COVID-19 has made us all aware of what is critically important in life: health, family and strong communities around the world. Disparities have been fully unmasked at the same time we’ve realized how much we need each other. Now is the time to change the nature of our economies to re-distribute wealth, education and health. Innovative problem solving for people and the planet, combined with new business models driven by values of cooperation and equity is the answer. Women have the innate ability to lead organizations that embrace both purpose and profit. Find the courage to build back better!
Director of the Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University
Shari Hughson has been an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, social innovator, and extreme adventurer – pushing her limits by living off the land with only the bare survival essentials for 7 years. She started her first business at the age of 25 and co-founded four more companies – two great learning opportunities (aka failures) and two growing tech and data-driven health businesses. She also created a social innovation program in mental well-being that won a National Honour from the First Nations Health Authority of Canada.