Womens-DayCelebrate International Women’s Day at the second annual Women and Wealth Conference on March 8th, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton (it will also be live streamed across Canada). This year the theme is “Celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship”. Women play a major role in driving the world economy. According to the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, women control about $20 trillion in annual consumer spending – a number expected to rise to nearly $28 trillion by 2020. They make up 40% of the global workforce, are earning professional degrees in record numbers, and companies have implemented programs to remove organizational biases in order to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Yet a gender equality gap remains.

Overall, women compared to men continue to suffer from higher rates of unemployment, are less likely to participate in the labor force, and face higher risks of vulnerable employment with conditions such as inadequate earnings. According to Catalyst Canada, Canadian women earn $0.82 to every $1 earned by men. The goal of our conference is to help women feel supported, enabled and empowered to flourish in business and to close this gender gap.

International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women past, present and future. In some countries including Bulgaria, Russia, Vietnam and China, it is a national holiday and is celebrated by both men and women. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and continues to be celebrated today.

What can you expect?

Join us for a buffet dinner and cash bar and take part in an evening of inspiration from four renowned female speakers who have developed their careers as entrepreneurs and are experts in their respective fields. Our talented MC, Carrie Doll, will engage the speakers and audience in an interactive Q&A following each presentation and will ensure the evening is spectacular from start to finish. Before embarking on a career of speaking at and organizing events, Carrie spent 13 years as a news anchor for CTV Edmonton.

The agenda for the evening will be as follows:

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Registration, Buffet Dinner and Cash Bar
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm: Welcome from Carrie Doll
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Kendall and Justine Barber, Poppy Barley
6:15 pm – 6:45 pm: Teresa Spinelli, Italian Centre Shop
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm: Break
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Rachel Mielke, Hillberg & Berk
8:00 pm – 8:10 pm: Lori McConnel, Suit Yourself
8:10 pm – 8:30 pm: Closing Remarks from Carrie Doll and Peter Kinkaide

All conference attendees will receive a Women’s Day Gift Bag with contributions from Cloud Nine Pajamas, My Daughter Fragrances, Aloette Cosmetics, THRD, Hillberg & Berk, Poppy Barley and more.

Even though this event is for International Women’s Day, everyone is welcome to attend! Please note that there is free parking at the DoubleTree.

For those of you who do not live in the Edmonton area but would like to take part, there are also tickets available to watch the conference on a live webcast.

Event Sponsors:

The International Women’s Day Conference 2017 is brought to you in part by Raintree Financial Solutions, Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP, Newlook Capital, The Luxus Group, Newport Private Wealth, The Capita Group of Funds, Sorrell Financial, Bryan & Company, Prestige Capital and Olympia Trust Company. The speakers of the conference are brought to you by Poppy Barley, Italian Centre Shop and Hillberg and Berk. The Women’s Day Gift Bags are brought to you in part by Cloud Nine Pajamas, THRD, Aloette Cosmetics and My Daughter Fragrances.

All net proceeds will be donated to Suit Yourself. Suit Yourself assists Edmonton and area women in increasing their self-esteem and confidence by having the appropriate business clothing to start their career or transition into a new employment journey. They currently assist over 500 women yearly through the generous donations from individuals, retailers and various clothing drives.

See more and purchase tickets at: http://bit.ly/2kcxgqI