The best women's networking events of the summer

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I really enjoy attending women’s leadership events. I make a point of surrounding myself with supportive, intelligent and dynamic women – many of whom I have come to know through various networking events about town. 

A few years ago, I became somewhat disillusioned with bad reality tv portraying women as catty gossipers who would take their first chance to tear another woman down. At that time I made a pact to stop taking in those messages and make a concerted effort to promote and support women, both personally and professionally. In doing that, I found a ton of amazing groups in Vancouver who make it their mission to support and develop women into leadership roles. Here are my top women’s networking events to attend of the summer. I hope to see you there too! I guarantee you will learn a lot, meet some fantastic women and broaden your network.

May 14 – Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC) ‘Morning Leader’: The Entrepreneurial Mindset
Featuring dynamic female panel representing lululemon athletica, Teekay Shipping and Bombay Brow Bar. 8:00-10:00am at Vancity Theatre, $59-79

May 15Professional Women’s Network: Creating Authentic Leaders Starting with You
Define your authentic leadership skills and create a deeper connection to self and others.
5-7pm at offices of Fasken Martineau (the view from the boardroom is incredible), $30

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May 21 – YES! Vancouver Signature Series: Success in a Digital Era
Leadership, governance, technical talent and education are just a few of the building blocks of what it takes to make it in the online sphere. What else does it take to ‘click’ in the digital business world? 6:30-8:30pm at BCIT Downtown Campus, $25-35

May 28: Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE): Leaders Lounge with Yuri Fulmer
An entrepreneur from age 19, Yuri successfully built up a $60 million business portfolio before he turned 30. Along the way, his company was listed twice on the Profit 100 as one of the country’s largest and fastest growing privately held food and beverage firms. Learn leadership insights from the Chairman, FDC Capital at this sure to sell out event. 4:00-6:00pm at Sugar Studios, $49

May 29 – WLC Networking Mixer at The Teahouse
The WLC would like to invite you to an evening of connections and conversations at the elegant Teahouse Restaurant in Stanley Park. Members of the WLC Advisory Council will be on hand, including Jill Schnarr, WLC Advisory Council Chair. To view a list of advisory council members, please click here. 5:00-7:00pm at The Teahouse, $25 for members

June 3 – Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Breakfast Series: If you weren’t afraid to fail, what would you do?
It’s hard to imagine the answer, but sometimes even harder to take the first step in pursuing our goals and dreams.  More often than not, we don‘t fail and the projection of failure doesn’t come true. So why does fear still hold us back, and what can we do to silence the inner voice that tells us not to even try?  7:15am at the Terminal City Club

June 3YWCA Women of Distinction Awards
Vancouver’s premier fundraising event, recognized nationally as one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for women. Very limited tickets available! 5:30-9:30pm at the Westin Bayshore, $225

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June 16FWE Garden Party
Join FWE as they bring 250 exceptional entrepreneurs and business leaders together (along with their entourage) for serious fun. Don’t miss out on fine finger food from Savoury City, bevvies to sip, and conversations that will spark new ideas and a healthy dose of laughter. 5:30-7:30pm at The Roundhouse Community Centre Yaletown, $78-98

July 16WXN Breakfast Series: What CEOs look for in Top Talent 
CEOs need to work out how to focus their absolute top talent on their biggest areas of opportunity.  One thing seems clear, the talent race never finished and competition remains as intense as ever.
7:15am at Terminal City Club

Sept 26 – Women’s Media Golf Classic
Organize your BFF’s, customers or your very-special-self to attend the funniest, sunniest un-golf fundraiser ever. Champagne Brunch ~ Ambassador Caddies ~ Gala Banquet ~ On-Course Entertainment ~ Celebrity Auction ~ Children’s Dream Wishes ~ Special 25th Anniversary Gifts & Prizes. $250

I should note, that although most of these events involve and are promoted to women – men are encouraged and welcome to attend!

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