How To Find “Enough” This Holiday Season

How To Find “Enough” This Holiday Season

Hearing Tracey Theemes speak at a recent PWN event definitely got us thinking about the constant need for more when we  already have enough – we are sure you can relate! With the festive season upon us, we wanted to share a few words and reinforce a key take-away from Tracy’s time with us. My whole perspective on Christmas spending changed dramatically five years ago. Two things happened. The first was when I was in a Toys R Us aisle and witnessed harried parents screaming at their two children for being greedy. As they all pawed and fingered various toy items, the tension between them was so thick, so teetering on violence, that I thought I was going to be ill. As a former child therapist I can tell you those kids would have much preferred hanging out with their parents with a bowl of popcorn and drinking hot cocoa then being yelled at under harsh lights at 8:30 pm, exhausted and long past their energetic limit. The parents, caught in the frenzy of purchasing holiday happiness, were buying stuff they couldn’t really afford and adding more lines to a tapped out visa card. I couldn’t stop thinking about this poor family. At dinner, the very next Sunday, I held a roundtable discussion for the 14 members of my family who were in our gift circle. Using the outline of Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages, we talked about how we most wanted to receive love. Each one of us reflected and shared our preferences. It was fun… and fascinating! Only two of the 14 had “gifts” as their language. Wow! The rest of us were divided...
Women as a Catalyst to Grow the Economy

Women as a Catalyst to Grow the Economy

  Following up on last year’s sold out event and its report Women as a Catalyst for Growth: A BC Action Plan, the WEB Alliance of Women’s Business Networks (of which the PWN is a member) is excited to bring a second B.C. Economic Forum: Women as a Catalyst for Change to Vancouver on Friday, October 23, 2015. Last year’s event was initially created to grow the economic impact of women in the province and to strategize how the government, businesses and individuals can enhance opportunities for women. Over 400 community leaders attended including Premier Christy Clarke; Kellie Leitch, federal Minister of the Status of Women; Aboriginal chiefs; corporate leaders and entrepreneurs. Developed from last year’s event, the Action Plan makes recommendations to government, industry and individuals including; Challenging businesses to set up talent pipelines and mentorship to champion and encourage women to advance to leadership roles. Challenging businesses to develop and implement policies to support work-life effectiveness policies to balance family needs (such as flexible work schedules or the ability to work from home). Adding business studies to the BC public school system curriculum. Incentivize and promote greater investment in women-owned businesses This year’s event, which will be held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, will be a working forum on how to successfully implement the action plan to promote gender diversity in leadership and throughout the workforce to lead to greater economic growth. The event will feature leaders in the community, including a panel session with Jay Dilley, President, HawkAir; Michelle Orsy, Partner, Deloitte; and Renée Wasyluk, CEO, Troika Group, who will share examples of how their organizations...