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Reaching the Top: Know What’s Right for You

Another successful panel with Women Powering Technology! Tuesday was a fantastic networking evening with over 40 people in attendance. All three of our very accomplished panelists; Nilufer Erdebil, Suzanne Grant, and Chantal Hemens, had valuable insight and interesting stories to share.

When asked what she wished someone had told her when she was starting out, Suzanne’s response was to not always take people’s advice. A common message driven home by all the panelists was “to know what is right for you”. All three women felt that throughout their careers they had been told what they should or couldn’t do but that it was when they followed their own path that they felt happiest with the result.

The women were also asked about failures or decisions along the way that were pivotal. The resounding response was that failures or points of change are times to reflect. Suzanne noted, however, that reflection is equally important during the high points in our careers. It is easy to forget to think about where we are going and what we want when things are going well. Chantal mentioned more than once the value of choosing to do things that have scared her in her career. She suggested that we are all more capable than we give ourselves credit for. In her career, setting five year goals, asking herself where she wants to be personally at retirement age, and changing careers for the sake of change have pushed her to be successful and to keep growing. When talking about goals, Suzanne focused on moving in a strategic direction while Nilufer emphasized the importance of balancing both short term and long term goals. She talked about intentionally working regularly on defined things that move you towards your goals.

On the overarching topic of getting more young women into STEM careers, the panel agreed that strong role models are an important and a lacking first step. Chantal talked about showing students all the options as kids don’t always know the career paths that programs offer. Suzanne commented that men equally need to be supported in their decisions to be stay at home parents. A cultural shift in expectations of men will open the door for a shift in women’s roles as well.

Thank you to all who attended for another stimulating evening!

[Waterloo Region] 100 to Venture

Women Innovators, Business opportunities, 1 award to assist a female entrepreneur in building her business!

Join us for an evening of hearing women innovators as they showcase and pitch their business.   You’ll meet some incredible entrepreneurs, as they present their ventures. Then, as the audience you’ll select the most compelling business, which will receive a cash award to assist that entrepreneur in building her business

WHEN:  Stay tuned!  Fall 2015

WHERE:  Ernst & Young – 515 Riverbend Dr, Kitchener ON N2K 3S3

Show your support of women entrepreneurs by joining this exclusive event in Waterloo Region.  Be a part of the 100 to Venture initiative; 100% of your $100 event entry will go directly to the winning pitch  to build her business. 


We’re looking for new and upcoming businesses to pitch.

Interested in pitching your business?   Contact Kate Shippey at shippeykate@gmail.com



Vancouver Networking Opportunity ~ Join Lisa Ohman the COO of InvestNextDoor

Vancouver Chapter Event — From negotiating a new position to the dreaded salary conversation, to negotiating resources and timelines for a software implementation or services deal for a client. You may not be charged with high risk negotiation deals (or maybe you are), but negotiation happens all the time in our workplace, and in our everyday lives.

Join Lisa Ohman and other dynamic women in technology as she shares her insights on negotiation tactics and strategies that extend to everyday life.  Lisa Ohman is the Chief Operating Officer of InvestNextDoor, the first community-focused online peer to business investment marketplace that gives control back to investors and borrowers.  Visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wpt-women-powering-technology-negotiation-inside-and-outside-the-boardroom-tickets-11502320751 to learn more about Lisa’s background and learn more about InvestNextDoor by clicking on the link and visiting their site.

Event Host: East Van Roasters creates organic ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate and coffee roasted and prepared on site.  Meet over Artisan chocolate and coffee – explore further at eastvanroasters.com.

Event Sponsor:  MonkeyMedia Software helps restaurant operators grow sales and increase profits by educating them to become experts at feeding their customers where they live, work and play.   For more information on all MonkeyMedia has to offer, visit monkeymediasoftware.com.  

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[Ottawa] WPT Ottawa Networking Event

Join us for the launch of the Ottawa Chapter of Women Powering Technology.  We are an organization run by Women in Technology for Women in Technology to support you in your careers whether you are a student, just starting out, in a tech role looking to advance in your organization or starting a new business.

Meet the executive team, network with your peers, let us know how we can help you and learn about the events we have planned for 2013/2014.

We are excited to announce that we will be serving some delicious local refreshments including ginger beer and cream soda compliments of Harvey & Vern’s Olde Fashioned Soda, cheeses compliments of local artisan producers including Glengarry Fine Cheese and Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères & charcuterie courtesy of Seed to Sausage and The Piggy Market.

Special thanks to our sponsors: BitHeads for providing us with a great venue for our events –  www.bitheads,com; Harvey & Vern’s for providing Olde Fashioned Soda (www.facebook.com/HarveyAndVerns), Glengarry Fine Cheese (www.glengarryfinecheese.com), and Fromagerie Les Folies Bergères (www.lafromagerielesfoliesbergeres.ca) for their fine cheeses!

Date: Tuesday October 8, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00pm
Where: BitHeads, 1309 Carling Ave Ottawa, ON, Canada K1Z 7L3 (east side of the building beside the Pet Value ring doorbell), ON
Cost: no charge
Registration: wptott.eventbrite.ca
Linked In: Join the discussion

[Waterloo] Pub Night: Living in Your Sweet Spot in Tech

Tech careers change all the time. What works for you is unique to you. Determine your current sweet spot in your career with the help of Nancy Praymayer, president of Corvantage Consulting Inc.
This event is brought to you by the Women Powering Technology – Waterloo Region. Our chapter came together in May 2011. Our vision is to inspire, support, elevate and empower women in technology personally, professionally and together as a community. Be part of it!

Date: Wednesday, 15May
Time: 6:00 pm networking / 7:00 pm guest speaker and chat
Where: Hunt Club Room, The Rum Runner Pub, The Walper Terrace, Kitchener, ON
Cost: no charge – you pay for your drinks and pub grub
Registration: RSVP to the Facebook event – Like it, say if you are Going or not, leave a comment and Invite friends!
Linked In: Join the discussion post – add a comment, even if you send regrets!

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[Waterloo] Your Invitation to Pub Night: Embracing Diversity

At WPT, we inspire, support, elevate and empower women in technology. Stepping back, we see that women and technology are slices of larger pies: diversity and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). People of all genders, races, backgrounds, abilities, ages and means are needed in STEM to ensure that our local and national economies remain viable.

At this month’s Pub Night in Waterloo, Ontario, we welcome two groups who absolutely embrace diversity and who will share their stories:

  • Stephanie Rozek (@srozek, @AvocadoDog) and Terre Chartand (@TerreChartrand) are leading forces behind hackademy.ca, a social venture startup that aims to expose and teach technology to people with a variety of backgrounds.
  • Jamie Burton (@dolphinvp) is Vice President, Corporate Development, at Dolphin Digital Technologies, a company which has diversity indelibly engraved in its core values.

When: March 26th at 6pm for casual networking, food and drinks or at 7pm to hear from and engage with our guest speakers

Where: The Rum Runner Pub, Kitchener, below the Walper Terrace Hotel, Kitchener, Ontario.

Cost: no charge – you pay for your drinks and pub grub

Parking: if needed, use the Kitchener City Lot at Charles and Benton (5-story parking garage with elevator); from there, you will see signs leading to Walper Terrace

Accessibility: please take the elevator down from the Cafe

As always, this is an interactive event. We downright expect questions and dialogue. We also encourage you to spread the word and bring a friend!

We’re looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces on the 26th. Meet you at the Pub!

RSVP on Facebook today.