Shelley has recently being named 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2022. She is highly respected in the arts and business community. She is a women’s advocate, magazine publisher and a multiple award winning entrepreneur. Shelley strives to be a positive force encouraging women to pursue entrepreneurship.
Shelley brings a wide range of expertise to the table. With a degree in Social Work and Human Services, she has worked with women and supported them in various ways over the past three decades.
She also believes strongly in partnerships and collaborations and is very supportive in developing business objectives and business skills through learning and teaching opportunities.
Shelley has been featured on several print and electronic mainstream media outlets throughout her business career for the past 10 years and most recently CHCHTV to talk about her journey of producing her award-winning documentary “W’AT ABOWT US”.
Shelley launched this certification training program to provide a holistic approach for workers and employers in building strong skills set equipped for the changing world.
This acquired knowledge will help workers and aspiring leaders sharpen their skills in their strategic inclusive leadership roles.
Laura provides marketing and communication strategies, coaching, and training for our clients to help them reach their business goals. Laura is a communications strategist and digital marketing specialist, offering 20+ years of experience in the area of entrepreneurship, business development, omni-channel marketing, and public relations
Laura provides marketing and communication strategies, coaching, and training for our clients to help them reach their business goals. Laura is a communications strategist and digital marketing specialist, offering 20+ years of experience in the area of entrepreneurship, business development, omni-channel marketing, and public relations. With a passion for sustainability, Laura’s mission is to support like-minded entrepreneurs and business leaders as they grow their businesses.
Greg Frankson is the founder and CEO of Voice Share Inc., which provides training, coaching/mentorship, and consulting services focused on transformative organizational change through inclusive leadership and effective communication. Prior to creating Voice Share in 2018, Greg was a teacher, arts educator, event producer, corporate train
Greg Frankson is the founder and CEO of Voice Share Inc., which provides training, coaching/mentorship, and consulting services focused on transformative organizational change through inclusive leadership and effective communication. Prior to creating Voice Share in 2018, Greg was a teacher, arts educator, event producer, corporate trainer, and anti-discrimination facilitator.
Throughout his career, Greg has used his voice to create social change as an advocate, award-winning literary artist, and media commentator. Artistically, he published four poetry collections, contributed to three anthologies, edited AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets (2022), and released four full-length audio recordings, among many other achievements. He was also an on-air poetic commentator on Here and Now Toronto on CBC Radio One. In community, his leadership resulted in the overdue commemoration of Robert Sutherland, Canada’s first known university graduate of colour and first Black lawyer, at Queen’s University and across Canada. His words have been published in periodicals and poetry journals on three continents.
Greg is a former Canadian national poetry slam champion, an inaugural inductee to the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour, and past poet laureate of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. He served on the boards of Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) and Tropicana Community Services (Toronto), currently serves on the Prince’s Trust Canada board of directors, and chairs the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Advisory Council at Abilities Centre in Whitby. Greg has left a lasting impact at his alma mater, Queen’s University, as its first Black student government president, former student senator and ex-officio trustee, and long-serving current member of the University Council. He graduated from Queen’s in 1999 with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, earned concurrently, and is a member of the National Communication Coaching Association, League of Canadian Poets, and the Ontario College of Teachers.
Jas is a well-known yoga teacher in the Ottawa area with over 19 years of practice in yoga and meditation. She has extensive experience in building partnerships within the community and inspiring collaboration between existing departments and programs. She was inspired to pursue a career in health and wellness because of what she saw an
Jas is a well-known yoga teacher in the Ottawa area with over 19 years of practice in yoga and meditation. She has extensive experience in building partnerships within the community and inspiring collaboration between existing departments and programs. She was inspired to pursue a career in health and wellness because of what she saw and experienced first-hand in emotionally stressful environments. She noticed a general decline in physical and mental health when the work/life harmony was disturbed.
Jas has a master's degree in Legal Studies, and a degree in International Business. She teaches in the International Business Program at the community college and runs her own yoga and wellness business. She offers private sessions, Yoga Teacher Training, as well as trans-formative group retreats. She believes in accessible service for all, and focuses on making her programming as inclusive as possible.
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
Course Description: During this session, you will learn the key aspects of digital marketing and why it is essential for your professional career, even if you are not working in marketing. Beyond the resume and job boards, employers are looking online to find candidates with the right talent and culture fit for their organization. Often candidates are identified and selected even before the job is posted! Employees have the opportunity to leverage digital technology to get discovered by the right employers and grow their careers once found. In one study, 82% of employers considered the brand and reputation of the potential employer before applying, 92% of employers said they used social and professional networks to recruit talent while 86% of job seekers use social media to search for jobs. If you are starting your career, working to move up in your organization, or transitioning to a different role, this training is for you. Using a simple seven-step process, you will learn digital marketing tips, best practices and strategies to build your online professional brand to help get your ideal job and propel your careers forward. .
Learn how to develop a professional brand strategy.
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Course Description: This course discusses the fundamental principles and best practices of using social media in the workplace. Social media is a communication and networking tool. The constant evolution of technology has been enhanced by the creation of various social media platforms which have allowed people to reach out worldwide and share what they know. Social media in the workplace can increase employee engagement. By staying in touch with other workers in the same field, social media is an easy way to encourage communication between employees and help share ideas while at work and at home. The ability to interact outside of work can have a positive impact on employee morale and engagement. In 2016, millennials became the largest generation in the workforce. This generation who grew up in a digital world and have become heavy social media users continues to grow today. That is why over 80% of employees say social media can improve relationships while 60% say it can support decision-making processes.
1. Learn how social media can be used in the workplace.
2. Gain an understanding of key features and why you need to consider these social media platforms - TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
3. Discover ways to leverage LinkedIn for your career and your organization.
4. Find out the best practices to use to engage with your employees, clients, and other key stakeholders on social media.
5. Learn how to create an employee social media brand ambassador program.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Duration: 1hr 30mins
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Course Description: An organization is only as good as its culture. Building diversity and inclusion in that culture is not only a role for the HR department, but It is the role of every manager and employee.
The management of diversity equity and inclusion has evolved from a focus on compliance to a strategic daily effort. The result is a demonstrated positive impact on an organization’s performance.
This multileveled issue brings new perspectives to a company who embrace them. Diversity Equity and Inclusion sets clear expectations, mitigate risks and ensures compliance and growth among individual employees and the company as a whole.
Each employee can make their organization a more supportive and engaging place to work by understanding the institutional and psychological processes that impact the ways people perceive and interact with each other.
The Importance of Self-care and Wellness in the Work Place
Time: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Course Description: Mental health is essential for the proper functioning of the body as well as well as the mind. Employees who are strong mentally can tackle obstacles at work head-on and overcome them with ease.
Meditation is a practice in which an individual focuses the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity. Meditation can also assist in achieving a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable mind. It can improve the ability to work under stress through heightened focus and attention. Meditation can minimize careless work or sloppy multitasking and gives the skills to refocus.
Social interaction and work relationships are important aspects of employee health and wellness, so practicing meditation together can be a positive experience. Meditation is a technique that has been practiced also for its immense benefits to mental health. It has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and help one become closer to their inner self.
With increasing work demands and workplace stress levels, it can take a toll on an employee’s mental health. Moreover, the sedentary lifestyle associated with a corporate job can affect them physically as well. Such adverse effects on their minds and bodies can prevent employees from functioning to their full capacity and achieving their goals in life.
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