Announcing our  NEW DATE:

After having to postpone our Oct 25 2017 conference due to a strike on campus at Mohawk College, we are pleased to announce our new date.
Tuesday May 8th Mohawk College, in the Arnie.


We are pleased to introduce our speaker roster. Thank you to these
dynamic, inspiring and motivating women for sharing their stories from our stage. 


Biz-Growth Consultant, Resiliency Ninja, lover of the word FU-CHAAA!

Her Story: The Road to Resiliency Ninja

Through my company, Elevate Biz, I speak at conferences and consult for amazing companies showing them how to develop business, find more clients and network more profitably. I also have been blessed to do some media work and I’ve even written a book called From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding & Profitable Networking Made Easy.

That’s my public image.

Privately, I’ve dealt with a series of difficult blows during my decade of hell, when it felt like I was playing an unending game of whack-a-mole, swatting down one problem just in time for another to erupt. Can you relate?

Building a successful business with chronic nerve pain (caused by a botched surgery), multiple injuries (8 breaks/tears), several deaths of people close to me, and spurts of depression that were all compounded by self-doubt and internal judgments, wasn’t easy, but I did it. 

Now, I’m on a mission to help others become more resilient. In my latest book Married My Mom, Birthed a Dog: How to Be Resilient When Life Sucks! I share my story to give hope and tools so you can bounce back faster and say FU-CHAAA to whatever challenges the proverbial fan blows your way.


Stand up comic, CBC debater, 3D mascara guru

Her Story: "DON’T Avoid the bomb. EMBRACE IT."

Jen Grant, profiled in Ottawa Life Magazine as one of the top 25 People in the Capital in 2015, has achieved virtually everything you can in the world of stand-up comedy in Canada.

She has performed at every major comedy festival in the country, including the Just for Laughs Festival, and both the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals, all of which have aired on national television. She can also be heard on CBC‘s “The Debaters” and has her own TV special on The Comedy Network.

One of her proudest achievements was performing for our troops in the Middle East.
A story telling, observational style comedian, Jen is both unique and relatable. Her debut CD ‘Nobody Likes Your Homemade Wine” is really very funny.

The recent call of the entrepreneurial spirit encouraged Jen to become an independent rep of Younique cosmetics. So today, when not on stage making her audience laugh ‘til they cry, she’s on Facebook live showing us how 3D Fiber mascara takes our lashes from lame to lush!

We’re ready to LOL with comedian Jen Grant!

MAJA JOVANOVIC, Ph.D (Professor Maja)

Sociologist. Author. Apology-hater. Confidence-builder. Recovering make-up fanatic.

Her Story: "SCREW APOLOGIES: lead with confidence and get your hustle on"

Professor Maja is a sociologist who teaches at McMaster University and Mohawk College. She runs a leadership organization that trains women to speak up with confidence at work and get what they want in life.
Maja holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University, and she is also a holistic nutritionist. She is a regular guest expert on CTV’s The Social.
Prof. Maja has authored two books (“Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and other career mistakes women make” and “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK”.)
Recently, Maja was nominated for the YWCA’s 2017 Woman of Distinction Award, in the category of Education and Mentorship for her commitment to the development of young women.

Maja lives with her husband Steve and their daughter, a mini boss who understands Barbie doesn’t need to be saved by Ken. While Maja has perfected the art of boundaries with humans, she can never say no to her 185lb Great Dane, Cooper.
Connect with Prof Maja:
BLOG: www.professormaja.com
Twitter: @professormaja
Instagram: Professormaja
Email: professormaja@gmail.com


Fighter, faithful and fun, dedicated to the message of Mental Health

Her Story: "The Mystery of Mental Health."

It took Sarah Hilton a moment to recognize her passion and her goal for the future; to stop silence, stigma and suicide by speaking out and training workplaces on Mental Health. It took Sarah a lifetime of living with her father, diagnosed with Depression, to realize that unless families paid more attention to their children, parents and friends, people will suffer from silence and stigma.

It took Sarah over 20 years of working in the Mental Health field to come to the conclusion that unless society takes a look at preventing mental illness and promoting mental health she would still be working with the most severe of mental illnesses, chronic and critical. 

Sarah spends her time advocating for Mental Health through stories, sharing and speaking out. Today you will hear how your home, your business and your community have a responsibility to speak out, share and support Mental Health. With the tools you pick up today you will have an opportunity to celebrate Mental Health, and live your authentic, awesome life. Mental Health is everyone’s business, and when addressed can help you reach heights you never dreamed of.


Recording artist, actor, human welfare advocate

Her Story: "The POWER of MUSIC-straight from the Heart"

She’s a multi award winning recording artist, with 7 CDs to her credit. She’s an accomplished actor, having performed on stages from London ON to Washington DC and New York City. She has song in festivals and concerts internationally, including opening for Aretha Franklin.

Annually Denise travels to South Sudan to bring the joy of music to children
“It is an early January morning in South Sudan, hungry and malnourished, some suffer from the ravages of disease, they are gathered 300 plus strong for the Music and Arts Camp. Seated on bricks and chunks of wood they are already singing. Most of the children are simply not used to having a voice, but with encouragement and the chance to play and laugh, even the shyest joins in. They sing and dance with a natural passion that captivates any listener.”

Denise believes that music is the universal language and that it is healing. She also believes that these moments of joy can sustain the children in difficult times because there is a powerful message here – “You are important to us, there is hope, we have not forgotten you.”

There are lessons learned here that stay with you for life – that we should never doubt the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit and that love and compassion extended through music can help transform anguish into pure joy.

Denise will share her story of love, tragedy and loss, spiritual strength and never ending compassion- it’s the Power of Music, straight from the heart.

Thank you to our speakers for sharing stories that Empower, Motivate and Celebrate Women becoming Leaders of their own Lives.


About Mission Services Hamilton
Mission Services has provided hope and opportunity for people coping with poverty, marginalization and homelessness for more than 60 years. By putting into practice a mission to act justly, show mercy, and offer hope, Mission Services works to create healthy communities where everyone has access to good food, safe housing and opportunities for tomorrow. We offer professional services in a caring and dignified manner for every person who comes through our doors — regardless of heritage, gender, lifestyle, faith or economic circumstance.

About Willow’s Place
Our new women’s drop-in provides a safe, female-identified space for women to receive compassionate care in a way that creates opportunities to build on their strengths. Any woman or person who identifies as a woman is welcome to drop in to access a kitchen, a washer and dryer, and participate in free activities like yoga, creative writing, craft workshops, and cooking classes. I love being at Willow’s Place. Many women who come to the space have a background in the sex trade, and coming here gives them somewhere to go besides the street. Here, women can take a shower, do laundry, enjoy a meal and talk to some really amazing, supportive women. Food brings everyone together. We help each other gain self-confidence to make changes in our lives.


Power of the Purse offers an opportunity for a woman in business to participate in our Marketplace, where she can promote her products and services to the attendees throughout the day. This is a great place for the business owner to build her personal brand, as well as that of her company, and have qualified face time with the attendees.



Assistant Branch Manager, RBC Royal Bank
Caleigh's Bio


Inspirational Speaker - Speaks Life with a Dynamic Voice
Jessica's Bio


8:30 AM
• Coffee and tea available
• The Marketplace opens
9:15 AM
9:30 AM
• Opening remarks - Cynthia O’Neill
• Charity of Choice
• Welcome by RBC
10:00 AM - 12 NOON
12 NOON - 1:30 PM
BUFFET LUNCHEON (Gluten Free and Vegetarian Available)
• The Marketplace re-opens
• Gift basket raffle tickets - sales to support Charity of Choice
• RBC Someday Challenge to support Charity of Choice
• Networking!!
1:25 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
• RBC fundraising results
• Conference closing remarks
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
• Meet the Speakers, enjoy more networking
• The Marketplace remains open


Mohawk College
135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1E9


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