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Tamara Beatty

Voice Coach Consultant on NBC's "The Voice"

Tamara is entering her 9th season as a Consultant on the NBC Emmy Award winning reality TV show “The Voice”, has two decades of experience as a Voice and Performance coach and is highly respected in the industry as an expert in her field. In addition to being a sought after coach for singers and performers, Tamara also has 12 years experience in the area of educational methodology as an instructional designer. Her work in this area has helped some of Canada’s biggest oil and gas, telecommunications, and HR companies create compelling education in line with their values and brand. In her corporate consulting, Tamara draws on these two seemingly opposite worlds and provides unique insight on how businesses and individuals can use voice and performance techniques to be more effective and authentic with their communication and leadership whether it be presentations, sales, public speaking, or connecting with clients and people in general. Her over two decades of work coaching multiple voices combined with her own personal experience come together to create a compelling message on the power of the physical voice, and the bigger voice behind it that fuels everything we do.

Barbara Stegemann

Top Game Changer CBC's Dragons' Den | CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues

Barbara is the epitome of a leader in Atlantic Canada. You may have heard Barbara before, and you need to hear how 7 Virtues has evolved....Barbara Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created The 7 Virtues Beauty, a company that sources organic oils from countries experiencing turmoil (such as Afghanistan, Haiti the Middle East and Rwanda). Despite addressing complex global matters in her talks, Stegemann uses humour to explain how individuals can use business for good and effect change, both at home and worlds away.

Stegemann became known to millions of Canadians when she became the first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture-capital deal on the CBC TV show Dragons’ Den for The 7 Virtues Beauty. She went on to become the “Top Game Changer” in the history of the show for creating her social enterprise. Since then, Stegemann has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada; won the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada”; was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine’s “Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs”; received the “Women Innovators Award” from the US State Department at the APEC Women and the Economy Summit; and was also made the first female Honorary Colonel in the history of 14 Wing Greenwood base, Royal Canadian Air Force. In addition, her fragrance collection won Chatelaine’s “Beauty 100 Award”.

As a keynote speaker, Stegemann has opened for Erin Brockovich, and is often invited to moderate panels and attend events as a delegate with world leaders such as Bill Clinton.

She is the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, and the writer (and subject) behind the feature-length documentary Perfume Wars, directed by Michael Melski. The film tells Barb’s entrepreneurial story, and has garnered many awards to date, including being named Best Feature Documentary, Atlantic Film Festival; Cineplex Audience Choice, Victoria Film Festival; and Best Humanitarian Film, Sedona Film Festival, Arizona.

A newsmaker, Stegemann has been featured in major media around the world including in the The Wall Street Journal Magazine, The London Sunday Times, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Tattler, and on CBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and more.

7 Virtues fragrances are phthalate free and vegan and are available at the Hudson’s Bay stores across Canada and in the USA at Lord & Taylor.

Tonia Jahshan

Founder & President, Steeped Tea

In just ten short years, Tonia Jahshan, with her family by her side, has made premium loose leaf tea the daily norm, by turning tea lovers into business owners through her direct sales company, Steeped Tea Inc. 

Her journey started in 2006 with a mini vacation to a Halifax bed and breakfast, with her husband Hatem. It was here, for the first time she tried Cream of Earl Grey loose leaf tea and was blown away by the flavour. The Jahshans stocked up, returning home, wanting to share this new found love with family and friends. Sharing a cup of Cream of Early Grey tea turned into something more and Tonia’s vision to build a direct sales company was born. In 2012, everything aligned, when Tonia and Hatem entered CBC’s Dragons’ Den and partnered with Jim Treliving and David Chilton.

Today, Steeped Tea has over 7000 Consultants across North America selling loose leaf tea and accessories. The company has been recognized year over year, as one of PROFIT 500 Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies, and Tonia, herself, has been garnered Canada’s #1 Female Entrepreneur by W100; received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women award and has been listed as 1 of 6 Women to Watch on forbes.com

Tonia lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband Hatem and three kids – Layla, Jenna, and Sami.


Jennine Profeta

Improv Performer, Facilitator & Instructor at Second City

Sometimes at a conference we spend the first day getting comfortable with meeting new people, and we think you deserve better than that! Kick off your WILB conference with a high energy, action packed, informative 90-minute improv workshop that will help you to get connected right away. Laugh and learn as you meet conference participants, work on leadership and confidence-building skills, and get comfortable with the uncomfortable (all while kicking it’s butt!) Join performer and Second City improv facilitator Jennine Profeta for this inaugural event that will get your conference off to a fantastic start!

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Jalyn Anderson

Jalyn Anderson

Leadership Communications Expert & Principal, LHH Knightsbridge

Jalyn Anderson is a Leadership Communications expert and Principal with LHH Knightsbridge Talent & Leadership Development. She provides oversight for global leadership development programs and actively promotes leadership accountability through productive communication.

Over 25 years Jalyn has held key human capital marketing roles with Kelly Services (NASDAQ: KELYA), PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, MDS (NYSE: MDS) and Vlaad and Company in the Capital Markets. Prior to joining LHH Knightsbridge, Jalyn was Chief Operating Officer at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in Canada responsible for the financial operations, overall admissions to four director education programs and ICD.D accrediation. Jalyn has an MBA in Public Relations Management (Royal Roads) and is a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.

Jalyn has enabled the publication of a number of research studies including: Talk with Me! Galvanizing Career Management through Career Coaching Conversations (HCI, 2013), Canadian Capital Markets Compensation Survey (GGA, 2010, 2011, 2012), ICD Blue Ribbon Commission on the Governance of Executive Compensation (ICD, 2008) and The National Study of Board Governance Practices in the Non-profit and Voluntary Sector in Canada (2006).

Tracy Cocivera

Tracy Cocivera

Tracy Cocivera, Ph.D., CPCC, C,Psych. - Master Coach, LHH Knightsbridge

Dr. Cocivera is a Master Coach and leads the Executive Coaching Practice at LHH Knightsbridge. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Cocivera has worked as an Executive and Team Coach for over 15 years. Her business career has evolved through the disciplines of retail, psychology, and management consulting. After co-founding a leadership development firm in Texas, she joined Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge in 2007. As an astute, insightful and trusted leadership advisor, Dr. Cocivera has contributed to the success of many executives and their teams in Fortune 500 companies across most sectors. Her work involves long-term collaborations with senior executives, high potential leaders, and human resources professionals on issues of leadership and team effectiveness.

Dr. Cocivera combines her business experience with her business psychology training to create practical applications of psychology in business. Her clients will tell you that they benefit from her deep expertise in human and organizational behaviour. She engages executives to become more masterfully effective in business by applying her research into the art of power and influence. Dr. Cocivera helps executives and teams better understand interpersonal dynamics and be more influential with stakeholders.

As a trusted leadership advisor, executives value her challenging and supportive approach to meaningful and sustainable behavior change. Dr. Cocivera helps executives and their teams integrate strong analytical capabilities with interpersonal skills, becoming better at how they lead others. As a result, her clients are more fully equipped and resilient executives and teams.

Dr. Cocivera holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph. She is also a Licensed Psychologist in the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Her publications focus on best practices and methodological considerations in executive coaching, as well as on the art of influencing and developing authentic followership as a critical dimension of leadership effectiveness. Dr. Cocivera is member of the following professional associations: Canadian and American Psychological Associations, Institute of Coaching, International Coach Federation, Canadian Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Cher Jones

Social Media Trainer, Socially Active

Cher Jones is a Corporate Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Coach with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. She leverages over 18 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience when teaching entrepreneurs and professionals how to effectively get online and develop powerful personal brands for business. She has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including the City of Toronto, Hong Kong Police, PokerStars, NBA TV Canada, Rogers, UK Trade and Investment, Emirates Steel, The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC to name a few.