Glinda Girls Inc.

July 22, 2009 09:00 ET

Glinda Girls Inc.: Sought-After Speaker and Author of Fashioning Reality Ben Barry to Appear at 'The Business of Bliss' on October 5, 2009

Canadian entrepreneur and women's health advocate to be key guest speaker at highly acclaimed speakers series

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) - Glinda Girls Inc.™, a Calgary-based event producer and e-boutique of beauty and lifestyle brands and services, is excited to announce today that modeling agency founder and best-selling author Ben Barry will be appearing at "The Business of Bliss," a full-day Glinda Girls' inspirational speakers series event designed to inspire women to connect and awaken the part of them that has a dream to live, a passion to pursue and a difference to make. The event will be held at Calgary's TELUS Convention Centre on Monday, October 5, 2009.

In 1995, at the age of 14, Ben founded The Ben Barry Agency - a revolutionary agency that challenged the beauty ideal status quo by representing models of all ages, sizes, ethnicities, and abilities. Ben's vision and mission was to engage in the business of custom scouting and sourcing models for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands that authentically reflected target markets through "real" models. Ben Barry's models, for example, were cast for the Dove "Campaign for Real Beauty", Sears, Nike, Armani, L'Oreal, Macy's, and have appeared in the pages of Seventeen, Elle, and Vogue.

Ben has been the subject of feature interviews on Oprah, CNN, and Fashion Television and in The Guardian, The Times of India, The Financial Times, and The National Post. He is a former business columnist for the Globe and Mail and author of the bestseller Fashioning Reality: A New Generation of Entrepreneurship. Ben has received the CIBC Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and is the first male winner of the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case for his leadership in advancing the equality of girls and women in Canada.

"We are thrilled and honoured to be including Ben in the line up of the Business of Bliss' extraordinary speakers," said Kari Dunlop, founder of Glinda Girls Inc. "Ben started a movement that promoted inclusive, empowering, and positive images of beauty. Inspiration is an understatement of the impact Ben Barry brings to our society as he continues to redefine society's idea of beauty. Not only does he have a story to tell, but he tells it in such a way that will leave our Business of Bliss audience wanting more."

Joining Ben on stage at the Business of Bliss are: Candace Bushnell, internationally acclaimed author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up and One Fifth Avenue, who was once behind on her rent, sleeping on a foam mattress and struggling to make it in Manhattan; Martha Beck, New York Times best-selling author and O Magazine columnist whose wit and wisdom has helped thousands discover their own 'North Star' and live a life of purpose; Brilliance Specialist and psychotherapist Moreah Ragusa; and Peter Walsh, organizational guru from TLC's Clean Sweep and New York Times best-selling author of How to Organize Just About Everything and Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?

Also now available are VIP passes including The Morning with Martha, a continental breakfast starting at 7a.m.; a VIP Luncheon; and cocktail reception with some speakers and Pitchfest celebrity judges (Pitchfest details can be found here: http://www.GlindaGirls.com/contest/). Tickets can be purchased online at www.GlindaGirls.com/tickets/ or by phone at 1-866-944-0455.

About The Business of Bliss

Designed to inspire women to discover their purpose, live their passion and create a life they love, The Business of Bliss is a full-day inspirational speaker series event featuring internationally acclaimed speakers such as Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, Trading Up, Lipstick Jungle and One Fifth Avenue; Martha Beck, New York Times best-selling author and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine; Brilliance Specialist and psychotherapist Moreah Ragusa; and Peter Walsh, organizational guru from TLC's Clean Sweep and New York Times best-selling author of How to Organize Just About Everything and Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? Walsh is also a regular guest on the Oprah show and can be heard weekly on The Peter Walsh Show on the Oprah & Friends XM radio network.

For tickets and additional information, please call 1.866.944.0455 or visit www.GlindaGirls.com.

About Glinda Girls Inc.

Glinda lives within all women. She is the part of us that has a dream to accomplish, a passion to pursue and a difference to make. Inspiring women across the country, Glinda Girls Inc.™ created an online boutique (www.GlindaGirls.com) where visionary, entrepreneurial women can showcase their beauty and lifestyle brands and services as well as share their stories of success. Some of these acclaimed brands include DuWop, cake™ Beauty and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Glinda Girls Inc.-the creators of cool and purveyors of possibility-celebrates their innovation, respects their triumphs, admires their entrepreneurship and loves their products. Founder Kari Dunlop hopes their stories inspire your desire to create your own road to a happy, rewarding life that you love!

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