Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner



TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2014 – Season 3, episode five of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner airs tonight featuring on-location interviews with Toronto’s iconic art entrepreneur, Jane Corkin, founder/director, Corkin Gallery; and Fay Athari, founder/director, Arta Gallery. Both guests share insights into the business of art. The show airs tonight at 7pm ET on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough.

The show aims to empower women get their dreams into action by providing the tips and tools from some of today’s most extraordinary women. This season, Shannon goes on-location around the city of Toronto to speak with women from a range of pursuits about their passions and challenges — and how they overcome them.

Jane Corkin shoot

Now in its third season on Rogers TV, the television series began as a live web TV talk show for women in Canada, and has grown into an inspirational, relevant and informative resource for women who want to follow their hearts and dreams, and live extraordinary lives. In January 2013, the show began airing on Rogers TV in Toronto/Scarborough, with 46 episodes being produced and aired over the first two seasons. The show has also aired in several other Rogers’ Ontario markets. And last season featured the “Woman to Watch” regular segment.

Shannon’s guests are women from all walks of life and industries, including: arts and entertainment, business, charities, media, sports, experts – and more. Some past notable guests include: entrepreneur Debbie Travis; actress Mariel Hemingway; singers Jully Black and Sarah Slean; philanthropist, The Hon. Margaret McCain; dean of law faculty at the U of T, Mayo Moran; fashion designer and Canadian icon, Linda Lundstrom; president/CEO, ROM, Janet Carding; Rebecca MacDonald, founder, Just Energy; actress Sarena Parmar; Plan Canada’s president/CEO, Rosemary McCarney; among many others.

Nearly 300 episodes have been posted and archived on the web for public access since its inception in September 2010, when it began as a live web TV series, and 52 episodes have been produced to-date for Rogers TV. Extraordinary Women TV is produced and owned by Shannon Skinner and Comfy Chair Productions Inc., and is filmed in Toronto.

Rogers TV Toronto’s full scheduling information: click here.

* photo courtesy of Corkin Gallery


The rise of the women helping women movement

by Shannon Skinner on November 20, 2014

business womanIn case you have not noticed, there is a growing trend of women’s empowerment organizations springing up everywhere that are geared to helping professional women achieve success and fulfillment. Some are industry-specific, like entertainment, technology and media, and others are more diverse or general, such as women entrepreneurs. With so many popping up, it begs the question: are career women that hungry and in need of support groups to empower themselves?

Perhaps the answer lies in a recent study released by recruitment firm Randstad Canada in conjunction with Ipsos Reid that found fewer Canadian women are aspiring to hold a senior or executive positions. One of the issues noted is women’s need for mentorship – the majority of women stated they don’t have or have not been provided with a mentor.

One of the most invaluable attributes of a mentor as we are growing and evolving, of course, is support.

According to Agata Klimczak, founder, Brilliant Minded Women, a newly founded organization aimed at professional women’s inspiration and growth, the answer to my question is a resounding yes. “If you want to make changes, you need to be strong enough and put fear aside,” says Klimczak. “We are here to provide support. There is always someone next to you who will give you a hand.” Klimczak grew up in Poland and moved to Canada as a young woman. She raised two children while working full-time and going back to school to study, so she could establish herself in Canada. As she was transforming her life and in search of support, she saw a need to help others who were seeking the same. “Brilliant Minded Women came out of inspiration to help women on an ongoing basis to recognize each other and link with a cause much higher than us,” says Klimczak.

BMWLogoHer organization provides an array of ongoing resources and an annual gala that brings women together to celebrate each other and raise money for a charity. This year’s inaugural gala supports a charity near and dear to her heart: Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. Adds Klimczak: “We have to help each other otherwise everyone struggles doing small steps.”

Mary Morassutti, a Toronto-based communication expert who has a background in television production and until recently ran the Toronto chapter of eWomen Network, a networking organization geared to helping career women succeed. She has a lot of experience in this arena and understands the need for supportive organizations. “After a few years of running a network for women entrepreneurs, I saw the benefits of women coming together,” says Morassutti. “I saw women eager to help one another. They understood each other’s challenges and wanted to truly help. They referred people to each other’s businesses, did business together and talked about their families as well. For most of us, building a network means meeting people who can help us grow our business.”

Off course, all groups seem to have their own flavour and resonance.

Lauren MacKinlay, co-founder, Women on Screen, a Toronto-based organization that she started along with Natalie Lisinska, Farah Merani and Ciara Murphy, aims at getting a greater representation of women in the entertainment industry on all sides of the camera. The stats of women’s working roles in the industry are grim. “Women are being told by the media that our voices, our stories, our forms of expression are not as valuable as men’s,” says MacKinlay. “Our goal is to change that. When women blaze forward to positions of power and continuously reach back to help other women along the way, it ensures greater gender balance at all levels and, thus, a more fair representation of the population.”

After the release of Sheryl Sandberg’s popular book Lean In, women all over started networking circles. A group of women in Toronto took it upon themselves to create a chapter here. They refer to themselves as a group of professional women seeking to grow their careers by networking, learning and sharing experiences in a positive, enriching environment. I had recently attended their launch, and had the honour of being a guest speaker, and they seem to be providing value to young professionals with monthly get-togethers and inspirational speakers.

And so, mentorship and support can come in different forms – just look at all the women’s empowerment organizations around you.

If you are a woman in business, what kind of support are you looking for? Leave me a comment below, as I’d love to hear from you.


Season 3, Episode 4 airs tonight on Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV

November 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2014 – Season 3, episode four, of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner airs tonight featuring special coverage and interviews from the Canadian Beauty Innovation Awards. Shannon speaks with Natalie Lewis, founder, Canadian Beauty Innovation Awards; Linda Leatherdale, VP Marketing and Business Development, Cambria and financial columnist; Mary Tripi, […]

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Guest line-up for Season 3, episode 3 on Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV

November 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2014 – Season 3, episode three, of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner features special guests Toronto award-winning artist, Julie Himel; Indy race car driver, Pippa Mann; and coverage highlights from the Hats & Horseshoes party during the annual Queen’s Plate, including a special interview with Flare magazine’s fashion […]

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We must do more to support Canadian artists

November 9, 2014

About 50,000 years ago, a creative explosion occurred in our human evolution when Homo sapiens suddenly developed new skills and forms of self-expression. They began painting, created music and designed musical instruments. They made decorative jewelry from ostrich eggshells, fashioned clothing and invented advanced tools. This “dawn of culture,” according to authors Richard Klein and […]

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Welcome to the team, Anne-Marie Short

November 6, 2014

I am so grateful to introduce a valued member of my team on Extraordinary Women TV: Anne-Marie Short, founder and CEO of Your Global VA. Anne-Marie is our social media manager. Coming from a background in the corporate world, but always having an entrepreneurial spirit, Anne-Marie founded Your Global VA in 2008 when she discovered that […]

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Guests on Season 3, EP2 of Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV

November 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2014 – Guests on season 3, episode two, of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner are: jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson, one of Canada’s most successful female athletes; Canadian actress Sarah Fisher (Degrassi); Indy race car driver and racing team owner, Sarah Fisher; and Glenda Fordham, author of Women Racer, about […]

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Guest line-up for season premiere of Extraordinary Women TV

October 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2014 – The guest-line up has been announced for the season premiere of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner , which airs tonight at 7pm ET on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough. In this first episode, host Shannon Skinner goes on location to the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, filmed this […]

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New season premiere of Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV

October 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2014 – The new season premiere of Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner launches on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7pm ET on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough. The show aims to empower women get their dreams into action by providing the tips and tools from today’s most extraordinary […]

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This Thanksgiving I count my blessings

October 12, 2014

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, when families gather around a delicious home-cooked meal. I rarely cook. I don’t eat turkey and haven’t done so in about 30 years. My friends are busy with their families and my family lives on the other side of the country. I wanted to do something to mark the […]

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