Past Events

Browse our range of successful past educational events

Our past events were highly successful in providing women with education in a broad range of topics ranging from modern investment strategies, legal, psychological and financial relationship responsibilities, retirement paradigms, the psychology of money, behavioural finance, salary negotiation and many more.

Irene Nizzero

Goal Setting: Fact and Fiction

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

The world is intent on telling us that success hinges on our ability to set goals and achieve them. Annual employee reviews revolve around them, we raise our kids to strive for them, and our fitness programs are built on them. However, research and life experience paint a different picture. What is the role of goal setting versus “taking life as it comes” or setting intentions? In this dynamic workshop the pros and cons of being goal-driven will be discussed as well as different kinds of goals and their outcomes. Because when all is said and done, not all goals are created equally.

During this presentation, these are some questions we’ll explore:

  • What makes a solid goal?
  • How can goals help…and hurt you?
  • Does motivation solve everything?
  • What is a powerful alternative to setting a goal?

Where: Zoom

When Irene is coaching, she feels like she is living her true calling. There is something quite remarkable about supporting individuals who are whole, resourceful and creative, albeit temporarily stuck on a challenge arrive at that awareness of the next right thing to do. She has worked with highly placed executives in multinational corporations honing their efforts to provide model leadership and high school students working to improve their GPA. The range of client experiences and the aspirations they bring to coaching has been rich and rewarding. Each client is her most important one, in the moment.

Her coach training is distinct from many programs, in that it is rooted in the tenets of positive psychology, evidence-based theories that describe conditions for optimum human flourishing and resilience. As a result, her approach with all clients is strengths-based, proactive and empowering.

Along with her training and experience in working with executives, Irene has a particular interest in supporting clients who are affected by ADHD. Her coach training has included specialized courses on these topics, among others.

She also delivers a variety of in-person and virtual workshops on the theme of human resilience and flourishing that have been widely well received. Drawing from years of teaching Positive Psychology at the post-secondary level, she uses this science to craft engaging presentations to enhance participants’ level of well-being.

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Kamal Basra

Empowered Retirement

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

We are managing cash flow and savings throughout our life. At first, we work for our money. In retirement we make money work for us. The days of everyone getting lifelong pensions are over for the majority of Canadians. So what does retirement really mean in 2021? And after?

In this workshop, modern paradigms will be discussed as well as practical strategies to plan for and manage this important stage of our financial life.

You will learn:

  • How to plan for and manage the 4 phases of a modern retirement
  • How to create a secure income for life
  • How to balance long term growth with safety
  • How to coordinate income streams for tax efficiency

Watch the webinar recording here. 

Kamal is deeply passionate about creating economic equality by providing education and quality professional investment advice. She started her career after graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology. She performed heart disease research at UBC which led to her co-authoring a research paper in a prominent scientific journal. In her early career, she worked as a supervisor with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Kamal is a Certified Financial Planner, a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and fully life insurance licensed. In 2009, she co-founded Sophia Financial Group a full-service advisory firm focused on providing a socially conscious financial planning and portfolio management firm on Vancouver’s west side.

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Philip Wong

Financial Fundamentals for Youth (ages 16 -25)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

You have a job and are earning money. What do you do with it? Who do you listen to? How do you avoid making errors?

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Basic terminology so you can ask for what you want
  • An overview of the financial system-who does what for whom
  • Basic cash flow management
  • What you should worry about and what isn’t important
  • The first steps to becoming an investor

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Taught by: Philip Wong, Portfolio Analyst
Sandy Gerber

Talking About Money

Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Money is a fact of life. But it is also laden with emotion, personal history and strong, often unconscious beliefs. Many of us find finances difficult to think about let alone, discuss. And communicating about money in our relationships can be especially problematic.

Although talking about money can be uncomfortable, there are strategies for making these conversations more productive and thoughtful.

In this highly engaging webinar, you will learn:

  • How to listen more fully
  • What is emotionally driving your financial choices and how to talk about it
  • An easy communication tool to use for difficult conversations
  • How to use emotional appeal in your communication to improve outcomes

Watch the webinar recording here. 

Sandy Gerber is a multiple award-winning communications and marketing strategist who has revitalized communications for Canada’s most beloved brands. Having founded three successful companies and authored two books, Sandy champions the power of emotional appeal through language in all of our relationships and the effect words can have on how we label our lives. Sandy uniquely blends her communications expertise with her keen interest in psychology. She is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner and the visionary of the Emotional Magnetism™ communication technique. Gerber has been awarded multiple honours over the years including Mompreneur of the Year, YWCA’s Women of Distinction Finalist, and Businessperson of the Year. Known for her engaging and fun visual speaking style, Sandy’s presented and delivered impact to over 10,000 people at conferences, corporate events, universities, sales training, and mentor programs across North America. She has personally coached hundreds of people in effective communication methods and excellence standards.

Canadian motivational speaker Sandy Gerber

Mihael Mamychshvili

Listen to Your Body and Change Your Life! Part Two

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

We all think change is difficult. We often resist it and even sometimes, fear it. But your body is the easiest avenue to create change. It is your truth detector. The body is not abstract and can be our greatest ally in building self-trust and strengthening resolve and resilience.

In this highly engaging and experiential workshop you will learn:

  • How to conquer fear
  • To identify your habitual operating system
  • The building blocks to moving forward with greater ease
  • Triggers and how to manage them
  • Ways to overcome habitual patterns that block us and change them
  • How to use the wisdom of our body to gain greater knowledge
  • New paradigms for understanding ourselves

Watch the webinar recording.

Download webinar pdfs including tools & worksheets: Part 1 & Part 2

Register for Mihael’s 6-week online class series: Method for Self Healing and Recovery.

Mihael is the Founder & Lead Therapist of Angel Hands Integrative Programs. His specialty is reconnecting the communication between the mind and body. His innovative approach to the body and broad knowledge and experience has lead to his reputation as a therapist who can initiate transformative change. After becoming a Shiatsu Therapist in 2001, he has developed his own style of therapy and methodology that focuses on the body-mind connection. He has helped clients change and transform through his treatments which look at the complete person. Developing strong palpation skills through over 20 years of manual therapy and mind-body studies, he has a gift to understand and translate what your body is trying to communicate.

Mihael is recognized by complementary as well as conventional health agencies like VGH Cardiac Rehab Centre, PainBc, and The Cancer Society where he is often asked to be a keynote speaker or educator. He has become well known for treating “tough cases” and extremely effective at Complex chronic pain, frozen shoulders, trauma, PTSD, digestive issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines & headaches, and more.

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Mihael Mamychshvili

Listen to Your Body and Change Your Life! Part One

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

We all think change is difficult. We often resist it and even sometimes, fear it. But your body is the easiest avenue to create change. It is your truth detector. The body is not abstract and can be our greatest ally in building self-trust and strengthening resolve and resilience.

In this highly engaging and experiential workshop you will learn:

  • How to conquer fear
  • To identify your habitual operating system
  • The building blocks to moving forward with greater ease
  • Triggers and how to manage them
  • Ways to overcome habitual patterns that block us and change them
  • How to use the wisdom of our body to gain greater knowledge
  • New paradigms for understanding ourselves

Watch the webinar recording here.

 

Mihael is the Founder & Lead Therapist of Angel Hands Integrative Programs. His specialty is reconnecting the communication between the mind and body. His innovative approach to the body and broad knowledge and experience has lead to his reputation as a therapist who can initiate transformative change. After becoming a Shiatsu Therapist in 2001, he has developed his own style of therapy and methodology that focuses on the body-mind connection. He has helped clients change and transform through his treatments which look at the complete person. Developing strong palpation skills through over 20 years of manual therapy and mind-body studies, he has a gift to understand and translate what your body is trying to communicate.

Mihael is recognized by complementary as well as conventional health agencies like VGH Cardiac Rehab Centre, PainBc, and The Cancer Society where he is often asked to be a keynote speaker or educator. He has become well known for treating “tough cases” and extremely effective at Complex chronic pain, frozen shoulders, trauma, PTSD, digestive issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines & headaches, and more.

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Sheila Walkington

Unstuck: How to Get Out of Debt and Start Living the Life You Want

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

If you are struggling with debt or cash flow, join Sheila Walkington and learn how to:

  • Stop living paycheque to paycheque
  • Get off the treadmill of working harder and feeling farther behind
  • Create a systematic plan to get out and stay out of debt for good
  • Save for the things you want
  • Deal with unexpected financial demands

This session will give you the tools and the motivation to become debt-free and cash flow positive – sooner than you think!

Watch the webinar recording here.

Sheila Walkington is co-founder of Money Coaches Canada – a national network of fee-only Money Coaches and Financial Planners. Sheila has been working as a Money Coach since 2004, when CBC interviewed her as one of the first Money Coaches in Canada.

Sheila trains and mentors financial professionals across Canada who want to offer fee-for-service money coaching services. She is also available for speaking engagements and corporate money coach training. She is no longer able to take on new individual clients.

Fiona Wilson

Market Update: What is New and What Isn’t

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Every year seems to bring in just enough change to keep us alert, and enough the same to help us weather the changes. From her vantage point as Senior Portfolio Manager with Guardian Capital in Toronto, Fiona Wilson will share her perspective on what is happening in the markets and how she is positioning portfolios.

She will also:

  • Discuss her view on dividends and new trends in this area
  • Provide fascinating insight into the use of Artificial Intelligence guide portfolios and make portfolio decisions is fascinating
  • Address themes for the future of our economy and how COVID-19 has sped up many of the technological advances in the realm of investment management, for better and for worse.

 

 

Fiona’s career in the financial services industry began in 1989 when she joined CIBC as an options trader. Prior to joining Guardian, Fiona was Portfolio Manager, Global Derivative Instruments with Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). Previous roles included Head of Currency Options Marketing, South East Asia for Societe Generale with postings in Tokyo, Singapore and London. Her experiences included structuring classical and exotic option trading and hedging strategies for central banks, corporate and institutional clients throughout Asia.

Marlene Delanghe

Your New Career: Stand-Out Resumes for Any Economy

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Are looking for work or want to be ready to pounce on the next great career opportunity?  If so, does your current resume strongly present you and your value proposition?

The pandemic has been a monumental disrupter to our lives, the economy, and the workplace. This has led to both unemployment in many sectors as well as new, exciting opportunities!

In this practical and inspiring session, you will:

  • Gain a strategic approach to developing a stand-out resume that will open new career doors and help you to attain your financial goals.
  • Discover 3 critical resume writing principles that will assist anyone regardless of their career phase or job level.
  • Learn specific practical techniques even well-qualified candidates miss.

Watch the webinar recording here.

 

Marlene, Founder and Principal of Career Solutions, consults with organizations that want to stay ahead of the curve with progressive human resource practices.  With 20 years of experience, her clients include Fortune 500 companies, national and local firms in technology, and many other sectors.

She is also Faculty at BCIT providing business communication skills within technical professional training programs.  From her HR consulting role and instructional role, she has seen over 10,000 resumes in the last 5 years and is eager to share her insights on how to leverage a candidate’s value within their targeted job market.   From professionals with doctoral degrees to entry-level candidates, she has a depth of knowledge of what it takes to get into the “yes” pile.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, a Certificate in Human Resources, an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, as well as certifications in numerous psychometric tools.  She has been a contributor to the Sophia Wealth Academy since its inception, is an active member of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia & Yukon and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for excellence in her research examining the underemployment of professionals.

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Anita Tannis

Health, Hormones, and Happiness

Saturday, January 16, 2021 – 10:00am – 11:30am

Managing stress is fundamental to leading a joyful, prosperous life, yet it can seem as if each passing year brings more anxiety. During this past globally unsettling year many have reached record levels of fear and worry. How do we cope? We all want to enjoy our lives. We all want to feel relaxed, secure, and to sleep well at night — even when we cannot control what is happening in our external environment.

Using current research, common sense, and drawing upon years of medical experience, Dr. Anita Tannis will teach us:

  • What happens to our bodies and minds when we are stressed and anxious
  • How to overcome and disrupt negative stress patterns
  • Nutrition and its role in balancing mood and increasing resilience
  • Hormonal regulation and its impact on health
  • New ideas for developing mental stability and physical vitality

Watch the webinar recording here.

 

Taught by: Anita Tannis, MD

Dr. Anita Tannis is an Integrative and Functional Medicine Physician who graduated from McMaster Medical School in 1990 after completing her BA in Philosophy at Queen’s University, both in Ontario, Canada. The intersection of Art and Science, of the Body-Mind-Spirit in Health and Wellness has always fascinated her. Her current successful solo practice of eight years in West Vancouver, British Columbia is focused upon “Stress and Hormones”, first treating peri and menopausal women, then their husbands, their parents, kids and neighbours. Dr. Tannis employs whatever tools are needed to help her patients create inner and outer balance: hormones, detox and diet, nutraceuticals, acupuncture, awareness, movement, meditation, and more.

She is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has been formally teaching Communication Skills to medical students for over a decade. She Certified in Holistic and Integrative Medicine (ABHIM) in 2002, certified in Medical Acupuncture from U. of Alberta since 2007 and she continues to pursue ongoing continuing education and certification in Functional Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Management, Stress and Age Management medicine. She was a physician for five years with Canada’s unique Integrative Cancer Care Center, Inspire Health, and she has also spent 22 years working with Vancouver Community medicine (VCH)–primarily with Adolescent sexual and mental health but also with Immigrants and Refugees. She is a frequent popular speaker in her extended community on the subject of “Stress and Hormones” and, more recently, on “Everything Is Connected to Everything Else”.

Dr. Tannis is a mother and a daughter who continues to study Transpersonal Psychology, Buddhism, yoga, and Tai Chi. She has a passion for personal development and the outdoors—all of which deeply informs her work.