Day 1: May 12, 2020
Session 1 : Shock & Rebound
Session overview: If you feel like you’ve been experiencing information overload from the news and predictions, you’re not alone. This webinar takes a conversational approach on how to maneuver your business through COVID-19 by sharing a structure to help an entrepreneur or business leader process and, more specifically, where should she focus her mind. We will strike a balance between basic theory coupled with a list of ideas to do and what not to do. Take what you need to set your business up for success as we experience the rebound – this event offers some practical insight you don’t want to miss.
Session 2: Protecting your Mental Health for Business Decision Making
Presenter: Jenifer Horvath, business advisor, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
“Try to find some compassion for the people who you’re working with and check in with them.” – Jenifer Horvath
A few tips from Jenifer:
- Try breathing exercises when you’re stressed. You can breathe in the flowers (through your nose) and blow out the candles (through your mouth).
- Get some exercise. Jenifer does yoga while watching Yoga With Adriene videos on YouTube.
- Limit your news intake.
- Listen to music.
- Write out your thoughts. Some people prefer pros and cons lists, while others like to journal.
- Prioritize your tasks by using the Eisenhower Matrix.
- Keep a gratitude journal.
- Take this Positive Intelligence quiz to learn how you might self-sabotage. You can work to change your thinking if you know your saboteurs.
- Realize that others are dealing with stressful situations too.
Session 3: What’s your Financial Plan to Move Forward ?
Have a financial plan — that was the key takeaway from Cheryl Baldwin’s presentation on financial planning during WEOC’s virtual symposium.
Preparing for different scenarios will help your business, she said. It’s good to have plans for your company’s most likely scenario, and for its best and worst outcomes. Ask questions — how would a second wave of COVID-19 affect your business? Is there a point where you’d have to close shop?
Knowing the numbers will guide you to make informed decisions about your company. You can get help from an advisor at a women’s enterprise centre, from an accountant or bookkeeper, or from an organization like BCP Business Services.
- “You need to understand what your numbers are telling you to make business decisions.”
- “In normal times, we need to plan… With all this happening, it’s absolutely critical for your business to survive.”
- “Make sure that you’re taking advantage of the benefits that are available to you, but when they make the most sense for you.”
- “The more that you practise and do the budgeting, the more you’ll realize what your natural tendency will be.”
Day 2: May 13, 2020
Session 4: Keeping Good Employees on Board
Facilitated by: Dawn McCooey, Entrepreneur in Residence, Women’s Enterprise Centre and Tanja Halsall, MA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief People Officer, Potentia Human Resources & Engagement Consulting
The #1 reason employees leave is because they’re unhappy with their supervisor. Dawn McCooey and Tanja Halsall talked to WEOC virtual symposium-goers about how to keep good workers:
– Recognize your employees and honour their contributions.
– Build a culture of trust by telling the truth, listening to others, demonstrating competence and showing humility.
– Show your vulnerable side.
– Ask questions and really listen to what your employees are saying.
– Make your actions match your words.
Ideas and insights from Dawn and Tanja:
- “Now is the best time to ask yourself and others, what does your company stand for? What are its values?” — Dawn McCooey
- “Why do (employees) stay? Leadership, leadership, leadership, leadership.” — Dawn McCooey
- “We need to make sure that we just stop… I would encourage you every day to wake up and recognize at least five people in your world.” — Tanja Halsall
- “Right now, the power of relationship is more important than ever.” — Tanja Halsall
- “When we think of how to engage our employees, trust is number one.” — Tanja Halsall
- “True leadership is collaborative leadership where you make sure everyone has a voice.” — Tanja Halsall
- “Recognition doesn’t need to be monetary.” — Tanja Halsall
- “If you want to design your (corporate) culture, you have to be very intentional and very transparent as a leader.” — Dawn McCooey
- “A lot of people don’t suggest things to leadership because they don’t think they’ll be open to change.” — Tanja Halsall
Panel 1: Moving Forward Through Export
Facilitated by: Jennifer Cooke, Corporate Lead, Women in Trade, Export Development Canada
Panelists: Caron Hawco, ABC, PMP, ICD.D, CITP, President and Lead Consultant – Caron Hawco Group Inc.; Jessica Baudin-Griffin Creator/CEO, Intellidance®; Amber Kivisto President, BioNorth Solutions
– Look for opportunities. If someone tells you about an export opportunity that fits with your business, take it.
– Learn your new market’s culture.
– Take currency differences into account. Will your business profit from the market you’re considering exporting to?
– Get help. Women’s enterprise centres, economic development agencies and government programs like CanExport can support you.
– Use technology to stay relevant in distant markets. Contact clients through video calls, upload content to YouTube and social media, and keep your website up to date.
– Bring a partner to trade shows for extra support.
– Think long-term. Will exporting to this market benefit your business in the future?
- “It’s about looking at trends and things that are required.” — Jennifer Cooke
- “You’re only as good as your last project.” — Caron Hawco