Take in some words of wisdom from one of Canada’s most beloved journalists at An Evening with Lisa LaFlamme this January, hosted by Dress for Success Toronto. LaFlamme will discuss her road to success as an award-winning journalist and what’s next for her career in this rare personal conversation on January 19 at the Winter Garden Theatre.

When Lisa LaFlamme was unexpectedly let go by Bell Media earlier this year, Canadians poured out their support and admiration for the news anchor who has not only been a fixture at CTV News, but a role model for many aspiring women journalists.

Led by journalists Farah Nasser and Robyn Doolittle, this event will surely be an insightful night for anyone seeking motivation on their own career paths, as well as an excellent networking opportunity for women in media.

The talk is hosted by Dress for Success Toronto, a non-profit that provides resources and support to empower women in their careers—including access to professional attire and styling services. They have helped 15,000 women in the GTA transition from unemployment to economic independence since 2009. 

Also in January, Dress for Success will be launching an online program focused on skill development for women returning to the job market.

Highlights of the Back to Work Digital program include interviewing skills and salary negotiations, best practices for resumes and LinkedIn profiles, coaching on networking and career management, and a Boutique Experience Day, where participants can access professional attire for job interviews and headshots.

Establishing a professional wardrobe can be a challenge for anyone entering the workforce. But financial barriers and double standards for what’s deemed “professional” for men versus women can make dressing for success even more difficult for some. 

“We aim to provide participants with a competitive advantage in the development of immersive job search skills. This program will increase each participant’s confidence level and give them a better sense of career direction,” said Dr. Beatrix Dart, Academic Director of Back to Work Digital.

Dress for Success will subsidize 10 spots in this annual program, in partnership with the Initiative for Women in Business at U of T’s Rotman School of Management. Find more information about the program here.

If your goals for 2023 involve a career change, networking, or professional development, events and programs like these can be a good place to start. 

Tickets for An Evening with Lisa LaFlamme go on sale on December 8.