#HerHalton Announces Speakers Lineup for 2020 Women’s Day Breakfast

The below article was first published on haltech.ca

Burlington, ON, January 30, 2020

Co-organizers HaltechTechPlaceBurlington Economic DevelopmentHalton Region and Yellow Robot are thrilled to announce the 2020 #HerHalton International Women’s Day Breakfast speaker lineup.

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7:30 AM, #HerHalton will take over Milton’s RattleSnake Point Golf Club with an engaging group of speakers. There will be a keynote talk from Professor Maja, sociologist, author and TEDx speaker, fireside chats and guest presentations. This is a great opportunity to hear from Halton leaders what this year’s IWD theme ‘Each for Equal’ means to them while sharing their experiences of leadership in their respective fields.

Guest speakers include philanthropist and advocate David Vandenberg, Angel Investor and Mable’s Labels co-founder Julie Ellis (with mentor Karen Hanna), mathematician, and inventor Sherry Shannon-Vanstone and leader in technology Sandeep Soni (with mentor Judy Lindenbach). All guest speakers will be invited to participate in the panel discussion, moderated by Yellow Robot’s Co-founder and Director of Marketing and Communications Kimberly Calderbank.

“#HerHalton celebrates female-led initiatives and inspires growth in Halton Region. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this event back for a third year to showcase outstanding leaders, supporters, and the potential in our region,” says Shann McGrail, Executive Director of Haltech.

All parties interested in partnering with #HerHalton are asked to contact Izabela.goclik@haltech.ca To attend the 3rd Annual #HerHalton International Women’s Day Breakfast, guests can register here: http://haltech.ca/2020-herhalton-international-womens-day-breakfast/.

To learn more about this year’s panel, please see speaker bios below:

Professor Maja

Professor Maja is a sociologist, author, and confidence-researcher. Her TEDx Talk “How Apologies Kill Our Confidence” was featured by TED IDEAS in their 2019 article “Do You Say ‘Sorry’ too Much?” She is also a regular guest expert on television. Professor Maja runs a leadership organization that trains women to improve their confidence, communication, and mindset. Maja also speaks to women of all ages on topics such as confidence, perfectionism, people-pleasing, imposter syndrome, time-management, and body positivity. Professor Maja holds a Ph.D. in sociology from McMaster University where she also teaches. Her new study “Women’s Confidence and Communication Styles” is a global study exploring what strengthens and weakens women’s confidence, and how apologies, deflection of praise and self-compassion impacts our confidence and communication.

Julie Ellis

Julie Ellis has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for a privately held omni channel retailer in Canada, responsible for driving the company’s growth toward operational excellence, team integration, and market expansion. She is the co-founder of the successful Canadian small business Mabel’s Labels and has been involved in the business and startup communities for many years. She was Chair of the Board at Innovation Factory in Hamilton, ON., which offers programs that accelerate the innovation process for up-and-coming companies through collaboration with community-based resources from business, science, government, academia, and finances where she work in areas like business, investment and even trading with resources like gold trading that is great in this field. She is the current Board Chair at Angel One Investor Network, one of the most active angel groups in Canada.

David Vandenberg

Currently enrolled at McMaster University in Political Science, David Vandenberg is a passionate community leader and speaker in the Halton Region. David has worked in both the senior living and government relations industry during his tenure at McMaster University. David continues to be engaged in many facets of the community, focusing specifically on charitable and political campaigns. David’s deep commitment to innovative community and city-building has inspired him to pursue a career in the real estate investment industry. He continues to be a strong advocate for youth and poverty relief in the Halton Region, having served on many boards and committees such as Pythons’ Pit, the Halton Industry Education Council and the Compassion Society of Halton. David previously chaired the re-election campaign for former Mayor Rick Goldring in 2018. His values towards volunteer work and community involvement, harmonized with entrepreneurial passion expresses his desire to give back to the community while excelling in the business sector.

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone is a Mathematician, entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist, mentor, and corporate board member. She has been involved in three very successful start-up ventures — Cylink, Certicom, and TrustPoint Innovation— and recently launched a new company called Profound Impact. Sherry is currently the co-chair of the Perimeter Institute’s Emmy Noether Council, the co-chair of the Waterloo Region chapter of Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) and is a member of the board of directors and advisory boards for several private and public companies and associations. In June 2019 Sherry received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Western University, Canada, and in 2015 she was awarded – WOW – the World Waterloo Region’s Female Innovator of the Year. In Nov 2019, Sherry was named one of the 100 women/100 years in Milton. She holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and was a cryptologic mathematician with the US Government.

Sandeep Soni

With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Sandeep has demonstrated success in product innovation and entrepreneurship. She is an innovative, strategy-driven leader with an established track record for boosting profitability, expediting time to market, reversing poor financial performance, and driving progress for start-up, early-stage, high growth, and emerging technology companies. A passionate advocate of Women in Technology, Sandeep helps organizations promote a culture of inclusivity and acceptance, to build a more productive, innovative and successful workforce.

About #HerHalton

#HerHalton is a peer-to-peer community for women who live or work in the Halton Region. Members support and empower one another through respectful and honest discussions, collaboration and networking opportunities. The annual Women’s Day Breakfast aims to bring the community together and celebrate female-led achievements in the region.

About Haltech Regional Innovation Centre

Haltech is part of Halton Region’s innovation ecosystem, working with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth. We support technology entrepreneurs and companies to grow and scale their business with a wide range of free services that include: Business Advising & Innovation Support, Entrepreneur Skill Development through Education, and Corporate Innovation Partnerships.

About TechPlace

TechPlace is a one-stop destination for new and growing technology companies. With the support of partners from across the public and private sectors, it is dedicated to connecting, developing, and advancing entrepreneurs at all stages. This means providing access to space, programming, mentorship, networking, and resources that are fundamental to growing a business in today’s technology-driven marketplace. Led by Burlington Economic Development, TechPlace exists to help technology, talent and ideas come together under one roof to create and promote opportunities for economic growth.

About Burlington Economic Development

Burlington Economic Development has the mandate to enhance the growth prospects of existing companies and bring new high-value firms to the community. Burlington Economic Development’s focus is on growing the economic base to sustain Burlington’s competitive and prosperous community. Burlington Economic Development is the first point of contact for companies looking to expand, start-up or locate in Burlington.

About Halton Region

The Halton Region Small Business Centre offers a suite of services to entrepreneurs and small business owners across industries and in all stages – from formulating an idea to starting and expanding a business.  For global and scale-up clients, the Halton Global Business Centre provides a hub of resources and support for local small to medium-sized businesses that are looking to grow and export/import.  Services include one-on-one consulting, business plan review, market research, seminars and events, grant and mentoring programs, and a public-access resource centre.

About Yellow Robot

Creative. Strategic. Impressive. Yellow Robot is a boutique marketing agency located in the heart of Burlington, Ontario.  We provide all the services you would expect from a big agency, with a hands-on, focused approach. We work tirelessly as your marketing partner to help you achieve your goals.

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