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Inspiration and Impact: How Women in Leadership are Catalyzing Change

Hosted by YSpace
Past Event
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About Event

Join us for an inspiring evening as we celebrate the power of women in catalyzing change. Our thought-provoking conversation will bring together two remarkable leaders each of whom is at the forefront of driving positive transformations in their fields:

  • Leah MacNab, Sr. VP & Managing Director, National Basketball Association (NBA) Canada

  • Marilyn Horrick, Senior Vice President, Ontario Market at Desjardins (moderator)

This candid discussion will explore Leah’s personal journey, the challenges she has faced, and the strategies she has employed to break barriers.

Topics of Discussion

1.     Leadership Redefined: Hear from women who have redefined leadership, challenging stereotypes and bringing a fresh perspective to the table.

2.     Challenges and Triumphs: Hear personal stories of challenges faced and triumphs achieved, as our speaker shares their journey of resilience and determination.

3.     Building Networks: Connect with a diverse and dynamic community of individuals passionate about fostering change and empowering women.

This Fireside Chat is not just an event; it's an opportunity to be part of an intimate conversation that sparks ideas, ignites passion, and fuels the fire of change. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and your enthusiasm as we embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration.

Seating is limited, so secure your spot now for an evening that promises to be filled with warmth, wisdom, and sharing to induce change!

Event Agenda

6:00 pm Registration & Networking
6:30 pm Introduction & Fireside chat
7:20 pm Q&A
7:35 pm Networking
8:15 pm Event ends

Speaker Bio

As Sr. Vice-President & Managing Director of NBA Canada, Leah MacNab is responsible for the development and growth of the league’s business in Canada, including television and digital media, marketing and retail partnerships, licensing, special events and basketball development.  MacNab has overseen continued growth of the business in Canada including growing the league’s sponsorship revenue, marketable fanbase and the launch of new licensed collaborations.

MacNab is a recipient of the Canadian Sports Business “5 to Watch” Award and was the 2023 Nathalie Cook Canadian Women in Sport Disruptor Award.  She serves on the Boards of Canada Basketball and the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada (SMCC).

Moderator Bio

As the Senior Vice President, Ontario Market with Desjardins Group, Marilyn is responsible for the organization’s strategy to drive Canada-wide corporate initiatives, growth, brand visibility, and innovation. Desjardins is committed to enriching the lives of its 7.5 million members and clients and their communities. Desjardins provides Canadians with a wide range of financial services including wealth management and insurance products. They are present across the province of Ontario, and Marilyn finds herself engaged in important issues from north to south and east to west all with a view to addressing challenges facing members and clients and creating opportunities for them to thrive. She believes strongly in the power of partnership, effective communication, collaboration, and a shared objective. In an effort to boost regional development and socioeconomic recovery, she has led a number of recent projects that support our communities’ priorities, including youth, sustainable development, and entrepreneurship.

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