Kindness & Compassion

How are kindness and compassion useful in being an authentic leader?

Panelists

Sean McSweeney

Sean is the Head of Partnerships at iVirtual and previously led a team of 200 people at Toronto’s Mountain Equipment Co-op through 20 years of changes in the retail environment. He is the co-author of “The Gender Intelligent Retailer” .

Rudy Ruttiman
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Rudy is the Executive Director of SKETCH. a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people, ages 16-29, from across Canada, who live homeless or on the margins and navigate poverty.

Michelle Krasny
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Michelle uses her background in Neuroscience and Design thinking to partner with professionals and entrepreneurs to help them figure out how to have big, daring careers, without having to give up their soul or sanity along the way.

Anil Kanji

Anil is the Director of Digital Engagement at Mozilla.

He helps organizations build movements, and empower their people to make possible the change they want to see in the world.

Recap

I believe that there are important conversations to be having about what the leadership of the future should look like. I’ve chosen to facilitate those conversations with a series of panels with inspiring people.

The panel was awesome. Thank you to Sadia, our moderator, the panelists, Sean, Rudy, Michelle and Anil. As well as every single one of you who came out to support People Lab and it’s launch!

The thank you’s don’t stop there! Thank you to Australian Boot Company for donating a pair of Blundstone boots! (Congrats to our winner: Christine!). Thank you to Andy Forest for live tweeting, Thank you to Mark Kim for taking photos! Thank you to Cakegram for the amazing cake, and especially thank you to WeWork our community partner for hosting the event in their awesome space!

Our panelists started a conversation that is continuing long after the panel ended. It’s been so great to engage with the people who were there about the topic and hear stories about their experience with leadership.

One person at the event emailed after and said” I’m so very impressed with what you’ve created – professional, relevant and sincere (as well as much-needed). I shuddered to remember the corporate culture that I fled and was encouraged to know there are good people out there working to change all that is broken and bad.”

Panelists

Sean McSweeney

Sean is the Head of Partnerships at iVirtual and previously led a team of 200 people at Toronto’s Mountain Equipment Co-op through 20 years of changes in the retail environment. He is the co-author of “The Gender Intelligent Retailer” .

When I started working at Mountain Equipment Co-op, in the mid-’90s (just before gendered outdoor clothing became a thing?!) there was a b&w photo on the wall in the clothing section of a cyclist, riding in a snowstorm, with cross country ski’s strapped to their bike. This photo was Sean. Purposeful, determined and calm. When I was considering panelists for our event on the importance of kindness and compassion in leadership he was one of the first on the list.

I asked him to share a moment of kindness he has experienced:

“Running a marathon in Toronto I was “hitting the wall” and a spectator shared their baby’s goldfish snacks with me which helped me make it to the end of the race…I was very grateful to the kid and the parent for that act of kindness.”

Rudy Ruttiman

Rudy is the Executive Director of SKETCH. a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people, ages 16-29, from across Canada, who live homeless or on the margins and navigate poverty.

Rudy has built her career in a variety of roles with a focus on social inclusion and the arts. She has 20+ years in not-for-profit, with the last 19 years committed to the development and growth of SKETCH. She is a life-long learner and brings a unique set of skills as someone who has lived and learned by living it and doing it.

I’ve known Rudy for over 10 of those years she’s been at SKETCH, and am truly inspired by her genuine passion and caring and all that she has accomplished.

Michelle Krasny

Michelle uses her background in Neuroscience and Design thinking to partner with professionals and entrepreneurs to help them figure out how to have big, daring careers, without having to give up their soul or sanity along the way.

When I started People lab, I knew I wanted to collaborate with Michelle to deliver our coaching programs services. Her passion, curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit are inspiring, oh and also, she’s my sister.

When I asked Michelle about a meaningful act of kindness this was what she wrote: “When casting my mind around for the most meaningful act of kindness that’s ever been given to me, it was when I started to learn about mindful self compassion. Not to say others haven’t supported me in a million ways, but the act (or practice) of kindness that was life changing was from me to me. [most millenial answer ever]”

Anil Kanji

Anil is the Director of Digital Engagement at Mozilla.

He helps organizations build movements, and empower their people to make possible the change they want to see in the world. Over the past ten years he’s built national and global teams focused on inspiring and engaging supporters, through compelling digital content and campaigns. He’s an integrator and relationship-builder internally in organizations, desilozing and creating alignment around common campaign and organizational missions.

Anil is an inspiring addition to this People Lab panel. I’ve had the pleasure of watching our respective 5 year olds grow up together in our community and am grateful for the role model of kindness and compassion he is to my son, and his book recommendations on leadership and intention.

When I asked Anil about an act of kindness that was important to me he said. ”My extended family took charge of raising me and have supported me in so many ways throughout my life.”