EVENT SPEAKER LINE-UP
Learn from a line-up of inspiring and motivational speakers, as they share valuable life lessons via real life experiences. Learn from their area of expertise, and get ready to be empowered to live life more purposely in your own skin.
Meet the Event Organizers
Nkechi Nwafor-Robinson, HOST & EIMS FOUNDER:
Nkechi Nwafor-Robinson is an inspirational energetic conquering influencer relentlessly uplifting people. She is a unique powerhouse who captures the heart of all with a winning smile and authentic spirit. She embraces the value of living each day to the fullest and brightening the moments of those she meets on a daily busy. Nkechi is an Information Technology Executive, Professional Bodybuilder, Author, and Motivational Mindset Speaker. In 2014 she founded Empowered in My Skin, and through her motivational events, lives out her vision of helping as many people as she can live more fulfilling and purpose driven lives. Her passion for helping others afforded her an opportunity to serve alongside her best friend, Jully Black in Narok Kenya, Aug 2017
Visit her online: www.empoweredinmyskin.com
Jully Black, International Recording Artist & Motivational Speaker
Jully Black is a true Canadian Icon. Named as one of ‘The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever’, (CBC Music) she has been dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’ by her fans and peers. As a platinum selling recording artist, her music career has yielded multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts. She has taken home multiple Juno Awards, earned many industry accolades and was hand selected to sing for the Queen of England. With her powerhouse vocals, hilarious personality and love of people, Jully Black is truly every woman.
Visit her online: www.jullyblack.com
Financial Literacy Workshop & Networking
Friday, November 16, 2018
Meet our Guest Speaker
Victoria Pelletier, Dynamic and Accomplished Senior Executive | Passionate Networker | Speaker | Director
A passionate, authentic Senior Executive and Board Director, Victoria Pelletier brings a wealth of progressive experience and dedication to all her work, including her board and volunteer activities. Victoria is Vice President and Senior Partner at IBM Global Business Services and serves on the board of two technology companies, as well as the Children’s Aid Foundation. With two decades as a senior leader, accountable for strategy, operations, growth initiatives and business development, her depth of knowledge expansive and impressive.
Visit her online: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriapelletier/
Meet our Financial Experts
Nancy Sharma, TD Wealth Financial Planner
Nancy holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designations, and has over 8 years of experience in financial services. Her investment management style is based on diligence, a commitment to maintaining a deep understanding of the markets, the economy, and the investment industry to help clients achieve their dreams. After attaining her Arts degree at the University of Guelph, Nancy has worked at two of Canada's largest financial institutions, in addition to holding various roles in the marketing and public relations field. To help you meet your goals, she takes a comprehensive approach that extends beyond investing. Nancy offers you the relevant, customized wealth advice you deserve and can do that only by fully understanding you. Nancy spends her time outside of the office volunteering with Sick Kids Hospital and the Canadian Women's Foundation, mentoring young professionals, exploring art galleries, painting and traveling.
More Financial Experts to be announced... STAY TUNED!
Meet our Special Guest Panelist
Adeaze Alilonu, Founder, Women Investor Network (WIN)
Adaeze is the founder of the online community -Women Investor Network (WIN) - a movement of women who share a vision of building debt free secure financial futures. Her vision is to help African women avoid debt and consistently win with money. She has helped dozens of women change their money habits and take those baby steps to financial freedom. She's a Public speaker and Marketing Specialist, she has an advanced diploma in Banking and Finance, Bachelor’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in Media and Communications from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. She started her professional career in the Banking and Asset management sectors, then on to Apparel and fashion, before moving into the non-profit sector. If that is not all, Adeaze is happily married and is has 3 beautiful daughters.
Emotional Agility Conference
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Meet our Lead Facilitator & Expert Presenter
Melanie Sodka, Writer, Speaker, Podcaster, award winning Business Professor
Mindful and strategic, Melanie is a capacity creator - building the space for people to be present and thrive in all areas of their lives. She has designed a suite of tools intended to guide people through the discovery of their capacity. Melanie will inspire you to resign from the obligations that aren’t serving you well, so you can make room for the things that are. Having your perspective challenged can feel uncomfortable, but Melanie will show you just how liberating thoughtful and international decision making can be. Her interactive programs and courses incorporate designs that meet the specific business and learning needs of her audience. She is married and raising two wonderful children in the Niagara region.
Visit her online: www.melaniesodka.com
Meet our Panel Team
AYANNA SEALEY, B.SC., MHK | Mental Performance Coach and NET Practitioner Coach | Broadway-Caliber Performer, Artist, and Choreographer
Ayanna incorporates her unique experience as a successful performing artist with her performance psychology education to coach other artists, as well as athletes, to drastically realize and elevate their peak performance. Having danced for over 30 years - including training at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City and performing professionally as a ‘triple-threat’ dancer, actor, singer in Toronto (Disney's The Lion King and the Stratford Shakespearean Festival) – Ayanna has taught hundreds of performers to get the most out of their performance. Ayanna is extremely passionate about performance: whether on stage herself or whether coaching. She is highly committed to providing the tools that will help her clients to reach their fullest potential. Through her work with the Center for Heart Living in Toronto, Ayanna now combines NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) with her work as a Mental Performance Coach to help her clients go even deeper, to release internal or subconscious blocks. In this way, clients may unveil potential that they did not know already existed so that they may be freed to explore where that potential might lead!
Visit her online at www.ayannasealey.com
Elle Mejia, Global Retail Leasing Executive | Founder, Pretty Girls Work | Director, End Girls Hate Canada
Elle Mejia is a global retail leasing executive based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. She has completed high level transactions for international retailers in AAA shopping centres, high streets, airport retail locations, and open air shopping centres across the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, and South Africa. In 2014, Elle founded PrettyGirlsWork™. In 2017, she became the Director of End Girl Hate Canada. Elle's insight into business, finance, and entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous publications (ex., Forbes, Success Magazine, Glassdoor, Women's Post, etc.), as well as on Rogers Television as a nextgeneration thought leader in the fields of real estate, finance, and business. Her dedication to the well-rounded female experience is demonstrated through her keen interest in health, fitness, and spirituality. She is a practicing vegan, and is currently studying Muay Thai, the combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand. She regularly curates inspiration and advice from followers of yoga and reiki disciplines.
Visit her online: www.ellemejia.com
Flo King, Senior New Media Consultant, Ministry of the Attorney General and Serial Entrepreneur
As a direct decedent of an immigrant single-parent on social assistance and growing up in a recognized priority neighbourhood complex - Regent Park, Flo King is no stranger to adversity. A young mother whose post-secondary education was put on hold, one failed marriage, followed by an abusive relationship then an abandoned one too; her son and her entrepreneurial endeavours have been her saving lifeline.
Having sought solace in her businesses, Flo has conquered her world on her own terms. Co-owner of The Dirty Bird Chicken + Waffles – a quick service fried chicken and waffles franchise with 3 Toronto locations, Co-owner / principal designer of Rich & Poor Home – an interior design company that specializes in home staging, residential and commercial design, SheEO of her Digital Marketing Company – TOFLO and most recently Co-owner of newly opened Blushington’s Beauty Bar – a licensed premium personal beauty care boutique located in uptown Toronto’s Ledbury Park community, Flo, slowly but surely, is making her mark as an empowered and driven WOC (woman of colour) serial mom-trepreneur.
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Saadia Muzaffar, Founder TechGirls Canada
Saadia is a tech entrepreneur, author, and passionate advocate of responsible innovation, decent work for everyone, and prosperity of immigrant talent in STEM. In 2017, she was featured in Canada 150 Women, a book about 150 of the most influential and ground-breaking women in Canada. She is founder of TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering, and math - and co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, a coalition of business people, technologists, and other residents advocating for innovation that is focused on maximizing the public good. She serves on the board of Women's Shelters Canada, Waterfront Toronto's Digital Strategy Advisory Panel, and is an ambassador for GEM, a mentorship program for high school girls facing socio-economic barriers. She is part of Canada Beyond 150: Policy for a diverse and inclusive future initiative, and is an advisor to Government of Canada's Economic Strategy table for Access to Skilled Talent. Her work on modern leadership explores big ideas and impactful strategies that address growing challenges for business leaders in today's connected & vigilant markets; and has been featured in CNNMoney, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine. Saadia is also a Pushcart Prize nominated short fiction writer. In February 2018, her work joins that of Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale), Gabby Rivera (America), Hope Larson (Batgirl), and Amy Chu (Wonder Woman) in Dark Horse Comics' new anthology featuring comic and prose stories. Recently Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups.
Visit her online: www.saadiam.com