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Business Casual




Past Guests

Alinea Invest: Invest like a girl

Marissa Papaconstantinou : Run Like A Paralympian

Stephanie Florio: Tinder for Jobs

Abi Roman : Find Happiness in Your Passions

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I am the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Alinea Invest. I am originally French and born in Paris but have grown up living in London, Tel Aviv and now New York.  As I started interning in Finance both on the buy and sell side, I was extremely frustrated by the fact that none of my girlfriends at Barnard were investing or talking about investing while all my guy friends had been investing with Robinhood and Coinbase since the age of 15.

Anam Lakhani

I am the co-founder and co-CEO of Alinea Invest. The world of finance and investing was always an obscure mystery to me, but I was fascinated and wanted to learn more. As I went further into my journey, I realized there is no place for women like me to come together, learn and encourage each other to move forward in our investing journeys.

Natalie Putnam: A Day In The Life Of A CEO


She made her Paralympic Games debut at age 16 in Rio. She made an impressive international debut a year earlier as she finished seventh in the 200m and eighth in the 100m at the 2015 IPC World Championships. Born without her right foot, she’s always participated in sport and enjoys soccer and basketball along with her Para athletics career.

Papacontanstinou took up Para athletics at age 11 at the Phoenix Track Club in Scarborough, Ont., and soon after was fitted with her first running blade.

Brooke Miccio: Entering Influencer World


Haley is an author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and model. She passionate about helping other achieve their Big Ideas and the dreams they have for their lives. My book, Her Big Idea, motivates women to follow the little nudge inside of them for that one thing they want to start. She is also a Brown University graduate 

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Brooke Miccio is a YouTuber, Influencer, fellow Podcaster and overall social media queen! At the mer age of 22 she has finished college and grown a hefty fan base of over 200K subscribers on her Youtube channel. On her episode she explains the business side of "influencing" and how she turned it into a full time job!

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I am a fully certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. I am a Canadian Bikini Bodybuilding Champion and have competed in 13 Bikini Bodybuilding competitions around North America. I am the owner and founder of Abi Roman Fitness, a health and wellness business helping individuals both locally and internationally to achieve their fitness goals. I work with clients both 1:1 and online for their training and nutrition needs.


Natalie Putnam is a logistics executive with over 35 years of experience in the trucking, warehousing, eCommerce fulfillment and rail logistics industries. She is currently the CEO of Delivery Circle. In Ms. Putnam’s most recent role she was Chief Commercial Officer at Verst Logistics, where she led the companies sales & marketing strategy along with oversight for fleet and brokerage operations.

Marjorie King: Sogal foundation 


Stephanie Florio is one of the co-founders of Swob Inc., an award-winning social recruitment platform. In April 2012, Stephanie graduated from York University and in April 2014, graduated from Seneca College from the Creative Advertising program. Stephanie has worked as Project Coordinator, and as an Account Executive.

haley hoffman-smith: dream big

Lauren Kerr: A Life above zero 

Chloe elise: lets talk money 

Gloria chou: how to hack pr for any business


Tiffany ong: the world of Computer Science


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Kelsey is the Creative Director and a founding partner of Birch Babe, a plant-based & plastic-free skin and body care company, handmade in Ontario. She is the creative mind behind the complete rebrand and is the vision and voice of @birchbabenaturals on Instagram. Through her diverse experiences, Kelsey has learned that the best approach is to stay humble, embrace being a beginner (because you only get to be a beginner once!), and lead with love. 

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Tiffany Ong is a graduate student studying Sustainability Science and Practice at Stanford. Having studied Computer Science as an undergraduate, her interest lies in using technology to create a more sustainable world. While in college, Tiffany was on the varsity lightweight rowing team. She also started a YouTube channel where she discusses college and life. Tiffany will be starting work as a Product Manager at Reddit after graduation.


Nicole has been a member of the Integrated Marketing Team at the National Hockey League for the past 12 years.  In her current role as Senior Director, she oversees a partner portfolio of global brands working with them to strategically build successful hockey-themed marketing campaigns.  She leads a team tasked with delivering fully integrated activations including broadcast/digital media, retail, experiential and first-class hospitality at North American NHL Jewel Events. 

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Andrea has a Master degree in Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carlton University and post-graduate certificates in gerontology and human services management from the University of Toronto.


Since 1992 Andrea Ubell is the Director, Programs and Client Services at the Alzheimer Society of York Region, where she is responsible for the delivery of the Caregiver Support & Education programs and the DAY Centre programs.  Each year this agency provides support to approximately 2000 families per year.

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Gloria’s mission is to help entrepreneurs achieve more than they thought was possible by transforming their product pitch into a press-worthy story so they can become recognized industry leaders. She believes PR shouldn’t be a luxury item only later-stage companies can benefit from, so she helps visionary founders “hack” their own PR so they’ll never have to pay for a single ad or depend on expensive agencies to do it for them. 

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Chloe is a Money Coach on a mission to show millennials that finances can be easy and fun. Chloe helps her clients get ahead with money, pay off debt + save for those big future investments.  Her mission at Deeper Than Money, is to show you that finances can be easy and fun and that you are capable of creating massive wealth.

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Lauren is a Life and Mindset Coach, Author, Blogger, Speaker and Mentor for thousands of women around the world who want to create a ‘Life Above Zero’.  Lauren’s passion for helping women make mindset manageable, health holistic and life liberating has inspired one of the most impressive global movements around the world being ‘Babes in Business’ and the podcast ‘Babes Talking Business’ .

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Marjorie King leads the SoGal Foundation's strategic partnerships globally. She most recently joins us from the Network of Executive Women where she Achieved largest financial investment in organization's history from a corporate partner specifically for talent development programs. Grew a key corporate partnership by 281% in revenue in a single year and was recognized as 1 of 2 "Rising Stars" from the company in 2019.   

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Andrea Ubell: Alzheimer’s Society of York Region 

Karli Hannan: Stay true to yourself

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Karli Hannan is a Sales and Marketing professional who believes successful partnerships are rooted inauthentic experiences and win-win solutions. Karli is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at FastcaseInc, a legal technology company based in Washington DC. Karli’s career has been focused on packagingand selling digital content in new ways as hardware technology and internet speeds have evolved.Karli’s passion for authentic and lasting experiences started during the Walt Disney World College



Angela loves inspiring and empowering students & new grads. Professionally, she's a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and is focused on transforming the public sector to ensure equitable access to services for all Canadians. She was also recently seconded to the Future of Canada Center as a policy advisor, where she advanced the discussion on affordable housing and economic development.


Personally, Angela is the founder of Advice By AC ( on Instagram), a collaborative career mentorship community that inspires and informs consultants throughout their journey. 

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Angela Chen: Imposter Syndrome  

Tiffany Rioflorido: brand management tips



Clea Simos is the U.S. Managing Editor for Bloomberg TV where she coordinates the editorial activities and planning for the newsroom. Previously she was Bloomberg TV's Executive Producer of interviews for EMEA and was based in London. She has worked in a number of newsrooms around the globe including CTV, BNN, CNBC and Curtin FM. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ryerson University and has completed the Canadian Securities Course, the base securities licensing requirement in Canada. She is currently based in Manhattan. 

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Jennifer Sutto: nft 101


Alexis Robinson is the Government Assessments Program Manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Assurance in the Washington, DC area.  For the past 10 years, she has served her Federal Government clients by performing financial statement, performance, or compliance audits or advising them towards audit readiness.   She graduated with double Bachelors of Science degrees in Accounting and Information Systems from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park.     She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). 

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Sophie Gray: Mental wellness

Alisha arora: Ai + Mental health

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Alisha Arora is an ambitious 14 year old on a mission to leverage AI to better support youth mental health.  She is currently researching at MIT’s AI lab to diagnose mental illness. Alisha is also working towards detecting suicidal ideation in social media content to prevent suicide. As an ardent philanthropist she founded her own non-profit organization, The HopeSisters. Their passion for supporting children in foster care has lead them to gain recognition on national television and from government officials. 


Daphne Baldassari: PhD in diversity interventions


In third year university, I partnered with a Ryerson alumni, to create a social media marketing boutique agency that served start-ups and new businesses. We offered subsidized marketing costs still with the same professional services and worked out of York University’s business incubator.  I had to take part-time courses at Ryerson, but never put my education on hold.  Today, I’ve finally graduated and am currently a candidate to an MBA, am studying Chinese at Ryerson as a certificate, and run the accounts for Huawei and my clients at my new founded agency - FLO. 


Kelly Burroughs: Working at marvel studios 

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Jennifer is an NFT Collector, NBA Top Shot OG, Social/Marketing for Evaluate Market (an NFT analyzer site), and the co-host of NFT Catcher Podcast. She is a great resource in the NFT space 


Brianne Helfrich: Finding your passions


Sophie Gray is the founder of DiveThru, a mental wellness app that helps you take charge of your mental health. DiveThru works with mental health professionals to create interactive courses and tangible tools that help people lead a mentally healthier and more fulfilling life.

Sophie also shares her work to an audience of over 400,000 through her personal social channels.

Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, People, Women’s Health, Refinery29, Marie Claire, Yahoo, Shape, Self, and many more.


Leila Rafi:

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Daphné Baldassari

Daphné Baldassari is a Ph.D. candidate in Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. research fellow at the Institute of Gender and the Economy. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms helping improve the efficacy of diversity interventions and foster gender equality within organizations. More specifically, she investigates whether and how structural interventions disrupt gender inequality within organizations at the crossroad between strategy and behavioral economics. Her background in engineering and economics has inspired her graduate work to design interventions with an evidence-based approach to reduce the persistent gender and racial differences.


Shania Bhopa: The Canadian courage project

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Kelly Burroughs has been an employee at Marvel Studios for a couple of months, but has been in the animation/video game/vfx industry for almost four years. She has worked at other studios such as Dreamworks Animation Feature, Brazen Animation, and Nickelodeon Studios. In Kelly's current role as Visual Development Coordinator, she maintains the art asset database, drives art presentations, and supports the artists for their project needs. Her goals are to make sure that the work environment is creative, collaborative, and healthy for all employees while project productivity and quality remains high.


Anya bhopa: The canadian courage project

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Brianne Helfrich is a 24 year old originally from Edmonton, Alberta. She is currently in school in Pittsburgh getting a Masters of Healthcare Ethics before going to medical school! During the pandemic, she started a clothing brand Helfrich Collective, and is the host of the podcast Welcome to the Collective.


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Leila Rafi practises capital markets and securities law with a focus on investment funds and asset management. She advises on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters, and has a transactional practice. Leila is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate law.

Currently, Leila is an adjunct professor for an introductory securities law course at the Queen’s University law school. In the past, for approximately five years, Leila served as an adjunct professor for the advanced business law course offered by the University of Windsor law school and the January term securities law course offered by the University of Western Ontario law school. 


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Shania Bhopa is a current Ph.D. student, with a passion for knowledge translation and health equity. Shania is co-founder of the Canadian Courage Project alongside her sister Anya and brings her expertise in education and workshop development to the team. Shania in her free time works on her wellness blog in which she offers her audience evidence-informed health information. 


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Anya is a grade 11 student and the co-founder of The Canadian Courage Project. She is also an aspiring veterinarian! he CCP's goal is to empower young people to strive for social impact, push boundaries in the workplace, support youth facing homelessness, and offer services for one's animal companions.


Candice Jay: wealth management 


Caitlin is on a mission to help clients find creative opportunities to reach their customers! With her 10 years of experience across media agencies, consulting firms, and ad tech sales, she leaned into her entrepreneurial mindset and passion for creating impact to drive growth. At her current role at Pinterest, she brings all of her experiences together to help Canadian brands inspire their customers to create lives they love! She also serves on the Ad Club of Toronto board of directors as the chair of the student committee, which provides mentorship for the advertising industry’s next generation. She explores her passion for teaching as a guest lecturer at Mohawk College, Durham College, York University, and Miami Ad School.


Caitlin Neve: Pinterest Account manager

Sara Nathanson: VP of Talent Acquisitions at Aritzia


During the latter Degree, Sara started with Aritzia as a Style Advisor. After a brief departure to teach High School English (think Lauren Hill lyrics for her grade eight poetry unit), Sara returned to Aritzia, this time on the Corporate side of the business.  She has been with the company for the better part of the past 20 years, seeing it grow from 7 stores to its current 100+ locations and holding various roles across Operations, Learning & Development, Sales, People & Culture and more. In her current position as VP Talent Acquisition, Sara and her team are responsible for bringing top talent to Aritzia from across the globe. 





Welcome! My name is Stacey Speranza and I am the c0-founder and host of Business Casual. I am currently at the University of Toronto studying in the Rotman Commerce program. I am specializing in management with a focus in strategy and innovation along with a minor in economics. On a personal note, I enjoy working out, running, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies! 

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Judy G. Goldring is a renowned leader in the asset management industry and one of Canada’s most influential business women. As President and Head of Global Distribution at AGF Management Limited, she oversees the execution of strategic plans in support of business priorities, counsels the CEO on business planning and provides direction for corporate initiatives. Reporting to the CEO, Judy also brings unified accountability to and fosters greater synergies across AGF’s respective sales distribution channels globally. In addition, she oversees the firm’s Human Resources function and is responsible for AGF’s Private Client businesses: Highstreet Asset Management Inc., Cypress Capital Management Ltd. and Doherty & Associates Ltd.


Judy Goldring: AGF AGF Management Limited

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Candice has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry and is a Vice President at CC&L Private Capital. She is focused on helping charitable foundations and high net worth clients—including women, entrepreneurs, generational families and farm families—achieve their long-term financial goals. Strategic philanthropy is also an important part of Candice’s practice and she is passionate in working with clients to identify values and areas where philanthropy can play a role.


    The Business Casual

The Business Casual is an interview-based podcast created to help girls around the world grow both professionally and personally. A podcast made for young ambitious, leaders in the making. Join us each week as we sit down with various female trailblazers in their respective industries. Though there will be lots of business the podcast will also explore their passions, interests, and everyday lives.


Business Casual also strives to be a community in which girls can connect with other like-minded individuals who share the same passions. 

Hi! My name is Marianna Speranza and I am the C0-founder and The Creative Director for The Business Casual. I am currently the Senior Workshop Coordinator for HOSA Canada. Over the duration of my schooling, I have developed a passion for both business, graphic design, and computer science. 

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