On April 28th, Odgers Berndtson participated in an event with #WeWorkingWomen (女仕界), Canada’s top Chinese female leadership group. Over 30 young female leaders from diverse industries attended the event at the University of Toronto for a panel discussion on “Discovering Your Career Path: Executive Search”. The panel was made up of three experienced executive search professionals: Sheryl Song (Senior Consultant, Odgers Berndtson), Dr. Julie Jonas (Senior Associate, Odgers Berndtson) and Hei Wai Kwan (Principal, Rosin Executive Search).

The diverse panel shared their executive search experiences from different perspectives. Julie shared that organizations are increasingly using organizational psychology and leadership assessment tools to develop and choose their future leaders. As a consultant, Sheryl spoke to the importance of a smooth execution during all touchpoints of the executive search through the delivery of positive candidate and client experiences. Hei discussed the business development side of the business, and the importance of always maintaining an active network of clients and candidates.

In addition to defining the scopes of executive search, the panel also offered valuable career advice to the audience of young professionals:

  • Fail forward: fail fast and learn from your experiences
  • Be yourself, and be the best version of yourself
  • Understand your core values:
  • Know your strengths, weaknesses and work around them
  • Step out of your comfort zone

Below are some photos from the event:

We Working Women panel and the event organizers

The panel and the event organizers

 From left to right, Hei Wai Kwan, Dr. Julie Jonas and Sheryl Song

From left to right, Hei Wai Kwan, Dr. Julie Jonas and Sheryl Song

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