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leaders-and-influencers-lunch Leaders and Influencers Lunch
February 5, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm$65.00 - $500.00
Keynote Speaker Amanda Hamilton, CEO Amanda Hamilton Interior Design
Featured Speaker Toni-Marie Ion-Brown – GM Calgary Petroleum Club
Let’s challenge one another to do something meaningful during our lunch hours – connect with one another, learn something new, be active, and find motivation to move mountains. Our Leaders and Influencers Lunches will connect women who are choosing to lead on purpose. My vision is for us to all leave inspired by success stories of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals.
Leading With Purpose… Join our Leader and Influencers Luncheon for your dose of inspiration, connection and education to learn from inspirational business women leading with purpose! Our inspiration leaders are women in the community who have paved the path for others to follow.
Build your circle of influence and create authentic connections with business leaders, visionaries, CEO’s, business owners, entrepreneurs, industry experts, mentors, coaches, authors, and professionals from diverse industries. Our monthly events are events are targeted at individuals who are committed to leading by example, embracing diversity, being courageous and living a life on purpose!
Doors open at 11:30 am to connect, with our program commencing at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Our program starts at 12:00 pm with a Mediation Moment to ease you out of your day to reclaim a powerful hour to invest in yourself personally and professionally.
We believe in embracing diversity as this is where the “magic” happens. When you connect with The Nest, you build authentic connections with a diverse community of women and men who are passionate about connecting with other like-minded individuals living on purpose to build their business, advance in their career or pay it forward in the community to support another woman on her journey through mentorship.
Our Leaders and Influencers Lunch program features influential leaders who are leading with purpose, breaking barriers, and making a difference in the community and around the globe! They are the trailblazers who believe in sharing the road to success and supporting those around them.
The secret sauce is diversity! In the Nest, everyone leaves with a new connection, inspired and ready to act! This is the perfect event for your corporate teams, solo entrepreneur, business leader, professional or anyone who wishes to lead by example.
About Amanda Hamilton
Founded in 2009, the studio of Amanda Hamilton Interior Design has become one of the most sought-after in Western Canada. Located in Calgary and Vancouver, the studio holds a diverse design portfolio in both the residential and commercial markets. Projects range from custom built homes to large-scale renovations and commercial projects; the common goal is to always capture the character of the homeowners or resonate with users through thoughtful storytelling. Committed to continual education and evolution through exploration, Amanda Hamilton provides inventive design solutions that are tailored and entirely novel. The studio pursues client inclusion through the design process while working to amplify the vision of the project.
“Soulful design is to purposefully explore and aesthetically elevate what is an already grounded thought.” – Amanda Hamilton
This focus on evolution, intention, and integrity behind the creative work of the studio inspired the launch of the self-titled and private label lifestyle goods and accessories line. Seeing an opportunity to fulfill a niche for luxury accessories and furniture in the Canadian market, the collection focuses on one-of-a-kind pieces, textiles, objects of the hand and eclectic statement furniture. Recently Amanda became founder and Creative Director of The Loft, a multi-purpose design concept in Calgary that features an evolving curated collection of retail goods and allows for tailored one-on-one interior design consultations.
With her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Interior Design and an unyielding enthusiasm to continuing her professional development, Amanda received her status as a Licensed Interior Designer through the NCIDQ (National Council for Design Qualifications) and also became a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.
Dedicated to championing the career development of young women, Amanda is a mentor to students with the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program and has mentored in the past for Women in Leadership and the National Council of Interior Design Education. The launch of her travel scholarship with Mount Royal University awards one Interior Design student on an annual basis, the opportunity to become inspired by experiential travel.
Amanda is the current chair for the World of Choices committee for Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, which focuses on career mentoring for young women. Recently Amanda was named one of the Top 20 Compelling Calgarians for 2018 by the Calgary Herald. She is also was awarded the Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Canada and is a recipient of Avenue Magazine’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes the most exceptional young community leaders, innovators and influencers in Calgary. Recognized for her ability to transform a room through her speaking abilities; she was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Pechakucha 20×20 and was the Master of Ceremonies for the 2016 Alberta Association of Architects 60th Anniversary Gala.
Toni Marie Ion-Brown General Manager, The Calgary Petroleum Club
Toni-Marie Ion-Brown is reminded daily that dreams do in fact come true.
She recently made history by becoming the first woman General Manager at the helm of the Calgary Petroleum Club.
Growing up in Duchess Alberta, she remembers vividly watching a top news story in 1986, it was about a private club in downtown Calgary that did not allow women members. This disturbed her and she commented to her Mom, “who would be a part of a Club like that?” Her mother replied, “it will need to change if it wants to be successful.” The Club did change through the years and now has over 1700 full members, men, and women, from diverse professional backgrounds. The GM position comes at a very significant time as the Pete club completed a $7,000,000 major renovation this summer. Toni-Marie welcomes the challenge.
After post-secondary education, she stepped through the doors of the iconic landmark in 1990 and instantly felt like she belonged, and could make a difference. Starting as a server, she quickly moved on to the role of a supervisor. In 1999 she would become the Club’s Food and Beverage Manager. She was allowed to explore possibilities and so created compensation, bonus and retention programs that benefitted her team. But, Toni-Marie always knew she had more to offer, and set a new goal to be the first female GM of the Club. Now it was time to work even harder. She enrolled in the Certified Club Manager (CCM) Program with the Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM) and began knocking off the coursework! There are only 64 club managers in Canada that have the CCM designation, and she knew it was a standard of excellence she wanted to attain. Her studies were completed at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2015. Toni-Marie was promoted to Assistant General Manager that same year.
That year also just happened to be the beginning of one of the worst economic downturns to hit Calgary. Another challenge which brought more unwavering faith, determination, and grit for the second in command.
The next two years were spent controlling costs, adding value for Members to keep revenues up, and the beginning of strategic planning for the multi-million dollar renovation that she will soon be “quarterbacking”, an appropriate term for a busy lady who, along with her family are some of the biggest Stampeder fans around.
At the end of the day, Toni-Marie’s biggest passion is her relationships, whether that’s with her employees, Members, or colleagues at the Chaine des Rotisseurs. Growing up in a close-knit Alberta town left this mark on her. You will see this warmth extended if you happen to be in the Club’s lobby, or one of the dining rooms over the lunch hour as she welcomes Members, a handshake is often replaced with a big hug.
The remainder of 2018 will be a very exciting time for Toni-Marie and her team as they take a newly renovated Calgary Petroleum Club into its 70th year.