What comes after you "lean in?" In Our Turn, Kirstine Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer of Diply GoViral--and recently named to Canadian Business's Power 50 of 2016 list because she "helps women discover their leadership potential"--draws on her own extensive experience to answer that question in smart and practical ways.
Canada's own Kirstine Stewart has joined the ranks of other stand-out new technology leaders such as Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, but she has come to that position by a very different route. She got her first job when she applied for a position as a "girl Friday" at a film distribution house. Having worked her way up from the bottom--under women and men, leaders good and bad--she believes it's time we leaped past the question of how women might create change in the working world and exploit the fact that profound change is already under way. The digital revolution, and the wave of millennials who are entering the work force with very different expectations than the generations who preceded them, have created a new reality that demands a new style of leader with attributes and perspectives that make women the natural front-runners. The opportunity is there. The question Stewart tackles in Our Turn is how do we seize it. Stewart's own track in the world has been exceptional, and littered with firsts, including being the first woman and the youngest person ever to head the CBC. Not only does she illuminate the broad strokes of the way forward for women, and her own principles of leadership, she digs down into the nitty-gritty of how she has managed to excel and to lead while staying true to who she is as a person. Whether you're the CEO or the administrative assistant, there is something for you in Our Turn.
Kirstine is TribalScale’s President and CRO. She is a top-tier executive responsible for TribalScale’s continued growth and international expansion. She leads TribalScale’s revenue and sales strategies, and operations, while actively fostering collaboration and innovation amongst the Tribe, and its partners in mobile, AI, and voice tech. Kirstine brings revolutionary and diverse ideas to TribalScale, contributes to our leadership thinking, and inspires at all levels of the organization.
Before TribalScale, Kirstine was the Chief Strategy Officer at Diply. During her time at Diply it surged to to the top. Under Kirstine, Diply was named an EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year, won NextMedia’s Digi Awards Company of the Year, and ranked first in Deloitte’s Fast50 Tech Growth Companies in Canada. Before Diply, Kirstine was VP of Media at Twitter. She led Twitter’s expansion into Canada, and oversaw North American partnerships across all verticals. Kirstine was the Executive Vice President of CBC’s English services, and under Kirstine’s leadership, the CBC ranked number one as Consumer Brand of the Year. Before joining the CBC, Kirstine was the Senior VP of Programming at Alliance Atlantis. She oversaw HGTV, the Food Network, National Geographic, BBC Canada, and others. Kirstine’s career is filled with inspiring ‘firsts,’ and epitomizes groundbreaking success at every stage.
Kirstine earned her BA from the University of Toronto, graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Global Leadership in the 21st Century Program, as well as the University of Oxford’s Transformational Leadership Program. She sits on the board of Kognitiv, the Score, and WOW Entertainment, she is also a member of the DMZ Advisory Council, and a mentor for theBIGPush, #MoveTheDial, and TechStars. Kirstine’s book Our Turn, published by Random House Canada in 2015, is a bestseller geared towards women in leadership in today’s world.
“Read Our Turn and you’ll understand how Canada’s own Kirstine Stewart joined the ranks of other stand-out technology leaders like Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg. Kirstine’s career is inspiring, and the ideas and strategies she shares about how to lead in times when change is the only constant are common-sense, down-to-earth and yet revolutionary. This is a great read from a leader I respect and admire.” —Arlene Dickinson
“Having spent nearly a decade working with Kirstine, I’ve seen these ideas in action and know they work! In Our Turn, she’s written a new blueprint for leadership and creativity. She has also delivered an honest look at how and why she has been so successful—and shows you practical ways that you can be successful, too.” —George Stroumboulopoulos
“I have known Kirstine for over twenty years as a colleague and a friend. In Our Turn, she has delivered a priceless read for any woman navigating the ins and outs of the working world. As I read, I made a list of every young and not so young woman I want to share it with, from my nieces to my employees to my girlfriends and my female peers. This is the time for all of us to speak up and share our vision for the working world of the future.” —Debbie Travis
“With her new book, Our Turn, the Twitter VP (and the first woman ever to helm the CBC) has penned a powerful manifesto for the flawed yet fabulous iteration of the modern working woman. Oh, she also hates networking and loves wearing jumpsuits in professional settings. What a boss.” —Chatelaine
“[A] great book and a great message for women.” —Alex Johnston, Executive Director of Catalyst Canada
“[A] how-to for women aiming at executive jobs. . . . [P]art memoir, part motivational treatise, part review of the current literature on leadership and technology.” —Jim Coyle, Toronto Star
“Stewart’s a trailblazer but she’s also normal, and her handbook for ambitious women is invaluable. . . . Stewart writes plain and tall. She speaks honestly about awkward subjects. . . . Stewart’s is a remarkable voice and I shall give the book to my daughters.” —Heather Mallick, Toronto Star
“[N]o-nonsense. . . . [Our Turn] exposes the barriers that often stand between women and their career objectives. . . . Through the lens of her experience, [Stewart] offers a realistic glimpse of the workplace. . . . On every page, Stewart offers a fresh perspective on old beliefs.” —Marie-Josée Boucher, CPA Magazine
“Stewart provides useful tips for any current or aspiring business leader in today’s workplace plus an insider look at the CBC and Twitter.” —BCBusiness