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Leading with Confidence featuring TEDx Speaker Dr. Maja Jovanovic

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2022

CREW Vancouver is excited to host Dr. Maja Jovanovic (Professor Maja) as our keynote speaker at an energizing and inspiring luncheon that will explore the connection between confidence and communication style.

Do you ever find yourself apologizing for minor issues? Do you have difficulty accepting praise or compliments?  Do you ever downplay or minimize your accomplishments? 

If this sounds familiar, join CREW Vancouver as we explore how confidence is chipped away through apologies and deflection of praise. Prof. Maja’s keynote presentation, Forget the Apologies & Lead with Confidence, will provide actionable science-backed strategies on how we can grow our confidence and strengthen our mindset.

Prof. Maja is an acclaimed sociologist, author, and confidence-researcher. Her TEDx Talk “How Apologies Kill Our Confidence” was featured by TED IDEAS in their 2019 article “Do You Say ‘Sorry’ too Much?” She is also a regular guest expert on CTV’s The Social.

To deal with the lack of confidence and incessant apologies she witnessed daily, Prof. Maja authored the book “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and other career mistakes women make”. She also speaks on topics such as: confidence, perfectionism, people-pleasing, imposter syndrome, time-management, and body positivity.

Prof. Maja holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University where she also teaches. Her new study “Women’s Confidence and Communication Styles” is a global study exploring what strengthens and weakens women’s confidence.

This presentation will benefit:

  • Early to advanced career professionals
  • Mentors and mentees in the CRE industry
  • Leaders and managers committed to the retention and advancement of women
  • Those who wish to learn about self-limiting behaviours that can erode confidence and damage perceptions of ability and leadership

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why women over-apologize, workplace perceptions surrounding apologies, and leadership language
  • Discuss how confidence and communication styles are influenced by unconscious gender & racial biases
  • Review the latest research surrounding confidence and apologies, which come directly from Maja’s 5-year global study
  • Discuss actionable science-backed strategies on how we can grow confidence


  • 11:30am – Registration & Networking
  • 12:00pm – Presentation & Lunch
  • 1:30pm – Conclusion


Members: $80* 

Non-Members: $110 

Corporate Table (8 Tickets): $576

Corporate Half Table (4 Tickets): $304 

(*Member pricing is for active 2022 CREW Vancouver members only)

Prof. Maja has dedicated her career to giving talks and workshops about all things related to confidence, communication, and mindset. She believes that confidence is a muscle that strengthens with use, so we need to push ourselves out of comfort zones and act first(!) in order to feel confident later.

  • When

    Wednesday, Jun 1, 2022

  • Where

    The Vancouver Club
    915 W Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1C6

  • Time

    11:30am -1:30pm

  • Price
    Member Price
    Non-Member Price
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