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2024 Women's Summit: Ageless Ambition


9:00 – 9:15: Opening Remarks, Debra Wilson

  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Greetings from Mayor Mrakas
  • Welcome from Sandra Ferri, President & CEO

9:15 – 9:50: Opening Speaker

  • Rennet Wong-Gates, Registered Psychotherapist & Clinical Social Worker

9:50 – 9:55: Hot Flashes

  • Tara Deris, Owner, KO Club

9:55 – 10:30: Second Speaker

  • Rachel Stone, Author, The Blue Iris

10:30 – 11:00: NETWORKING BREAK

11:00 – 11:45: Panel Discussion

  • Alex Herrington, Owner, The North Dance Company
  • Melanie Bell, Director of Business Development, McLaren Doors
  • Mae Khamissa, Owner, Omars Shoes
  • Diane Buchanan, Sales, The Auroran

11:45 – 11:50: Hot Flashes

  • Revi Mula, Owner, Monaco Interiors

11:50 – 12:45: LUNCH

12:45 – 1:20: Speaker

  • Lara Veltkamp, Owner, Watershed Marketing Group

1:20 – 1:25: Hot Flashes!

  • Marion Tripp, Founder, Virtual Option

1:20 – 1:50: Keynote Speaker

  • Sue Beamish, President, Aluminum Mold + Pattern

1:50 – 2:00: Closing Remarks

  • Alison Mumford, Director of Operations


Here's a brief overview of what each speaker will cover:


Rennet Wong-Gates - Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Clinical Social Worker

Rennet will delve into the importance of setting boundaries, learning to say no, and nurturing a healthy mind for optimal work-life balance. Her expertise in psychology promises to provide valuable strategies for personal growth and well-being.


Lara Veltkamp - Consultant and "Business Therapist"

Lara has been helping small (and micro) business owners strategically and sustainably grow their businesses beyond original goals for more than 30 years. She will discuss lessons learned in keeping your business financially healthy, protecting your business - and yourself - from inevitable unexpected challenges, and finding the beauty in “failure."


Rachel Stone – Author

Rachel is a local author renowned for her captivating stories of hope and redemption, set against the backdrop of vibrant Canadian landscapes. Her debut novel, "The Blue Iris," has garnered critical acclaim and promises to inspire audiences with its profound themes and rich storytelling.


Sue Beamish - Automotive Manufacturing Expert

Sue will share her invaluable insights gained from navigating the challenges of a male-dominated industry. As an experienced executive, investor, and board member in automotive manufacturing, her perspective on working with angel investors will offer invaluable guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs.


Join us at the Aurora Chamber's 2024 Women's Summit for an enriching experience filled with inspiration, knowledge, and empowerment. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and take your personal and professional journey to new heights.

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