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Pro­fes­sor of Strate­gic Man­age­ment; Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Ini­tia­tive for Women in Busi­ness UNIVER­SITY OF TORONTO, ROTMAN SCHOOL OF MAN­AGE­MENT

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer work­ing with For­tune 500 com­pa­nies at McKin­sey & Com­pany, Beatrix Dart joined the Rotman School in 2000, where she de­vel­oped the global ex­ec­u­tive MBA pro­grams. She served as the aca­demic di­rec­tor and as­so­ciate dean of Rotman ex­ec­u­tive pro­grams un­til 2015, where she over­saw de­sign ad­mis­sion and fac­ulty se­lec­tion. Dart also co-founded the Rotman Ini­tia­tive for Women in Busi­ness as a means of ad­vanc­ing women in man­age­ment.

“What mat­ters most is not how bril­liant your mod­els or so­lu­tions are, but how you treat peo­ple.”

“Manda­tory parental leaves for fa­thers. This has caused tremen­dous im­pact in coun­tries that have im­ple­mented it. Not only has so­ci­ety changed and fa­thers are just as likely to take care of an in­fant as moth­ers, but it also elim­i­nated any gen­der-hir­ing bias.”

A suc­cess­ful ex­ec­u­tive, lawyer, cor­po­rate di­rec­tor and au­thor of two nov­els, Anne Giar­dini is a twotime Top 100 award win­ner. She’s a long-time leader within Canada’s re­source in­dus­try, serv­ing as pres­i­dent of Wey­er­haeuser Com­pany Lim­ited, di­rec­tor on many re­lated boards and a mem­ber of the Fed­eral Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for Pro­mot­ing Women on Boards. Giar­dini’s list of pro­fes­sional awards is as dis­tin­guished as her ca­reer and in­cludes a Queen El­iz­a­beth II Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal, a Lex­pert Zenith Award in 2013 and, most re­cently, the West­ern Canada Gen­eral Coun­sel Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

“Ae­sop’s story about the tur­tle and the hare was ac­cu­rate. Per­se­ver­ance on the right path is an ex­cel­lent strat­egy. Some paths are blind al­leys — we all en­counter them. Some jour­neys are not the right ones. But once you are on the right path, the jour­ney and the end point are all re­ward­ing.”

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