What do you get when you mix four of Vancouver’s most successful online business leaders, 200 local, professional women, a silent auction filled with amazing items, wine and hors d’oeuvres? You get #YESdigi, an event that you, as a working professional or someone currently on the job hunt in Vancouver, do not want to miss.
YES! Vancouver is hosting their 8th annual Signature Speaker Series, Success in a Digital Era, at BCIT’s downtown campus on Wednesday, May 21. Aside from a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable insights from successful business owners and network with like-minded professionals in a comfortable setting, #YESdigi is also a great chance to give back to an extremely worthy cause: Dress for Success Vancouver. One-hundred per cent of all proceeds from this event (as well as every other YES! event) go directly to DFSV, an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged women in Vancouver enter the workforce and build a stable career and life.
“We’re thrilled to bring in these movers and shakers for our Members and guests to learn from,” says Jen McParland, Co-Chair of YES! Vancouver. “Our panel boasts a wealth of experience in tech, web strategy, marketing and even shoes – there’s really something for everyone. It’s a great chance to dress up a little, have some fun, and take away some important advice from the crème de la crème of Vancouver’s tech world.”
The happy hour you don’t want to miss
Ladies, this isn’t your typical networking event. Where else can you can pop over after work, indulge in some canapés and wine while you listen to an informative and entertaining panel, and then turn around to have some laughs and exchange some business cards with other amazing women like yourself – all the while knowing that you’re supporting a cause as amazing as Dress for Success Vancouver?
Meet the panel
Here are the esteemed panelists who you’ll be hearing from on May 21:
Cybele Negris, President and Co-Founder of Webnames.ca Inc.
Webnames.ca is Canada’s original .ca registrar and one of Canada's leading Internet solutions companies. The multi-million dollar company has an impressive client list including many of Canada’s top brands and global fortune 500 companies. Cybele has been recognized with several awards, including Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011 and 2012 and Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 in 2003.
Braden Hoeppner, Chief Marketing Officer at Coastal Contacts Inc.
Braden is an experienced leader, web analyst, online marketer, strategist and design thinker. By combining marketing, analytical and usability skills, he specializes in growing businesses by focusing on their online activities and e-Commerce channels to enhance results.
Patrick Payne, Co-Founder & CEO at QuickMobile
Patrick has more than 30 years’ experience as a pioneer in emerging technologies. Prior to QuickMobile, he was founder and CEO of Mobile Operandi Communication and before that, Director of Mobile Internet at Ericsson, based in Brussels. Patrick also serves as a director at the Wireless Innovation Network of BC, now DigiBC, which helps to foster collaboration amongst early-stage wireless companies in Canada.
Sean Clark, Founder & President, ShoeMe.ca
Since becoming the Co-Founder and President of ShoeMe.ca in early 2012, Sean has focused his time and energy on setting the initial vision and direction for the company as it sought to carve out its leadership position in the Canadian online footwear market. Prior to co-founding ShoeMe.ca, Sean worked for Coastal Contacts Inc., the world’s largest online optical company. Sean holds an MBA from UBC, specializing in technology and entrepreneurship.
When: Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Atrium of the BCIT Downtown Campus at 555 Seymour Street.
How much? $25 for YES! Members, $35 for Non-Members, or $120 for event registration plus one year YES! Membership (saves you $15). All ticket sales go directly to Dress for Success Vancouver. Learn more about becoming a YES! Member.
You can take it from me or, you can take it from NIV Founder Jen Schaeffers herself: #YESdigi is the place to be on May 21. YES! Vancouver’s Speaker Series are immensely popular and always sell out, so make sure you get your RSVP soon.
Hope to see you there!