Chelsea Prescod is the Country Director of WEConnect International in Canada. As an entrepreneur, she has focused her energies to create messages and stories capable of moving any audience. Chelsea recently held an Entrepreneur-in-Residence role for the Starter Company program at the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. She has also held numerous creative and marketing management roles in Canadian corporations, startups and nonprofits, such as, Bell Canada, BlackBerry, and Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.
What is your experience of a glass ceiling?
I am a no-nonsense kind of woman and when I felt like I was being held back in my career, I moved on and cultivated leadership opportunities that allowed my spirit to flourish and grow. One of the reasons I became an entrepreneur was that I did not want anyone to limit my potential in terms of what I could achieve in life or my earning potential.
What advice do you have for others in business, particularly women?
Your self-care is of paramount importance – do not neglect or defer it. Having worked in high pressured business environments, in order to stay sane, I had to create work-life balance habits. Here are five habits that I have implemented in my life that have made a significant difference:
1) Removing all technology from my bedroom
2) Daily meditation and self-reflection
3) My hour: I’ve carved out an hour a day for me to do whatever I want
4) Weekly spa day: once a week (for me it is Fridays), I have a mini spa day at home.
5) Connect with a friend: I make sure I see or speak with at least one friend a week and not talk about work.
There is more to life than just work. Figure out what works for you and what will help you get the work-life balance you crave.
What is your opinion on quotas and the gender pay gap?
If two people are doing the same job, they should get paid equally regardless of their gender, race or background. I can’t believe we still have to fight for equal pay when it is a human right. The companies that are not adhering to this should be met with harsh penalties.
Promotions and opportunities should be based on merit and not on quotas.
Are you aware of government certifications and schemes for women in business?
The Canada Business Network is a collaborative arrangement among federal departments and agencies, provincial and territorial governments and not-for-profit entities. They promote entrepreneurship and innovation, and provide assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. They have a great guide on programs, financing opportunities, support organizations and resources for women entrepreneurs.