Stephanie Willson
Chief Client Relations & Marketing Officer | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5260

Stephanie has 20 years of experience as a high-impact leader in law firm environments. As head of the Blakes Client Relations & Marketing department, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the Firm's strategic business development and marketing programs.

Stephanie has in-depth knowledge of the Canadian and international legal markets. Known for taking a strategic and holistic approach to aligning with key business priorities and working effectively with business leaders, Stephanie has been instrumental in designing, developing and leading a wide spectrum of change initiatives.

Before joining Blakes, Stephanie was chief of professional resources at another national law firm, where she was on the firm's leadership team. She was also responsible for talent development of all legal professionals, including managing the development of the firm's income partner group and working with the income partners across the country to formulate and execute on their business plans.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

In 2015, Stephanie was named as one of the top 100 "Women Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal and a top leader in Canadian human resources by Human Resources Director magazine. She is also the recipient of the 2014 (inaugural) Richard Pearson Award presented by U.S.-based Professional Development Consortium for innovation, a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring, and a passionate commitment to learning and development.

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Predictive Analytics and Cognitive Business - A Crystal Ball for CHROs
CHRO Leadership Summit, Evanta, Toronto, Ontario, December 7, 2016.
Panellist: Roundtable Discussion on Women's Legal Careers, Success and Professional Accomplishments
Law '91 Reunion, Queen's Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, October 15, 2016.
Facilitator: Enhancing the Partnership Pipeline
Legal Talent Leadership Forum, May 5, 2016.
Panellist: The New Frontier of Legal Innovation: Future of Work in Law
LegalX @ MaRS, Toronto, Ontario, April 26, 2016.
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