Jessica Green, founder of Cursive PR, had the distinction of serving as a panelist at the FRPO (Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario) 4th annual Women in Rental Housing Luncheon on August 25.

Held at the Old Mill Inn in Toronto, the event was moderated by Greenwin CEO Kris Boyce.

Here’s a round-up of this inspiring event from Canadian Apartment Magazine:

With 150 in attendance, making it the largest of its kind to date, the women’s luncheon provides an opportunity for industry women to gather, mingle, and listen to inspirational stories and viewpoints on a range of topics including wellness in the workplace, community service and mentoring.

“This important event brings together women working in the rental housing industry to motivate, inspire and share their experiences,” said Lynzi Michal, Director of Membership and Marketing at FRPO. “FRPO is pleased to support the advancement of women and highlight their stories for the next generation of leaders.This is an exciting time for rental housing and it is encouraging to see greater diversity in senior management as women continue to excel in this field.”

Boyce kicked off the discussion with a rundown of “10 secrets to success” every woman should know about. From the importance of being true to oneself and accepting our mistakes and failures, to the benefits of paying it forward to other young rising stars, the discussion was also a reminder of the struggles faced by past generations of working women who were denied opportunities and rights due to gender inequality.

At the top of the agenda was health and wellness and the constant pursuit of that elusive work-life balance. “Creating an environment that allows you to be successful often means creating boundaries and taking important steps just for you,” advised Kristina Lauesen.

“It’s easy to say invest in yourself, make time for yourself, but how many of us actually go ahead and do that?” added Brandi McIlvenny. “We need to be mindful of what makes us happy and what fills our cup up. By investing just a fraction of energy towards ourselves, everything in our lives will benefit.”

“As women we tend to think we are so bad if we steal a moment for ourselves,” said Jessica Green. “But taking care of yourself and prioritizing your health and your well-being are not bad. So be kind to yourself and remember that everyone struggles with this concept.”

Finding strength and a voice in the male-dominated boardroom is another struggle for many working women today, and this was touched on by the panelists who have all been in that situation. “I remind myself that everybody, male or female, brings something different to the discussion,” said Lauesen. “Everybody comes from different backgrounds and brings their own expertise to the table. If their voices weren’t valid, then they wouldn’t be sitting there.”

Andrea Rocheleau said that showing support and being a role model for other young women is critical to breaking barriers and getting a more balanced representation in leadership roles. “Without those women who saw potential in me, I know I would not be where I am today.”

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Fashion Takes Action, Canada’s premier non-profit organization that focuses on sustainability in the fashion industry, recently featured Toronto’s WS & Co on their blog.

WS & Co., the clothing manufacturer behind Redwood Classics Apparel, is 100% Canadian owned and operated. Now in its third generation, WS & Company Ltd. prides itself on a homespun heritage that dates back to 1978, when CEO Chak Wai Cheng arrived in Canada from Hong Kong with the proverbial dream for a better life for his family. The modest contracting company he established has since blossomed into an impressive, technologically sophisticated textile production house staffed by a team of accomplished seamstresses, tailors and specialized tradespeople.

Kathy Cheng, President of WS & Co., talks made-in-Canada in the Fashion Takes Action profile. Why is it important? What does it mean to her? Discover it all by reading the full profile here

“I see more and more people living the “new” economy, where the bottom line isn’t the be-all and end-all,” says Kathy. “It’s about people first, planet second and profit third. Our company’s culture, beliefs and motivations are based on these three principles, so I’m always looking for new and creative ways to weave them into our work.”

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Who makes your clothes? At Redwood Classics Apparel, the answer to that question is a source of pride. The Toronto-based clothing manufacturer has a long tradition of crafting quality apparel in Canada, employing talented artisans who have been with the company for years.

In their groundbreaking online series Meet the Makers, the Redwood Classics team takes you “behind-the-seams” at their factory to give you a firsthand look at who is behind some of your favourite made-in-Canada clothes.

In episode 5, they visit the dye house to show you how they bring their vivid hues to life.

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