Adam Grant’s Favorite Books, Olympic Winners, and More – Toronto News

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Recent weeks have seen exciting developments and events for Toronto metro business schools. We’ve laid out some of the high points below.

17 Business Leadership Books That Have Helped MBA Students Succeed in the Business WorldBusiness Insider

Business Insider contributor Adam Grant, perhaps the most famous business school author in the world today, just released a list of 17 books that he finds beneficial for MBA’s entering the workforce. His list includes “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” by Ben Horowitz. Noura Sakkijha, co-founder of Mejuri and graduate of McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, was highlighted as someone who found Horowitz’s book particularly beneficial:

“I love learning through successful people’s real-life experiences and this book provides an extremely practical and honest experience about running a company, managing people, and handling tough problems.”

Grant also highlights “Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy” by entrepreneur Magdalena Yesil, who was one of the primary investors in what would become multi-billion dollar tech powerhouse SalesForce, and “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose” by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of online shoe giant Zappos. Check out the rest of Grant’s 17 favorite books here.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: “The Perfect Partnership”News@Ivey

Olympic figure skating medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir recently spoke at Western University Canada’s Ivey School of Business, delivering the keynote address for HBA Leadership Day. In addition to providing advice on how to succeed in a competitive sport, the couple offered insight into what has made their relationship work over the past two decades.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: “The perfect partnership”

Olympic figure skating medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the keynote speakers at the Ivey School of Business HBA Leadership Day / Photo via

“We always skate well when we’re on the same page both on and off the ice,” Moir says. “Having each other’s back was our biggest advantage over our competitors.” Virtue also shared the obstacles that come with being a woman in an athletic field. She indicated that as her success rose, so did the amount of scrutiny, criticism, and vulnerability she experienced.

“Every time you get to the top of a mountain, there’s another summit. You’re at one of the best—if not the best—business schools in Canada. You’ve already accomplished so much. But this is where you take off. This is the beginning of a great journey for you.” – Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue

You can read more about the skating duo and the recent Ivey HBA Leadership Day here.

Ryerson, Maple Leafs Announce New Future of Sport LabMetroMBA

The brand new Future of Sport Lab, was announced on Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018 as a brand new partnership between Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. (MLSE) and Ryerson University. The school, according to a recent press release, notes, “the objective of the FSL is to be Canada’s leader in sport innovation, creating a sport business ecosystem that will connect Canadian sport properties and industry partners, entrepreneurs, faculty, and students. Together, they will support and foster innovative sport business solutions and technologies along with sport industry research, insights, and education.”

The new program will be directed by Dr. Cheri L. Bradish, the Loretta Rogers Research Chair in Sport Marketing with the Ted Rogers School of Management. In an interview, Bradish says, “Toronto is truly a world-class sport business city. The Future of Sport Lab will bring together the incredible talent that’s already here and give them a chance to collaborate and create solutions with real world impact. This will be the new home of sport innovation in Canada.”

From left: Humza Teherany, Sumit Arora, Teresa Resch, Jennifer MacInnis and Cheri Bradish

Cheri Bradish, Director of the Future Sport Lab (back, right), with Humza Teherany, Sumit Arora, Teresa Resch, and Jennifer MacInnis / Photo via

You can learn more about the Future of Sport Lab here.


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