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Women In Tech Regatta

Vancouver is joining as a host for an international event series WOMEN IN TECH REGATTA, also held in Seattle and Amsterdam!

Women in Tech Regatta (WiT Regatta) is a curated collection of events, workshops and conversations designed to connect women in tech to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community. We will dwell in the realm of what’s possible, rather than simply what is. This week is about tapping into our dynamic, talented community.

The WiT Regatta is organized in collaboration with The Platform, BC’s coalition of 30 local and provincial women and girls in tech groups. We’ll come together to amplify careers, actualize goals, define the future of tech and blow our own minds (#WITRegatta)

Our 2018 agenda includes: Monday Kick off opening party– Resource reception featuring over 30 orgs from our vibrant city that support women and girls in tech- all during one night, under one roof (at the fabulous Science World! ) Connect with industry leaders who can help you find new opportunities, provide you with valuable networking and powerful insights to push your career to the next level.

Port Tracks: During the week we’re hosting over 20 breakout sessions across the city. Sessions are grouped thematically and each session will be hosted at 1 of  5 ports. Attend all or create a personalized itinerary aligned to your specific interests.

  • Port 1: Tech Mavens (keeping you relevant in tech)  We’ll be talking about everything from AI, to Crypto-Currency, to growing as a coder.

  • Port 2: Inclusive Culture (Allyship)  The focus here is on ending gender bias in the workplace & building stronger, more diverse teams.

  • Port 3: Leadership (CEO’s & Startups)  We’ll hear from a diverse group of CEO’s and startup leaders who will discuss multi-dimensional leadership, building credibility and avoiding isolation.

  • Port 4: All about YOU (Build your story)  This is all about you- being bold,  intentional and building resilience. Pump up your side hustle and put some mojo into your personal brand.

  • Port 5: Career Acumen (Building relationships) Learn about how storytelling, mentorship, and meaningful connections will help you meet your career goals and win the race.

Episode 155 Ion Valis

Ion Valis is a strategic advisor who has spent the last decade serving top executives and organizations around the world. He helps them accelerate their development, reinvent themselves periodically and transform their errors into magnificent mistakes

Ion has worked as a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, helped launch and run a groundbreaking international mobile media initiative at a Fortune Global 50 company in London, was a senior executive in a fast-growing technology start-up in Montreal and served as president of an international foundation focused on empowering the next generation of young public leaders. Ion is also a well-respected author, speaker, and thinker on business strategy. In 2014, he published “The Magnificent Mistake: How We Can Earn More from Failure than We Learn from Success”. It describes an innovative system he developed to teach leaders and teams how to systematically learn from their errors. In 2016, he presented a thought-provoking talk on “Why we need a “Leadership Operating System” now” at TedXMcGill. Ion has an MBA from London Business School as well as a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Western University and an undergraduate degree from McGill University.

Episode 154 Lea Elliott

Lea Elliott helps managers and directors who care about the environment integrate sustainability into their work. I borrow from the brilliance of nature to turn sustainability from a boring chore into a gratifying feat. Starting with your style, interests and goals I’ll use my keen listening and observation skills, optimistic outlook and holistic approach to help you successfully launch a sustainability initiative that aligns with and enhances your team’s core mission.

Episode 153 Sue Ellson

Sue Ellson BBus MIML MAHRI CDAA (Assoc) ASA MPC was born in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne in 1994. She joined LinkedIn on 21 December 2003 and is one of the first 80,000 people in the world on the platform. She has been consulting on the topic of LinkedIn since 2008 and launched her first three 80,000 word books in 2016. She has a background in banking, training, recruitment, HR, marketing, employment, websites and social media and her first website, Newcomers went online in 2001. She created in 2010, Camberwell in 2012 and 120 Ways Publishing in 2015. She is currently an Independent LinkedIn Specialist providing consulting and training on the topics of LinkedIn, social media and marketing to individual clients and organisations worldwide. She also provides a variety of LinkedIn and Career Advice services for local and international companies, teaches at various educational facilities and provides business consulting services to private clients internationally.

120 Ways To Achieve Your Purpose With LinkedIn
120 Ways To Attract The Right Career Or Business

120 Ways To Market Your Business Hyper Locally

Available on AmazonBook Depository and 120 Ways Publishing.

Connections via LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle Plus and Instagram

Episode 152 Dan Moyle Interview Valet

Dan Moyle the Inbound Evangelist CTO of  Interview Valet promotes helpful, engaging marketing over interruptive advertising. Coming to marketing from the TV news business, Dan brings a
wealth of knowledge from writing to video production to multimedia content
creation. He says, “I’d rather help someone reach 50 ideal customers
rather than 5,000 passive viewers.”
A believer in servant leadership, Dan can be found behind the scenes at
work with organizations like Talons Out Honor Flight and Interview Valet,
lifting others up with service and a strong work ethic.

Episode 151 Rick Antonson Author

Rick Antonson @inkroadsRick, is the author, most recently, of “Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark” An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond” (2016) which the American Library Journal called, “this tasty, spicy feast of a book.” He is also the author of “Route 66 Still Kicks; Driving America’s Main Street” (2012) which The New York Times noted as “One of the best books of the bunch” in their Christmas travel book roundup, and “To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa” (2013) which the Chicago Tribune designated a “travel classic.” The former CEO of Tourism Vancouver, Rick served as chair of the Destination Marketing Association International (based in Washington, DC) and deputy chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (based in Bangkok, Thailand), an Ambassador for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and president of Pacific Coast Public Television.

Episode 150 Elena Yugai Women in Tech World

Elena is a co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Women in Tech World, a Canadian non-profit with a mission to elevate women in tech.

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Episode 149 Jonathan Friesen Mission Group

Jonathan was privileged to have been raised in a small Japanese coastal town on the edge of the Japan Sea during the rapid economic growth of the 1960s.  Having attended boarding school in Tokyo in the 70s and University in Los Angeles in the 80s, Friesen quickly gained a broad perspective, which pointed him in the direction of the business world. After settling in Vancouver in 1983, he began a career in property development by building high-rise communities in the Vancouver downtown core and resorts in the South Seas.  After several years, the Friesen family retired on the island of Grand Cayman and took part in a charitable housing organization.  By 2002, Friesen was ready to move back to British Columbia to reengage with the property development world. The dawn of Mission Group has illuminated many opportunities in Kelowna and the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.  Friesen currently serves in the role of CEO of Mission Group Enterprises.  He is primarily involved in corporate growth strategy, vision and the cultivation of strategic partnerships and financing.

Episode 148 Dr Cathy Key WorldTree

Dr Cathy Key is the Chief Operations Officer with World Tree ( Cathy’s favourite hashtag is #dollarsmakeadifference. Cathy has a PhD in Anthropology, specializing in the economics of cooperation. She has over 16 years’ experience in business development, marketing and sales working with organizations that include Telus, McGill University, Johnson and Johnson, University of Illinois and the University of British Columbia. As COO of World Tree what she loves is working with green investors who want to use their money to do good in the world. To find out more about the program, download the brochure or join a World Tree webinar.

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Episode 147 Barry Hartman 505 Junk

Barry Hartman is the Co-Founder and CEO at 505-Junk. Since the company’s inception in June of 2011, Hartman, along with business partner Scott Foran and their outstanding staff, have focused on reducing waste at local landfills and donating reusable goods to local charities. 505-Junk’s mission is to have a significant positive impact on their clients, the environment, and the communities that they serve. 505-Junk will be launching their first three franchisees this year and plans to grow across North America.
Hartman was selected as a Canadian delegate at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance Summit in Istanbul, Turkey and is very passionate about youth entrepreneurship. Hartman and Foran are honoured to have won several entrepreneurial, innovation and community-based awards. The company has been featured in many magazines, newspapers, and television shows including CTV’s Steele on Your Side, Breakfast Television, the National Post, the Vancouver Province, and more. While studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, Hartman was a professional snowboarder and travelled throughout North and South America as a brand ambassador for a variety of sponsors.