beyond pink 2010

On October 9th, I blogged “Land of Opportunity,” and I announced that I would be speaking at Young Women in Business’ (YWiB) annual “Beyond Pink 2010” conference. The theme “Make your brand, leave your mark.”

So the conference is this upcoming weekend, in fact, it starts in 4 days, and I am NERVOUS.

In the past, when I have presented to colleagues, professionals, management – it has been about the future of work, generations in the workplace, work-life balance, social networking, personal branding, and HR related topics.  Recently I held a breast cancer awareness event, and when I spoke about such a personal topic – I burst into tears.  I don’t usually present to inspire.  I don’t usually present to my exact demographic (young women in business).

I know I am capable of it… I wouldn’t have asked for the opportunity if I didn’t think I could do it. Although not completely finalized, my presentation is well underway, full of great advice for young women.  I know that I will be able to engage my audience, I know that they will laugh, and most importantly I know they will learn.

My workshop is called “Set Yourself Up for Success: Become a Hot Commodity.”

How can you differentiate yourself from your peers? How can you stand out in the workplace or community? Becoming a hot commodity is about being the whole package. Learn more about the importance of being well-rounded, integrating social networking, and real life examples from a young woman who has set a standard for Generation Y’s in Canada.

My major role at the conference will be engaging with young women at the Entre-Carnival, attending the Mentor Dinner (my location is Zachary’s on Robson by the way), and holding two workshops (60 delegates each on Saturday, Nov 20th from 3-4pm and 4-5pm).

Last night, my best friend, the one and only, Haley Lonsdale, announced that she will be attending the conference – ahhh I couldn’t have been more happy. Most of you know that she recently moved from Calgary to Victoria (enrolled in UVic’s management program), so she’s going to head over to Vancouver for 3 days – and it will just add to an already fulfilling weekend.

Back to the conference…

YWiB has quite the event lined up. Blow Me Dry Bar at Four Seasons Vancouver is offering blow-outs at 15% off all day Friday. A fabulous keynote, Michelle Rupp, will open up the conference on Friday afternoon. Various workshops will be offered throughout the day and then the Entre-Carnival begins. They have also organized a Mentors Dinner at 3 locations, an opportunity for the delegates to connect with various speakers and sponsors. Day 1 will conclude with an evening event held at Gossip nightclub, titled “Cause I’m Bossy – Office Party“. Luxe Lashes will even be on site providing free lashes before midnight! Day 2 begins with a session titled “Laughter Yoga” – and an early 8am start! A power couple panel (brilliant idea by YWiB) will comprise of 3 couples sharing the pros and cons of a relationship, balanced with a successful business.  The rest of the day will be spent at a networking brunch, case competitions, various workshops, and the night will conclude with a silent auction and gala!

For a list of the speakers presenting at the conference, please click here.

I’ll be tweeting (and maybe blogging) throughout the conference. Follow #BP2010 on Twitter if you’re interested in staying in the loop.

So yep, I’m still nervous… I’m flying out to Vancouver on Thursday night, so I still have a number of days to get these nerves under control.  I love Vancouver – LOVE LOVE LOVE, so I’m looking forward to getting a bit of relaxation and fun over the weekend as well.

This weekend will truly be a weekend of inspiration.

Now to decide what to wear… :)


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  2. NJ Thompson November 18, 2010

    Jillian – the gals at this conference are amazing and because of your sheer passion and excitement, I already know you’re going to rock it.

    Also, I’m especially excited to meet you because I’m personally moving from Vancouver to Calgary next month and it’s good to know there are some amazing young women in the city. Can’t wait and good luck with the rest of the presentation prep!

    PS: I’ve only ever heard of one Gregg who spells their name with three “g”s. Could this be the common friend of the organizers by the last name of Huyghebaert? :)

  3. jillianwalker November 18, 2010

    Ahh fantastic to hear! Moving to Calgary?!! I’m likely relocating out of Calgary in 2011 [which you will learn about at the conference ;)], but would love to see you/introduce you to people as much as I can. I am BC-born and moved to Calgary 7 years ago for uni.

    Yes – that’s the right Gregg! He lives in Calgary now and is part of an organization I’m in, the Junior Chamber. :)

    I’m flying out tonight – looking forward to meeting you soon!

  4. Kristin November 20, 2010

    I’m sure you’ll do an amazing job!

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