Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Review

When I mention to people that I just got back from Australia one of the first things they ask me is how was my flight. I took the best route from Toronto to Perth and it was still 25 hours of travel to get there. Most people I talk to mention how awful it must be to be on a plane for that long and all the misery that goes along with flying. I’m tall, so when I think about flying, I envision my legs cramping up and trying to stretch mid-flight without giving my fellow passengers black eyes. For my vertically-challenged friends, the biggest pet-peeve with flying seems to be sharing an arm rest. Arm rest etiquette is vague and usually ends up with someone feeling abused.  Where is Miss Manners when you really need her?

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Leg RoomSooo . . . flying to Australia? Actually, if you’re flying just about anywhere, I am here to say that Cathay Pacific, specifically their premium economy class, is a great choice. Fifteen hours straight from Hong Kong to Toronto on a plane and I never once felt a need to act out against my fellow passengers.  It was that good!   I had never heard of premium-economy class before.  It’s not quite first class or business class – you know, where their seats lay flat like beds? – but it is most definitely not economy.  It does cost a bit more money, but for a long flight like mine, it is money well-spent. Before I left for Australia I was researching whether paying the extra money for Premium Economy was worth it. I found mixed reviews, but in my opinion when it comes to long haul travel the extra money is definitely worth the added comfort Premium Economy gives.

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Comfort

What’s so great? Well, for starters there is leg room – even for tall people.  For a long flight, I think the adjustable footrests were a huge bonus. Granted, they aren’t much to look at – think old-time barber’s chair, but they sure did the trick! It was nice to get the pressure off of my back and change positions without doing gymnastics around other passengers.  The seats actually recline 8“ and that, combined with the adjustable head rests made it easy to get some sleep without fear of waking up in a puddle of drool on a stranger’s shoulder.

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy CabinThe cabin for premium economy class has only 32 seats. There are big fat armrests between seats so there is plenty for everyone. Your seat is a like a little cockpit.  There is a touch-screen television with in-flight options and the option to plug in your iPod, iPhone and iPad, a USB charger with storage for your phone is right next to the television, all combined with the above mentioned relaxing features.  The food was good and the service was friendly but not intrusive.  For long flights, like mine, the airline gives you free drinks, free bottled water, a little bag with socks, eye shades, toothbrush and toothpaste and all kinds of little snacks.

I’m certain this will not be my only trip to Australia, but I’m even more certain this was not my last flight with Cathay Pacific.  Despite their name, they fly just about everywhere – it’s worth your time to check them out before your next flight.

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This post content is sponsored by Cathay Pacific, however the views and opinions expressed herein represent my own.

The Art of Leadership for Women

The Art of Leadership for Women
May 29, 2014 Toronto

This post is part of the and The Art of Leadership for Women #YMCLeadership sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

If you are in business for yourself or in a management position (or want to be in a management position!) invest in your future – sign up for this year’s Art of Leadership for Women conference in Toronto. Come and gain advice, insight and practical tips from leaders like: Martha Stewart; Hayley Wickenheiser; Katty Kay; Erica Ariel Fox; Liane Davey; and Wendy Mesley. The full-day event, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, invites you to network with other women seeking to maximize their effectiveness in addition to garnering knowledge from the speakers.

art of leadershipLet’s face it, despite all of the options open to women these days – telecommuting, owning an internet-based business and the ease of getting and transmitting information – life has not become easier. The result of all of these options often leaves women stressed to find a balance between working and family obligations. We always have a smart phone and it is hard to leave things as they pop up on your small screen. The result? No down time, great conversations with spouses and kids interrupted and a constant feeling of being “on.” Learn the tricks to turning off the world and finding some balance while adopting strategies that will move you forward.

This year’s topics are particularly relevant to all working women. Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, will be addressing A Conversation on Leadership, Inspiration, Work/Life Balance & More. Learn first-hand Ms. Stewart’s triumphs and foibles on the path for forming her far-reaching brand. For every woman, hearing how someone else balances life, work and family can be not only life-changing, but inspirational.

Hayley Wickenheiser, Canadian Olympic hockey player, will offer Leadership lessons. As a four-time gold medal winner, she knows whereof she speaks. Hear how she managed to play professional hockey on an all male team in Europe. Learn why she believes it’s important to strive to go above and beyond, always.

Learn from the master, Katty Kay, Lead Anchor, BBC World News America, will be discussing The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know. Few women can say they carry self-assurance and confidence with them in all situations. Kay will emphasize specific measures women can take to achieve the level of success they desire.

Erica Ariel Fox, bestselling author of the books “Winning from Within” and “Harvard Law School Negotiation Lecturer,” kicks off the day discussing Personal Performance: Fulfilling your Destiny. Learn her seven-step method for widening your leadership range while closing the gap between your actual skills and your performance in high stress situations.

Last, but not least, Liane Davey will talk about You First: Make a Bigger Impact on Your Team. Specifically, she will explain mistakes women commonly make when working on a team. And, of importance to nearly all women, she explains how and when to say no so that you can say yes to things that truly matter.

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Throughout the day you will have opportunities to network with other attendees as well as explore books and products offered by the day’s speakers and sponsors. Host, The Art Of, is a leading media and events company focused on providing business professionals with the tools, techniques and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s changing marketplace. The Art Of sponsors events throughout Canada.


This event is truly an investment in your future. Grab three friends or co-workers and you’ll each save $50 off of the registration price. There are three levels of registrations. A General Pass, $399, entitles you to entry and seating as available ($349 when you register in a group of four). The VIP pass, $599 ($549 in a group of four) grants you a three course luncheon, reserved seating in groups of 3-6, a tote bag and notebook and three copies of featured bestsellers from the speakers. Finally, at $799 you can purchase the platinum pass. This pass gives you express entry, a photo opportunity with Martha Stewart (talk about a Christmas card!), three course luncheon, reserved seating in the two front rows, totebag and notebook, and five featured bestsellers.

Invest in a day and walk away with new contacts, easy-to-apply real-life strategies for getting the most out of your daily efforts and new ways to balance family life and work. Look for The Art Of events on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linked In. Here’s a video clip to whet your appetite.

Discover how you can close the gap to achieve the career you want and deserve at The 2014 Art of Leadership for Women Conference: One Day, Six Inspiring Women.

Enter here for your chance to win two tickets to the conference in YMC’s “Achieve Your Dreams” contest.

Even if you don’t win, YMC Members receive a special discount of up to $100 off admission by simply using promo code YMC32.

Buy your ticket today for a conference that will inspire you for the rest of your life.