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 Young Alumna Achievement Award

Carolyn LAWRENCE’97
“I believe in the power of women and in the power of leading by example.” So says Carolyn LAWRENCE’97, who, in the years post-Branksome, has certainly followed through on her mission to inspire women to reach their full potential.
Carolyn spent five formative years at Branksome before completing high school in Newport, RI. Former teacher Susan Meech remembers Carolyn as a very capable student with a quiet maturity. “I was always impressed by her,” says Susan, “and it’s terrific that her inspiring work is being recognized by this award.”
In 2000, Carolyn received her Honours B.A. in English from Huron College, University of Western Ontario. Her early career in communications and event planning at TD Waterhouse Canada provided a segue into her current role as President and CEO of Women of Influence Inc. and Editor-in-Chief of Women of Influence Magazine. Carolyn is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of professional women and, since 2007, has elevated the company to a multi-media, international event planning and marketing firm.
“Role models are pivotal to women’s professional success, yet they are still the least available resource for those women aiming for the top job,” says Carolyn, who recognized the importance of creating unique programs and partnerships to serve the broad spectrum of women seeking support and inspiration. Such programs include the Young Women of Influence Evening Series, established to provide meaningful networking opportunities with emerging leaders and role models, and the Senior Executive Dinner, designed to provide women leaders with an intimate network in which to share insights and best practices, and foster peer-to-peer connections. Additionally, she has taken the Women of Influence Luncheon Series to new heights and now reaches more than 40,000 women in eight cities across Canada.
Carolyn is involved in a wide variety of volunteer activities and holds leadership roles with Art Gallery of Ontario, The Powerplant Gallery, Princess Margaret Hospital, Women in Film & Television and the International Women’s Forum. She has also given her time to fundraising events for United Way and the Hospital for Sick Children, and has advocated political awareness among young voters through a “women’s vote” committee. She is a competitive marathon runner and completed Ironman USA in 2005.


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