Taylor Shold: Tell us a little about yourself, who you are and what you do?
Dani Kagan: I am passionate entrepreneur, event planner and dance teacher. By day I work for my own company Stratus Events Inc. (with partner Victoria Marshman) where I plan charity and corporate events, launch parties, and everything in between, as well as my own dance competition (Stratus Dance Competition). I also work on producing City MOGULS. By night I slay vampires… (kidding). By night I work as a dance teacher and choreographer mainly teaching jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary. I love inspiring my dancers and having such a meaningful creative outlet.
Taylor: How has networking helped your career?
Dani: Networking has been the essence of my career. Every job I have landed over the past 5 years have been in large part due to great, authentic networking. I’ve found that when you make genuine connections by simply learning and listening to other people you are not only exposing yourself to new networks but you can also make new friends and relationships (even if it doesn’t benefit you professionally). If you can’t meet great people than what’s life all about?
Taylor: What is your involvement with City MOGULS? Why did you get involved?
Dani: City MOGULS is the successor of an event I used to co-produce (with Victoria Marshman & Jess Domingo) called Raise the Rhythm. The three of us met at the University of Toronto while on the Varsity Blues Dance Team and came up with the idea to create an event to showcase local fashion designers and local dance groups in order to give back to Canadian causes. In 2016 it morphed into City MOGULS where we decided it was time to honour young entrepreneurs and leaders in the community in a unique way. We also brought on our missing piece, Monica Gold, who has been an invaluable member of our production team. I can’t express how much I love co-producing this event: knowing that young people get involved in charity work, meet interesting people from new industries, and are moved by the evening is really special and rewarding. Plus, I work with the smartest, coolest, most driven women, who are just as passionate about the event as I am.
Taylor: Can you share some of your personal highlights working with City MOGULS?
Dani: 1. My team. They are my everything. This event would not happen without their dedication. 2. Meeting and interacting with the MOGULS. I love interviewing all of them for MOGUL Media and hearing their inspiring stories; their successes, failures, interests, and motivation. 3. Experiencing the generosity in this city. People who believe in the event and its goals have been so kind, keen to help, provide advice, and have been truly generous. I feel really grateful.
Taylor: What kind of networking opportunities will there be at the event?
Dani: It’s all in your hands. Coming to the event definitely opens up doors if you choose to meet new people. There will be some incredible individuals to network with, but that depends on your willingness to get outside your comfort zone and say hi to a new friend, potential new client, or future business partner ;)
Taylor: Finally, if you could give someone 1 reason they can’t miss the City MOGULS event on October 5th, what would it be?
Dani: Other than the fact that you’ll be helping an incredible cause, it’ll be the best excuse of the year to get dressed up, get your drink on, and witness a fashion show like you’ve never seen one before.
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