In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Stratford Public Library MakerSpace has partnered with Perth Community Futures and the Western Ontario CFCD Association to host a virtual speaker series. ‘Tuesday Night Spotlight’ will showcase entrepreneurial female leaders in the fields of technology and innovation on Tuesday evenings in March. Our speakers will share their real stories, challenges, successes, and failures that they have encountered in their journeys.
Whether you are considering starting a business, or have already taken that step, these talks will inspire, motivate and educate.
Sessions are held virtually through Zoom on Tuesday evenings. Register for each speaker below. Tickets are free.
This project is funded by the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund through Perth Community Futures, Supported by Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation is also a proud sponsor.
ZAHRA AL-HARAZI Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Author
Dreamer to Maker
Tuesday March 2, 7pm | Virtual Tickets
The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one. Among Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, few have faced more obstacles than Zahra Al-Harazi. With a no-holds-barred attitude, Al-Harazi helps people and organizations realize their potential for success through finding their purpose. She draws on her experience as a pioneering woman in the business world with a unique approach to attitude, leadership, and success, as well as her experience as a refugee, immigrant, entrepreneur, and community-builder.
Zahra will be discussing the importance of building resilience and grit and why adopting a growth mindset is the key to success in today’s fast-paced world.
Sinead Bovell AI & Future of Work Expert
Diversity, Inclusion, and the Future of Work
Tuesday March 9, 7pm | Virtual Tickets
On a mission to bridge the gap between young entrepreneurs and the digital future, Sinead Bovell strives to create conversations that will lead towards a progressive, informed, and thriving new era. She is a futurist and the founder of WAYE, an organization that helps prepare the next generation of business leaders for a world radically transformed by technology, focusing on non-traditional and minority markets.
Sinead will be discussing how AI will impact how we work over the next decade and how we need to use this as an opportunity to accelerate equality in our workforce, and to create a tech-centric society that works effectively for everyone.
SAMAIRA MEHTA Tech Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley
A Young Girl Tech Entrepreneur's Guide to becoming a Changemaker
Tuesday March 16, 7:30pm | Virtual Tickets
Samaira Mehta has taken Silicon Valley by storm and has been a speaker at over 100 conferences nationwide. She has held over 500 workshops that spotlight her board game, CoderBunnyz and as a result, has taught over 15,000 kids to code. She received a letter from then First Lady Michelle Obama and was offered a job at big Silicon Valley corporations.
Did we mention she’s 12?
Samaira will discuss her journey and how a coding mindset will help you succeed with anything.
VANESSA VAKHARIA Founder and CEO of The Math Guru
How to Become the Triple Threat You were Born To Be!
Tuesday March 23, 7pm | Virtual Tickets
Vanessa is the founder and director of The Math Guru, a super cool boutique math & science tutoring studio in Toronto. She is also the author of Math Hacks, a book that makes math fun, stress-free and relatable for everyone. Her goals are to be Lady-Gaga-famous and to change math culture so that STEM is finally as cool and accessible as every single Taylor Swift song.
Vanessa will be sharing her passion for math and entrepreneurship and educating others on the importance of learning from failures.
NICOLE VERKINDT Tech Entrepreneur
Your Advantage in a Changing World
Tuesday March 30, 7pm | Virtual Tickets
Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs and innovation. Named “Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by StartUp Canada in 2017, Verkindt has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative platforms and technology to fill them.
Nicole will show entrepreneurs how to turn ideas into success, and how to be entrepreneurial in any role – whether you are a farmer, an owner of a manufacturing facility, a tech expert, or anything in between.