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Due to a pending strike on the campus of Mohawk College, we have postponed our conference scheduled for Wednesday Oct.25th.   We are seeking an alternative date and will post this as soon as we can. 
Please contact conference founder Cynthia O'Neill with any questions you have. 
 1.519.854.1646 or cynthia@powerofthepurse.ca


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


Author. Artistic entrepreneur. Visionary. Elephant lover

Her Story: "Life, Love and Elephants- creating the life YOU want."

In her native Canada, Jacquie Gauthier was a radio and television personality, a playwright and producer, and for a short time, a politician. Since eloping and moving to South Africa in 2010 she continues to create her happily-ever- after with her beloved
husband Johann.

She is the author of two books: The Gift of an Elephant and Twenty Eight Elephants and Other Everyday Miracles. 

Jacquie is also a certified nature guide, a teacher of English and adult literacy, an amateur photographer and an artistic entrepreneur.

Jacquie is the co-founder and image co-creator at Two Girls and an Elephant, a project combining photography, art and elephant conservation. The website is www.twogirlsandanelephant.com


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


Author, motivator and human dynamics connector

Her Story: "Are YOU the obstacle in your way?"

Linda is the president of Marshall Connects, Author, Television host, and a member of CAPS and Speaker U. Linda published ‘Giving Back, How to Find Your Personal Joy and Make a Difference to Others' in 2014 and is the Host of Business Wellness in Hamilton on Cable 14.

Marshall Connects functions on the premise that meaningful connections lead to extraordinary opportunities, resulting in people feeling engaged and valued. Our goal is to enhance personal and professional performance and elevate the client experience to increase business success for them and their employees.

Through Marshall Connects, Linda specializes in workshops, consulting services, and motivational speaking on topics of current interest including Emotional Intelligence, Employee Engagement, Team Building and Leadership Development. Linda brings her on-the-ground experience with a 32-year career in senior management roles, and over 25 years’ service on non-profit boards. Marshall Connects provides online webinars and podcasts for professional excellence.


Author, healthy living advocate, sought after mentor to women of all ages 

Her Story: "MARATHONING WOMAN: My Transformational Journey"

Susan’s passion for health and physical fitness emerged from her own life-long struggles with weight and body image and her mother’s struggles with osteoarthritis and Alzheimers disease. In 2005 and 2007, at the age of 61 and 63, Susan completed two full Marathons, walking 7 ½ hours in each race. The races transformed her relationship with her body and her attitudes about what she was capable of achieving. Since 2003, Susan has completed 32 races, from 5k to 42k - all walking. 

A well-known writer, Susan has co-authored : Power Source for Women: Proven Fitness Strategies, Tools, and Stories for Women 45 and Love Your Body…Embrace Your Life! Invited to speak at an International Women’s Day celebration in Jaipur, India, featured on Royal Caribbean Transatlantic Cruise Ships, Susan also co-leads trips for women to Provence, Fance and India. 

In March, 2017, Susan received the IWA Empowered Woman Award Of Excellence from the International Women’s Association, in recognition of her “outstanding commitment, dedication, & contribution to the community”.

Through her books, website, training programs, and travels, Susan motivates and supports women on their health and fitness journey.

Susan will share with our audience her transformational journey to advocacy for physical health, spirituality, and nutrition. With humour and passion, she will encourage us to change our way of looking at (and talking about) our bodies, as she celebrates her own body today as a "well oiled machine, sagging in parts and creased in others - but it is mine!" 


Soulful vocalist, composer, facilitator and productivity Jedi

Her Story: "Fairytales from a Soldiers Daughter-Building a Life Beyond Survival"

Each moment holds within it a choice to go beyond survival. Rose founded Leonty3C.com, a Canadian firm that helps people shift into thrive. Her industry background as an IT project management leader, instructor, speaker, and facilitator combined with her professional creative background as an internationally-recognized composer and vocalist, shares one mission: to inspire days-well- lived.

As the daughter of a WWII survivor, she began her career at a young age so to take care of herself and her elderly father, who navigated the daily impacts of post-war trauma. By the age of 20, she was representing Canada as a speaker at international conferences while finishing her degree at UBC and developing her management consulting profession. Over 20 years later, her consulting cases span a variety of organizations, including for-profit, non-profit, government, and academic arenas. Her specialty is empowering project team functionality, action follow-through, and productivity. Her workshops boost quality of action through an integrated tactical and human approach.

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, she has worked extensively through Canada and in 2009, moved her office and studio to the spectacular Fundy Isles region in New Brunswick. She considers herself a citizen of the world, so when people ask where home is, she’ll normally point out “wherever my feet are”. She is known for her energy, authenticity, and powerful stage presence, speaking on topics of leadership, productivity, humanity and resilience.

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.



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


Hamilton vendor marketplace
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.


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