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Debra Christmas is a seasoned leader in the high tech field with over 35 years of experience managing all aspects of information technology. Prior to joining Gartner Canada, Debra was Vice President of Hewlett-Packard Software Technical Sales leading a team of over 300 technical software sales professionals across North and South America, contributing to $500M in sales for HP Software. She has led IT organizations in both the public and private sectors driving change and transformation through engaged, diverse and high performance teams around the world. Her previous roles include Vice President for Strategic Services and Global Accounts, Chief of Staff, and Director of Strategy and Operations for Presales for the IT Management Software Business Unit across Canada, the United States and Latin America and National Manager for Channels, Alliances and Partners in Canada. Her team of enterprise software consultants and solution architects covered the entire portfolio (applications, security, operations, big data and information management) in companies like Disney, Walmart, Verizon, Bank of America, JPMC, and State Farm. Between her two tours of duty for Hewlett-Packard she was Chief Information Officer of the City of Kingston and Kanata where she lead major technology and business transformations to optimize costs and deliver progressive and innovative constituent services. Her role as an Executive Partner provides her the honour and privilege of working with senior leaders – both technology and business focused – on their strategy, execution of their initiatives, organizational challenges and their own professional development. She is a sounding board and a conduit to the Gartner organization to help them drive results and achieve the targeted business outcomes.
She has championed diversity and women in IT issues throughout her career sitting on Diversity and Inclusion committees within HP and was executive sponsor of the first ever Black Employee Network for HP Canada. She was one of five employees around the globe profiled in HP Software for their career journey and contributions. She has contributed to her profession through years of service to the Canadian Information Processing Society chairing local chapters in Kingston and Ottawa and was Vice President of the Municipal Information Systems Association during her tenure in the public sector. She was nominated as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Scotia Bank Corporate Award category. She speaks regularly at industry events and conferences on leadership and transformation in IT including International Women’s Day in Canada and abroad. She has travelled the world as a facilitator for Manager Milestones, an innovative leadership development program for HP and recipient of the Brandon Hall Gold Excellence Award for Learning in 2012. She has engaged with hundreds of leaders across continents and cultures to help them develop leadership skills to drive business results and enhance employee engagement. She is the Founder and Co-Creator of PACE (Pathway to Communication Excellence), a Brandon Hall Gold Excellence Award winner for Best in Competencies and Skill Development in 2014. She is founder of Stiletto Gladiators, a not for profit organization delivering mentorship services, leadership assessment, development and diversity coaching. She is a member of the Women in Business Network, WxN, and Women of Influence. She is a motivating and inspirational leader and is particularly passionate about the development of women in IT. She is certified in Tilt365 and Leadership Circle, a comprehensive leadership assessment framework based on “Mastering Leadership”.
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Hi I’m Natasha
I love exploring new ideas and inspiring my clients to turn their dreams into reality.
As a business consultant with over 20 years experience in change management, training, business improvement in the corporate sector, I understand the challenge of working efficiently and bringing new solutions to life. From planning and keeping large projects on track with project management techniques to developing communication to promote and engage stakeholders and training them on new solutions.
As an entreprenuer and business owner myself, I understand the challenges of clearly articulating my offer, keeping focussed on what’s important and maximizing limited resources.
My goal is to make starting and growing a business easier and more fun. I simplify tools and models that are used in large corporations to bring clarity, focus and efficient structures to solopreneurs and small businesses.
I am passionate about helping creative and talented individuals turn their passion into prosperity and bring more innovation and new ideas to life.
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Kamara Toffolo is a career coach who helps her clients DARE to do work DIFFERENTLY! Whether a mid-career professional looking to level up at work, a side-hustling entrepreneur itching to take their passion project full-time, or a leader yearning to make a difference. Kamara helps her clients create careers they love.
She is a ‘career storyteller’. Kamara takes your own unique career story, and crafts an awesome resume and LinkedIn profile that highlights your strengths and accomplishments, while honoring your authentic journey.
In her previous life, Kamara spent 12 years in the financial services industry working for corporations of all sizes. She is an Erickson Certified Professional Coach and graduate of the internationally-acclaimed Erickson College, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Entrepreneurial Management.
Kamara has been a featured writer and expert in many publications including Forbes, Business Insider, Inc., and The Daily Muse to name a few.
When not coaching or working her resume and LinkedIn magic, Kamara writes on her own blog where she discusses work fit, breaking rules, and stepping up and creating the career you want.
Kamara is based in Toronto, but originally from Vancouver. She has one husband, Paul, and one cat, Bart. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, all Asian food, pretending to be a wine aficionado, and Judd Apatow movies.