Sunny Skies Ahead, WXN Breakfast

14 Apr

It was a pleasure to be part of the Virtual Head Table this past March 24th at the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) breakfast in Ottawa. The topic for that morning: Sunny Skies Ahead, The 2015 Financial Forecast. As we sipped coffee and met up with like-minded colleagues at that beautiful tower in the sky, The Rideau Club, I was woken up and reinvigorated by all the talent in the room. Skies are most certainly sunny when you have such a smart group of ladies gathered together in one space.

WXN Breakfast March 24

Speakers for the morning were 2014 WXN Top 100 Award Winner, Carol Deveney of PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as Corinne Pohlman, Senior Vice-President of National Affairs at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and Nancy Graham, Portfolio Manager of PWL Capital.

What I personally found most interesting was how the conversation rolled from the financial outlook to a broader outlook on life.Here are some take-away moments from the conversation:

  • To navigate the financial journey, you have to realize what is needed (not as easy as it sounds), develop a road map, and know how to get help.
  • In uncertain times, we as leaders need to be transparent and be true to ourselves.
  • It’s a challenge to have the right people in the right jobs–fit matters.
  • Find a financial adviser who will be your advocate. This is tricky when the system is commission-based.

For the final question–What would you say to your 20-year old self?–it was striking to see how the answers tied into our kinaesthetic intelligence around how to live in and be responsive to each moment while being present. Some of the responses included:

  • You miss the moment too easily. Pay attention, take pictures, savour it.
  • Anchor those moments of meaning, so you can call them up during moments of hardship.
  • Make space in your schedule to escape the city.
  • Travel is the best education.
  • How do you stay present in the moment? Pay attention to your body. Yoga, nature, spa days.

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