Six remarkable women, one remarkable day


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The McMaster Alumni Association wants to redefine professional development with its
upcoming women's professional development day.

On Friday, May 27, The Whole New You development day in Toronto will connect
McMaster alumnae with inspiring women who exemplify the importance of personal
development as part of professional development.

“Professional development days often focus exclusively on corporate development –
team work, planning, productivity, return on investment, project management – it's
boring,” said Christine Kennedy, conference organizer. “The Whole New You is designed
to give women a day to spend on those critical issues that are too often overlooked,
such as stress, career management and community engagement.”

She hopes that delegates will find the experience unique and rejuvenating, as well
as beneficial to their professional lives.

Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the costs of hidden stress with Laura Grant, a practising naturopathic
    doctor and doula

  • Explore community leadership with 2010 YWCA Woman of Distinction Noella Milne,
    a Toronto lawyer who is heavily involved in many community organizations including
    UNICEF Canada, Street Kids International, the Children's Aid Foundation, St. Michael's
    Hospital and FitSpirit

  • Get creative in personal branding with management consultant Lisa Mattam,
    founder of The Mattam Group, who was listed in Profit Magazine as one of the top 10
    women emerging entrepreneurs in Canada

  • Turn passion into profit with advice from Alex Leikermoser, award-winning
    entrepreneur and founder of Yogagurl

  • Invest in strategic career management with Patricia Polischuk, who will help the
    delegates learn how to take control of their careers while understanding the realities of
    careers today
  • Women who attend The Whole New You will be treated to a morning keynote
    address by Samantha Nutt, founder and executive director of War Child Canada, who
    will speak about the universality of the feminine experience, how it brings women
    together in a way that transcends culture and language, and how female leadership is
    vital for positive change in the 21st century.

    The Alumni Association already hosts a successful Women's Series in Hamilton,
    mainly attended by women who live within the city.

    “We're trying to bring the energy, excitement and benefits of the Hamilton Women's
    Series to Toronto,” said Kennedy. “We thought: let's create one day in Toronto where
    women can get together, hear inspiring women speak, meet other McMaster alumnae
    and spend some time investing in their own development.”

    The Whole New You is open to McMaster alumnae, their friends and the wider
    community. It takes place on May 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Chestnut
    Conference Centre at the University of Toronto. Cost is $100. Dress code is business

    To register, go to the href=””>McMas
    ter Alumni Association event page
    or contact Christine
    Kennedy at


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