We are absolutely thrilled to have some leading experts in their field to help us with some key areas here at The Gift Pages.  We can’t be experts in everything, but we can bring you expert advice courtesy of some superb people who are generously giving their time and talents to support what we are doing:

Lew Baker – Gifting Etiquette

For the past 14 years, Lew has lead the team as President at Civility Experts Worldwide- now 34 affiliates strong with representation in 13 countries- and earned the title of Canada’s leading expert on civility in the workplace.

Lew is a recipient of the Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for International Business. She was also nominated for the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2009 and in 2010. In May 2010, Lew was the first Canadian to be awarded the prestigious AICI International Civility Star Award.

Release of The Power of Civility in May 2011 makes Lew an 8-time published author. Lew is a national columnist who is frequently called upon for expert advice. She has worked with organizations large and small all over the world.

Lew takes the view that “civility is its own reward” and so encourages her team and clients to focus on the social capital outputs and less tangible benefits building social intelligence and culturally-competent communication consistently deliver. Lew is a graduate of McGillUniversity, a member of the training team at Manitoba Tourism Education Council, Distance Faculty at GeorgetownUniversityCenter for Intercultural Competence, Train Canada Corporation, and for the CanadianManagementCenter in Toronto. Additional credentials include Certified Culture Coach®, Master Certified Civility Trainer, and Project Coordinator /Essential Skills Practitioner with Workplace Education Manitoba. Lew is also founder and Executive Director of the CanadianCenter for Cultural Competence, Chair of the Every Girl Can Canada Initiative, Publisher of Civility at Work Magazine™, Founder of the Macaroni and Please Manners at School program, proud mentor for The Etiquette House, and President of the International Civility Trainers’ Consortium.

What’s next? To meet growing demand for civility training, Civility Experts Worldwide launched the Civility Speakers Bureau 2011 and the flagship location of In Good Company Etiquette Academy and Finishing School is scheduled to open late 2013. And, keep an eye out for the You’re So Rude App expected to be released March 2013.

Kathryn Mandelcorn – Money Matters

Kathryn-Oct-2012Kathryn is a Certified Money Coach based in Vancouver, BC with a specialization in cash flow and debt repayment solutions for individuals, couples and the self-employed as well as Financial education and planning.

“Our financial state is a product of the conversations we choose to have about money.”

Kathryn brings ease and perspective into conversations about money—always listening with compassion and without judgment. She equips her clients to take control of their finances by aligning their money management with their values and goals.

Kathryn has always been a planner. It was during her first banking job at 19 when she initially felt the fit between her planning skills and money. When later focused on building her career, the same feeling remerged. She had accepted a job in the investment industry, and every day found herself naturally attuned to clients’ financial planning needs. By 2006, she achieved her Financial Management Advisor designation and knew she was on a path to uncovering her professional passion.

Enthralled by her work, she settled in for the next seven years to learn one of her greatest lessons of life: everyone has a relationship with money. Time and time again, she encountered the assumption that wealth erased any issues with money management. However, as she worked with a full spectrum of clients, each had their own history of financial fears and misunderstandings. Kathryn wanted to do more than plan for their futures. She wanted to foster their understanding of money-driven behaviours and emotions, and help them align their finances with their life goals. She created her own approach, and the rewards inspired her to become a money coach.

Today, as a money coach with Money Coaches Canada, Kathryn provides mentoring and unbiased financial advice for achieving stress-free finances today and in the future. At the same time, she helps clients redefine their relationship with money to be more truthful, peaceful and free.