PWN FAQs

Have a question about PWN in general, PWN Memberships, PWN Meetings, or otherwise? This FAQ sheet may answer some of your questions. If your answer cannot be found below, please feel free to contact us.

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MEMBERSHIP, MEETINGS & EVENTS FAQs

How do I become a PWN member?

Simply provide us with your contact details on our Membership page. We will add you to our mailing list and send you emails and event invitations.

What can I expect at a meeting?

5:00 pm: Event Registration Opens

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Networking / Wine and Appetizers

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Speaker Presentation – each meeting features a different speaker or panel of speakers on topics of general interest to professional women typically focusing on business development, leadership, networking tips, mentorship and career management and development issues

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Networking / 1-on-1 questions or follow up with Speaker

I haven't attended one of the events before. Is there anything I need to do or do you need more information about me or my business?

Sign up for our Events.  We recommend that you bring your business cards for networking and for the business card draw at the end of the presentation.

Are event tickets refundable or exchangeable?

As we are a not-for-profit organization, meeting tickets are non-refundable and not exchangeable for another session. However, you may transfer your ticket to a colleague or friend.  If you cannot find someone and if we receive inquiries about a waiting-list for the event, we could pass your name and email address onto those who are interested in attending to transfer your ticket. If you have transferred your ticket, please let us know who will attend in your place.  Please contact us at info@pwncanada.ca.

What should I do when I have trouble with payment when registering for an event?

There are several things that you can try to trouble-shoot and successfully register you for this event.  Please make sure the address you enter is the address of your credit card bill.  Please check that you do not have a pop-up blocker running, which may prevent you from accessing the payment page.  If you do have a pop-up blocker running, please turn that off and try again.  If you have the option to use a different web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome) then please try the different browser.  If after trying the above and you are still experiencing difficulties, please contact us at info@pwncanada.ca and we can manually register you for the event.

What if I want to attend an event that is sold-out?

With your consent, we can provide your email address to those who cancel last minute and want to transfer their ticket.  Please provide your information to info@pwncanada.ca.

Can I bring a friend to a meeting?

Yes! We encourage you to bring colleagues, business contacts, clients, prospective clients and friends to meetings. Please follow the same steps to register your guests as you would to register yourself. The same fees apply to all persons attending a meeting with the exception of students who, with proof of enrolment in a post-secondary program, may attend events for a reduced fee of $20 per meeting.

Can men attend the meetings?

The PWN welcomes both men and women, and we would be pleased to have an additional guest attend.

Can I attend a trial event for free?

Unlike most networking organizations in Vancouver, the PWN charges a per meeting fee rather than an annual membership fee.  This way, we give our members the option of choosing which events to attend based on interests and desired level of participation.  The meeting fee just covers our costs — we are a non-profit organization.  In light of this, we invite you to attend at your cost.  If you attend one of our events or register as a PWN member, but subsequently decide that you no longer wish to participate, simply unsubscribe to our emails or contact us directly.

Do you have chapters or hold events outside of Vancouver?

The PWN is not operational outside Vancouver as of yet.  We are working to create a platform that will allow for expansion across the country.  If you would like to receive (infrequent) updates/notices about our organization, please sign up as a member (for free) on our Membership page. You can also find us on Twitter at @PWNCanada.

I would like to speak at a PWN meeting, how do I arrange a speaking engagement with PWN?

Our meetings are often scheduled several months in advance, but we do accept presentation proposals. Please read our Potential Speakers FAQs and send your proposal for speaking engagements to our Co-Chairs: Monique Ronning at morieux@pwncanada.ca or Dani Bryant at dbryant@pwncanada.ca. We will consider your proposal and contact you to discuss.

SPONSORSHIP & PROMOTION FAQs

How do I become a sponsor of PWN?

Sponsorship opportunities are always welcome. Please send your sponsorship requests to our Co-Chairs, Monique Ronning at morieux@pwncanada.ca or Dani Bryant at dbryant@pwncanada.ca, and we will follow up with you to discuss details.

Are you able to help promote my event/organization/business to PWN members?

We do not overtly promote the businesses or initiatives of our members.  However, we invite you to attend our meetings where you will have a chance to network with other members in a very warm and friendly environment and you can tell them yourself what you are doing and ask whether they would be interested in learning more.  We would be happy to post information about the your organization through our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.  We use these platforms to promote other events in the community and events receive good publicity this way.  Please send us the information to info@pwncanada.ca about your upcoming events that we can post.  We also recommend that you post events with Networking in Vancouver.

Can you sponsor my event/organization/business?

The PWN is a non-profit organization offering a comfortable, sophisticated environment for effective networking and business development education and opportunities.  While our organization is not in a position to financially sponsor your organization, we do have an active and growing social network community.  We will “spread the word” to our networks.  If you have a certain message that you would like us to convey via our Twitter or LinkedIn, please send those along to info@pwncanada.ca and we will post them to our social media.

There is a collective of major women’s non-profit business organizations across B.C. that was formed in 2008 called the Web Alliance – an alliance of Women’s Business Networks.  You might consider contacting the co-chairs of this alliance to see whether your organization might like to join.  All of the organizations that are part of this alliance support one another by cross marketing respective events and sharing wisdom and knowledge around 4 key pillars: advancing women in leadership, advancing women entrepreneurs, women’s access to markets and capital and advancing women in non-traditional roles and emerging sectors.  If you join this alliance then we can similarly support your organization for mutual benefit.