Networking - Learning - Mentorship

Breaking Trail

Unconventional Career Wisdom from Whistler Women May 19, 2015 | 6 - 8:30 p.m. | Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center Early Bird (until May 13) Chamber Members: $40 | General Admission: $50 Regular Rate (May 14 - 18) Chamber Members: $45 | General Admission: $55 All prices are subject to 5% GST. Registration open until noon Monday, May 18
Carving a meaningful career path in the mountains Get intimate and interactive with 3 brilliant, Whistler women! Danielle Kristmanson, Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, and Maureen "Mo" Douglas reveal the peaks they summited and valleys they endured along their different paths. Did they end up here by design or by accident? What were the distilling moments along the way? How did they decide who they wanted to be in their professional lives? It will be fun, it will be passionate, it will be loud. Moderator, Val Litwin, will just try to survive. Key takeaways:
  • Candid Q&A with the corridors brightest Mega Minds
  • Career path tips and don’t-try-these-at-home stories
  • Entrepreneurial intel for your next big idea

Danielle Kristmanson

Partner/Creative Director at Origin Design + Communications LinkedIn | Twitter: @DKristmanson

Origin Design + Communications is a Whistler and Montreal-based strategic marketing, creative and branding firm specializing in outdoor sports and resort tourism. As Origin’s founding partner and Creative Director, Danielle Kristmanson boasts a wealth of expertise in mountain sports and tourism marketing. Her work with brands such as Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, Salomon Sports, The North Face, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Intrawest, Sun Valley Resort, Telluride Tourism Board, the Canadian Ski Council, Bike Parks of B.C. and many others has positioned her as one of the industry’s leading creative strategists and brand development specialists. Kristmanson holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Communications and Marketing from Simon Fraser University. A Whistler resident for over 20 years, Kristmanson balances directing Origin with her love for mountain biking, snowboarding, travel and being a mom.

Maureen "Mo" Douglas

Facilitator. Speaker. Strategist. Powerfully positive change agent. LinkedIn | Twitter: @mo_mobilize

A speaker, facilitator and consultant on public, workplace and leadership engagement, Mo has “walked her talk” with powerfully positive outreach and engagement. 

During her 25 years in tourism, events and communications, Mo spent 10 years with Tourism Whistler and eight years as community relations director for the 2010 Winter Games. 

She has since applied her empowering engagement and leadership strategies to major events including the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and to local governments from Vancouver to Singapore. In 2014, Mo helped change discriminatory IOC policy, ensuring rights for the LGBTQ Olympic community. 

An active volunteer, Mo is currently vice-chair of the Whistler Arts Council and a mentor with Whistler’s Diversity Youth group.

Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden

Mayor of Whistler. Partner at Race and Company law firm. LinkedIn | Twitter: @NancytheMayor

Nancy Wilhelm-Morden was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. She came to Whistler in 1973 for a two-week holiday and soon made Whistler her permanent home. Throughout the 70s, she attended Capilano College and Simon Fraser University on a part-time basis while living and working in Whistler. She held a variety of different jobs during that period including working as a server, a first aid attendant, and as part of the highway drilling, blasting and flagging crew. When Nancy and Ted (her future husband) arrived in Whistler, housing was in short supply so they lived in a cabin in the woods for four years. Nancy completed her law degree at the University of British Columbia in 1983 and was called to the bar a year later. She practiced law in Vancouver until her first daughter was born and relocated her practice to Whistler in 1987. The following year, she became a partner in Race and Company, a law firm based in Whistler. Nancy and her husband Ted have two daughters; Sarah and Jessie. In addition to downhill skiing, she enjoys cross-country skiing, running and hiking. She is an avid gardener, loves being in the kitchen and enjoys travelling.
Val Litwin

Whistler Chamber CEO, One.Brave.Man. LinkedIn | Twitter: @vlitwin

Entrepreneur and social enterpriser, Val Litwin, became CEO of the Whistler Chamber in September 2013, bringing with him a commitment to timely support and fresh, leadership-oriented professional development for Chamber Members. He totes a wealth of executive and real world business experience from launching and marketing the wildly successful, Kindness Crew, and authoring two books from this non-profit experience to co-founding the franchise concept Blo Blow Dry Bar. Most recently he was Vice President of Franchise Operations at Nurse Next Door, expanding its footprint into the US. Val's new mission is to elevate Whistler's business.

Enjoy drink specials and complimentary hors d'oeuvres:
Salmon cakes with crème fresh & fresh dill Venison Meatballs Avocado bruschetta Chicken Sautés Pacific Wild Mushroom Pastry Rolls Bannock Bites, fruit squares, fresh fruit
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