Announcement – My New Role With WIL

I am excited to be starting 2013 with a fabulous national foundation for women: Here’s the formal announcement from WIL.

Vancouver Chapter Appoints New Co-Chairs!

WIL is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Heath and Susan Washington as the WIL Vancouver Chapter Co-Chairs! Look out for lots of incredible events and programs this year from Vancouver! Learn more about Kim and Susan below.

We are also currently recruiting for the rest of the Vancouver Chapter, take a look at the available positions here!

Kim Heath, CA, JD.

Kim is a highly skilled strategic partner for business owners and executives. Kim is a Lawyer, a Chartered Accountant and an Executive Coach and has been advising businesses in both the corporate legal and accounting fields for the past 20 years. Kim’s current practice of coaching coupled with the experience provided by her dual professions, uniquely positions her to guide her clients through their business challenges with a focus on maximizing individual performance and satisfaction. She has extensive experience in all aspects of legal and financial operations, strategic advisement and negotiations. Kim gained her education at the University of Saskatchewan in her home town of Saskatoon and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa and Calgary, Alberta before settling in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Kim believes that the attainment of peak performance requires attention to all aspects of the individual and through her work and her network of professionals, Kim provides comprehensive business solutions for clients while incorporating physical health and life balance. Kim is a proponent of preventative medicine and encourages others to take control of their health and wellness.

Kim is honoured and excited to be named to the Co-Chair position of Women in Leadership’s Vancouver Chapter. She looks forward to connecting with and building the Vancouver WIL network and lending her experience to further WIL’s mandate of promoting the advancement and development of women’s leadership skills. Kim also currently serves as the Treasurer of the Burnaby Arts Council and greatly enjoys contributing to the advancement of the arts in her community

Kim’s favourite thing to do is spend time with her two sons. She enjoys being active every day, hiking with her dog Zorro, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, painting, photography, travel, writing and having fun in and on the water at her cabin on Indian Arm.

Susan Washington, B.Ed. M.Ed. CPCC

Susan Washington’s 25 years in education, training and development position her as a scarce and trusted resource in business, leadership, coaching and entrepreneurship. Susan’s approach to leadership is to ‘work’ authentically and deliberately with a high degree of integrity, practicality and emotional intelligence.

As a senior adviser, aspiring writer, mentor and speaker, Susan is passionate about being true to her diverse values. Her community, family, health, life-long learning, contribution, purpose and innovation all inspire and make her life meaningful. Serious innovation and business ownership takes good strategy, discipline, focus, creativity, time, determination and a leading edge. Not to mention some levity and patience.

Susan’s conventional academic achievements set the foundation for her current leadership style. With, first, a Bachelor of Education; then, a Master’s Degree; and finally a Doctoral candidacy at the University of Toronto. Credentials might impress, but Susan’s work ethic has been motivated by a passion for teaching, learning and improvement since the time she was 16.  And the field of learning is changing in leaps and bounds.

Before opening her own consulting company 11 years ago in beautiful Vancouver, BC,  Susan trained as a professional coach with CTI (based in California). She is big on accountability and structure and builds strong organizational and personal strategies with real-world results. She is also proud to be a ’Mompreneur’. She understands the creative side of living a quality family life while building success in the world of ‘paid’ work. Nothing is more rewarding than consistent work that is engaging while honouring multiple values and being flexible.

Susan has given back in recent years as a Senior Mentor with the Women’s Enterprise Centre and as a Trainer and Facilitator with The Minerva Foundation. She also loves being of service in her ‘own back yard’ with school and family related roles that make a difference for the families and kids in her community. She grew up in Winnipeg, and before moving to Vancouver 17 years ago, lived in both Montreal and Toronto. You will also find Susan making time for yoga and meditation regularly and sneaking into the mountains of North Vancouver for inspiration and perspective.