A Wealth of Women’s Stories (hosted by Manjit Minhas)
Taylor Lindsay-Noel, on resilience, perseverance, triumph, and tea

Taylor Lindsay-Noel, on resilience, perseverance, triumph, and tea

June 13, 2022

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is that there's so much life after tragedy,” says Taylor Lindsay-Noel in the eighth episode of a Wealth of Women’s Stories. She joins award-winning host Manjit Minhas, to share her story about triumph over tragedy, resilience that knows no bounds, and the choice to get up every day and live fully.

 The entrepreneur from Toronto, Ontario was an elite Canadian national gymnast who had a devastating accident at the age of 14, that instantly paralyzed her from the neck down.  Taylor persevered through adversity and paved a new path forward for herself, received a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University and is currently balancing being a motivational speaker, disability advocate, council member of the Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity, and a business owner. She is the founder of Cup of Té Luxury Loose Leaf Teas, which was featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List in 2020. Taylor was recently named the  Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Black Business and Professional Association Harry Jerome Awards, Canada’s most prestigious award celebrating black excellence.  

“I'm so proud of the person I am today,” says Lindsay-Noel. “I think we need to be more comfortable with saying that we should be our own biggest cheerleaders. I try to give myself a pat on the back as much as possible. Because if there's one person in this life you need to be proud of, it is yourself.”.

Topics they cover include:

  • 0:00: Taylor’s Story: “I totally recognize I did not have a regular childhood.”
  • 8:00: Facing life’s greatest challenges: “I was so terrified of feeling emotions deeply.
  • 19:30: Entrepreneurship + inspiration: “If they didn't want to sponsor me, I'll make my own tea
  • 28:30: Surrounding yourself with strength: “I am an only child. So my friend group is my sisterhood.
  • 36:20: Disability + inclusion: “I see it as an opportunity for education.
  • 46:44: Wellness + mental health: “Talk about it even to just one person that you trust.”
  • 50:55: Triumph over tragedy: “I am tough, and I am very comfortable saying that.”

Presented by IG Wealth Management

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The views, information and opinions expressed are those of the featured guests, and not necessarily those of IG Wealth Management

Erin Bury on entrepreneurship, wealth planning and wills

Erin Bury on entrepreneurship, wealth planning and wills

May 23, 2022

“I truly believe that entrepreneurship is about solving people’s problems,” says host Manjit Minhas in the seventh episode of A Wealth of Women’s Stories. Manjit is joined by Erin Bury, an entrepreneur, speaker, startup advisor and former technology journalist who is creating solutions to people’s problems. As CEO of Willful, Erin leads a company that helps simplify end-of-life planning by making it easy for Canadians to protect their family by creating a legal will online. She is a former Financial Post columnist and CTV News tech reporter, she also advises multiple startups, serves on the board for Save the Children Canada, and is co-chair of the #Tech4SickKids initiative for SickKids Hospital. She was named one of Bay Street Bull’s “2021 Women of the Year”, one of Marketing Magazines “Top 30 Under 30”, and she writes that “her claim to fame” is being re-tweeted by Oprah – twice.

Topics they cover include:

  • 0:00: Erin’s Story: “I was not a born entrepreneur.”
  • 3:49: The path to entrepreneurship: “Yeah, actually, I'm not going to kill this idea. I think it's a great one.”
  • 21:20: The importance of a will: “It's not just about distributing your assets.”
  • 28:25: Women and wills: “For women, it becomes a very emotional exercise to go through estate planning.”
  • 32:26: The impact of the pandemic: “When COVID hit in March 2020, we saw a 600% increase in website traffic overnight.”

Presented by IG Wealth Management

Learn more at ig.ca/women

The views, information and opinions expressed are those of the featured guests, and not necessarily those of IG Wealth Management

Beth Wilson, on being a change agent, finding allies and embracing ambition

Beth Wilson, on being a change agent, finding allies and embracing ambition

May 2, 2022

“My happy place leading is where there's some significant change to be led,” says Beth Wilson in episode six of A Wealth of Women’s Stories. The former CEO of Dentons Canada, joins award-winning host Manjit Minhas for a discussion about her journey as an inclusive, results-oriented change leader.

Passionate about community building, Beth sits on the boards of some incredible institutions, including SickKids Hospital, Woodgreen Foundation and CivicAction. Her professional career of over 30 years afforded her many opportunities to further causes that she is passionate about, such as the advancement of women in business, volunteering and promoting a leadership mindset. Her dedication as seen her recognized by numerous awards including: the Top 25 Canadian Women of Influence, YWCA Women of Distinction, and twice being named among Canada’s top 100 most powerful women.

Topics they cover include:

  • 0:00: Beth’s Story: “Honestly, I cold-called a bunch of accounting firms”
  • 3:58: Balancing parenthood and career: “I’m not even going to sugar coat it and pretend that it’s easy or that I had it all figured out”
  • 16:20: Shaping your view of inclusivity: “You need women in the seats of power, so they can influence on how decisions are being made”
  • 23:10: The CEO succession process: “Organizations are still uncomfortable with that more female-style of leadership”
  • 38:55: Beginning a new career: “When you’re able to recover from failure, it helps you take new risks”
  • 49:08 Leading during the pandemic: “I’m an accomplished, educated CEO – and I can’t even cope getting groceries”

Presented by IG Wealth Management

Learn more at ig.ca/women

The views, information and opinions expressed are those of the featured guests, and not necessarily those of IG Wealth Management

Best of Season One

Best of Season One

March 7, 2022

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, we’ve produced a very special podcast episode that features our guests from Season One, sharing inspiring stories around this year’s International Women’s Day theme, #BreakTheBias.

Hosted by award-winning entrepreneur Manjit Minhas, we’ve curated highlights from our first season for this very special “best of” episode. Featuring stories about breaking bias from our inspirational guests: Catherine Choi, Alyssa Davies, Stachen Lett-Frederick and Fate Saghir, we relive some great moments and, for the first time, hear new stories and un-aired conversations.

Best of Season One moments:

  • 0:00 Introduction: “Lean in, as we celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. And take action for equality.”
  • 1:55 Stachen Lett-Frederick: Breaking your own biases
  • 10:05 Fate Saghir: Bias in the workplace
  • 22:23 Catherine Choi: Biases and misconceptions of being a successful entrepreneur and a mother
  • 32:15 Alyssa Davies: Financial equity and biases in the financial planning industry

Presented by IG Wealth Management

Learn more at ig.ca/women

The views, information and opinions expressed are those of the featured guests, and not necessarily those of IG Wealth Management

Alyssa Davies, on the misconceptions of personal finance and wealth management

Alyssa Davies, on the misconceptions of personal finance and wealth management

December 13, 2021

“Personal finance is personal for a reason”, says guest Alyssa Davies, founder of Mixed Up Money, in the fourth episode of A Wealth of Women’s Stories. She joins award-winning host, Manjit Minhas, for an in-depth discussion on women, their wealth, and the misconceptions of money.

Neither a certified financial planner, a certified public accountant, or an expert in any type of finance, Alyssa Davies makes money easy and fun, in a way that allows her audience to relate. As a woman who believes in financial equality, she places importance on acknowledging and vocalizing the difficulties women face, and provides the tools needed to succeed and be heard. She has been featured in The Globe and Mail, FLARE, Global News, and last year published her first book, The 100 Day Financial Goal Journal.

Topics they cover include:

  • 0:00 Alyssa’s story: “I saw the need for a judgment free and open space for women to actually feel comfortable with all things money.”
  • 8:23 The great wealth transfer: “I think that for too long, women haven't been a part of the conversation.”
  • 10:56 Women building wealth: “As Dolly Parton famously said, ‘don't get busy making a living and not live a life’.”
  • 20:02 Preparing for life’s goals + emergencies: “What money actually provides us with is space and time to do the things we love.”
  • 25:10 The importance of women financial advisors: “I think we're made to believe that personal finances is just a bunch of jargon.”

Presented by IG Wealth Management

Learn more at ig.ca/women

The views, information and opinions expressed are those of the featured guests, and not necessarily those of IG Wealth Management.

Fate Saghir, on acknowledging fears, accepting challenges, and being resilient

Fate Saghir, on acknowledging fears, accepting challenges, and being resilient

November 29, 2021

“Don’t prove your haters wrong, prove your supporters right,” says host Manjit Minhas in episode three of A Wealth of Women’s Stories. She is joined by Fate Saghir, Head of Sustainability at Mackenzie Investments, for a discussion on inclusion, empowerment and challenging the status quo.

A thought leader with over 14 years experience in financial services, Fate also sits on two Advisory Boards: Timea’s Cause, an organization dedicated to building awareness in human trafficking, and the Women’s Collection, an organization focused on enabling financial literacy for women. Fate has forged her own path and shares her inspiring journey of resilience, all the while proving her supporters right.

“I think our best thinking is diverse thinking,” says Fate. 

Topics they cover include:

  • 0:00 Fate’s story: “You were told by an executive that they generally don't hire women into business roles”
  • 7:49 Challenging the status quo: “You can't control how other people think or what their actions are, you can only control what you do with it”
  • 16:45 Being open to opportunities: “I really wanted to forge my own path”
  • 21:00 Diversity, equity + inclusion: “Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another”
  • 31:50 The threat to equity + diversity: “I think we lose a lot of women because they just don't raise their hand”
  • 42:09 Aligning your values with your organization: “We've got an opportunity to make such a big impact”

Presented by IG Wealth Management

Learn more at ig.ca/women

The views, information and opinions expressed are those of the featured guests, and not necessarily those of IG Wealth Management

Stachen Lett-Frederick, on leadership, mentorship, and empowering others

Stachen Lett-Frederick, on leadership, mentorship, and empowering others

November 14, 2021

“You are a woman of worth,” says Stachen Lett-Frederick in episode two of A Wealth of Women’s Stories. Recognized as one of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Stachen has over 20 years of experience in community and program development. She is the founder of the not-for-profit BrAIDS for AIDS, and the Executive Director of Weston Frontlines Centre, a youth charity in Toronto, Ontario. Along with host Manjit Minhas, Stachen brings insight to the topics of mentorship and what it means to be a leader.

Topics they cover include:

  • 0:00 Stachen’s story “You are the average of the five closest people around you at any time in your life”
  • 15:23 Mentorship “I could go out into the world, make mistakes, and always have someone that sees the best in me”
  • 20:45 Leadership as a mindset “Leadership is not a position or a title – it’s action, it’s example”
  • 29:58 Empowering others “Being a leader is not about dictating, but about facilitating”

Presented by IG Wealth Management

Learn more at www.ig.ca/women

The views, information and opinions expressed are those of the featured guests, and not necessarily those of IG Wealth Management

Catherine Choi, on the importance of mental health and believing in yourself

Catherine Choi, on the importance of mental health and believing in yourself

November 1, 2021

“We are all a work in progress,” observes Catherine Choi in the inaugural episode of A Wealth of Women’s Stories. The founder of SoYoung (a woman-owned brand of thoughtfully-made lifestyle goods) joins host Manjit Minhas in a discussion of personal wellness and empowerment.

A recovered drug addict that started her on a quest of personal healing, Catherine had lived a good portion of her life believing in her own lack, with an overwhelming sense of unworthiness. She countered this belief with the courage to think bigger, believe in her own potential and pursue a greater vision. While most entrepreneurs would hide such a turbulent past, she uses her story as a powerful lesson for her children, the mission of her business, and to inspire other women.

Topics they cover include:

  • 0:00 Catherine’s story: “I have actually learned to not allow that fear to rule me anymore. And in doing so, I’ve become a different person.”
  • 14:30 Limiting Beliefs: “Am I going to be guided by my fear, or am I going to be guided by something higher?”
  • 23:14 Imposter Syndrome: “So much goes away when you don’t focus on the external things.”
  • 31:23 The Caregiver Burden: “Nobody is perfect, so let go of that idea of trying to have it all, and do it all, it is not necessary.”
  • 37:46 Personal Well-Being: “There’s a past version of yourself that would be so proud of how far you’ve come today.”

Presented by IG Wealth Management

Learn more at: ig.ca/women

The views, information and opinions expressed are those of the featured guests, and not necessarily those of IG Wealth Management

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