Canada’s top 100 health influencers

Our founder, Celine, was recently named as a Top 100 Influencer by OptiMYz magazine. You can check out the full list here.

From OptiMYz:

There are two big health trends in the modern world. On the negative side, our post-industrial society includes many forces that, left unopposed, are leading us to unhealthy lifestyles.
Throughout most of evolution human beings had to exercise to get through the day. Food could be hard to come by and if something tasted good, it was probably healthy. Nowadays, machines do a lot of the work and food providers design unhealthy products that tickle the pleasure centres of the brain. Digital technologies keep us indoors where we lose our connection to nature and its many health benefits. This all leads to stress, which compounds the other problems.
On the positive side, we have science, medicine, communication, education, entrepreneurship, new products and practices, fitness and sport, access to healthy food, travel, leisure and freedom of choice, not to mention the best of the old ways like healthy food, a sense of community and the wisdom of our elders.
In this, the inaugural OptiMYz Top 100 Influencers, we bring you 100 Canadians whose work is helping to make Canada a healthier, fitter and more balanced nation. Some are icons, others are behind the scenes change-makers. Together they represent many positive trends and are influencing millions of Canadians. Well done, Top 100!

Event Recap: Smart Girls Sweat Summer Pop Up!

With the record heat in Toronto this summer, it doesn’t take much to break a sweat! That’s why, for our special summer “pop up” event, we decided to slow things down with a peaceful and mindful workout, perfect for busy professionals in the summer.

On Thursday, July 14th, 30 professional women from all over the GTA came together for our summer #sweatworking event to try office-chair yoga. We’ve all heard it – “sitting is the new smoking”. Even for those of us who are active, sitting all day at the office takes a toll on our bodies, especially on the hips, low back and shoulders.

We were so excited to have Utkata Yoga join us for this event. Inna, the founder of Utkata, lead a mindful 30-minute office chair yoga practice, taking us through a series of postures to relieve some of the tension we build up from regular sitting. We ended with a short meditation practice.

Office chair yoga
Office Chair Yoga

After the workout, we took a break for some healthy snacks and hydration. Special thanks to Flow Water, Greenhouse Juice, Genuine Health and Arbonne for the healthy treats to help keep our energy up!

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sweatworking

We ended the night with a speed-networking session, where we did 5-minute rotations of networking so all our Smart Girls could meet each other! Special thanks to Lole, Arbonne, doTerra, JustTryIt, and Jules Baskets for the awesome door prizes!

Smart Girls Sweat
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To see more pictures for the event, check out the full album here.

A Sister's Take on the Power of Personal Branding for The Queen's Marketing Association

Last week, I got the chance to sit down with my sister and collaborate on a piece for the Queen's Marketing Association blog! Over the past 2 years, my personal brand has undergone a serious renovation. We talked about the power of personal branding, how to manage your brand inside and outside the office, and the importance of differentiating yourself! See below for an excerpt and read the full article here: http://www.theqma.ca/a-sisters-take-on-the-power-of-personal-branding!

After graduating from Queen’s University in 2014, Celine Tarrant launched her career in the rotational program at Walmart Canada. Though not a marketer by trade, Celine is experienced in both merchandising as well as pricing, and works with marketers every day.

In addition to her career, she is the Founder of Smart Girls Sweat, a Toronto-based ‘sweatworking’ organization that empowers professional women through fitness. The company combines fitness classes, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities to create unique experiences for health-conscious and professional women.

If you haven’t already guessed, Celine is also my older sister! We’re used to sharing everything – clothes, makeup, and now career advice! We sat down to talk about personal branding for young professionals, the importance of maintaining your own competitive advantage, and balancing your personal health with your professional self. 

Sarah Tarrant: There’s so much buzz lately around the idea of personal branding. In your opinion, what exactly does ‘Brand You’ mean, and why should marketing students care?
Celine Tarrant: There are so many definitions of personal branding. To me, ‘Brand You’ is the set of skills, values, and traits that people associate when they think about you. It’s the summation of how people perceive you, and determines what kinds of opportunities they would consider you for, what kind of expertise they would ask of you, and whether or not they would want to get stuck in an airport with you!
Marketing students should definitely care because ‘Brand You’ is how you differentiate yourself from the crowd of young professionals who, on paper, look the exact same as you. I’ve noticed that some of my peers have a rude awakening when they realize they are surrounded by equally smart and talented people at work. There are literally thousands of new grads with roughly the same profile – you need to understand what makes you different, then figure out how to leverage those qualities to help you stand out.

Event Recap: Sweatworking, The Runner's Edition

While most Torontonians last night were indulging in bar food and beer, we were out running through the 6ix! Last night, Smart Girls Sweat hosted our first running event. We had 35 amazing professional women join us Downtown Toronto to run, network, and hear from two amazing speakers.

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We started the night at Workhaus, an awesome co-working space near St. Lawrence market. The entrepreneurial vibes were perfect, since we had two entrepreneurs as our speakers. Seanna Robinson, nine-time marathoner, Ironman and founder of RunningWell Inc. lead our running workout at Sugar Beach. We did a 1km jog warm-up, followed by some running drills for form, speed, and injury prevention. Not only was it a great workout, but it was a great session for all the runners with big races coming up this weekend!

Seanna Robinson leading our running workout

Seanna Robinson leading our running workout

Smart Girls doing some running drills!

Smart Girls doing some running drills!

After we worked up a sweat, we jogged back to Workhaus for some healthy snacks and drinks. We enjoyed some coconut water from Jax Coco, some delicious cold-pressed organic juice from Elxr Juice Lab, date power balls from Katila, and fermented Greek Yogurt proteins+ bars from Genuine Health! Thank you so much to all the amazing companies who hooked us up with post-run fuel!

Coconut water from Jax Coco

Coconut water from Jax Coco

Cold-pressed juice and boosters from ELXR Juice Lab

Cold-pressed juice and boosters from ELXR Juice Lab

Date power balls from Katila

Date power balls from Katila

We had two amazing female founders as guest speakers – Seanna Robinson and Lisa Mattam. Seanna is the founder of RunningWell Inc., and Lisa is the founder of Sahajan. Before we started the speaking portion of the night, Lisa lead us in a moment of mindfulness and we got to sample some of Sahajan’s incredible-smelling body oil. Both of our speakers have corporate backgrounds and have successfully made the jump to entrepreneurship in the wellness industry. We talked about entrepreneurship, work-life balance and how to do work that you love.

Speakers Seanna, Lisa and Moderator Celine

Speakers Seanna, Lisa and Moderator Celine

Body Oil from Sahajan

Body Oil from Sahajan

We ended the night with an hour of the most relaxed, open and sweaty networking I’ve ever seen! Thank you so much to our incredible speakers, sponsors, and to the amazing women who came out and did something good for themselves and their careers!