topics covered in this month's newsletter center around
our economy, our students and our ability to recognize that
change is inevitable. If we don't adapt to the changes
needed we will not succeed. The
Challenges of Change happens to all of us. An article on
how to adapt is included in this newsletter. We have even addressed
bankruptcy and how to use the American Chapter
11 as a template to identify when and how change can be
included in this issue come from a variety of sources –
all are experts in their field. ConnectUs has been actively
supporting our educational system and our students for years.
Over the past 10 years we have seen tremendous changes in that
system. We write about the positive impact we see from programs
that include mentoring, team building and role modeling. We
encourage you to think about balance in your life and we have
included an invitation for women around the world to join us
on a cruise. WinClub
2004 - where professional women connect, it's cool,
it's casual and it especially for you and your family!
Spouses and kids are included in this adventure to visit three
is commonplace to see students hosting conferences, bringing
in keynote speakers that not only provide a much needed message,
they agree to mentor, to support and to challenge our students
to stand up for their beliefs and be accountable. Rob Brower,
Senior Auditor from KPMG was one such person who delivered an
speech to university students at a Roundtable Conference
held recently in Toronto. His speech covered the importance
of ethics and integrity in our government, our industries and
in ourselves. His topic spurred me on to write my own article
on this new era, this new "culture of integrity".
No longer can we just trust, no longer can we believe what we
hear, today we must rebuild the confidence that we've
lost, step by step. Rebuilding is not difficult if you know
the steps you need to take, hopefully, my article provides the
roadmap we need to become part of that new "culture
As a board member
on a variety of not-for-profit organizations, I recognize fully
how important it is for me to not only know my fellow board
members, but also to know that everything that is being done
is transparent and above reproach. Who would have thought that
it would come to this? To know intuitively is not enough. Now
as effective and ethical board members we must know beyond a
shadow of a doubt that we have met the criteria and have passed.
I want to introduce you to some of the boards that are part
of ConnectUs and our desire to foster this new era, this "culture
first organization is dear to my heart, Women in Food Industry
Management – www.wfim.on.ca.
I have been an active board member for more than 10 years, and
Chair for many of those years. This organization is mandated
to build stronger, more profitable relationships for our members.
We mentor students, we help downsized men and women from the
food sector find new opportunities, we produce a newsletter,
and we host events. These events bring top-level industry speakers
to our members and this year, thanks to several of those speakers,
WFIM has a new focus. We call it "The Good, The Bad and
The Ugly" and our wrath and concern is directed at those
foods that are not providing us with healthy eating and healthy
living. We have begun to rethink our industry and we are rapidly
rebuilding many of our products to reflect the concerns of trans
fats and unfriendly carbs. We have begun the fight that must
be launched for our children, for statistics say that they may
not outlive their parents! Childhood Obesity
is running rampant, and WFIM is introducing a program called
Step by Step that
will help turn the tide when it comes to healthy living and
eating. The article encourages everyone to get in step, and
rebuild a healthier life style.
The next organization I want to focus on is Women in International
trade - www.wito.ca.This
group hosted an event for International Students participating
in co-op placements and internship programs. The event was a
sell out and the results of that initiative have been documented.
Monika Bedard, a student studying international trade wrote
the article and will
be working with ConnectUs on issues that arose from that meeting.
OWIT is also sponsoring an event being held in B.C. called Women
Trading Globally. This event will culminate in Toronto on April
Many organizations help Canadians find jobs. Job Start is one
of those agencies. They provide training programs and co-op
placements for many men and women who have gone through some
type of transition. Many are new Canadians with an international
designation that isn't recognized here. The article on
Assistants is one that might be one answer to our healthcare
encourage you to Network and Get Work.
Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every month and meet men and
women who are anxious to become part of an ethical and effective
process that builds business for anyone attending.
ConnectUs we stress the importance of following a plan –
of developing an agenda before you begin to network. We are
delighted to inform our members of a new program that we will
be launching soon. The program called FlowWork
is the brainchild of ConnectUs and Evaluform - www.FlowWork.com.
Hatala and I have found that we can complement each other by
joining forces, and together we have written a book called The
welcome your comments and your interest in the topics we've