“Heather founded the WNORTH Conference when she couldn’t find a resource that brought together women aspiring to senior leadership roles and female entrepreneurs who wanted to grow their business all under one roof. So in true entrepreneurial fashion, she created her own conference. Similarly, she organized the second conference with a newborn attached to her hip.”
“A lot of women who make it to leadership positions say the power of their network is extremely important. There were at least three women who moved into new positions based on the connections they made from last year’s conference.”
“This boutique destination conference gives women the opportunity to have real conversations critical to achieving real success. A multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of conference content allows participants to dive into the conference’s main pillars of focus: Accelerate Growth, Balance Life, Inspire Change and Connections that Matter. Inspirational talks, actionable workshops and intimate networking opportunities, move conversations outside of the normal boundaries of the typical conference event.”
“When it doesn’t exist, start it. When your hands are full, ask for help. And whatever you do, be sure that your networks, informal and formal, contain some people who believe, not in the myth of the self-propelled rising star, but in the rising tide that lifts all boats.”
“Five years after getting off the ground, B.C.-based Bluebird Strategy, a boutique marketing and events firm, has been a driving force behind some 40 events, festivals and conferences. But its ambitious founder, Heather Odendaal, has always seen success as more than just business expansion — growth has to happen on a personal level too.”
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.
“Tomorrow women from all over the world will be gathering for the inaugural Women North Conference. This event aims to bring together female business leaders and the next generation of women rising to leadership positions in an environment where they can engage in real conversations that are critical to achieving success – from board engagement and financing, to work-life balance and relationships.”
“Powerhouse professional women from across the continent will descend on Whistler this week. These women on the rise will trade corner offices for candid conversations as they meet in Whistler to elevate one another’s careers. This global gathering is WNORTH, the vision realized of Heather Odendaal, founder and producer of this brand new destination event for females on the fast track to success.”
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.
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.