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Inspiring Leadership Forum

Speakers

Mosaic LogoColette Carlson

Human Behaviour Expert, Founder of Speak Your Truth Inc.

Colette Carlson is a human behaviour expert and CPAE Hall of Fame motivational keynote speaker who teaches audiences how to transform relationships through the power of connected conversations. Colette’s presentations weave together powerful life lessons, research-backed strategies, and the call to action for personal and professional success. Audiences connect with Colette through her inspiring content, laugh-out-loud humor, and extensive customization.

Colette Carson

With a Master’s Degree in Human Behaviour and more than 20 years of experience helping individuals change behaviours that impact their success, Colette understands the psychology, mindset, and skills required to make positive, long-lasting change.

A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers, Colette has shared her insights, observations, and research with thousands of people throughout the world. In 2017, Colette was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, a recognition that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of career excellence.

Her articles on connection, stress management, sales, and leadership have been featured in Success, Business Management Daily, and Working Mother magazines. Trusted clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Fidelity, Great Clips, Federal Express, and the United States Government.

When Colette isn’t on the road speaking, you’ll often find her near the water connecting with family and friends.

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Jenn Harper

Social Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty

An award-winning social entrepreneur, Jenn Harper is the founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics. She quickly made a name for herself in the beauty industry, delivering her pitch on the hit CBC show, Dragons’ Den. In 2019, she was named one of Chatelaine magazine’s Women of the Year.

Jenn Harper

Cheekbone Beauty is helping Indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand. With the concept of a circular economy instilled in the brand’s ethos, their latest line of products propelled Cheekbone Beauty to become leaders in a new segment of the beauty industry: Sustainable Socially Conscious Beauty.

During Cheekbone’s infancy, Jenn endured a heavy personal loss with the suicide of her brother, B.J. This loss, though difficult, has remained a driving force behind the desire to see Cheekbone Beauty succeed with its mission to empower Indigenous youth.

As part of her commitment, Jenn is driven to support charities that are helping close the educational funding gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. The Cheekbone team discovered the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) and the connection between their mission and Jenn’s family experience was serendipitous. Cheekbone Beauty continues to support the FNCFCS by donating 10% of its profits to Shannen’s Dream.

In addition to Cheekbone’s mission, Jenn strives to educate as many people as possible about the Residential School System and the effects it has had on family and friends through decades of generational trauma. She has been invited to speak to various entrepreneur groups, women in business associations, Apple Canada, and several First Nations organizations. She also speaks regularly to university, college and high school students about social entrepreneurship, empathy and the history of her First Nations family.

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Serena Ryder

Juno-Award-Winning Musician; Mental Health Advocate

For Serena Ryder, music is medicine. Her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances, have made her a favourite amongst fans, peers, and critics alike. The award-winning singer-songwriter has won six prestigious JUNO Awards, a MuchMusic Video Award, and a Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Music – Original Song. In 2018, Ryder received the Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award and she has been the face of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign for several years. 

Serena Ryder

Ryder has been playing guitar and penning songs since she was a teenager. Prior to her chart-smashing album, Harmony (2013), Ryder achieved gold-selling status with her previous albums, If Your Memory Serves You Well (2007), and Is it O.K. (2009). Her songs have also appeared in more than 50 TV shows and commercials, including Grey’s Anatomy, VEEP, and Suits. In concert, Ryder has shared the stage with such notable artists as OneRepublic, Kanye West, Sara Bareilles, HAIM, Pitbull, and Melissa Ethridge.

In her powerful keynote, Finding Strength Through the Struggle Ryder shares the difficult path she took to regain her health, and how, through it, she rediscovered her voice both as a performer and an advocate for those struggling with mental illness. 

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