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Women in the Workplace: Breaking down the barriers to advancement

March 24, 2016

Ivey's Tangerine Leadership Centre (formerly ING DIRECT Leadership Centre), Toronto

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Despite some progress, women are still more than a century away from having a level playing field in the corporate world.Tackling the issue requires a widespread change in corporate culture and perception.

For our second event in The Talent Series, Marie-Claude Nadeau, a Principal of McKinsey & Company in San Francisco and co-author of the groundbreaking study, Women in the Workplace 2015, will share insights on why women are still underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline. She’ll also give advice for breaking the barriers.

Women in the Workplace 2015 is a study of more than 100 companies and nearly 30,000 employees in North America. It is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to encourage female leadership and gender equality in the workplace.

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Event Details

March 24, 2016 (morning and evening sessions)

Morning session: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
7:30-8 a.m. – Breakfast and registration
8-9 a.m. – Presentation from Marie-Claude Nadeau
9-9:30 a.m. – Q&A


Evening session: 6-8 p.m.
6-6:30 p.m. – Registration and hors d'oeuvres
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Presentation from Marie-Claude Nadeau
7:30-8 p.m. – Q&A


Location: Ivey's Tangerine Leadership Centre (formerly ING DIRECT Leadership Centre), King & York St., Toronto


This session is sold out and registration is now closed.


Topics You Will Explore

  • What are the obstacles to women on the path to leadership?
  • How can companies change the structure and culture of the workplace to advance women?
  • How can mentorship and sponsorship programs accelerate career advancement for women? 

About the Speaker

Marie-Claude Nadeau, Principal, McKinsey & Company, San Francisco

Marie-Claude Nadeau is Principal in the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Company. She leads McKinsey’s Digital Payments service line for North America. Since she first joined the firm in the Montreal office, Nadeau has served clients in Payments, Financial Services and Technology on a broad range of topics, including strategy, loyalty marketing, and risk management. She also co-leads the Firm’s research on Women in the Workplace in partnership with LeanIn.Org.


Nadeau received her Masters degree in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she did research in operations strategy in collaboration with General Motors R&D. She also received a B. Eng. in electrical engineering from McGill University.


$30 (non-alumni), $25 (alumni), $20 (current students)


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