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Diversity is good for business. Organizations greatly benefit from having a diverse leadership team throughout the organizational structure, resulting in increased organizational effectiveness and improved financial performance. As successful leaders, Yellowknife's trailblazers play a critical role breaking ground in the land of opportunities.

They are pioneers with stories worth telling. Our Trailblazers is a promotional campaign by the City of Yellowknife to celebrate Yellowknife women who are excelling in their fields. I love music and want to share my knowledge and experience with others. Our Dene stories and voices are so unique. It is very important to amplify these voices. Follow Leela and her stories leelagilday. I initially started creating products like cards, postcards and art prints that featured my illustrations of Yellowknife.

I would sell these at Christmas markets or businesses around town. Every fall I would release a new collection featuring new artwork. In parallel to this, I started getting more and more contracts creating illustrations. A few years ago someone approached me saying they saw graphic recording at a conference and would I do this for them?

I looked into it, and was immediately excited by the possibilities. I loved that it was a way of using visuals to facilitate communication, understanding and engagement. PowerPoints often do not address language or culture barriers that can exist in an audience. When people see what they are saying or what is being said drawn on paper, they get excited about it and understand more fully. I feel very strongly about the contribution of the arts to our community and will continue advocating for people to see art as a flexible industry well beyond the conventional commercial space.

This percentage increases for Indigenous women and radicalized women working in the arts statistics Canada. The impetus to start a business originated from the need to make a living and the desire to do something I love. Several years ago, whilst raising my four children, I purchased a camera and photographed snow, in all its various forms. In the rare moments I had to myself, I traipsed through snowbanks and walked across our frozen lakes, attempting to capture the magic and fleeting beauty of light and shadow on snow.

Yellowknife can be harsh and bleak, but it is simultaneously breathtakingly stunning. It is resplendent, hard, yet soft beauty. The reception and support this exhibit received gave me the confidence to do more. I strove to intersect what is creative and expressive with entrepreneurship. Iceblink is the manifestation of that. Iceblink centres around the displays I create for the store window.

Each one is a visual representation of my observations, thoughts and feelings whilst walking; a response to this northern landscape, an homage to my love for this environment and, foremost, an offering to my son, Luke. I strive to make Iceblink inviting, uplifting and calm. I only carry items that I love and that I envision women will wear comfortably and with confidence.

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Every detail of Iceblink is meticulously thought through, planned and cared for. Iceblink was created to empower women of all ages and to provide a nurturing, soothing environment, one that is mutually supportive to both employees and customers. Iceblink has been built as a space to share. I come from a family of business owners and hard work was an intrinsic part of upbringing. I trusted my instincts and kept my distance from skeptics when starting my own businesses I opened Taiga Yoga in January, I would encourage women to be creative, unconventional and to break all and any rules that inhibit them from being business owners.

I am grateful for all the amazing people who have supported me and I look forward to the continued evolution of Iceblink. I was a makeup artist and moved home to be an apprentice. Instrumentation was a very diverse and growing trade so I chose that. I was the only female every year of my classes. At work and school, I worked hard to set boundaries — I stood out as the only female when I was in class or at a job and I found it difficult to find people to relate to.

My proudest moment was getting my Read Seal. When I worked as a technician in mining, I was part of the mine rescue team.

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I always enjoyed the aspect of being on a team and the comradely. You were the first responder to any issue on the mine site, whether it was a smoke alarm going off from a shower or a piece of machinery on fire underground. To come in and be in charge of a situation like that was very powerful.

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Once there were more women on our team you really felt that feminine energy and I went from being quiet and unsure to being one of the senior members on the team teaching and leading. Training women on our team had such an impact on me that eventually led me to leave mining — there was such a juxtaposition with how I was seen and heard and the level of confidence compared to years of being surrounded by masculine energy at the mine site.

It was the best experience of my whole career. I have some big goals and I always want to be moving from one challenging area to another. I always want to grow and learn something new and that keeps me going.

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I think it is important for women, in whatever career or job they are in, to speak up and take up space. There are a lot of people who will try and make you be quiet. I hope that more women are going to be hired in mining and trades in the North. Not to fill a gender percentage but because they are good at what they are trained to do.

My work is about adornment and pride. Jewellery making is deeply imbedded in my culture, and as a female Indigenous entrepreneur, I am able to a great of people. I want to share my successes so that any Indigenous person can take pride in seeing our arts and culture celebrated. The fashioning of adornments is a part of our identity that was historically stripped from us. For me, the way to address those pas injustices is through the continued creation of these pieces.

By researching and learning traditional techniques through my work, I am practicing my culture every day and showcasing the community behind the artist. It connects me to my identity and my culture. Although I base my business from home, much of my work is done on the land and through engaging my community. As an artist, I find it important to travel places where my culture is being actively learned and celebrated, even if it takes me away from my studio. Being an entrepreneur means that even when I leave the office, my work is still happening, because I am learning and growing, and through that also sharing my story.

In my business, I specifically try to work with Indigenous womxn, artists, models, and photographers as a way to purposefully contribute to the normalization of Indigenous excellence and beauty. My advice to them is, be fearless. Mentorship is in my DNA. As senior partner at the Yellowknife office of our law firm, I have the chance to work with tremendous lawyers.

I truly enjoy mentoring and watching young lawyers flourish in their profession. I think we have an obligation to the profession to give back, particularly in the north. Mentorship and reconciliation go hand in hand, so we do what we can to be translators, make connection and build bridges. My proudest accomplishments are being a mother to an amazing daughter, and my experience as President of Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The greatest challenge would be balancing it all. Being a good mother, a good lawyer, a good wife, volunteer, a good human being.

It never really is fully in balance, is it? My natural tendency is workaholic so to me, balance means leaving work on time and recognizing I need to step back and take time for myself and my family. A diverse workplace means better decision making. Every single study that has ever been done concludes that diversity in workplace le to a healthier environment and better outcomes.

A broader range of perspectives in better and more accepted decisions, and also economically it makes sense. There are a of studies that establish the financial benefit - Diversity affects the bottom line. It should become accepted to have requirements on diversity in all its forms on boards and committees.

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We have a natural inclination to surround ourselves with likeminded people - people we are comfortable with and share characteristics with. We have to be conscious of our unconscious bias, and then deliberately shift our perspective. As senior partner at Lawson Lundell, I have spent a lot of time with my other partners figuring out not just how to recruit, but also how to retain women. The majority of law school students are women, but the Canadian private sector is male dominated.

A lot of it is the culture and working hours. Some of that can chance and we are working towards that in our office. Even though I went to residential school for nine years, I was able to keep my language. I always wanted to keep my language in my head. I feel stronger and more confident when I speak my language. Even when I speak on radio in my language I really project my language. Even when I speak on radio in my language I really project my voice.

When I speak English, my voice drops. Lots of young people still understand and it is my hope that they start speaking again. Leaders are almost always referred to as men, and as a female broadcaster, I am proud to lead the charge connecting people through language. I want to be the link between our youth our elders. Now, I want to learn how to read and write it. My language has never really been documented. I was fortunate that this opportunity opened up at a time when I felt ready to apply myself to this challenge.

Being a women in this role, I recognize people often expect someone older that me. Having to be the expert and the person that represents the organization is a huge responsibility and when I first started, I had a bad case of imposter syndrome. So I had to readjust how I viewed myself, and learn to project confidence until I had played the role so many times and actually felt confident in my knowledge. Now, I look forward to the parts of my job that used to intimidate me.

As a young women leading an organization, I feel I need to be overly prepared, and project confidence during meetings and presentations. I have learned lots from the challenges I have come up against and how to overcome them.

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I now know what to ask for. Like the women who came before me made it possible for me to do this at a young age, I want to be a positive role model for others. Empowering women to me means helping them recognize that they have the skills and knowledge to be successful. Now is your time. Degree and my backpack, and said I am ready to change the world.

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