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Janice McDonald | Book Launch
March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmfree
Please join Ben McNally Books and Raincoast Books to celebrate the release of Janice McDonald‘s new book Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision. Janice will be joined by three prominent women featured in the book: Julia Deans, Lisa Kimmel, and Jodi Kovitz.
Free event, all are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, March 3
6 to 8pm
Ben McNally Books
366 Bay Street
In this collection of inspiring true stories, Janice McDonald – entrepreneur, speaker, and host of the Fearless Women podcast – brings together more than 100 extraordinary, unafraid women and asks them to look back at the moments in their youth that set them on the path to leadership. From high-profile entrepreneurs to philanthropists, athletes, artists, and statespeople, the lives featured in this book represent the many journeys women can take to find their passion, create change, and make a monumental impact on the world around them. Some were born to leap into the spotlight, others discovered a quiet strength along the way; women who dared, who challenged convention, who found connection, or who braved it alone – each has a powerful lesson to tell about a girl who once dreamed of what she might accomplish.
Featuring touching personal photographs and deep insight into the diverse lives of fascinating, notable women from around the world, Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision is a powerful and necessary celebration of heart and guts. Honest, relatable, enlightening, and uplifting, the images and stories in Fearless are proof of our innate ability as women to take risks, face down our fears, and blaze our own trail.
Janice McDonald knows that small hinges swing big doors. As a global champion for women, she’s been pushing for equity since 1992, when she completed her first graduate degree and wrote her thesis on women on boards in Canada. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, a four-time WXN Top 100 winner and 2016 WXN Hall of Fame inductee, a sought-after speaker, and the co-author of three ground-breaking studies on women entrepreneurs in Canada, released in 2016, 2018, and 2020. McDonald has a BA in communications, MA in Canadian studies, certification in conflict resolution from CICR, her ICD.D designation, and an MFA. Women in Trade Los Angeles awarded her Global Trade Ambassador for Canada in 2017, and in 2018 she received an Inspiring Fifty women in tech award. Her Fearless Women Podcast, which she launched on Women’s Day 2019, shares many more incredible stories like the ones you will read in this book.
With degrees from Queen’s, Columbia, and Osgoode Hall Law School, Julia Deans practiced law with Torys in Toronto and Hong Kong and built QD Legal in Singapore before becoming a non-profit CEO with CivicAction, Futurpreneur Canada, and the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation. She is also a director of many non-profit and business organizations.
Lisa Kimmel oversees Edelman’s Canadian and Latin American operations and is chair of its Global Women’s Equality Network (GWEN). She is one of the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and is a recipient of the Financial Times & HERoes Female Champion of Women in Business and a YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction award.
Jodi Kovitz is the founder and CEO of #movethedial, a global movement dedicated to advancing the participation and leadership of all women in tech. In 2017, Kovitz was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2018 as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence by Women of Influence Canada.