VERA N. HELD

For more than 30 years, Vera has run VNH Communications in Toronto.  She enhances individual employee and team productivity, and develops engaged, communicative staff intent on being resourceful problem solvers.  In 1998, the Canadian Booksellers Association voted her international business best-seller  “How Not to Take it Personally”  one of 15 leading business books in Canada; it’s published in English, French, German, Turkish and Traditional Chinese, and has sold more than 30,000 copies worldwide. Vera’s business column   “Make It Work”  has run monthly in Careers, The Toronto Sun since 2009.

 

A lover of theatre, language and culture, Vera has traveled extensively, and is a cross-cultural aficionado.  Public relations/writing was her first career, design/facilitation,  her second.  In 1983/84, Vera designed curriculum and taught English as a Foreign Language in Tokyo, Japan.  In 2002, she was inducted to the Humber College Alumnus Wall of Distinction; she’s been listed in the Canadian Who’s Who for many years.   

In 2013, Vera was the Top Individual Fundraiser for Women Build, Habitat for Humanity GTA.  In December 2016, she completed her three-year BOD term at Variety Village, a facility for people of all abilities in Toronto.  Vera joined Theatre Ontario’s provincial Board of Directors in December 2016. She became the Co-founder and President of the Centre for Jewish Culture and Education in January 2015; CJCE   fights   anti-Semitism at Ontario university campuses.  Vera   adores squash, ping pong, hiking, the gym, walking, animals, plants, theatre, art, poetry and more.