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Shari Walczak

“Imposter syndrome doesn’t really hold me back anymore.”

Power Profile with Shari Walczak: Shari veteran of the advertising industry, entrepreneur, and mom of two boys. In this profile, she shares her thoughts about aging in an industry that puts youth on a pedestal, imposter syndrome, and the framework she uses to make big decisions in her life.
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Debra Christmas

“I’m a happy woman and that is a choice every single day.”

Power Profile with Debra Christmas: Debra is a ball of energy in her early 60s who is determined to live another 40 years. She talks about what it was like 20 years ago juggling the end of her marriage, and taking care of her kids with her demanding career and travel schedule. Debra also shares what growing up in a Montreal's black community taught her about the importance of contribution.
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Robin Whalen

“I decided years ago to just be myself.”

Power Profile with Robin Whalen: Robin talks about what's it's like to be a woman and over 40 in advertising, the defining experience of losing her first husband to Leukemia when their kids were small, and the positive impact aging has had on her confidence.
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Jill Mayer

“I think many of us are following a map that is outdated.”

Power Profile with Jill Mayer: Jill realized that even though she had everything she had ever wanted, something was missing in her life. Now 50, she has made a significant career change and recognizes how it important it is to her happiness to be with people and be in places that make her feel most alive.
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Jill Grindle

“I try to do the right things for my aging parents.”

Power Profile with Jill Grindle: Jill is a 56-year-old living in Massachusetts balancing life as an entrepreneur with taking care of her aging parents, and with her goal of lifelong professional and personal growth.
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Jennifer Ziliotto Durand

“It’s been a real time of growth.”

Power Profile with Jennifer Ziliotto Durand: In her late forties, Jennifer has experienced many shifts in the last few years from moving her family from Toronto to Montreal to closing the doors of her business and opening up an online retail experience, to becoming a mom of teens and losing her own mother.
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Meri Frischman

“My goal is to inspire women to age with positivity.”

Power Profile with Meri Frischman: When Meri was in her 60s a health issue had her change tracks and begin an Instagram community that inspires women through fashion and lifestyle.
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Portrait of Julia Seager-Scott, a client of Sara Smeaton.

“I feel I have fully entered into my own skin.”

Power Profile with Julia Seager-Scott: Julia is a professional harpist and mom of two who is feeling more confident as a musician, parent, and just more comfortable in her own skin in midlife.
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Candy Venning

“We are not built to be solitary creatures.”

Power Profile with Candy Venning. Candy is a landscape designer and tireless advocate for preserving nature and wildlife. Five months ago, at 48 years old, she was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and this "stumble with cancer" has only improved her outlook on life.
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Kelly Peckham

“I’m getting ready for the next chapter.”

Power Profile with Kelly Peckham: Kelly is a high-end television director/producer, showrunner, and media consultant in her fifties who has put her value of telling a great story front and centre. She is at the point in her life and career where she's looking at what might be next for her and how she can stay creative, telling amazing stories, and satiating her love of travel for years to come.
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