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Women Of Ambition Conference - September 27, 28, 29 in Kenora, Ontario, Canada

Join us for the largest personal and professional development conference in Northwestern Ontario. This conference is for business owners, career professionals, and all women in between ready to take action to develop their lives. This 3-day event includes knowledge, networking, and empowerment from industry experts and like-minded women.

Who should attend? Business owners, career professionals, and all women in between ready to take action to develop their personal and professional lives.



• 6:30pm to 10pm = Women of Ambition Mixer with Barley's Angels Kenora Chapter and Trivia Twins

• 8am to 8:30am = Registration
• 8:30am to 8:45am = Opening Ceremonies
• 8:45am to 9:30am = Circle Networking
• 9:45am to 10:45am = Karen Richardson: Change Your Money Mindset
• 11 am to 12pm = Jacquie Nagy: Busting The Work/Life Balance Myth
• 12pm to 12:45pm = Lunch
• 12:45pm to 1:45pm = Speed Mentoring: Healthy Lifestyle For Busy Women, Social Media & Branding, Navigating Male Influenced Industries, Secure Funding For Your Business, Be An Exceptional Leader, Take Control Of Your Finances
• 2pm to 3pm = Judith Chambers: Leading With Emotional Intelligence
• 3:15pm to 4:15pm = Destiny Seymour: From Employee to Entrepreneur, How To Leave Your Day Job To Pursue Your Passion
• 4:30pm to 5:30pm = Susie Parker: The Impact of Storytelling On Social Media
• 6pm to 6:45pm = Dinner
• 6:45pm to 7:30pm = Keynote Speaker Jacquie Nagy on Graceful Autonomy Self-Coaching Practices To Be More Courageously Confident, Congruent And Resilient
• 7:30 to 9:30pm = Reception

• 8:30am to 9:15am = Kira Onysko: Movement & Mimosas
• 9:15am to 10:15am = Breakfast and Empowerment Panel: Danielle Morrison and Anna Samoylova
• 10:30am to 11:30am = Ben Fries: Cyber Security (Agenda may change)

• For the women with businesses, a post event advertisement including a description of your business and logo to our 50,000 followers, valued at $400
• A hotel discount as a thank you for travelling from out of town to join us
• Chance to win over $4000 in prizes
• PARO circle member discount


Jacquie Nagy: Busting The Work/Life Balance Myth

ABOUT JACQUIE - Jacquie is an expert on Self-Mastery and Living Your Dream! She speaks on how to self- direct your 'inner-game' so you can be more positive, productive and autonomous in both life and business. She teaches tangible practices so people can coach themselves in nearly any situation. More importantly she not only speaks on what needs to happen, she shows people HOW. Her talks have a high level of engagement, are experiential, serious and fun! Jacquie's professional experience extends 35 years in the businesses of airline, corporate travel & card, direct sales & marketing, and health and wellness. Jacquie is owner, lead developed and trainer of Holistic Directions Inc. (2008). Jacquie had a proven track record of being a successful sales team Leader, inspiring trainer, and results driven coach. Her expertise is personal development and helping people transition from employed to entrepreneurship. With her range of experience she speaks, trains and coaches people from executive level to micro-business owners. Jacquie is an international Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer, Speaker, and Coach. She has delivered training courses in Canada, USA, Sweden, Portugal and Russia. In addition to speaking and delivering public training, she offers Certification courses in Classic NLP, New Code NLP, and NLP Masters. She is a Certified Adult Educator (CAE), Art of Feminine Presence"' Teacher, and creator of Graceful Autonomy"' and Start Living Your Dream workshops and retreats.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP - When you think about balance, is it really possible? Can you ever truly balance two infinitely complex contexts where priorities and needs are consistently changing? Especially when the changes are typically ones you have no control over and include an element of ‘surprise’. So what’s the answer? Well, if balance is a myth, then what can you do? When you’re physically worn out, emotionally exhausted from a stressful work day, and mentally drained, how can you give your loved ones at home your full and loving attention? Or, maybe it’s the other way around for you? Either way, it’s the same question. What can you do? The answer is – flexibility and flow! In this workshop, Jacquie will teach you how to ‘be your own coach’ by using a step by step process to anchor authentic and dynamic ‘states’. Utilizing the natural space around you, you will learn to activate your body, mind, inner wisdom. When you learn this practice you can easily shift to being the person you want to be in any situation. Whether you want to be calm, confident, energized, inspiring, compassionate, or whatever state you want – the techniques you will learn can be life-changing!

Judith Chambers: Leading With Emotional Intelligence

ABOUT JUDITH - Judith's career spans over 25 years in the Financial Services Industry with the last 15 in Wealth Management working exclusively with high net worth individuals and families. She joined TD Bank in February of 2013 where she currently leads a team of wealth management professionals in the areas of Private Banking, Wealth Advisory Services & Private Trust. Judith holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has her CFP, PFP, TEP, FMA and CEA designations. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Dalhousie Universiry. Judith currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Manitoba Opera and the Nellie McClung Foundation. An active member of the community she has held previous roles with the the Natio. Board of the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada and was past Cabinet Chair of the local Children's Wish Foundation Advisory Board and board member of the YMCNYWCA of Winnipeg. She has participated in communiry events with Cancer Care, United Way, The Canadian Museum .r Human Rights, and Juvenile Diabetes (JDRF). Judith is married with two children. An avid Hockey Fan, she has spent many winters in a hockey rink watching her sons play. When she is not watching hockey she laces up her own skates and plays ladies ringette in the winter and golfs in the summer months.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP - For leaders having emotional intelligence is a key factor to success In this interactive workshop Judith walks you through tips and strategies on leading with Emotional Intelligence and will help you find out where you fall on the EQ scale (Emotional Quotient) and how you can incorporate Emotional Intelligence into your leadership style.

Susie Erjavec Parker: The Impact of Storytelling On Social Media

ABOUT SUSIE - Susie Erjavec Parker is owner of SPARKER Strategy Group, Winnipeg's first and only social media and public relations agency. Susie is a digital marketing expert, writer, and trusted media commentator on the current and future state of social media having been featured on CBC. CTV, Global News. The Globe and Mail, MoneySense Magazine, Corus Radio, and more. She consults on public relations. marketing trends, and the intersection of consumer behaviour. She is also the founder and managing editor of a regional media outlet that connects Winnipeg parents to brands and businesses that serve them. and highlights local events.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP - Storytelling has become essential in marketing as a way to make content resonate with your audience. Business owners and marketers can harness the emotional power of stories within their content, and with the help of social media storytelling tools they can form strong, long-lasting relationships with their audience. Susie Erjavec Parker will share her favourite examples of successful brands using the power of storytelling on social media that show the human side of business, boosts brand awareness, and drive audience loyalty and conversions. And please use my full name in printed and online materials: Susie Erjavec Parker—thanks! Can you let me know what the remuneration (or the speaker budget) is for my presentation and who to make the invoice out to?

Karen Richardson: Change Your Money Mindset

ABOUT KAREN - As a child, Karen watched her mother pay bills and balance her cheque book every Sunday night at the kitchen table. The idea that weekly cash flow is the foundation of good management has remained with her throughout her life, heavily influencing her career and the advice she provides. Karen understands that people have multiple goals, and those goals can be achieved in multiple ways. She is committed to supporting clients in their financial journey, providing support and updates for many years after the original analysis and plan is created. in early 2019, Karen joined the Spring Plans team after 7 years in the advice-only planning industry as a Money Coach and as an entrepreneur with a private practice. Karen is based in Kenora, Ontario, working both in-person locally and virtually with Canadians from coast to coast. She shares her life with her three teenagers and husband on the Winnipeg River, where she is active in her community, sharing knowledge and volunteering as much as possible.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP - A presentation that addresses your emotions, your feelings and mindset around your money. You will become clear about how to use your money as a tool and learn how to create a vision for what you want in life and how to get there.

Destiny Seymour: From Employee to Entrepreneur, How To Leave Your Day Job To Pursue Your Passion

Destiny Seymour is an Anishinaabe interior designer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Destiny graduated with her Masters in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. She worked at an architecture firm in Winnipeg for over 10 years as their interior designer before starting her own design business in 2016.

Destiny started designing artisan textiles for interiors that respectfully reflects local Manitoban Indigenous peoples and their history after struggling to find materials that she could incorporate into design projects. Her company, Indigo Arrows, now offers a range of table linens, pillows, and blankets that showcase patterns from local Indigenous pottery and bone tools that date from 400 to over 3000 years old. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples in Manitoba created beautiful patterns to adorn their pottery and host of bone tools. Most of these surviving pieces are held in museums now. Using a variety of materials & mediums, Destiny is reviving these ancient patterns to provoke thought, bridge gaps, inspire and empower.

Destiny formed Woven Collaborative, an Indigenous led design studio with fellow designer Mamie Griffith. Their design practice takes a critical look at the representation of Indigenous cultures within spaces. Their design mission is to respectfully reflect local Indigenous cultures & identity within architectural forms, interior spaces, furniture, and textiles. Their design process acknowledges community engagement, inclusiveness, and collaboration when creating new works.

Kira Onysko: Movement & Mimosas

Kira is a certified personal trainer in beautiful Kenora Ontario. She loves inspiring movement for everyone, but is especially obsessed with working with women. She believes there is something so special about a group of women getting together, challenging themselves and reaching their goals collectively. For this reason, Kira is so excited to be leading Movement & Mimosas (her two favourite things!) at the Women of Ambition Conference. Get ready for a little bit of sweat and a lot of fun.

Danielle H. Morrison : Panelist

Danielle H. Morrison is an Anishinaabekwe from Treaty 3 and is a proud member of the Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing. She holds an honours degree in Visual Arts and Indigenous Studies from the University of Ottawa, a Juris Doctor from Robson Hall Faculty of Law at University of Manitoba, and is a current articling student with the Public Interest Law Centre with a focus on criminal justice, human rights, and Indigenous law. Danielle’s career experience includes 16 years in program delivery and policy review with various Indigenous-led movements and non-profit organizations at both grassroots and national levels including the National Association of Friendship Centres and the Assembly of First Nations. Danielle spent two years assisting Survivors of Indian Residential Schools as an outreach worker and form-filler for claims in the Independent Assessment Process. She is a volunteer community organizer and advocate for systemic and social change, having spearheaded several fundraising campaigns for the Student Pipeline Action Committee and donating over $10,000 to frontline, Indigenous-led resistance movements. In 2016, Danielle worked as the lead Community & Cultural Engagement Coordinator for the national tour of Royal Winnipeg Ballet's "Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation". She is a current board member for the Indigenous Advisory Circle for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Legacy Fund Director for the Joseph Morrison Legacy Fund, and a past executive board member for Sarasvati Theatre Productions and the Manitoba Indigenous Law Students Association. Danielle is a graphic design artist and photographer by trade, and volunteers her skills to create artwork that embodies the spirit and spreads the message of Indigenous resistance. Danielle is also a jingle dress dancer, a small business owner of her recently launched label Clan Mother Goods & Apparel, and a mother to five year old Evie.

Key Note Speaker/ Jacquie Nagy: Graceful Autonomy™. Self-Coaching Practices To Be More Courageously Confident, Congruent & Resilient!

Have you ever felt stressed out, overwhelmed, and disconnected with your true self?

Has your passion for living your dream faded and replaced with the feeling you’re spinning your wheels?

You are NOT alone!

In today’s hurly burly world of ‘on demand’ living – it’s easy to lose confidence in yourself and in your higher purpose. When this happens, life can feel like you’re riding a roller coaster of emotions fueled by unresourceful thinking patterns, disempowering habits, loss of confidence, and lack of clarity.

In ‘Graceful Autonomy’ Jacquie will share practical tools to gracefully coach yourself when you’re dealing with everyday pressures that take you “off-piste” in your personal life and in business.

When you attend you will learn strategies to shift your attention away from responding to external triggers, influences, and ‘shiny objects’ so you can focus on your “highest intentions” - your beautiful dream!

Step into being more courageously confident (in any situation!) – act authentically and congruently (you know who you are, and your thoughts match your actions) - and become a more resilient Woman of Ambition!


 People Are Excited For The Conference!