Women in the Workplace: Belonging, Uplifting and Building Resilience

NEW DATE: March 15, 2023

Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre, 700 Hespeler Road., Cambridge

Tickets: Suggested price of $25


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Evening Schedule


     6:00p.m. | Doors Open

     7:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m. | Keynote address by Dr. Rumeet Billan

     8:00 – 9:00p.m. | Networking


About Dr. Rumeet Billan

Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, speaker, author and humanitarian. Her mission is to transform workplace cultures through research, training, and experiences that enable trust, foster belonging, and build resilience.

Dr. Billan is the CEO and owner of Women of Influence and President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and has designed and facilitated programs, courses, and training sessions across industries and sectors. She led the groundbreaking national research study on Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of the silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace. In 2020, she co-led the Canadian Happiness at Work study, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Dr. Billan was named Canada’s Top 10 Power Women in 2020, and has been twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Recently, she released her first award-winning and bestselling book, Who Do I Want To Become?, designed for children and adults who are struggling with the question of what they want to be when they grow up. She serves on the Board of Directors of First Book Canada. For details, visit

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Tall Poppy Syndrome

A recent international survey, led by Dr. Rumeet Billan, found an overwhelming number of women in Canada have experienced Tall Poppy Syndrome in the workplace. Tall Poppy Syndrome occurs when people are attacked, resented, disliked, criticized or cut down because of their achievements or success. This has an impact on everything from engagement to productivity and belonging to retention. It also has a direct impact on the emotional and psychological well-being of women. An immediate change is needed to support women in the workplace, to encourage their accomplishments and shift the culture of toxic workplaces. Further, research has consistently shown that when employees feel that they belong, they will perform better and experience higher levels of commitment, engagement, and well-being. An absence of belonging increases risk of isolation, underperformance, and burnout. This session will focus on women in the workplace and strategies on leading with resilience will be explored.

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