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Thursday, February 20th – 9am to 12pm

Fostering Diversity & Inclusion

Impact Hub Ottawa
123 Slater Street, 6th Floor

The business case for diversity and inclusion has never been stronger, with study after study confirming that diverse teams and inclusive work cultures are key to thriving businesses. In Canada, the passing of Bill C-16 now ensures protection for both gender identity and gender expression under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. What does this mean for your organization?

Join us for this half-day session to find out. Attendees will gain valuable insights related to LGBTQ+ terminology, unconscious bias and hiring policies that will strengthen your ability to foster inclusion and belonging for LGBTQ+ people at your organization and keep you ahead of the curve for business success.

(Facilitators: Rita Alma & Eliot Waddingham)

Thursday, March 12th – 9am to 12pm

The Art of Time Management

Impact Hub Ottawa
123 Slater Street, 6th Floor

We all share the same 168 hours in a week, but how is it some accomplish more than others? The key is in how they manage their time.

IBM’s Institute for Business Value found that time-management has become one of the most desired workforce skills and also the rarest to find. The good news is that time-management can be learned and practiced.

This workshop will help you develop your time-management skills to make the most out of your workday. We’ll start by defining what time-management is and why it’s essential for you. Then we’ll debunk some time-management myths and outline how you can sharpen your skills around managing your time — learning how to prioritize your day and focus on what will have the greatest impact. Lastly, we’ll look at some time-management habits that will boost your productivity.

(Facilitators: Scott Rust))

Facilitator Bios

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Scott Rust

Scott specializes in productivity and leadership coaching, working with leaders and organizations to develop greater self-management skills, with a specific focus on time, energy, and mind-management. He helps high-achievers end noise and distraction to accomplish more, eliminate draining activities to improve efficiency, and erode stress and overwhelm to improve focus. Scott has a proven capacity to help employees create greater self-awareness, self-reliance, and self-efficacy leading to greater performance.

Working remotely for an international organization for over four years, Scott quickly realized the importance of developing good habits and becoming self-sufficient. His commitment is to help organizations develop better business habits that inspire emerging leaders and empower employees to work more effectively, be more engaged, and lead fulfilling work lives.

Scott graduated with a BComm from Concordia University and continues his professional development as he works toward ACC level accreditation with International Coaching Federation. He delivers transformative results through 1-on-1 coaching, group workshops, and keynote speeches.

Carleen Hicks

Carleen Hicks

Carleen is a senior Human Resource professional and coach with over 15 years of achievement, working with business and leadership teams from start-ups to large corporations in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Her outgoing nature quickly builds an easy rapport with people, which serves her well working on complex problems that require collaboration and trust.

Carleen’s experience includes group training and facilitation, speaking engagements, leadership coaching, EQ-i 2.0 & EQ-i 360 leadership assessments, career transition coaching, strategic and operational HR, change management, employee engagement, talent management life cycle, compensation and benefits, and compliance.

Carleen's belief in potential (both within individuals and organizations) is what led her to continue her education in the field of Human Resources after she completed her BA at the University of Manitoba. Continuing her professional development, Carleen is a Certified EQ-i 2.0 practitioner and is a certified Integral Coach® through Integral Coaching Canada.


Maria Sowden-Weingarden

Maria is fiercely committed to guiding leaders at all levels to unlock their true potential so they can gain self-awareness, become more impactful, achieve higher levels of performance, and effectively and confidently transition to positions of increased responsibility. She is a proven professional who enjoys helping clients strengthen their leadership style, crystallize their thinking, increase their self-confidence, establish a specific career direction, successfully navigate organization change, and learn how to inspire others in a significant and meaningful way.

With 20 years of experience guiding clients to achieve remarkable success, her mission and commitment is to help build respectful, collaborative, and engaged workplaces through the development of authentic, confident, courageous and conscious leaders.

Maria is certified by the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento California in Organizational Psychology with a Focus on Executive Coaching. Other areas of study include Neuroscience, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Positive Psychology. Maria also holds a Professional Speaker’s Designation.

Rita Alma

Rita is a Conflict Mediator, Inclusion & Belonging Facilitator, and professionally-trained Co-Active Coach. She combines her 10 years of experience in LGBTQ+ community work, conflict resolution and leadership development to help teams and organizations create healthy, inclusive and high-performing work cultures. Her specialties include leveraging diversity to improve business performance, strengthening leaders’ and employees’ ability to have difficult conversations and guiding them to transform conflict into opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Rita fosters a highly interactive, experiential learning environment that encourages self-reflection and open-dialogue, resulting in meaningful and long-lasting organizational change.

Eliot Waddingham

Eliot is a non-binary trans consultant and educator with over five years experience who has had the privilege of working with local, provincial, and national organizations on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion. Eliot has worked as a professional researcher, a teaching assistant, and as a public servant, as well as the Education Co-ordinator at the internationally-recognized Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity as well as an Education and Training Facilitator for Rainbow Health Ontario. Through various positions, their clients have ranged from kindergarteners to doctors to the heads of Canadian political parties. Eliot graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in History and is also a published academic.

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