Breaking through barriers; gaining success.
Let’s talk business, leadership, wellness and relationship building.
Establishing a Dialogue with Black Women is a BBPA’s International Women’s Month event. The dialogue aims to discuss and raise awareness of many issues that are both local and global, and which affect Black women daily.
Despite many advances in Women’s Empowerment this century, there are many unresolved issues that interfere with progress women seek in order to reach their full potential. Let’s address the following: Bridging the Gender Gap: Sexism, gender bias, and equal pay. Achieving Gender Parity: Invest in and improvement of educational opportunities for women: Gaining access to jobs in all fields. Women’s Empowerment: Fostering women’s sense of worth by accessing resources, providing information on career pathways, and leadership opportunities.
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am
Welcome Remarks – Nadine Spencer
Your Host | Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA)
A Dialogue with Black Women: Why Our Voice Matters
9:15 am – 9:30
Opening Remarks – Mitzie Hunter
MPP | Scarborough Guildwood
Breaking through the Barriers to success. The Future for Black Women and our Voice
9:30 am – 9:50 am
Core Mental Health: The Foundation to Well Being Success
Speaker – Shai-Ann James
Child and Youth Worker
Uncovering the importance of taking care of your mental health to ensure you achieve your goals.
9:55 am – 10:15 am
Wellness at Home
Speaker – Devonia Debeck
The Debeck Group | Principal Interior Decorator
Peace of mind at home. Free to relax, be inspired and dream.
10:15 am – 10:45 am
Technology, Don’t Get Left Behind
Speaker – Colleen Ward
Vice President Technology Solutions | TD Bank
10:45 am – 11:00 am
BREAK – Sponsored by:
11:00 am – 11:30 am
NO is a sentence – Saying NO without guilt
Speaker – Ettie Rutherford
Author, Educator | Women Are Worthy
11:30 am – 11:45 pm
Building the Business of “You”- The Millennial Entrepreneur
Danielle Spencer | CEO, LaidLashes
A discussion of building a relationship with yourself, and how it will affect your business and your brand.
Health and wellness benefits associated with an active lifestyle.
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Networking Lunch – Sponsored by:
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
How the Obama method of engagement works with effective storytelling
Sharing My Story – Sandra Whiting
Storyteller | How I got involved in community affairs and volunteering
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
A Dialogue with……Moderated by Thando Hyman
Thando Hyman’s dynamic leadership and innovative school practices has been recognized by community, national and international media.
Ms. Hyman’s extensive community work includes host of “AWAF Roundtable” on 89.5 CIUT FM radio, founding board member of the African-Canadian Legal Clinic and past chair of African Heritage Educators Network and Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention. She is a Board member of TVOntario.
Thando leads a panel discussion on various issues and barriers to success Black women face.
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Elizabeth Dori Tunstall
Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
What’s Next? Getting Our Voices Heard – Elayna Paulk
CEO of Melanin Queen’s Organics | Host/Executive Producer of The Queen Series Podcast
Podcasting with Purpose: The importance of creating platforms for marginalized voices to encourage sisterhood and build community support.
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Jills Last Word
Jill Andrew | MPP, St. Paul’s
DATE: March 29, 2020
TIME: 9:00 am -2:30 pm