One in three women have considered leaving the workforce or
downshifting their careers because of COVID-19
-- Women in the Workplace 2020 (McKinsey)

WNORTH is determined to change that. Established in 2015 to give voice, solutions and tangible actions to women on their leadership journey. WNORTH is a global community of women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track and scaling entrepreneurs. WNORTH connects top female business leaders in corporate, public and entrepreneurial sectors through an annual Conference (virtual in 2020) and The Members' Club (application-based membership) which provides a 100% Virtual forum for online content and development opportunities including workshops, leadership masterminds, events and courses.

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WNORTH is North America’s premier network dedicated to the development of women mid-career on a trajectory towards senior
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ambitious and driven leaders through an online membership-portal, virtual workshops and boutique online networking events.

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How Women Can Spearhead the Tech Industry Through Coding Bootcamps

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Tech careers are fast-growing careers that everyone wants to know how to get into. Coding bootcamps aim to upskill students’ tech knowledge to prepare them for careers in the tech industry. Women are disenfranchised in the male-dominated tech industry. There’s a glass wall that can feel impenetrable. There are also not a lot of inclusive opportunities for women to feel empowered to learn about the tech industry.

Coding bootcamps are a perfect opportunity for women who want to start building their careers at a low cost. You should also know that there are different options for everyone’s convenience, such as in-person, online classes, full-time, and part-time programs.

What is a Coding Bootcamp?

A coding bootcamp is an intensive training program where you gain practical knowledge by developing real-world projects. These programs teach a variety of technology-related topics, such as web development, data science, and cyber security.

Coding bootcamps offer training where you can develop the technical skills necessary to go out into the labor market and get your first job in the technology industry. The programs are taught by industry professionals who share their experiences and knowledge to help you achieve success in this new career choice.

Ways a Coding Bootcamp will help you launch your new Tech Career

Student outcomes tend to indicate that companies rely on bootcamp graduates to hire for entry-level jobs with high opportunities for advancement into new positions. Here are some of the ways coding bootcamps can help you launch your new tech career.

In addition, the salaries obtained in these jobs are in line with those reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in this area. Furthermore, according to PayScale, the average salary of a software engineer is around $88,653. This means that these types of careers are in-demand with high compensations.

Hands-on Practices

During the classes, you’ll be able to put into practice the knowledge you have learned. With various exercises of varying difficulty, you’ll get practice and consolidate your knowledge to then apply it to problem-solving in the projects you’re assigned.

The teachers explain by giving real-life examples of problem-solving and best practices. In this way, you’ll be able to perform your assignments correctly. In addition, you’ll be able to develop the projects and receive feedback, help, and advice at any time from your teachers and guides.

Project Portfolio

At the end of the program, you’ll have managed to develop a variety of real-life projects that’ll help you showcase your work and skills. This way you’ll demonstrate that you have experience, as you’ll be able to send your portfolio of projects to potential employers or clients.

Your first portfolio of work will be useful to get jobs as a freelancer. It’s a usual technique that professionals in the tech industry use to showcase their work and potential to develop challenging projects.

Fast-paced Programs

Bootcamp programs are designed to be completed in a short time, on average about six months if it’s a full-time program. Furthermore, most coding bootcamps offer part-time programs so that students who have a job can take these types of programs. Part-time programs can last up to one year.

These fast-paced programs offer a curriculum based on learning skills and practical knowledge that will prepare you to get a job quickly. Coding bootcamps like Flatiron School provides efficient courses to gear you up for entry-level tech jobs.

Coding bootcamps are an excellent opportunity for women to kickstart a career in the tech industry.

Ways a Coding Bootcamp will help you launch your new Tech Career

Bootcamps offer programs mostly in technology areas. Although initially, bootcamps used to offer programs only in computer sciences, nowadays, the topics have diversified to other areas. Below you’ll see some of the programs that are mostly offered:

  • Web design
  • Software engineering
  • Data science
  • Cyber security
  • UX/UI design
  • Digital marketing
  • Product management
  • Quality assurance engineering

Conclusion

Attending a coding bootcamp offers women the opportunity to meet with many professionals in the technology industry. Both the professors and your classmates will be your network of contacts who can open many doors for you upon graduation, and who could end up being your coworkers.

You’ll end up forming a network of contacts thanks to events such as conferences, lectures, and fairs. In addition, during the program, you’ll have the help of career services to advise and guide you on the path to success in your professional career, and to help you enhance your profile to start looking for your first job.

How to support your team during Ukraine war and world conflicts

How To Support Your Team During Difficult World Events

By | Blog, Leadership Highlights
– Article inspired by a Community Letter shared by Manpreet Dhillon, CEO & Founder of Veza Global 


As the whole world watches the conflict in Ukraine unfold, it’s impossible to ignore the effect it has had on people across the globe. Understandably, the Russia-Ukraine war is causing concerns about the impact of this attack for many of us. We also know that these events can trigger hopelessness and PTSD for some members of our community.

During these difficult and uncertain times, employers should be aware of the toll the war and their actions may have on their employees. 

In the times of war, combined with the ongoing Great Resignation, this is your time to show that your workplace works for your staff, too – not just the other way round. This article focuses on what you can do as an individual to lead through complex world events.

What can you do to support your organization and team members?

Recognize signs of distress in your team members

In the wake of the attack, people experience different reactions, and there should be no shame in finding it difficult to return to a regular routine.

It is important to remember that those experiencing the shock of an attack may not function normally until the attack passes. Some people experience heightened emotions, irritability, exhaustion, or physical symptoms, while others may navigate through the experience a little easier. There’s no right or wrong in how we respond.

Check in with the individuals who may have family members in the regions of the world that are impacted. They may be worried about the safety of their family members. They also may be reminded of past wars that may bring up old memories, so it is important to show them support through these times. 

Create a psychologically safe environment to share experiences and feelings

Be aware that team members may have opposing political views towards the mainstream view in the office. Please give them a safe space to express their views and opinions, too. Work with managers and their teams to not exclude them for differing viewpoints.

This is an opportunity to foster an inclusive culture to help your employees feel supported, including stressing out your anti-discrimination policies.

When a disagreement occurs, show compassion and support. This can be done through virtual team meetings, followed by one-on-one discussions with individual employees who are directly involved and other employees in the organization to keep them informed about your efforts to resolve the conflict.

Lead the conversation to show your support

Understand the productivity of individuals may be a little lower as the situation unfolds. They may need to discuss and acknowledge what is happening in team meetings. Lead the discussion. Bring up the topic by asking people how they feel about what is happening. Give them an outlet to express their fears and concerns.

You can decide to establish a temporary support group for your workers to dedicate time to connect regularly and address the situation as it unfolds. 

Alternatively, you can decide where it’s possible to allow flexibility and an altered approach to deliverables or deadlines to avoid burnout or work-related stress.

WNORTH's Response

Like the rest of the world, WNORTH is appalled by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Our hearts go out to all victims of the attack.

“Every day, I feel the impact of the horror that Ukrainians are going through right now. As I navigate my day, I can’t help but worry about what happens next. I don’t have relatives in Ukraine, but most of my family resides only one, some two borders away from Ukraine, and are doing what they can to support – either through donations, or directly those who seek refuge around them. Some of my friends invited Ukrainian women and children to their homes. If each of us can do even one small thing, I hope it will make a difference for those who suffer,” shared Iva, our MarComms Manager.

We invite you to support one of the verified fundraising campaign for Ukraine, as shared below.

  • Canadian Red Cross: the local wing of an international emergency-relief organization. The federal government says it will match individual donations by Canadians.
  • Doctors Without Borders: a humanitarian group that’s been supporting Ukraine’s response.
  • Canada-Ukraine Foundation: a Toronto-based group that co-ordinates Canadian charitable aid to Ukraine.
  • Save the Children: an international NGO delivering emergency aid to Ukrainian families.
  • Voices of Children: offers psychological support to children affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
  • Come Back Alive Foundation: a Ukrainian NGO that supports veterans and co-organizes the Invictus Games in Ukraine.
  • Phoenix Wings: a charitable foundation that supplies the Ukrainian army with medical treatment and defensive equipment such as vests and helmets.
  • Revived Soldiers Ukraine: a non-profit that funds medical rehabilitation for Ukrainian soldiers.
  • Razom for Ukraine: a pro-democracy group that’s fundraising for medical supplies in Ukraine.
  • Kyiv Independent: a Ukraine-based, English-language independent news media outlet.
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The Impact Of Boutique-Style Conferences On Building New Leadership Models

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“We need a new playbook that sees people again—that sees above and beyond profits.”
– Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO & founder, Chobani; founder, Tent Partnership for Refugees

Like an arrow, women are uniquely positioned for upward momentum, but the pullback is great. The past year has opened more eyes to the climate crisis, heightened inequality, and failures of governance in emergency response – and minority communities took the hardest hit. 

The 2022 Annual Report Card on Gender Diversity and Leadership shares that in Canada alone, women represent 41.9% of Senior Management roles and slightly more than half of the Pipeline to Senior Management roles (54.8%). 

In sharp comparison, women hold 23.4% of Corporate Director roles and 18.2% of Executive Officer roles of TSX-listed companies that provide disclosure as of July 31, 2021.

We are aware of the gender power gap and unequal access to opportunities for women leaders. The real question remains; “What has a proven record of igniting change?”

In this article, you’ll learn the impact that boutique-style gatherings have on making a tangible difference for women in the workplace.

Addressing the lack of accessible platforms

As we’re witnessing the post-pandemic return of in-person meetings, one challenge persists – the lack of accessible conferences for women’s leadership.

In 2015, Heather Odendaal, the Founder of WNORTH, worked as a Sales Executive for a Fortune 500 company. She looked for an opportunity to elevate her leadership game, navigate to her career, and double down on her confidence. 

To her surprise, finding such a platform turned out to be more complicated than it would seem. But, the lack of global women’s leadership conferences wasn’t the only problem. The accessibility of the existing ones turned out to be a more significant issue. 

When Heather’s application to a global women’s leadership conference, which was also out of her financial reach, was denied, she was left disappointed and out of options. 

Instead of giving up, she decided to fill in the gap and launched the WNORTH organization. Its first boutique-style conference took place in Whistler, Canada, bringing together global leaders business professionals and inspiring women to disrupt barriers that women face in the workplace.

WNORTH Conference 2022

Building A Greater Impact

Large-scale conferences have been around for a while now. They are commonly structured with an agenda, speeches, networking events, and lounges.

Yet, there’s an important drawback to be considered: because of their scale, these events leave little room for meaningful networking opportunities, tailored experiences, and learning that comes mainly from the exchange with experienced professionals.

On the contrary, boutique-style conferences set the tone of community building in a small setting where everyone feels comfortable to connect. Boutique-style conferences are increasing in popularity. Due to their size, they offer more intimate engagements for those who truly want to gain greater business skills and make an impact.

WNORTH Conference in Whistler British Columbia Canada

Promoting Bold Collaboration

When people talk about female leadership, they’re giving the impression that this is only something that matters to women. This goes back to the “women’s problem” or “women’s issue” mindset. 

Fighting the gender power imbalance isn’t a female-only problem. Everyone has the responsibility to catalyze a new leadership model that is inclusive, transparent, urgent, and boldly collaborative – one that places humanity at its heart. 

When we support the brilliance of women’s leaders, it benefits not only themselves but also the families they lead, the teams they manage, and the communities they serve.

We invite you to join the 7th-Annual WNORTH Conference in person or virtually, to engage with visionary speakers, industry experts, and diverse delegates for a powerful agenda surrounding this year’s theme of The New Leadership Playbook for an Inclusive Economy, that will profoundly change your perspective on the future of leadership.

The Conference will return for its 7th installment April 27-29, 2022, in a Hybrid format, in-person in Whistler, and virtually streamed worldwide.

Women, It’s Time To Invest Your Money To Build Wealth – Interview with Janine Rogan

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Meet Janine Rogan, a CPA, Financial Advisor, Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host, and Financial Educator based in Calgary. A valued member of the WNORTH community, Janine established a niche in helping women become financially independent through financial education and training.

Passionate about coaching women on their financial matters, Janine has over half a million dollars invested, and works with women who want to grow their wealth to achieve their financial goals, such as retirement planning, investing for long-term growth, and managing a growing portfolio.

I had the opportunity to talk with Janine about her approach to helping women become financially independent, and the key financial lessons that she teaches her clients.

Hi Janine! Tell us a bit about yourself, where did your journey start, and where it is now?

My journey started during my studies at the University of Alberta. My friend lent me the book “The Automatic Millionaire,” which piqued my interest in personal finance on the notion that your money could make money for you. Since that point, I started doing a lot of research by myself because there was a lack of resources.

Fast-forward to the present. I’m passionate about building educational tools for women to learn how to build wealth. It’s something that people don’t talk about enough. 

Women, in general, aren’t encouraged to invest their money. Considering the fact that white women are paid 84 cents on the dollar for the same work as men, whereas women of color get only 62 cents – plus, women live longer than men – we have to start educating and empowering women to invest as one of the tools to close the Gender Gap.

Let’s talk about “Financial Feminism.” What is it, and what makes you passionate about it?

To me, the core of Financial Feminism means financial equality for all. Feminism means equality between sexes, which I want to see from the economic perspective. 

Sometimes, we forget that financial management is not just about saving more or spending less. As a society, we have to address many issues to get to the point where we can treat men and women equally when it comes to their finances.

What, in your opinion, are some common mistakes that women make when it comes to their money decisions?

The common mistake is that women don’t talk enough about money, and they don’t invest enough. One of the societal misconceptions is that we need to save more money for women to provide for their children. 

Specifically with the increasing cost of living and inflation, it’s dangerous to leave a lot of money sitting in your bank. You should have an emergency fund, but you’re never going to reach your financial goals by simply saving money.

Have you ever been guilty of any money management mistakes? If so, which ones?

Of course! I made a lot of mistakes, and I still make mistakes sometimes. For example, early on, I didn’t understand the Contribution Room reset limit for the TFSA – it resets every January 1st. I thought you could pull money in and out as you please. And then, I received a letter from the CRA saying that I’d gone over my contribution limit and had to pay a fine. I remember being like, “Oh God, I shouldn’t be making mistakes like this. I should have known that.”

One other mistake from when I was getting started was not understanding investing in general. I pretty much just trusted the guy at the bank to do it for me. And that was a mistake. A couple of years later, I realized that those investments were not in line with what I wanted to have in my portfolio.

Where is a good place to start with investment?

Education is the foundation for everything, from books to educational content shared online. There are a lot of free resources available, whether it’s on YouTube or Instagram, or Facebook groups.

It might seem overwhelming, but I want to caution everyone – you don’t have to go from 0 to 100 in one day. Try to learn one thing at a time, whether learning how to set up an automatic savings transfer or following a Finance Coach on Instagram. One thing at a time will help you move forward.

I teach an investment course called The Wealth Lab, where I walk women through how to start investing. I cover investing from the very basics, like what is a stock, what is a bond, what is a TFSA, all the way to executing your first trade.

Can you tell us more about The Wealth Lab course?

Yes! It’s a 6 module, 40 + lesson course that walks you through everything from the basics of investing to creating a profitable, safe, and sustainable investment portfolio.

Many people are worried they’re going to lose all their money in the stock market, but the entire stock market would have to go to zero for that to happen. If it did, we’d have more significant problems as a society because money would lose all its value. It’s a very abstract concept, so I’d say – don’t worry about that and know that the stock market’s average return has been about 10% per year. So, if you’re not running close to that, it’s time to start looking into getting an investment education.

The Wealth Lab is there to walk you through easily digestible mini-lessons – you don’t have to sit there listening to me for an hour – unless you want to. The course provides you with worksheets, a Facebook support group, and live sessions with questions. I’m supporting participants every step of the way. 

You just recently released your TedX Talk! Tell me about it. It’s so exciting!

It was super exciting – and super nerve-wracking! I pitched TedX in 2019 on this topic. But due to the pandemic, all TEDx talks were postponed. At the end of 2020, I had my baby, and I still haven’t heard from them. And then I completely forgot about it!

Early 2021, they reached out to me and asked if I wanted to participate – they loved the topic and thought it needed to be heard! It was a really exciting discussion. I enjoy talking about the issue of Millenials and Money. I am a Millennial myself, and we face different barriers in building wealth than our parents’ generation did.

I think that Millenials, and Gen-Z, too, often feel pressured to buy a house – because that’s what our parents did. And that’s not doable for everybody, and it’s also not always the way of how we can build and accumulate wealth as the next generation.

If you’re thinking about investing in real estate, there are other ways of doing it. Instead of investing all your cash into one asset – a house or a condo, you can invest in real estate investment trusts with companies like Addy Invest. These are trades in the same way as ETFs are. You can invest anything from $20 for a unit without building a million-dollar property.

I started looking into them and invested in two projects, one in Toronto and one in Calgary. They’re longer-term projects, it takes about two years to see a return, so I’m curious to see how it will go. 

You’ve got a one-year-old son at home. When do you think it’s a good time to start educating children about money, and how?

As parents, we have to be mindful that we talk to our children about money early on. I’ve seen many people NOT talk about money or think that their kids are not picking up on it, but kids are smart. If they see you always paying with this magic card at the store, they think that you can have anything you want for free. They don’t understand the concept of money, cash, and how you get it.

My good friend, Robin Taub, based in Toronto, has written a book called “The Wisest Investment,” which is all about teaching your kids about money. She breaks it down into what you should be teaching children at various stages of their childhood. It’s powerful and impactful. Start there.

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Sarah Shafey (PMP)®, CGEIT Program Transformation Assurance Senior Manager at PwC Canada

WNORTH was a wonderful experience from the opening reception to the closing message. The speakers shared relevant, diverse insights, and I have pages of notes filled with takeaways to implement in my career journey. I had the chance to make connections with and learn from women in different companies, industries, and geographical locations than myself, which I believe contributes to making me a more well-rounded leader. I can easily say that WNORTH is one of the best conferences I’ve attended.

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“I’ve attended the WNORTH Conference in Whistler for 3 years in a row and it’s been a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. I attend many conferences that offer great speakers but WNORTH has the added advantage of attracting a room of incredible peers. The social fabric of WNORTH compels networking, sharing and learning from each other. I walk away each year with valuable new connections and remain in close contact with many of them. It’s a pretty special experience.”

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"WNORTH brings together aspiring and experienced women leaders who share the same beliefs: a vision of leadership and passion to succeed... I was inspired by the sheer energy and caliber of the amazing talent in the room. A business colleague, who joined me at the event said: "I have been to numerous women leadership conferences, and WNORTH has succeeded my expectations above all". I couldn't agree more, and I eagerly look forward to next year's event!"

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