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Surviving your business success

October 24, 2018, 7:30AM - 9:30AM

Ivey's Tangerine Leadership Centre, King and York Street, Toronto

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There is a lot of advice about how to survive failure, but what about surviving success? Once your company has accomplished what it set out to do, how do you prepare for your next act?

As the founder of multiple profitable companies, Kelsey Ramsden, MBA ’04, knows what it’s like to plateau. She calls it the “success hangover.” It’s not uncommon for people to lose the motivation and drive that led to that first success and to fall into autopilot.

For the J.J. Wettlaufer Lecture in Leadership, Ramsden will draw from her new book, Success Hangover, to show business leaders and entrepreneurs how to reinvent the mindset that led to their first success – so they can do it all over again. She’ll share approaches to keep you and your team energized so you can adapt, transform, and create your next success. Associate Professor Oana Branzei will also share insights from her research on managing the period that follows the peak of success. The event will be moderated by Branzei and Professor Gerard Seijts.



Event Details 

J.J. Wettlaufer Lecture in Leadership

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

7:30-8 a.m. – Registration and breakfast
8-9 a.m. – Presentation from Kelsey Ramsden, MBA ’04, and Associate Professor Oana Branzei on how to cope with the aftermath of success
9-9:30 a.m. – Q&A

Location: Ivey's Tangerine Leadership Centre, King and York Street, Toronto.

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


Topics You Will Explore

  • Strategies to re-energize you and your team
  • How to help your team to focus on thoughts and actions that will help you to adapt and innovate
  • A system for managing periods following success


About the Speaker

Kelsey Ramsden, MBA ’04
Twice named Canada’s top female entrepreneur by PROFIT Magazine, Kelsey Ramsden has founded and scaled businesses in civil construction and real estate. She hosts a podcast and speaks globally on the subject of innovation and how to futureproof you and your business. A mother of three and a cancer survivor, her grit and determination has helped her to build businesses in Canada and the Caribbean. She is author of the new book, Success Hangover.

About the Moderators

Oana Branzei
Oana Branzei is the Donald F. Hunter Professor of International Business and an associate professor of Strategy at Ivey. She is also the Director of the Sustainability Certificate program and the founder, convener, and host faculty of the Ivey/ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy, an annual event of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability.

Branzei held a 2012/2014 visiting appointment with the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship and the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Her research interests, at the intersection of strategy and sustainability, include the pro-social foundations, forms, and functions of business as agents of positive social change and the relational micro-processes of value creation, capture, and distribution. She leads major research initiatives on positive social change, social enterprise, sustainable communities, and cross-sector partnerships.

At Ivey, Branzei has taught in the HBA, MBA, MSc, EMBA, and PhD programs. She is a field editor for the Journal of Business Venturing and serves on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Management and Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Gerard Seijts

Gerard Seijts is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour, holds the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Chair in Leadership, and is Executive Director of the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School. He is co-author of the books, Developing Leadership Character, and Leadership on Trial, and the author of Good Leaders Learn.

Seijts received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Prior to joining Ivey in 2000, he was on the faculty at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.

He is teaching on several leadership programs. He has worked with organizations including Aecon, Intact Financial Corporation, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Maple Leaf Foods, J.D. Irving Limited, Hutchison Ports, Cigna, A.S. Watson, and Bank of China Hong Kong. He has also worked with local government in Canada and Hong Kong on issues such as leadership and change. He has taught EMBA, MBA, and undergraduate courses in leadership, leading change, organizational behaviour, performance management, and staffing.

His research activities; spanning journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers; cover a wide range of topics including leadership, change, goal setting, training and development, teams, organizational justice, and performance management. He also enjoys writing practitioner-oriented articles.

About the J.J. Wettlaufer Lecture in Leadership

This lecture series was established to express our profound appreciation and to pay tribute to (Jack J.) J.J Wettlaufer, a long-time faculty member who played a pivotal role in shaping the School. Jack was a faculty member for more than 40 years, was dean from 1963 to 1978, and helped develop the School’s first executive programs. He died in 1992, and the former executive development centre in Mississauga was named in his honour.

  • Ivey Idea Forum
  • Alumni
  • MBA
  • Gerard Seijts
  • Oana Branzei
  • Leadership