Advancing Women in Business Workshops

Advancing Women In Business Workshop Series is a free lunchtime series, held at UBC Robson Square from 12:30 – 2:00pm. The workshops are for women entrepreneurs or those in a leadership position in a smaller business, to build new skills to help them succeed in business. Please join us and other women running similar businesses, the last Wednesday of the month to connect & learn.

Upcoming Workshop Topics:

Marketing is Not a Dirty Word:  Selling your wares without selling your soul, how can you build a marketing plan that works for your business

Lauren Bacon, author of The Boss of You
June 27, 12:30-2pm
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street Floor “C”

Understanding the Financial Landscape:  Tools, tips and options for entrepreneurs looking to grow their business

Christine Bergeron, Investment Manager, Vancity Community Capital
July 25, 12:30-2pm
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street Floor “C”

Past Workshop Topics:

How to Speak to Your Banker and Get Results: Learn to communicate about your business and financing needs in a way that your banker will understand

Rebecca Pearson, Account Manager at Vancity Community Business
March 28, 12:30-2pm
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street Floor “C”

HR Management for the Small Business Entrepreneur: Templates, tips and techniques to help you find, keep and develop staff as you build and grow your business.

Deena Chochinov, Human Resource and Organizational Development Consultant
April 25, 12:30-2pm
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street Floor “C”

Small + Successful: Defining and achieving your entrepreneurial goals for a sustainable business

Emira Mears, author of The Boss of You
May 30, 12:30-2pm
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street Floor “C”

Produced by:

Pam ChaloultPamela Chaloult

Pamela Chaloult is an accomplished professional with decades of experience in executive management, marketing, communications, facilitation, event management and organizational development. Pamela serves as the Managing Director for Renewal, producer of the annual Social Venture Institute (SVI) at Hollyhock and consults with several other socially responsible businesses. She possesses a passion for sustainability and the advancement of women in business.

Pamela previously served as Vice President of Renewal2 Investment Fund, Senior Advisor to Tides Canada and Hollyhock, Co-Executive Director of Social Venture Network (SVN), Communications and Marketing Director for California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and Planned Parenthood. Before joining the non-profit sector, she led the marketing and advertising efforts for the CBS affiliate KPIX TV & Radio and for a variety of film and entertainment groups in Los Angeles.

She is a member of the Women’s Executive Network, the Association of Women in Finance, Women Speakers Association, Social Venture Network and sits on a variety of social purpose boards across North America.

Emira Mears

A sought after web strategist and small business mentor, Emira co-founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio with Lauren Bacon, her other business half (with whom she also wrote The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business). The two have been in business together for twelve years, and during that time have developed a reputation for helping organizations working for social good develop meaningful relationships with their communities online. An advocate of women entrepreneurs, sustainable growth and values-based business and sustainable growth, Emira writes and speaks frequently about business, leadership, technology and women; she co-authors a blog on women and business at and a weekly online column for BCBusiness magazine.