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Celebrating the powerfully empowered by redefining our relationship with the P-word
It’s a question we’re asking ourselves here at the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) as we celebrate the 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. In travelling the country as owner and CEO of PhaseNyne, the parent company of WXN and the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC), I’ve found that many women don’t see themselves as powerful, and many others don’t want to. They might think that because they’re not a top executive or don’t sit in a corner office, they’re not powerful. They might also think the word “power” has negative connotations, especially when it refers to a woman.
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The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine had a simple plan for her future. Growing up in the community of Happy Hill, Grenada in the 1940s, Augustine wanted to be a teacher. Looking back on her accomplishments, it’s clear to see that she’s been teaching her whole life, even when she was a principal, a community advocate and leader, and the first African-Canadian woman elected to the House of Commons.
Powerfully empowered. This is the theme of WXN’s 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 awards. In order to show what “powerfully empowered” looks like, FPM spoke with five of this year’s honourees, women who are carving out new paths and leading in traditionally male-dominated industries. Here, they share their views on power and how they’re helping Canada’s next cohort of leaders achieve and own their unique power. Conversations have been edited for length and clarity.