Monday, August 21, 2017

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Event Review: Proof Vodka Bar

       Saturday August 19th

  It was an awesome Saturday evening to check out Frank Vicich Toronto Social Mixer at the Proof Vodka Bar on Bloor and St.George

   Being a master networker is much fun!

   It's always a great experience to walk in room and meet new people. This evening was going to be awesome to speak and learn from awesome professionals and entrepreneurs

    Going into an enviroment to learn about people and what motivates them to do their business has been a exciting part of my journey of networking all over North America.

                                                Can I have your card?

  My favourite statement that I love to hear is.. "Can I have your card?"   The reason is I have made an impact with my words, stories that they are interested in learning more!

  Years ago I used to force my card on everyone. They call it "pray and spray" in the networking world.

    Moral of this story. Be that person that they ask you for your card! 


Movie Review: Eleftheromania (August 2017)


     Jim Pagiamtzis Review:
         " A powerful story that had to tolde of the sacrifices made by a few men that had to be remembered"

        Read article by George Pappas read more

Jim Pagiamtzis and Eleftheormania Post ( I am in the poster!)

Prisoner going to their death

climatic end scene

Movie Review: The Imitation Game (2014)


   Jim Pagiatmzis Review:
      " A remarkable performance by Benedict Cumberbatch portraying Alan Tuiring. Keira Knightley and supporting cast bring you this exeptional story of how a supercomputer was created in 1939!"

    Movie Plot:
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

 In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma -- which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing's team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.


Spotlight: Doina Oncel (courtesy of Lean In Canada )


Tell us a bit about what you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?

I am a social entrepreneur and the Founder of hEr VOLUTION, a non-profit organization focusing on getting more youth, especially girls and young women, from diverse backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).  The best part about my job is that I create change in a field that I am passionate about – and that is women in STEM; and I get to work with young women who aspire to get into STEM related fields. These young women inspire me to move forward and not give up. I also get to work with the women who inspire girls and other young women that anything is possible. This alone gives me the motivation I need to put in the necessary work to create change for all women.

How does your workplace promote an inclusive environment?

At hEr VOLUTION we provide an inclusive environment starting with the volunteers who give their time to help the organization grow to ensure that everyone benefits from our services. Our mandate is to include more women in a more male dominated industry by creating opportunities for them. We ensure that our programs give young women the tools they need to dive into a profession that speaks to them, while we highlight the diverse women who have paved the way for them. It is very important for the young women that we serve to see themselves in the professionals who are inspiring them. There is a saying that I closely follow:  ”You can’t be what you can’t see” This surely applies here. A few years ago, I saw a question that I found it to be very thought provoking: “What if the cure to cancer was stuck in someone’s mind that could not afford an education?” Therefore, inclusiveness is very important to me and I emphasize on serving the underserved community such as low-income population by assisting them to get into STEM.
I have my own personal past that speaks loudly to why being an inclusive organization is very important.  When I came to Canada I was a new immigrant that did not speak English and I did not know about services that could be beneficial to me – I was a low income youth at risk. I experienced homelessness three times in Canada, I witnessed violence and experienced first-hand domestic violence. My children are raised by a single mother who strives for a better future for them. And with all of this, because of my circumstances and being able to rise above it all, I strive on making a better future for my daughters, while making sure that young women like them get the opportunities they deserve.
How are you leaning in?

Good question. The way I see it, being that I am only an honorary woman in STEM, I had to learn about the benefits of STEM by accident. So, I am leaning in by disrupting the industry as a non-STEM woman who creates opportunities for the next generation to enter STEM fields. My formal background is as a social worker, and being someone that has been on both sides of the system, as a service provider and service user, I know that STEM skills are not passed around to people in the system even though many of them have interest in it. Before I started hEr VOLUTION, when I learned about the gender gap in STEM, it was confusing to me as to why no one is introducing STEM skills to the underserved communities. By creating an organization to assist the underserved population while closing the gender gap in STEM, I am leaning in, and hopefully inspiring others to lean in with me. It is one of the best things I have ever done, and the most disruptive.

What attracted you to Lean In Canada?

Being that I am considered a leader, it is sometimes challenging to find other leaders who are women that I can identify with. Lean In Canada was that avenue for me where I felt that there are other women like myself who are disrupting and making waves in their industries. I needed the Lean In community so that I will not feel alone.

What was one thing that most resonated with you from the last event you attended?

The events that I enjoy the most are the ones that men are the speakers and they get to tell us, women, how they support us to lean in. I believe that we need men to lean in with us, to hear us, and to make space for us when we need it. It is important for men to take the time to learn about our issues so that they can support us with what we need. We can’t do everything alone and having men lean in with us is very important.

If you were to recommend Lean In Canada to anyone, what would you say?

Lean In Canada is hub for women to help and support each other by sharing their stories, network with each other, to inspire one another to lean in, and become the best version of themselves.

Tell us about the best ‘mentorship moment’ or networking opportunity so far in your career.

Back in the day, when hEr VOLUTION was just an idea, my mentor, who happens to be a man, was listening to what I had in mind, when I shared with him the idea that someone should create an organization to support women from the underserved communities with STEM skills. I shared my thoughts on how it could facilitate closing the gender gap. Tech has been my way out of poverty and it is a great way to give women independence. If someone were to do this, not only will we help in closing the gender gap, but a byproduct could be the reduction of women who experience violence or poverty. I don’t remember anyone telling me about these opportunities when I was in the system, yet here I am. I do not have any STEM background, but I am capable to facilitate opportunities for others just as much as anyone else. I said to him that I thought that a woman in STEM should do this. After I shared these thoughts, my mentor then said to me, “You are the one who should do this. Don’t be like everyone else waiting for someone else to do something. You have it in you and you are the best person to do this because you understand what it is like to be in the system and how powerful STEM can be”. That was my ticket to being where I am today. I am grateful to my mentor for giving me that ‘push’ to lean in and do the unthinkable.  

How do you promote leaning in to female youths through your nonprofit?

Leading by example is the best way to promote leaning in to young people. As I mentioned before, the saying “you can’t be what you can’t see”, stands strong in all areas of life. Being that I am an honorary woman in STEM and that I am disrupting the industry by introducing STEM skills in areas which others don’t dare to go in, speaks volumes of what one can do.  When young people have role models to look up to, they start believing in themselves more, and aspire to do and be more. I use myself as an example many times to assure young people that, despite challenges, there are opportunities as well and we all deserve to have them; however, it does take some hard work, discipline and the courage to lean in to achieve our goals.

Name one notable woman (or women) you think deserves a shout out – and what would you like us to know about her?

Do I have to resume to just one?! I have so many women that I look up to and that support me, stand by me and help me become the best version of myself.  All the women who sit on the board of hEr VOLUTION who are passionate about supporting the organization. All volunteers who give their time and expertise to the organization to ensure that we support all the young women in our programs. There isn’t one volunteer who doesn’t deserve my deepest gratitude. The young women who sign up for our programs, they deserve my respect for the fact that they dare to lean in to get their seat at the table despite the circumstances they are in.
A huge shout out goes to the Women in the Salesforce team

. Barb Smeltzer who believed in me and hEr VOLUTION to introduce me to some of the other women at Salesforce where our partnership has flourished and together we get to help so many young women from the underserved communities. Tia Joseph who has delivered summer programs with us at Salesforce and who’s story inspires me; I look to her as a great example because she’s never afraid to share and inspire others to succeed. Lastly, Natalija Pavic, who has raised her hand and now gives her time tutoring young women in highschool who have challenges in Math. They are a great example of community and corporations working together to change the ratio for women in STEM.   

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Event Review: Open Street TO

  Sunday August 20,2017 

      It was awesome weather to enjoy the street on Yonge / Queen all way to Bloor and West to Montrose

 Next event in Sept 17 

 See you then!

Yonge Street facing North

Jim Pagiamtzis and volunteer prove it at Open Streets TO

Event Review: Summer Bash at Old Mill (August 2017)

    Wednesday August 16, 2017

  It was Jennifer Beale's Summer Networking Bash  at the Old Mill. Full day of learning, sharing and socializing.

  Keynotes, break out session, coaching and exhibitors all at one place

 I had great conversation with Dianne Ojar Ali, Lisa Kember, Ravi Amin,

  Great to see Martan Nowinska, Bonnie Chan, Julia Katsivo, Regina Neal and many more awesome enterpreneurs!

Old Mill

Terry working his magic creating custom lanyards

Personal Branding poster wth Terry the

Men and Masculinity booth

Men and Masculinity booth

Men and Masculinity event in November 19th

Massive pen

Adele Spragoon give-aways

Adele Spraggon Unleash your genius

Jim Pagiamtzis at Schmooz booth

Max Haroon, Jennifer Beale, Ravi Amin and attendee

Monday, August 14, 2017

Event Review: Taste of the Danforth 2017

Jim Pagiamtzis and Joe Collins

Jim Pagiamtzis in Marlies uniform

Joe Collins in Marlies Uniform

Jim Pagiamtzis and Joe collins all dressed up  for Kingsman The Golden Circle

Greek Dancing

Greek Dancing

Friday, August 11, 2017

Journey to appointment in Vaughan (Ontario)

Jim Pagiamtzis at Fastenal store on Pine Valley Drive and Steeles Ave east

    The goal was simple:

       Get to Pine Valley Road and Steeles Ave East for a job interview at 11:00am

  I did my research on the employer and where they were located

   Started my journey downtown Toronto at 9:15am  and took a quick subway ride east to St. George Stationa nd then Northbound to Wilson Station.

       When I got to Wilson station headed toward the bus terminal and noticed the second floor was under construciton and quickly ask lady that was wearing information vest "Where do I get the 165 West bus" she responded on this floor to your left.

  The bus showed very quickly and headed across Wilson and then north on weston.

  I got off the bus just half a block from Steeles and started walking to cross the street. When I noticed the bus turning left!  I waved to the driver if he was going across Steeles and he waved his finger with the no sign.

 Proceed to cross the street to get the bus going across Steeles ave East. I had about 35 minutes to ge to the interview. I figured lots of time, so I started to walk and look over my shoulder for the bus. Nothing appeared.

 It was a hot and muggy day in Toronto, figured I could use the exercise and burn some calories!

  Just as reached the next bus stop the bus shows up and I got on flashed my metropass and ask the driver if he went to Pine Valley Road and he said "Yes I do about 5 blocks away"

 I stayed near the front as he continued to journey, what I failed to recognize is these were 5 very long blocks!

   We reached Pine Valley Road and Steeles and I got off the bus and looking north and began to walk.

   I was looking for 7000 Pinevally road and I look at the first building and it said 30!

 Wow I have lot of walking to do. There is a bus that goes north but you have to pay an extra ticket to use it. Figured I would walk and burn some more calories!

   About 10 minutes of walking I started to figure there was something wrong. When I check the address on Google maps before my journey it show that it was very near Pine Valley Road and Steeles avenue east

  So I began to look around for a Taxi to hail. nothing in sight!  I had about 10 mintus at this time to get to the interview. I was beginning to panic and get very frustrated and upset a myself of messing this up.

   After I got over that would you know it a Taxi shows up and I flag him down.

   I get in and I said "need to get to 7000 Pine Valley road in 5 minutes!"

  He said "great I think 700  is on the right hand side"

  I said " oh that make sense, I was looking on the other side at the small numbers"

   He kept on driving and looking at the numbers, we go back very near the intersection and I see a sign that says 7000 on it. " We are here" I said

 Taxi driver says something very funny " don't you have phone with internet?"

  I said "yes I do!, unfortunately I didn't thnk of using it!"

  I gave him the money owed plus a tip

  I literllary walk in at at 11:00am and greet the secretary

  Moral of the story: The journey begins with small steps, don't get hung up on buring calories, make sure you know where the end is! 

Event Review: Discover Your Personal Brand -Friday August 11 & Saturday August 12th


                      All-star Personal Brands Panel Vicki Saunders , the Founder of SheEO , a Global Activator for female entrepreneurs Nav Bhatia Superfan Page , the Official Superfan for the Toronto Raptors Emily Lyons, CEO of Femme Fatale Media Group and social influencer on Instagram and LinkedIn Bobby Umar, 4x TEDx and Inc Magazine's Top 100 Leadership speaker, and founder of DYPB & Raeallan Blake Fleischacker , Author, Speaker, Musician KEYNOTES: Vicki Saunders & Blake Fly SLAM POETRY performer: Nerissa Bradley After party at Aria Ristorante . Join us this weekend at DYPB - Discover Your Personal Brand, Canada's biggest personal branding conference. See the FULL content of speakers, 10 workshops, 7 panels and 6 keynotes at 


 Saturday features even more amazing speakers like Amber Mac, Saul Colt, Manu Goswami, Kundan Joshi, Samra Zafar, Adam Silverman, Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, Fatima Zaidi, and many more

Raptor Super Fan, Vicki Saunder
Nav Bhatia Raptor Super Fan and Jim Pagiamtzis


Jim pagiamtzis and Zander Townend

Vicki Saunder sharing on Friday night

Daniel Speaks booth

Panel on Saturday

Jeff Goldenburd on Sales Funnels

Alexander Gittens Talking about Greatness

attendees at DYPB17 Katia Millaar at the bottom 5X attendee

Amber Mac Speaking at Keynote on Saturday
DYPB17 bag. until next year..