Bold(h)er: Diversity, Inclusion & Equality

Bold(h)er: Diversity, Inclusion & Equality

Sometimes the non-traditional path can get you where you need to go in life. That was the case for Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh. Early on, Shavonne challenged family expectations and dropped out of university and college only to go back later in life to complete her HR certificate. Now, as Shopify’s Diversity & Belonging Team Lead, she’s challenging conventions at work and striving to make colleagues feel included, valued, and heard. Shavonne’s story shows how she maneuvered through life’s ups...
How to Turn Financial Anxiety into Action

How to Turn Financial Anxiety into Action

“I feel a pit in my stomach when I look my personal finances. I get overwhelmed and shut down. Money just makes me so nervous.” -Jacqueline, 42 year old divorced mother and career professional Have you ever felt like Jacqueline? If so, you are not alone. Eighty-one percent of women worry about money and forty-eight percent of Canadians say they have lost sleep because of financial worries. Similarly, 44% of Americans report that money is their largest stressor. In addition to day-to-day...

How a Strategic Giving Plan Can Help

Erin is finally making enough money to cover her living expenses and save for the future. She wants to start making charitable gifts; but, is overwhelmed by the choices. “All the organizations that contact me look worthy of my donation. But I can’t afford to give to all of them, so I end up making no decisions.” Erin, like a lot of young professional women, are bombarded with charitable requests. The company she works for wants her to donate her time to their corporate cause. The university...

Établissez un plan stratégique

Erin gagne enfin assez d’argent pour couvrir ses frais de subsistance et épargner pour l’avenir. Elle veut aussi commencer à faire des dons de bienfaisance, mais elle est dépassée par les choix qui s’offrent à elle. « J’ai l’impression que tous les organismes qui se tournent vers moi œuvrent pour une cause qui mériterait mon soutien. Mais je ne peux pas me permettre de donner à chacun d’entre eux, alors je finis par ne rien donner. » Erin, comme beaucoup de jeunes professionnelles, est...
How to Overcome Gender Stereotypes about Women Business Owners

How to Overcome Gender Stereotypes about Women Business Owners

Maria opened her fitness studio in 2012, and soon discovered that being a woman in business came with a unique set of challenges. She recalled the first time her skills and vision were underestimated, and she was the victim of gender bias. Maria shared, “The banker seemed more interested in my new husband’s income and assets, than my business plan and projections. I built and ran my own business long before I married my husband, yet the bank seemed to believe my financial success was somehow...