Monday, September 22, 2014

SUCCESS Spotlight: Jill Schnarr, Telus

As the team at Dress for Success ramps up for the upcoming SUCCESS Luncheon on October 29, it’s hard not to be inspired by the stories of our laudable panelists. Jill Schnarr of Telus is one such example. To call Jill an overachiever would be a vast understatement. Having joined Telus in 1992, she’s held a variety of dynamic portfolios and leadership positions, rapidly progressing within and across different areas of the business. Now as VP of Community of Affairs, Jill leads leads national community investment and corporate social responsibility at TELUS.

Armed with a plethora of credentials from tops schools across the globe, Jill has been recognized within the business community as one of Canada’s Distinctive Women in 2014 and Most Influential Women in Vancouver in 2013, and has been awarded a Leadership Excellence Award in Innovation in 2011 by the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC).

Amid her numerous successes, Jill maintains a constant focus on charitable efforts. Under her leadership, TELUS was recognized as the Most Philanthropic Corporation in the World by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Inaugural Volunteer Award in 2012. She also serves on the fundraising cabinet for the BC Women’s Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.

Interested in hearing how she balances corporate achievement with a thriving family live?

Get your ticket to the annual DFS Success Luncheon, happening on October 29 at the Pan Pacific Hotel.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUCCESS Spotlight: Nancy MacKay, MacKay CEO Forums

Vision, drive, dedication. As a leadership coach, published author, and dynamic keynote speaker, Nancy MacKay has all the right qualities for corporate success. But her insight on what it takes to run a successful company also comes with the knowledge of its many challenges. These challenges and demands are what compelled Nancy to recognize tremendous value in collaborating and learning from other equally driven leaders.

Enter MacKay CEO Forums - the highest impact peer group for CEOs across Canada. Nancy founded MacKay CEO Forums as a platform to accelerate performance through peer learning. Aimed at results-driven CEOs, the firm serves as a round table for the country’s top corporate executives and Nancy has been the driving force behind its rapid growth and member loyalty. Empowering, engaging, and educational, MacKay CEO Forums is a springboard for success at the highest levels.

Hear more of Nancy MacKay’s amazing story at the highly anticipated SUCCESS Luncheon.

Get tickets to the annual DFS Success Luncheon happening on October 29 at the Pan Pacific Hotel.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

With Good Karma Comes Great Style: Oakridge Handbag + Shoe Drive

Oakridge Centre is working with Dress for Success Vancouver to hold a handbag and shoe drive! On September 26 and 27, drop off new or gently used handbags or shoes at the Dress for Success Vancouver booth and be entered into a draw for a fantastic prize!

Each donation is equivalent to one entry in an exciting draw to win a Hugo Boss handbag or boots from Stuart Weitzman. Donations will be accepted at the Dress for Success Vancouver booth in the West Galleria of Oakridge Centre. All of the items collected will go to benefit Dress for Success Vancouver.

Connect with us about this event on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #OakridgeDonates. 

More information can be found online at Find out how else you can support disadvantaged women through career development on our website,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Success Luncheon, join us for networking and inspiration.

Join us on Wednesday, October 29th, as we celebrate amazing leaders in our community.

The Success Luncheon will offer a panel of women leaders within our community who share their success stories of career and life challenges and successes.

The panelists: Nancy MacKay CEO MacKay CEO Forums, Jill Schnarr VP Community Investment and Engagement Telus, Donna Wilson SVP People LifeLabs and Deepika Gupta our very own Dress for Success Vancouver client.

Moderating the panel will be Laurie Schultz CEO ACL Services and Chair of our Board of Directors.

Upon arrival to the event at the Pan Pacific Hotel, attendees will enjoy an opportunity to network, including a glass of sparkling wine. A 3-course lunch will be served and the panel discussion will begin. There will be an additional opportunity to network after the panel including a coffee service.

We are a community empowering women into the workforce. We look forward to networking with you at this inspiring event!

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