• 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+. 3) Code of Conduct: By Attending this event, you agree to adhere to WIMDI's code of conduct, which you can find at wimdi.com/code-of-conduct. 4) Photography: This WIMDI event does not have photography. *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.

  • 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+. 3) Code of Conduct: By Attending this event, you agree to adhere to WIMDI's code of conduct, which you can find at wimdi.com/code-of-conduct. 4) Photography: This WIMDI event does not have photography.

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  • 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+

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  • 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+.

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  • 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 americanos, iced chai tea lattes, double chocolate cookies, 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.

  • WIMDI Speaker Series - Preparing for Your First Conference Talk

    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 6 of 12 - Preparing for Your First Conference Talk Presenting at conferences is an amazing way to build credibility, notoriety, and a solid reputation for technical knowledge. Leveraging speaking in your career can help you make the most out of your talents by making you visible to people who value what you have to offer. It is never too early to start speaking -- there's always something you know that others don't -- and getting a head start lets you reap the career benefits as soon as possible. This talk will focus on how you can use speaking to increase your visibility and career trajectory. We’ll cover: - The value of public speaking - The mindset you need to enjoy presenting - How to find and pitch yourself for speaking events - How to put an effective presentation together The goal of this talk is to get you up on the speaking stage and reaping the career benefits that come with presenting. This talk will be given by Janice Tomich, Executive Speaker Coach. Janice Tomich works with executives and entrepreneurs to build confident, powerful voices that inspire their audiences to take action. She is an executive advisor, community influencer, educator, and contributing writer to publications like Huffington Post Canada and Inc. Janice is the champion behind many keynotes, TEDx, and TED speakers. She is also the co-founder of TEDxKids@BC, the first TEDx event to provide a platform for kids to share their ideas. When not working with clients, Janice can be found volunteering at Dress for Success Vancouver, riding her skinny-tired road bike around Vancouver's seawalls, or standing at her easel painting. -------------- Doors open at 5:30 for mingling and socializing. The official start time is 6pm, with additional networking time to follow. Hosted by Unbounce. 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 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 vanilla lattes, earl grey 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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  • WIMDI Speaker Series - Solve Your Biggest Problem at Work

    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 5 of 12 - Solve Your Biggest Problem at Work This month we're trying something new at WIMDI: Live, in-person coaching to help our members solve whatever's getting in their way. All of us have challenges we're up against at work, and this event is designed to give you expert help in untangling them. We've got three leadership coaches on deck (all of whom have worked in male-dominated industries) to help you figure out where you're stuck and what to do about it. In this workshop we'll do a mix of facilitated discussion and group coaching to help you solve your biggest work problem -- whatever it is -- before the night is over. We'll cover: - What your problem is and specifically how it's hanging you up - What you'd want your future to look like if you could solve your problem - What's standing in the way of the solution you want - The next small step you can take to move you closer to what you want at work The goal of this workshop is to give you insight into the dynamics that are contributing to your work problem, and practical steps you can take to make your work life better. This workshop is co-facilitated by Holly Burton, Darrell Farrow, and Sasha Herman. Holly Burton, Leadership Coach Holly is a leadership coach for women in male-dominated industries. She works one-on-one with ambitious women to help them lead, get promoted, and create the careers they actually want in industries they love. As a mining engineer for the first ten years of her career, Holly was exposed to one of the most male-dominated spaces -- just 17% female. She uses the unique perspective she gained as a woman in mining, alongside her obsessive nerdiness for all things feminism, leadership, and career to help women create the working world they deserve while they wait for the rest of society to catch up. Darrell Farrow, Leadership Coach Darrell is a geologist with over 30 years of experience leading and mentoring in a male-dominated industry. She's spent her career navigating the oldest of old-school boys clubs: the South African Mining Industry. Darrell started her career as the first woman geologist employed in the mines and worked her way into senior technical management. All while balancing a successful career with raising a family and creating an equal parenting partnership with her husband. Darrell believes whole-heartedly that it is possible for women to be successful and step out of the roles and patterns they've learned from a young age. Now Darrell works with ambitious women who want to achieve their career goals and lead balanced lives. Sasha Herman, Leadership Coach Sasha is a Senior Strategist with Telus and leadership coach that helps people find fulfillment in their 9 to 5. Sasha's whole deal is helping people be happy at work. She believes that we're human beings, not human doings: If you're not happy doing what you're doing, then what is the point? If you're not having a good experience in your life, than nothing else matters. Sasha's job is to help you figure out what you want your life to be like and then what you do to make that happen. She's proudly leading the charge in the anti-hustle movement. Doors open at 5:30 for mingling and socializing. The official start time is 6pm, with additional networking time to follow. We'll have food and drinks available since this is a longer event. Hosted by Unbounce. Food & Drink sponsored by Moz. 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+

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  • WIMDI Speaker Series - Active Bystander Training

    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 4 of 12 - Active Bystander Training: Stand Up, Step Up, & Stomp Out Inappropriate Workplace Behavior Harassment remains a challenge for women in male-dominated industries. In 2016, according to Stats Canada, 19% of women experienced harassment in the past year. 50% of women report some type of sexual harassment over the course of their careers, and women under 25, indigenous women, and non-heterosexual women face the greatest risk, experiencing harassment at 2-3x the rate of the average woman. Unfortunately, only 25% of incidents are reported to employers, and women are largely addressing it on their own. This talk will focus on teaching you skills and tools to intervene in workplace harassment on behalf of yourself or others. We'll cover: - How to competently handle a wide range of inappropriate workplace behaviors - Actions you can take to safely diffuse uncomfortable or aggressive situations - Reporting options and important information to record following an incident - Practical application of the skills you learn through three practice scenarios The goal of this talk is to give you the courage and skills to create a safe and respectful workplace. This talk is co-facilitated by Susan Lomas and Julia Gartley from the Me Too Mining Association. Susan Lomas, President of the Me Too Mining Association Susan is the President of Lion's Gate Geological Consulting and is a professional geologist with over 30 years of experience in exploration and mining including 3D geological modelling and resource estimation. Her career has taken her to over 25 different countries and she has worked in many remote sites all over the world. Susan started her own geological consulting company in 2006 and founded the Me Too Mining Association in 2018. Mining has offered many challenges for Susan over the years, but she never allowed any of them to stop her from moving forward. Sue runs her company from an office in her home in Sechelt, and sometimes has the pleasure of watching pods of orcas swim by, or going out for a break to kayak with a pod of dolphins! Julia Gartley, Director of Me Too Mining Association Julia is the Director of Gartley Consulting Corp, and is a mineral processing engineer with over a decade of operational and corporate experience. Her career has taken her from large engineering firms, remote northern Canadian mine sites, to the corporate offices of junior and mid-tier mining companies. Julia started her consulting company in 2017 after completing her MBA, and currently focuses on project development, and operational support for all sizes of mining companies. Since starting her company, she has been able to travel to interior BC, Kettle River Washington, Salt Lake City in Utah, and most recently to South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She joined Me Too Mining in 2018, and if that isn't enough, Julia just signed up to run her first half marathon this year! Doors open at 5:30 for mingling and socializing. The official start time is 6pm, with additional networking time to follow. Hosted by Unbounce. Attendance Notes: 1) Gender: This event is open to individuals of any gender identity. 2) Children: Due to the nature of the topic, this WIMDI event is unsuitable for young children. If you can organize childcare, we'd love to have you join us for this one. If that's not possible, then we'd love to for you to bring your little one to another one of our events where the topic is a little less intense. Content Warning: 1) This event will feature discussion around the topic of workplace harassment. It will feature examples of inappropriate jokes, unfair treatment, and appearance-related comments. The presentation will not include detailed discussion of violence or sexual assault, but during the Q&A, the audience may ask questions involving more difficult subjects.

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  • 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, chamomile tea, vegan double chocolate cookies, 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 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.