Vantage Venues (formerly St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre)
Caledonia Room, 27th Floor, 150 King St. W., Toronto
From Margaret Atwood to Angela Merkel to Oprah Winfrey, many leaders have had to build on adversity and rise above career obstacles. Join us for an honest discussion as diverse Concordia alumnae share the lessons they’ve learned about risk, failure and business success.
An academic presentation by Kimberley Manning, principal of Concordia's Simone de Beauvoir Institute, will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Vanmala Subramaniam, GrDip 10, Money and economics editor at VICE Media.
Principal of Concordia's Simone de Beauvoir Institute
Kimberley Manning is an associate professor of political science and principal of Concordia's Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She specializes in Chinese politics, women and politics, and the rights of transgender children and youth. She analyzes family ties and politics through the lens of feminist theory.
Andrea Bolger, MBA 86
Corporate director and former financial services executive
Andrea Bolger is a former financial services executive now using her skills and experiences as a corporate director. She sits on the boards of Genworth MI Canada Inc, Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada, Knowledge First Financial/Foundation and the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization. Andrea was a senior executive at Royal Bank of Canada, most recently the executive vice-president of Business Financial Services and member of the operating committee for RBC’s Personal and Commercial Banking division. She also served as chair of the board and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Moneris Solutions. She was a long-time board member of The Children’s’ Aid Foundation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Andrea holds a BComm from Carleton University, an MBA from Concordia University and the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation from Rotman.
Sharon Neiss-Arbess, BA 93
CEO and founder of Day Ja View, The recurring events calendar; and author of Me and My So-Called Friends
After receiving her BA in Communication Studies at Concordia, Sharon Neiss-Arbess began her career working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. After having her first child, she began to work on her first novel. After having two more children — leading to a very, very busy life — she created Day Ja View, the Ultimate Family Calendar. After eight years working with Day Ja View and learning "Marketing 101" the hard way, she decided to press the pause button on Day Ja View and finish her novel, which she self-published in 2015. Sharon lives in Toronto with her husband Gordie and three children, Josh, Adam and Olivia.
Gaëtane Verna, BComm 89
Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Gaëtane Verna is director of Toronto's The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art since 2012. Previously, she was executive director and chief curator of the Musée d'art de Joliette in Lanaudière, Quebec, for six years. From 1998 to 2006, she was curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, while also teaching in the Art History departments of Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has many years of experience in arts administration, curating, publishing catalogues and organizing exhibitions by emerging, mid-career and established Canadian and international artists.
Vanmala Subramaniam, GrDip 10
Money and economics editor at VICE Media
Vanmala Subramaniam is a trilingual business journalist with over seven years of storytelling for television, radio and digital. As money and economics editor for VICE Money, a section within VICE News, she covers the burgeoning domestic marijuana market, Canada’s housing boom, housing affordability, and issues related to millennials and their spending habits. Prior to VICE, she travelled around the world producing documentaries, news coverage and specials that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Vanmala has an honours BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto, in economics and political science. She also holds a graduate diploma in journalism from Concordia.