Ladies who lunch
WIL Luncheon event teaser by Networking in Van’s Fannie Smith
On May 2nd, The Women in Leadership Foundation will host their 7th Annual BC Women in Business Luncheon.
The Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) was founded in 2001 and is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women in leadership roles. WIL has played a pivotal role in helping thousands of women across Canada surge to success. Take a moment to check out their website and learn about all the good these ladies do.
I was first introduced to WIL at last year’s luncheon. As one of their signature events, it is well attended in Vancouver and usually sells out. When I attended last year, I was still slightly uncomfortable with networking and spent a little too much time at the buffet table and chatting with someone I already knew. (So if you are a newbie and attending this event for the first time or don’t know anyone, come find me. I would love to meet you!) These networking fumbles aside, I would still rate the BC Women in Business Luncheon as one of my favorite events of 2011.
Unfortunately my notes were lost in my deceased blackberry (may it rest in peace) but I do remember being very much entertained by Rita Rogers as the mediator—her story about running into her school crush while shopping for her first bra had me in tears. I was inspired by all the stories and successes (the theme was Our Story our Successes) and left full of pep and pride that I was lucky enough to hear them share their journey.
The subject of the 2012 event is Mentorship: The Best Advice I Ever Got and I can’t wait to hear what Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, Jill Earthy, Rebecca Bollwitt, Jane Russell and Rita Rogers have to say. You can view more about this year’s panel here.
In preparation for this year’s luncheon I thought I’d ask some of the women who have shaped my career and my life over the last decade; women who have given me great advice and have encouraged me along the way. So I asked them, what is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Learn to say No” – Jen Schaeffers, Founder Networkinginvan.com, Executive Director CKNW Orphan’s Fund
“Life’s gonna knock you down enough…don’t knock yourself down” This made me stop comparing my weaknesses to others strengths and focused on being the best at where my skills were strongest.- Debi Coll, Incite Business Solutions
“With great risk comes great reward” – Sandra Towers, General Manager, Entrée Destinations
“Realize the importance of friends. Boys will come and go but friends will stick around” – Advice my dad gave me as a teenager. He was right; I just recently caught up with a friend I’ve had for 40 years! - Sue McPhail, Project Manager, Workplace Wellness, BC Cancer Society
“Everything will be ok in the end, if it’s not ok, it’s not the end” – Heather White, Principal Heather2020
“There’s only one way to eat a horse…one bite at a time”. It always helps to calm me down and push on through overwhelming moments – Kay Gumsley, Change Management Consultant
So what is the best advice I ever got? My number one lady has to take the cake on this one, my mom. “Everything happens for a reason”. And while I hated that expression, especially when some boy had once again broken my heart, I have consistently found it to be true. Good or bad, even though it may take a while to realize it, I always take solace in this saying.
So, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Next Tuesday’s event is sold out but you may still be able to get on the waitlist on the Women in Leadership Foundations Facebook page!
And if you aren’t one of the wonder women in the room on May 2nd, stay tuned to our site as I will be back with an Event Recap Blog.