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startGBC Hosts Women Entrepreneurship Day at George Brown College

On October 17, in partnership with Dell EMC, startGBC organized Women Entrepreneurship Day at George Brown College in celebration of women who are defining the world of entrepreneurship — one business decision at a time. MC’d by Safia Amin, startGBC’s Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator, the event began with a #WhyNotMe Founders Panel discussion, followed by a Speak On Your Feet workshop, as well as a few words on women empowerment from Pam Pelletier, a Sales Director from Dell.

From talking about their biggest mistakes, to what advice they would give to female entrepreneurs, our #WhyNotMe panelists — consisting of Aisha Addo, founder and CEO of Power to Girls Foundation and DriveHER Inc.; Carey Pearson, co-founder of Flux + Form Jewellery; Nikole Goncalves, the creator of HealthNut Nutrition; and Dymika Harte, founder of UNSGND — spoke about their entrepreneurial journeys as they shared their wisdom and lessons with the crowd.

Aisha Addo, Nikole Goncalves, Dymika Harte and Carey Pearson

Attendees were then treated with a Speak On Your Feet workshop, facilitated by Eloise Ashworth and Raif Douthwaite. Speak On Your Feet is a powerful workshop that provides personalized coaching to learn effective communication through enjoyable and inclusive medium of applied improvisation. This workshop empowers participants to become more creative, to communicate their ideas with confidence and be able to keep the conversation flowing on the stage of life.

Eloise Ashworth and Raif Douthwaite - Speak on Your Feet

This was then followed by a few words of wisdom from Dell executive, Pam Pelletier, who shared a bit about her own personal story of her journey as a leading woman at Dell.

Pam Pelletier, Dell EMC

startGBC is proud to have organized an event like this at George Brown College. We are dedicated to helping enthuse more women to consider entrepreneurship and to continuing the growth of women entrepreneurs in Canada. With female entrepreneurship on the rise, nurturing entrepreneurial growth in women is an investment worth making. startGBC would like to thank our sponsor, Dell, for supporting women entrepreneurs at George Brown College and throughout the nation. Dell is committed to accelerating the increasingly powerful role that women play in driving global economic growth. Through the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Dell connects female entrepreneurs across the globe with networks, sources of capital, knowledge and technology, giving them the power to do more.

We would also like to thank Dell for donating the new Rose Gold XPS 13 Notebook which was raffled and won by GBC Student, Pria Bangia. When asked why she attended the Women Entrepreneurship Day event and what women entrepreneurship meant to Pria, this is what she said:

“I attended the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event held at GBC because I wanted to hear from fellow women about the journey they went on to get to where they are today, the obstacles they encountered and how they overcame them, as well as to meet some other girls at GBC that are in the business program! Business is all about networking. I support women entrepreneurship because it brings awareness to what women have to go through every single day, so being able to gather together to learn, motivate and support us as we work towards a common goal is liberating and inspiring. It means that we can stand tall together, despite our fears to strive to be our best selves.”

Pria Bangia, winner of Dell XPS 13 Notebook

The XPS 13 Notebook is the world’s smallest 3-inch laptop with captivating Dell Cinema and next-gen InfinityEdge. Once again, We’d like to thank Dell for supporting women entrepreneurship at George Brown College.

We hope those that attended the event were inspired to take the leap into the world of entrepreneurship!


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