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Top 100 Leadership Summit 2019

Each year, WXN's Top 100 Leadership Summit inspires and motivates our audience prior to the Awards Gala with female leaders sharing their wisdom and experiences, professional and personal successes and challenges through thought-provoking keynote speakers, engaging interviews, and panel discussions.

The Topics

KEYNOTE - Powerfully empowered

In this keynote you’ll learn from Samra Zafar, known for inspiring audiences globally, as she speaks on what 'Powerfully Empowered' means to her. For Samra, true power lies in empowering others and the privilege to be able to touch lives. Samra will share her inspiring story of finding courage in the face of oppression, and claiming the power within to create ripple effects of global change!

Samra Zafar is an award-winning international speaker, author, scholar, and social entrepreneur, in addition to her work at BMO as a Director, Business Finance. Samra engages audiences around the world, speaking about authentic leadership, resilience, human rights, and youth empowerment. She appears frequently in the media and guest lectures at several universities, including Yale. Her book A Good Wife was named a top-10 read by The Washington Post.

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Samra Zafar
Author, Speaker, Human Rights Advocate, Social Entrepreneur; Samra Zafar Inc

Director, BMO Bank of Montreal

Panel Discussion - Increasing your Personal Power by Helping Others

Powerful leaders are committed to making others shine. They guide and empower others to discover and develop their full potential. You’ll find these leaders at the heart of every successful organization. In this engaging panel, learn how helping others can also help you. Our exceptional female panelists will look at the strategies used by leaders to make their teams more powerful with tactics and strategies that build trust and empower individuals.

Carol Banducci


Carol Banducci
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
IAMGOLD Corporation

Rola Dagher portrait


Rola Dagher
President & CEO
Cisco Canada

Victoria LaBillois portrait


Victoria LaBillois
Wejuseg Construction Inc.

Lisa Tuningley portrait


Lisa Tuningley
President and CEO
T-Rails Products


Susan Uthayakumar
Country President Canada
Schneider Electric Canada Inc.


Jenn Lofgren

Jenn Lofgren

Founder, Executive Leadership Coach & Consultant

Incito Executive & Leadership Development

Rumbling with Vulnerability

This program isn’t only for leaders, but anyone looking to step out with greater courage in any area of their professional and personal life.

Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, the new Dare to Lead™ curriculum will show us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up. This is a curriculum for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and truly showing up. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable. We will teach the skills required to tackle these issues by becoming braver leaders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine your call to courage as a leader.
  • Define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.
  • Understand the role of courage and vulnerability in daring leadership.
  • Challenge old definitions and dispel the myths surrounding the concept of vulnerability.
  • Understand and begin to utilize the metaphor of the arena to examine the challenges associated with feeling vulnerable or with engaging in behaviors that lead to uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.

Don't miss your chance to attend this event. Register today for our 2019 Leadership Summit and take the next step to learn something new and improve your career!

Presenting Partner.

National Platinum Partners.

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Reception Host.

Shangri-La Hotel