Giving voice to local women


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February 2, 2017 12:00 AM

It’s almost time for the annual Inspiring Women’s Conference, a day for promoting and giving a voice to local women, as well as sharing knowledge and resources within the community.
“We decided to put it on because there are women’s conferences in Vermilion and Camrose and Kelly (Sidoryk) and I found ourselves travelling to them, and we kept saying, somebody should do that in Lloydminster,” said Terra Weaver, who co-organized the event with Sidoryk.
“We decided after a few years we may as well go ahead and do that ourselves, so we decided to take it on and that was six years ago; so we’ve had them every year since and they’ve been growing.”
Weaver added despite the longevity and growth of the event, the format has stayed largely the same, starting the day off with a panel of local women who discuss a variety of topics regarding personal challenges and triumphs, which tends to be one of the more popular features of the event.
The panel is followed by three concurrent sessions throughout the day, of which attendees can choose to attend two, with the first session is being put on Servus and Synergy Credit Unions.
The first session, called Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, shows that according to statistics, women grade themselves lower than men on financial knowledge, and this session aims to change that.
“And then the second breakout session is called Leadership: The Art of Possibility, and that’s going to be presented by Robin Acton, she has presented before at the conference and people really love the message that she brings,” said Weaver.
“She’s a very good speaker and very motivating.”
The third session is called Soulful Yoga: The Art of Nurturing, and will be presented by Tiffany Shelton of Oasis Hot Yoga Studio.
After these three sessions the event’s keynote speaker takes the stage, who this year is Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Barb Stegemann from Halifax, N.S.
Stegemann landed a deal on the show for her 7 Virtues perfume company, which helps farmers in war torn countries by buying oils distilled from their crops.
“Now they’re (perfumes) sold in the Bay store and she’s going to bring those perfumes with her and talk to us about that process, where she decided she wanted to do something to make change, and it’s called a social enterprise,” Weaver said.
“So she wanted to make change in the world, and also make money for herself, and she’ll talk about how she went about doing that; she’s got a very good story and she’s a good speaker, we heard her in Vermilion last year.”
The Inspiring Women’s Conference takes place Feb. 7 at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds and Convention Centre and tickets can be purchased at Vivid Hair Salon, or by calling Weaver at 780-808-1397.

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