Rotman School of Management

February 19, 2013 13:46 ET

Rotman Initiative for Women in Business Pens Sponsorship Agreement with BMO Financial Group

Will bring world's top leaders and authors to the Women in Leadership Speakers series

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2013) - Executive women in the GTA will find even more inspiration in the Women in Leadership Speakers series at the Rotman School of Management in 2013, thanks to a new sponsorship agreement with BMO Financial Group. The one-year sponsorship will allow the Rotman Initiative for Women in Business to bring some of the world's top leaders and authors to its Toronto audience.

"BMO's support of the speakers series will take the events to the next level," says Beatrix Dart, Associate Dean, Executive Degree Programs and Executive Director, Rotman Initiative for Women in Business. "It will provide the inspiration we all need to be better leaders every day and will help to reinforce what we teach in our executive development programs throughout the year."

The series was launched in 2008 and has hosted dozens of distinguished speakers including Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chair and CEO, Carlson; Irene Rosenfeld, Chair and CEO, Kraft Foods, Inc.; Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founding President, Center for Work-Life Policy; and Ilene Lang, President and CEO, Catalyst. Each of the events attracts more than 120 mid- to senior-level executives from the GTA.

"BMO is passionate about developing a generation of leaders with broad skills and integrity, who understand the strength of a diverse and inclusive workplace," says Lynn Roger, Senior Vice-President & Chief Talent Officer, BMO Financial Group. "We are pleased to partner with the Rotman Initiative for Women in Business on this important series."

The 2013 Women in Leadership Speakers Series, Sponsored by BMO will feature:

March 5, 2013
Martin Davidson, Associate Professor of Leadership, Darden Graduate Business School, University of Virginia; Author of The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011) will lead a discussion titled, "Embracing The Weird."
May 10, 2013
Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; Senior Advisor to the FAS Dean on Faculty Development; Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics, Santa Fe Institute; Co-Author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (Random House, 2013) will lead a workshop based on her aforementioned co-authored book.
Fall, 2013
Speakers to be announced.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly-diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $525 billion as at October 31, 2012, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions. For more than 195 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the communities it serves. In 2012, BMO contributed more than $87.6 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities.

About The Rotman Initiative for Women in Business

The Initiative for Women in Business at the Rotman School of Management is a proven force for change. It provides professional women with leadership development opportunities, new ways of thinking and vital connections that help them advance and succeed in their careers. It is a trusted partner to forward-thinking corporations and organizations through custom programs, presentations and events, and diversity consulting. The Initiative for Women in Business aspires to a business landscape that is prosperous and equitable.

About the Rotman School of Management

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world's most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the design of creative business solutions. The School is currently raising $200 million to ensure Canada has the world-class business school it deserves. For more information, visit

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