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Honing Your Elevator Pitch

The ‘Elevator Pitch’

Definition: An elevator pitch, elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition.

The elevator pitch has been around almost as long as, well, elevators, but remains a necessary step in the armoury of any executive looking for their...

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Dame Helen Alexander

On behalf of the 30% Club, I want to remember Dame Helen Alexander who very sadly passed away at the weekend. Dame Helen most recently focused her considerable talent on the eponymous Hampton-Alexander Review, which along with the 30% Club and others, is focused on getting more women into the senior ranks of business.  This is just one part of a long and distinguished career in which Dame Helen became a role model, not...

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30% Club HK Breakfast with Victor Dodig, Chair of the 30% Club Canada

The 30% Club HK was honoured to host Victor G. Dodig, Chief Executive Officer of CIBC and Chair of the 30% Club Canada, as our guest speaker at a breakfast on Monday.

Mrs Stella Lau - Chair of the Women's Commission, and fifty male and female business leaders gathered at the American Club to hear Mr Dodig share his experiences as 30% Club Canada Chair and the progress the Club is making within...

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How Canadian Companies Can Diversify Their Boards

As the President and CEO of CIBC and a Catalyst Canada Advisory Board member, I know firsthand the importance of gender diversity for increased innovation and stronger financial performance in business.

Simply put, gender diversity more accurately reflects the world we're dealing in. When you embrace it, you gain insight into your clients' thinking, you develop better relationships, and you build a better company. At CIBC, we’re building...

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Comment les entreprises canadiennes peuvent-elles diversifier leur conseil d’administration?

En tant que président et chef de la direction de la Banque CIBC et président du 30% Club Canada, je sais d'expérience l'importance de la diversité des genres pour accroître l'innovation et renforcer le rendement financier des entreprises.

En quelques mots, la diversité des genres reflète plus fidèlement le monde dans lequel nous faisons affaires....

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Women in Business: How an MBA can help further your career

Anyone looking for that particular edge over their competitors should consider what a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) qualification can do for their careers.

The Women in the Workforce 2016 study by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn found that women are less likely to have valuable connections which can help accelerate their careers. This means that globally-recognised qualifications, such as an MBA, could be the necessary gateway to gaining those connections and...

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A Taste of My Own ‘Diversity’ Medicine

On the 10th November, still feeling outraged by the Trump victory, I posted a letter on Facebook written by Aaron Sorkin to his wife and 15 year-old daughter for Vanity Fair.  It started like this:

“Sorkin Girls, Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it&mdash...

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Minimum Diversity Pledge

Diversity in tech is a major problem, and tech isn’t alone in this. One of the places where this is most visible is in speaker lineups and panels at events. Across industry after industry, speakers at events are extremely rarely from marginalized groups, including women, people of colour, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community. Not only are they underrepresented, in many cases...

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