In response to Keith Gerein’s article on June 1st, I feel compelled to speak up. Obviously, I’m disappointed with how I was portrayed as a female candidate. Keith is right, ambitious women often face unfair backlash.
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
I lived with my grandparents for the first year of my life. 50 years ago, that wasn't an uncommon event, and based on the experiences of my friends, these types of family situations still exist.
This year, in support of International Women’s Day: Choose to Challenge, I invited three women I highly respect to have a conversation about driving impactful and sustainable change. Throughout our lively and interesting discussion (which you can watch here) we kept returning to the idea that change leadership is situational and that there is not one right way to do it.
Over the course of my career I’ve been fortunate to travel to, and work in so many wonderful cities. My first business trip came when I was in my early 20’s working at Weyerhaeuser with a visit to Vancouver to meet our export partners. Later, from 2000 to 2015 while at Intuit, makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks, I was lucky to travel the world exploring new countries as we worked to expand into new markets.
Monday marked the start of Chinatown Dining Week. As I eagerly sat down to review the list of amazing restaurants participating and optimize my dining plan for the week I came across the Hong Kong Bakery and a flood of childhood memories rushed back to me. I had to pause and take some time as I reflected on how much I miss my Dad.
My first job was as a server at the Smitty’s in Kingsway Mall. I was fifteen years old and what I really cared about was how much tip money I left with at the end of my shift. To me, better tips meant the difference between K-mart or Jordache brand jeans.
When I launched my campaign to run for Mayor of Edmonton on the 13th of October, I committed myself to listening first. It’s now been six weeks and I am grateful for all the thoughtful conversations I’ve had and messages I’m receiving from Edmontonians who are as passionate and fired up about our city as I am.
There have been a handful of times throughout my life where my hardest learned lessons have been the most important. One example I’ve often reflected back on took place in the fall of 2018. As the founder and VP of Innovate Edmonton, I was leading the charge and pushing forward the concept of a new Innovation Hub in our downtown.