Women in Leadership Foundation

Women in Leadership Foundation

March 10, 2008 09:00 ET

Aboriginal Women Leaders Share Their Journeys to Success at the 4th Annual BC Aboriginal Women in Leadership Forum

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - On Friday, March 14th, 2008, women and men from all across the province will gather together at the BC Aboriginal Women in Leadership Forum "Sharing the Inspiration" to hear from accomplished Canadian Aboriginal women leaders and youth who will share their extraordinary lessons in leadership.

This one-day provincial forum, attended by upwards of 300 people each year, aims to promote the career and leadership development of Aboriginal youth and women. "Our event is timely because employers are beginning to understand the need and benefit of leadership diversity," explains Maya Kanigan, Founder and President of Women In Leadership Foundation. "However, research indicates that women face barriers towards attaining these management or leadership placements especially aboriginal and immigrant women. Our forum offers these women training and encouragement from other women who successfully navigated this road."

Attendees develop skills from a panel of experts, various workshops, and a forum fair which includes career and information booths. This year's featured speakers include: Chief Kim Baird from the Tsawwassen First Nation; business advisor and professional coach for First Nations women Denise Findlay; and Michele Baptiste, National Manager - Aboriginal Relations from Scotiabank.

"I have had the honour of speaking to Aboriginal women in various parts of the country through this initiative," explains returning keynote speaker Michele Baptiste from Scotiabank. "With so many negative messages sent out to mainstream Canada regarding Aboriginal people and politics, Women in Leadership (WIL) gives women the opportunity to hear a very different, positive message - a message of empowerment and strength - without losing our identity as women in our communities."

The forum will be held from 9am-4:00pm at the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Community Centre in North Vancouver (3010 Tsleil-Waututh Road). Admission is free and lunch is provided.

The forum is hosted by the Squamish Nation in partnership with the Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) with generous support from Scotiabank. We also acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. Other sponsors include INAC, BC Ferries, and Canadian Pacific.

The Aboriginal Women in Leadership Forum is part of a series of Aboriginal initiatives started by the Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL). Founded in 2001, the Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL) is a national, non-profit organization committed to advancing women's development as leaders and supporting their pursuit of an inspired career path through the nation-wide delivery of innovative, motivational programming and diversity initiatives.

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