Ashlyn's began her career in sciences, earning a PhD in Laboratory Medicine before switching gears to business and entrepreneurship. She is currently Chief Operating Officer of SAMDesk, a technology company which utilizes artificial intelligence to detect emergency and disruptive events from crowdsourced data. She makes career decisions based on gut feel and tries to view her missteps as opportunities to learn. She has no 5 year plan.
Chief Operating Officer of SAMDesk
Felicia Mutheardy is a Senior Economist with the City of Edmonton. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
After several years of working as an economist, she has finally figured out how to explain what it is that she does. Aside from worrying about economic risks and vulnerabilities, she analyses data, observes trends, and then tries to use her analysis and findings to either explain how things have come to be or to tell a story, building up to what she thinks will happen for the economy.
Throughout her career thus far, Felicia has had to figure out how to build her confidence. Enough confidence to stand in front of 400 people to tell a story on current economic conditions and to make sure she is credible when sharing what she thinks will happen next. She is all too familiar with “Impostor Syndrome”, especially in the moments right before stepping up to a podium to present.
Senior Economist at City of Edmonton
Kate Lister has spent her nearly 20 year career as a communications professional honing her skills, advocating for the function, building great teams, and learning from great leaders. She has spent her career in a number of diverse fields, from health care, to energy and now banking. Kate is the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications at CWB Financial Group. She leads the teams responsible for internal communications and creative services, providing communications and employee experience strategy to the organization.
Kate is also highly engaged in inclusion and diversity, corporate culture and engagement work at CWB. She is a member of CWB Women, a grassroots organization to connect and support women moving into leadership and served in leadership roles on the board of the Edmonton chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
On top of an already very busy career, Kate is a mother of three children under the age of 10 and enjoys reading, cooking and travelling with her family.
AVP Corporate Communications at Canadian Western Bank