International Day of the Girl

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate International Day of the Girl including the speakers, partners, and volunteers! A heartfelt thank you to Dee Raffo, Maja Ronneberger, Kevani Macdonald, Lucy Glover and friends for bringing this amazing event and important message to our community, and for your many years of support for Howe Sound Women’s Centre.


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  • Devon Brooks is the evoker celebrated for co-founding Blo, a 70+ location global Blow Dry Bar chain which has collaborated with international mega-brands like Mattel, Guess and Gwenyth Paltrow — and is responsible for igniting the fastest-growing category in beauty. PROFIT Magazine, and named her 1 of the Top 30 entrepreneurs in Canada. A diverse mentor and guide, Devon supports the growth of youth entrepreneurship in Canada as a member of the Board of Directors at Futurpreneur.
  • Culitech, formed by the youngest people to ever hit BCBusiness’ Top 30 Under 30, speak to us about their venture. The grade 12 students, Angela Wang and Madelaine Liu from West Point Grey Academy are out to solve major public health problems with their concept of smart cutlery that can detect allergens, nutrients, and toxins.
  • Shannon Susko is a CEO coach, serial entrepreneur, speaker, and best selling author. She co-founded and led the sale of two companies in less than six years: Subserveo, Inc. and Paradata Systems Inc. Shannon now coaches the CEOs of companies ranging in size from $1M to over $100M in Canada, USA and India, including Intel Wearables,, Hot Head Games, and Silverchef. Among a host of accolades she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and awarded the Sarah Kirke Award for Canada’s Leading Women Entrepreneurs.

‘Dream, Girl’ highlights U.S. and Canadian, female entrepreneurs from brand new start ups to million dollar industries, in a mission to stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader. Screened by the National Women’s Business Council at the White House in May 2016 as part of the lead up to the United State of Women Summit, it has been igniting audiences across the continent.

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