SheEO Learning Lab

What is the Learning Lab?

SheEO Learning Lab is a series of live webinars and online resources designed to give women the skills and knowledge to start a business and grow as an entrepreneur. Learn directly from the SheEO Ventures building innovative businesses, doing business differently and working on the World’s To-Do List.

Past Webinars

Past Webinars

A SheEO Learning Lab: Get Your Canadian Government Business Support Questions Answered!

Join Advisors from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) and Innovation Canada who will share with you how NRC IRAP and other Canadian government programs support companies like yours!

They will do a short presentation about the ins and outs of Innovation Canada and NRC IRAP, then open to questions about your specific needs. If they don’t know the answer, they most likely can connect you to someone who does.

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A SheEO Learning Lab: Resilience: Surviving Change You Didn’t Ask For

“When it comes to change, people only like those they make themselves.”

-French proverb

The global pandemic is forcing on a journey not of our choosing, one with a host of challenging questions: How do we deal with the financial, emotional, and circumstantial consequences?

Join SheEO Venture Development Guide M.J. Ryan to explore how we can strengthen our capacity to deal resiliently to change. You’ll learn the best that psychology, brain science, and the wisdom traditions have to offer about handling the difficulties life hurls at us.

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SheEO Learning Lab: Grow Your Sales and Stand Out Through Supplier Diversity

One way your business can address the world’s To-Do List is by diversifying your supply chain and increasing purchases from diverse and minority-owned suppliers, specifically women-owned. In this Learning Lab, Stephanie Fontaine, Country Director for WEConnect International in Canada, will share the benefits of supplier diversity, how to find and navigate procurement opportunities as well as how to make your business stand out among the competition.

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SheEO Learning Lab: Productivity – Getting More of What Matters Done

Research shows that one of the key reasons entrepreneurs fail is poor organizational skills but that it’s also one of the factors that is most easily learned. There are literally thousands of productivity ideas out there. Learning Lab host and SheEO Venture Development Guide MJ Ryan will share the best ones she’s found for getting organized and increasing productivity. You will leave with best practices and a clear plan for making each day count by doing what really matters. 

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SheEO Learning Lab: Is Your Business Idea Future-Proof?

The world has changed. So has what it takes to start and grow a relevant and successful business. In this energetic session, you will learn the 10 basic steps all entrepreneurs need to take to start a business, five key trends and questions you need to explore deeper in order to future-proof your enterprise, and three themes you need to build into the design of your enterprise TODAY so that your enterprise, your community and YOU can sustainably flourish over the next five to ten years.

This session is best for people who are exploring self employment, those just starting a business and practitioners who have identified the need to make a serious pivot.

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Building your relationship with your bank

SheEO Learning Lab: Building your relationship with your bank to help start, grow and manage your business

As an entrepreneur your banking manager may be an untapped resource to help you grow your business. In this Learning Lab moderated by SheEO Activator Alecia Aquino, Toni Desroisiers, founder of Abeego, and Sara Schenderling, RBC Commercial Account Manager will share how their relationship was an asset to Abeego.

Learn how entrepreneurs can leverage their banking relationship to help communicate and fund their business ideas, manage cash flow and more.

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Beyond Borders

A SheEO Learning Lab: Growing Your Business Beyond Borders

Exporting your product or service can seem like a scary step for your business. But with a comprehensive export plan and the right support it doesn’t have to be. In this Learning Lab, Melanie Carter from Export Development Canada joins SheEO Venture The Alinker to discuss the challenges and opportunities of exporting, and how companies of all sizes can succeed on the world stage.

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A SheEO Learning Lab: Entrepreneurial Skills

Join SheEO Development Guide MJ Ryan in this online interactive Learning Lab to identify your strengths and needs for support as a founder, and leave with practices to build your skills.

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A SheEO Learning Lab: How Women Hire

When it comes to working on the World’s To-Do List, it’s not just what your business does that counts, but how you do it. Who and how you hire can have a deep social impact, while also having a positive effect on your bottom line.

Join us for an online, interactive Learning Lab and learn about the rewards and challenges of hiring differently from four SheEO Ventures.

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8 Staff. 4 Countries. How SheEO is Using Technology to Scale

This Leaning Lab directly connects you with the SheEO Team! Caitlin Pacini, SheEO’s Operations Manager, and Jessy Wang, our Director of Activator Growth, will be sharing how they use technology in a highly innovative way to scale our operations. Join this Learning Lab to see how we are using the best-in-class, cloud-based technologies that are integrated and affordable. If you aren’t sure what any of that means, be sure to tune in and found out!

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Taking Back Your Power. Self-care as the Basis for Growth in Business and Life with Kim Knight

In this Learning Lab, Kim Knight will explore and provide insights on being more, not doing more, in work and life.  Specifically, she’ll address; speaking authentically to have your voice be heard, how letting go of perfection will lead to your next level of great work, tapping into your intuition when it matters most, ways to interact with people when they aren’t treating you with respect and how to kick ‘imposter syndrome’ to the curb.

Guest mentor: Kim Knight, Speaker, Author, Art of Health

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Building Your Dream Network (Be the Best PR for your Career) with J. Kelly Hoey

Learn how your expertise can become a source of news, trend forecasting and business development as well how to market #RadicalGenerosity. In this session, SheEO Activator J. Kelly Hoey (author of “Build Your Dream Network”), shares her networking tips on how to position yourself as a thought leader, build relationships with journalists and raise your profile in the media.

Guest Mentor: J. Kelly Hoey, Author, Speaker, and Investor

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Creating the Conditions for your Team To Thrive with Carolyn Meacher

How do we create a healthy climate in our companies? What motivates teams to do their best work? Why is it important to lead with compassion and creativity? With insights that can apply to both early-stage entrepreneurs and executive-level professionals, join Refinery29’s Chief People Officer Carolyn Meacher as she shares her wisdom on building teams that thrive.

Guest Mentor: Carolyn Meacher, Chief People Officer, Refinery29

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Speaking with Confidence: Anywhere, Anytime, Any Audience, with Stacey Berry

Learn the power of your own voice. Know your crowd and make an impact on your audience. Strengthen your narrative and create your own opportunities. Stacey Berry was named one of the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and featured in Women of Influence. Through her company, she provides her clients with a myriad of services including soft skills and community development workshops, consulting services, public relations and event management. Her first book is slated to release this summer! In this webinar, Stacey will be sharing her story and helping us voice our own.

Guest Mentor: Stacey Berry, Founder & CEO of Bstellar Consulting Group

Owning your Power: Building Leadership Confidence, with Julie Barker-Merz

Learn to make power decisions. Flex your confidence muscle. Be passionate and limitless. With a career spanning 20+ years with BMO, Julie Barker-Merz is teaching us how to become powerful leaders. From growing your network to seeing feedback as an opportunity, Julie will walk us through the foundations of successful leadership in business.

Guest Mentor: Julie Barker-Merz, Senior Vice-President, South Western Ontario Division, BMO

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