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Justine is a self-declared Corporate Hippie. Spending years in the C-suite leading North American marketing teams she decided to ‘consciously uncouple’ from ‘Corporate Life’ and share her inspiring story: an MS (Multiple Sclerosis) diagnosis, managing mobility/chronic issues, suffering significant personal loss, yet still building an impactful career and purpose-driven happy life. A recognized motivational speaker across the US/Canada, she makes life’s challenges feel more like opportunities with her uplifting stories. Justine is also co-principal, with Star Jones, of Instant Impact Group, focused on helping individuals and companies build their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) mindset.
Confessions of a Corporate Hippie
Confessions of a Corporate Hippie
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Justine Fedak at a speaking engagement

Justine’s story is a story that we all share in so many ways - the tough but regular life challenges we often don’t discuss, but have to manage: growing up with divorced parents, sudden death of her first love, being diagnosed with a chronic incurable illness, and yet managing to remain positive and optimistic building a productive and fulfilling life.

Justine’s passion to lead marketing teams and negotiate sports sponsorships with the most exciting leagues from NBA, NHL, MLB and the MLS is just a some of the executive work she loved. Her commitment to build strong, vibrant, but most importantly open and authentic relationships with her co-workers has distinguished her among her peers. Her years as an executive enable her to speak to tough business challenges and dynamics in the workplace but with a refreshing candor and vulnerability that demonstrates how to truly integrate real life with career.

If you are looking for someone that can inspire your team, your company or anyone that is in need of hearing the “Confessions of a Corporate Hippie” you need to meet Justine!

About

Justine’s unique ability to connect with her audience has made her a sought after speaker. Having spent over two decades in the C-suite leading North American marketing teams that delivered measurable and memorable results she understands how to authentically address the work and life challenges we all face with topics ranging from “Overcoming Invisible Barriers of Fear”, “Building the Brand of You”, “The C-sweet life, navigating your career happiness”, “Confessions of a Corporate Hippie -developing and evolving your company and personal brand” etc.

After over 2 decades, Justine decided to leave her beloved and most recent executive job as Head of Social Media and Sponsorships for BMO Financial Group.

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, Justine worked hard to recover her mobility and to become an advocate for healthy living. She enjoys SoulCycle, pilates and staying fit, motivating her friends and co-workers to push their limits alongside her. She is a regular speaker across the US and Canada at Marketing, Sports Marketing and industry Branding and Communications conferences but is also well known for her motivational speaking that uniquely speaks to the regular life challenges we all face today managing career and real life. She is often called upon by the media to speak about living openly with MS, overcoming invisible barriers of fear and managing career and life harmoniously.

Justine earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Dalhousie University where she was also later honored as the youngest ever recipient of the Dalhousie University’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award; She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Magnificent Mile Association, the Chicago Police Foundation, Executive Committee of the Chicago Sports Commission. Justine is honored to be acknowledged as Out on Bay Street’s 2011 Leading Executive Ally (Toronto); the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2013 “Woman on the Move” (Illinois); the Chicago Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence; Chicago Sky’s 2016 “Redefine Possible” Women’s Leadership Award recipient; and the 2017 Cohn Weil Memorial MS Honoree.

Women on the MovePlay Video
Women on the Move
Chicago bank exec using personal battles to help othersPlay Video
Chicago bank exec using personal battles to help others
Multiple sclerosis advocate shares her story to raise awarenessPlay Video
Multiple sclerosis advocate shares her story to raise awareness
BMO Wishing WellPlay Video
BMO Wishing Well
Real Chicago Beauties
“REAL CHICAGO BEAUTIES”
MICHIGAN AVENUE FEATURE
Justine Fedak lives by the words velle est posse — Latin for “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” “No mountain is too high,” says the 43-year-old senior vice president of BMO Financial Group, who’s dealt with her share of adversity: She lost her first love in a car accident at age 21, and she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 11 years ago. “I’m not saying I don’t go down for the count, but I rise quickly,” she adds. “When you experience extreme sorrow, you have a real appreciation for beauty and joy.”
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Recent Events

October 2019\
Merkle
August 2019\
BSIP Speaker Series
February 2019\
Salesforce
The Wing
VIBE - Hamilton Women Entrepreneurs
2018\
IBA Banking/Women's Conference
Mortgage Girlfriends
Globe Mail
Kansas City – WISE/Intl Women’s Day
Hillfield Strathallan College
Noah’s Arc/Marillac House Youth Conference/Speaker’s Series
McGill University
National Association of Professional Geriatrics
National MS Society Regional Conference
More\
Bucks Summit
BMO Campus recruitment

What others had to say

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Justine is an inspirational and charismatic speaker. Her talk was the highlight of our program and the we received rave reviews from our participants, who felt uplifted by her presence and words.
Stephen L. Hauser, MD
Director, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
Professor, Department of Neurology
Justine was so gracious in her willingness to present to both our women executives alone, followed by a session for our entire audience.
Jaclyn Sass
Director, Marketing, Events & Internal Communications
EVP Merkle
Within minutes, Justine has our audience captivated by her incredible story. She was authentic and relatable in a way that had everyone fully engaged during her talk.
Aaron Tellier
Wealth management and Insurance
EVP Merkle
...she was able to create a presentation that resulted in a standing ovation from our group. I would hire Justine again!
Karen Deis, President
MortgageGirlfriends.com
Her positive mindset, courage and story has stuck with me for years and has played a pivotal role in how I approach my work and peers.
Aneesh Lal
Former President of The Canadian Association of Business Students
Pelmorex Corp / The Weather Network
She’s been a powerhouse banking executive for nearly three decades. She’s a mother, a philanthropist, a leader and a mentor to too many people to count. More importantly, everyone who meets Justine comes away feeling inspired and like they’ve made a new friend.
Matt Pazaras
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy
EVP Milwaukee Bucks
I would highly recommend Justine as a speaker for any event that requires an uplifting message about perseverance with grace.
Amy Squire
Student Experience & Operations Manager, Enterprise Campus Recruiting
BMO

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