Women’s Collaborative Hub
On January 10, 2017, I had the immense pleasure of attending the launch party and inaugural social event for the Women’s Collaborative Hub. Formally entitled a “Women Influencers Mixer”, the event was as much a celebration as it was an inspiring look at the current state of our community and an exciting view to the future. Allow me to elaborate.
The Women’s Collaborative Hub is the brainchild of three remarkable local business women: Dana Harvey, Sandra Horton, and Trish Mandewo. If you live, play, and/or work in Port Moody, Coquitlam, or Port Coquitlam, you have definitely felt their influence if not already met them directly. I encourage you to learn about them further if you don’t already know them. Trust me, your life will be richer -as mine is – for knowing them!
The Hub, as it is affectionally called, was created because the founders realized that, although there are networking groups aplenty in the Tri-Cities, if women wanted serious (but fun), organized professional development by way of leadership and mentoring, they often had to travel to Vancity. This despite our community being replete with amazing women! The problem – until these ladies decided to tackle it – was that there was nothing formalized in the Tri-Cities that addressed their main concerns:
- That it be local
- By women for women
- With a sizable mentoring component – peer-to-peer, group, one-on-one with coaches
- Mandating corporate social responsibility – giving back to the women in our community, from youth and leaders-to-be, to newly immigrated women, to those in crisis
- and the point that really excited me as a research nerd, that it be strongly evidence-based, especially in its leadership training programs
The event was to launch the effort these women put forth in creating this Hub over the last several months, combined with sharing the above details with local women in business and leadership who might be interested in joining and participating. 75 women registered and there was a waitlist. A completely sold out event at the lovely Saint Street Grill (who handled the event deftly!) in Port Moody. It is apparent that local women need and want this type of collaboration, communication, and connection.
The night was about celebrating, making connections, listening to some incredible talent thanks to Elizabeth Irving (have a listen to that voice!), and generally showing our support not just for Dana, Sandy, and Trish, but for each other. After all, that’s what the Hub is all about. I’ve had the honour of working on the copywriting for their new website, as well as helping out with some social media lately, but I am lucky beyond that involvement – because I have already made friendships, felt supported and encouraged, and have a growing sense of connection to an amazing community that I know will help me to grow personally and professionally. I am fortunate, as we all are, to have this opportunity. (And it’s not just for women. Men are mentors as well. We celebrate and applaud our male counterparts, for sure.)
Thank you, Dana, Sandy, and Trish, for creating the Hub. For supporting me. For establishing this empowering venue for all local women.
Should I say, “I’m grateful therefore I am?”
Thanks so much to Gabriella Romero of Jazzfly Video Productions for the photos!
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