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article imageToronto's Scala Network event helps women improve careers Special

By KJ Mullins     Nov 9, 2012 in Business
Toronto - This week SCALA Network hosted a networking forum for women in Toronto. The event on November 7 allowed attendees to understand how social networking can improve their career paths.
Business networking is an important tool when it comes to improving your career and opportunities, as the event stressed. Understanding how men and women network differently is a key step in improving your odds of securing a better job.
This week SCALA Network hosted a networking forum for women in Toronto. The event on November 7 allo...
This week SCALA Network hosted a networking forum for women in Toronto. The event on November 7 allowed attendees to understand how social networking can improve their career paths.
Cathy Preston, President of Preston Human Capital Group, opened the day saying that the SCALA Network is joining like-minded women to connect and educate. That education was evident quickly as each table networked with each other for six minutes. Throughout the day this was practiced three times as women moved to three different tables and sitting with complete strangers.
The first speaker was Dr. Elaine Chin, Chief Medical Officer and Founder of the Executive Health Centre. Chin spoke about preventive health care, something that is important at any age but surprising even more important as a woman advances in her career. In the McClan Survey 2012 Chin pointed out that a woman's symptom score spikes once they have hit the 60K salary range. This is the opposite of men.
This week SCALA Network hosted a networking forum for women in Toronto. The event on November 7 allo...
This week SCALA Network hosted a networking forum for women in Toronto. The event on November 7 allowed attendees to understand how social networking can improve their career paths.
Embrace yourself," Chin advised by eating better, getting enough sleep and exercising.
Moving from women's health issues the stage was set for what the realities are when making the switch from profit to non-profit careers. Moderated by The Oxford Group's Alison Holt the lively discussion between Christine Anderson, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Holly Henderson, Senior Director of Corporate Programs at Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Rosalie McGovern, Vice-President of Direct Marketing at Sick Kids Foundation was impressive. The three women are all experts in their field and have moved between the corporate world and the non-profit sector throughout their careers. All have found that while the salaries in the non-profit sector are not as high the benefits of doing something that they really believe in makes up that difference.
This week SCALA Network hosted a networking forum for women in Toronto. The event on November 7 allo...
This week SCALA Network hosted a networking forum for women in Toronto. The event on November 7 allowed attendees to understand how social networking can improve their career paths.
Henderson is a prime example of this. She has two decades of experience in creative problem solving. Henderson was the backbone of Kids Help Phone which launched in 1989. Her work with founding the help line has saved countless lives. Henderson said after her presentation that she hears about a live that was saved at least once a month even though it's been years since she was with the agency. That is a reward she said smiling that makes all the work worth it.
Co-founder of North Strategic Mia Pearson got to the heart of the matter with her presentation on How to Get Social. Most women do not brand themselves well, from lackluster bios to boring profiles. To succeed in business our personal brands must reflect who we really are.
"Men make self promotion a way of life," Pearson said while women tend to speak in terms of their teams. Being able to state your own achievements is not bragging, it's making sure that you are known for what you bring to a company. While it can be scary at first to promote yourself taking those risks help you become more successful.
That message come across often throughout the day. As each of the successful speakers spoke it was clear that women have to relearn how to impress when it comes to networking and social media contacts. Those first 6 seconds when meeting someone new make or break you. By presenting yourself as an authority and worthy of any job you can see yourself achieving your dreams.
The Scala Network hosts networking events throughout the year. They are an amazing source for Toronto's business woman who want to be all that they can.
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