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March 27, 2020

COVID-19, DAY 19

I’ve been sheltering in place now for 19 days. Everything is different, yet for entrepreneurs like me who mostly work from home, it is eerily the same. It does feel a bit weird to not to be on my way to my next adventure in that busy business travel calendar […]
March 11, 2020

Going Barefoot in later life!

I started Barefoot Brainstorming when I was 45. It’s actually the second time I have started a business. My first business was an advertising agency called Square Peg Inc. My dream, when I launched Square Peg, was to build a unique, no bullshit, nimble, highly creative shop, that one day […]
February 26, 2020

Takeaways from my first political campaign

I ran for Toronto City Council in the 2018 municipal election. I was 30 years-old and a first-time candidate. As cheesy as it sounds, I had been dreaming of running for City Council for years. I was thrilled that I had the courage to jump into the political world and join the race. I had no politician family or friends, nor had I ever worked in politics. My work experience is as a lawyer and entrepreneur. As intimidating as it was to start out as a complete unknown, I found myself more and more confident in my campaign each day of the election. In a race against an incumbent with 14 candidates, I came in second place. I look back on this time with pure pride.
January 29, 2020

Affairs To Remember

I am just turning 48 years old. A single mom of three kids, ages 10,14 and 15. It’s exam time for them, and for me, it’s a glorious spring morning; perfect weather for my 6 am run through the park, followed by a workout on the back deck. If I may so myself, I am in awesome shape. Except that, during that whole month of May, I just haven’t had the energy to run up the hill. My heart races, and it’s hard just to catch my breath. Never mind though - I can still do my workout routine on my back deck.
January 15, 2020

How Collaborative Ambassadors Can Make Your Brand More Trustworthy!

In my beautiful video with she’s on Top (thank you Tracy and Jessica!), I discussed trust and how consumers (yes, you and me!) are starting to learn, thanks to countless terrifying Facebook news reports, films like The Great Hack and privacy compliance laws like GDPR (and US/Canadian versions of GDPR coming in) how to be more careful with the data we are sharing and who we are sharing it with.
December 11, 2019

The Most Valuable Gift

The holidays are often thought of as the season of giving. Usually that’s in the form of actual merchandise, donations to charities, or holiday bonuses. For many people, especially in a tough economic year, this can cause stress
December 11, 2019

The Office Holiday Party

Are you following the ‘unspoken’ rules? If not, yule regret it! Some people love it, some people dread it – the office holiday party! A party that can have just as many people talking about it beforehand, “what are you wearing? will there be an open bar? And just as many people whispering about it afterwards– “did you hear what happened to Jane?” So, how can we ensure that your career is still intact, the morning after? Read on…
November 27, 2019

Into the Pod-Verse

I was that girl once. The one who found it ridiculous that people could spend hours of their day listening to mindless chatter on their headphones. The concept made little sense to me, and the amount of content was so vast that it felt insurmountable. There was also no guidance on the ‘what’. What would I listen to that could be my thing? Not just listening because I had to, or someone told me to, but because I wanted to.
October 30, 2019

Facing Fear: Open Body, Open Heart

After returning from a Dovetail weekend retreat in Algonquin Park, I shared a personal Facebook post the other day with these photos (Thanks Carin Smolinski Photography for capturing these!) and the following caption:
October 2, 2019

Your Average Jo: You’ve Got Mail

WRITTEN BY: Joanna Track Do you have a love/hate relationship with your inbox? I do. My day typically starts (and ends) with a sweep of my email. I often vent and lament on feeling like a slave to my inbox, but like any good Stockholm syndrome victim, I’m also in […]
September 18, 2019

Back To School Goals For Mom

That time of year has hit again and while we’re busy getting kids organized for back to school, I’m reminding myself of some goals that will help all of us survive the season (and the year!) in a happy and successful way.
September 5, 2019

Getting back to business

WRITTEN BY: Kelsey Ramsden I’ve never been too good at sugar coating aside from icing cakes, so I’ll just come right out and say it…..YAY for the end of my summer schedule! I don’t know about you but I feel a bit of guilt every year when I get less […]
August 12, 2019

‘I can’t brainstorm … I’m not a creative person!!!’

WRITTEN BY: Marilyn Barefoot Did someone ever say to you ‘You’re not a creative person’? Well whomever it was … they were wrong … and I love proving those people wrong every day! When guests walk into a brainstorming session, I regularly hear them say … ‘I don’t know why […]
July 29, 2019

Recovering from feelings of failure

I try not to use the word failure in my life. It’s one of those big bad f words. (I’m sure you can guess which other ones I’m thinking of). In the big wide world of experiences, failure is one of those experiences that forces you to learn. For me, whether in my personal life or in business, the focus should not be on failing, but instead on what you do after you feel you have failed.
July 17, 2019

Invest in yourself

What does investing in yourself really mean? I’ve asked myself that question many times over the years. Jessica and I have even done a vlog on it. But when it really comes down to it, how much am i really worth to myself and why do we shy away from spending money on what seems like frivolities such as getting a massage, taking a day off, or as I just did, going away for a week to a wellness retreat in Mexico?
July 2, 2019

Wom*n and the Fringe

Since 1989 the Toronto Fringe Festival has been a hub for creativity in the performing arts. Bringing people together of all performance mediums, indie or not-so indie, and venues, in an alleyway, a pool, to large scale Toronto stages. Having developed over the years as a member of the theatre community, I felt that Fringe was always an amazing space to make connections and learn about my theatrical “style”. I could find what I liked, appreciated, or was curious to know more about.
June 4, 2019
Elena's Club and Ethical Entrepreneurs

Elena’s Club and Ethical Entrepreneurs

WRITTEN BY: Bronwyn Schnurr At Elena’s Club we believe in the power of women and community. Women owned and operated small and medium businesses are underrepresented in Canada. Elena’s Club values continued learning and we work to empower women through education, building a community, and making the link between professional […]
May 22, 2019
Schmoozers

Learning from Each Other’s “Firsts”

Written by: Zoë Share In the world of entrepreneurship, it feels that there is a never-ending amount of firsts. The learning never seems to stop, which is one of the things I love about this journey. That being said, one of the things I wish I had taken more advantage of […]
April 22, 2019
Leading with your strengths (not your weaknesses)

Leading with your Strengths Instead of your Weaknesses

It often feels like we are living in a world where self-improvement is the only way to get ahead in life. After all, if we aren’t improving in the areas we are weak, how can we be truly be growing or successful?
April 22, 2019
Inspiration: Big or Small

Inspiration: Big or Small

Lately on my personal Facebook page, I have been seeing more and more posts about the environment and getting rid of “single use plastic”.
April 11, 2019
Zoe Share

Zoe Share, she’s on Top Ambassador, on the Power of Women Supporting Women!

Between running my company, having a 1-year-old daughter and trying to keep up with all of my family and friends, I live a very full and beautiful life. I have an amazing team at Schmooz and an amazing community of people in my personal life who I love (and who love me). I get so much joy from this, however, running a business is hard work.
March 25, 2020

Seanna Thomas

Holistic Nutritional Consultant Seanna Thomas has been a Holistic Nutritional Consultant for over a decade and is Mom to three very active kids. Her company began when she saw her then 7-year old son eating a bag of chips at 8:00AM after hockey practice. She knew we could do better, […]
March 11, 2020

Alexis Dean

campdovetail.ca Alexis Dean is the Founder and Lead Steward of The Dovetail Community, a global organization of women on a mission to advance female entrepreneurship through generosity, collaboration, education, and unforgettable shared experiences like Dovetail Summit and Camp Dovetail.  With seventeen years of experience and education as a professional facilitator, […]
February 7, 2020

Kaaren Whitney-Vernon 

Kaaren Whitney-Vernon is the SVP, Branded Entertainment at Shaftesbury, an award-winning creator and producer of original scripted and factual content for brands, digital, television and film. Kaaren has a passion for understanding where content and audiences are moving. She is a sought-after speaker and a visionary for the future of marketing and branded […]
January 6, 2020

Melinda Wittstock

Melinda is a serial entrepreneur who has built 4 businesses to 6, 7 and 8 figures and is now building her 5th - the innovative podcast network and audience engagement platform Wings Media. An acknowledged visionary in tech, media, mobile platforms and social content, Melinda also hosts the fast growing "Wings Of...Inspired Business" podcast and helps business owners and entrepreneurs launch magnetic and profitable podcasts. Also a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs and conscious capitalism, Melinda's mission is to catalyze an ecosystem where women #liftasweclimb by mentoring each other, buying from each other and investing in each other. She hosts the transformational luxury retreats "Wings of The Empowered Women" as well as the online mastermind and coaching platform Wings of Success. Formerly an award-winning journalist and TV anchor for the BBC, ABC News, CNBC/Financial Times Television and MSNBC, Melinda created and grew a BBC show to a 20 million audience and also innovated one of the first crowd-sourcing mobile apps, growing unique users to 3 million in 8 months. Steve Jobs told her she "asked the best questions" when she interviewed him as a 24-year-old correspondent of the Times of London. She was also the CEO and Founder of Verifeed, the social intelligence platform assuring a Return on Authenticity™ from social media engagement. A practitioner of meditation, yoga, visualization, gratitude and intention-setting, Melinda is passionate about encouraging conscious leadership and evolved entrepreneurship using business as a canvas to solve global challenges. Her travels have taken her to many exotic places including Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island and the Amazon Rainforest. She's a loving mom to two teenagers and a golden retriever. She has spoken at SXSW, Google, Fidelity Investments, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Georgetown University, Columbia University, Underground Online Seminar, Pinnacle Global Network and many more.