with your words
  • Determine how to make a positive first impression
  • Identify how to convey confidence
  • Evaluate your vocal tone
Fotini Iconomopoulos, Communication and Negotiation Consulting, Forward Focusing
12:10 PM
1:10 PM

LESSONS LEARNED: CREATING COHESION


Engagement and support from company leadership is critical in achieving true diversity and inclusion in the insurance sector. What role do male business leaders play in achieving gender balance within the organization? What can male allies do to sponsor women and underrepresented people? How can women help to encourage overall D&I?
  • Taking practical actions to increase the representation of diversity in leadership
  • Reflecting on your own leadership: Are you are sending the right signals about women?
  • Initiatives to increase participation of women in leadership across an organization
  • 5 things male allies can do to elevate underrepresented people in the workplace
Moderator:
Shirley Chisholm, Vice President , Marsh Financial Institutions & Professional Services Practice

Panelists:
Vinita Jajware, President, TIWA
Heather Masterson, President and CEO, Travelers Canada
Bob Fellows, Head of Market Management, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
2:10 PM

MENTAL WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE


Deadlines, decisions and commitments are a natural part of the workplace, but when they start to cloud your perspective, it’s important to make a change. This session will address simple steps you (and your company) can take to minimize professional and personal stress and increase your overall mental wellbeing.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to help mitigate stress (i.e. Guidance with new parent childcare, elderly parent support, professional shopper or travel planning, etc.)
  • Exercise and mindfulness practices to increase productivity
  • Work/life balance: How to be successful in both our personal and professional life
  • Tools your company can use to screen for mental wellbeing and support your entire staff
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness
2:50 PM

NEW OPPORTUNITIES: LEADERS TODAY AND THE NEXT GENERATION TOMORROW


In an ever-changing workplace, we are making great strides to see increased diversity and inclusion in insurance. But what can we do to create more opportunities for current female leaders and for the emerging generation? How can companies optimize a multi-generational workplace and build up a stronger industry in the years to come?
  • What does an inclusive culture look like (for millennials and beyond)?
  • Communication styles & how they differ among generations
  • Effective strategies to attract, engage and retain women within the industry
  • Looking to the future: How can companies better empower female leaders – the current and next generation?
Moderator:
Sharon Ludlow, Corporate Director and Executive in Residence, Global Risk Institute

Panelists:
Alexandra Spence, Director of Marketing, Berkley Canada
Denise Gaeta, President, iv3 Solutions
Denise Yeng, Sales & Distribution Manager (National), Cansure
Jodie Kaufman Davis, J.D., Corporate Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Burns & Wilcox Canada
3:45 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION


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