Benefiting Women: Strategies & Steps to Uplift Women in the Workplace

Learn strategies to uplift and empower women in your organisation through benefits, considerations around motherhood for working women, women-centric policies, and so much more. We’ll be joined by an expert panel of amazing women in benefits, and beyond, to discuss female health, maternity leave, fertility benefits, DEI, and everything in between.


We Cover:

  •  Infertility-Informed Leadership: flexibility from employers, infertility-informed policies, guidance to managers
  • Supporting Mothers in the Workplace: Benefits Revolutionizing the Maternity Leave Experience
  • What benefits do women in the workplace really want?
  • Upstream & downstream healthcare cost savings for employers
  • How incorporating fertility benefits does not increase your benefits costs
  • Why the “B” (Belonging) in DEIB matters 

Meet the Speakers:

Sally Hagan:

Sally Hagan is Managing Director, Group Benefits, Retirement and MGA at NFP Insurance. NFP appointed Sally as the leader of our Benefits, Retirement and Group Benefit MGA businesses in December 2021, advancing from the position of Group Benefit MGA leader. Sally is based in Toronto and joined NFP six years ago. Her professional career spans 23 years. Prior to joining NFP Sally spent 14 years at a large global competitor specializing in mid to large group benefits consulting working with clients to harmonize benefits strategies globally.


She is a strategic thinker, a great people person, and has a solid vision to help clients and team members succeed. In the short time Sally has been in a leadership role, she has been actively working with the teams across Canada to create a common service platform and sales culture. 


Meghan Vallis:

Meghan is a HR & Group Benefit Leader at Equitable Life of Canada. As the Group Sales Vice President for Western Canada at Equitable Life Meghan Vallis leads the Western sales team and the voice behind the GAB – the group advisor blog.


She is passionate about helping Advisors succeed to transform their client’s employee benefit experience to what Meghan calls braggable benefits. Her 16-year career has been centered aroundhree pillars: building meaningful relationships, embracing innovative technology and solutions, and harnessing the potential in others to achieve strategic goals while also supporting them as an individual. As a full-on benefits nerd, Meghan loves to talk shop and connect with people in the industry. People rely on Meghan for her unique perspectives in the industry, and she is a go-to resource for industry colleagues and clients.


Jen Murtagh:
As an ICF accredited leadership coach, Jen supports women to live and lead bravely through her 1:1 coaching, workshops, speaking and signature Brave Leadership for Women program. In 2021, Jen co-founded Maturn – Canada’s first maternity leave program and is on a mission to turn the motherhood penalty into the motherhood opportunity. Working with individuals and organizations, Maturn helps build inclusive and equitable organizational cultures by supporting mothers throughout the maternity leave lifecycle and through their transition back to work.


Jen is a Business in Vancouver ‘Forty Under 40’ Award Winner and Greater Vancouver Board of Trade ‘Women of Promise’. As a community champion, she has volunteered thousands of hours for countless charities. Jen is a mother and stepmother to four children and on weekends can be found reciting the lyrics to her favourite U2 songs and brushing up on her roller skating skills developed in her early years.


Tara Wood:

Tara Wood is the Founder of Purpose Communications and the President of Conceivable Dreams, a volunteer run patient organization that advocates for more affordable and accessible fertility treatment, as well as more inclusive and family friendly benefits for current and future families.


Prior to starting Purpose, Tara held leadership positions in multiple PR agencies and led public relations at WWF-Canada. Some of the brands Tara has worked with include: Wealthsimple, Scotiabank, BDC, Artscape, Air Canada Pilots Association, WWF-Canada, Wind Mobile, Microsoft, Metrolinx, and Expedia.With a diverse consulting background within corporate, non-profit and agency environments, Tara brings a unique understanding of various industries (tech, finance, environment, health, transportation, education, and more) combined with a collaborative approach to shape future success.


Terri Storey:

Terri Storey is a leader and visionary in the field of mental health with more than 20 years of experience. As CEO and Co-Founder of Snapclarity, Terri is revolutionizing the way mental health support is provided to those in need. Currently, Terri sits as CEO of iHealthOX, an online platform that harnesses technology to empower employers and members to enhance access to quality healthcare, drive personalization and reduce healthcare costs.


Terri’s experience working on the front lines of mental health for more than two decades inspired the creation of Snapclarity. Previous to launching the innovative online platform, Terri founded Terrace Wellness Group, which includes Terrace Wellness Centre and Terrace Youth Residential Services (TYRS). TYRS is one of the largest treatment organizations in Ontario. Here, Terri has accepted some of the toughest cases of youth in crisis, many from Indigenous communities in the North.


As Ottawa’s 2014 Entrepreneur Businesswoman of the Year and one of very few women to be CEO of a technology company, Terri passionately mentors young entrepreneurs through discussion and practice.

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