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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.




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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.





I am a Paralympian track athlete from Toronto ON. I took up Para athletics at around age 11 at the Phoenix Track Club in Scarborough, ON, Canada. I am an ambassador for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada and have worked with Nike, Krinos Canada and Ossur.

Marissa Papaconstantinou



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.

Stephanie Florio


Alinea Invest: Invest like a girl

Marissa Papaconstantinou : Run Like A Paralympian

Stephanie Florio: Tinder for Jobs

Natalie Putnam: A Day In The Life Of A CEO


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.

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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.   




Marjorie King: Sogal foundation 

Andrea Ubell: Alzheimer’s Society of York Region 

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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.




Abi Roman : Find Happiness in Your Passions

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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.




Lauren Kerr: A Life above zero 

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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’ .






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. 




Brooke Miccio: Entering Influencer World

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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Chloe elise: lets talk money 


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.




Tiffany ong: the world of Computer Science


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.




Haley Hoffman Smith: chasing your big idea


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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Gloria chou: how to hack pr for any business


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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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. 




Karli Hannan: Staying true to yourself & building confidence 

Karli Hannan is a Sales and Marketing professional who believes successful partnerships are rooted in
authentic experiences and win-win solutions. Karli is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Fastcase
Inc, a legal technology company based in Washington DC. Karli’s career has been focused on packaging
and 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 (@advice.by.ac on Instagram), a collaborative career mentorship community that inspires and informs consultants throughout their journey. 




Angela Chen: Imposter Syndrome  



Welcome! My name is Stacey Speranza and I am the c0-founder and host of Business Casual. I am a student from King City, Ontario with a passion and love for all things business. 

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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    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 Stacey each week as she sits 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 director of communications for the Business Casual. 

I am currently the branding and communication officer for the DECA Ontario Executive team. Over the duration of my schooling I have developed a passion for both business and graphic design. To see more of my graphic design work please check out @graphic_design_ms on Instagram. 


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