DR. BEATRIX DART
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.”