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Networking in the age of COVID-19 looks a lot different than many of us are used to.

As we’re forced to socially distance for the foreseeable future, networking events have had to transition from in-person event spaces to virtual event platforms. Unfortunately, regardless of all the fancy features you can find on these event platforms such as Zoom, it really isn’t the same.

Not only does networking look different, it feels different! I mean, aside from the fact, we’re likely wearing our sweatpants and slippers paired with our most Zoom-worthy top, showing up on screen seems to require a lot…


Employers aren’t the only ones who should do background checks. As a potential employee, you too should be doing your due diligence.

As we know, global unemployment numbers in 2020 are at an all-time high as a result of the pandemic. Unfortunately, this has created a prime opportunity for scammers who know that people are desperate for job opportunities. As a job seeker, if you let your desperation cloud your judgement, you could very easily fall victim to a scam.

But also, scams aside, the pivot to remote work means that you may never get to see the office of…


So, what do you do?

You’d think that this standard icebreaker question would be something I’m used to by now, but if we’re being honest, it still makes me a little uncomfortable. I mean, how do I answer such a question when my career doesn’t fit into a neat little box?

For the longest time, I’d get a lot of anxiety around explaining my multi-passionate nature. I started to develop different versions of explaining what I do but still…nothing ever felt right.

Until, of course, I stumbled on the concept of “portfolio careers” and I literally said out loud: Wow…


When I was younger, I couldn’t wait to finish school. I’d talk about graduating from high school and university and then never having to worry about learning again. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Somewhere along the way though, I actually developed a pretty strong love for learning, especially about topics I’m passionate about. Learning now feels fun and empowering — but I suppose that because it’s now on my terms.

Since graduating from university, I’ve taken a ton of online and in-person courses to continue my education. I have certificates in user experience design, digital marketing management and career brand management, just to name a few. …


I love reading.

In fact, my claim to fame is that I was the 1st person in my Grade 2 class to read 100 books. (They may have been picture books but books are books, ok?!) I read so much, especially when I was younger, that my mom often reminds me that I would take out upwards of 10 books at the library and would usually have finished one by the time I got home. The Scholastic Book Fair at school (and if you don’t know what that is — it’s basically a young book lover’s dream) was also my…


They say life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

If I didn’t know it before, I know now that this couldn’t be any more true.

Exactly one year ago on my 26th birthday (November 30, 2017), I embarked upon the scariest journey of my entire life. I had quit my 9–5 job and decided that I was going to work for myself. My birthday was my first official day of self-employment. I was starting to really gain traction with Do Well Dress Well and I felt as though focusing on it full-time would allow me to take…


On November 7, 2018, #movethedial hosted their inaugural #movethedial Global Summit, a one-day, first of its kind conference that brought together more than 1,000 corporate leaders, emerging leaders, and youth who share a deep interest in technology and innovation; inspiring and empowering them to unlock Canada’s potential as the most inclusive technology ecosystem in the world.

The most impressive part? The program included 50 speakers including executives and tech founders and funders from highly diverse backgrounds telling their unique stories and sharing strategies, tools, and best practices to attract, support, and retain women in tech.

Although each speaker brought a…


It took me a really, really long time to hit publish on this.

Although I managed to muster up enough courage to share my (failed) attempt at a networking event on Instagram back in July…sharing it on the Do Well Dress Well website, on Linkedin and on Medium felt like a whole different ball game.

Here’s the very honest truth: I was terrified to share this moment in front of my entire professional network and international audience of readers. …


Given how much we talk about the power of personal branding, you’d almost think that’s the *only* thing that’s needed to “succeed” professionally. Well…not quite.

Yes, personal branding is important, but it’s actually part of a much bigger equation that creates something we don’t talk about often enough: social capital.

Social capital is defined as the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively. Now, you may be wondering — so, how is that different from having a network?

The thing is, you can have a network without having…


Becoming a speaker is one of the best things you can do for your personal and/or business brand. You’re able to build awareness and credibility, all while sharing your story and creating a personal connection with your audience. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that after building up your experience, you can also use speaking as another revenue stream too!

So, how do you begin to successfully book speaking engagements? Here are 4 things you need to:

Stay ready (so you don’t have to get ready)

There are a number of things you need to have in place, before you begin putting yourself out there as a speaker. You…

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