[Ottawa} Networking Event: Building Confidence to Succeed Nov 10

When: Tuesday, November 10th  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Where: bitHeads, Inc., Westgate Shopping Centre, 1309 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Z 7L3 (Enter from outside the mall on the East side near the pet store)

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This season, Ottawa’s Women Powering Technology sessions are focusing on helping women “win the podium,” by applying winning skills, attitudes and strategies to their careers. Our first panel will focus on building the confidence you need to thrive at work.

We’ve invited three women to participate in the panel discussion, two engineers and mentors, and one athletic coach. Each will provide insights into how you can grow your confidence, set yourself up for success or deal with setbacks in a positive way.

We’ll start the night off with valuable networking time, then move to the panel discussion and audience Q&A. Refreshments and group discussions will follow.

Speakers include:

Michelle Mollot, CMO at Klipfolio, Queens Engineering Geophysics

Claire Toplis, Retired Technology Executive, Chair, iSisters Technology Mentoring, Queens Electrical Engineering

Mia Kakabeeke, Crossfit Coach and Motivational Speaker

This event is being hosted at bitHeads. Please come to the outside entrance is on the east side of the Westgate Mall beside Pet Valu.


Mychelle Mollot loves technology and marketing, and marketing and technology… the order depends on the day. Currently she is the CMO of Klipfolio (a SaaS software company building business dashboard solutions for the mid market) where she is responsible for Marketing and Product Management. Before Klipfolio, Mychelle was VP Marketing for the Websphere and Business Analytic divisions of IBM (Was part of the Cognos acquisition into IBM).  Prior to IBM, Mychelle held various senior Product Marketing, Market Strategy and Analyst Relations roles at Cognos as well as a year as a Geophysicist doing gold exploration in the Yukon, Northern Manitoba and Quebec. Mychelle has a degree in Engineering Geophysics from Queen’s University. Outside of work, Mychelle loves doing anything outside with her family, particularly kayaking, hiking and cycling.

Claire Toplis is a retired technology executive with thirty years of experience in mobile applications, IT and telecommunications.  A passionate customer advocate, she most recently served as Vice President of Product and Operations at a small Ottawa start-up now called ProntoForms, where at times she had responsibility for all technical functions in the corporation. Prior to that she was Director, Consulting of the Information Management practice at CGI, and she spent a couple of decades in various roles in R&D, Engineering and Product Management at Nortel.  Among the ways she now fills her time, Claire volunteers as chair of iSisters Technology Mentoring, an opportunity that combines technology mentoring and service to women in need, a natural fit that she couldn’t resist.

Mia Kakebeeke is a Fitness Trainer, Accountability & Habit Coach. After a successful career in sales and marketing in medical supplies and biotech, Mia decided to pursue her dream of helping people achieve their fitness and health goals. As the proprietor of Coach Mia, she’s spent the last three years working as a fitness trainer and accountability coach, as well as a trainer for sports teams of all ages.  With a BSc in Biology, Coach Mia offers a holistic approach to fitness and health, helping uncover her clients’ true potential and inspiring them to become the strongest version of themselves, to achieve long-term success. Outside of coaching, Mia’s goal is to participate in the CrossFit Games in 2016 and raising her two boys, dog and two cats.

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