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Betty-Ann Heggie

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After a highly successful career in business, including 26 years with PotashCorp where she was Senior Vice-President, Betty-Ann retired in 2007, the same year that she was named to Canada‘s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame™. She now works as a speaker, author and mentor and is committed to using her personal and professional experiences to inspire and empower other women. A firm believer in the value women bring to organizations, Betty-Ann explores changing perceptions of male and female roles including candid observations about what she calls "Good Gender Physics” on her blog at She helps both men and women understand the primary energy of their gender but also accept and appreciate the strengths of their opposite.


Context – the conditions which influence the perception of performance – can make it more difficult for women to access leadership positions. It can be changed, but we all need to do our part to...
How can we bridge the gap between two opposing age groups in the workplace – those that are “young and fresh” compared to those who are “old and experienced”? A few weeks ago I wrote a blog on age cha...
We can make good things happen when we let go of differences and focus on commonality. I was reminded of this important lesson once again last week as I hosted Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, an inspirational wom...
Using emotions can be a leadership benefit for women. If we put ourselves in another’s shoes and understand with how they feel, it inspires affection and develops a loyal following.
It is no fun being a victim of age chauvinism and there is no shame in being young. Heal the cuts by making your age your advantage, by taking the high road and by having a good laugh. Have you ever e...
We all need the energy of others to help us make changes in our lives and assist us in reaching our goals. Having friends and mentors join us on our journey provides us with much-needed support, encou...
As a woman, you can improve your context by finding a connected mentor and developing a good network. The key word here is “context” – let’s discuss what that means!
Feminine energy is very “other” oriented but, if women want to get ahead, they must break that pattern. To take care of themselves they need to reach out and network in a strategic manner.
We all need a community – people we can call on when things get tough and we need a hand. A network is nothing more than friends helping friends.
You want upward mobility, a higher salary, and work/life balance. Research shows that those with a mentor do better in all regards, so it’s about time you found one.
Successful networking comes not just from meeting people but from truly connecting with them. And, that is best accomplished from being in the present moment.
Mentorship is a valuable relationship where an older and wiser mentor can help guide a less experienced protege through the system ensuring them a greater likelihood of success. And it, like oth...
To be a good networker, it’s important to build relationships properly so people don’t feel that they are being worked. You do that by working for your network.
If you want to be remembered, connect emotionally with those you meet – you’ll find it’s the basis of successful networking.
Networking is helping and being helped, either online or in real life. And, it can pay dividends if you know your goal and spend a little time getting prepared. I find there is no better place than on...

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