Women in Wealth - January 24th, 2019

How truly grateful we are to have secured such an awesome spot for our first event of the year.  Situated in the heart of downtown Calgary, the Central Library stands as an architectural marvel with a striking silhouette, decorated with a hexagonal pattern. Upon entering the building, one is welcomed by the open-concept atrium, complimented by natural woods and sunlight pouring through the geometric windowpanes. Both the magnificent design and ambiance has created a space that embraces all visitors. Who would have thought a library would the happening place to be in such a young city! Perhaps we can partially thank the millennials, who are now young adults, for Calgary’s gradual transformation into a cool-and-hip city. Adjacent to the trendy industrial-esque East Village, this new hub is alive, friendly, and diverse.


Gathering in the BMO Community Room, attendees were welcomed by shiny YWIB balloons and sleek leather notebooks placed on each chair. The tapas and cocktails catered by Luke’s café were perfect for the occasion: Peasant Cheese Shop taught us that no charcuterie board is complete without caper berries. Women in Wealth was a truly successful event; the space absolutely bustled from start to finish.


Young Women in Business Calgary is on its fourth year in existence. What better way to kick off 2019 than focusing on the ever-so-current topic: women, and investing. This event was both sponsored and co-hosted by Fidelity Investments – a multinational financial services company, and one of the largest asset managers in the world with $2.46 trillion in assets under management. Meghan McDonald, the Manager of Campus Relations from the Toronto office set the tone for the evening by explaining how Fidelity operates. We learned that Fidelity Canada is a mutual fund manufacturer, with a business-to-business model.

Following Meghan’s introduction was our keynote speaker, Kathryn Black, the Manager of Regional Sales of Fidelity Western Canada. Kathryn talked about women as financial decision makers, emotions through the market cycles, and key considerations for the female investor. Kathryn was interactive and entertaining, and through her presentation, delivered a powerful message that had us take a look deeper into ourselves. We learned that women have the potential to outperform men in the stock market. Yet, while we theoretically invest better than men, we are less likely to even invest to begin with. One of the key takeaways of this event is that we as women have an ongoing responsibility in narrowing the gender wealth gap. Simply acknowledging that we have the opportunity to manage our own finances is a great start. We were left inspired by a vibrant individual: Kathryn spoke of both her experience and outlook on the women in the financial industry in a positive light.


We would like to formally acknowledge our sponsor and co-host, Fidelity Investments, with special thanks to Kathryn Black and Meghan McDonald. A further thank you to the Calgary Central Library, Luke’s Catering, Bare|Bold, and Rumble Boxing Studio for supporting our event.  


2nd Annual High Tea & Networking

Our second annual High Tea held at the historic Fairmont Palliser in downtown Calgary last Saturday, October 14 was a huge success! The highly anticipated event was sold out, and featured industry experts at each table, in order to give professional women the chance to ask questions, discuss industry-specific topics and share and learn from everyone's experiences in a casual setting while enjoying treats.

To view more photos from the event, check out our amazing photographer Danny's professional Facebook page  here !

To view more photos from the event, check out our amazing photographer Danny's professional Facebook page here!

We were incredibly fortunate to have the following industry leaders share their insights:

  • Marlo Brausse, Owner of Barre Body Studio
  • Gillian Davies, Senior Manager at TransCanada
  • Nicole Eaton, Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities Inc
  • Liz Ellwood, Co-Founder and Fertility Consultant at Fertility Match
  • Tara Kelly, President and CEO at Splice Software
  • Lynn Johnson, Account Director at Edelman
  • Amy Lee, Senior Director, Corporate Accounting at Triovest Reality
  • Lillian Pan, Partner at Dentons Canada LLP.

Thank you to everyone that attended! Stay tuned for our End of Year Social and next year's events!

Fall events 2017 update

We hope all of you had a great summer are well rested for the upcoming events. Yes, it has been quiet since our last event, but fear not as we are back and ready for action! 

We are planning our events for next year and would love to hear your feedback. Please help us create more, better tools for you by filling out a quick survey here and let us know what kinds of events you'd like to see in 2018: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FXZGXC9 

How many of you are curious or unsure about investments or want to know about how our industry leaders rose to where they are today? Then all of you are in luck because we are excited to present two big events this Fall to answer those questions! Your executive team aim to provide a centralized forum to connect ambitious, young women such as yourselves from various backgrounds, fields, and industries--to help all of you become successful in your workplace, career, and personal life. 

Event #1 - Investing 101: Wealth, Women & Wine
This session challenges common investor perceptions relating to our current events and conventional market wisdom. It is designed to educate and entertain, covering topics such as:

  • The "Trump Bump" and what's next
  • Ways to gauge your return expectations and if they are realistic
  • The future of active management in a world where the average investor consistently under performs the board market indices
  • Ways to support women's leadership development

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MDT
DATE: Thursday Sept. 21, 2017

More info on our events page.

Event #2 - High Tea at the Fairmont Palliser
As one of our most successful past events, you are  invited to Fairmont Palliser for our second annual high tea event! You will have the chance to sit with industry leaders from different professional backgrounds and gain insight into how they navigated their respective fields and overcame challenges that you may be facing in your current career.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Stay tuned for further details on the event and speakers.

Feel free to spread the word and invite your friends! Please remember that space is limited so hurry and get your ticket! See you all there!

Networking Uncorked - Collaborative Wine Tasting Night

On May 11th, we organized a wine tasting social night to bring together members of YWiB Calgary, FACL Western (Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers), and YPE (Young Professionals in Energy) Calgary. 

The evening of wine tasting was a great way to mix new professionals in Calgary, sample delicious wines and a great time. This customized event focussed on 6 different wines from around the world by wine experts on hand, at the Cellar wine store downtown. We were also excited to share the upcoming events each club had planned for the year. 

A big thanks to our title sponsor for the evening, Tangerine Bank who is a generous and loyal sponsor of the Young Women in Business club - Calgary chapter. Without the hard work of our team and sponsors, we would not have been able to sell out the event!

Learn more about our partner organizations:

FACL - Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Western)

YPE - Young Professionals in Energy (Calgary)

Dale Carnegie

For our first event of 2017, we are proud to have Chelsea Nespor, VP of Dale Carnegie Training of Calgary, speak at our networking seminar. A little about Chelsea.

Chelsea Nespor

Owner, Vice President & Trainer

Chelsea Nespor is Owner, Vice President and Trainer of Dale Carnegie® Training covering the Southern Alberta, Southern Saskatchewan and Alaska regions. In her role as a Certified Dale Carnegie® Trainer, Chelsea helps individuals, businesses and corporations achieve their vision through practical training solutions designed to build  self-confidence, promote action and drive sustainable performance. Her down-to-earth teaching style combines with her light-hearted nature to bring the famous Dale Carnegie® Principles to life for participants.

Chelsea is also Owner and Director of Asset Management, Twello Property Management. She is a passionate entrepreneur who began as an investment property owner with strong strategic instincts and a vision for helping other owners and landlords achieve their goals.


We are excited for Chelsea to join us this coming International Women's Day. Get your tickets soon!

Afternoon High Tea & Networking

This past Saturday, October 15, we had the pleasure of hosting High Tea Networking at the historic Fairmont Palliser in downtown Calgary. This sold-out event had industry experts at each table, in order to give professional women the chance to ask questions, discuss industry specific topics and share and learn from everyone's experiences. We were incredibly fortunate to have the following seasoned professionals share their insights:

Sophia Langlois - Partner - KPMG Whitney Hughes - Project Leader - Boston Consulting Group Rebecca Bloom Geddes- Vice President of Human Resources - Critical Mass Lillian Pan - Partner - Carscallen LLP Hailey Seidel - Co-Founder - BowDog Canine Specialists Crystal Phillips - Co-Founder and Executive Director - Branch Out Foundation Amanda Hehr - Co-Founder - Cru Juice

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, we hope you had a great time. Stay tuned for the event pictures, and we'll see you at our next event!


FACL x YWiB x YPAC Social

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended our very first social night in collaboration with FACL (Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers) and YPAC (Young Pipeliners Association of Canada) on May 26, 2016.  This sold-out event was a lot of fun for us, and we look forward to hosting similar, collaborative events in the future.

We hope you also enjoyed meeting great people in an inviting space (shout out to the excellent venue, Last Best!), and attend the upcoming club events hosted by these professional groups.

For more information on the upcoming events, goals, and opportunities of YWiB, FACL and YPAC, feel free to check out the resources below.

How did you like the event? Do you find networking in a bar easier, or more difficult than a structured environment? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!