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WCMElevate Session 1: Authentic Communication

Thursday, November 25th 2021
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Virtual Program, ON

Much has been said about the value and importance of presence, but for too long, the word has conjured the image of a 6-foot white male in a blue business suit speaking with largess in front of an expansive audience. At its core however, presence is personal. It is about demonstrating confidence and comfort in oneself. So how can we “be” someone else’s definition of “presence?” Unpacking what our own “presence” is, what it means, looks and sounds like is foundational.

This workshop will focus on:

  • Deepening your understanding of how critical “presence” is in the world of work.
  •  Beginning the process of developing “your” own definition and roadmap for “becoming”
  • Learn and practice key skills and techniques that enhance your ability to persuade and have impact.
  • Unpack and begin using the core leadership communication competencies that can make or break the impact you have.

This event is part of the Elevate Program and only open to participants of the program.

Dr. Kanina Blanchard


Kanina Blanchard has extensive experience working in international business, the public service, non- profit, and consulting. Having lived and worked on four continents she is recognized for her ability to adapt, lead teams and projects, and navigate complexities across various sectors, geographies, and cultures. With expertise in the areas of organizational and communication challenges as well as issues, crisis and change management, her greatest passion is in the area of leadership development, education, and coaching. From CEOs and C-Suite executives to emerging leaders, and from the next generation of professionals to those seeking to leave a leadership legacy, Kanina focuses on supporting those seeking to grow and develop their character, competencies, and commitment. Kanina brings more than 30 years of practical, dynamic, and real-world experience to the table along with a deepening array of research and academic credentials that grounds her consulting practices in the creation of transformational and sustainable change. As a consultant she is committed to provide clients with targeted and customized strategic solutions to challenges that impact organizational and leadership brand, reputation, and bottom line. As an academic, her focus and research is on responsible leadership, women in leadership and on supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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