WE EMPOWER 2020 WINNERS

WE EMPOWER 2020 WINNERS

The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge is the first-of-its-kind global business competition for women entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspiring entire communities to act to create the world we want by 2030. The WE Empower Challenge honors women entrepreneurs who are advancing the SDGs through their business practices. The WE Empower Awardees this year will participate in a series of virtual gatherings and trainings, and have the opportunity participate in a...
Bold(h)er: Beauty and Reconciliation

Bold(h)er: Beauty and Reconciliation

Cheekbone Beauty has its roots in a dream founder and CEO Jenn Harper had of little girls in lipgloss. In this episode, Jenn chats with Lisa about how she turned that dream into a successful, Indigenous-owned cosmetics company that gives back to its community, the environment, and strives for powerful representation in a traditionally closed-off industry. Jenn’s story shows that we can learn Indigenous narratives as part of Truth and Reconciliation, and we can do the work to grow...
Meet Danae Davis

Meet Danae Davis

We have honoured over 180 women with our Celebrating Women program. As part of Black History Month we asked our past honourees a few questions to learn more about them. Danae Davis is currently the Executive Director of Milwaukee Succeeds, a citywide partnership working to improve all aspects of education for children from Pre-K through college graduation to help prepare individuals for life after education. Previously, she was the Director of Pearls For Teen Girls, leading a development...
Holistic Giving Practices

Holistic Giving Practices

A few thoughts on some of the issues facing women that uniquely influence their planning decisions as indicated in BMO’s Women in Wealth report In 2015, BMO commissioned a report called “Women in Wealth.” The findings of this report indicate that women have made incredible strides both professionally and personally in the last 50 years. For example: Women are now primary breadwinners in over 31% of Canadian households Women control about $1.1 trillion in personal wealth and this is expected to...
Blazing Agency Founder Partners with BMO for #DayoftheGirl

Blazing Agency Founder Partners with BMO for #DayoftheGirl

In 1994, Michele Bailey founded Blazing, a strategic marketing communications company located in Oakville, Ontario. Michele wanted to run an agency with a difference. So, she founded an agency with a human-focused approach to business, built on a foundation of strong workplace culture and supported by the diverse and individual strengths of her team. Michele’s approach to business is based on a culture of collaboration, engagement, passion and gratitude. She built Blazing on a commitment to...
Family Philanthropy: Benefitting the community and the family

Family Philanthropy: Benefitting the community and the family

There are two advantages to family philanthropy – the benefits that accrue to the community from the generosity of wealthy families and the value that accrues to the families themselves. No one would dispute that our hospitals, galleries, and social service programs could not provide the services that the public demands without significant donations from wealthy individuals and families. However, these organizations are not the only ones that benefit from the generosity of these donors. The...