This is Imposter, Interrupted, where hard work, balance and community come together to interrupt insecurity and get us to where we aspire to be.
What makes the women around me doubt themselves? What have they done to overcome that doubt? How have the women around me sought to take care of themselves, to take care of their families, and to have fun, all without spreading themselves too thin? What can we all learn from each other about how to better achieve work/life balance? What is work/life balance and how can women achieve success in all areas of life?
The Atelier Collective arose from an unofficial and unintentional brainstorming session in early summer 2017. Friends for years, Taryn and angela always admired one another’s business successes, in the corporate world and as entrepreneurs, as well as a love for adventure and travel. While catching up over lunch that day, they launched onto the topic of personal development and how immensely important it is to the person as a whole – both in business and in life. That day- The Atelier was Born. The second edition, with keynotes by Jillian Harris and Jessica Mulroney, is happening on June 18 2019. Tickets go on sale any day now so be sure to subscribe to their newsletter and get first dibs.
Imposter Interrupted events coming soon:
March 21: Making, Maintaining and Detoxing your Friendships
March 28: Speed Mentoring x WeWork
MARJORIE JOASIL is the Owner & Cofounder of Grind Atelier, a Montreal-based Marketing School. A graduate of HEC Montreal, Marjoriespecializes in sales promotion, event marketing, and sponsorships. In 2009, Marjorie had launched Marjorie’s Closet a fashion and lifestyle blog offering web marketing services to fashion brands, hotels, and bars in Montreal. Now, as co-founder and owner of Grind Atelier, she teaches a unique brand identity method to entrepreneurs on the grind.
In this episode, we discuss Marjorie's journey from wearing all-purple outfits in elementary school, through her party days and her hardcore professional life, to her burnout - all things that led her to where she is today.
Enjoy the episode !
Chisomo Fatima Nguluwe took funemployed to another level in 2017 when she found Ottawa's Homeless Period, a community initiative with an aim to providing homeless women in Ottawa with Feminine hygiene products. Following her why and her heart, Chisomo landed a job that aligned with her values, and continues to look to the future, increasing opportunities for women while flexing her entrepreneurial muscles.
Joelle and Desiree, together Les Lilas, unite women in a safe and judgment-free space to learn from one another through story sharing.
Sharing your story or listening with compassion can be the most helpful thing you do for yourself or another person. Platforms like this exist online or on blogs, but to Les Lilas, there is something so impactful in hearing someone's story spoken in their own voice...The next Les Lilas event is on January 30th. Trust me, it will change. your. life.
check these powerhouse women out at www.leslilas.ca
Also- Meet Your Marketing Mentor, another Imposter, Interrupted Speed Mentoring event is happening on January 16th, so be there, or be square.
Chelsea Gagnon swallows 20 to 30 pills per day or 10,000 pills a year. The 29-year-old has cystic fibrosis (CF): her body produces thick, sticky mucous that clogs her lungs, making it hard to breathe. The disease makes her prone to sinus and lung infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Eventually, chronic inflammation triggered by repeated infections will damage her lungs. But, despite her illness, Chelsea is a brave advocate for awareness and for treatment of her disease. Chelsea’s main focus in her advocacy currently is getting Orkambi covered throughout all Canadian provinces. Medications like Orkambi are very costly and, with many people with disabilities are unable work and/or are living below the poverty belt, they aren’t able to access them. “Access to healthcare is a fundamental right [but] bureaucracy currently prevents everyone from accessing it in a fair manner”. Listen to her story!
Register for Meet Your Marketing Mentor, Jan. 16 2019 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imposter-interrupted-presents-meet-your-marketing-mentor-tickets-53322775858
Register for Side Hustle Huddle: Idea to Execution at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/side-hustle-huddle-idea-to-execution-tickets-52996275286
Jess Malz is a learning experience designer, facilitator and coach. She designs engaging and transformative processes to help individuals, teams and organizations unleash their potential.
What inspires her? People. People and their capacity to transform has inspired her work, and since discovering this passion, Jess has designed and facilitated over one hundred workshops, and coached ndividuals one-on-one to help them achieve their goals and align with their passions.
In this episode of Imposter, Interrupted, I sit down with Jess in the supply closet of a very cool collaborative workspace in the Mile End of Montreal to talk about what makes her tick. Her story is not conventional- it’s inspiring.
Other notes: I am hosting another Speed Mentoring event on January 9th, this time focused on the field of Marketing and Public Relations. Stay tuned to find out how to get tickets and to get the 411 on the mentors.
On January 19hth, I am hosting a small workshop for people who are interested in taking their idea and turning it into an actual, tangible, project. The workshop with be focused going from phase 0 (idea) to phase 1 (project), using both practical and mindset-based tools.
Jessie Sternthal is an English writer based in Montreal. She describes herself as "your story studio, your word factory, your language liaison. Your big idea bodega. Your content creator. Campaign crafter. Long copy cranker. Killer line igniter. Brand signature sniper. And all round voice giver." She's also a brave soul who made the very scary jump from agency life to freelance and in that journey she has been a great success!
Anne-Edma Louis is a business and tax lawyer for driven professionals, innovative startups and SMEs. She started Audāx, an award-winning law firm, with the goal to provide tailored legal services in a refreshing and creative way. It’s a non-traditional law firm in a sense that it's more than just another law firm, it's also a mobile and virtual law firm.
We discuss her story, her attitude towards Imposter Syndrome, and more.
Also- My speed mentoring event is Nov 21! Check Instagram or imposterinterrupted.com for tickets and details.
This week, I talk VAGEENS with the amazing Amadea! Amadea Kezar is a certified physiotherapist and member of the Ordre Professionel de la Physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ). She earned a Masters degree in physiotherapy from McGill University and went on to specialize in Pelvi-Perineal Re-education for men and women. In addition to treating urinary, ano-rectal and pre-postnatal dysfunction she has a particular interest in persistent pelvic and genital pain.
I also go into a little more of my OWN story this episode.
Rosanna Tomiuk is certified coach with her own thriving business in addition to being the Global Director of Organizational Development at a multinational firm (!) She's ALSO a singer. In this episode, we sit down to discuss all things Imposter Syndrome, cultivating confidence, Gabrielle Bernstein, and more!
Danijo Otou is the founder and co-owner of the Female Department, in addition to being a branding and marketing maven. She's known around the city of Montreal as a tastemaker, a great mom and a seriously fashionable woman.
The Female Department was "created for the dreamers, the innovators, the movers and the shakers. The department is a safe space - a collective - for like-minded women to gather and connect in the common belief that together, we're stronger." Can you say aligned values?!
Check her out at
Annick Routhier Labadie has been a high achiever in every aspect of her life. From her childhood in Quebec City to receiving a full scholarship to play basketball in the US, to a Rhodes Scholarship to study Engineering at Oxford- there is no denying her "success". Despite the many lessons and blessings she received throughout her formative years, she did not find lasting happiness and fulfillment until she started devoting all of her time (not only the hours outside of work) to helping others and making a real difference. Now, Annick has a thriving private consulting practice and is a social entrepreneur. Listen for inspiration on how to find your fulfillment.
Jess Marchand is a beautiful, ambitious, social butterfly who, from the outside, seems to have it all. While that's not far from the truth, in this episode of Imposter, Interrupted we dive in to how she keeps it all together, how friendships survive serial monogamy, how important fitness is in her life, and how to prioritize people and activities in order to thrive.
Relate Social Capital's Samantha Rogers gets candid with me about how hard it really is to figure out what you love, and then how passionately you can love what you do once you do figure it out. An introvert who is also an expert at building relationships, Samantha has lofty goals that she is sure to achieve. Enjoy this episode of Imposter, Interrupted and check out Samantha's firm at https://www.relatesocialcapital.com/
Alexandra Pakis is a Social Media expert and advocate for the body positivity movement. She manages relationships with some of the top players in the industry like Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods while cultivating her own reputation as a fearless self-love warrior. While she'd definitely a work in progress, she's not afraid to give advice and old up those around her- all while working on her own self-improvement goals. She is really special and inspirational- I hope you enjoy!
The very first episode of Imposter, Interrupted. Christie Taraborelli grew up in a family of successful entrepreneurs. Her dad would talk constantly about his business, so much so that the business was like a fourth sibling. When her mother passed away, Christie found her calling- and it came in the form of ice cream.
Register for Meet Your Marketing Mentor, Jan. 16 2019 at www.eventbrite.com/e/imposter-interrupted-presents-meet-your-marketing-mentor-tickets-53322775858
Register for Side Hustle Huddle: Idea to Execution at www.eventbrite.com/e/side-hustle-huddle-idea-to-execution-tickets-52996275286