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1) Tell us a little something about your business…
My mission with Blend Catering, before anything, is to evoke passion through food to inspire others to find beauty in their own lives. By sharing thoughtful plates and experiences, my team and I put the needs of our clients’ guests first, and highlight food at its peak time in mother nature.  One of my most rewarding pursuits is to share my techniques in approachable ways, for every skill level, from my cooking classes to in-home dining.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
Let me paint a picture… I was working in finance, sitting in a co-workers office and listening to her bitch about how long she had to retire ( it was 10 years) In that moment, I realized that I had to work for longer than I had been alive for!! That was it, the lightbulb moment. I had to go after what I was passionate about. I was accepted to culinary school, handed in my notice and bought a house, all in 2 weeks. I haven’t looked back since!

3) Three words of advice…
1) Live your passion! 2) Plan! Set yourself up financially so that you don’t have to worry and stress about money as much. For me this looked like a bank account that had enough money to float me for 3 months if my business made zero dollars- I’m happy to say that never happened and its likely because I planned for it. 3) Be a Chameleon. You have to be able to adjust and adapt ALL THE TIME! Without this skill, its likely to be a hard and trying road while navigating and growing your business.

 

Passion…Plan…Chameleon

                                             

Erica Guidi is the Chef and Owner of Blend Catering. She has taken her love and passion for food and combined it with her life experience and global exposure to create elevated food options for events and cooking classes.Visit www.blendcateringco.com

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
Grey Wolf Animal Health is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on improving the wellbeing of vets and pets in Canada. We are approaching animal health differently than the traditional pharma model that has been in place for many years. Started by a practicing veterinarian, our company’s mission is to use insights based on over 50 years of combined practice to bring to market products and services that add value and fill a need within the veterinary practice. We are thinking outside the box in every aspect of our business from our products to our sales and marketing strategies. The opportunity to be different in the animal health industry and build this company from the ground up is very exciting.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
I jumped at the opportunity to join Grey Wolf and started as Vice President of Business Development, a role I was very comfortable with having worked in similar roles for many years in the specialty pharma world. However, when first approached about moving into a leadership role as the President of Grey Wolf, my initial reaction was “I can’t do that, I have never done that before.” That’s when the lightbulb went on, I was talking myself out of a role simply because I had not done it before and failing to consider that it could end up being the most challenging and rewarding professional experience. I had to re-align my thinking and take that leap of faith believing that I am more than capable of rising to the challenge and figuring it out as I go. Too often we hear stories of women turning down opportunities because we feel that we are unqualified, yet all around us our male counterparts are more likely to jump first and ask questions later. I am one year into the new role and yes, it has been challenging as the company is rapidly growing, but the learning and growth, both professionally and personally, are equally rewarding.

3) Three words of advice…
Integrity. Honesty. Transparency. These three words stand the test of time and reflect both my professional and personal mantra for 2019, particularly as we look to build investor and employee confidence during this time of rapid growth and transition for the company.

 

 Integrity…Honesty…Transparency

                                               
Angela Cechetto is a pharmaceutical executive with over 12 years of experience including stints in business development for specialty pharma in Canada, South Africa and Latin America as well as equity research for the pharmaceutical, medical device and cannabis industries. When Angela is not leading the Grey Wolf pack, you will find her traveling the world or sitting in a café enjoying good food and a great book.  Visit Angela @ www.greywolfah.com

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

There is a new movement of support for entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders and it is being created through mentorship.  A powerful exchange of information that starts with sharing stories.

In our gig economy, we often work in isolation from our colleagues and work teams using various platforms to connect with specific deliverables and key performance indicators.  I believe it is fast becoming an effective tool to breaking barriers and encouraging personal and professional success.

There are companies and organizations that are now building  incubators of support for current and emerging leaders.  The concept encourages innovation, collaboration and teamwork.

They are familiar roles that often become interchangeable throughout our careers as we learn new skills and navigate change.

Mentors…and our strategic role.

As a volunteer mentor, I have been associated with an organization that supports mentorship for women by women. Through the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), introductions are made based on industry experience, interests and location with many meeting either in-person or on-line. 

This is my second year participating as a Mentor, assisting other individuals to break barriers and create their own definitions for success. FWE provides an organizational structure as a special interest group…female entrepreneurs who are supporting other women in business.

Opal and I were introduced based on our love for fashion, business innovation and commitment to customer service. 

She is the founder of Sun Vixon Swimwear a destination on-line company that was started to fill a market niche – stylish designs and selection at your fingertips.

I would be described as a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years brand experience. I have an ongoing commitment to life-long learning with first hand experience to both the risk and reward of entrepreneurship.

We connect remotely, for one hour per month, discussing various topics that ultimately encourages outside the box thinking.  We confirm the topic before our call to ensure that we have relevant information to share.

I have to be honest – this relationship is symbiotic.

We tell stories that often lead to lightbulb moments.

When I review my notes, I learn something from every conversation that sparks an idea or encourages a connection within our individual networks. Opal and I have a mutual understanding and respect for our experience and openly share stories that truly inspire great ideas.

I believe that is the secret to a successful Mentor/Mentee relationship – the ability to share roles within the role!

We are helping each other to succeed!

For me, mentorship is personally rewarding because throughout the year we are able to share both the opportunities and success’ that started from our conversations. They support our business ideas and give us the confidence to pursue our dreams knowing that someone is available for discussion and support.

We encourage success through sharing stories… and every connection starts a new conversation.

As a Mentor, it is an honour and a privilege to support another individual in their goals, building trust that will forge long term relationships.

Working with Opal has been an honour with her keen interest in finding solutions to the everyday challenges that we all face in the business of our business.

Mentee’s perspective: 

I was introduced to Trish after being accepted to attend FWE’s Toronto e-series, a valuable 3 day intensive for female entrepreneurs.  Part of the e-series program is a one-year mentorship with a business leader.  For me, this was the most exciting part of the program.  I’ve worked with mentors and coaches in the past and know the value and positive impact they can impart, if you are open.

I was paired with Trish because of her background as a fashion buyer and experience with businesses in the online space.  For me, this pairing was perfect, timely, and invaluable.

Together, Trish and I committed to a date and time we would meet each month on the phone.  Trish suggested that I submit a topic for discussion a week or two prior to our call. This would be the focus of the conversation and allow Trish to prepare and find additional resources.

Sometimes our conversations would be more in-the-moment, but having a topic decided in advance ensured that our chats never fizzled out from lack of direction. 

I truly believe that this is one of the keys to a successful mentor/mentee relationship.

Looking back on my year with Trish I feel that my business and personal life have benefited from our time together. Once a month I got an energetic infusion of entrepreneurial spirit from an experienced business professional. Through stories of her experiences, great words of wisdom and endless ideas, Trish made me feel like I was never alone.  Every entrepreneur feels isolated at some time or another and it is one of the main challenges we face. Trish made sure I knew I could get in touch whenever I needed anything.  Anytime I felt challenged I could bring her strong, steady voice with words of encouragement to mind and instantly feel better.

My sales revenue has tripled over this time last year. I can accredit part of that success to the mentorship program.

There’s intrinsic value created in sharing stories, experiences and ideas with others. They will form the foundation of your business achievements if you are open to them.


What is the secret to a successful Mentor/Mentee program?
We both agree, share stories, experiences and ideas…they are the new currency for success.

Opal Hurteau is the founder of Sun Vixen Swimwear Inc. an online destination for women to shop for exclusive designer swimwear brands.

Trish Tonaj is a Master Coach Practitioner and Coach Trainer providing keynotes and workshops on Mentorship…breaking barriers, starting new conversations and creating a new definition for success.

“Mentorship…sharing stories to inspire great ideas!”

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

Trish Tonaj is a speaker, coach and author, on mentorship sharing stories to inspire great ideas . She is Managing Partner in The Mechanics of FLOW2, online resources for You and Your Growing Business and host of the Share Your Story blog series. She is the author of two books and co-authored a complimentary e-magazine, W2.
Visit Trish @ www.phaze2wellness.com

 

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
As the President of Linked-Express and LinkedIn in High Heels: Rise Up and Lead Online, my mission is simple: To combine my love and knowledge of LinkedIn with my love for empowering diverse professionals (soft spot for women) to use LinkedIn as a way to find their voice, own their space, and become socially fearless. I speak, facilitate workshops, and conduct training all over the world. LinkedIn is such a powerful and complex tool, and when used right, it can offer so many people the opportunity to lead, to empower, and to build a powerful online community.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
My desire to find my voice again came about in 2010. After paying a coffee forward to a LinkedIn Representative, I was introduced to some key people who would become mentors and help make my dream come true. LinkedIn gave me my voice back and I wanted to pay that forward. I build such an amazing online community and realized that the key to my LinkedIn success was grounded in learning the Art of Social Reciprocity. I became known as the LinkedIn SuperWoman spreading goodness and kindness around like confetti; the drive to spread and chase that dream is honestly what gets me up every morning.

3) Three words of advice…

                             Build Relationships First                           

Shelly is a speaker and coach empowering and inspiring executives, diverse professionals, aspiring women leaders, as well as corporate teams, to maximize their branding potential, social influence, and leadership ability onLinkedIn. Shelly is a member of Forbes Coaching Council, the International Coach Federation (ICF), recognized as a Woman you Need to Know by the National Women Speakers Association and a Women of Achievement. She is also on the list of globally recognized LinkedInTrainers. Shelly is a Co-Author of       “UNSTOPPABLE”. Visit her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/selsliger/

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…Beyond Branding
Every business is searching for that elusive differentiator – How to stand out? I had been working in the branding business for over 25 years on big global brands. It was fun and I learned a lot but as a brand strategist what I found was I was trying to find the differentiator for a brand when there was often nothing different about it. This began my quest to create more meaningful brands that were truly different. That was 10 years ago.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
My lightbulb moment happened when I was preparing a keynote speech for The Design Leaders Conference in Dublin, Ireland. The title of my talk was “How to Differentiate”. I was pondering the notion of differentiation when I realized that differentiation is so much more than finding the right words to say you’re different. It’s actually about BEING DIFFERENT. It’s hard enough to find the words but actually being different is a whole other ball of wax.  My speech offered a very new way of looking at business differentiation and ideas about how to be different ranging from the way you provide services to your business model to the way you do client relationships. After my talk a design firm owner approached me and said that he was changing everything about his business. I had struck a chord!  My goal now is true differentiation, beyond branding. When you begin with doing one thing differently, there’s a ripple effect and everything changes.

3) Three words of advice…
BE DIFFERENT (for real) and don’t just say you’re different. Not always easy but it will change everything!

Be Different…

                                               

Rhonda Page is an International Speaker, Published Author, Coach, and Business Consultant with over 25 years experience building global brands for companies like Kraft and Coca Cola. She works with entrepreneurial companies, all over the world helping them with branding and differentiation to achieve measurable business results. Visit www.knowyourdifference.com

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
In providing services and products through both of my companies, the overall goal is to help business get the most out of their space. Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors, often in our work environments. Through innovative interior design we aim to support businesses in creating spaces that; reflect their brand, attract and retain ideal customers and partners, support their teams and ultimately promote well-being.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
My decisions to become an entrepreneur was more a series of small glimmers, than an obvious “lightbulb” moment. I grew up in a family business, but it wasn’t until my mid twenties that I really noticed the culmination of intrapreneurial and leadership roles throughout my life. Once I realized that I was more focused on the businesses that I was working for than the technical skills I had acquired, I knew it was time to take the leap.

3) Three words of advice…

I have always been motivated by the mission of making a positive impact through the pursuit my passions. Having passion makes us focused and driven, however it is also important to embrace the reality that we are ever changing as individuals. Innovation, is how I identify with growth- it is the constant evolution of ourselves, our gifts and our passions. Impact, on myself and the world around me, is how I evaluate my ideas and the direction in which I am “growing,” as a professional.

Passion… Innovation… Impact

                                               

Erika MacKay is an Interior Designer, Entrepreneur, and Educator, focused on creating innovative spaces that reflect her clients, while supporting the well-being and 
connection clients and staff alike. She is also co-founder of Hamilton Fempreneurs, a community of women in business- check us out on facebook!
www.nichefordesign.com and www.hamiltonofficepro.com

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

 

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
I launched my company Bstellar Consulting Group in 2015 to help professionals and entrepreneurs strengthen their skills in public speaking, leadership, event planning and advocacy. I am passionate about helping others turn their vision into reality and equip my clients with the tools they need to “ignite their inner essence.” I will be launching webinars and e-books to make my services more accessible to a global audience. Prior to starting my company, I was unable to find employment in my field of government relations and public policy. After sending out over 700 resumes, I was committed to creating my own job by utilizing my skills, education and 
experience in sales, public service, customer service and administration

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
My lightbulb moment was when I realized I was hiding my gifts from the world by keeping pomes and songs that I wrote over 20 years ago locked in a box collecting dust. In 2017 I made a commitment to myself to publish my first book, Deeper Reflections of Life: Words to Inspire the Heart and Uplift the Soul, which was released in July 2018 in honour of late mother, Winnifred Berry.

3) Three words of advice…
Never Walk Alone: True success is measured by the amount of people you help along your journey. Successful people invest in others, share their talents with the world and leave a lasting legacy. You need people with broad range of skills to build business or team. Each person in your network has something valuable to offer and can propel your level of success. Relationships are your greatest assets. Show
gratitude to the people on your team. When the doors of opportunities open, never walk alone. Bring your team with you!

 Never Walk Alone

                                               
Stacey Ann Berry is an innovative entrepreneur, published author, and highly sought-after speaker. As a presenter, she inspires audiences to take a leap of faith, motivates them to make a difference and ignite their inner talents. She has presented on various professional development topics at Ryerson University, York University’s Schulich School of Business and the University of Toronto. Visit www.staceyannberry.com

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business.
The Arlington Hotel is a 24 room boutique hotel in Paris Ontario.  I began my journey on this project in 2016 after saying on a radio show that I hoped to someday own a boutique hotel and then, as fate would have it, the opportunity arose. The owner at the time had done extensive renovations which left the hotel as a lovely shell in need of some passion and love.  Luckily, my partner and I have an abundance of passion to pour into projects. We turned it into a literary themed hotel and designed every room to be individually themed after different creatives throughout time. (i.e. Edgar Allan Poe, Stanley Kubrick, Emily Dickenson, Maya Angelou)It was a great case of something presenting itself before we were ready for it to but taking the opportunity anyway and running with it.  The Arlington hotel has proven to be our greatest challenge, but also, the thing that I am most proud of doing.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?

The lightbulb moment was when we were approached about the opportunity and I thought out loud “there’s no way we can do this…can we” and my partner just looked back at me and said “if not now then when?”

3) Three words of advice…

 Just Do It! 

                                               

Erin Dunham is the CEO and co-owner of the Hamilton-based hospitality group The Other Bird, She has previously been named Hamilton’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Hamilton’s Chamber of Commerce, while The Other Bird earned the title of Outstanding Mid-sized Business. Erin has also been awarded The Top Forty Under Forty award for Hamilton and been recognized as a strong female influence in the restaurant industry, being honoured with the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award in 2018. Her passions do not end at food and love of city but, more frivolously, she does enjoy an old red wine and a freshly cut cigar.

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
I have been a registered nurse since 1988 working in ten different hospitals in the US and Canada in many areas including emergency, intensive care, the delivery room, chemotherapy and hospice. I became disheartened by our society’s reluctance to talk about, plan and prepare for grief and how it causes excessive suffering in life and at the end of life. I suffered too—personally and professionally—not knowing how to do it differently. It seemed that so many of us were pretending we were fine, when we were suffering in silos of silence and isolation. It was time for change.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?

I remember my light bulb moment well. I had been pacing the floors, anxious, knowing I had to do something different, but what! I was journaling, reading self-help books (The Success Principles by Jack Canfield led the way) and I knew something BIG was coming. And there it was, a pop-up on Facebook, Bestseller Blueprint; how to write a bestselling book by Steve Harrison and Jack Canfield. It felt like it pushed me back in my chair and I yelled to my husband Geordie; “That’s it honey! I’m going to leave my 27 year nursing career and write a book!” I had no idea what I was doing. 18 months later, “Love Your Life to Death” was born and launched. It has been called life-changing by many.  Here is my recent TEDX talk: http://bit.ly/Yvonne_Heath_TEDX_Talk

3) Three words of advice…
PASSION: I truly believe there is something inside each and every one of us that wants to be heard. Whether you want to change the world, walk dogs or have the best garden, do something that feeds your soul and your creative entrepreneurial spirit will awaken. INNER COACH: It’s time for change now. We need to be in tune to all the negative talk and no longer be our worst critics. It’s unhealthy and you and for all those surrounding you. The very best version of you is your greatest gift to the world. Become your best coach! PURPOSE: It sounds cliché, but finding your purpose is the key to fulfillment and happiness. We have different purpose as we move through our lives. Whatever it is and even when it changes, surround yourself with champions and cheerleaders who will celebrate as you live your passion and purpose. Transforming Our Grief by Just Showing Up | Yvonne Heath | TEDxOrillia

Passion, Inner Coach, Purpose…

                                               

She shares her message with heart and humour as an Inspirational Speaker, with her book Love Your Life to Death, as a TV and Radio host and through social media. She has been featured in several publications and in the media. Yvonne has also created the I Just Showed Up movement and is working on a very exciting secret project!  Stay tuned! Visit Yvonne @ www.loveyourlifetodeath.com

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

As a Thrive Global follower, I noticed this post in my social media feed last week that started a new conversation…these 6 non-negotiables are right on point.

For me, they speak to setting the stage for a lifetime of personal and professional success. Success that is clearly defined to encourage a journey both personal and unique.

I began to think about some of the fantastic conversations I’ve had this year with people who have been breaking barriers. Entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders who have taken a leap of faith to put themselves out there, share their passion and vision with a true commitment to making positive contributions to their communities.  They are creating a new definition for success.

During one conversation, we started to list all of the times when life presented challenges that when converted to opportunities, changed our direction.

These events most often occur when we are in a state of transition, a rut some would say or experiencing a feeling of discontent.  We were moving down a particular path and all of a sudden we found things were beginning to change.  The master plan was no longer creating the desired results and we had to think about finding new solutions.

In fact, the timing, at times, was not ideal, we may not have been at our best and we truly felt uncomfortable.

When we analyzed each turn of events we found that most often the journey took us to a place much better than the one we had left behind.

Change, as we all know, is tricky business and the timing is different for each individual.  Sometimes we resist and stand in our own way because deep down we know we are going to be uncomfortable.  We are afraid of the unknown and what we may encounter when we forge into new territory.

We need to get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable!

For example, I am a serial entrepreneur and have over the years gained experience in all types of preneurship.  I’ve been a  intra, entra and now solopreneur. 

I started my first company when there were very few women in business.  The highest rung on the corporate ladder was middle management within a large corporation.  We started our careers at the bottom and worked our way up!  At the time, I was uncomfortable with the status quo.  In my mid twenties, I had already reached upper middle management with nowhere to go.  I wanted more, and I had to build my own opportunity, get out of my comfort zone and start something new.

It wasn’t easy, but, it has been one the most rewarding things I’ve ever done!

I was able to design a new definition for success.  One that met all my goals and objectives and took me on a journey that indeed broke barriers.  It was a time to set the stage for the next generation of current and future leaders.

After all these years, I’ve finally come to a place where I am able to recognize their is now another new definition for success. Being outside our comfort zone is not only where the magic happens but it encourages lightbulb moments. We develop unique definitions based on our personal goals and objectives. 

As a Master Coach, I have the privilege of helping others navigate their own definition that speaks to their unique journey and supports their vision and purpose.

What is the secret to this new definition?

You truly need to become comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable.

Get out of your comfort zone.

Create your own list of non-negotiables!

Trish Tonaj is a Master Coach Practitioner, and Certifed Coach Trainer offering keynotes and workshops on Mentorship…Breaking barriers, starting new conversations and creating a new definition for success. 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

Trish Tonaj is a speaker, coach and author, on mentorship sharing stories to inspire great ideas . She is Managing Partner in The Mechanics of FLOW2, online resources for You and Your Growing Business and host of the Share Your Story blog series. She is the author of two books and co-authored a complimentary e-magazine, W2.
Visit Trish @ www.phaze2wellness.com