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PowerUp Speaker Series 2022

PowerUP Speaker Series

YWCA Hamilton’s PowerUp Speaker Series supports women entrepreneurs in developing strategies and tactics to keep moving their businesses forward and growing.

We are offering short and fun lunchtime presentations that will take place in our brand-new building in Hamilton with some of our past, current and curious members of our program and community.

Featured speakers will be addressing a variety of topics including starting your business, building resilience, business planning, marketing, finance, operations and legal and much more!


UPCOMING SPEAKERS:

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 – Kate Davis
December 14th, 2022 – Jordana Riis
January 11th, 2023 – Maya Avelino
January 25th, 2023 – Allison Venditti

February 8th, 2023 – Alexis Lenihan
February 22nd, 2023 – Ariane Clarke
March 8th, 2023 – Jackie Porter
March 22nd, 2023 – Jeannine Wilson

      

Kate Davis
Balancing Life with Humour: We Are All Jugglers and the First Ball to Drop is Usually Our Own

Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation and to offer creative solutions to defuse the frustrations in the home and workplace. Kate’s generous insight and outspoken character, provides a powerful combination to help organizations empower their staff with effective tools for managing stress and sustaining motivation.

Between our jobs, home, relationships with family, friends and co-workers learning how to balance our busy life demands a strong sense of Personal Development and most importantly a Sense of Humour.

People, who attend Kate’s “Balancing Life with Humour” lecture, leave with an understanding of practical techniques for refueling, rediscovering and reengaging their true selves. Learning to use humour as an instrument of communication creates an atmosphere of compassion, caring and productivity.

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

WHERE:
Online via ZOOM. Link will be emailed to provided address upon form submission.

   

Jordana Riis
From Small Business to Dropshipping: What Website is Right for You?

Online retail has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and so does the questioning of how to take your business from brick and mortar to online. I will take you through different options out there from selling on Amazon and Etsy, all the way to Shopify and everything in between. This is a great discussion series for anyone who wants to start an online store, already has one but is questioning if it’s right for them or is interested in whether an online store even makes sense for their current business.

Jordana is a web designer, SEO specialist and email marketer based out of Hamilton, ON. Specializing in Shopify, Squarespace and WordPress. An architecture enthusiast, Spotify playlist maker, mom of two messy kids, one cute dog, two crazy cats and a budgie.

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 14th, 2022
11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:
52 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton, ON L8H 4B2
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Maya Avelino
From cubicle to toolbelt – Realizing your potential to pivot careers

Whether you’re starting your career, getting back into the workforce, or wanting a complete career change — you have the power to do!

Maya worked in corporate sports production for over a decade. After having two kids,
she took a risk and left the corporate world and bet on herself to find a career in the unlikeliest of places – carpentry!

Join Maya in her journey of leaving an unfulfilling career in an office, to thriving in the male dominated world of carpentry and how you can do the same!

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 11th, 2023
11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:
52 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton, ON L8H 4B2
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This is Moms at Work:

My Parental Leave:
  

Allison Venditti, CHRP, CHRL
Building a Business with Purpose

Allison Venditti is a career coach, Human Resources and return-to-work expert with over 15 years of experience creating programs, policy and best practices that improve workplace cultures and increase employee retention.

She is the founder of My Parental Leave and Moms at Work, Canada’s largest professional network for working moms.

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 25th, 2023
11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:
Online via ZOOM. Link will be emailed to provided email address after form submission.

      

Alexis Lenihan CHPC™ | Certified High Performance Coach, Entrepreneur, Business Professor
How High Performers Think

High Performers are not born; they are conditioned by habit and practice. Learn how to sharpen, heighten and hone the five key areas of High Performance.

Like you, Life and Business Coach, Alexis Lenihan has wondered what the secret to happiness in life really is. Is it love? Money? Achievement?

With 15+ years of coaching, speaking and most importantly, real-life, hands-on experience, Alexis has a different view of how to achieve true happiness and fulfillment in life. She believes that intention, clarity and purposeful action sets the foundation to achieve our highest potential in every aspect of our lives. She is dedicated to helping people achieve heightened and sustained levels of performance while maintaining optimum health, well-being and connection.

Alexis is one of only 900 coaches worldwide, trained and certified by The High Performance Institute. She is also a dynamic professor with the Mckeil School of Business at Mohawk College, in addition to running her personal development business, Shiftstorm, in Burlington, Ontario.

As a busy mom of 2 young boys, Alexis knows first hand how life can often seem like a juggling act and is committed to helping you find a beautiful balance, so that the life you live is by design, not by reaction.

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:
52 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton, ON L8H 4B2
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Ariane Clarke
My top do’s and don’ts of small business ownership!

Over the past 5 years of running two successful small businesses in Hamilton I’ve learned some great lessons and tips from professionals and my peers. I’ll be sharing my favourite resources for small business owners, what to avoid, and what to invest in so that you and your business can thrive.

Ariane has an extensive background in fashion retail and styling, having worked and studied in Toronto, and toured worldwide as a wardrobe manager and seamstress for Shania Twain.

She is a recipient of the Starter Company Plus Program grant for her line of upcycled children’s goods, Little Love Birds. Ariane lives in Hamilton with her husband, 5-year-old twins, and small but feisty dog.

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023
11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:
52 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton ON
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Jackie Porter
Entrepreneurs Cashflow Journey and Why it Matters

Jackie will cover the journey of the self-employed Entrepeneur’s cashflow from starting out and keeping the business afloat to building wealth and determining when it makes sense to incorporate.

Tax planning for wealth, taking a closer look at the statement of business activities and understanding what it means and how to leverage this information to grow your business and create a sustainable wealth and cashflow plan will be the focus.

Jackie is an awarding winning certified financial planner, best-selling author, and featured speaker who has helped thousands of clients grow their net worth, build a fortress around their finances, and keep more of their cash in their pocket for 25 years and counting! Her focus is on empowering women towards financial independence.

Jackie has been featured on the star, CBC, the agenda with Steve Paikin, BBN, and is also a regular contributor to investment executive, wealth professional, and the globe and mail. As Mackenzie female trailblazer of the year for 2019 and 2021, Jackie is a leading money expert and a powerful voice in the world of women’s financial empowerment.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:
Workshop to take place on ZOOM.
Link will be emailed after registering.

Jeannine Wilson
The business of selfcare.

Workloads, deadlines, and life stresses are a fact of life. With burnout on the rise today, focusing on self-care is necessary for efficiency in your personal and professional life. Join Jeannine in learning how to prioritize your health and how to create an effective self-care plan.

Jeannine Wilson is a registered social worker in Ontario with many years of experience working with children and adults in the education system and across the healthcare industry. She specializes in working with children and adults who struggle with anxiety, relationship issues, life stressors, difficulty regulating emotions, self-esteem, as well as grief and loss.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023
11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:
52 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton ON
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