Vera N. Held, B.A. Eng., Cert. PR., Tesl Cert., M.Ed.
Coach, facilitator, speaker, writer and PR consultant.
Author of international best-seller "How Not to Take it Personally".
Vera was an objective third party witness for an Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) case involving a disgruntled employee and was then asked to appear in Provincial Small Claims Court this time representing her client regarding that same employee.
An effectiveand dedicated coach, Vera Held helpspresidents, CEOs, VPs, managers and staff at all levels communicate effectively even in the most difficult situations with the most difficult people.
In both 2005 and 2006, Vera was asked to guest lecture and to chronicle her writing career to students in Centennial College's Book and Magazine Publishing Program. In March 2007, she was the luncheon speaker to 200 for Toys R Us, at their bi-annual internal conference in Toronto. Vera spoke to over 600 conference delegates (standing room only) at the Industrial Accident Prevention Association's (IAPA), annual international conference, April 2007. (see photo). This was followed by a bi-lingual booksigning in English and French at their onsite conference bookstore.
From 2005 through 2007, Vera wrote cover features, specialty features, columns and a personal account piece for HR Professional Magazine at www.hrpao.org. Highlights include: September 2005 cover feature on Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., June 2006 column on diversity at Teranet Inc., January 2007 cover feature on CEOs (including a specialty interview with Monika Merz, the president of Toys R Us, Canada), and the June 2007 cover feature on thriving in a one-person HR department featuring Warren Eberlin of Alcatel-Lucent Canada.
Previously, on Saturdays, Vera’s workplace features appeared in the Toronto Star’s business/careers section as well as at www.workopolis.com. Vera's cyber advice biz column can be found at at www.mochasofa.com. She also wrote the "Office Politics" column for The Toronto Star, and the "WorkSage" column for Workplace News and did a regular TV spot on the workplace on Citypulse 24, every Monday at 9:30 am for two years.
P.R. Consultant/Media Relations Specialist
In 2006, Vera handled local, provincial, national and international media relations for the 26th annual Human Resource Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) conference (2nd largest HR conference in the world) including the running of the onsite "Media Room" at conference (MTCC) with 9 volunteers/20 shifts. Highlights included: a first, international, Radio Canada interview (RCI has been broadcasting to the world since 1945) on “Business Sense”, broadcast on Internet, radio, shortwave and satellite radio to Asia, Europe, India, Africa, Canada, States, Caribbean, a first, French radio broadcast across Ontario, a first, print piece in one of Canada's premier, Chinese daily newspapers that, too, broadcasts internationally on the Internet to China, and a first, print piece in a training magazine published in India.
Pro Bono, Vera handled media for the First Annual Toronto Songwriters' Festival (2006) to include JoJo Chintoh for ribbon cutting and full coverage by CityTv at event/post event. In 2007, for the second annual festival, she continues to serve on the media committee as well as the sponsorship committee.
Vera's an educator and a traveller, and her non-profit work then extends; she helps children in developing countries rise above poverty through education.
She works with Toronto-based charity Jai Dee www.jaideechildrensfund.org which means good heart in Laotian. Funds raised via the Toronto Songwriters' Festival www.torontosongwritersfestival.com and other projects currently assist school children in Laos and India. Simultaneously, home grown musical talent is supported via this annual festival. A long time thespian and arts advocate, Vera also volunteers with Theatre Museum Canada www.theatremuseumcanada.ca, a national organization dedicated to preserving Canada's theatrical heritage.
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