Women Leadership Nation Breaking Barriers

Women Leadership Nation Breaking Barriers

In today’s world, everyone can use a little inspiration! Navigating your career isn't easy and many people at different points in their lives feel lost and unsure of the path they have taken, we have all experienced this at one point in our lives. Navigating your career is not a destination, but a journey. This podcast was created as a passion project to showcase women leaders' journey's and during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no better time to gain inspiration and insight from amazing women across a wide range of industries and sectors. Our podcast is for anyone who is passionate about making a difference in their lives. The podcast is for those who are just starting their career, those who are striving to get to the next level, and those who have achieved all their goals and are wondering what is next! It is by sharing our stories that we can help one another navigate our careers and lives even during these challenging times. We are stronger together and have an incredible opportunity to learn from one another. Women Leadership Nation’s™ Breaking Barriers Podcast was created to provide a place where women can share inspiring stories, real-life experiences, and new ideas for how to break barriers, overcome challenges and grow your career while remaining authentic to who you are. Hosted by Jennifer Ladouceur, President of Women Leadership Nation™ Inc., each episode offers an open and honest conversation with inspiring women who are forward-thinking, accomplished professionals in their respective fields. Women Leadership Nation™, Breaking Barriers Podcast www.womenleadershipnation.com We are so grateful for our listeners, our fans, and our guests! You mean the world to us! By becoming a member you will allow us to dedicate additional time to Breaking Barriers so we can bring you even more amazing guests and resources and continue to build our community of kick-ass women! We hope you enjoyed these episodes and would love for you to subscribe to our podcast! Also, we hope you will follow us on our journey thru Instagram at @LadouceurJennifer! Thanks for listening and welcome to the Women Leadership Nation community! Together we can break barriers!


April 23, 2022 48 mins

Oleksandra Zubal shares her inspiring life story and experiences as a business women, wife, and mother in the time of war in Ukraine.


Please support her by following her on Twitter @OleksandraZubal   It is important that we all unite in support Ukraine and that we take the time to understand the reality of this war on the lives of people just like us that only wish for peace, love, freedom, and family.   Oleksandra is de...

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Sue Pitchforth of Owner and Principal Designer of Decor Therapy Plus is an International Award-Winning Designer, a TV personality, and a professional speaker.

Sue’s approach to design is refreshing, unique and inexpensive, yet yields luxurious results.  Believing the home is an expression of your life and personality, Sue says most people usually have a lot of what they need, they just don’t know it. “You would be surprised, how ev...

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Helen Ashton is the Vice President of Human Resources at Campbells Company of Canada.

Helen obtained a Bachelor's degree focused in Economics and Information Technology from York University and a Master’s in Industrial Relations and Human Resources. In this episode, we discuss her career journey from the military to human resources and the current transition to the digital workplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic, where she shares in...

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Deborah Gillis, President and CEO of the CAMH Foundation

Deborah Gillis is President and CEO of CAMH Foundation. As a recognized thought leader on gender equality, diversity, and inclusion, Deborah has dedicated her career to driving social change. Deborah’s unique blend of passion, strategic vision, and entrepreneurial spirit is helping her lead CAMH Foundation in transforming how Canadians understand and address mental illness, i...

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Erin Bagwell is a documentary filmmaker, blogger, and creative!

Erin produced and directed Dream, Girl the documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring & ambitious female entrepreneurs in NYC. To make the film she raised $100K on Kickstarter and premiered the film at Obama's White House in May 2016.

In 2018, Erin became a mother and started filming her new short documentary, Year One. The film is an intimate look at the first ye...

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Courtney Symons is the Editor in Chief at Shopify.

Courtney Symons is the Editor in Chief at Shopify, a Canadian multinational e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It is also the name of its proprietary e-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems

Courtney made her dreams come true by writing my first novel on the coastline of eastern Australia in 2010. She explains how she was supposed to ...

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Nicole McKinney, Founder, and President of WAKING THE unCONSIOUS

In, 2019 Nicole founded and launched the Not for Profit WtC WAKING the unCONSCIOUS that has a core premise to focus a lens on both the systemic and relational dynamics of elements like Anti-Black/POC Racism and Unconscious Bias, specifically the Unpacking of Privilege and Marginalisation, allowing for critical examination and an understanding of intersectionality.


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Fatima Zaidi, is the CEO and co-founder of Quill Inc., who over the past few years Fatima has won two Top 30 under 30 awards, the Young Professional of the Year by Notable Life, and one of Flare Magazine’s Top 100 Women.

Fatima and I discuss her journey to always wanting to become an entrepreneur and her commitment to life-long learning. We also explore the argument for having a mentor during an entrepreneurship journey as well as ...

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Kim Smiley is an artist, fashion designer, and social entrepreneur. 

Kim pursued advanced degrees at McGill and Harvard University, where she graduated first in her class. She later conducted a post-graduate fellowship in Japan. In Tokyo, Kim discovered the metallic lace that would become her eternal canvas. 

As women, Kim believes we apologize too much. So she unapologetically leaves you with this: Kim Smiley is building an Empath...

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Zibby Owens is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Zibby, named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York Magazine’s Vulture, conducts warm, inquisitive conversations with authors, making her show a top literary podcast as selected by Oprah.com in 2019 and 2020. She also created the Moms Don’t Have Time to Lose Weight community and hosts the accompanying podcast. Zibby is the ...

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Beth Milliard, PhD who was recently promoted to Staff Sergeant at York Regional Police shares her fascinating career journey in the field of policing and her academic journey that led her to obtaining a PhD, creating new knowledge in the field of peer-support programs designed to help support the mental health of police officers’. Beth shares amazing insights into how you can successfully navigate your career, take chances, while a...

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Amanda Goreski is an inspiring leader both in the field of law and as a documentary producer.

Check out one of Amanda’s most recent documentaries called “Miracle, Baby” the story of Cory Conacher, a professional hockey player living with type 1 diabetes at: www.suprecontent.com


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Today's leaders need to be highly resilient and what better way to improve your ability to be resilient than to allow yourself 4 minutes to take a mindful break. COVID-19 is really testing our resiliency... so if you are having one of those days, balancing work, homeschooling, the unknown...just take 4 minutes and listen to Mallika Chopra's incredible guided meditation.



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Abigail is the Head of Strategic Planning and New Business Development at the ZOO, Google’s creative think tank for agencies and brands. She and her team works closely with the advertising and marketing communities to help develop their strategic and creative efforts for the digital space. While at Google, she has also launched an industry-first thought leadership series on human beings deep, emotional relationships with the digita...

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The Honourable Mary Ng was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham—Thornhill in April 2017 and was appointed Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion in July 2018. She was then re-elected in October 2019, and was appointed Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade in November 2019.

Mary is a devoted community leader who has always believed in the power of public service, with 20 years...

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Pooja Handa is an award-winning broadcaster who most people recognize as the co-host of Toronto’s #1 morning show, CP24 Breakfast. Torontonians have come to know Pooja as one of the familiar faces greeting them every morning helping them start their day with a smile. She started in 2008 at CP24 as a News Anchor and Reporter and has covered everything from politics to entertainment.

She is a born storyteller, who uses her wit and hu...

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October 28, 2020 21 mins
Vicki Saunders is the founder of SheEO.world   “Our ecosystem-based model dramatically improves outcomes for women entrepreneurs. With the SheEO model, women show up as customers, advisors, network connections and funders of revenue-generating women-led businesses that are working on the World’s To-Do List.” Vicki Saunders   https://sheeo.world/about-us/  

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Zahra Al-harazi is the co-founder of Skillit (www.myskillit.com) and Author of What it Takes. Skillit is an experiential marketplace for skills. The founder and CEO of Foundry Communications, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning marketing and communications firm based in Calgary, Al-harazi was selected at Chatelaine’s Top Female Entrepreneur of the Year, named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s E...

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Rhonda Klosler is the National COO and Toronto Office Market Leader at RSM which is an international tax and accounting firm. 

As the national chief operating officer of RSM Canada, Rhonda oversees the firm’s finance, human resources, and growth initiatives. In addition, Rhonda leads the Toronto office in her role as office managing partner and executes the firm's growth plans in the Toronto market. Rhonda is a graduate of Brock Un...

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Jodi Kovitz, the author of a book called Go Out of Your Way! and Founder of Move The Dial is our special guest today. Her book demonstrates how one small act can "Move the Dial" in Business and Life where she explores ideas and solutions rather than focusing on the problem. 

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