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special-event International Women’s Day – Time to Unite!
March 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm$45.00 - $500
Calling all magnificent women, phenomenal men, and the leaders in our community to unite, celebrate and take action!
Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day with the fearless leaders, trailblazers, disruptors, change makers, every day hero’s, movers and shakers as we unite to celebrate women who are paving the way to share their story, speak their truth and show support, as we unite towards a new day of justice, peace and equality.
We are gathering to celebrate and UNITE! Join us for a memorable International Women’s Day to celebrate you! Your ticket includes Live DJ and Performances, Speakers, a glass of Prosecco and assorted flatbreads. Cash Bar.
Featured Speakers and Guests
About Frances Wright
Frances Wright is very grateful that her parents brought her to Calgary from South Africa when she was six years old.
Calgary has been a great place to receive education (B.A., Psychology/Sociology, U of C but an Hons. B. Journalism at Carleton; Canadian Securities Course); start businesses (Wright Consultants; PORTS International; Pillow Parlor; and MOMpreneur®); and launch foundations (Famous 5 Foundation, Founder/CEO 1995-2004 and currently as Founder/CEO of the Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – cc4ms, Founder/CEO, 2012- present).
Frances is the lucky recipient of honours such as an Integrity Award from Rotary, the Governor General’s ‘Persons’ Award, the Queen’s Jubilee medal, an Alberta Centennial Medal, a Distinguished Calgarian Award and an Honourary Degree from U of C.
As the happy and proud spouse of Richard Pootmans, former City Councillor for Ward 6, Frances is looking forward to many more years of repaying Canada for allowing her to be a citizen and singing, True patriot love, in ALL of US command!
About Famous 5
Prior to 1929, Canada’s constitution said that only “qualified persons”—meaning men only—could be appointed to the Senate. It was in that year that five courageous and idealistic Canadian women stepped onto the world stage to challenge these antiquated laws and conventions. By insisting that women be officially recognized as persons in the fullest legal sense of the word the “Famous Five”, as they became known, set a stirring example of leadership that altered all Commonwealth nations’ laws and, with it, the course of history.
Today, the Famous 5 Foundation works to ensure the legacy of the Famous Five is known and celebrated. In their spirit, Famous 5 also honours today’s female trailblazers and work to inspire and empower future generations of leaders.
Monica Kretschmer – Founder and CEO Canadian Business Chicks
“I wake every day knowing my ‘why’ and that I am living On Purpose. I feel truly blessed for all of life’s lessons, experiences, authentic connections and relationships with the extraordinary men and women.”
5:30 pm – Door Open
6:30 pm – Program Begins
8:00 pm – Closing Networking
- * Frances Wright – Founder, Famous 5 | @Famous5Calgary
- * Poetry by Asha Nenshi Nathoo – “Looking Through The Glass Mirror”
- * Monica Kretschmer – Founder, Canadian Business Chicks and Women of Inspiration
- * Time to Unite Panel
- * Heather Erlen – Virgin Beauty B!tch | @virginbeautyb | @VirginBeautyBit
- * 2017 Women of Inspiration Winners: Lisa Mundell-Lawrence, Raman Kapoor, Karen Klassen, Marija Pavkovic-Tovissi
- * Marcela Mandeville – CEO, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs | @MsBrightIdea | @AWEbusiness
- * Gabriela Stevenson – Director and Chair, Leadership Committee – Famous 5 Foundation
- * Live DJ – Anna Nesterova
- * 20 Youth Dancers performing under the direction of Diana Radcliffe & Gillian Howatt. Counterpoint Dance & Mahogany Dance Arts.