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POWER OF THE PURSE

SARNIA

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Celebrating women's power to make a difference.
Creating a community of highly engaged women,
for authentic connections. 
Fearless speakers sharing their inspiring stories, with honesty and passion.
Empower.  Motivate.  Celebrate.

SPEAKERS

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

JEN GRANT

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!

ALLISON GRAHAM

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.

MAYA 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"

Dr. Maja Jovanović currently teaches at McMaster University and Mohawk College, and is the CEO of All In, a women’s leadership organization that gives women the communication tools to speak up with confidence at work and get what they want in life.

Maja and her husband Steve are raising their daughter to be her own damn boss, who understands Barbie doesn’t need to be saved by Ken.

Early in the morning, you can find her working on her latest research project with a cup of Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea. While Maja has perfected the art of boundaries with humans, she can never say no to her 180 lb Great Dane, Cooper.

Her favourite kiss-proof lipstick is Play with Fire by Rimmel, she reads the dictionary for fun (no, really), and she hates apologies.

Skype ID: Professor.Maja

LINDA MARSHALL

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.

DENISE PELLEY

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.

PAM ALLEYNE-TRACEY

Survivor, thrivor, and certified laughter yoga leader 

Her Story: "YOU'VE GOT THE POWER!"

Born in Guyana, South America, Pamela later traveled to London, England and completed her training as a Registered Nurse and a State Certified Midwife. She is very experienced at providing and teaching health and self care. She is a member of the Ontario Nurses Association, the College Of Nurses Of Ontario.

Pamela has served on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Hamilton Chapter and functioned as their President. Pamela is a competent Toast Master and won many competitions including the coveted Silver Gavel Award. Pamela has delivered many public seminars across North America. Her topics includes Communicating with Power, Diplomacy and Tact, Dealing with Difficult People, Balanced Living, Stress reduction and more.  

Pamela is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Teacher and CEO of Happy Healthy Hearty Living. She helps people and many organizations to identify the areas in their lives that need balancing and facilitates goal setting to accomplish that needed balance. 

She enjoys opening Seminars and Conventions with energetic laughter. Pamela is Hamilton’s Woman Of The Year In Communications, she is a very dynamic, effective and enthusiastic inspirational speaker. Pamela enjoys golfing, walking and quiet time with family and friends.

MELISA BISHOP

Olympic star, medal record crusher, ambassador, cookie lover

Her Story: "Her Road to Rio - Everything happens for a reason "

Melissa Bishop is a Canadian Olympic athlete who has competed in the past two summer Olympic games as a runner in the 800 metres. After not advancing to the semi-finals in London, Melissa continued to work hard and train to give herself another chance at the next Olympics. At the 2015 World Championships, she became the first Canadian woman to win a medal in the 800 metres by taking home the Silver. She continued to make her country proud by competing in the Pan American Games in Toronto and winning gold in her home country. Melissa is the third Canadian woman to achieve a time under 2:00 minutes in the 800 metres. 

Going into Rio, Melissa was ranked third in the world after gaining a national record in Edmonton. After the preliminary heats at the summer games this year, she was ranked first with the fastest time. She then went on to qualify for the final gold medal race and placed fourth. Melissa beat her own Canadian record during that race with a time of 1:57.02! 

Melissa was born in Eganville, Ontario and now lives in Lake Dore. She started running track at the age of 12. Growing up, she loved running up and down the field in soccer and could always beat the boys in a running race. Melissa attended the University of Windsor and earned a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education in 2011.

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

CHARITY OF CHOICE

AMBASSADORS

GERRY GILLIS

Communications Manager
YMCA's across Southwestern Ontario
Bio

JULIE JENKINS

Co-Founder
Sarnia Modern Women Show
Bio

LISA MELANSON

Financial Planner
Investment and Retirement Planning
RBC Royal Bank
Bio

LEANNE FERA

Co-Founder
Sarnia Modern Women Show
Bio

KATHLEEN MUNDY

Founder and CEO
Franchise Success Academy
Making Your Own Money
Bio

NOELEEN TYCZYNSKI

Executive Director
The Work Place Group
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SCHEDULE

8:30 AM
REGISTRATION OPENS
• Coffee and tea available
• The Marketplace opens
9:15 AM
 CALL TO SEATS
9:30 AM
 CONFERENCE KICKOFF
• Opening remarks - Cynthia O’Neill
• Charity of Choice
• Welcome by RBC
10:00 AM - 12 NOON
MORNING SPEAKER SESSION
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
PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR SEATS
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
AFTERNOON SPEAKER SESSION
• RBC fundraising results
• Conference closing remarks
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
 COCKTAILS, CONVERSATION & CONNECTIONS RECEPTION
• Meet the Speakers, enjoy more networking
• The Marketplace remains open

LOCATION

Holiday Inn Sarnia Hotel and Conference Centre
1498 Venetian Blvd, Point Edward, ON N7T 7W6

VENDORS

Sarnia 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.

OUR SPONSORS

Thank you to all our amazing sponsors
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