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We want to shed the layers of key messages and talking points, and create a forum that leaves women feeling connected, inspired and motivated in their careers and personal lives.



EPISODE 28: Celina Caesar Chavannes is best known to many Canadians as a former Member of Parliament and as a bestselling author of the new memoir “Can You Hear Me Now?” which has just been nominated for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. But Celina is also a mother, a wife, an award-winning entrepreneur, a champion for equity and justice and a woman who is unafraid to use her voice, even when it lands her in hot water. She is candid, outspoken and lays it all on the table in this conversation with Jen and Catherine.

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EPISODE 27: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, carrying out constitutional and ceremonial duties as the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Born in Ireland, raised in rural Saskatchewan and trained as a teacher, Elizabeth Dowdeswell has followed an extraordinary career path including roles as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. She holds 11 honourary doctorates, is an Officer of the Order of Canada and, perhaps not surprisingly for a home-economics grad, she still finds time to sew her own clothes! Her Honour joins Jen and Catherine for an open, engaging conversation about her life in leadership, taking risks and the importance of community.


EPISODE 26: Marnie McBean is a three time Olympic champion, a three-time World Champion and a member of both the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Now, Marnie has a big new job as Team Canada's Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, and she joins Jen and Catherine to offer her humorous, candid and inspirational take on her remarkable athletic career, and how she’s feeling about the Olympic journey she’s about to lead.