Speaker: Gizem Ozdemir, Senior Manager, Finance & Business Planning, PetSmart Canada
In the face of a rapidly changing economy where we heavily rely on technology to make our lives better, faster, and easier, interpersonal skills like cross-functional collaboration, conflict management, and leadership are more important than ever. In today’s corporate environment, employers are often seeking talent with heightened soft skills more than they are searching for candidates with great technical competencies. In this seminar, we will explore how the skills you have gained through KI can set you apart from everyone else in the corporate world. We will also go through some examples from my own career where I experienced first-hand some major mistakes companies made due to lack of effective collaboration skills. Hint: Target might have still been in Canada if the teams had worked together more effectively.
Gizem Ozdemir is a seasoned leader in the retail industry. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in marketing and organizational behavior. Beginning her corporate career at Target Canada, Gizem has worked at Johnson & Johnson, Hudson’s Bay Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lowe’s, and currently serves as the senior manager of finance and business planning for PetSmart Canada. She has expertise in supply chain management, business planning, buying/ procurement and finance. She has also been leading and managing teams for over 5 years. She is passionate about coaching and mentoring others to help accelerate their careers. In her personal time, she enjoys skiing, going to musicals, traveling the world, and game nights with her friends.
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