Run it Like a Girl

Run it Like a Girl

Run it like a girl explores the inspiring stories of women leaders from a variety of fields and industries. You’ll hear energizing tales and career journeys from women who’ve made their marks as leading change-makers in their industries.... Show More

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Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan had two challenges as she progressed through student leadership at Memorial University in her home province of Newfoundland. Not only was she female, but Ann Marie was always the youngest. She started university at 16 and ran for student government in her third year.  By the age of 21, Ann Marie had advanced through to president of the largest student union in Atlantic Canada, the third woman to hold that... Read more

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Sevaun Palvetzian heads up Civic Action, an independent organization in Toronto that uses a collaborative approach to come up with solutions to some of the most pressing urban challenges. Civic Action has been around for nearly 15 years, starting as a Toronto-specific city building organization and expanding to cover the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. CivicAction is considered to be the premier civic engagement organization in... Read more

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Hannah Taylor was only 5 when she saw a homeless man searching for food in a dumpster on a cold winter day in her hometown of Winnipeg. Even at that young age, the experience was so profound for Hannah, that she began fundraising to help out.By the age of 8, she had formed the LadyBug Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at fighting homelessness and poverty. At 22, Hannah’s foundation has raised around 4-million-dollars to s... Read more

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As a student at Ryerson University, Rhiannon drew the attention of a founding board member of the Economic Club of Toronto, a prestigious hub for the who’s who of Toronto businessmen. She was invited to meet the Club’s president to talk about an entry level job. After six months on the job, Rhiannon worked up the courage to approach the club’s CEO about some ideas she'd been working on to modernize the organization. The re-brand fr... Read more

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Betsey Chung is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for TD Canadian Banking, but her career path has been anything but a straight line. Following her graduation from the University of Toronto Betsey worked for a time in Canada and then headed to the United Kingdom to work as a consultant with KPMG.While in the UK Betsey got her Masters of Business Administration from the London School of Business. Once back in Can... Read more

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Orlena Cain is a woman who can’t sit still. On top of her full-time job as a morning radio show host in Belleville, Ontario, Orlena is a budding stand-up comic, an author, and an entrepreneur. She’s been involved in modelling and voice over work. She’s had acting roles in commercials, worked on ET Canada and was a host on the Shopping Channel. But life was far from rosy growing up just outside of Belleville, where Orlena says she f... Read more

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Dr. Hazel Barton has taken two of her life passions, and combined them into an extraordinary career. She’s a microbiologist working at the University of Akron in Ohio, and an avid cave explorer. Dr. Barton focuses her work on microorganisms that thrive in deep subsurface environments such as caves.Dr. Barton co-starred in the 2001 IMAX film Journey into Amazing Caves, and has co-written a children’s book based on the film.  Sh... Read more

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Inspector Sheri Meeks was given the advice to not change who she is to take on a role, but make the role change to fit her. In this episode Sheri talks about rising through the ranks as a woman in a predominantly male field. She discusses the importance of having mentors, and not being afraid to be yourself. Sheri talks about her career, her struggles to maintain a healthy work-life balance and the specific challenges women have tr... Read more

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Bonnie Kearns has seen the best and the worst of humanity. As a nurse with the Canadian Red Cross, she’s been called to the scene of natural and man-made disasters around the world, including Ground Zero in NYC.Bonnie began volunteering with the Red Cross while working as an emergency room nurse in Sarnia, Ontario. Following her retirement Bonnie dove in head first with her first major deployment being to Afghanistan, where sh... Read more

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Bonnie Kearns has seen the best and the worst of humanity. As a nurse with the Canadian Red Cross, she’s been called to the scene of natural and man-made disasters around the world, including Ground Zero in NYC.Bonnie began volunteering with the Red Cross while working as an emergency room nurse in Sarnia, Ontario. Following her retirement Bonnie dove in head first with her first major deployment being to Afghanistan, where sh... Read more

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In the final episode of season 1 Bonnie and Brian look back at some of their favourite guests, and reflect on the past year of recordings. Stay tuned for Season 2 coming this fall. If you have an idea for a guest be sure to reach out to Bonnie and Brian at runitlikeagirl@gmail.com.

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Diane Kazarian grew up in an American-Armenian family, not speaking English until the age of 7. After a lot of hard work through university, Diane landed a job at KPMG’s Rhode Island offices in Providence, before eventually, in 1990, moving to Toronto to join PwC.On this episode of Run it Like a Girl, Diane Kazarian tells us that women need to have the confidence to step forward when new roles or projects arise - even if they are n... Read more

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Switching jobs can be a stressful ordeal at the best of times and even more so when you’re leaving a professional career, stability, good pay and benefits to step out on your own.  But that’s exactly what Jamie Yamanaka did. Leaving the stability behind to follow her passion. Growing up in the traditional martial arts, a style brought to Canada by her father Jamie excelled and represented Canada on the world stage, includ... Read more

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What would a Canadian from Wishart, Saskatchewan be doing in Akron, Ohio?  Well for Dr. Cathy Faye, the answer is helping to run The Cummings Centre for the History of Psychology, The largest repository in the world aimed at preserving the history of psychology.Much of her recent work has involved designing exhibits for the now reopened, National Museum of Psychology, as well as her with the program ‘I am Psyched’, designed fo... Read more

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Caroline Granger grew up on a farm in Prince Edward County, an island on the north shore of Lake Ontario, west of Kingston.That is until her life took a sharp turn, and she left for Paris, France to pursue modelling and acting.Caroline would eventually, years later, return to the homestead, with 3-children in tow, and a crazy idea.Today, Caroline and her daughter Maggie run The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery, a... Read more

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Professor Hillary Nunn was hired by the English Department at the University of Akron as a Shakespearean Scholar.Her current work is fascinating, investigating recipe books from as far back as the 15 and 16-hundreds something Dr. Nunn says can provide a glimpse of everyday life during that time. On this episode of Run it Like a Girl guest host Jodi Kearns in Akron, Ohio discovers more about Dr. Nunn’s intriguing work, and how ... Read more

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As Canadians wade into the unknown waters of legalized marijuana, and potentially a multi-billion dollar industry Dr. Kari Kramp is hard at work in her lab trying to figure it all out. Kari heads up the Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Cannabis at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, It’s the first college laboratory in Canada approved to conduct research with cannabis.Not only that, but Kari designed and is tea... Read more

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Canadians fell in love with Kailie Humphries during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, when she and Heather Moyse became the first Canadian women to win gold in Olympic bobsledding. And Kaillie will forever remember that first trip to an Olympic podium.Kaillie and her partner weren’t done yet... the duo of Moyse and Humphries became the first women ever to repeat as Olympic bobsleigh champions, when they won gold at the 2014 Ga... Read more

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Cheryl Hiebert was born in Winnipeg, and says she didn’t have any easy start. By the time she was in high school, Cheryl was noticing depression and anxiety creeping in. Cheryl is now a wellness coach, and spends much of her time within a corporate environment..On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Cheryl has some great tips to help you wind down after a long day at the office, and how to turn unhealthy work habits around. She tal... Read more

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Growing up in Northern Ontario, Tammy Vallieres says she had a beautiful home life, but struggled in the school system.  As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until she aced some college and university programs that she realized, that she could even learn.  Tammy is now a kindergarten teacher, applying unique but successful methods with her students.Tammy was a co-ambassador for Winspiration Day in Toronto last spring, an intern... Read more

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