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Get to Know: Devon Brooks

To put it simply, Devon Brooks changed the game. She co-founded Blo, the world’s first and largest franchise chain of Blow Dry Bars. The company now spans four countries, with 100+ locations, and has attracted collaborations with international mega-brands like Mattel, Guess, Topshop and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Since then she’s spent a decade supporting hundreds of creatives, professionals, start-ups, and founders in articulating and realizing their goals as a business coach, and now has her sights set on disrupting the personal-development landscape with her newest venture, Sphere, enhancing the experience of personal coaching.

We can’t wait to welcome Devon to the stage as our first guest speaker of the 2018/2019 Women of Whistler speaker series season for her presentation on The Conversations It Takes to Grow.

To give you a taste of what’s to come, we chatted with Devon to get some insight into her experience, and what to expect from of her talk on Thursday, September 27.

What are some of the highs and lows that’ve been a part of your journey?


Starting my first business, Blo, was one of the richest experiences of my life. I was experiencing tremendous wins at work with my co-founders - as our business had such early success. Whilst simultaneously going to through the judicial process after experiencing two major traumas and processing a PTSD diagnosis. I was about 21 and it was a mosaic of highs and lows.


What is a challenge you continue to face?


One of the hardest parts of being the leader of an organization is having to make big decisions often, and sometimes with less information than you'd like. That's why questions are so important - because you have to ask the good ones.


If you could give a piece of advice to your past self when she was starting out on her entrepreneurial path, what would you say?


The best indication of how someone will behave in the future is how they are behaving now. 



The subject of your talk is “The Conversations it Takes to Grow.” How has conversation been transformational for your business?


Because every time we ask questions and have questions asked of us we face a mirror. We face ourselves.

Make sure you grab your tickets before they sell out! Register here

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You Don’t Hate Mondays. You Hate Your Job.

By Tracy Hutton

When I share with people that I’m a professional strengths coach, they usually give me a cursory up and down look and I easily read their bewildered minds as wondering “Really? You don’t look like you’re super ripped. You look sorta mushy.” Of course, they’re too polite to say what’s on their minds, so I always offer an additional distinction, “I’m not like a (flexes arms) strength coach, I’m a strengths coach – emphasis on the plural. By that I mean that I support people in discovering their comparative advantage and how to offer it up in service of others. You know, I help people love their work.” Which is always met with an, “Ohhhhhh,” and then “I could really use some help there.” Read More

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Take a Coffee Break – it’s Good for Business

I’ve always made a point of scheduling a coffee ‘meeting’ at least twice a week. - one is with someone new that I’ve just met and the other is usually a colleague that I haven’t seen for a while. I’ve made it part of my weekly routine and business plan.

More than ever, especially in these uncertain economic times, connections and relationships are worth their weight in gold because you do business with people, not things. No amount of cold calling, sales promotions, or advertising will equal the amount of business you can acquire from someone who knows you, trusts you and will recommend you to their customers. These are the people you want to be with. These are the people you want to do business with. Read More

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What is Mentorship?

mentorchalkboardSometimes thought of as teacher & student, it has become a sharing of wisdom & master mind of ideas. I've been part of a women's mentor group for the past 3 years and it's been a wonderful experience of sharing ideas and collaborating, getting motivated and moving forward, enriching both my career and personal life.

Are you limiting your growth by not having a mentor? Leveraging the expertise of a senior leader can elevate your career exponentially.  A mentor will dial you into a wealth of knowledge and open new doors, but can also lead to a lifelong connections.

Taking the time to develop an effective mentor relationship will have an immense impact on success.

Join in at the Women of Whistler event on May 17th at 6pm to hear Moderator Jill Earthy, Vice Chair of the Women’s Enterprise centre (accomplished entrepreneur) will be joined by a panel of women with diverse perspectives on the power of mentorship.

Together the panel will share inspiration and lessons on how an effective relationship can create a powerful shift in one’s life.

Key takeaways:

  • The role of the mentor and mentee
  • Finding the right mentor
  • The different types of mentoring and maximizing mentorship
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As Women of Whistler drives the development for business women in Whistler, mentorship is a key piece of the equation to create a community where bright ideas are nurtured, growth is accelerated, and integrity is celebrated. Don't miss out on our next Women of Whistler event - Accelerate your Growth With Mentorship (sign up here).