Read, watch and listen: What changed the way I thought about my career

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The things we read, watch and listen can deeply influence the way we think and the decisions we make. As part of our International Women’s Day spotlight, we asked some dynamic women to share their go-to resources and the impact it had on their careers.

Angie Kim, Vice President, Operations, Loblaw Companies Limited

Read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

It was recommended by my mentor and I read this book when I was a store manager in Saskatoon, feeling a little lost in my focus at times. It taught me that only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve is the fear of failure. It gave me hope to continue seeking for my treasure, and keep going – and even if the journey takes you back to where you started, you would have learned so much along the way.

Listen to Angie share her experience of working on the frontlines as a leader and volunteer during the pandemic.

Shirol Liu, Vice President, ICFR I Global Audit, TD

Listen: TED TALK: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

“You don’t need to be loud to have great ideas.”

Naturally I am a quiet person and I categorize myself as an introvert. When I see confident and outgoing leaders being successful, I started to doubt myself if I will ever fit the profile. I discussed my concerns with my manager at the time, she recommended this TED Talk to me and said I see you differently!

Very often we devote time to fixing our shortcomings (in our view) rather than to maximize our strengths. The TED Talk gave me great perspective about myself and let me start to value and embrace my own strengths in career and in life.

Listen to Shirol speak about the power women leadership in a male-dominated world.

Serena Fong, VP, Catalyst

Watch: Broadcast News

The movie that most impacted not only how I managed my career but also my initial career choice is Broadcast News. The film’s exploration of a leader’s ethics and values resonated deeply, because it showed the impact an individual can have on not only what gets covered but how. The movie helped me decide that I wanted to be in production vs. on air/in front of the camera, and that it’s important to look at the power that you have in any role you take on, and determine how you want to use that power.

Listen to Serena shed light on how individuals and organizations can address racism and bias in light of the ongoing xenophobia