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Head Up Heart Out

As a busy Whistler Woman, it is always difficult to make time to attend events in all honesty, but when the guest speaker promises to advise how to find personal sustainability it seems counter-productive to not check it out. The result of carving out the two hours for February's WOW event was simply inspiration. From the stunning mountain vista supplied through the Squamish Lil'Wat Centre's windows as a backdrop, to the regional canapés of house made smoked salmon and bannock paired with heart-warming First Nations drumming and singing the scene. Was set for enlightenment when guest speaker Sara Wegwitz of Tailor Made Health took the stage. I admit that with iPhone in hand I continued to deal with my beehive of responsibilities while listening, but a friend's reminder that I needed this got me to focus and alter my emailing to note taking. She asked us to surrender and start choosing our priorities. With your head up and heart out it is difficult to feel down and you present yourself with confidence to shape the world you want. Always keep your eyes on your own road and don't get distracted by the "Facebook version" of other people's lives. She left us with a visual exercise and advice that the first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you're not going to stay where you are. I for one left with new energy to take the next steps in my personal sustainability. Tara Colpitts Committee Member of Women of Whistler
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Stepping Up – Uncovering Your True Leadership Potential

View the presentation from the event by clicking here.

The sold-out Women of Whistler event at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler on Tuesday, November 27 was a great way to spend the afternoon.  Each time I attend a WOW event, I am always amazed at the diverse skills of the women attending and their ability to share their support and knowledge, whether they have known you for years or just met you that day.

Featuring guest speaker Dawn McCooey from the Women's Enterprise Centre, the topic of leadership drew a full crowd of local business women (and one brave man).

Dawn spoke about how to become a better leader by uncovering our leadership gifts. She outlined a very interesting framework of leadership: Pride, Passion, Purpose, Performance and Poise.  It all starts with Pride.  Think about your proudest moments, she said. These pride stories are the foundation of our leadership. By tapping into our proudest moments, we can fuel our leadership potential.

Our Pride leads us to our Passion.  Dawn explained that you don't need to find your passion, it’s already in you.  Passion makes everything more interesting.  I think everyone can relate to a small task that seems so very enormous if there is no interest in it.

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The Power of Events

Personally, I really love the Women of Whistler events. They are a great opportunity to touch base with the event sponsors and discuss the opportunities that exist to work together. At this event, the buzz was about the powerful speakers who were on the panel and the delicious food that was available. The Collective Kitchen served some fantastic food!

Living in Whistler, where all levels of events can be experienced from the small community fundraiser to the international festival, I was especially looking forward to hearing three different perspectives on events, how they are formed, the execution and the power they embrace.

It was interesting hearing John break down the value of participating in community events and how all these areas are vital to the operations of the event and that every little piece of the puzzle is necessary to create a successful event.

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