Ignite.Empower.Innovate. 2016

Ignite. Empower. Innovate 2016
WOMEN LEADING IN THE NEW ECONOMY. A Women’s Leadership Conference Celebrating International Women’s Day
For 2016, the Partners for International Women’s Day is thrilled to present the first women’s leadership conference in Guelph and Wellington County: Women Leading in the New Economy

In the 21st century, ideas about what it takes to achieve success and prosperity are shifting rapidly. Knowledge, creativity and social capital are becoming the foundation of business potential and growth. Anyone can find their place and lead in an economy that values assets we all have.

Ignite. Empower. Innovate  2016

The conference is comprised of a dinner event, followed by a full day conference packed with inspiration, education and motivation.

March 8th • Dinner Event

We’ll kick off the conference in a true celebration of International Women’s Day with an evening dinner event featuring special guest speaker Dr. Ginger Grant

March 9th • Leadership Conference

Learn, create and connect during this full day of inspiration, education and motivation, featuring multiple keynote speakers, panelists, and breakout sessions.

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Purchase your ticket today and join us to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016.

Dinner Event

March 8, 2016 • 7-10 p.m.

Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre

$75.00 + HST

Includes dinner, networking and keynote speaker

Leadership Conference

March 9, 2016 • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre

$175 + HST

Includes dinner event, and full-day conference program with meals


March 9, 2016 • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre

Early bird: $275 + HST

After Dec. 31: $325 + HST

Includes one ticket to dinner event, one ticket to full-day conference program with meals, and 8ft. table in marketplace

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ginger Grant
Dr. Ginger Grant

Founder and Chief Culture Officer, Creative Intelligence Lab

Ginger Grant is an innovation strategist and organizational designer whose work is grounded in story as a tool for transformation. One of her heroes is Joseph Campbell who helped found the graduate school where she obtained her PhD in mythological studies and depth psychology.

Ginger’s industry background is the world of mergers and acquisitions and her research work resulted in a cultural due diligence system to measure and enhance corporate culture. Her passion and expertise lies in the development of creativity clusters that accelerate innovation. Ginger’s work aims at leveraging the ability of individuals, teams and organizations to uncover untapped potential using design-driven innovation.

Author of Re-Visioning the Way We Work, her latest book, Finding Your Creative Core was published in April 2009. A Professor in Innovation at Sheridan College, Ginger also serves as a special advisor for the Customer Experience Council at the Conference Board of Canada. In her spare time, she is a visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School where she teaches advanced market research, competitive intelligence and business anthropology. 

Watch Ginger’s TEDx talk

Linda Lundström

Canadian  Icon and Fashion Designer

An artist, a pioneer, a leader and a Canadian icon…Linda Lundström has many stories which both inform and inspire.

Born and raised in Red Lake, a remote gold mining town in Northwestern Ontario, seems an unlikely beginning to the story of a fashion designer, who in her career, has reached the pinnacle of success for her innovative approach to creating clothing for Authentic Women. However, this humble background reveals a resourcefulness and common sense approach to both Fashion and business which provides a unique narrative to the Lundström story.

With the heart and soul of an artist, Linda Lundström has been a creative tour de force in Canada for over 3 decades. Having produced more than 100 collections, Lundström is more than a fashion designer. Building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Toronto, she is a leader in embracing CAD/CAM technologies and Lean Manufacturing processes necessary to compete internationally.

Exerpt from www.lindalundstromworks.com

Event Program

In-The-Know Sessions

Designed to engage our attendees and teach them invaluable skills for leadership in their workplace – whether they’re intrapreneurs or running their own business – attendees will choose one of the following sessions hosted by female thought leaders: Strategic Thinking; Do Good, Make Money; or Negotiating Like A Leader.

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Creativity Unleashed

Think outside the box, be daring and take risks in a rejuvenating creative session with:

Creating outside the box (Painting),
Improv: Thinking on your feet (Improvisation)
Writing from the inside out (writing/blogging).

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Network and Reflect

We want to inspire the next generation of female leaders to be strong, resourceful and, most importantly, confident.

As an end-of-day activity for attendees to network and reflect on what they gained from the day, we’ll come together to assemble “kits for confidence” for young girls in Guelph and Wellington County.

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Featured Panelists

Janét Aizenstros

Janét Aizenstros

Canadian media proprietor, author, talk show host, model and speaker
Jessica Bolduc

Jessica Bolduc

Program Coordinator 4R’s Youth Movement
Erin Skimson

Erin Skimson

Director, ITS Product Marketing at Miovision
Cathy Taylor

Cathy Taylor

Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network

Event Sponsors

Pearl Street Communications
Miller Thomson Lawyers

We invite you to consider aligning your organization with this exciting regional event in support of women entrepreneurs and women in business through unique sponsorship opportunities. Please get in touch to request our sponsorship kit, or to discuss custom sponsorship and participation opportunities.

Event Partners

Company of Women
Trillium Foundation
Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs logo
Guelph Mompreneurs
Delta Hotel Guelph
The Rhyze Project
Guelph Chamber of Commerce