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!


A successful Soft Launch

On Wednesday February 10th, 2016, the Deville Coffee Shop on 6th Ave was bustling as usual. However, this time it was not the regular coffee-goers and student that dot the scene - instead it was a group of young women with posters and sign-in sheets in hand.

This was the much anticipated



of the Young Women in Business - Calgary chapter. Since the ideas first formed in August of 2015, various calls, coffees, meetings and happy hour drinks took place to bring the inaugural event to the City. Ten minutes before the first guests are expected to sign in, the team came together at the entrance for a de-brief and confirm tasks.

As the first guests walked in, they were met with Rachelle Tilden and Linda Huynh, who accepted their coats, give out their name tags and drink tickets. Their attention was then steered to the glass wall, where four questions were posted on the glass. The questions included general questions, such as "

Why are you in Calgary"

, and "

What do you think is the benefit of female mentorship?"

, but also questions that encouraged them to think a little more deeply, such as "

what would be a piece of advice you would give to a mentee if you had one?"

, and "

Why does the percentage of women who aspire to go into senior management and leadership roles drop down from 43% to 15% by the end of the female's second year of work?". 

As the other guests rolled in, the little sticky notes started going up one-by-one. In true female fashion, they were organized in neat columns and rolls.Guests started having the chance to taste some of the charcuterie and sweets that Deville is known for. The small coffee shop was soon bustling with girls meeting up and chatting as they chatted in what we hope is a comfortable atmosphere. By 6:10pm, the shop was aptly full, and the glasses clinked as the introduction was given. Alice Chen, the President and Founder of the Calgary chapter welcomed the audience, introduced the team, and briefly touched the background of Young Women in Business and the role that it hopes to play for the young women in the rooms.  She raised the glass and made the first toast of many to come:

"To strive in the business world, we gals have to have each other’s back. In this room, we have accountants, bankers, lawyers, marketing and HR professionals. And one day, we will be senior managers, executives, business owners, and contributing members of society. So cheers.. to us!"

A one-page anonymous survey was handed out to the guests. The results were to be consolidated and dispersed back to the audience in the following week. Members of the board went around and explained what some of the brainstormed ideas meant - such as High Tea and Speaker series. The night was wrapped up with Colleen Toohey going back to the glass wall, and commenting on any recurring themes that the answers had. Despite having a broad range of professionals in the room, there proved to be definite overlap in the answers, and some ideas that transcends work, but not gender. It will be these kind of questions that we hope to tackle as an organization together.

The guests were informed of the formal "hard"


that will take place in March and encouraged to bring out their friends and colleagues. As a group that is at its infancy start-up stages, the guest of approximately 25 was a sign that the City is definitely craving a group that tailors to their age-specific needs.

Young Women in Business - Calgary is thankful and gracious to the generous sponsorship of Sher Nerland Calnan LLP.