Networking - Learning - Mentorship

Women of Whistler Presents Accelerate Your Growth with Mentorship

Whistler, April 27,2016 – Taking the time to develop an effective mentor relationship will have an immense impact on success. Moderator Jill Earthy, Vice Chair of the Women’s Enterprise centre and an accomplished entrepreneur, will be joined by a panel of local 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. Early bird tickets are available on for $40 (Chamber Members) and $50 (General Admission) until May 16, when the pricing goes up to $45/55 respectively.

“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, integrity is celebrated and strategies for success are shared,” explains Kate Kozak, Women of Whistler Chair. “This is why we thought it was an important and powerful subject matter for a Women of Whistler event.”

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 connection. The event will focus on four key takeaways, the role of the mentor and mentee, finding the right mentor, the different types of mentoring and maximizing mentorship.

More About The Moderator: Jill Earthy

Jill Earthy is an accomplished entrepreneur who has successfully built and sold two companies. Passionate about empowering women entrepreneurs, she is also the past CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), a non-profit association in Vancouver with a mission to mentor and educate women entrepreneurs. Jill launched a national event staffing company in Toronto in 2001. It grew to service eight Canadian cities before she sold it in 2003. Ever the entrepreneur, she started another business in 2007, called momcafé Network. The idea for this business came through the many conversations she was having with other moms on the topic of life balance and the challenges of juggling a professional career while raising a family. While working at building momcafé, Jill took on the role of Executive Director for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) in 2007. In 2011, she became the CEO of the organization, and worked towards providing resources to make female entrepreneurs a driving force in the economy. Jill possesses an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship along with a psychology degree. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two young daughters.

Meet Our Panellists: 

Sue Adams: Entrepreneur

For many British Columbians, owning one small business would fulfill a life-long dream. Sue Adams has fulfilled that dream six times over and is still going strong.Sue is the owner of Chair of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Currently she serves on the BC Ministry of Small Business Round Table, Whistler Chamber of Commerce Board, Whistler Arts Council Board, Director of Women’s Enterprise Society and others. Sue is the recipient of many community and business awards, including, but not limited to, the 2001 recipient of Whistler Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year and the 2007 Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Award.

Nicolette Richer: Owner, Green Moustache

For over 15 years, Nicolette was an environmental policy developer & educator for government and founder & board member of several NGOs. As a result, Nicolette knows the inextricable link between the food we eat, cancer and overall planetary health. Leaving her career behind, Nicolette created The Green Moustache restaurants in Whistler and Vancouver. As an entrepreneur, speaker, and orthomolecular health consultant her vision for healthy communities starts with providing people with access to affordable, 100% organic, nutrient-dense, soil to belly meals and beverages. Nicolette is currently working on her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University. When Nicolette is not busy growing the Green Mo' or helping her clients eat-to-beat their chronic diseases, she can be found hanging out in the beautiful mountains of Whistler with her brilliant husband, three adventurous daughters and their frisky puppy, Gus.

Carol Borghesi: Founder and Principal at Customers First Culture

Carol is Founder and Principal Customers First Culture, a management consulting practice that helps leaders create and operationalize customer strategy. Her practice and passion is born of 31 years telecommunications experience:  TELUS -Canada; British Telecom (BT) - U.K. and Bharti Airtel -India, in senior sales, service and business unit management roles, and managing change through deregulation, labor relations and rapid technological innovation. She has recently completed assignments in Financial Service, TV Services and Retail organizations in Australia, the UK and Canada and seeks to work with like-minded organizations that believe the age of customer capitalism is upon us.

Michelle Ratcliffe: Marketing & Communications Manager, Whistler Chamber

A storyteller at heart, Michelle is a marketing strategist with over 10 years of international experience in communications, digital marketing, sales and media relations with three world class brands: The Dorchester Collection, Pinnacle International and OPUS Hotels. She now puts this expertise to work in her hometown of Whistler, British Columbia as Marketing and Communications Manager for the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, elevating business for 650+ local businesses. Michelle enjoys keeping an eye to global trends while maintaining her core value of “community” as a driving force behind her work. She sits on the marketing committee for the Community Foundation of Whistler and pens “the Big Idea” column in the Whistler Question, profiling local businesses who are innovating in their sector.

The Kathy Barnett Leadership Grant Recipients To Be Announced
We’re proud to be announcing The Kathy Barnett Leadership Grant Recipients at this event. The Kathy Barnett Memorial Fund was established in 2008 by Bob Barnett and the Community Foundation of Whistler to provide leadership grants to women living in the Sea to Sky Corridor. The grants are intended to support women who work with local charities and who wish to pursue professional development opportunities that will be used to give back to their charity and improve the quality of life in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

About Women of Whistler

Women of Whistler, powered by the Whistler Chamber is Driving development for businesswomen in Whistler. WOW is an informed, inspired and influential network of women striving for excellence in business and personal success.  Leverage the power of our local, national and international resources to learn, mentor and share ideas in a supportive environment. For more information, visit

About the Whistler Chamber of Commerce

The Whistler Chamber is making business easy.  Representing a robust 50% of the community - with over 700 members – we are the voice of business in Whistler and to the World.  Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler and the Resort Municipality of Whistler are our closest collaborators and partners.  Whistler comes to the Chamber for timely support. We lift as we climb, building a community of leaders and elevating Whistler’s businesses.  For more information, visit

Media Notes: The Whistler Chamber is pleased to provide high resolution photographs available for editorial.

Media Contact:

Michelle Ratcliffe

Communications and Marketing Manager

T: 604.932.5922 ext. 23


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