BC’s CanWIT chapter  invites you to come and hear from Katie Bennett, an executive leadership and career coach who will host an interactive session titled Accelerate Your Career – Leveraging Your Talents In 2014 And Beyond , which is designed to challenge you to think about your own personal “hedgehog concept”. The idea of The Hedgehog Concept comes from the work of Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and Built to Last, among others. Your Hedgehog concept is the intersection of three key ideas:
- What you are deeply passionate about? Passion refers to what you get excited about doing. The goal is not to stimulate passion but to discover what makes you passionate. Is your work aligned with what you are passionate about? When it is, your career trajectory will soar.
- What you can be the best in the world at — What do you do where you constantly have people say “you are so good at that?” What comes naturally and easily to you? What are you doing when you are at your best? This is a capability that if properly channeled, guided, and focused upon can make you the best in what you do.
- What drives your economic engine — Building a sound economic engine requires profound insight into the economics of the opportunities before you. In the field of technology, the opportunities are endless as is the financial upside. Are you tapping into the economic potential of this field?
Expect to walk away from this breakfast with specific insights into what you can do to propel your career with your talents and some specific action items to get you there.
- Date & Time: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 8:00 am – 9:30 am
- Location: CN Strategies Room (2800) Segal Graduate School, SFU – 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
- Ticket Prices: $15 (Members) / $20 (Non-Members) – Includes continental breakfast – register online 
Katie Bennett runs her own coaching business, Double Black Diamond Coaching  and she is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, has completed certification with The Coaches Training Institute and has an honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
As a coach, Katie has worked with over a hundred Fortune 100 leaders, has coached presidents and company owners, entrepreneurs and managers at all levels. Katie’s clients have worked in IT, Big Pharma, banking, architecture, financial services and real estate development, to name a few. For the past few years, Katie has worked extensively with Long View Systems, a rapidly growing IT outsourcing company based in Calgary, to develop their leaders and build powerful teams, where they were awarded The Prism Coaching Award by the International Coach Federation.
Katie has also been writing both leadership and career related articles for the Globe and Mail newspaper and has been published over 40 times. Prior to coaching, Katie spent 11 years as an advertising executive in both Toronto and Vancouver, rising to the senior management position of Group Account Director, overseeing some of the world’s largest brands, including Pepsi, Moosehead Breweries, Quaker Cereals, Duracell Batteries, BC Hydro and The World Wildlife Fund.