WCM | The Hustle

By WCM | WCM| October 11, 2019

WCM has kicked off October in full swing - a glimpse into how we have been driving equality:

Emerging Leaders - This incredible group of award-winning women joined WCM in our event space last week, to kick off their six-month journey of leadership and learning. With Felix Global executive coach Susan Richardson energizing the group on what is promised to be a career game changing experience. A big thanks to Leanne Herbst and Karin Bergeron for their leadership on this program.

WCM's national chapters are driving change - Our CEO, Camilla Sutton, spent time collaborating with the Vancouver steering committee this week, having a chance to welcome and congratulate the Chapter's new Co-Chair, Rachel Colabella, joining Lori Norman as a champion of progress for the region.

PIAC Annual Conference- The Vancouver hustle was on as CEO, Camilla Sutton, provided the keynote address at PIAC's well attended annual conference - speaking on Diversity and Equality in the Canadian Financial Industry. 

In Toronto, Gillian Brown, Senior MD & Head of Capital Markets at Ontario Teachers Pension Plan shared her powerful story of rising into leadership with authenticity, sharing valuable insights to a well oversold Mentor Lunch and Learn, moderated by Julie Cowan and hosted by Scotiabank GBM. 

In Calgary, Nela Richardson, Investment Strategist at Edward Jones, told her story of career success to an engaged group of attendees interested in applying tips and advice shared at another popular Mentor Lunch and Learn.

Also in Calgary - final preparations are taking place for WCM SheBiz 2019, led by Nishka Gupta and Elice Lee with sponsorship support from ARC Financial, and CPA Alberta. Over 100 young women will be getting a first-hand view on the importance of keeping their STEM academics in high school this coming Tuesday. Building the pipeline of women entering the financial industry is one of WCM's core strategic pillars. WCM Calgary Co-Chair Hannah Smerek was interviewed by CTV News Calgary on the event- view media coverage.

WCMAspire and WCMElevate programming - Having opened applications in late September, we had to close applications early based on reaching program capacity in record time, indicating the demand for career development programming for entry-mid level female professionals. 

WCM SheBiz comes to Toronto on November 29th, if you are looking for volunteer opportunities, this is one you'll want to be a part of, contact us at [email protected] with your interest.

The BoardList Canada, RIA, PIAC, Women in Wealth Management and UN Women-  are just a few of the forward-thinking organizations we were spending time with this week. Deepening partnerships that will yield some great things in the rest of 2019 and into the new year. It is collaboration that will drive equality.

Big news at the WCM Head Office - as of Tuesday, and after a summer of yoga courses, traveling and adventuring, we are welcoming back Katie Squires-Thompson into her role as Chief Strategy Officer.

Major initiative of the week - WCM and our very own Lindsey Walton made huge progress in bringing our data strategy to life. Stay tuned, as the power of data is beginning to be fully unleashed at WCM. 

Lastly, Camilla Sutton, WCM CEO ended the week by offering her views in an interview with CBC News Radio on BNN Bloomberg's article that reported survey results on what society's impression is of a CEO. 

Now that's hustle!

What is your reaction to the fact that the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be chaired by a man?