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Imperfection Lives Here event helps women be the best they can

The event will feature mentors and keynote speakers focused on uplifting the women of Sudbury to reach the heights they desire

Imperfection Lives Here Inc. is hosting its second annual Between Us Ladies: Dinner Soiree at the Caruso Club on Nov. 4., and the organization has just released its slate of speakers and mentors.

The event is billed as a “unique event to empower women to succeed in leveraging networks and forming international mentor-mentee relationships.”

Imperfection Lives Here is an organization with a vision focused on uplifting women while creating a powerhouse community of women who support each other. We are creating a space where women from all walks of life can learn from each other, celebrate each other and grow together.”

There will be keynotes speeches at the event, featuring Hailey Hastie, the CEO and founder of marketing firm The Social Soulpreneur. A graduate of Laurentian University, Hastie began The Social Soulpreneur in 2018 offering social media management services to local businesses. Hailey is proud to staff a fully female team of three full-time employees. In 2021, Hailey was awarded the Bell Business Excellence Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Also speaking is Katlyn Kotila, a 23-year-old public speaker and community leader from Sudbury. Sharing her experiences as a suicide-loss survivor and a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community she uses her voice to give back to her community and inspire others to live life authentically. Currently, she serves as the chair of Fierté Sudbury Pride and is the reigning Miss Confidence Canada 2022.

Attendees can also hear from Karyn Ross, an award-winning author. Ross’ sixth book, The Kind Leader: A Practical Guide to Eliminating Fear, Creating Trust, and Leading with Kindness is a must-read for everyone who leads people at work, at home, and in the community. An artist, TEDx speaker, internationally known consultant, and coach, Karyn is the owner of Karyn Ross Consulting and The New School for Kind Leaders. 

There will also be a silent auction, but with a twist, in that bidders will purchase time with a mentor, one of many that are donating their time to the event. 

Among the mentors are Helen Francis, CEO and president of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario. An ultra-marathon runner and mother of five, Francis has a background in mining and engineering before moving to the non-profit charity sector after volunteering for a number of years.

Neha Singh is CEO of PACE global, an organization that is committed to the idea that it is one thing to create technology, and quite another to ensure people use the technology consistently to produce high-quality data, that results in sooner, safer and happier decisions. 

Gisele Roberts is manager for innovation and commercialization at Laurentian University in the office of the vice-president of research. In addition to being an active participant and partner in economic development activities that support innovation in Sudbury, she volunteers with various commercialization entities nationally. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Roberts is completing her second term as a board member with Rainbow Routes.

A professional mining engineer, Theresa Nyabeze has 20 years experience in engineering and operations experience within the mining industry and follows her mantra: “You take care of the people and the rest will follow: safety, innovation, and profits”.

Ms. Nyabeze has worked to improve insights into the experiences of people working in the mining industry such as WISE – Women in Science & Engineering, Afro Heritage Association of Sudbury and as chair of the Diversity Inclusion Advisory Committee for CIM. She has authored a children’s book, Underground! My Mining Adventure to provide an engagement

tool that introduces youth to mining. One of the key messages in the book is the affirmation that there is room for all types of people in mining and the importance of validating mining myths with positive reality.

Nyabeze won the Northern Ontario Business 40 Under Forty Award and was recently named Top 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada and selected to be part of the Canadian Governor General Leadership program.

Jennifer Self will also be available as a mentor, as will her experience with travelling the world. Now the director of business development and engagement with the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, the multi-degree holder has, in the past, opened a childcare service, acted as a media strategist, and director of operations for international language travel at Education First in London, UK.

Sandi Emdin brings more than 20 years of experience engaging audiences with messages that are insightful, inspirational, and relevant. Her TEDx talk in 2014 titled “3 Small Words” offers quick strategies to interrupt negative self-talk, self-doubt, and your endless “to-do” list. 

She started as a social worker in women’s shelters, was director at Big Sisters of Sudbury, and has facilitated numerous conferences including – the Power of Being a Girl YWCA Sudbury, and Women of the Future. Emdin was also nominated for the Woman of Distinction Award in 2012 in the Community Action category.

Tickets begin at $59.37 and are available by clicking here.