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Date: December 7, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM AST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
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Celebrate Wonder Women!
Join us and come together with other inspiring and ambitious women to learn, share ideas and lift each other up!

This event includes female-driven workshops, and an all-star panel of local, uplifting women who share their experiences on success, careers and how a Wonder Women, like yourself, can have it all!

All Superheroes welcome- regardless of gender!




Karen Furneaux is a three-time Olympian and two-time World Champion in the sport of sprint kayaking she has recently authored and published her first book, Strong Beauty: Power Up the Champion Within.  She has been named one of the top 15 most successful athletes in Nova Scotia sport history. 


Finishing schools were where the rich and famous sent their daughters before they came out to society as debutants to acquire a husband. This discussion and interactive workshop will explore lessons learned from those 19th and 20th century finishing schools and how they apply to the 21st century professional woman.

It takes 5 - 7 seconds for others to form their first impressions about who we are. What do we want them to know about us in those fleeting first moments? Longer term, how do we consistently and authentically reinforce our unique personal presence? What lessons can we take away from finishing school to help us navigate today's complex business environment?

During this interactive "finishing school" discussion, we will consider 2 key aspects of coming out to the world:
1. simple tips and techniques to quickly establish a credible and genuine presence; and
2. creating and sustaining your personal Wonder Woman image and brand for the long term.

CHRIS HORNBERGER- Partner - Halifax Global

Chris is a management consultant and executive coach and a founding partner in Halifax Global Inc., a strategy and business planning firm established 15 years ago. Previously, she worked in the public and private sectors in Canada and the US as an executive and as an IT project manager.
Chris is a passionate volunteer, who has served on boards and committees of numerous charitable and not-for-profit organizations. She currently serves on three boards and various committees and is a mentor to several young professionals. She is actively involved supporting immigrants as they look for their first jobs in their new country.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with a major in political science) from the University of Western Ontario. She is a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) from Royal Roads University and holds the Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC) designation from CMC-Canada, the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.



How do you define success?  Is it driven by your financial goals or your personal goals? How do you measure it? In this interactive session we will explore eight areas of life planning, how to prioritize them, and how to remain accountable. Participants are encouraged to come with an open mind and to put some thought into what they would like to achieve in the next 12-24 months.



WENDY VROOMAN, Chief Revenue Officer for GreyLit

Wendy began her career in the Medical Diagnostic and Health Sciences sectors with Precision BioLogic where she spent 8 years in Sales and Sales Management positions.  She focused on actively listening to customers to improve their experiences with the company, as well as providing meaningful feedback into product development.

She then launched into the world of retail sales with Ascenta where she spent 4 years developing new lines and channels of business.  Researching, creating the appropriate contacts and developing them into meaningful partners allowed her to drive profitable new lines of business for the company.

Wendy then moved to Sandler Training where she spent six years as a Partner, training organizations of varying sizes and sectors and working with their people to further their development.  Through this work she developed a real passion for the start-up community and is grateful to Volta, Propel ICT, Innovacorp and Dal Launch pad for affording her those opportunities.

She now serves as the Chief Revenue Officer of GreyLit, a Saas company whose mission is to provide the healthcare sector with the information they need, when they need it.

Wendy serves on the boards of both Alderney Landing and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network, and is blessed by her family for an amazing life!


WORKSHOP: NETWORKING PRO TIPS Menna Riley has over 20+ years experience as a professional event manager and marketing specialist. Join us as she shares some inside tips on how to make genuine connections she's collected over her career. Learn about how to avoid common networking fails and shine the next time you attend a networking event.


Leah's approach to her business law practice as a partner of BOYNECLARKE LLP is very intentional; her daily focus is on combining outstanding service and quality advice.  She picks up her phone, responds promptly to e-mails and has a direct and practical approach to problems.
Leah greatest accomplishment is as a proud and devoted mom of 4 growing children: Sam, Joe, Ben and Mary. Having a young family and a busy law practice herself, Leah understands the complexities of the life of a business owner. She looks at the whole individual when analyzing a legal problem and tailoring the best solution for them.  Leah spends her working days advising her clients on all aspects of business ownership, financing (borrower and lender) and mergers and acquisitions and has extensive knowledge and experience in advising the independent pharmacy sector and has successfully managed dozens of major pharmacy acquisition projects over more than ten years.
Outside of the office, Leah spends all her time with her active family, enjoying a variety of sports and outdoor activities together. She is passionate about physical activity and mental health and starts most days breaking a sweat whether in the gym or running with friends. She is obsessed with home décor and an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and is looking forward to their next World Series win.


MENNA RILEY - Owner, Ignite Event Management

Menna Riley is an award-winning event management and networking expert. She uses strategic events and smart marketing tools to help businesses and organizations grow their core passions, client engagement, and profit margins. With over 20 years of experience, she consistently delivers strategic, organized, profitable, creative, buzz-worthy events and strategies. Her experience working closely with corporate clients inspired her to found Leading Ladies Networking events in 2012, connecting women in business in Nova Scotia with the mantra; collaboration over competition.





STEFANIE MACDONALD - Owner & Designer, Halifax Paper Hearts

Stefanie owns and operates Halifax Paper Hearts, a graphic design studio featured in Forbes, the Financial Post, the Huffington Post and other international publications, for their inclusive and thoughtful greeting card designs. Halifax Paper Hearts makes note cards, prints and maps with love, care and salty air on the East Coast of Canada. Their products are carried in over 145 retail boutiques across Canada & the U.S.

Stefanie is a passionate advocate for youth leadership and entrepreneurship, and spends a great deal of time volunteering as a Board Director with Catapult Leadership Society, and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Stefanie created a bursary entitled "Fear is a Liar", and co-founded a crowd funding event for young entrepreneurs called 100 Entrepreneurs: PLANTING SEED$, to encourage Nova Scotian youth to be fearless in the pursuit of their passions. 

Stefanie has received Volunteer Awards from both the City of Halifax, and the Province of Nova Scotia for her community work. Her business was named a finalist for the Halifax Chamber's New Business of the Year Award, and she is the recipient of the Progress Club Woman of Excellence Award, and the Chronicle Herald's NOW NS Good News Award for her work as both a volunteer and entrepreneur.


FATEN ALSHAZLY - Principal & Chief Creative Officer, WeUsThem
Faten is the Principal and Chief Creative Officer of WeUsThem Inc., a full service ad agency with a client roster that boasts the likes of Telus, Kaplan International, Global Affairs Canada, The Kempinski Group, Cambridge University and the Sinai Health System to name a few. 
Faten is Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Arts and Communications (a first in the east coast), named 1 of 5 Women of Inspiration by the Canadian Immigrant Magazine and a Woman of Excellence by the Canadian Progress Club. Her leadership has brought home a Webby, multiple Gold Davey, a CANNES Lions, multiple W3's, an Hermes, and an Advertising Age nod for WeUsThem, all firsts for in the east coast.
As part of her work in the community, Faten has been a director on the board for the Canadian Cancer Society and currently serves on the boards of the Mental Health Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and is a governor at NSCAD University. Additionally she has been championing Women in the STEM fields by speaking and mentoring young women graduating from the various fields from post-secondary institutions. Faten has also been a vocal advocate for Women returning to the workforce supported by the former Women's Employment Outreach by providing work placements, mentorship and career advice. Recently, Faten was invited by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt to address the World Youth Forum attended by over 6000 delegates from over 40 nations, alongside the United Nations on topics concerning Women and their roles in Leadership positions globally and what the gaps continue to remain in the developing world.
Additionally, she continues to mentor and speak for Women in the Marketing and Communications professions, has been an advisor for businesses through the Entrepreneurs Forum and has been mentoring women nationally through the Women's Executive Network (WXN).
Faten occasionally teaches at the graduate schools of Management and Design at Dalhousie University and NSCAD University respectively, along with mentoring students through to professional careers post graduation. 


SHEENA RUSSELL- Founder, Made With Local

Sheena Russell is founder and CEO of Made with Local, a purpose-driven snack foods company based out of Dartmouth, NS. They bring together Canada's most nourishing ingredients and create 3 lines of healthy foods, all in partnership with social enterprises. Made with Local helps to employ over 50 adults in Nova Scotians living with barriers to mainstream employment. Made with Local started as a table at Halifax's Seaport Market in 2012 and today their products can be found across the country at Sobeys, Superstore, Whole Foods, and more.

APRIL HOWE- Executive Director, People and Culture - Public Service Commission
April joined the Public Service Commission as Executive Director of People and Culture in late 2017. Prior to joining the PSC, she was a Partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette for 15 years leading their Career and Leadership Solutions practice. April has an Executive MBA degree from Saint Mary's University, Sobey School of Business and is a certified coach.
Currently April serves as a Director on boards of the Halifax Partnership, the IWK Foundation, the United Way Halifax Region, the Black Business Initiative, and the North End Community Health Center. A descendant of Africville, she was a founding board member and served as Chair of the Africville Heritage Trust. 

REBECCA L. HILTZ LEBLANC - Partner and member of the Business Litigation and Estate Litigation teams, BOYNECLARKE LLP

Rebecca is very professional and personable when she deals with clients and other lawyers. She not only focuses on the business' problem, but the people to whom that problem matters most. Rebecca's clients have come to expect a high degree of focus and detail; achieving successful results for her clients is first and foremost. Active in the community, Rebecca is President of Halifax's Neptune Theatre and a member-at-large of the Executive. In addition, she is a part-time lecturer at Dalhousie Schulich School of law. Rebecca enjoys music and is a member of the 36th Canadian Brigade Group (Nova Scotia) Band, performing as a musician, vocalist, and MC for charity concerts and other events.










Delta Halifax
Scotia Square, 1990 Barrington Street
Halifax NS 
B3J 1P2

Date/Time Information:

December 7th, 2018
8:30am - 1:30pm 


Contact Information:
Ashley Stobo, Events Specialist (902)481-1236

Full Day:
Members: $95.00
Future Members: $149.00

Lunch Only:
54.95 / Table of 10 $549.50
Future Members:
84.95 / Table of 10 $849.50

All prices subject to HST

Not-for-Profit / Student Discount available upon registration

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