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WNORTH Conference Announces First Five Speakers that will Inspire Female Leaders in Whistler Next Spring

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5th annual global gathering of women to take place at Nita Lake Lodge,

April 10-12th, 2019 

WHISTLER, B.C. October 30th, 2018 – The WNORTH Conference team is excited to announce the participation of six world-class female leaders to its fifth edition, taking place in Whistler, BC next April 10-12th, 2019. Alison Desir, Amy Nelson, Barinder Rasode, Celeste Burgoyne and Dr. Lois Nahirney will each take the stage to share experiences, challenges and defining moments that shaped both their business and personal paths. WNORTH is a boutique-style conference focused on providing a forum for women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track.

For the fifth edition, Heather Odendaal, Co-Founder and CEO of WNORTH, really wanted to offer a line-up of speakers with diverse professional backgrounds: ‘Leadership opportunities can come in many ways, shapes or forms. This year’s Conference theme is “Colour Our World” and will highlight the importance of diversification, creativity and modernization in the workplace and our role in making these advancements. As women our challenge is often to recognize and to grasp them’, said Odendaal. ‘I’m thrilled to announce this first round of speakers; each of them demonstrates that no matter what your field is, from sports to sciences to marketing, leadership opportunities for women do exist and they are diverse, now more than ever. I know our conference attendees will be inspired by these six incredibly accomplished speakers, and hopefully the event will act as a springboard to elevate themselves both professionally and personally’, she concluded. Read More

Canadian Initiative Touches Down in London to Support Women Mid-Career

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WNORTH will host their inaugural London Event at Canada House

For Immediate Release – LONDON, UKJune 7, 2018 – WNORTH, a global community of women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track, will host their inaugural London event in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom at Canada House on Thursday, June 14.  WNORTH will celebrate and profile “Modern Role Models” with a lineup of leading speakers from around London including:

  • Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive at The Crown Estate
  • Farah Mohamed, CEO at the Malala Fund
  • Chantal Coady OBE, Founder at Rococo Chocolates
  • Max Foster, Anchor and London Correspondent at CNN
  • Shirin Foroutan, COO at MPC Film
  • Rupal Kantaria, Social Impact Advisor, Co-Lead Global Women at Oliver Wyman

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WNORTH Conference Announces Accelerate Scholarship Winners

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Two Sea to Sky Women to Attend Global Gathering of Women on the Rise

For Immediate Release – WHISTLER, B.C. April 10, 2018 – WNORTH Conference, a global gathering of women on the rise, today announces the winners of this year’s Accelerate Scholarship, Justine Nichol and Krista Lambie.

The Accelerate Scholarship , sponsored by Pique Newsmagazine and in association with the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, offers the opportunity for two women living and working in the Sea to Sky Corridor to advance their careers by attending the WNORTH Conference. WNORTH is a boutique conference focused on providing a forum for women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track. Read More

Global Gathering of Women on the Rise Welcomes Icelandic Leader as Keynote

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Female Leaders Return to Whistler at WNORTH Conference Spring 2018

WHISTLER, B.C. September 12, 2017 – The WNORTH Conference  is set to return to Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, April 18 -20, 2018.

WNORTH is a boutique-style conference focused on providing a forum for women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track. Now in its fourth year, WNORTH has become a global community of women on the rise, facilitating connections between women in business as they ascend to executive leadership, through the annual conference as well as intimate gatherings in cities across North America.

WNORTH Founder, Heather Odendaal, revealed that the first five speakers at the 2018 conference will be Halla Tomasdottir, Joanna Pena Bickley, Tej Singh Hazra, Steph Jagger and Erin Sills. Read More

AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP AND FEMININE POWER ON THE AGENDA AT GLOBAL GATHERING OF WOMEN ON THE RISE

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For Immediate Release – WHISTLER, B.C. February 8, 2017 – WNORTH, a global gathering of women on the rise, today announces an exciting schedule packed with inspirational speakers, actionable workshops and opportunities for meaningful connections. Taking place in Whistler April 19-21, 2017, WNORTH is a boutique conference focused on providing a forum for women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track.

The theme of this year’s WNORTH Conference will highlight the relationship between Authenticity, Image and Power. Keynote speakers include Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, Founder, The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, who will speak on the Rise of the New Heroine, Dan Pontefract, author and HR Leader at TELUS, who will examine the Sweet Spot of Purpose in Work and Life, and Donna Carpenter, CEO at Burton, speaking on The Privilege of Power. Read More

Donna Carpenter, CEO at Burton, To Join Global Gathering of Women on the Rise

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Female Leaders Return to Whistler at WNORTH Conference

For Immediate Release – WHISTLER, B.C. November 16, 2016 – WNORTH Conference, taking place in Whistler April 19 – 21, 2017, has announced Donna Carpenter, CEO and Co-Owner at Burton, as a keynote speaker. WNORTH is a boutique-style conference focused on providing a forum for women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track.Donna oversees a long list of departments at Burton, from U.S. Sales and Sustainability to Women’s Leadership and Burton’s non-profit, Chill. She met Burton’s founder, Jake Burton Carpenter, in a Vermont bar on New Year’s Eve 1981. Ever since, she’s been a driving force at the world’s leading snowboard company. Deemed a ‘Super Woman’ by Refinery29 and ‘The Snowboard Ambassador’ by The New York Times, Donna officially became Burton’s Chief Executive Officer in 2016.

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Global Gathering of Women on the Rise will Highlight Authenticity, Image and Power

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Female Leaders Return to Whistler Mountain Resort Spring 2017

For Immediate Release – WHISTLER, B.C. September 7, 2016 – The WNORTH Conference, is a boutique-style conference focused on providing a forum for women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track. The 3rd annual Conference is set to return to the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, April 19 -21, 2017.

WNORTH Founder, Heather Odendaal announced that this year’s conference theme will highlight the relationship between Authenticity, Image and Power.  She revealed the first four speakers at the annual event in the spring, will include Amy Stanton, Esther Ayorinde, Dan Pontefract and Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin. Read More

Press Release: WNORTH 2015, A Resounding Success

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For Immediate Release

INAUGURAL CONFERENCE UNITES INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN WHISTLER

WNORTH Conference connects women on the rise who have corporate leadership goals.

WHISTLER, B.C. March 12, 2015 –  WNORTH brought together a group of more than 100 dynamic and inspiring women in Whistler, British Columbia on March 6, 2015.

“WNORTH has created something extraordinary.  The conference was a professionally executed blend of leading edge business ideas and deep personal connection.  Inspiring ideas, inclusivity, positive energy – that’s WNORTH.  See you next year!” shared speaker, Pam Goldsmith-Jones, and former Mayor of West Vancouver.

The WNORTH team, and the 15 guest speakers orchestrated the incredible 1-day business conference, which focuses specifically on the challenges facing women as they rise through their careers. The conference is structured to address 4 pillars that are essential to achieving this success; Accelerated Growth, Inspirational Change, Balance Life, and Connections that Matter. With a focus on community outreach and engagement, WNORTH partnered with the Whistler Chamber of Commerce to provide a grant, which allowed 3 local applicants to attend the event.

Both speakers and attendees were eager to share their views on the success of the event “As a speaker at WNORTH, I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of women who attended, representing the middle of the career ladder through to the top.  This, in turn, elevated the conversations that took place both from the stage as well as informally between the attendees.  Significant connections and learnings were made.  I highly recommend this event!” Jill Earthy, Director BC & Yukon Futurpreneur explained.

Attendee Joanna Johnstone, Digital Content Manager at Arc’teryx Equipment echoed these sentiments by adding that “The WNORTH team delivered what was a really ‘eye-opening’ experience – I had a few preconceptions about the event thinking that it might be a bit too ‘girl power’, but instead I found it to be a really remarkable day with some very inspirational keynote speakers and dynamic participants. I truly had an amazing time and am already telling the other ‘dynamic’ women in my life that they should come to next year’s event”.

The success of the inaugural WNORTH means that it will be returning in the spring of 2016, and Founder, Heather Odendaal, explained, “We have been in talks with keynote speakers from New York, London and Hong Kong.  We have also built national & international partnerships with like-minded women’s networks which will bring together a high-caliber and engaged group of attendees from across Canada, US and beyond next year”

ABOUT WNORTH CONFERENCE

WNORTH is an unprecedented meeting of today’s top women business leaders and the next generation of women rising to leadership positions in corporate, public and entrepreneurial sectors. WNORTH creates a ground-breaking environment where women leaders come together to engage in real conversations that are critical to achieving success – from board engagement and financing, to work-life balance and relationship management. The connections made will be long lasting and the new perspectives gained will be career-changing.

MEDIA CONTACT

Blair Kaplan
blair@blairkaplan.ca
604-838-4234

Press Release: Introducing WNORTH Conference – March 6 in Whistler

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For Immediate Release

BUSINESS WOMEN ON THE RISE DESCEND ON WHISTLER, BC AT THE INAUGURAL WNORTH CONFERENCE, MARCH 6, 2015

A Gathering Designed to Accelerate Growth, Inspire Change and Create Connections That Matter

WHISTLER, B.C. February 10, 2015 –  WNORTH is a one-day, outcome-based destination conference for women taking place in Whistler, British Columbia on March 6, 2015.

Set at the host resort of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the conference will provide an accessible forum and networking hub for women on the rise. Top women business leaders and the next generation of women rising to leadership positions in corporate, public and entrepreneurial sectors will together make their way to WNORTH and join the conversation.

“There has been no lack of conversations on the subject of women in business over the last ten years, but as technology and a shift in social circumstances change, so too does the role of women in the workplace,” says Heather Odendaal, Founder & Producer of WNORTH.

“We created WNORTH to provide a forum for women on the rise to have real conversations that are critical to achieving success – from boardroom engagement and financial management, to work-life balance” says Odendaal.

Agenda and Programming Announced

WNORTH topics of conversation will include the following highlights:

  • “Board Games: Mastering the methodology to get on, and contribute to, boards”
  • “Female Executive Resilience and Strategies to Thrive”
  • “Will this Baby Wreck my Career?” – Tools and strategies to help find the difficult balance between a rewarding career and family life
  • “How technology is changing the opportunity for women to rise to the top”
  • “High Impact Communication”
  • “How to be the CFO of your life”
  • “Navigating your greatest failures, fuck-ups and misfortunes”
  • “Networks that Work – Working your Network”

For a detailed overview of the conference agenda please visit: http://wnorthconference.com/agenda

Some of the confirmed speakers include:

Meredith Powell, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Next Big Thing Foundation: Prior to co-founding The Next Big Thing Foundation, Meredith was in Los Angeles launching the world’s largest B2B ecomm fashion wholesale platform for Advanstar Global and she has founded three agencies in the fashion space.  At WNORTH, Meredith will address how technology is changing the opportunity for women to rise to the top.

Powell says, “The technology sector is known as a male-dominated industry, but there’s a growing number of women in leadership positions who share my passion for paving the ways for others. I share WNORTH’s vision and look forward to speaking at their inaugural conference this spring. The fact that it’s in Whistler is a bonus.”

Jill Earthy, Director BC & Yukon Futurpreneur: A leading voice for women in business, Jill was the CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), a non-profit organization educating, mentoring and energizing female entrepreneurs. She is now leading a new project that will create an online identity and space for “board ready” women. Jill will be a WNORTH speaker and moderator for the “Board Games” panel.

Other speakers include Jen Schaeffers, Chief Connector at Networking In Vancouver; Shannon Ward, freedom-based business coach; Devon Brooks, Co-Founder Blo Blow Dry Bar, Ashley Pincott, Founder Global Resilience Project, Marcella Szel, Transportation Executive & Board Chair of TransLink. For a full speaker list please visit http://wnorthconference.com/speakers/

WNORTH CONFERENCE DETAILS – March 6, 2015

The conference will be held at the Westin Whistler Resort & Spa, Whistler, B.C. This luxury hotel is nestled at the base of Whistler Mountain and was voted No.1 Ski Resort Hotel in North America by Condé Nast.

At WNORTH, besides inspiration within the gathering, unique events will be more than just a breath of fresh air, allowing attendees to experience all that Whistler has to offer. WNORTH will feature an excursion to the world-renowned Scandinave Spa, Connect Dinners at Whistler’s top restaurants, Yoga to start Saturday and a wine reception and educational evening hosted by 2013 BC Sommelier of the year, Samantha Rahn.

REGISTRATION

WNORTH is now open for registration. A conference pass for the single-day event that includes a night’s accommodation at the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa, are available for purchase for $575 online at http://wnorthconference.com/register/

ABOUT WNORTH CONFERENCE

WNORTH is an unprecedented meeting of today’s top women business leaders and the next generation of women rising to leadership positions in corporate, public and entrepreneurial sectors. WNORTH creates a groundbreaking environment where women leaders come together to engage in real conversations that are critical to achieving success – from board engagement and financing, to work-life balance and relationships. The connections made will be long lasting and the new perspectives gained will be career-changing.

MEDIA CONTACT

Michelle Leroux
media@wnorthconference.com
604-698-6654