The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) officially launches its 2019-20 season on Wednesday (September 4), and kawarthaNOW.com — for the third year in a row — is providing digital promotion for the Kawarthas’ preeminent networking organization for professional women.
WBN is for professional women from all walks of life, whether aspiring or experienced entrepreneurs and business owners or employees or leaders of public and private sector businesses and organizations. It’s also for women who want to share their business expertise, knowledge, and inspiration with others, or just want to enjoy camaraderie with like-minded women.
You can read all about WBN in our special WBN editorial section, which we’ve launched to coincide with WBN’s season kick-off meeting on September 4th at the Holiday Inn Waterfront in downtown Peterborough. The sold-out meeting features author and motivational speaker Parmida Barez speaking on the topic “Becoming Your Own Hero”.
Our special section includes everything you want and need to know about WBN, which has 176 members this year — it’s the first time in WBN history that membership has sold out before the early bird deadline (check out our profiles of selected WBN members).
You can meet the 13 women on the 2019-20 WBN Board of Directors who are guiding the organization this year, and read an inspiring message from the organization’s 2019-20 president Grace Reynolds, who introduces this year’s theme: “Be true to yourself”.
You can find out what’s planned for WBN member meetings in 2019-20, including the lineup of diverse and inspiring guest speakers. As well as Parimda Barez, this year’s speakers includes author and health and wellness coach Trisj Tonaj, youth leader and Children’s Peace Prize winner Kehkashan Basu, Syrian native and settlement worker Abeer Al-Salihi, professinal coach and trainer Carol Schulte, innovation leader Shelli Baltman, and comedian and actress Kate Davis.
While 2019-20 WBN membership is sold out, you can still attend a member meeting as a guest. If you missed out on 2019-20 membership, we provide many compelling reasons why you should join WBN next year. New WBN members will also find the story valuable for learning more about the many benefits of belonging to the organization.
New this year is our story about WBN’s new mentoring program, where volunteer WBN mentors are paired up with other WBN members to support their mentee’s professional development from October to June.
Also new this year is our story about the WBN’s newest awards — the Women in Business Award and the Judy Heffernan Award — that respectively recognize women in the city and county of Peterborough who have demonstrated outstanding business leadership and empowerment of other women.
We also recognize the achievements of WBN members who have been publicly honoured for their business and community leadership and — in another new story — provide a list of local and non-local resources that are available for female entrepreneurs and business owners to start or expand their businesses.
One of the most interesting features of our WBN editorial section are the profiles of selected WBN members, ranging from entrepreneurs and small business owners to senior leaders of organizations. You’ll be amazed and inspired by what these women are doing in our community, both on a professional and personal level:
- Ally Pyle of The Pyle Group ScotiaMcLeod®
- Lesley Heighway of PRHC Foundation
- Kim Appleton of Emmatt Digital Solutions Inc.
- Sarah Burke of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region
- Paula Kehoe of Red Rock Communications
- Jeannine Taylor of kawarthaNOW.com
- April Boyce of Looking Class Coaching
- Frances Fourcaudot of From The Neck Up
- Tracey Ormond of That’s A Wrap Catering & Classic Cooking
- Karen Laws of Ontario Dog Trainer
- Ange Wellman of Dr. Ange Wellman
- Carlye Mongraw of Shaw Computer Systems (shawcsIT)
- Joanne Ilaqua of Mamasoup
- Brenda Booth of ComForCare Home Care
- Diane Wolf of Diane Wolf Counselling
- Colleen Carruthers of The T-R Group / Growing Edge
- Rachel Northey of Pinchin Ltd.
- Brenda Cowan of The Ear Depot
- Suzanne Cody and Gwyneth James of Cody & James CPAs
- Gail Moorhouse of Community Futures Peterborough
- Grace Reynolds of Reynolds Mortgages
- Betty Halman-Plumley of Investor’s Group
- Entrepreneur Allison Laming