Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurs’

Introducing Lead to Win for Women

I first heard about the Lead to Win program while I was a graduate student at Carleton University.  Professor Tony Bailetti used the program as an example of what being a serial entrepreneur meant.  He talked about a group of people who had been part of lay offs during the burst of the tech bubble and who got tired of waiting around for their next job.  They took action and decided to create their own jobs.  The results were outstanding!  The first class of the Lead to Win program (2002) created over 50 business in the national capital region, raised over 90M in VC money and created over 300 full time technology jobs.
You can imagine my excitement when our friend Natasha D’Souza approached us with the news of Lead to Win for Women (LTW-W).

LTW-W provides women entrepreneurs with resources and expertise essential to business prosperity and success. LTW-W supports women founders at any stage of entrepreneurship who share a common goal to build a business with significant growth potential. There is an opportunity for women to learn, access critical resources, and network with like-minded entrepreneurs and successful business owners. LTW-W aim is to be a catalyst for growth for Canadian women entrepreneurs. LTW-W is unique and will have a positive impact on the success of women owned business in the National Capital Region and Canada.
Is Lead To Win for Women Right for You?

  • Do you have a great idea, but don’t know how to turn it into a business?
  • Do you already have a business, but growth is stagnating?
  • Are you interested in attending an intensive free bootcamp that will help you set business goals and achieve them? 
  • Want to help LTW-W reach their goal of making Canada the best place for women to launch and grow their businesses?  If this sounds like something you need to be a part of, you can start by attending the info session at the Code Factory on September 30, 2011 from 12:00pm-1:00pm.  Then you can apply at
    Good Luck!  And make sure to let us know how it goes.

    January 27th GGD Ottawa Event Recap

    I’m still excited about Wednesday.  I’ve had a few bad days in a row and was hoping something awesome would happen soon.  I got it!  Thank you everyone for attending and making our Girl Geek Dinner panel the huge success it was.  Check out this Twitter stream of all you guys had to say about the event. 

    I think we came up with the idea for this panel about a year ago.   We figured in order to make sure it was a success we needed to find different perspectives on the same subject, a good moderator, a good location, good sound system and good sponsors.  We hadn’t organized a GGD panel before, so the plan was to do a test run via a much more low-key event.

    Maybe instead of a restaurant we could host the event at an office and get dinner catered?  Try and find a sound system that doesn’t cost a fortune.  What about a moderator?  What if people have their backs to the panelists? What if no one is interested in the topic?  What if we waste people’s time?

    Lots of questions and not a lot of answers, time or resources to make it happen.  We were off to a slow start.  Finally we decided to do it.  Trust we have worked well together in the past;  trust that 3 smart, successful women had agreed to be our panelists and trust that the Girl Geek Dinner Ottawa community has always supported our events.

    I’m so glad we didn’t wait any longer!  We took a risk and it paid off.  All three of our panelist rocked!

    Sherry Noble, Jennifer MacKinnon and Janet Harris-Campbell

    With over 25 years of experience at EDC, Sherry knew the business, knew the people and knew what was missing from the technology side.  She was offered a chance to lead the Business Solutions and Technology team and she took it.

    Jennifer, CEO of Fenix Solutions, always loved a challenge and felt constrained by her employers.  She talked about being restless.  She took a chance and started her own business.

    Janet, CIO for The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada, had experience in strategy and management but not in technology.  She worked for an employer that offered different opportunities and decided to take a chance and venture into the technology side.

    All three women stepped out of their comfort zone and were open to trying something different.  They took risks and in the end have all paid off pretty well.

    I wish I was one of those amazing writers that would be able to capture the emotion of a night.  I’m not.  Good thing is I don’t have to.  Your Twitter tag cloud says it all!


    What I can do is tell you what I took away from last night:

    • Take pride in my work
    • Honour and respect the people I work with
    • Be fascinated by my work
    • Have a passion for my company
    • Build credibility by bringing something to the table that no one else has
    • Be honest
    • Being in management is not a popularity contest
    • Do a good job and people will in fact like you
    • Be organized
    • Try to find flexible work arrangements, whether this is part time, working some days from home or starting your day at 5:30am
    • Don’t wait for the right time to start your business, start a family or make a career change.  Trust your gut and take a chance.

    Lastly, be ambitious.  Be ambitious so that you are more inclined to take those risks.

    Thanks again to our sponsors for their continued support.  We hope all the door prize winners enjoy their prizes!  And check out Sara’s Flickr account for the rest of the pictures from the event.

    Beyond Events

    Blend Creations

    The National Arts Centre

    Sara McConnell Photography

    The Lemon Kitchen


    CIRA .CA Impact Awards