12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Plenary, Level 3, Shaw Centre
Our popular TED-style Talks are back! Called Spark!, these mini-presentations on diverse topics take place on Tuesday. You will have the opportunity to hear unique speakers each give a 10-minute talk that will “spark” you to think differently about your work.
Michael “Piecez” Prosserman shares his personal story on how he built a non-profit from the ground up over 15 years that uses hip hop to improve youth mental health. Unity grew from a grassroots idea to a national charity with 80 staff reaching over a quarter of a million youth across Canada. It was built from the dreams of artists, youth and eventually a long list of supporters. In this talk, Michael addresses navigating mental health challenges in a leadership role, building authentic team culture that supports well-being and simple strategies for self-care in teams.
Michael “Piecez” Prosserman empowers social impact leaders to grow and thrive. Michael founded Unity Charity (www.unitycharity.com) out of his passion for breakdancing (“b-boying”) and mental health. By high school, Michael was accepted into Cirque Du Soleil and was featured in the major motion picture “Honey.” Michael speaks from lived experience, bringing a practical, innovative approach to coaching, consulting and teaching. He has been featured in 60 major media outlets including Maclean’s, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CBC, CTV, CityTV and more. Michael is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto and the CEO of EPIC Leadership Support Inc (www.piecez.ca), a firm focused on mental health in the workplace, leadership transitions, team culture and organizational growth.
How to Ikigai is a fun, thought-provoking talk with author Tim Tamashiro. He teaches the ancient practice of Ikigai (EE-KEE-guy) that originates from Okinawa, Japan. Ikigai is your “life’s worth” in four simple directions:
The biggest challenge in finding more meaning in life is that we tend to focus on our “jobs” each day and forget about our “work.” Our job provides us with an income in exchange for our time. Our work is to become self-actualized so that we gain a deeper understanding of who we are and what brings us joy.
Tim will encourage each person to “Do More You” each and every day. He’ll give you some solid direction to take your first steps toward understanding your own Ikigai.
Tim Tamashiro is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book How to Ikigai. He’s a speaker, singer and explorer. For a decade Tim was host of Tonic on CBC Radio 2. He departed from CBC to study positive psychology and Ikigai (life’s worth). Tim has learned that his own Ikigai is “to delight.” He wonders, “what’s your Ikigai?”
In life there are many rooms that we find ourselves in. These rooms are found within our careers, our relationships and even within the way we think about ourselves. Most of the time within these rooms and environments we follow certain rules regarding what is socially acceptable. Most specifically, a rule that many of us have grown to follow is to use our “indoor voices” within the workplace and other places where we strive for success. We are taught to be quiet about our imperfections and experiences in order to appeal to others. This talk will challenge that idea by showing you that on the other end of being vocal about your story and who you are, is success on levels you may have never dreamed of, not only in the workplace but in every part of your life.
MayaSpoken is an award-winning spoken word artist, singer-songwriter, author, activist and speaker. At 21 years old, she has given her first Ted Talk and become the author of poetry novel Warriors in Broad Daylight. MayaSpoken is also the founder of Tell ‘Em Girl Women’s Spoken Word Showcase and Loud Black Girls, both platforms giving women the space to be themselves unapologetically.
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