What we're about

This is a networking and career resource group for women in male-dominated industries (eg: mining, finance, tech, engineering, construction, politics, etc.). WIMDI hosts a monthly speaker series focused on actionable advice that will help you achieve your career goals. We also meet once a month for coffee/tea to chat, commiserate, strategize, and cheer each other on. It's a great way to connect with women facing your issues when they are few and far between in your work life.

I hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Holly Burton
Leadership Coach for Women in Male-Dominated Industries
e: holly@hollyburton.ca
c: 604 354 8684
w: hollyburton.ca

Upcoming events (3)

WIMDI Speaker Series - Powerful Presentations: How to Engage Your Audience

In 2019, The WIMDI Speaker Series is inviting engaging speakers each month to give talks on topics that help women kill it at work. Welcome to Talk 7 of 12 - Powerful Presentations: How to Engage & Connect with Your Audience Solid public speaking skills are an important part of your career tool kit. Creating engaging presentations can help enhance your reputation at work and increase your influence and the uptake of your ideas. Outside of work, speaking can enhance your professional reputation and make you more attractive to potential employers. This talk will focus on how to confidently deliver an informative and memorable presentation at work or at industry conferences We’ll cover: - How to manage your public speaking nerves & anxiety - How to structure an informative and engaging presentation with slides that enhance, not distract from, your presentation - How to connect with your audience using storytelling and advanced techniques based on brain science on how people learn and remember - Three tools you can use tomorrow to improve your next presentation The goal of this talk is provide you with useful tools to manage nerves, connect with your audience, and provide informative and memorable presentations. This talk will be given by Brenda Benham, Speaker Trainer and Coach. Brenda Benham works with detail-oriented professionals who need to communicate technical, analytical, or other detailed information in a confident, informative, and memorable way. Brenda is a retired transactional lawyer who learned the hard way how to give presentations that were not just informative but also memorable. Brenda helps her clients simplify their presentations and transform their presentation style to be more engaging, more personable, and much more effective at delivering the important information they need to convey. When not working with clients, Brenda can be found volunteering as PWG Alumni Coordinator for Dress for Success Vancouver, attending various folk music or classical music or theatrical events, or hiking in Lighthouse Park. -------------- Doors open at 5:30 for mingling and socializing. The official start time is 6pm, with additional networking time to follow. Hosted by Gavanize (formerly ACL). Attendance Notes: 1) Gender: This event is open to individuals of any gender identity. 2) Children: WIMDI events are for parents too! We know childcare can occasionally be a challenge, but we don't think that should stop you from connecting and learning with us. WIMDI doesn't offer childcare at our events, but we'd love you to bring your little one along with some quiet activities to occupy them. Suitable for ages 0+

Women in Male-Dominated Industries BYO Lunch Picnic

Robson Square Ice Rink

This summer WIMDI is meeting up for mid-workday picnic lunches! Bring your lunch and meet us on the North Stairs of Robson Square (the Art Gallery side). We'll eat together and network, talk, and share strategies with other women who understand what it's like to work in male-dominated industries. Heck, we'll even do a round of our famous #WIMDIasks to help connect you with resources that will help your career! Here's the plan: 1) Grab your homemade lunch from the fridge at work (or buy one, we're not judging!) 2) Meet by the steps on the North side of Robson Square. 3) Meet some cool women and chat about our work lives. 4) Exchange cards, phone numbers, emails, and LinkedIn connection requests with an amazing group of women who get what your work life is like. We'll be there to share lunch with you RAIN OR SHINE. If it's raining, you'll be able to find us a little further down the stairs in Robson Square so we can stay nice and dry. Hope to see you there! Holly Burton Leadership Coach for Women in Male-Dominated Industries e: [masked] w: wimdi.com Attendance Notes: 1) Gender: This event is open to people of any gender identity. 2) Children: WIMDI events are for parents too! We know childcare can occasionally be a challenge, but we don't think that should stop you from connecting and learning with us. WIMDI doesn't offer childcare at our events, but we'd love you to bring your little one along with some quiet activities to occupy them. Suitable for ages 0+.

Women in Male-Dominated Industries Cafe Night

JJ Bean on Alberni & Bute

Join us at JJ Bean on Alberni for a night of networking, chit-chat, and strategy sharing between women in male-dominated industries. Here's the plan: 1) Meet at JJ Bean on Alberni. 2) Order delicious cappuccinos, iced peppermint tea, banana bread, etc. 3) Meet some cool women and chat about our work lives. 4) Exchange cards, phone numbers, facepages, myfriend accounts, tweetster, instapics, snaptexts, or whatever it is that the kids are using these days to stay in touch. 5) Stay in touch! Or....failing that, we'll do it all again in four weeks, so don't worry, we've got your back. Hope to see you there! Holly Burton Leadership Coach for Women in Male-Dominated Industries e: [masked] w: wimdi.com Attendance Note: 1) Gender: All WIMDI Cafe Nights are restricted to those who do not currently identify as cisgender men. These events have limited attendance and often involve personal discussion, debate, and advice specific to dynamics underrepresented minorities in these industries experience. We are happy for cisgendered men to learn and participate in WIMDI conversation at most of our other events, but we reserve the Cafe Nights as a space for women* to connect with each other freely and openly. 2) Children: WIMDI events are for parents too! We know childcare can occasionally be a challenge, but we don't think that should stop you from connecting and learning with us. WIMDI doesn't offer childcare at our events, but we'd love you to bring your little one along with some quiet activities to occupy them. Suitable for ages 0+. *WIMDI uses an inclusive definition of women that means "people who are in a gender minority in their field". This includes trans individuals, genderqueer, agender, intersex, two spirit, and non-binary folks. If you are not sure if you are included, please err on the side of attending our events! Feel free to reach out to the Organizer, Holly Burton, with any questions and for an automatic welcoming face and first-friend at any WIMDI event.

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Women in Male-Dominated Industries BYO Lunch Picnic

Robson Square Ice Rink

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